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Domenic is a sailor taking any opportunity he gets to stay at sea.  When war adds another danger to an already tempestuous trade, Domenic takes on a risky position – one that will push him into more trouble than he’d counted on.

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rulerhades
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Got damn is this a good story

Reviewed at: 12. Sinking

I was strolling for stories across the active ranking list and happened to scroll across this gem of a story. I added it to my read later to see if it was actually good or just inflated like many others with early 5star ratings. I let it stew for a couple days before giving it a crack and boy am I glad I did. 

Style: Smooth read from a first person perspective, could maybe use a bit of working on visualization? That's probably being picky about it but if this story had one thing to work on that I can see it would be that. It does a good enough job painting the picture but a little bit more can really bring it to life 

Story: Follow our lad Domenic across a thrilling journey on the open ocean. The author does a wonderful job juggling intrigue, action, world building and characterization so far. The system is also quite nice, its not bogged down with numbers that eventually don't mean anything or give tons of skills because of op MC reasons. Instead it's nice and thought out, and seems more in line with what an actual persons progression would be like if they were living in such a world. The handling of the ship is also done well. There's enough information for me to believe they're actually sailing on a ship but not so much information that the story gets bogged down by it. 

Grammar: A couple typos here or there are the most I could find, and those are easy corrections.

Characters: Wonderful characters that feel real. The latest chapter has me feeling a bit tentative about a couple things but I'll put my trust in the author that we'll get an explanation later on. 

 

Can't wait for this to hit trending so other people can enjoy this great read :)

Lone
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This story is beyond words. Short as it may be, full of content it is. Riveting content at that.

Style: I'm not a great judge on this, but it wasn't hard to read and everything flowed more than well enough, which is a 5-star from me.

Story: Absolutely incredible and engaging word-to-word. I am very much so a skimmer just looking for the next trashy 500-chapter book to consume as I laze about. It's so rare to find a book with a story so good I think it's a crime to skim over even a single word. This is that. There's no grand overarching plot but everything matters just as much as if there were one. Simply beautiful.

Grammar: Generally good, though there are occasional errors such as missing words or using 's incorrectly. Not a big deal. Every author has this kind of stuff, hence the profession of proofreaders. Something to work on, not something to stress over.

Character: Oh god the characters. Why am I attached to every single character regardless of their screen time, whether plentiful or almost nonexistent? Teach me your ways. I could learn a lot from you to help improve my own writing skills.

Summary: This budding novel can be described very aptly with one word: Quality. Go read it. You can thank me later, it won't be a waste of your time.

Destroyuw
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I love this story already only 10 chapters in. The litrpg aspect is well done with lots of room for growth but without the inevitable problem of power creep. The story and characters are fantastic so far. I hope this story continues as I am already addicted

Epro
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I don't know what to say, a realistc litrpg that uses it's system not as a plot device but something in the background, and does it well. I can only applaud you author; this may be one of my new favorites.

BurnNote
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Some of the best writing on the site

Reviewed at: 13. Capture

As of chapter 13, the only aspect I can't judge yet is the overarching plot. Everything else is quite good, and I don't mean "for a free webnovel".

The sentence to sentence level is solid. You wouldn't read for the sheer joy of phrasings like with some authors (Pratchett for example), but it does a good job of painting the scene and getting the action across.

Something similar goes for the characters. The POV is actually a stand out: Capable at at what he does and able to leverage that, but not all-powerful. Smart, but it's not pulled out of nowhere. A conscious, and not artificial (have you ever had a scene where a character was just too guilty or callous or something like that? The reaction didn't feel right? Well, that's not here). Something he really wants, but clear road to get it. All the stuff for a really solid character (and arc).
The other characters aren't quite as developed. To be fair, it's first person and they obviously have less screen time, but some authors can create a memorable character in a single paragraph. So I guess I'll praise with faint damnation: It's not as good as the best I've read.

As mentioned, I can't yet judge the overarching plot. There's been some quite interesting directions, but it's still too early to say.
The scene level plot is really good though. It's probably the authors strongest point. I'll say this: In 13 chapters there've been 3 really cool scenes. Most stories (even good ones) can manage maybe one in three times the length.
If you like a story where the protag gets through his troubles by quick thinking and observational skill, you'll proabably get at least some joy out of this.

Also since this is a sailing story: I've no idea how realistic it is, but it seems pretty solid, so unless you're a sailor it's probably good enough.

Finally: The GameLit aspect is more of a background element than central story focus, at least so far. The author does a good job of integrating it into the worldbuilding, and does a fairly good job of getting the important stuff across without blatant info dumps. Given the last chapter as of this review, things may happen soon on this front.

Cogcro
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A refreshing sea breeze

Reviewed at: 14. Curse

Not much to say but that it's an extraordinarily novel on this site. Captains-19 does an awesome job of incorporating gamelit mechanics without making it seem tacky, the characters are well put together and grammar is on point. Can't wait to see where the story goes!

YesorNo
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I say, what a blast it was reading this. It has the most likeable main character I've seen in ages.

And the world it has been set in is equally interesting. You really can't ask for more.

The game stats feel slightly unnecessary, but bring enough to the table to justify their use.

Out of all of the story published so far, I only found myself skimming over the description of the world map. And I do that for all fics.

Spoiler: My only gripe...

So... basically, READ IT. I won't be surprised if it works it's way up to top 5 on Best Rated.

Duck_No_Duck
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First, let me say that I suck at writing a review, but I think this story deserves it. Also, I'm biased as I love stories about the Navy. It's hard to write stories that revolved around a ship since the entire story takes place in a very small world.

Style: When I think of style I think of how talented the author is in making the world/characters they write in stick out. The author has done a very good job of this. I like how the author seems to know a lot about the age of high seas and sailing ships. It really stands out and makes the story really pop out. 

Story:

The world-building in this story is excellent. The action is fast when it happens but more importantly, the story slows down and is still interesting when it does. The plot is driven by both what the MC does and how he interacts with the people around him. What I mean by that is while he is the MC, he is not dictating what is happening. The story is happening to him. That was vague... What I mean is that some stories are driven by the actions of the MC. This story is driven by what is happening around the MC. There is a story that is happening that if you take the MC out it's still there. It just won't go in the same direction. 

Grammar:

I'm horrible with grammar. The only thing I can say here is that I didn't notice anything the took me out of the story. 

Character:

The characters are very vivid and three dimensional. The MC stands out but not in an annoying OP way. MC is noticed because of his competence which is really well done. He's not outstanding, he's just good at his job and it shows. That, and he is lucky as only an MC can be. The only fault I have is when the MC's luck shows its face for the first time. It's slightly unbelieved and OP but doesn't take away that much from the story. 

 

NorskDaedalus
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It's a refreshing twist to have somebody in a LitRPG know all about the system from the start, that gaining stats and levels is just a part of life, and being able to simply jump straight into the story and the interesting bits. It's also a nice change of pace to have a nautical story on RR. While I'm not familiar enough to really know the accuracy of the sailing, what I do know matches with the story.

 

Where this tale goes from here, I don't know. But if the rest of Seaborn continues on with a similar level of quality (both prose and grammatical), I look forward to following it as long as it goes.

Zethuron
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A Solid seafaring litrpg story

Reviewed at: 16. Experiments

To start, im honestly quite impressed by this story, its just overall so well written, it is just that kind of story that grasped me like a Kraken and dragged me into the story, and didnt release me until the end, thats how good it is to me.

 

I really like Domenic as a character, he is a true man of the sea, someone that just loves being there, to sail and brace the dangers of the sea, to see its wonders. He honestly just feels like a real person, being someone of actual competence, written in a realistic way. He fully acts like a sailor, who has done it for a long time, knowing what to do in each sort of situation he finds himself on the seas, even if it all seems grim and hopeless. Though of course he is not perfect at all, and cannot actually do impossible things.

And the other characters are also greatly written like him, even if they dont share his amount of screentime. They feel just as real as Domenic, being all sorts of people, from varying professions.

 

And now on to the story. I really havent often seen a story like this, that just melds the litrpg aspects so well into the rest of the story, to make them a actual part of the world in a believeable way. In this story, the stats and tables are actually something you would take a look at, as they feel correctly used here, and not something thrown in whenever possible. In addition the worldbuilding is also competenly done, you get to explore the world, while at the same time the story also takes place, even in the first chapters its handled well without any actual infodumps. The world feels like a actual Fantasy one, one that just could be real.

The author also knows what he is writing about, as he does a quite good depiction of seafaring in a fantasy world, certainly having done a ton of research about such subjects before starting to write this story.

The plot so far has been quite wild, fast paced overall but still having time to build up things. However, i wonder just where the author intends to take the story, considering recent developments, currently i have no complaints about those, but to be fair, its quite different than what i initially expected the story to be going for.

The MC is as said, not overpowered at all, which is a thing i quite like, but however theres that moment where he just gets saved by a powerful being, in a situation that he would have not survived otherwise, giving him a potentional rather huge boost in power, in exchange for much of his freedom and him getting cursed, i wonder how this plotline will play out.

Only time will tell if the author will manage to write this all well, and what i have seen so far, tells me that he is capable enough to do it.

 

 

Grammar is overall great, with no actual problems that would ruin the reading experience, and the author's grammar has noticeably improved since the first chapters, however there could be still some improvements, as there are some minor grammar errors left unchanged even after they were pointed out by readers, though from what i seen so far, im certain that the author cares about maintaining an as good as possible level of grammar for his story, so that is likely to change.

 

As said earlier, the story really just drags you in, though however it doenst do that instantly, as the first chapters feel like they have a bit different style than the later ones, and thus dont have the same effect. But despite that, this story is seriously well written, greatly paced, even if it all is quite fast, a good mix of action, plot, characterization, comedy and worldbuilding, with them all mixing well together.

 

With all of that said, please just start reading this story, its just that good overall, and will certainly keep you enterained for the initial read, and likely even after that, as new chapters are released, this story should be really of interest to all kinds of readers interested in either fantasy, litrpg or even both.