Never Die Twice
by Void Herald
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... and a different view on life and death, or undeath, I suppose.
It is rare to find a well done vill.. cough.. good man misunderstood by the masses, but this one is among the best I have seen.
I haven't found a flaw yet, be it in story grammar or anything else, and I really enjoyed it so far.
Nothing more I could say, five stars in everything.
I came into this story expecting a comedy like Vainqueur the Dragon, but was suprised to see a rather different tale in front of me. Instead, I read an incrediblely well writen tragedy.
It is set in a Norse mythology world and is centered on a man who has died, then managed to escape from Helheim and realizes that what people believe to be true about the afterlife is fundamentally wrong. Thus, he sets off on an epic quest to change the world and defeat Death.
It's very well written but a classic tragedy all of the way through.
Coming from VH's Vainqueur series I had expectations for another lighthearted fantastical powertrip. Which got shanked in an alley and arisen as genuine appreciation for a carefully curated, character focused tragedy.
'Never die twice' is at it's core a somber piece about the fight against inevitability and mortality, it's philosophical and emotional underpinnings. That it still keeps an entertaining instead of educational tone is all thanks to Durand's skillful character writing and morbid humor. And while the story races to it's inevitable conclusion it is the conflict between the actors, their progression and their deconstruction which makes up the meat of the story. I strongly urge any prospective reader to actually deliberate the dia- and monologues in this story, instead of treating them as mere illustration between battle scenes.
A few things bothered me, like the occasional grammatical oddity, but mainly the feeling that the story feels torn between entertaining it's reader with battle and intrigue and actually exploring and challenging it's actors. Regrettably the latter does not achieve it's full effect due to the brevity of the work and the heavy focus on it's protagonist. Which is incredibly well written nonetheless. Lastly, at times internal monologue or debating get's increasingly muddled and hard to follow without analysing sentence by sentence. A lot of alluded plot avenues also never see fruition, which makes me hope for thorough editing or a revisit in the future.
To sum it up, I view this story as a flawed yet inspiring masterpiece detailing the rise of a villain through the lense of his inner struggles and absolutely worth the read.
Seriously, the title says everything. With Vainqueur The Dragon, he did what I thought impossible by keeping every new chapter just as fresh and humurous as the very beginning. After reading the first 11 chapters of Never Die Twice, I have no doubt that pattern of quality will continue!
Nice story, refreshing view point and I am a sucker for villian point of view Stories.
I just binged this story, and honestly I am super impressed. This is much better than the other stories this author has completed. I'm sad I didn't read this sooner. I ligit almost cried, but I am drunk. I needed more words so hopfully this is enough. God damnit it wasn't I don't know how to count why has god cursed me god damn
A misunderstood genius who is trying to conquer death. Never Die Twice is a beautifully written piece, skillfully combining folklore, myths and legends to write a grand new tale. With deep characters, story progression and world building Void Herald's has created a captivating story.
I usually don't write reviews so early into stories (read all the chapters but there aren't a lot).
I know Void's writing ability from other novels, so this is an advance I'm willing to give.
I really like the setting, motivations, writing style and just about every scene so far.
Good grammar, though you get a word out of place every few chapters. Author fixes errors and his writing grammar is very pleasant to read
Void Herald back at it again with yet another banger. Comedic, but with a few serious undertones that mesh quite well.
Fantastic. The grammar is immaculate, and the story promises a lot to come in the future. I'm already anticipating Tye's exploits in new places and the storybuilding, which hints at a large world.
Only, as of so far, the characters do not have that much depth to them. This is being particularly picky, though, because only 10 chapters have been released as of this review.
I think this will become big.