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.
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.
very interesting concept of a alchemist running a dungeon. The question is does this dungeon have a core and is does it have sentience maybe not to early to know the functionality and mechanics. Can't wait to see the ends and outs and insides I'm pretty sure of experimentations giving necromancer and alchemist classes.
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.
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.
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
It's an interesting take on Norse mythology mixed with a system. At first I was hesitant to read it since there are just so many bad cookie cutter, x + system type stories. But this one has been done is such a way that it really adds a whole new layer to the myths. The MC is really well done and has multi-faceted personality. The supporting characters have good depth and there is an interesting twist to the well known story of Ragnarök. The pacing is also great with good flow. All in all I think this is more of a story you'd find written by a published author than an amateur developing their skills.
4/5 definitely worth your time.
And of course there is a 200 words long requirment for posting a review. Don't mind this bit, it's just filler. Walter Tye is the best friend any adventurer needs. He is the smiling shopkeeper next to your local dungeon, the one who sells you these cheap healing potions. When you need information about a monster, Tye always knows. He wants to help; you can trust him.Walter Tye is the best friend any adventurer needs. He is the smiling shopkeeper next to your local dungeon, the one who sells you these cheap healing potions. When you need information about a monster, Tye always knows. He wants to help; you can trust him.
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.
Void Herald back at it again with yet another banger. Comedic, but with a few serious undertones that mesh quite well.