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It is a weapon, raised and trained for one purpose: war. Instead, it ends up broken long before the battle, losing what little meaning its life may have held. But that might just mean this weapon has a chance to choose its own fate.

How should a broken weapon that knows nothing and can do nothing, live in a world of humans?


A few notes:

This story uses a hard magic system and is set in a somewhat realistic middle ages time period.

Tagged sexual content just in case it comes up later.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Prologue ago
Chapter 1: Sadness ago
Chapter 2: Wash ago
Chapter 3: Terror ago
Chapter 4: River ago
Chapter 5: Despair ago
Chapter 6: Fever ago
Chapter 7: Guard Life ago
Chapter 8: Soup ago
Chapter 9: Sleep ago
Chapter 10: Love and Hate ago
Chapter 11: Stables ago
Chapter 12: Fun ago
Chapter 13: Shopping ago
Chapter 14: Talk ago
Chapter 15: Curiosity ago
Chapter 16: Orphanage ago
Chapter 17: Goodbye ago
Chapter 18: First Day ago
Chapter 19: Faint ago
Chapter 20: Gathering ago
Chapter 21: Improvise ago
Chapter 22: Shanaday ago
Chapter 23: Meeting ago
Chapter 24: Friends ago
Chapter 25: Class ago
Chapter 26: The First Gods ago
Chapter 27: Tamaran ago
Chapter 28: Hobin ago
Chapter 29: Bread ago
Chapter 30: Blurry ago
Chapter 31: Pull ago
Chapter 32: Rostor ago
Chapter 33 - Money ago
Chapter 34 - Blacksmith ago
Chapter 35: Northwest ago
Chapter 36: Discovery ago
Chapter 37: Escape ago
Chapter 38: Garrison ago
Chapter 39: Promise ago
Chapter 40: The Last Gods ago
Chapter 41: Writing ago
Chapter 42: Refinery ago
Chapter 43: Too Much ago
Chapter 44: Shocking ago
Chapter 45: Study ago
Chapter 46: Story Time ago
Chapter 47: Connection ago
Chapter 48: Monster ago
Chapter 49: Poison ago
Chapter 50: Robes ago
Chapter 51: Holiday ago
Chapter 52: Energy ago
Chapter 53: Weird Parity ago
Chapter 54: Clothing ago
Chapter 55: Bow ago
Chapter 56: Dark ago
Chapter 57: Inside ago
Chapter 58: Following ago
Chapter 59: Rechit ago
Chapter 60: A Day to Shop ago
Chapter 61: Glass ago
Chapter 62: Power ago
Chapter 63: Bucket ago
Chapter 64: Vision ago
Chapter 65: Ooh! ago
Chapter 66: Premonitions and Mana ago
Chapter 67: Last Day ago
Chapter 68: Everything ago
Chapter 69: The Facility ago
Chapter 70: Mysteries ago
Chapter 71: The Ceremony ago
Chapter 72: Quiet ago
Chapter 73: Problems ago
Chapter 74: The Battle ago
Chapter 75: Rescue ago
Chapter 76: How to Live ago
Chapter 77: Appointed Day ago
Chapter 78: Return ago
Chapter 79: Gathering ago
Chapter 80: Doctor ago
Chapter 81: Hard Work ago
Chapter 82: Real Work ago
Chapter 83: Details, Details ago
Chapter 84: Weird ago
Chapter 85: Older ago
Chapter 86: Checkup ago
Chapter 87: Conflict ago
Chapter 88: Meeting ago
Chapter 89: Contract ago
Chapter 90: Her ago
Chapter 91: Calm ago
Chapter 92: Metal ago
Chapter 93: Connecting Clues ago
Chapter 94: Bath ago
Chapter 95: Self-Esteem ago
Chapter 96: Claire ago
Chapter 97: Birthright ago
Chapter 98: Combine ago
Chapter 99: Lightning ago
Chapter 100: Overwhelm ago
Chapter 101: Status ago
Chapter 102: Etiquette ago
Chapter 103: Treatment ago
Chapter 104: Results ago
Chapter 105: Water ago
Chapter 106: Evil… and Good ago
Chapter 107: Scars ago
Chapter 108: Stalemate ago
Chapter 109: Meetings ago
Chapter 110: Spite ago
Chapter 111: Hurt ago
Chapter 112: Advocate ago
Chapter 113: ago
Finding ago
Chapter 114: Mark ago
Chapter 115: Resolve ago
Chapter 116: Together ago
Chapter 117: Authority ago
Chapter 118: Connecting ago
Chapter 119: Playdate ago
Chapter 120: Cards ago
Chapter 121: Dinner ago
Chapter 122: Secret ago
Chapter 123: Star ago
Chapter 124: Left ago
Chapter 125: Child ago
Chapter 126: Disturbance ago
Chapter 127: GO ago
Chapter 128: Reveal ago
Chapter 129: Personal ago
Chapter 130: Understand ago
Chapter 131: Betrayal ago
Chapter 132: Pain, Weakness, and Religion ago
Chapter 133: Help ago
Chapter 134: Think ago
Chapter 135: Soul ago
Chapter 136: Guide ago
Chapter 137: Cough ago
Chapter 138: Copy ago
Chapter 139: Cope ago
Chapter 140: Order ago
Chapter 141: Light ago
Chapter 142: Third ago
Chapter 143: Montley ago
Chapter 144: Spread ago
Chapter 145: Age ago
Chapter 146: Monsters and Hunters ago
Chapter 147: Need to Talk ago
Chapter 148: Mothers ago
Chapter 149: Blight ago
Chapter 150: Names ago
Chapter 151: Operations ago
Chapter 152: Math ago
Chapter 153: Fight Together ago
Chapter 154: Social Call ago
Chapter 155: Old and New ago
Chapter 156: Lucirre ago
Chapter 157: Exponential ago
Chapter 158: Comfort ago
Chapter 159: Fine ago
Chapter 160: A Plan ago
Chapter 161: Sideways ago
Chapter 162: Nobility ago
Chapter 163: Cut ago
Chapter 164: Who ago
Chapter 165: Higher ago
Chapter 166: Angels ago
Chapter 167: Concubine ago
Chapter 168: Coil ago
Chapter 169: Rules ago
Chapter 170: Tusks ago
Chapter 171: Caretakers ago
Chapter 172: Adults ago
Chapter 173: Lundrum ago
Chapter 174: Memory ago
Chapter 175: Rumors and Success ago
Chapter 176: Cleanup ago
Chapter 177: Passing Days ago
Chapter 178: Sample Names ago
Chapter 179: Party Prep ago
Chapter 180: Tailor ago
Chapter 181: Suspicion ago
Chapter 182: Alright ago
Chapter 183: Broken ago
Chapter 184: Low ago
Chapter 185: Flicker ago
Chapter 186: Be Brave ago
Chapter 187: Afraid ago
Chapter 188: Pretty ago
Chapter 189: Party Greetings ago
Chapter 190: The Party Begins ago
Chapter 191: New Business ago
Chapter 192: Ore Challenge ago
Chapter 193: Selena ago
Chapter 194: Family Troubles ago
Chapter 195: Swear ago
Chapter 196: Surprise Visit ago
Chapter 197: The Party Ends ago
Chapter 198: Eight Years Ago ago
Chapter 199: Deal ago
Chapter 200: Sigils ago

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greenaar
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Grim. Compelling. A must read.

Reviewed at: Chapter 110: Spite

A take on 'a human weapon gets away from it's handlers', but unlike a book like Super Minion, this one's not overpowered.  Not even slightly.  This is not a comedy.

Everything is new, scary, hard, and painful. Our protagonist is at an extreme disadvantage most of the time, and is really no better armored than a small child.  The author writes despair and grief in bold strokes across this story.  They feel relatable, and in some cases familiar.

This story gets me upset.  I feel sympathy for the MC, and anger at the situations she's placed in. I want to see what comes next, to see things get better.

The author pulls no punches.  I'm holding my breath with each chapter. 

It's a hard story to read.

**updated** There's a horrifying amount of abuse.  There's very little fairness or justice.  I'd say we stay in the grim dark too long.  That it's well written (it is) does nothing to balance out the brutality.  We all need a little hope, and this story needs the main character to stop being a punching bag.

At 171 chapters in we should be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, but instead the tunnel has teeth.  This is very hard to do well without some kind of counterbalance.

craxuan
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This is another one of those top tier novels that are overlooked because they're posted at the wrong place, and yet the author doesn't really have a choice because all other options have considerably less audience and/or interactions. At least this one fits the web novel format unlike Act of Androkles, the most professionally written web novel I've read on this website that had barely any readers at all because it is far better in the paperback format; a book where the readers can read continuously without worrying about being interrupted.

Very, very good writing from the first PoV where the slow burn actually benefits the storytelling. Many authors' attempt at slow burn drops flat due to various reasons, but this one works extremely well because every chapter where the protagonist doesn't suffer or hit the inevitable wall of sadness almost feels like a victory. You don't want to see her get hurt, and yet she will be, and she will survive even if she has to lose a part of herself and regrow something tougher even she isn't sure is what she wanted, all in pursuit for the elusive hope of a slightly better tomorrow.

A novel you don't want to give any advice at all for fear of tainting the author's perspective is always a good one, especially when it's over 1000 pages long. You practically never see anything at this length that isn't on hiatus, abandoned or terrible, so I'm going to treasure it like the protagonist cherishes the few happy memories she had made in her life.

P.S. The synopsis could use a bit of touch-up though. It feels a bit too short and almost separate from the novel itself; as if I was reading the synopsis of a different story.

Platys Platys
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I have no idea why I still read...

Reviewed at: Chapter 80: Doctor

This story has 2 major flaws.

 

1. Sooo much filler. Takes forever for anything to happen and when something seemingly major does happen, it gets resolved completely randomly.

2. Characters act like 5 year old. All of them. Sometimes this is VERY painful as conversations can take majority of the chapter and reading about adults acting like kids is just bad use of ones time.

 

Otherwise it's good. Try it, drop if the flaws hurt you too much.

Thephesis
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A story where things are hard

Reviewed at: Chapter 162: Nobility

Being happy is hard.

The magic system is hard.

Getting hack up is hard. 

And I love it.

The story is a very dark one and other reviews complain needlessly so. But what's important to note about stories like this is that it's not the fall, but the getting back up that is so satisfying.

The magic system is an extremely hard one. Which is to mean that everything is explained and has to be figured out, as opposed to a soft system like Harry Potter where they literally wave their wands around until magic happens. Thus far I dont think I have seen a more indepth magic system than the one this story tells, and the main character has to figure it all out on her own.

Now the reason I bring this up is because her figuring it out feels very genuinely satisfying. Trying so many different things and genuinely figuring it out is easy to appreciate. The same goes for the rest of the story. 

When the main character gets beaten up over and over again seeing her get up. Find someone to help her, figure out how to get out of the situation, even just survive. It feels like a genuine relief. 

The story's brutal and slow, but as a result of that it is very genuine and deep. It feels like a look into another world rather than just a story. The pace and the dark tone wont be for everyone, but if you're looking for a story where you can just fully immerse yourself and feel lost in a world the size of our own then this is for you. 

 

EDIT: lowered score from 5 to 4. Nothing against the story or author and it's still really quality. I just am finally being more serious with my scoring for stories. Everyone hands out 5 stars willy nilly and while its helpful for traction I realized I would rather give some indication of genuine level of enjoyment. 

It's been a while since I caught up so my thoughts are not the best for finding critiques, but heres what i got

I would say what's holding it back for me is the pacing. It's just a bit too slow. Its not an easy fix as this story is very dense. Very complicated magic with lots of moving parts either character dynamics. 

todd
Overall

Initially a brutal read, that grows into a great story

Reviewed at: Chapter 81: Hard Work

The first thing you should know about this story, is that the first 40-ish chapters are painful. Happy moments are few and far between and the apathetic cruelty of the world is on full display, while our endearing weapon is treated with either disdain, fear, or condescension. That said, the moments of warmth shine all that much brighter for them and place a foundation that makes it almost impossible not to cheer for her as good things slowly line up bit by bit. Having reached the extent of current content, I can't wait for more to appear.

The setting is a relatively medieval time period with strict class separations and a seemingly constant war going on in the background. I will say that the pacing is relatively slow, with explosive bursts of action making their occasional appearance, but this is very much not a power fantasy. The magic system is slowly expanded as the MC experiments with it, and a great deal of time is spent empirically figuring out what exactly she can do with it. That said, things begin to pick up pace around chapter 40, as well as the protagonist's life and sense of self gradually moving forwards.

Overall, while the first couple dozen chapters are grim reads, it's hard not to get attached to the clever and excited little girl that's suffered so much that living in a medieval orphanage is an incredible improvement. Occasional moments of badassery aside, her character is so polite and curious that I can't help but be enthused whenever she pulls in a new helpful friend, slowly building up a base that will help her find her way forward. I can't help but recommend it, even accounting for the amount of suffering it kicks off with. Definitely look forward to seeing where the rest of the story goes.

Jarmaro
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Interesting, but tiring.

Reviewed at: Chapter 160: A Plan

Edit: Now that some time has passed, I must confess that the story starts growing one me, it still has problems with too much filler and barely any plot development, but I am looking forward to see more of it. I hope the balance of filler/plot will change in the future, because lack of development is the main thing that stops 'Dark Skies' from becoming a worth recomminding story, the story truly has a real potential, but it's being crushed by tons of unnecessary words.

Interesting take on a cliche 'raised as a weapon without emotion' type of story, well execute though it starts slowly and then slows even more. It's a bit weird, beceause even though the MC is only 7 years she speaks and acts as if she was a few years older, so do other character that are her age. The author is painfuly verbose, there's just too much text, after some time it was tiring to read. 
Overall I'd recommend it if you don't mind very slow stories, without much happening. 

But there is one thing that baffles me, as if walls upon walls of text weren't enough, at some point the author decides that we need to learn more about the world. Through painful infodumps. And I truly mean painful, it takes some balls to write, what, around 100+ pages of infodumps about gods and how their names are being used to name months and days. I can't believe the author has an editor, because if they had, the editor would strangle them the moment they saw it.

deidei
Overall

Fantastic little day to day story of a child.

I'd say if you liked The Wandering Inn, how you could relate emotionally to the characters, if you liked to shed a tear as they did and smile when they did, if you liked the day to day story and so on, you will probably love this one.

 

W-R
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Read it now! (Please)

Reviewed at: Chapter 18: First Day

Great great great - please read!

Style : Great. Somehow manages to describe scenes almost seamlessly. 

Story: Compelling and human. A *little* on the slow side, but that may just be me being picky. The pace is really good for the style of story.

Grammar: Almost perfect. Nuff said.

Character: Human and sympathetic. The process of discovery is rational and logical, human in the best ways. End of book one confuddles somewhat, but it is minimal.

Conclusion; T.L.;D.R. : This is wonderful - keep up the good work. Somewhat in style of 'The Loyal Ones'; dark, but more moments of happiness. Please read!

K_Pak
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Slow slice of life story. Not for everyone, but good

Reviewed at: Chapter 61: Glass

This is a great piece of fiction. It may not be for everyone though.

 

The world is dark. Not necessarily for everyone, but it certainly is from our protagonists perspective. If i should quantify grimness of it, i would give it 7/10. It is pretty bad, but there is goodness in there too.

 

The story is written like a diary. Almost every day is described. That makes it (especially in the beginning) very slow reading.

 

If you expect big twists and turns, unending kill or be killed type of scenes, you won't find them here. On the other hand there is plenty of day to day struggle to survive. Finding food, healing from injuries, trying not to be recognised... etc. There are life and death conflicts, but they are not (yet) priority.

 

This world and people, who live in it, are increadibly lifelike. Every action has consequence and sometimes not a good one. 

 

I think this fictions greatest strength and simultainiously weakness is in its increadibly slow writting. It makes conflicts later on much more meaningfull, but you have to read through a lot first to even get to them.

 

This is a solid piece of fantasy. It moves slowly, but its impact is only bigger later on.

Adelaide
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There is no Light at the end of the tunnel

Reviewed at: Chapter 118: Connecting

My first review was five stars. This story made me cry on at least one occasion with the raw emotion written in it.

 

But it's pointless. There is only misery, and suffering, and the brief light of hope only to flicker away. I hate it. I now believe this story only exists to abuse the main character in every way. They run the gamut of abuse, from physical to emotional to mental, and there is no release. Every time. The main character is allowed no joy, no happiness that is not taken away and crushed in front of her if only to see how much she can take. It's torture p*rn.

 

I am reminded of the song Help. I'm dying inside and all I see are demons.