The Calamity of a Reborn Witch

by Vera Anne Wolf

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**WARNING: The following story contains DARK, TRAUMATIZING elements that may not be appropriate for young viewers or those who struggle from traumatizing events. If you're not good with mature content, regardless of your age, this story is not for you. You have been warned. It's nowhere near as bad as GOT but it has dark shit. Again, you have been WARNED. Plenty of other less dark webnovels to safely read. **

**Additional Warning: A minimal amount of LGBT content is included in this story. There is no TAG for this so I'm including it here. If that makes you uncomfortable, go ahead and give it a pass. **

 

Previously titled: A Maiden's Frozen Heart.

An Isekai, Fantasy Regency, Thriller with Witches, Gods, and plenty of Drama and Betrayal.

{Book 1: A Den of Wolves} 

What if you knew the future? But what if that future was not yours?

After a gruesome death, Carina was reborn in Lafeara as Lady Maura, the unwanted “half-blood” of an impoverished noble family. The previous Lady Maura was publicly executed as part of a conspiracy to conceal the murder of Queen Eleanora.

With Maura’s memories to guide her, Carina prepares to follow her predecessor’s path into the palace as part of the Selection to become Crown Princess Eleanora’s lady-in-waiting. Her meticulous years of planning and preparation to ensure her survival, fulfill Maura’s revenge, and avert the oncoming Calamity will require every ounce of courage, cunning, and intellect she can muster.

Because Carina has more than one secret which she can not reveal—her true identity among them—but even more treacherous is her frozen heart and the ice magic that comes with it.

After all, they still burn witches in Lafeara.

{Book 2: A Coven of Crows} 

The problem with changing the past is that the future changes with it.

Although Carina survived the Selection and earned a place in the palace beside the Crown Princess, her battle to change the future and protect Lady Hana, the future Queen’s favored lady-in-waiting, is far from over.

As Carina becomes further entwined in the hidden witch covens of Lafeara, their history and magic unravel a dangerous secret long forgotten by most. It is not just Maura’s memories that threaten to shift the balance of Carina’s carefully laid plains but her own forgotten past as well.

And the more mysteries Carina uncovers, the fewer allies she finds standing on her side. Everyone wants something, but the most dangerous players in this game of mortals and witches are the gods themselves, who have their own sordid plans for Carina’s frozen heart.

{Book 3: A Plague of Witches} 

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Chapter Name Release Date
[B1] Prologue: The End of the Beginning ago
[B1] Chapter 1: The Masks of Society ago
[B1] Chapter 2: Run Rabbit Run ago
[B1] Chapter 3: Less Than Human ago
[B1] Chapter 4: The Stench of Gossip ago
[B1] Chapter 5: A Manor of Malice ago
[B1] Chapter 6: The Taste of Poverty ago
[B1] Chapter 7: The Stain of Misfortune ago
[B1] Chapter 8: A Brush of Deception ago
[B1] Chapter 9: A Taste for Poison ago
[B1] Chapter 10: A Touch of Cruelty ago
[B1] Chapter 11: The Shadows of Lovers ago
[B1] Chapter 12: The Poison of Royalty ago
[B1] Chapter 13: The Scorpion of Vetrayna ago
[B1] Chapter 14: History Cautions Ambition ago
[B1] Chapter 15: Foxes hunt the Rabbit ago
[B1] Chapter 16: A Battle of Queens ago
[B1] Chapter 17: A Dash of Violence ago
[B1] Chapter 18: A Skulk of Beasts ago
[B1] Chapter 19: Deal with a Ghoul ago
[B1] Chapter 20: Dance with the Devil ago
[B1] Chapter 21: A Merciless Dawn ago
[B1] Chapter 22: Trail of a Witch ago
[B1] Chapter 23: The Winds of Change ago
[B1] Chapter 24: A Blindfold of Pride ago
[B1] Chapter 25: The Weight of Prejudice ago
[B1] Chapter 26: A Theater of Cruelty ago
[B1] Chapter 27: The Justice of Beasts ago
[B1] Chapter 28: The Value of Virtue ago
[B1] Chapter 29: A Nest of Secrets ago
[B1] Chapter 30: The Game of Nobility ago
[B1] Chapter 31: A Prison of Hope ago
[B1] Chapter 32: A Den of Wolves ago
[B1] Chapter 33: The Thorns of Nobility ago
[B1] Chapter 34: Pride of the Fallen ago
[B1] Chapter 35: Shadow of the Scorpion ago
[B1] Chapter 36: The Cost of Loyalty ago
[B1] Chapter 37: The Weight of Poverty ago
[B1] Chapter 38: A Touch of Divinity ago
[B1] Chapter 39: Shadow of the Crown ago
[B1] Chapter 40: The Bonds of Family ago
[B1] Chapter 41: A Test of Grace ago
[B1] Chapter 42: A Dance of Courage ago
[B1] Chapter 43: A Twist of Fate ago
[B1] Chapter 44: The Priest’s Witch Hunter ago
[B1] Chapter 45: A Test of Knowledge ago
[B1] Chapter 46: A Blade of Justice ago
[B1] Chapter 47: An Examination of Truth ago
[B1] Chapter 48: A Gift of Friendship ago
[B1] Chapter 49: The Lies of Faith ago
[B1] Chapter 50: The Taste of Magic ago
[B1] Chapter 51: A History of Witches ago
[B1] Chapter 52: The Scent of Suspicion ago
[B1] Chapter 53: Wolves in the Garden ago
[B1] Chapter 54: The Queen of Wolves ago
[B1] Chapter 55: The Corruption of Paradise ago
[B1] Chapter 56: The Winds of Sorrow ago
[B1] Chapter 57: The Final Challenge Begins ago
[B1] Chapter 58: A Banquet of Wolves ago
[B1] Chapter 59: A Gala of Discord ago
[B1] Chapter 60: A Glimmer of Magic ago
[B1] Chapter 61: The Fortune of Fools ago
[B1] Chapter 62: The Claws of Guilt ago
[B1] Chapter 63: Weight of the Dead ago
[B1] Chapter 64: The Chill of Death ago
[B1] Chapter 65: A Garden of Secrets ago
[B1] Chapter 66: A Test of Loyalty ago
[B1] Chapter 67: Chosen by the Scorpion ago
[B1] Chapter 68: An Oath of Loyalty ago
[B1] Chapter 69: A Mother's Love ago
[B1] Chapter 70: The Treachery of History ago
[B1] Chapter 71: The Color of Desire ago
[B1] Chapter 72: The Shackles of Pride ago
[B1] Chapter 73: The Shadow of Grief ago
[B1] Chapter 74: The Solace of Friendship ago
[B1] Chapter 75: Scent of a Witch ago
[B1] Chapter 76: Secrets of a Lady ago
[B1] Chapter 77: A Matter of Trust ago
[B1] Chapter 78: The Color of Betrayal ago
[B1] Chapter 79: A Shadow of Deception ago
[B1] Chapter 80: A Brotherhood of Sorrow ago
[B1] Chapter 81: A Vendetta of Power ago
[B1] Chapter 82: A Clash of Wills ago
[B1] Chapter 83: A Lover's Cursed Fate ago
[B1] Chapter 84: A Broken Family Affair ago
[B1] Chapter 85: An Unholy Reckoning ago
[B1] Chapter 86: A Baptism of Fire ago
[B1] Chapter 87: A Pure-Blood Devil ago
[B1] Chapter 88: A Spark of Chaos ago
[B1] Chapter 89: A Trail of Destruction ago
[B1] Chapter 90: A Twist of Malice ago
[B1] Chapter 91: A Storm of Crows ago
[B1] Chapter 92: A Sanctuary of Sin ago
[B1] Chapter 93: A Feast of Crows ago
[B1] Chapter 94: The Rot of Power ago
[B1] Chapter 95: A Crown of Vengeance ago
[B1] Chapter 96: An Official Death Notice ago
[B1] Chapter 97: The Absence of Grief ago
[B1] Chapter 98: The Wings of Fate ago
[B1] Chapter 99: A Crown of Crows ago
[B1] Chapter 100: A Specter of Betrayal ago
[B1] Chapter 101: A Treacherous Path Forward ago
[B1] Chapter 102: The Beginning of the End { Part 1 } ago
[B1] Chapter 103: The Beginning of the End { Part 2 } ago
[B1] Epilogue: The Pope of Zarus ago
Interlude Part I: The Disgraced Prince ago
Interlude II: Mask of the Ghoul ago
Interlude III: The Betrayed Prince ago
Interlude Part IV: Goddess of Destruction ago
Special Interlude V: The Crow and the Earl ago
Story Art Work: CoRW - Book 1 & Book 2 (to come) ago
[B2] Prologue: A Husk of Mortality ago
[B2] Chapter 1: The Fragrance of Sorrow ago
[B2] Chapter 2: The Fate of Sisters ago
[B2] Chapter 3: The Sting of Gossip ago
[B2] Chapter 4: Roses at a Funeral ago
[B2] Chapter 5: Tortured and Twisted Grief ago
[B2] Chapter 6: A Whisper of Malice ago
[B2] Chapter 7: The Weight of Guilt ago
[B2] Chapter 8: The Shadow of Valor ago
[B2] Chapter 9: The Ties of Blood ago
[B2] Chapter 10: The Mark of a Master ago
[B2] Chapter 11: A Blade of Secrets ago
[B2] Chapter 12: A Trade of Secrets ago
[B2] Chapter 13: The Color of Fear ago
[B2] Chapter 14: Prince of the Desert ago
[B2] Chapter 15: The Bloodlines of Covens ago
[B2] Chapter 16: The Shackles of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 17: The Ripper’s Smile ago
[B2] Chapter 18: Shadow of the Witch Hunters ago
[B2] Chapter 19: A Lady of Mystery ago
[B2] Chapter 20: The Divide of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 21: A Bog of Poison ago
[B2] Chapter 22: The Sounds of Discord ago
[B2] Chapter 23: A Prick of Cunning ago
[B2] Chapter 24: A Breach of Trust ago
[B2] Chapter 25: A Trace of Poison ago
[B2] Chapter 26: The Scent of Violence ago
[B2] Chapter 27: A Play of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 28: The Guilt of Providence ago
[B2] Chapter 29: A Breath of Deception ago
[B2] Chapter 30: The Labyrinth of Anthraticus ago
[B2] Chapter 31: Daughter of Frost ago
[B2] Chapter 32: The Price of Immortality ago
[B2] Chapter 33: A Dangerous Deviation ago
[B2] Chapter 34: The Politics of Marriage ago
[B2] Chapter 35: A Wave of Ambition ago
[B2] Chapter 36: A Prison of Fear ago
[B2] Chapter 37: The Web of Politics ago
[B2] Chapter 38: The Peril of Gossip ago
[B2] Chapter 39: The Scent of Manipulation ago
[B2] Chapter 40: A Mark of Enmity ago
[B2] Chapter 41: The Taste of Emptiness ago
[B2] Chapter 42: A Menu for Disaster ago
[B2] Chapter 43: The Weight of Dawn ago
[B2] Chapter 44: A Wrinkle of Truth ago
[B2] Chapter 45: A Testament of Humanity ago
[B2] Chapter 46: A Questionable Alliance ago
[B2] Chapter 47: The Spoils of Matrimony ago
[B2] Chapter 48: The Fate of a Queen ago
[B2] Chapter 49: The Fragrance of Treachery ago
[B2] Chapter 50: The Prodigal Son Returns ago
[B2] Chapter 51: The Spice of Discord ago
[B2] Chapter 52: A Conflict of Interests ago
[B2] Chapter 53: The Fangs of Winter ago
[B2] Chapter 54: The Consequences of Fate ago
[B2] Chapter 55: The Unveiled Truth ago
[B2] Chapter 56: The Path of Failure ago
[B2] Chapter 57: A Channel of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 58: A Vision of Ghosts ago
[B2] Chapter 59: The Trouble with Twins ago
[B2] Chapter 60: The Arrival at Dawn ago
Interlude VI: Predators of the Desert ago
[B2] Chapter 61: A Peddler of Betrayal ago
[B2] Chapter 62: The Gift of Family ago
[B2] Chapter 63: The Art of Seduction ago
[B2] Chapter 64: A Banquet in Red ago
[B2] Chapter 65: A Shiver of Dread ago
[B2] Chapter 66: A Dance of Assassins ago
[B2] Chapter 67: The Promise of a Reckoning ago
[B2] Chapter 68: The Pendulum of Power ago
[B2] Chapter 69: The Discomfort of Diplomacy ago
[B2] Chapter 70 {Part 1}: The Poetry of Cannibals ago
[B2] Chapter 70 {Part 2}: A Servant of Chaos ago
[B2] Chapter 71: The Rose of Lafeara ago
[B2] Chapter 72: A Stage of Fools ago
[B2] Chapter 73: A Scene of Tragedy ago
[B2] Chapter 74: The Face of Death ago

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A survivor's story of a girl reincarnated into another body with knowledge of future events that will happen with the original. For those familiar, you would notice that it is basically a reincarnated as [insert character type] in a novel. BUT in all honesty, I cannot sum it up in those words, God no I can't. This story is SO MUCH MORE!

There is a great cast of characters that you would love and hate, sometimes both at the same time. The pacing is something I find is one of its strongest parts as the story just GRABS you by the Sleeve and drags you into its beautiful and complex world full of interesting characters. 

Lots of political intrigue mixed in with just enough mystery and drama and I found myself HOOKED by the end unable to put it down. If you like a standard genre done beautifully (Which I wonder how can you NOT love that) then you will LOVE this one. 

There are so many ways the story itself can turn out and there is a lot of connection to the past of the original which I love was not just combined into our character and that she did not just instantly abandon who she is. She is referred with her original name by the narrator and I love that the Original's past affects her but is not considered as her own past. 

The story itself is quite complex and I cannot truly express its beauty without spoiling and even then there is a lot I would miss and I would feel ashamed to do such injustice to the author. So, in the end, I would Like to say; Just read it, give it a try till even if just the 1st chapter, I can positively bet that you will get Hooked and will not be able to put it down till the lastest chapter out. 

For the extremely stubborn here are some points (some people like points so here I go!) 

  • Fast Updates like very fast. 
  • Top 20 Best Rated on RR content level
  • Great Grammer and Editing 
  • Very Well Paced
  • Just Give it a Try, like come on man (or woman). 
  • I rarely give all 5 and the 4 and a half in style is because I could not find anything else to cut

A Gem of a Story I wish I had found sooner.

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Strong FL- political intrigue, magic, slow burn romance = sold

Reviewed at: Author's Note: Hiatus (Update)

Author has a talent for writing. She clearly plans ahead, as there are times where you wonder if her decision for the charecters was correct only to find that every bit of her writing has purpose else where in the novel. There is foreshadowing, more showing than telling and the romance is perfect. Its slow burn, it isnt rushed, there isnt anything cringey, or forced. The plotical aspect was done well, though I wish to see more. There isnt any slapback Young Master How Dare bs for filler drama and just to forward the plot.  When mc gets served, she often finds her hands tied behind her back, however she carefully lays her plans thick like a chess move 30 steps in advance, and with a little bit of luck she is able to suceed.

Style: This is a third person novel, where we mainly see the perspective of mc, but also we get the view of other charecters, as well as what they are thinking. When I first started reading this novel, it was the style that captured me. Author writes in a way where the dialogue is interactive, and not amateur. Many times, writers will fall for the trap of basic dialogue that takes away the juice of high potential stories. In this novel, the dialouge serves to propel the plot as it should and isnt used for inane word count. Lastly, the style gives the atmosphere of a mideval genre, as it should. In amateur novels, we often find mistakes such as modern lingo, and the author does her best to avoid this allowing a fully immersive experience in her story.

Story: Like I mentioned before, this is a novel where there is equal parts of political intrigue, a slow burn but spicy romance, magic, witch hunts and a tension that makes you wonder why all the bad things happen to good people. There is so much world building. Unlike amateur writers, author is an expert at world building, releasing just the right amount of snippets as to how the world around mc works, how the plotics and religion work at a grand scale and how individuals not only make up the parts but play a large role in the whole. For a quick summary, its about mc whos a half witch with ice powers, escapes an abusive family not through god forsaken isekai plot armor and such, but with careful meticulous planning. We all read xiaxia, where reincarnated mc comes back as this brand new bad bitch, slaps back the step mother and sis, and somehow convinces the abusive father to give the property ownership or some cop out. This novel is realisitic. When you transmigrate, modern women or not, circumstances will force your hand. And force her hand it did. She had to use external help, forge a fake identity, use what knowledge she had of the future to set up secret finances. All in the meantime, we the readers feel the tension of the ever glorius religion sneaking up behind mc, in their hunt to eradicate witches. And lastly for those who are here for the romance, you are in for a treat. Mc isnt one of those women who capture the ML interest by being the mc by virtue. And my god, nothing frustrates me more than seeing a paradoy of a "dominant yasss queen" FL snatching away the ML with her "magical skills" and glorius mc pussy. She is NOT a damsel, she does NOT rely on male lead or his friends. She instead, crafts plots within plots to save her ass , and appropriately uses her knowledge of the future when she can. 

 

Charecter- strong powerful female lead, doesnt rely on ML for anything, not even his friends like some other "strong" wannabe female leads of other novels would. The side charecters are fleshed out, and the writing allows the reader to visualize and understand what true toxic patriarchy would have looked like back in the day, and no its not flowery, and no its not exaggerated sjw stuff. Yes it is brutal just like reality

grammar- easy to read, im no grammar expert, but its solid

With equal aspects of suspense, mystery and thriller this is a reincarnation novel done right.  Highly reccomend, praise the ice witch

 

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Overall 5/5 - Look here, everyone here is saying that this novel is publish ready quality, so what are you waiting for???

Style 5/5 - The style is omniscient 3rd person, it was clear and concise, it read very smoothly, and didn’t stumble in the slightest, but maybe that’s because the story itself was too gripping, so I didn’t notice anything wrong ¯\_( ≖ ᴥ ≖ )_/¯ 

Grammar 5/5 - I spotted nothing wrong, but then again, maybe the godly quality story was distracting me, and I was too busy being dragged along for a ride to notice, 10/10 would read again. 

Character + Story 5/5 - Where do I even start? I was recently taught that “good plot can’t save bad characters, but good characters can save bad plots.” But what happens if both plot and characters are good? You get the ‘literal’ (*wink* *wink*) perfection that is ‘The Calamity of a Reborn Witch’! 

I mentioned that the story was amazing even in the style and grammar section, it definitely affected my reading experience a lot. If half-way through the novel, the author decided to write it in Russian instead and I was forced to use google translate to read the novel, I would still read the next ten books, the plot is that good.

Although the start of it felt cinderella-isque (evil steps sis and bad mom yo…), but it quickly transitioned into something else pretty quickly, the MC, Carina/Maura is definitely not a princess waiting to be rescued. She’s fun to read, because she doesn’t lie down at take shit from other people, and she’s definitely not the type to be married off like some piece of furniture! (oops, spoiled a bit there…) I don’t wanna spoil any more details, so give it a read!

The characters are very, very well written, you legit hate the step-sisters and the mom by the end of the first ten chapters, like gut-wrenching hate, like hate enough to be willing to go to court over the murder of a non-existent character hate. On the bright side, you’ll fall in love with the MC pretty fast, she’s sweet, kind, and stronk (this is not a typo, this is intentional), be honest with me, who wouldn’t like a charming, quick-witted and active protagonist?

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I should be paying for this story.

Reviewed at: [B2] Chapter 73: A Scene of Tragedy

Time of review: Book 2, Chapter 73

This surprised me a lot by how much I like it. I saw it a while ago and put it on read later, cause I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. Mainly because of the style that is very booklike and which I'm not used to at RR. Boy was I wrong.

I started reading a few days ago and kinda binged it and now feel empty and sad that I have to wait for more.

This should be completed books. Books for which I should be paying if I wasn't as broke as I am.

On itself, the story seems well planned and organised, there are a few hic-ups here and there, where more explanations and a slower pace would be helpful. Nothing major in my opinion and the few times I had trouble understanding something, just reading on was often enough to resolve the problem by later context.

Personally I believe it could have done without the isekai though, as it feels irrelevant and is more of a sidenote for the MC. The characters are otherwise well portrayed and fit into the world that is being described.

I really don't know what else to say, just give it a try and see if you like it.

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This review based on the end of Book 2, extra chapters on Patreon.

Style

  • Consistency - One of the best things you can say about an author's style is that it's consistent. Thankfully, we have that here. There is no jumping from first person to third mid-chapter or randomly swapping tense from present to past. I can thankfully say I've never had to re-read a paragraph to understand the author's intent.
  • Show, Don't Tell - I can only recall one or two exposition in the course of two books. I love that the author makes it a point to show us things and let us learn and breathe the world in via actions instead of massive information dumps.
  • Thriller/Character Drama - This is a more personal choice, but a well written story in this genre always gets a plus from me. So far this story has earned that badge from me.

Story

  • Book 1 (pacing) - Well paced but seems intently slower paced to promote world building.
  • Book 2 (pacing) - With the foundation laid, the book throws more threads at the reader and raises the stakes.  Book 2 ends in a very, very different place from where book one starts. However, it didn't feel rushed in the journey from the beginning to where the plot currently is.
  • Plot development - The story is a drama/thriller and is as the genre's due it has more than a few twists and turns. This is extremely hard to try to grade because the story isn't over and certain things are hidden from the read on purpose so they can be revealed later.

Grammar

  • If this was paper being graded in school, it would get an A. It's not flawless, but the errors are minor enough that it doesn't truly detract from the whole.  As an aside, the author is proactive on fixing errors that make it to RR.

Character

  • Wonderful characters, while the cast is large everyone does seem to have their own ambitions and personalities. The author does a good job of making the characters feel like people. Generally speaking you can understand their reasoning and choices even if you don't always agree with them.  This also extends to most of the supporting characters.
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Really fricken good!! The characters are novel levels of amazing. Great depth, and oh my you really begin to hate some of the early antagonists! Can't wait for the next chapter! 

and since I need to fill in 200 characters for advanced review, let me tell you this story so far already has a quite intense conflict brewing. From the claws of politics to the superstitious law enforcement who now hunt down the MC with a religious fervor, the plot has quickened and so glad to have caught it as it's brewing!

gregoryzhukov
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The Calamity of a Reborn Witch is a very good novel (or book I guess?) about politics, intrigue and all things related. It's a creative story, written in style which is very fluid and easy to understand to a non-native english speaker like me. Grammar is also seemingless very good, but you might have to take others opinion since I am not exacly an expert on the subject.

The characters in this story are all intersting and well written, with complex personalities. When things happen to one them, I can actually feel empathy or anger or some sort of emotion, because they feel like people with their own flaws and quirks who could exist in their own way, not just plot devices which happen to progress because the story has to progress. None of them are so, so evil for the sake of the plot, or just god-given angels who are so good they would never harm a fly. Sure, some can be given more simpathy than others, but yet they're not harmless or flawless in every way, which is a pretty rare thing compared to other fictions similar to this.

The setting to unattentive viewers might seem a generic fantasy rulling class setting, just with witches instead of the generic beastmen, elfs, etc. They couldn't be more wrong. The author managed to add her own twists and turns to the story that made very mysterious and unique.

But most importantly, this story read more like a regular book than fiction common to here. The author has clearly planned ahead for everything that happens, which make it a very enjoyable reading experience. I've never felt like a single chapter was wasted on writing random stuff just so the author could fulfill the deadline he gave himself and his patreons. It's baffling this story is less recommended than Metaworld Chronicles and Kairos, which while intersting in their own regard, seemingless fall for this trap of posting filler and unintersting chapter with events happening because the author has to post something, or because he though on the fly it would look cool.

Anyways, this novel is very good. You should give it a try.

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There are certain stories that command your attention. They seize you by your emotions and don’t let you turn away for a second. The emotions vary.


It might be joy at seeing a delightful character. Wonder at a well-crafted world. Empathy with a protagonist in a dark situation.

The Calamity of a Reborn Witch has all of these things, but the emotion it wields most masterfully is spite. Spite for these horrible villains!

But, before I get into that, I should go over the other categories.

Style

Vera Anne Wolf’s style is excellent, with just the right amount of flourish to make the text pop yet smooth enough to let you glide from page to page with ease. It’s immersive, but does not wear you down.

I have no complaints and would gladly read a thousand pages written like this.

Story
Hooooo boy! If you like dark turns then stop reading this review and start reading the story immediately. By the end of the first chapter I already had a grimace from just how rough things got and this transformed into delightful dread and suspense as I dived further into the narrative.


It’s early days yet, but a quick pace combined unpredictable events brings you deep into the story. And the stakes are quite high. Great for investment.

Grammar

There are no grammar problems I detected, so not much to say here.

Character

By far Vera’s strongest aspect of this tale are the characters. Carina - the protagonist - is easy to get behind and those she’s bonded with make you want to root for them. All are well-rounded and feel like living, breathing people.

…but what really captured me about this story were the villains.

Many stories with vile antagonists can sometimes make them over the top, but not so with Calamity. No, this pack of raging jerks are the people you’ve learned to hate in daily life: the selfish socialite, the arrogant bully, the abusive parent.

But in the case of this world, they have all the power and privilege of an aristocracy to let them unleash their darkest urges with impunity.

They make you want to reach through the screen and strangle them. And that’s a good thing!

Let me tell you, even if I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the rest of the story, I would spite-read forever just to see these jerks get ground into the dirt.

Overall

Calamity gets a perfect score from me. It’s a portal fantasy with extremely dark tones and an old soul that more makes you think of a grim Narnia rather than a modern isekai. 


I thoroughly enjoyed it, and if you like stories with gravity? I think you will too.

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This one of the best written stories I've read on RR in terms of spelling, grammar, and sheer quality of prose. While the equivalent of a regency romance with fantasy elements is not my usual fare for light reading, this is truly excellent. Normally I read more Science Fiction than fantasy and more action than intrigue, but the quality of the tale keeps bringing me back. The last thing I read in a similar vein that appealed so was Lois McMaster Bujold's "A Civil Campaign". That was a space opera with lots of comedic elements and a shout out to Heyer as well. This story lacks the comedic element in favor of court intrigue. If Regency or Fantasy are more your cup than they are mine then you need to read this story. It's as good as many a professionally published tale from the established publishing houses and better than many. To the trolls who keep down rating I cry shame on thee! Such baseless calumnies only hide the true gems on this site from ourselves the readers and upset the authors who cater to our pleasures.

If you truly want something to zero rate I can always post my Star Trek fanfic "Mary Sue Dies In the End". It's not even a novel, just a short story. And it is truly awful.

While endless serials like Randidly Ghosthound, Azarinth Healer and Metaworld Chronicles are staples of this site (that I enjoy very much), sometimes a good story well told is all we'll get. But even a good short novel beats watching a series die of dysentery of the word processor as the author strains and fails to extend a tale beyond the limits of its theme and setting.

 

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Grammar
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This story is fantastically written, with characters I care about, a prologue that immediately ties into the story(always a plus) and a plot that is at once visible and mysterious. You know some of the MC's machinations, but not all, and as more are revealed you come to discover just how clever she is.

The story so far is an easy 5/5. Same for the style. Characters are all wonderfully distinct, so there's another easy 5/5.

Seriously, my only complaint is the need for minor, minor grammatical edits here and there. Like maybe three spots so far. If that.

This will be on trending in one month, mark my words. This is good.