Returning to a previous life she doesn’t remember, Tori wakes up in a fantasy world as the heir to an empire. One where magic called cultivation rules. While doing research and kickstarting an industrialization, she has to deal with a family of transmigrators, politics, and spirits. Maybe she’ll even figure out why some of them keep trying to kill her.
Life in a different world has its challenges, even if it’s the life you’re supposed to lead.
This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek take on a transmigration/cultivation novel. The story will be more focused on characters than action. A few characters, including the MC, are LGBT+.
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This book really suits my tastes in almost every way, and as a fan of the less popular niche of laid back fantasy, this was a very welcomed find.
Starting with the writing style.
The story is written in the first person, but honestly, it reads more like a closed third person, but with 'I' instead of the character's name. The author uses the perspective well too help us understand the character and her motivations, but we don't get any more knowledge about the character's thoughts and emotions than the occasional surface thought. The style lends itself to the story itself quite well but there is a slight lack of emotional intensity that one would expect from the first-person perspective. The humour is often well-executed and the dialogue isn't awkward or preachy.
There isn't much to say about the grammar. Its really well managed and any small mistake is usually fixed as soon as the author notices it.
The characters are all well written, you like who you are supposed to like and dislike who you're supposed to dislike, which is harder to accomplish than some people think. Some characters get a lot more development than others so as a reader you're likely to pick and choose favourites between them, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The main character is probably one of the worst written characters in the story, but only comparatively. The main issue with her is that she seems somewhat convenient. She's a research nerd and is anti-social when she needs to be but she trades banter like a seasoned pro and picks up one night stands at a whim. You can tell the author put a lot of thought into developing the character and tries to balance her out as much as possible but it sometimes reads like exactly that. Sometimes you get the feeling that the author just really wanted you to like the character so she shoved as many 'likable' traits on to her as possible and threw in a couple of 'flaws' without much thought for coherency.
As harsh as that sounds I don't particularly mean that as a criticism, and I gave the character score a 4.5 for a reason. The character struggles with two identities, one of which is real to her, but the other which is real to everyone around her. This clutter of different personality traits and lack of identity coherency could be what leads to the disorganized nature of the main character and if that is so, is actually very impressive.
The story itself is pretty stable and the characters are most definitely the stars of the story. The author writes in arcs so I can't speak much on the whole story until it's finished, but it's a nice enough read. Another starring point about the book is the world-building. you can tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort developing it and it's really interesting if you are willing to take the time to dive into the imaginary world.
Overall it's a really nice book with enjoyable characters and an interesting enough plot and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a well written light fantasy novel.
The concept of a society that is constantly getting these injections of culture from other worlds is interesting, and I hope it develops further in a very thought-out way. The grammar is great, especially in comparison to other stories on this site. The main character is an intelligent science major, which I get a feeling is a stand-in for the author, not that that's a bad thing. The only problem I have is there is a lack of momentum in the story. If you either added a conflict or a "mystery box", something that gets the audience desperate to turn the page, it would be a better read, rather then relying on world-building and interesting characters. All in all, I enjoyed reading what I did. It was interesting and well written, I just didn't have a drive to keep reading. But if you like slice-of-life I'm sure you'll enjoy this.
Grammar is good, not alot of cliche tropes and if there are some they dont feel unnecessary.
Story has a nice pace, characters have proper interactions, no court drama wich is rare atleast so far.
Its kind of slice of life with magic, some cultivation here and there, some atempts to bring science from her previous world to curent one. Overall so far light-hearted good read.
So our MCs soul got sent to another world, whitch is apperently normal for royal family.
She has 2 siblings in her curent life and mother, well she is empress so yea she has harem and so we dont know who the father is and even so it doesnt metter. Her soul went to another world when she had 18 years or so so no toddler bs.
She and her family have a nice relationship no random killing, poisoning between them, and its pretty nice.
A xianxia/xuanhuan slice of life story with a very interesting initial premise that can be explored further. Does not include too many of the usual tropes.
Style: Does not suffer from info-dumps and over exposition.
The sentences are a bit too passive. There is no real urgency in the plot but since it is mostly a slice-of-life, it fits. The main character feels like she integrated into her environment too quickly.
Minor hooks are introduced but not used. The protagonist adapts rather quickly to her circumstances which feels unrealistic and wastes the potential of the reverse reincarnation premise.
Observations are passive, the first person perspective explains the heroine's deeper thoughts, which is good, but the passive style drags action scenes and makes them less interesting.
Characters: Characterisation is a bit off. The side characters need more fleshing out. It suffers from too many bystanders that are only present for a chapter or two to make the heroine look better, like what all xianxia seem to suffer from.
On the other hand, the characters relevant to the story are made well and believable. I believe the way the Empress is tackled is done well. I had to reread all the interactions and it felt better the second time with the transmigrator angle. The bodyguard and siblings are very interesting and deserve some more screen time of their own.
Dialogue is also slightly cringy at times. Creating different speaking styles for each person is recommended since they tend to read similar to each other.
Story: It is a slice-of-life and the pacing reflects that. Don't expect a murder hobo protagonist and gobs of action scenes thrown at you but there are unfired Chekov's guns present in the initial chapters.
The cultivation aspect is derivative and the science from the transmigration angle could be used to make it more unique than it already is. The small interludes explaining the world are interesting.
Grammar: No problems with grammar, paragraphs could be slightly shorter.
It's a solid 4-star slice of life cultivation with an interesting premise that could be expanded upon more. I think it simply suffers from a lack of hook.
Before I begin, I would like to mention how thrilled I am to read an isekai with an LGBT+ protagonist, and it's even more exciting that she's a woman! Extra bonus points for this. :) Even more bonus points for having the plot be driven by these women, especially the empress mother. She's easily both my favorite and the most fascinating character, and I think these characters are the strongest point of this story.
I'm usually not the biggest fan of a first person point of view, but considering the choice of a stream of consciousness style narrative. It also works well with a transmigration focused story, as we want to know the thoughts of the characters who are pushed intro strange worlds. That's the very beating heart of the genre, after all!
The grammar is good, especially for a writer whose first language isn't English. Thank you so mucn for writing, and I can't wait to read more from you!
Everything with this story is exceptional. It has delightful world-building, realistic characters that don't fall flat, a smoothly progressing storytelling, and perhaps best of all for a play on the transmigrator trope, an MC who doesn't immediately want to conquer the world (even though she'll be Empress one day) or forget everything about how things on Earth worked. I love the idea of a soul going on a journey as well, which is kinda related to something of my own. Well, in the same way human dna is related to bananas. I digress.
The point is, READ THIS! you will NOT be disappointed.
Reverse Reincarnation is a story about a girl who was, well, reverse reincarnated. She finds that all her time on earth was just a "soul journey" made by a royal princess, and that she has lost all her memories of her life before her journey.
Now, let me emphasize that this story is not a super-fast, balls-to-the-wall action-packed cultivation romp. If that was what you were coming for, don't be mad when it doesn't deliver on that. However, it's wonderfully done for what it is, which is a fun slice-of-life type progression with an emphasis on characters.
This story is written in first person, but despite normally preferring third person limited/deep, this story thrives off of its POV. The MC is a smart cookie, and I love the looks into her mind as she analyzes her foreign situations and comes to a logical decision. Also, her thirsting over the royal guards made me giggle, and that would have been a lot harder to pull off in third limited.
The grammar was near impeccable, and if there were any errors in the chapters that I read, I didn't notice them.
The prose is also wonderful, with the MC's thoughts and the things going on around her intertwined perfectly. I'm not really sure how to describe this, but Tejoka's writing is just really easy to read. It's like I can just relax and let the words flow over me. The only teeny tiny thing that I have a problem with is that sometimes scenes go by a tad too fast, which is definitely something I struggle with too. (That also might be the only reason I noticed, so take this with a grain of salt)
Overall, if you're looking for a fun slice of life with wonderful narration and spectacular writing, maybe give this one a try! Also, like I said, I can't explain it, but Tejoka's writing is just relaxing. I could read this story all day :)
If you try this book, please ensure that you go beyond the first chapter, it does get good.
Speaking of the first chapter, I do find it awkward with the new self-discovery. That is easily forgiven as the story progresses in the future chapters.
We have a nice complement of bonus chapters that help flesh out the world.
The author's style is pretty good. After getting into the meat of it I really began to enjoy it. There are fast forward jumps in time that are a little jarring but the story makes up for it.
Grammar is really well done with very few issues that would drive away even someone with exceptionally high standards.
There could be a few more hooks into the story at times to keep exciting, however, I believe that due to how causal of a speed we go at times it works.
I've enjoyed the book so far and would encourage anyone to give it an honest try and don't be thrown by the initial self-discovery in the first chapter.
Not a bad story, but also not a great story. The chapters are around 1000 words each, so if you read fast there is a lot of clicking and the author has a tendency to end chapters with told summaries. The unique twist was the 'soul journey' there-and-back-again reincarnation, but beyond that appears to be a stand cultivation novel with slow pacing. The MC is also the empress's daughter and gets some freebies, so the setting is more slice of life than struggle.
The story wasn't exactly aligned with what I typically read, but objectively, it hit all the things that would sell it as a good story.
The pacing is decent, although I'd suggest adding a bit more "attention grabbing" material to the chapters if possible. The pacing otherwise is very casual, imo. Not that that's a bad thing, but just a helpful hint. Otherwise, the grammar is at an adept level where errors are few and far between, and the chapters are a decent enough length where it's not too short to cuck you but also not long enough to where it drowns you mentally.
The transmigration aspects of the MC as they passed over was what really interested me. Most isekai stories glaze over the actual crossing over just to get down to the main plot. I liked how the author didn't do that, and actually showed us the inner thoughts of the MC as she tried to come to terms with everything as it happened. That was probably the biggest aspect that gave her some relatability and humanity as a reader.
So far, though? You have a solid foundation for a story. Keep it going!