The Runesmith

The Runesmith

by Kuropon

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What happens when a man gets transported into a foreign world filled with magic?

Will his knowledge in hardware technology help him out after he discovers its correlation to the words of power?

How will he fit in with the other noble houses as the lowly 4th son?

How will his story play out in a world where skills and stats equal power and status?


First time trying to write a LitRPG, so problems might arise x3

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Table of Contents
339 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Glossary of terms ago
Skills,Titles and other [Spoilers] ago
Chapter 1 – So it begins… with a truck! ago
Chapter 2 – Stats, skill and even more stats. ago
Chapter 3 – Geography and family. ago
Chapter 4 – Making some progress. [Updated] ago
Chapter 5 – Ascension Ritual ago
Chapter 6 – Change of plans. ago
Chapter 7 – New place old woe. ago
Chapter 8 – Adventurer's Guild ago
Chapter 9 – Slaying more goblins. ago
Chapter 10 – Forming a Party. ago
Chapter 11 – Dungeon Exploring ago
Chapter 12 – Hanging out. ago
Chapter 13 – Forgotten problems. ago
Chapter 14 – Problem resolving. ago
Chapter 15 – Loot and Research ago
Chapter 16 – Class Change. ago
Chapter 17 – Future plans. ago
Chapter 18 – Farewell ago
Chapter 19 – New beginnings. ago
Chapter 20 – Looking for Work. ago
Chapter 21 – Finding a way. ago
Chapter 22 – Auction ago
Chapter 23 – Earning coins. ago
Chapter 24 : Little Goblin Slayer to the rescue. ago
Chapter 25 – Making a deal ago
Chapter 26 – Examining scrolls ago
Chapter 27 – Revisiting the guild. ago
Chapter 28 – Setting out on an expedition. ago
Chapter 29 – Entering the Mine ago
Chapter 30 – Fighting monsters in a mine. ago
Chapter 31 – Fighting monsters in a mine part 2. ago
Chapter 32 – Fighting monsters in a mine part 3. ago
Chapter 33 – Returning to Edelgard ago
Chapter 34 – Time to become a blacksmith? ago
Chapter 35 – Crafting a ladle. ago
Chapter 36 – Getting a workshop. ago
Chapter 37 – Testing new items. ago
Chapter 38 – Home invasion. ago
Chapter 39 – Into the sewers. ago
Chapter 40 – Thieves Guild ago
Chapter 41 – Getting a better deal. ago
Chapter 42 – Hidden trouble and a new yet old workshop. ago
Chapter 43 – More smithing. ago
Chapter 44 – ‘Borrowing’ runes. ago
Chapter 45 – Nosy assistant. ago
Chapter 46 – Trouble brewing. ago
Chapter 47 – Progress ago
Chapter 48 – Thinking back and new discoveries. ago
Chapter 49 – Calm before the storm. ago
Chapter 50 – Things are not what they seem. ago
Chapter 51 – Nothing is real. ago
Chapter 52 – Making a decision. ago
Chapter 53 – Packing up. ago
Chapter 54 – Getting the name. ago
Chapter 55 – Setting out again. ago
Chapter 56 – Joining the caravan. ago
Chapter 57 – Into the mountains. ago
Chapter 58 – New headache. ago
Chapter 59 – Slightly Bigger Goblin Slayer to the rescue. ago
Chapter 60 – Impromptu Party. ago
Chapter 61 – Impromptu Party 2 ago
Chapter 62 – Arriving at the village? ago
Chapter 63 – Village rumble. ago
Chapter 64 – Solo once more. ago
Chapter 65 – Time to sail away. ago
Chapter 66 – Out at sea. ago
Chapter 67 – Dragnis Island Port. ago
Chapter 68 – Albrook ago
Chapter 69 – Getting a house. ago
Chapter 70 – Spring cleaning. ago
Chapter 71 – Descending into the dungeon. ago
Chapter 72 – Dungeon first floor. ago
Chapter 73 – Slow new start. ago
Chapter 74 – Renovation and Auction. ago
Chapter 75 – Moving forward. ago
Chapter 76 – Crimson Adventurer ago
Chapter 77 – Choosing a new class. ago
Chapter 78 – Tier 2 trial part 1 ago
Chapter 79 – Tier 2 trial part 2 ago
Chapter 80 – Tier 2 trial part 3 ago
Chapter 81 – Tier 2 class ago
Chapter 82 – Runic Gauntlet ago
Chapter 83 – Silver Rank Test ago
Chapter 84 – Fight at the guild. ago
Chapter 85 – Going down to the 10th floor. ago
Chapter 86 – Golem ago
Chapter 87 – Great Reward? ago
Chapter 88 – Unwanted sleepover. ago
Chapter 89 – Dog and Assistant. ago
Chapter 90 – Puppy registration. ago
Chapter 91 – Registration and ranking up. ago
Chapter 92 – Giving a name. ago
Chapter 93 – Going further below. ago
Chapter 94 – Windmill ago
Chapter 95 – Weighting the options. ago
Chapter 96 – Tracking down the perpetrators. ago
Chapter 97 – Taking out the trash. ago
Chapter 98 – Round 2 ago
Chapter 99 – Getting emotional. ago
Chapter 100 – Filling out some paperwork. ago
Chapter 101 – Future plans. ago
Chapter 102 – Orphans ago
Chapter 103 – The hearing. ago
Chapter 104 – A new business venture? ago
Chapter 105 – Getting drunk. ago
Chapter 106 – First Evolution ago
Chapter 107 – Don’t like where this is going. ago
Chapter 108 – Another expedition and preparations. ago
Chapter 109 – Pre-Preparations ago
Chapter 110 – New Party. ago
Chapter 111 – Nobles arrive. ago
Chapter 112 – Making them wait. ago
Chapter 113 – Slow starts. ago
Chapter 114 – Knights in a dungeon. ago
Chapter 115 – Dungeon camping. ago
Chapter 116 – Runic Groupie ago
Chapter 117 – Gaining knowledge. ago
Chapter 118 – On a cliff. ago
Chapter 119 – Trapped. ago
Chapter 120 – More trouble on the horizon. ago
Chapter 121 – Rare and Shiny ago
Chapter 122 – Second home invasion. ago
Chapter 123 – Long corridors. ago
Chapter 124 – Going in reverse? ago
Chapter 125 – Tough fight. ago
Chapter 126 – Resting before the return. ago
Chapter 127 – Scorching tides. ago
Chapter 128 – Time to return. ago
Chapter 129 – Back home. ago
Chapter 130 – Getting his cut. ago
Chapter 131 – Going to the bank. ago
Chapter 132 – Out shopping. ago
Chapter 133 – Runic Shield. ago
Chapter 134 – Brotherly bonds. ago
Chapter 135 – Family. ago
Chapter 136 – Preparing for business. ago
Chapter 137 – Smelting. ago
Chapter 138 – Busy days of building up. ago
Chapter 139 – Making an appointment. ago
Chapter 140 – Golem core. ago
Chapter 141 – New Acquaintance. ago
Chapter 142 – Presentation. ago
Chapter 143 – Hiring. ago
Chapter 144 – Work. ago
Chapter 145 – Misunderstanding. ago
Chapter 146 – Report. ago
Chapter 147 – Golem. ago
Chapter 148 – Testing the new creation. ago
Chapter 149 – Think fast. ago
Chapter 150 – Pesky dwarves. ago
Chapter 151 – Fired. ago
Chapter 152 – Shady business. ago
Chapter 153 – To the Den of Thieves. ago
Chapter 154 – The black market. ago
Chapter 155 – Black market hospitality. ago
Chapter 156 – Underworld dealings. ago
Runesmith: Chapter 157 – Runic Emporium. ago
Chapter 158 – Foggy future. ago
Chapter 159 –Early customers. ago
Chapter 160 – Back in business. ago
Chapter 161 – Back at the estate. ago
Chapter 162 – Time moves on. ago
Chapter 163 – Skipping ahead. ago
Chapter 164 – Fresh relationship. ago
Chapter 165 – Time to explore again. ago
Chapter 166 – Back for the loot. ago
Chapter 167 – Time to mine. ago
Chapter 168 – Metals, metals everywhere. ago
Chapter 169 – Interesting discovery. ago
Chapter 170 – Minor annoyance. ago
Chapter 171 – Returning home to some news. ago
Chapter 172 – The noble. ago
Chapter 173 – At the City Square. ago
Chapter 174 – New man in town. ago
Chapter 175 – Is it getting hot in here? ago
Chapter 176 – Happy days. ago
Chapter 177 – Eviction notice. ago
Chapter 178 – More problems. ago
Chapter 179 – Sneaking around the city. ago
Chapter 180 – What’s in the box? ago
Chapter 181 – Getting dressed. ago
Chapter 182 – Meeting the city Lord. ago
Chapter 183 – Strange noble. ago
Chapter 184 – Secrets. ago
Chapter 185 – Blasting away. ago
Chapter 186 – Testing grind area. ago
Chapter 187 – Fast levels. ago
Chapter 188 – Oh god, my eye! ago
Chapter 189 – Visiting the Church. ago
Chapter 190 – Agni Evolves into… ago
Chapter 191 – Choose your class. ago
Chapter 192 – A new Trial a new test. ago
Chapter 193 – A new Trial a new test part 2. ago
Chapter 194 – A new Trial a new test part 3. ago
Chapter 195 – A new Trial a new test part 4. ago
Chapter 196 – No more stress. ago
Chapter 197 – New field of study. ago
Chapter 198 – Back to work. ago
Chapter 199 – Visiting the Auction House. ago
Chapter 200 – Buyers gathering. ago
Chapter 201 – Going once, going twice, sold! ago
Chapter 202 – Looking towards the future. ago
Chapter 203 – Call to adventure. ago
Chapter 204 – New party members. ago
Chapter 205 – Trouble already? ago
Chapter 206 – Old acquaintances. ago
Chapter 207 – Setting out again. ago
Chapter 208 – Traveling. ago
Chapter 209 – Failed ambush. ago
Chapter 210 – Hey, wait a minute… ago
Chapter 211 – Troublesome armor. ago
Chapter 212 – Dark ritual. ago
Chapter 213 – Trying to be sneaky. ago
Chapter 214 – Hacking some runes. ago
Chapter 215 – Not looking good. ago
Chapter 216 – Unexpected ally. ago
Chapter 217 – The aftermath. ago
Chapter 218 – Time to go back. ago
Chapter 219 – Not over yet? ago
Chapter 220 – Nobody Expects The Solarian Inquisition. ago
Chapter 221 – Mission debrief. ago
Chapter 222 – Golden Rank Achieved. ago
Chapter 223 – Touring the city. ago
Chapter 224 – Ahoy. ago
Chapter 225 – Looming threat. ago
Chapter 226 – Here we go again. ago
Chapter 227 – Toasty. ago
Chapter 228 – Down into the tunnels. ago
Chapter 229 – It’s too quiet… ago
Chapter 230 – Making a run for it. ago
Chapter 231 – Getting to the ship. ago
Chapter 232 – Making it out alive. ago
Chapter 233 – Back on land. ago
Chapter 234 – Coming home. ago
Chapter 235 – Going for a checkup. ago
Chapter 236 – Checkup. ago
Chapter 237 – Flexing? ago
Chapter 238 – The first patient. ago
Chapter 239 – Deadline. ago
Chapter 240 – Time to get to work. ago
Chapter 241 – Back in the workshop. ago
Chapter 242 – Fiddling with divine runes. ago
Chapter 243 – Time for the hammer. ago
Chapter 244 – Something for smashing. ago
Chapter 245 – Hastening the process. ago
Chapter 246 – Weapon testing. ago
Chapter 247 – Foxy. ago
Chapter 248 – Back in the dungeon. ago
Chapter 249 – Easy one on one. ago
Chapter 250 – Skeletal friends. ago
Chapter 251 – Quick progress. ago
Chapter 252 – Fast progression yet again. ago
Chapter 253 – Unsatisfying options. ago
Chapter 254 – Angry Skeleton. ago
Chapter 255 – Toxic work environment. ago
Chapter 256 – Freedom! ago
Chapter 257 – Youngsters. ago
Chapter 258 – Young Workers. ago
Chapter 259 – Family dinner. ago
Chapter 260 – Investigating the dungeon. ago
Chapter 261 – Helpless Adventurers ago
Chapter 262 – Leap of faith ago
Chapter 263 – The chase begins. ago
Chapter 264 – Time to evacuate. ago
Chapter 265 – Evacuating the miners. ago
Chapter 266 – Blasting away again. ago
Chapter 267 – Obsidian soldiers. ago
Chapter 268 – News spreads. ago
Chapter 269 – Troublesome thoughts. ago
Chapter 270 – Uneasiness. ago
Chapter 271 - Evacuating the compound. ago
Chapter 272 – Bunkering up. ago
Chapter 273 – The skeletons are loose. ago
Chapter 274 – Defending. ago
Chapter 275 – Weighing the choices. ago
Chapter 276 – Time to spill the beans? ago
Chapter 277 – New Contract. ago
Chapter 278 – Spicy deal. ago
Chapter 279 – Preparing for a skeleton. ago
Chapter 280 – Help not coming? ago
Chapter 281 – Spying on the enemy. ago
Chapter 282 – The Second Siege Starts. ago
Chapter 283 – Second Siege. ago
Chapter 284 – Breach. ago
Chapter 285 – Runes vs Spells. ago
Chapter 286 – Walking into a trap. ago
Chapter 287 – Tactical Withdrawal. ago
Chapter 288 – Bones breaking. ago
Chapter 289 – Update. ago
Chapter 290 – Angry Wolf. ago
Chapter 291 – Platinum Adventurers. ago
Chapter 292 – Aftermath. ago
Chapter 293 – Angry and Worried. ago
Chapter 294 – On with the scheme. ago
Chapter 295 – Working long hours again. ago
Chapter 296 – Drilling through. ago
Chapter 297 – Working in the dungeon. ago
Chapter 298 – Mapping the new dungeon. ago
Chapter 299 – Time running out. ago
Chapter 300 – News Spreading. ago
Chapter 301 – Dungeon Grind Ends. ago
Chapter 302 – An Unforeseen Choice. ago
Chapter 303 – Tier 3 Trial Starts. ago
Chapter 304 – Tier 3 Trial Part 1 ago
Chapter 305 – Tier 3 Trial Part 2 ago
Chapter 306 – Tier 3 Trial Part 3. ago
Chapter 307 – Tier 3 Trial Part 4? ago
Chapter 308 – Tier 3 Trial Intermission ago
Chapter 309 – Tier 3 Trial Part 5. ago
Chapter 310 – Tier 3 Trial Part 6. ago
Chapter 311 – Tier 3 Trial Part 7. ago
Chapter 312 – Tier 3 Trial Part 8. ago
Chapter 313– Tier 3 Trial Part 9. ago
Chapter 314– Tier 3 Trial Part 10. ago
Chapter 315– Tier 3 Trial Part 11. ago
Chapter 316– Tier 3 Trial Part 12. ago
Chapter 317– Tier 3 Trial Ends. ago
Chapter 318– Tier 3 Enhancements. ago
Chapter 319– Back Home. ago
Chapter 320 – Advanced Tinkering. ago
Chapter 321 – More Tests. ago
Chapter 322 – Trouble Arrives. ago
Chapter 323 – Hostile Takeover. ago
Chapter 324 – Not So Gallant. ago
Chapter 325 – Shedding Blood. ago
Chapter 326 – Indignation. ago
Chapter 327 – Knighting Oneself? ago
Chapter 328 – Throwing Weight Around. ago
Chapter 329 – Let The Duel Commence! ago
Chapter 330 – Tier 3 Duel. ago
Chapter 331 – Honorless Behaviour. ago
Chapter 332 – Talk Between Bastards. ago
Chapter 333 – Unhappy Nobleman. ago
Chapter 334 – Mithril Smelting. ago
Chapter 335 – Family Business. ago
Chapter 336 – Future Plans. ago
Chapter 337 – Small Payback. ago

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Love the idea, world etc. Writing creaks a lot.

Reviewed at: Chapter 96 – Tracking down the perpetrators.

I like the idea enough to be near halfway through it.

However the grammar and style structure is a grind. 

The issue is both tenses, expanded sentences and a ton of tell not show per sentence. I don't mean long sentences either, but use of lots of trivial articles and in between words that are unnecessary. I adore well crafted, byzantine, labyrinthine, twisty, turny, branching and looping and exploratory great soaring diving wondering sentences of arcane and insane depth and complexity - just attempt to make every word count. 

E.g. Roland continued, his grinding stone and sandpaper were used.

Maybe? He used then grindstone and sandpaper to complete his task. 

Another: On the next day, he managed to get done with polishing and it was time to attach a wooden handle. 

Maybe? Next day, after completing the polishing, he began work on the handle. He outlined the shape needed on two blocks of wood using the replica as a guide, carved these out and attached them to the sword with rivets. 

OK, so my rushed phone typed edits are not so hot but my point is, every paragraph has this. 

Why am I writing so much for this review?

I like the world building, I like the premise of the character and I laughed at the funny trope of the isakai truck scene.

Part of me feels this is the kind of story that with a serious, dedicated and thorough edit of just the sentence tense style and structure, could be a wonderful tale to put into a series on Amazon kindle etc.

Oh alright, I know this site is often just enthusiasts just throwing their stuff up because they love doing it and I love it and them for it. 


I've had a great time reading royal road stories and one of my friends now has her own tale on here and patreon because of how I see it.

So, if my critique helps the author at all, then great. 

Now everyone else can rightfully point out that not a scrap of my own writing exists on here at time of this review. 

Aye and I know.

I don't trust myself to stick to a schedule and finish stuff!

Also, I can craft some sentences, even make up shit on the hoof but building a world and solid plot? Yeah... I'll try it sometime and you can judge.



Good concepts, mediocre execution

Reviewed at: Chapter 115 – Dungeon camping.

Overall, I find Runesmith very compelling. It digs into crafting and magic and their actual mechanics in a depth that I've not seen before, and does this through a hero who is intelligent and driven rather than omnisciently capable. I also appreciate the (at least for me) unexpected connections drawn between 

the main character's career as an computer specialist and the runic magic he uses in the story.

This take on magic really pulled me into the story and kept me reading it as the chapters went on.

Unfortunately, the storytelling is poorly done, with a disappointing lack of sentence variation and emotion. This detracts from immersion in the story and the characters as a whole and takes away some from the interesting mechanical background mentioned above--it's harder to appreciate the complexity and depth of information about magic when the style is so stilted.

The grammar is similarly lacking, inconsistent verb tense and dropped commas abound. Generally, the errors are not too glaring, but they do detract from the story.

The story, on the other hand, is engaging and enjoyable. The concepts are not unique but they are well used, and the hero is relatable and fairly believable. I've read through all the current chapters (up to 115 at time of writing) and I look forward to reading more.


I really want to like the story, but I can't

Reviewed at: Chapter 154 – The black market.

First up my rating style:
1 Star - this is poor/really bad
2 Stars - below average
3 Stars - average
4 Stars - enjoyable/good execution
5 Stars - amazing/zero flaws

EDIT after catching up to chapter 128:
So because I really enjoyed the premise I kept reading and I have to say I do enjoy it a lot more again. Obviously, there are still the same issues with the story, especially in between chapters 60-95 or so. For a more in-depth analysis read the "OLD" part of the review.
Firstly, not every new female character that gets introduced has a huge bust, though some of the females still appear somewhat shallow, it is a good improvement.
Grammar is better in my opinion though I am not an authority on the matter.
The style is something I still struggle with somewhat. From time to time the story/pacing is just all over the place. I would really appreciate it if the author could indicate time skips through "---------" or some other form.
I still really like the story, sadly the inconsistency mentioned below will keep it at the current rating.
I will increase the rating for the last 20 chapters to around 4.25 which would result in a 3.75 for the whole story. Though be aware that there is a pretty big speed bumb in the middle.
It really hurts me to give this story such a bad overall rating, especially since the story is quite nice and without any issues, in the other areas, I would have gladly given it a 4.5 overall score. Heck, I would have done that, if there wasn't once issue.

Inconsistency is the issue for me. One of the best examples of this is world-building. Generally it is really good and interesting but it just doesn't hold up to scrutiny at all.

"Roland wanted to remind Bernir about dropping the honorifics but then he remembered. He was actually about double the age of this young man, so acting as his master wouldn’t be that out of the ordinary."

This is our PoV protagonist and he is talking to someone younger than him that wants to be his apprentice.

The character is around 16-17 years old. This means that "this young man" is firstly a child/boy with around 8 years. Ok this is borderline acceptable within the world building.

What is not acceptable however is that the MC got his first class at a super young age of 10 (super young in this world). It costs 2 small gold coins to manage that (around 2000$) but also has his second class. A total level of 45. The MC has a noble background while the boy is from a village and seems to have a poorer background. We also learn that most get awakened at the age of 15-16...

Issues like that appear sadly all to frequently.

Style is sadly only acceptable as well. Many people here in the ratings complain about "show don't tell" not being upheld. This is in my opinion not a good critique, as "info dumps" are not necessarily bad, if well done.

The infodumps used on the story overall are not bad though. What most people probably don't like, is that the same info is dumped on you multiple times, sometimes even in the same chapter just a few paragraphs between.

The rest of the style of writing is good though, so I think that with some improvements and editing this could very well reach 4-5 Stars.

Something I personally don't like but will not take any stars away is that the switching of PoVs is fluid. As in you can't see by scrolling through the text were one PoV ends and the next begins.

Characters are harder to rate, as the protagonist likes to do his own thing primarily.

I would like to give a higher rating, and I would have if I was rating this story at around chapter 30. A few of the characters introduced are bad, like they were actually really stupid and their bad character traits were way over the top.

The MC overall is alright. The primary issue I have with the character is that the stat intelligence actually increases someone's intelligence or at least comprehesion and thinking speed. Despite having said stat fairly high he sometimes lacks the ability to make smart decisions - even when there is no time pressure.

The Grammar is hard to rate for me, as my grammar is not great either.

However sometimes the sentence structure is difficult to read, and I would be willing to bet that if all the grammatical errors were cleared up, that many of the reviews would be more positive towards the story.

The big plus point in my opinion is the story the system is fairly well designed and I will not go into any spoilers here, but especially the class up system is really nice.

The exploration of the world is done well too and I generally enjoyed the described events.

For everyone that is looking for a purely action based story, you are wrong here. If you are interested in a combination of action/adventure/slice of life. This is a solid choice story wise.

Personally I think many of the fight scenes are too long, but I am sure most would disagree here with me.

The primary reasons I deducted half a star here is because the inconsistencies also take away from the enjoyablity of the story.

Lastly, I would prefer it, if all of the skills the MC gets are listed, as if they are not it feels almost like plot armor if we suddenly here of a newly gained skill. This would also be great after timeskips to see the progression we missed.

PS: Kuropon, I know it can be hard to read such dishartening/negative reviews, but I am willing to change my rating to the better if the issues are adressed. And overall the story is good. If you feel that some of my points are unjust feel free to send me a direct message here and I will try to elaborate.


*Sigh*. I don't like writing negative reviews, but if I only ever review things positively, that wouldn't be honest and good for RR. So here goes.

Good bits first.


There's a plot here. Not a particularly complex one, from what I can see, but it's enjoyable. There is a sense of progression, much more than the typical isekai webfic.

It's also down-to-earth. No silly overpowered protagonist here. The author puts in effort to build the world up, especially the magic system. They could have done better... but I could say that about nearly any story. There are details you don't often see in web fiction, like a map.

Unfortunately, there is a significant problem with pacing. Sometimes it's great. Sometimes, it's slow. By the end of it, however, I skimmed so much every chapter in the hopes of the plot picking back up, that there was no longer any point in reading. If it wasn't for that, this aspect would be an easy 4 or 4.5.


The protagonist is likeable. A rational human being who is neither a goody two shoes, nor heartless. His ambitions are relatable, and he sets himself above many other isekai protagonists by stopping to think about important decisions and making sensible judgements. It's nice.

Unfortunately, he's bland. He has no likes or dislikes. No hobbies carry over into his new life. He's a crafter, but he doesn't seem to take satisfaction in his work. He has no eccentricities, quirks or addictions. If you asked me which nationality he was in his past life, I couldn't tell you.

Beyond the protagonist, there are all the supporting characters. They, too, are lacklustre, and they seem to follow stereotypes and tropes too closely. Nobles are snobs; Warriors are dumb; Merchants measure all successes and failures in nothing but coin; Religious folk sound like NPCs stuck on a cycle (to be fair, that's partly because preaching is a literal magic mechanic). It's tiresome.

I've seen a few patterns emerge, the chiefest of them is that most people  have short tempers (excluding the protagonist, thankfully). It only takes one mishap to bring about a hissy-fit. Fists are slammed, tables are broken, words are shouted, glassware is thrown...


I consider grammar a semantics score, not just whether the author missed a comma here or there.

Credit where it's due: the author does use Grammarly, and it shows. And they correct specific things that are pointed out.

But there are a lot of problems: missing words, poor word choice, clumsy sentence structure, redundant phrasing, the occasional awkward paragraph break (for example, a new line after dialogue but before the corresponding sentence identifying who spoke). I'm not sure that even covers it all.


Sadly, this is what will kill the experience for most readers. Here are the problems I noticed:

 - Dialogue used in place of narrative description.

 - Dialogue used for needless exposition.

 - After the first five or so chapters, it still felt like the story hadn't begun, like reading a prologue.

 - Passive voice saps the life out of the story. It makes the protagonist seem weak willed, when he isn't, and robs narrative tension. Coupled with many lengthy inner monologues, what would have been a curious romp becomes a slog.

 - Despite the verbosity, there is often not an adequate description of settings, impeding immersion.

 - Point of view is vague and whimsical. It switches from 3rd Limited to 3rd Omniscient and back without warning. The omniscient moments are usually there to show others' reaction to the protagonist, something which is invariably overdone and overblown. Please just choose a perspective character for each scene and stick to them.

 - Many chapters do one small thing with a full chapter, where a simple paragraph or three would have served much better. The rest is meandering chaff. Sometimes I like slice of life, but not without excellent characterisation.

 - No subtlety. Forget about reading between the lines, nuanced prose, any of that.

I don't want to discourage the author from writing but, up to what I've read, that's how it is.


The novel started out fine, but just becomes tedious to read after some time.

A lot of the chapters towards the end feel like they could've been combined together and nothing of significance would have been lost. 

There are character interactions, which feel significant at the time you are reading the interaction but then are not as soon as the story moves on to something else. 


I really like the world the author has created. Its differences to our own are are reflected in the plot and the attitudes of the characters, other than the main (presumably from our world). There is some interesting creativity in the reflection of scrolls and runes to circuitry and programming. I want to see how these ideas are used. Furthermore, the story is a fair balance between action and crafting, which is probably difficult to pull off.

Most of the characters have complexity, or if undeveloped, there are suggestions of development to come. A few are common tropes, but I don't think it detracts much, and serves more as a shorthand for the reader.

However, the writing could do with a great deal of editing and refinement. When in action or conversation it's generally fine, but exposition is poor. A certain person somehow does something in a certain place far too often. That's exaggerated, but it doesn't only happen from the perspective of a character, which would be more understandable. The phrasing also appears for the omniscient narrator (not personified). Sentences are not infrequently repetitive or oddly constructed, with no obvious grammar or spell check run.

These stylistic and mechanical problems really detract from what could be an interesting story. I was interested enough to read to the current point, and maybe even to check out more of it later. However, without an editor there is much better content available.


Great content, mediocre execution

Reviewed at: Chapter 214 – Hacking some runes.

It started much more interesting, but the latest chapters haven't been great IMO. The premise is great and its potential even greater. I find myself almost skipping much of the content as they are either redundant, padding, or both. 

The story tells rather than shows more often than I would like. Some spelling and grammar issues are fine, but too often being here early gives you a poorer experience than coming back to it later. The story also seems to have a habit of adding side characters that are eventually discarded. Perhaps the story will come back to them later, I think its latest chapter might be trying to do some of that now, but to be honest, very few of the side characters are interesting enough for me to care.

The main character seemed more interesting initially as well, but they seem too reactive for my taste. Which is weird, as they do seem to have a goal, and they seem to try to keep moving forward toward that goal, but when I read about him, it's as if I'm reading about a very passive character. I'm not sure, but I think it's their lackadaisical attitude that lowers my interest in what he's doing.

But the worst part remains to be my first complaint. It feels padded. So many words, so many chapters where I feel like nothing happened. Which, again, is weird. Things are obviously happening, but it feels like no progress is being made in some chapters. Heck, some of the chapters where it feels like nothing happens are the chapters where the protagonist levels up.

Miner Knight

As I said it's a decent start but drops into mediocre for me. It's the same old isekai story with little to nothing unique about it. I’ll be giving this one a pass for now.

I'll also say that it needs a lot of editing. Beyond simple grammatical errors and misspelling that could be fixed by pasting the story in a google doc the author sometimes uses odd stilted sentences.

  • "He and the girls were supposed to head into the lower floors of the dungeon this day, but from his standpoint that would have to wait till the next day." Chapter 12
  • "He closed his eyes and rubbed the space between the eyebrows and his nose that was called the glabella." Chapter 13


It’s a no from me dawg.


The story flow is not smooth nor does the MC make logical decisions or put effort into improving. It's just a story. Sorry... The punctuations and mispellings make it really hard to stay involved in the story. Overall I would say the story needs a lot more editing. And the MC needs something to make him a character worth reading about.


Was good in the beginning, but lost focus.

Reviewed at: Chapter 325 – Shedding Blood.

I loved this book when it first came out. It was great in the beginning, centered almost entirely around its main selling point, which is crafting stuff and the main character  figuring things out like a jigsaw puzzle that you have to venture out and find or make the pieces yourself. It was a delight to read.

But then as the chapters continued, the focus of the story started to shift away from the original attraction point. Sure, a battle-centered chapter once in a while is good to keep things fresh and give the MC more materials and inspiration to work with, but there are certain parts of the story that drag on too much, like for example,

an entire 20 chapters back to back solely about an escort quest. Not to mention that a sizable length of the non-combat scenarios in those 20~ish chapters were filler, inconsequential small talk and actions that aren't usually important enough to be mentioned.
The people Roland worked together with in that escort mission were also very one dimensional and hollow, Something about their dialogue made them really annoying to read in my opinion. 

The book is full of interesting detail when it comes to the crafting, but pushes suspense of disbelief to its limit every time something happens. After a few cycles of the same structure, it can be observed that when a "crisis" type of plot point happens, everything HAS to go wrong, just to extend the non-crafting related plot points well beyond their expiry date. 

When a story forces the main character into one crisis after another without stopping, the reader will eventually stop associating the story's "crisises" as actual dangerous points for the main character, and the story becomes more boring without the tension.  

Reviewed at Chapter 286.