The Runesmith

The Runesmith

by Kuropon

Warning This fiction contains:
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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
341 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
Chapter 338 – Named Set. ago
Chapter 339 – Crash Landing. ago

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Interesting story, writing lags behind

Reviewed at: Chapter 61 – Impromptu Party 2

First of all, I must say I do enjoy the story - I wouldn't have read it to this day otherwise.

The worldbuilding is good, the story keeps moving on interesting ways.

But I must point out the flaws and things that have been bugging me for a good while in hopes of helping the author mature. Those would be writing style, choice of words and pacing.

The descriptions of the MC's thought processes... suck. It's often passive and it's somewhat boring. Unfortunately, they are very common. It seems to create distance between the reader and the MC when it should do exactly the opposite. People repeat it for a reason: more showing, less telling. The dialogue feels a bit wooden because of that as well - you tell everything beforehand and then... it's no fun.

I've gotta question some of the choices about when to focus on something and when to skip ahead. Specially from chapter to chapter, it's often changing wildly from the last time we saw the MC. It's a valuable tool in a story, but I feel it's very overused here, messing up the pacing constantly.

Everyone has some favorite words, I get that, I do too. But please, stop with the 'youth'. Whenever I see a new chapter, I think - ah, it's the youth story. Make an effort to vary your choice of words! It'll be worth it.

Hope I haven't come out too harsh, but I admit it's frustrating having something with so much potential, but so rocky to read.


Good start but worsens as it goes on

Reviewed at: Chapter 82 – Runic Gauntlet

Ignore chapter reviewed at, I'm actually at 102 on their patreon which I'm dropping after this month.

It is with a heavy heart I write this review. This story started off well but has since been getting worse and worse as time goes on. It has an interesting system of classes and level and a good origin story. Even had some good crafting segments. But as time has gone on the story and characters have gotten more and more ridiculous and unbelievable, and not in the good way. As of late each chapter is just drawing out the arc more and more for no good reason, with the characters making stupid unrealistic decisions, and the same points being reiterated over and over without adding anything new to the story. And with this the grammar has started to deteriorate as well. Overall its the type of drop in quality of content that is a sign of a books demise. Would not recommend reading it as it is now as you will be more and more disappointed the more you read it. Sad really, as like I said, it had a good start. It could have gone the distance but I have a feeling its gonna crash and burn soon enough.

Extra words to meet minimum word count. 


Interesting story, but plot is too obvious

Reviewed at: Chapter 133 – Runic Shield.

I mainly liked the story for the progression and growth in abilities. I didn't like the story when the author forced certain interactions with other character to fill chapters or entire plot points. This story suffers from being a slice of life novel because it forces the author to pad out the story with annoying characters or low quality drama.

Specific points I didn't like that are also spoilers

The MC's dwarf assistant with 100 bad habits that he takes in because he pities how pathetic the dwarf is. The dwarf is greedy, lazy, perverted, dumb, and rash. This constantly gets the MC into trouble, because of course, if the MC had a competant and low key assistant the chapters would be half the length. Obviously cause it's a follower of the MC, the dwarf will be successful and grow to be useful despite very clearly being worthless and pathetic. I got very annoyed having to read any part of the story involving this character.

Second, whatever you expect will happen, will happen. "Oh the MC's brother shows up and I'm hiding from my family? Better make sure my helmet is on at all times so he can't see my face. Oh no, a very ditzy character that I should never leave alone, triggered a trap that blew off my helmet just as my brother was about to leave the town for good."

Third, MC getting a magical pet. I'm so sick of reading a story with an MC who is a loner/asocial so the author is forced to give the MC some magical intelligent pet so there could be any dialogue in most chapters. The pets usually are either very functionally useless or the most rare pet in all of history that the MC found in a garbage can. Kudos to the author for making the pet not worthless but also not some kind of super rare mega pet. Of course plot armor was involved that the pet the MC grabbed was useful, but w/e.

Fourth, the author constantly making the world revolve around the MC. Of course some super secret evil organization tries to kill the MC where he works, of course his brother shows up at a remote frontier island when the MC is hiding from his family, of course some random guild master has the exact rune technology that he needs, of course something goes wrong on the mission that he didn't want to go on and promised to never go on one again, oof course the worse possible thing could have happened and he and his pet fall into the caves along with his brother who he's hiding from.  I CAN GO ON AND ON. Not even trashy xianxia novels are this bad and the MC's in those novels literally stumble over treasures and love interests.

Another crafting novel flawed by the slice of life genre is my take away. That genre just rewards timid and lazy writing.


So, it's not a bad story, but it does have some not insignificant problems.

Sometimes improper words are used in places. For instance, "unlawful" is used to describe a bastard child of a noble, where "illegitimate" would have been the proper choice.

The first few paragraphs of each chapter are actually kind of irritating. It’s like the author is writing them as if they were TV episodes that didn’t have seamless/overarching episode transitions. (I might have described it wrong, but I hope it gets my point across.)

The grammar is mostly okay but is kind of off in a significant number of places. Nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a good editor.

A particularly irritating habit of the author is skipping ahead in situations that he doesn’t want to bother with. Like when the runesmith and the guild master are discussing contracts.

One thing that is continuously irritating is that just about nothing is done with the carry-over skills the runesmith got from his previous life. Maybe it’ll get more relevant but up until ch 177, barely anything is done with them, though they do enable him to be slightly more proficient with his runes.

There are, frankly, a lot of places that could be improved, but I honestly don’t want to continue criticizing.

Overall, it's still an entertaining story if you've got some time to spare.

Elchen Warmage

This is an okay story.

Grammer wise the story is well written and easy to read. No weird sentence atructures that give you a headache to look at.

The characters are decently rounded, but could have a bit more depth to them. Warning, even at over a hundred chapters in and the mc definately qualifing as a badass, he's a wimp. Very little in his life goes his way and he constantly gives in to the demands of others.

The story flow is decent and doesn't fell contrived in the situations that come up.

Now for the style score. It stinks. The author has a bad case of explainanitis. Start reading in the middle and soon you'll have a pretty good idea of what has happened from the constant reexplaining of what has happened. And it doesn't stop there. Every few chapters the chapter will start likenyou have no idea who the mc is or what he was doing or planning to do. It certainly feels like the author doesn't expect us to remember what literally just happened.

Final conclusion, read only if you are prepared to slog you way through the painful repetitions and in depth world building side notes. This could easily be so much better.


The actual content of the story is interesting enough. The composition isn't earth shattering or anything, but it's mostly done competently enough, but the problem that develops over the course of the story is that the author seems to be taking effectively entire chapters and spreading them over 3,5, sometimes even 10 chapters. This is done by taking a single narrative event like going from one place to another and rather than having the story resume at the destination, the author describes in mind numbing detail inane over thinking by the character of the events that have just happened. It's incredibly grating to basically read the story and then immediately read the critical review by Roland. What's worse is there is no sense of pacing or initiative to the updates anymore. It's a guarantee if there is something of note happening in the story there will be at least two chapters spreading it out where all we hear or see is Roland's inner dialogue. Which to be quite honest has been consistently on of the worse parts of the story. There are other issues, like many of the women characters really seeming like card board cut outs and everyone's character being boiled down to a couple character traits, but that's pretty obvious from the beginning so you'll know if that's a deal breaker for you. The author should really consider having someone stop him from writing more than five lines of inner monologue per chapter.


was a good time killer while it lasted, but eventually the lack of style quality got to me. The protagonist was also midly stepping into mary sue territory hence the lowered character score. Also a few plotholes, like the anti-identification tool not being appraised by the protag

Btw, I deem a 2.5 score average, so I'm still raiting this above that. Wish there was a category for magic systems or power progression.

still, I'm mainly interested in power progression, the magic system, and those were interesting enough. Not too revolutionary perhaps, but still fun.

overall, I liked the direction the author was taking things.

Long ago read some review from royalroad or maybe discord about this webnovel, which compelled me to not give this a try. While I ended up dropping it, still don't regret having read this far

need about 60 more words...  Screw advanced reviews, I'll just do this:

style 1/5
grammar 3.5/5
story 4/5
character 2/5
magic system 3.5/5
power progression 4.2/5

Natasha Velkirk (Zach or Zach)

Most of the other reviews I saw said that there were good concepts, and not so great execution.

I would somewhat disagree. The concept, and how the mainstay are executed are excellent. The Runesmithing, that is. I can remember liking almost every part that was the character just tinkering, or testing out his new weapons against dangerous creatures.

I remember that part of the story as genuinely fantastic.

The problem is that all the characters other than the MC were flat boring tropes. Serious wife, airhead who's secretly badass, lecher but a hard worker, battle maniac who gets reined in by a character of theopposite gender (iirc sibling in this case), and it has been awhile, but this is pretty much all I can remember from the characters. The main character was slightly more nuanced, but only slightly. He just randomly gets married, randomly gets and assistant, randomly gets friends who act similar to a found family, it's all very typical and played out.

Now tropes are.tropes for a reason, they tend to be at least somewhat entertaining, and easy to twist into something different, but when coupled with an at times rough writing style, and a story that seems averse to being particularly interesting in any way other than the Runesmithing, it just gets boring. It's a story you've already seen all the components of, once again, other than the Runesmithing. It's been, I think a year, since I read this, but one thing aticks in my head. The main character just crafting, attempting to circumvent obstacles, that sort of thing.

The combat I remember being fairly well done if not exceptional, but there felt like enough room to grow into something more.with time. The problem is that the story feels tied down to being a generic and uninspired shounen. It feels very anime inspired, but without the characters that make me interested in seeing the results of interesting concepts at play. I'm just uninterested in reading the story any further.

I don't really dislike it. But it doesn't produce any real enjoyment for me either. That bothers me, and I've thought of this story a few times since I stopped reading.

To be honest, I just wish it was a little bit better, or a little bit worse. At least then I could laugh at its silliness, enjoy what is good, but instead it just feels like a husk. A story that promises to hold your interest, but simply lacks any real substance, despite it's clear potential.

It is, in one simple word....



This is a rather enjoyable story (I'm still reading it afterall) but its plain to see Patreon is the only reason it keeps on chugging. I'll give the author that, the story has kept its chapters every 3 days schedule from the very beggining until now, which in of itself is comendable, BUT it has many other flaws I can't overlook anymore.

The writting, be it grammer, sentence structure, and storytelling, has not improved at all from chapter 1 to chapter 180.

I've read many stories and I have seen how authors evolve and get better, but... Kuropon seeens to be stuck in this limbo of mediocrity where it never changes.

The story has several problems, mostly the slow meandering pace, where you feel nothing ever happens, it doesn't even have that much actual crafting, its just slice of life, and not particularly great slice of life.

The characters come out flat and are living stereotypes, the grammar and sentence structure doesn't help their case at all.

The storyline is... not too shabby, the MC is mostly a believable one (he has his shoehorned brainfarts sometimes), but he is not Overpowered, and the story does make it feel like he works hard for the power he got.

Yet the premise is really good, and the main plot points are not unenjoyable ones... if it was better written it would definitively be among the top novels here on RR.


A decent setting, not fully realized

Reviewed at: Chapter 15 – Loot and Research

First off, my purpose in writing this review isn't to be rude or unnecessarily criticize the author's work but to hopefully reveal avenues of improvement. The story (like most stories) starts off with a well-known intro. The MC from Earth is aggressively chased down by trucks and forcefully transmigrated to a new world and into the body of a child. From there, the setting is interesting, but inconsistent. The basic skills you gain before ten years of age determine what classes you will be eligible for, however, there are odd restrictions that make it apparent that the author didn't want to deal with an overflowing status sheet. Sneaking, hand to hand combat, sense mana, all of these are obtainable without a class, however, no basic smithing skills can be learned without unlocking the Blacksmith profession first. This makes for an odd barrier, especially when held up against the MC's need to max basic calligraphy in order to unlock the Scribe class. What determines which skills are open to everyone, and which are locked behind classes?

Outside of that, there are odd gaps in what skills are allowed to become Skills. Reading isn't a Skill while writing is, Sleep resistance is on his status sheet, but his knight family doesn't train him in any damage resistance or even a dodge skill (which is gained later) despite the plan being to put him in the army. And there's apparently no tier 2 evolution for the mage class that isn't elemental (which catalyzes his plan to become a Runesmith). Last but not least, crafting classes are required to kill to gain levels, all but capping crafting classes that don't provide combat ability. In short, it's relatively clear that the system is written with the character's exact path in mind, rather than building a system that meshes with the world.

As far as characters go, virtually no effort is put into them until the MC meets his all-female adventuring team. He speaks to virtually no one from 5 to 10 years of age, and then as a ten-year-old is annoyed whenever anyone calls him little or young. No matter how touchy you are, at some point, you're going to get used to the idea that you're a kid again. On top of that, once on his own the MC rarely displays any of the maturity that would be expected in someone with ~30 years of life under their belt or an int of 80.

Overall, the bones of a decent foundation are there, but the world feels inconsistent as it currently is. Mages are rare and valuable, but spell scrolls from Mage-Scribe dual-classers are cheap. Trains have been engineered and built, but everything else is thoroughly medieval. It just feels like the world is constrained to exactly what the MC is doing. This isn't to rain on the author's hard work bringing all of this to life, but I do hope that they take the time to improve on things going forward.