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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I like the protagonist well enough and the story is interesting.
There is a clear progression path and a clear goal defined.

Events happening are interesting and mostly add something to the story.

However, the writing style started out well enough but gradually turns horrible. The sheer amount of overexplanation makes it a pain to read. Every action taken by any character is described in atleast 2 sentences with different wording for it then to be explained as to why they did it. It feels like it is written for a ten year old.

Chapters can be cut by 50% and nothing will be missed. I started skimming the last few chapters and skipped a few parts and I missed nothing of note. It is starting to feel like "Blood Warlock: Succubus partner in the Apocalypse". It's writing also started out well enough but gradually everything gets explained atleast twice and every small piece of information is pretty much reiterated every 2 chapters.


Pros: interesting world building, interesting power set for the mc, interesting side characters, a number of interesting goals yet to achieve.

Cons: far too much filler, extremely slow story progression, when the mc is crafting it is extremely boring, long winded & the mc has no pride in his work, there are far to many coincidences surrounding the mc



First, let me say that everything in this review is subjective to my point of view. It is only an opinion and notes my reactions to reading the story. This review is not an attempt to belittle the author, the effort in writing, or the tale. I rate on a scale of 2.5 to 3.0 being average, 0.5 being as bad as possible, and 5.0 being perfect.

Grammar: The first 150 chapters are worse than the rest of the story. The errors are a large portion of the problem, but the syntax used is odd. It was not strange in a good way but in a head-scratching way that made me wonder what the story was describing. The last portion of the story was mostly clear, with little interpretation required and moderate to frequent grammatical mistakes. The first 3/4 of the tale was legible with moderate evaluation and numerous grammatical errors. I would rate the first part at 1.5 stars and 2.5 stars for the last section; this gives a two-star rating for this part of the review.

Style: There isn't just one style; the style shifts and changes over time, with a few things primarily set in stone. One of the things that made this a slog for me to read at times was the lack of continuity, consistency, and plausibility.
Consistency is the worst of the three. The story would give you a piece of information, and sometimes, as fast as later that same chapter, you would find it had changed. The changes were a frequent issue for non-system-related items such as finance and resources garnered.
Verisimilitude was the second most common issue of the three. The world-building was too complex without enough thought put into the ramifications. It combined Medieval, Renaissance, and Industrial era societies and technologies into a hodgepodge culture with what I viewed as casual misogyny. Initially, the culture treated women with the inappropriate attitudes of the Industrial era pre-egalitarian movements. Later in the story, this changes to a more equitable stance but is still tilted towards males. It is a justifiable part of the world, but I don't have to like it.
Continuity was a minor issue as some salient aspects of the story would be changed in later chapters. The matter might be from the author not following an outline. It could also be not keeping notes on a vast number of small details.
My personal preferences do not fall under the styles used. Combined with the previously mentioned problems, this gives me a rating of 1.5 stars for style.

Story: The story is where this tale shines for me. The overarching plot is one that I identify with easily. It scratches the itch for adventure and exploring a new system. It also focuses on crafting to a large degree. That is something else that I like reading a lot. Even when I don't necessarily agree with the specifics, it is always intriguing to me. As a result, the rating for this category is four stars. It is well above average for my tastes.

Character: I am not a character fiction enthusiast, and thus my requirements for this category are significantly less stringent than someone who is. The main character acts within a prescribed set of personality traits that do not change at a whim. He does change throughout the story as time passes. The minor characters that show up but don't have much influence are somewhat wooden, but that is something I expect. The bit characters are more detailed than the minor characters and start to feel more realistic. The side characters feel like their own persons if a bit shallow at times. Even with the generally positive opinion, there is still room for improvement. When added together, a rating of 3.5 stars for this section is appropriate from my perspective.

Overall: My reading style emphasizes grammar, style, and personal enjoyment. While I enjoyed the storyline and the characters, these priorities determined how much I appreciated the story. There were several times that I wanted to give up reading it. I did manage to complete the current list of chapters. An average of the four categories give a rating of 2.75 and a weighted rating of 2.0 stars. I enjoyed it enough to finish what was available, but I am finished for now. I may revisit this story in the future.


Starts out with crafting and then just drifts off

Reviewed at: Chapter 199 – Visiting the Auction House.

Context:  I picked this one up after Magic Smithing went on hiatus and really enjoyed the series for almost the first hundred chapters.  The story started stalling badly, so I set it aside and just came back to it but will be dropping it.  The story just kind of stopped.  None of the plot points are addressed any longer and every chapter feels like filler. 

Overall: The story starts out strong with a good mix of action and crafting.  There are also several sub plots and side characters that make things interesting.  After chapter 100 though this all stops.  There are some mentions of key plot points and some foreshadowing, but they are never addressed again.  This story feels a lot like the author had a great idea and lost his way at some point. 

Style:  I got nothing for this.  The writing style starts out keeping the reader engaged, then takes a massive dive.  It almost seems as if the author is just putting out chapters for the sake of it.  I would much rather see them scrap half of the existing story and rewrite them with a purpose.

Grammar:  The writing is decent, and the grammar is good.  There are few obvious mistakes.

Story:  The story follows the story of a lesser son in a noble house as he sets out on his own.  The story is crafting heavy, with some action and general slice of life.  The MC travels for awhile to find his way and learn new skills.  The story stalls after about chapter 100 or so.  We get to see multiple chapters to craft one item, the abandonment of basically the entire supporting cast (not in actuality, but as far as presence in the story), an entire chapter on what the character decides to wear and why, three chapters for his class change, and then just more filler.

Characters:  The MC is a likable underdog type, who wants to craft over joining the military.  His growth as a person and with level progression should be interesting.  There are a lot of side characters, but they get pushed to the background in a major way.  Even his love interest.  Their relationship gets added almost as a side note and isn’t really used in any way.


Very promising at the start, but become stagnant

Reviewed at: Chapter 193 – A new Trial a new test part 2.

I hate to say this. I DID love this story, the concept is marvelous, the MC have a solid background and origin to kick start the story. But unfortunately it become stagnant and the storyline become linear. I tried to keep up with it, but it is no longer bearable. 

I am sorry to the author. This story has promises, but unfortunately it is no longer for me..


I'm honestly not completely sure what I think about this story. On the one hand, I want to keep reading it because I do like the story. On the other hand, the focus points of the author seem to be a mismatch to what I enjoy reading and some of the writing just doesn't seem to work out. Nevertheless, the story is certainly entertaining, as after 100+ chapters I'm still reading it, even if it isn't the best one out there.



The style of the story is quite nice with a few glaring issues. The setting is nice and decently thought out. The world does feel alive, and is mostly internally consistent with itself. There are no major glaring plotholes, and there does seem to be a reason for most things.

The writing style on the other hand does have some issues. I can't tell how many times I've found out something after it has come up. For example a small piece about taming that stood out around chapter 90: "Roland was kind of familiar with this process due to him spending some time adventuring now." This is however the first time it has come up in the story, and as far as I can remember there wasn't even a hint of it earlier. It does make sense that this is possible in this setting, but it's simply inserted into the story after it has come up. This happens with all kind of things, including abilities that the author has that the reader is never told about until it's a convenient time to bring up.



The story is pretty nice. Instead of the more traditional slice-of-life kind of story that crafting stories usually seem to follow, the author is opting for a much faster paced story with many and large timeskips. The advantage of this is that the MC is always up to something new and progressing. However, not all these timeskips are nicely placed. Often there are a few chapters going towards a goal, and the resolution itself is just skipped over in time with one or two sentences saying something to the goal of: "Having managed the crucial part, the rest was easy. The MC is now over here doing something else to continue the story". This is not just with crafting things, but also with interactions between various characters, which leaves you feeling unsatisfied at time.



It's quite rare that I notice grammar issues in a story. Mostly I just read over them and aren't bugged by them too much as long as there aren't too many of them. There aren't too many sentences that throw me into a loop here, but there is one word that the author has been beating to death and I can't help but see and get annoyed by it every time (which is multiple times per chapter): "There was a certain version of the golem", "noticed that a certain part was", "a certain warm fuzzy feeling".


I do find the main character interesting to follow. There are definitely some moment where you wonder why they are doing something the way they are, but overall he seems fairly reasonable and relatable. He is a very introverted to the point of locking himself away from others for months, so don't expect too many interactions with others. The other characters in the story all have personality, and I do quite enjoy reading about them. Not all of them get an equal amount of exposition, so a few of them seem to fall into a trope, but I don't always find this a bad thing, and it seems to work her.


The concept and characters are quite interesting and despite the many issues the story was surprsingly enjoyable, but the problems just seem to get worse the further I read.

The story is constantly talking to the reader, sometimes even interupting a seen to tell the reader something directly rather than having it told in the story, while there spelling isn't bad there are a lot of odd and jarring phrases and some annoying grammar issues.

The world building is medicore, not bad just doesn't seem like the author cared to put any efforty into it.

The characters are interesting and the storytelling itself is well done which got me to read so far, but the other issues overwhelm the potentially good story.


The world building is done very well. The author doesn't info dump a huge amount of seemingly random info. The main character has zero character building. He doesn't change his mentality or the thought propelling his actions once. He has made runesmithing his purpose of living and has become socially inept. It wouldn't surprise me if he just holds up in a cave and spend the rest of his life hammering away. Even side character are more interesting than him. He lacks any type of depth. He was afraid of become like his old life slaving infront of a computer but he put himself in the same position slaving while runesmithing. And there aren't any other characters that really matter in the grand scheme of things. If a character hasn't been mentioned in two chapters expect to never hear from them. Could be so much better if the MC progressed emotionally in any type of way. 


For context on my scores: 3 stars is my "I see no issue with this but it's not amazing" level. Above is good. Below is bad. Standard fare. I understand if some may find my grading harsh. 


The people are complex enough, not just flat and lifeless. I don't particularly enjoy any of them, and I tend to be uncomfortable with any mention of romance & several characters seem to be pretty focused on sex which. Isn't my thing but it's not so focused on it that it's painful. I see no huge issue with the characters, really. 3 stars. 


Sometimes I have to stare for a minute until I realize what it means. I feel that being able to comprehend what's happening is part of grammar. Unnecessary words also add confusion, plus some odd parts where I think that auto correct changed into the wrong word. 2.5 stars. 


Main character seems to sometimes have trains of logic I don't understand but that's not a huge issue for me. It's a crafting story. Don't know what you want from me here, I love primarily crafting stories. There are a lot of "and then several weeks passed" type passages, and that detracts from the rest of the story, but progression is fairly reasonable when keeping the passage of time in mind. 4 stars. 


I don't like it. I'm being blunt, sorry, but there are so many full stops and sentence structure doesn't vary much. It's mostly short sentences, dialogue tends to feel stilted, there is something uncomfortable about it. It's. Not too bad in the beginning, because I thought there would be some improvements, but it never really did. I'm on chapter 93 now and I was going to wait until I finished reading them all to review but the style got to me. At least Twelve times there was some variant of "there was a tall youth.... Etc etc.... This was our MC" and it really wears on you after repeating for the nth time. The constant "some days passed", "after a month", " a certain youth", etc really makes me tired. I'm at the point that I'm considering dropping the whole thing because continuing to read with this style will not be very fun. The next time I see another "here is a clear description of our protagonist... Oh and if you haven't caught it yet, this is our protagonist" I'm going to cry. 1 star.


Overall score:

The style brings the entire thing down. Really wish it didn't because it would be fairly enjoyable otherwise. It's very very straining at this point. 1.5 stars. 

I hope it will improve in the future but I'm not sure. I'm going to be dropping it. 


I really want to give it a 4.5 or even a 5 star.

Reviewed at: Chapter 184 – Secrets.

In my opinion, the only thing that is holding this story back is the grammar mistakes and misused words/phrases combined with an odd style which takes some getting used to. I do think it improves as the story goes on, however. So take heart and give it a try.

The worldbuilding is very good. Characters are mostly realistic, but some characters (human) are just so unbelievably stupid. Oh! And that romance thing? Well... let us just say that I do not like it.