Shade Touched

by Zat

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Female Lead High Fantasy Magic Non-Human lead Slice of Life
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity

A monster is born in the depths of the wilds, but she isn't like her siblings. 
Curiosity colors her every thought, and a hunger for understanding grows within this little creature.
She's not just hunting her next meal anymore. Her prey is something far greater: knowledge.
Everything is a wonder just waiting to be discovered.


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Gore tag for some somewhat graphic fight scenes.
Profanity tag because there may be a few swear words, it shouldn't be excessive.

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Inslayer
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Adorable and Deadly!

Reviewed at: 21. Letters

Fight scenes you can picture better than actual movies and a character development that simply can't be compared with other novels, this is NOT a novel you want to miss.

Grammar is perfect, or at least near that level. 

As for the story, you will know if you're gonna like this from the very first few chapters. 

I repeat, this is not a novel you want to miss. 

 

Stillness
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This isn't a bad story, it simply has some problems as a result of the premise. I'll explain: First is that as a non-human that has trouble comunicating with anything and has a child's mentality, shadow (the cat) is limited in both character devolopment and interaction. Second, the begining is slow, you can only have a newborn cat learn things only so fast without breaking suspension of disbelief. Third, Shadow dosen't have any real goals to drive a plot forward, she's a newborn, and without much of a plot there isn't much of a story. Overall, written well, but not that engaging.

KoboldPatrol
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Exceptionally cute monster MC

Reviewed at: 23. Trapped

(as of chapter 23)

This is the most recent of the gems that came to my attention via the trending list and, oh my, it's a very sparkling one! The MC is a newborn shadeling (a dangerous swarm-type monster) but unlike her instinct-steered siblings she has curiosity and acquires critical thinking. Instead of only eating and sleeping, she explores her surroundings and gains unusual abilities, estranging herself even more from the others. When danger looms and she tries to do something against it, everything goes wrong; she ends up helpless in front of some strange two-legged creature, but luckily that one is equally open-minded. Oh boy, those Monstrous Manuals the humans rely on will have to be rewritten, because this specimen is clearly not a normal shadeling...

Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person style from the MC's point of view, staying close to her thoughts almost in a stream-of-consciousness way. The reader can follow her discoveries and observations directly and see how she interprets them. Of course, all that from a non-humanoid perspective. Descriptions and word choice are very good, the sentences are full of wide-eyed wonderment; they're written in an easily readable way without confusing overcomplexity (unlike this review; I know my faults). From the older comments I can see that there have been a few small typos/errors per chapter but so far they have always been corrected before I could see them.

Story: Where are we here? Oh yes, on RoyalRoad. That means there are lots of stories with unusual protagonists around and some of them have monsters as main characters. You've probably read a few of those already. Those non-human(oid)s usually start out a little different from their peers, which quickly leads to a massively diverging career path. After all, not everybody can be a protagonist. Yes, Timmy, you're nothing special, your mom was just lying to protect your feelings. *cough*, erm sorry, back to this story. Well, our current protagonist made it into a story so she really is special, q.e.d., EZ. After breaking through the hivemind instincts she does almost everything different from her siblings. The storyline is rather fast-paced here, with new things to see and learn in each chapter. Some things are progressing very quickly and work much too easily for the MC in my opinion, her guesses about what something could mean are always spot on; that strains my suspension of disbelief as not even a human child genius could repeat it

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 . While that is the only relevant drop of bitterness in this story, it is greatly outweighed by how cute the MC's actions and thoughts are and how lovingly they are described.

Characters: Shadow (that's how she gets named later) is a smart little thing, quickly learning what her stupid siblings would never even think about. And soon acting like none of her species has ever acted before, oops. Her cat-like curiosity together with an inherent friendliness make it very refreshing to follow her story. Did I already mention that it is super cute? So far we have only met two other characters who at first glance are just simple archetypes (Ms. naive researcher; Mr. grumpy with a soft core) but the MC and we soon learn that they're a bit more complex.

All in all, this is a very nice story with a monster MC whose curious and good-natured personality together with good writing quality make for a happy reading experience.

Primate
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A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF WRITING

Reviewed at: 20. Pondering

The style: The author is using the limited third person narration style. We are seeing the world of shade touched through the perspective of the MC, a curious and lovely cat. The writing style fits the novel storyline which was told from the point of view of the little cat, perfectly.

The Story:  What a story this is. It follows the journey of a curious little cat as she seeks knowledge which was greater than meal to her. A well crafted story that progresses beautifully according to the plotline. The world of the cats is perfectly crafted by the author who must have recollected a past life as a curious cat. Great story line.

The grammar: Top quality. No noticeable errors that could affect the flow of story.

The character: They are well written and defined. Although there other characters in the work, the main focus is on the curious little cat. The character of the main cat (MC) is a masterpiece. The way the cats behave among themselves and interact with their environment is beautifully done. Readers will want to know what happens next in regards to the characters. What more to say? 

Well done, author. Keep up the good work.

Kombart
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I really like, this story...Obviously it is still early in the story, but so far it has everything that makes one love web novels:

Great characters, an interesting premise with a new spin to it and good writing to give life to the story.


The author captures the thought process of a nonhuman creature in a way that is very refreshing and intuitive at the same time.

So many stories like this skip the early development stages and basically come down to a "human mind in nonhuman body" and very quickly devolve into "human mind in nonhuman body, but somehow it morphed into a human and now it's basically just normal fantasy"...this story is different so far and I just love it.

I won't spoiler anything, but if you are looking for a story with a nonhuman protagonist or just a cute story with great characters I would definitely recommend this one.

Waffle(est)
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Monsters: relatable and cute

Reviewed at: 20. Pondering

First let us get out of the way what this is not: RoyalRoad is full of stories with monsters that for one reason or another have a human soul and at the end of the day just act as a human but with small (in-)convenciences due to physical differences. This story is different.

This is the story of a an otherwise mostly normal (baby) monster, with no mysterious preconceptions or knowledge or god-given cheats but with a bit more curiosity trying to find his way in a magical world. The portrayal of the sinister little things thought processes and development seems plausible enough. 

The plot mostly revolves around the MC/MM (Main Monster) recognising the (often lethal) failings of his siblings and trying to transcend his own instincts.

Assuming that the MC doesnt magically get turned into a human in another 20 chapters (what an epic letdown that would be!), this will definitely be a satisfying read and something I will follow closely.

Seth Enigma
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This is the story of a terrifying swarmling that is more interested with pretty rocks learning what EVERYTHING tastes like instead of actually behaving like a good little swarmling.

Very well written. Some minor spelling/grammar mistakes but nothing that really detracts from the overall quality of the fic. This is definely one to keep in your follow bin, especially if you enjoy reading things from a non-human standpoint.

Kdonm7
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Really cute and wholesome

Reviewed at: 22. Growing

This story is a very cute and wholesome, "monster" story, definitely worth the read. 

(Ps the reason monster is in quotes is because nothing as cute as shadow should be called one)

SecCcat
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You should read 5-8 chapters of this story even if it does not sound like something you would enjoy. I was very skeptical and almost...almost passed it by. I'm so glad I gave Shade Touched a chance.

I love this type of story!! Give it a try!

P.S. Mr. Zat, write more faster please. 

 

P.S. If you take my short review/not-a-review down Mr. Wing, I am going to be mad at you.

CyclopsSlayer
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Sweet and oh so innocent. A stranger in a strange world.

The murder-lizard with a heart just keeps me smiling