Rise Of The Greatest Magus
by Jay Hazard
A magical school. A talented boy. Things should've gone perfectly, a talented magus should've been created within the walls of this school. Yet it is now, now that he is here that all these horribly dangerous events transpire.
Traitors of the continent are hidden within the school. Mage supremacists are making their move. Schools will fall and cities collapse when the events begin unfolding.
So what will become of this boy, wanted by both groups? Will he perish under their manipulative hands or will he rise and bring magic society to a new high?
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The setting bears surface level resemblence to Harry Potter, however the story progression and character morals have the feeling of a cultivation novel. The magic system seems, at least on the surface level, to be quite strict and complex spells and mechanics are built on top of more fundemental and simpler rules and mechanisms.
There seems to be some plots being set up, so there is hope for story progression beyond just "MC got stronger again".
A lot of the power progression seems to involve mastery rather than just sitting in a cave for a couple thousand years. This also allows more room for conflict to be resolved in various ways, since the result isn't preset due to 100x power differences. Compared to many similar novels on RR this is unfortunately a significant improvement!
The important take-away: The xianxia themes are deepening but the presentation is still engaging.
Basically "school" means "xianxia immortal sect" in all the ways that matter: Students are fighting potential and first years are like outer sect trash can die left and right without anybody batting an eye. Sect elde.. *caugh* teachers *caugh* play favorites and will punish junior desci... *caugh* students *caugh* with outright torture at the slightest disagreements and nobody gives a $417. "Schools" openly massacare each others students and steal each others treasures and this is considered normal.
As is usual with xianxia all of this gratuitous violence, torture, murder, cruelty is presented as "it's necessary" or "well i benefit so i dont care i almost died", or "she should have known better that she wasnt submissive enough, she deserves torture". Honestly just because somebody can form a grammatically correct sentence and stick a "because" in the right place does not mean these shallow hand-wavings hold even the tiniest bit of water, and it's really hard not to care when this just keeps repeating.
On the positive side some more time and effort is going into fleshing out characters, and there are now numerous repeat apperances that are unique and familiar to the reader with established personalities and motivations.
Nothing here is ground breaking, but it is a fun read.
Story wise I like the concept for the magic system; it's well thought out and strikes the right balance of detailed and open ended. I also appreciated how the MC was given an advantage without it being obnoxious; his perk is being talented.
Character wise the MC is not interesting. However, it's still early and I feel that, since he has memories of his past life and the his new life has magic, the reality of this being his life and not some character he is playing has not yet set in. So far we haven't gotten much background on other characters, but it seems like there are a diverse set of backgrounds and motivations to discover in the future.
I haven't noticed any egregious issues with grammar, though I have noticed some typos.
Style wise the author favors direct language and description over dialogue, though that may be because the MC is a bit of a loner.
The author has frequent releases and so far has not compromised quality for quantity.
Overall this book knows what it is and does it well, and I would recommend it to others.
If you like isekai, this will be a disappointment, but otherwise a decent story.
The MC could and should have been a talented native of his world because being from a different planet doesn't seem to have any bearing on the story whatsoever.
I would be interested in knowing the tech level of the mortal world, what with guns being the great equalizer, and the rather obvious mage supremacy subplot taking shape.
The Legendary Mage is a medium-pace magic story set in a unique magical world which works differently than any that I have read in the past. It has a good amount of action, while retaining some fascinating magical crafting episodes.
The way the author explores the intricate workings of "the web" is quite interesting. And the explanations do not get bogged down in irrelevant details. Villin, the legendary mage, is often forced to experiment, and discover the magical world on his own. He has to actually work for his extraordinary powers, which makes for a great story with little to no info-dumping. I especially like how Villin is equaled and sometimes surpassed by the secondary characters, albeit usually in differing fields of magic. There are several side characters whose personalities are developed well, while still leaving the main character to shine out as the best.
Aside from a chapter that throws us back into normal earth, this story stays pretty much on track. Throughout the story are several sections which are a bit gory, and the author does get into the painful details at times. But overall, it is upbeat and hopeful. Due to the violent environment, the plot can tend to take sudden turns, which make for an exciting read!
If you like isekai, you'll be right at home - the story knows what it is, and plays to that strength pretty nicely with a thorough introduction of its magic systems and setting. Though it seems similar to a certain other book series about a secret society of wizards, it very quickly becomes obvious that the similarities are skin-deep.
I haven't yet read the entirety of the story as it is now, but it's been a pretty comfy ride so far. The MC does begin with some perks, but the usual pitfall of an OP protag is handily averted - the MC's perks don't really give him advantages any bigger than the average player character has over NPCs.
There's a whole lot of setup happening as is to be expected, and I expect that it will unfold into a sprawling tapestry of a hundred plotlines soon enough.
Jay comes right out of the gate letting readers know this will be similar to the Harry Potter Universe. A lot of themes within the book are inspired by that series. Grammar was good, character growth has been quite fun. Action is good. There seems to be quite a bit of foreshadowing and a considerable amount of mystery within the story. There are a few chapters that flow a bit weirdly. I wish I say how exactly but it was more of a "what just happened?" feeling. Overall I've really enjoyed the story and congratulate Jay on making it interesting and enjoyable.