The Many Lives of Cadence Lee

The Many Lives of Cadence Lee

by vladerag

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Cadence Lee thought she was a normal girl, perhaps a little well to do, but not exceptionally so.  She had her college classes, she had her job that her uncle gave her, and she had a nice boyfriend who was sweet if a little awkward.

Except, when a mugger accosts Cadence and her boyfriend attempts to wrestle a gun away from the criminal, Cadence ends up shot.  A normal girl, with the kind of wound Cadence had, would die.  Cadence managed to do that part.  But a normal girl wouldn't then open her eyes again and learn that death is not as permanant for her as it is for other people.  She can be reborn again, and again.  Each time stronger and with new abilities.

The catch?  Any world she is born into, she can never return to.  She has infinite lives, but only one life for each.

So begins The Many Lives of Cadence Lee.

[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]

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Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter One - First Death ago
Chapter Two - Second Life ago
Chapter Three - Kidnapping ago
Chapter Four - Escape ago
Chapter Five - Awakening to a Class ago
Chapter Six - Whirlwind ago
Chapter Seven - Debut ago
Chapter Eight - War and Hate ago
Chapter Nine - Second Death ago
Chapter Ten - Third Life ago
Chapter Eleven - The Beginning of Something New ago
Chapter Twelve - Politics and Plans ago
Chapter Thirteen - Slaves and Salt ago
Chapter Fourteen - Bound Reeds and Sharpened Knives ago
Chapter Fifteen - The Flower of Sharon'An ago
Chapter Sixteen - An Order and an Opportunity ago
Chapter Seventeen - Marriage ago
Chapter Eighteen - Departure ago
Chapter Nineteen - The City of Ugareet ago
Chapter Twenty - Travels ago
Extra - Ancient Aliens, Maybe. ago
Chapter Twenty One - Metal and Prayer ago
Chapter Twenty Two - Acceleration ago
Chapter Twenty Three - Many Unexpected Things ago
Chapter Twenty Four - Third Death ago
Chapter Twenty Five - Fourth Life ago
Chapter Twenty Six - The Importance of Acuity and Willpower ago
Chapter Twenty Seven - (relatively) Big Game Hunting ago
Extra - Spooky Ghost ago
Chapter Twenty Eight - Evolving ago
Chapter Twenty Nine - Toadpocalypse ago
Chapter Thirty - Eye of Newt ago
Chapter Thirty One - I could have been a Youtube star ago
Chapter Thirty Two - Small Grind ago
Chapter Thirty Three - I HAVE HANDS! ago
Chapter Thirty Four - Passing Seasons ago
Chapter Thirty Five - Transitions ago
Chapter Thirty Six - Birds of Prey, But Not Birds of a Feather ago
Chapter Thirty Seven - Babel Town ago
Chapter Thirty Eight - Everyone Needs a Friend ago
Chapter Thirty Nine - A Quick Peek Behind the Curtain ago
Chapter Forty - First Quest, Part I ago
Historians - The Jump ago
Chapter Forty Two - First Quest, Part II ago
Extra - Tamlin ago
Chapter Forty Three - Evolution Requirements ago
Extra - Ylma ago
Chapter Forty Four - A Discussion on Evolutions ago

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darkocean (J. L. Salmonson)
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This story is about Cadence and her forced romps through many different lives, it's really interesting and entertaining, I do recommend you read this. The characterization of the characters is well developed; a breath of fresh air! There's many supprizing twists and turns in this that you wouldn't expect.

However, there are a few writing mistakes that might cause an issue. 

1. Info dumps so many info dumps, where they represented like a research paper or the others where the charters go on and on. 

I tend to read a bit of this then scroll past the rest it's just too much and drags the pace of the story down to a crawl. I feel we don't need nor want to be in every single character that is put into the book, that's why side characters were developed so writers can focus as much as they can on making the main characters more fleshed out. I worry that the author is going to become burnt out. :( 

2. At first the switching in povs is nice but later on around 40 ish the author adds more and more and it becomes exhausting.

3. I advise you skip the notes as sometimes they contine spoilers, the same with the chapter titles. (Author tension and suspense are for almost all kinds of books so try not break it it'll make the story more addicting.) *winks*

It takes a lot for me to dump a book, I haven't yet, and hope there won't be anything else that becomes jarring or tiring as I'm really having fun reading this. Happily, all the problems above are easy to fix with simple edits. :)

Supporters really need to stop pushing the author to make chapters faster and faster and let them work on other things in the book! The art involved in writing can be slow at times due to trying to get what is seen and heard in our heads out onto the page without losing clarity. So be more patient with vladerag, eh? I have a spork of doom and know how to use it!

You're doing a wonderful job vladerag please keep going. :D Consider combining some side characters into one if you love them too much to let them go. (Just a sugestion.)

 

 

Jossy
Overall

I actually want to give this fiction a 4,5 for all the unnecessary POV's on the last updated part of the story, but I won't, the fiction is, outstanding and the concept is amazing. There is so much potential to write about, and it got better and better with each life. I think this fiction could have been on par with Mother of Learning due to the sheer potential, but oh well.

KatersKater
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Have to say, i read the whole story in one go...

the concept of the story is for me amazingly well done 

The easy writing style is in my opinion amazing for people who dont have english as their motherlanguage

the later chapters are for me a bit confusing but also well thought out- different views and stuff

 

honestly just wanna read the next chapters- this story has potential🙌🏻

starvingsloth
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The story's premise is so simple yet so original that I'm baffled and perplexed that I've never come across any with a similar hook with Many Life of Cadence Lee. If done well, this story could very well be the next Mother of Learning (*at least on Royal Road). And no, I'm not comparing them because they have the same premise, not even close. But in terms of the story's potential, there are countless possibilities where the next life could possibly take place or what kind of adventure Cadence would face. It's all only limited by what the author can imagine, and that's the magic of reading this story. 

Warning: this review may contain minor spoilers of the early chapters.

Plot Summary - Multiple Lives - Experiencing a tragic death, Cadence woke up in a white room dubbed as an Incarnation chamber and soon reincarnated into another world - possibly with magic. From the event (and the title of the story, duh), we can imply that this won't be her last life. Soon, we will see the Incarnation chamber again when Cadence's second life ends. What surprised me is how soon that is.

Plot Summary - Countless Possibility - Reincarnation is one of the generic tropes that is already tackled in many other stories. It's rare to see it used multiple times in the same narrative. On top of that, there is a unique twist in that she won't return to the same world. She only gets one chance in each world. That fact alone makes it feel original and refreshing. It opens the potential that the events introduced in each planet can be (and will be) different while simultaneously guarantees that the plot thread will be resolved (or at least attempted to be finished) by the end of the world run. This is so exciting! I can't wait to see how many worlds we will experience with Cadence. 

Plot Summary - Time, literally, jumps - I really like that the time jumps aren't used sparingly. It is frequent enough - at least in the first few lives - to have time jumps in the range of years. In a typical isekai or time loop story, we often get a growing-up montage about how genius the protagonist seems. I love how the author has skillfully spared the readers from unnecessary details and always cut to the meat of the actions, if possible - which makes each event in the world feel even more important and meaningful.

Plot Summary - Missing Overarching Plot - The only critic I can give is the missing overarching plot of the story. But that can be attributed to the mysterious nature of the Incarnation chamber, and hopefully, we'll learn about it more in the consequential runs.

World Building - A new life, A new world - Cadence's first lives are short, but they are unique enough to warrant a distinct feeling for each of the worlds we experienced. The author is also smart enough to acknowledge the possibility of variance in how the System may work on each individual planet, which opens up exciting opportunities we may experience with Cadence.

Character - Smart, calm, and emotionally healthy - So far, the impression I got from Cadence is that she's relatively smart and knows various trivia from her early life. She is capable of making intelligent decisions on how to live her life. We were also shown that she could cope with her emotions, although it may take years. Living multiple lives, with the grief of the past, must take a fair amount of mental fortitude on her part. Other than that, knowing she's the only reincarnator (for now) and nobody is ever going to understand her makes us want to root for her. I like her a lot, but maybe I'm also reading too much into her psyche.

Grammar and Style - A vocal author with many typos - There are lots of typos and some minor POV mistakes, but the author has acknowledged this and is willing to fix it (he/she is working on the story late at night). I'd say that the author is very knowledgeable and reachable. The author's lengthy discussion with another reader in the comment sections is fascinating, and I think having a vocal author for a web series is definitely one of its strengths. I know this isn't a valid point to review, but I just want to put it out there.

Conclusion - I think I'm lucky to have found this story. Definitely going to keep an eye on it, and I hope you will too. If you like a smart protagonist, episodic stories, and the idea of multiple isekai, you should definitely read this story. Some parts in the earlier chapter may get repetitive (the achievements), but it's only temporary, and I think it's just a minor quirk of the story.

Final Score - 9,5/10. Not perfect, but I could see this blows up in the future!

SomethingNew
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For the type of story it is, which is an isekai mashup of genres, it is really quite good.

The style is a lot of tell not show in the beginning chapters and lives. This understandable considering this type of story keeps 're starting' so to speak.

The problem with that, is that the balance of tell and show is so hard to find. I want to be told the less important bits, but without enough showing, characters and events can lack depth. 

This is something future edits will probably seriously help out with.

The story itself is fun fluff. Basically, Cadence revives and tries to live a decent life while spreading modern ideas to Broze age and other less developed civilizations. Which is nice and all, but I think what would give this story a great push would be a stronger goal. Like, going over the purpose of Incarnates and developing an over arching plot.

A more modern restart where this isn't her focus (and the focus in noble, but expected) will give more perspective on what Cadence is like when she isn't just trying to survive and help other people live better lives.

Grammar wise I saw a couple typos and...bad reader! I forgot to point them out. Sorry author. 🤦

Character score...sadly this was impacted by the tell and show too. There is so much ground to cover. But apart from Cadence wanting to better the societies she finds herself in...she is bland. She is almost doormat like in her niceness. 

Other characters are hardly memorable, or fleshed out. None really 'jump off the page.'

I remeber her first boyfriend saving her, a bit of Lady Cat, the Pharoah was a jerk, and Sut her husband is like just busy running the empire and being a generally good hubby for his time.

But they don't ha e personality, which is what characters need to shine!

But with the scope of this novel being what it is, I understand it would be difficult to do...

All in all The Many Lives if Cadence Lee is a fun, light read for GameLit and isekai lovers. 

And I enjoyed this story, even with all my nitpicking. And some would say that's the main point. And I would say back, it is an important point, but the author can grow beyond what ever level their current work is at and I want to support that.

Good luck author!

 

 

 

 

OblivionCultist
Overall

World hopping multi-life adventure. The MC reacts honestly to loss of families and the trauma at the end of a life and the start of a new one. I've really enjoyed this story so far and the updates come steadily. I'll avoid spoilers but so far the jump between didn't styles of tropes has been fresh and non-repetitive. The MC isn't a mary sue and perfect at everything.

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Until now this is nearly a perfect story. Funny, using a good idea and a normal person, as in not someone abnormal. And showing emotional growth while still making a nice story.

Style: Is really good, funny and entertaining. (The only thing bothering me is the Authors low self-esteem, you managed to make (the beginning of)a really good story. Be more confident in yourself!)

Grammar: Haven't found any problems here.

Story: While there isn't an overarching plot like in 'The Ascendant: Endless Reincarnation' we have got some storylines already.

While the first one came to an abrupt ending like her life did, the second one is branching out more, also with notes from the future + an Interlude from the future. Which is pretty good.

Characters: Also no problems here. With emotional growth as I said. (The 4,5 only because I'm petty and don't want to give full stars.).

All in all this is quite a lot better than 'In Loki's Honor'. Considerably better. The author vladerag, like 'In Loki's Honor' also said this was a rough draft in an authors note. But I can't really understand what he meant with that. There isn't really anything that stands out (problem wise), or is needing change. While the first lifes end, kind of was very abrupt, it was very much realistic. And thankfully, different than 'In Loki's Honor' the MC won't have, a too overpowered 'cheat'.

I would definitely recommend this. Regarding the title... here is what I think:

Cadence Lee is pretty much just a name and the first chapter. We don't know much about her other than that she went to school had a boyfriend and a good family situation. While her achievement list kind of explained a lot of what she did with her life, other than that. There isn't much else we know about her. So another title would definitely be appropriate.

On the other hand though. It is quite difficult to find a good title for short and especially for long stories. This title gives the story a starting point and the following stories as an anthology a good summary, what would be of concern though would be the endgame. Will she remain only as a relic and a memory to all the worlds she visited, or will she become something different and continue living. Well better worry about that after some hundred chapters. (Hopefully)

Anyway I hope this story continues as it has and doesn't stop at a hiatus as 'The Ascendant: Endless Reincarnation' did.

A Sword Saint
Overall

Fun concept, boring execution.

The author seems to be writing this story as a kind of reaction or satire of it's own concept. With the amount of times the story teases a development that would actually be an enjoyable payoff or progression of the narrative, and then goes a different direction that falls completely flat, it get's old really fast.

The primary example of lack of satisfying payoff is the core mechanic itself - the 'incarnation system' that causes the MC to reinarnate in a new world each time she dies. After every death, there is a full chapter wrapup where the MC visits the white space between worlds to have her life graded by the system so that she can recieve points that can be spent in order to improve her abilites. This isn't a unique concept and it has been done in many stories before. It's actually one of the most fun parts of a story, seeing the 'xp' roll in all at once, seeing how the MC's abilities improve, guessing the end game 'build' based on the current direction, and getting excited to see how the MC takes advanatge of these new strengths going forward.

 

In any other story with even a remotely similar premise this would be the case, not in this one though. Here, this is a tedious and unfulfilling process that you will begin to roll your eyes at after the first few deaths.

The main issue here that makes this such a slog is how incredibly little it matters. The mc on her first death is in denial that this is really happening and so makes some poor choices, then on her second death she is too depressed to care and so dismissively makes some bad choices to get it over with and move on... so we end up going through this long process (and it is a long and tedious process filled with very weak attempts at humor) several times before the first time where the MC makes any legitimate effort into spending her points in a useful way... but that doesn't really matter either because the system is so stingy its rediculous. 

In addition to the various skills that the MC learns throughout their lives not carrying over to later lives, the amount of points that the MC must spend to make the tiniest permenant power gain makes the process just so dull and unfun. To put it in perspective - the MC can spend her points either to add to the base stat bonus she recieves in every life or she can buy a skill that is derived from her accomplishemnts in a previous life. This would be fine, except the cost-value of these purchases is extremly poorly tuned. It takes all of her points from a whole life to raise a few of her stats by a few % (less than 5 usually) and she starts on a scale that puts her at average or below average human. As an added kick in the teeth, every 10% the cost actually doubles because it wasn't steep enough of a price apparently. So youre looking at probably dozens of lives spent only raising base stats before the MC starts to approach being significantly above average (not super impressive mind you, just above average) and so far after 350 pages the MC has gone through less than 5 lives (and thats including the 1 'free' life she got from starting the story dead).

Stat gains during the life also don't carry over to the next life. So raising stats is extremely tedious. 

As for buying cool skills instead? Forget about it. Any skill that's not the lamest and most restricted version costs literaly 2-10x more than what shes been earning for entire lives where she's done things as impressive as make a huge impact on history. So she can get 1% in a handful of stats per life, or pick up something like 'read books 25% faster' or 'deal 5% extra damage if you attack with killing intent'. These numbers might be meaningful a thousand lives later when the MC actually has enough other abilities and base stats for a few % to be meaningful, but for now and the vastly forseable future don't expect the MC to do anything interesting with these 'incarnator' skills and stats.

Now, you may be thinking 'those numbers are small but they add up over time and in a mundane world even small supernatural abiltiies could be leveraged into a huge advantage!' That's true, if the author had the foresight or interest to base this story in an otherwise mundane setting it would be very possible for the MC's accumulated minor advantages to be strong enough that with clever use the MC could actually make interesting progress. Having a few % more endurance, strength, or speed could help her in a life as a pro athlete for example and surely then MC could find some way to turn a minor power like '25% less fatigued while doing math' into a tool that could be used to accomplish much in the way of a career path. That's all irrelevant though, because instead all of the lives so far have taken place in fantasy worlds with magic and their own systems that allow any 10 year old (literally) to have so many crazy powerful skills and abilities that the things the MC gains from her incarnation system are basically completely worthless garbage in comparison. That extra 10% intellegence stat doesn't mean anything in front of literal Skills that give people the abilitiy to be gifted knowledge and calculation answers just by looking at things, let alone the ability to turn completely invisible, teleport, or throw magically heal wounds. 

I can't be sure whether the author is just being extremely overly cautious to the point of tedium about not wanting the MC to get too strong too fast or whether maybe they didn't want to give the MC any kind of long term growth in the first place and only incuded that because it could make the story more popular or what the deal is. I do know that the author has made a habit of rushing through parts that they admit they got bored with and outright killing off the MC whenever they feel like moving on to a new world, so perhaps it would be best to just view this 'story' as a collection of short stories featuring a single reused character rather than the jump-chain through original settings that it advertises itself to be.

Honestly can't recommend this story if the description is what drew you in since it paints a picture that doesn't match at all with the actual content. You may still find that you like it because you enjoy what is effectively a string of historical slice of life stories with a side of system flavored handwaving on how society is structured, but its not what I came here for and I doubt most people did either.

Mr Tibbles
Overall

Amazing story and still so much potential

Reviewed at: Extra - Ylma

I really enjoyed this story and I do not normally read female lead based stories but this one was too good to pass up. What is most amazing about this story is how it still has just as much potential to become even better as it did with the first chapter. I can't help but eagerly wait in anticipation of where and who she will become in the future and the adventures she will have.

kingcaloob
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I am really enjoying this story so far. The protagonist reincarnates into a new system based world upon each death and is given points based on her performance which she can spend on meta skills or stats which will then effect all future reincarnations. Unlike other jumpchain stories, the main character does not choose where she is incarnated, is not massively overpowered, and based on current progression will not become OP soon.

The settings are interesting, the bronze age Egypt analogue is rarely seen and the author has researched historical issues that early civilizations faced. So far uplift fantasy has been flirted with but not explored as deeply. The latest incarnation is as a non-human monster in a fantasy adventuring world, and is showing promise. 

Worth your time to read.