The Many Lives of Cadence Lee

by vladerag

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • 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.

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Table of Contents
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

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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.

Sacredriver
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TMLCD shares many tropes with other world-hopping stories, but it gives them enough of a twist to distinguish itself from the crowd. The pacing is quick, but it never feels like it skimps on details. I do believe some 'lives' would benefit if they were fleshed out more, But it's thanks to those lives being concise that the story doesn't feel bogged down.

The grammar is near impeccable, barring the occasional spelling error.

The story has continuity, so it does not feel episodic. Candance doesn't simply forget her past, as some isekai protagonists do. Her experiences in various worlds have noticeably shaped and developed her character. 
Also, she carries with her some 'perks' and stats from her former incarnations.

Except for the protagonist, other characters feel anemic; this isn't to say they're not interesting. To me, it feels that side characters don't have enough 'screen time' to shine, though, in a world-hopping kind of story, that is a given.

If you're not exhausted with isekai stories, and you're willing to try one more, then give this one a go. It's fun, and as of chapter thirty, it doesn't feel monotones, nor did it make the mistake of burying the reader with unnecessary information.

bradyman50
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I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. I wasn't expecting much, but the setting gives an infinite number of options, and it seems like the author will make great use of them. There are tons of settings that, while interesting, can't be made into a long web serial. This story has the perfect opportunity to take advantage of them.

Hao1250431
Overall

It's a good one.

Skip the first chapter and give the second a short read to understand the system then the rest of the story is a real gem.

Extra word so it reach 50. Asus moac dk jung di non chap ă nikon nixon nemư roma nu gande juxe cho joe for nđ kê cent nđ út 

NIDHOGGR
Overall

The Many Lives of Cadence Lee is a novel that doesn't dither about for twenty chapters about Cadence growing up. To me, the novel flows very well and written very well. I don't feel like writing an Advanced Review, but there were no major errors, I could spot and the minor ones were fixed promptly.

Simply put, I love it, and so around 790 of your fellow Readers.

ZekromZZ
Overall

Nice! But you might want to change the title.

Reviewed at: Chapter Eight - War and Hate

Really interesting story so far, it feels like what another book (has acendant in it don't remember the full name though) could have been. I would however recommend changing the title, it took probably hundreds of redditors to find it when it was posted to one of those "what is this books title" subreddits.

Pandaviking
Overall

the idea itself is pretty basic, every wannabee writer in the reincarnation-gameworld-genre has had a similar idea. Then promptly given up when they realized that it was a project WAY above their comfort zone. BUT... THIS SERIES ACTUALLY DID IT! This is a story that a lot of people has wanted for quite a while, and it's suprisingly enough very well written. I wait anxtiously for how this will continue!

b1ueninja
Overall

she dies young every single time and it is a mildly annoying point i guess that the time periods that these take place during do generally have lower life expectancies but she is so increadably unlucky that she always ends up in a fatal situation before she turns twenty. first life she got shot, second life she dies in a civil war third life she dies in child birth and the start of her fourth life is as a toad. that does not sound like something that is going to be that high on the food chain

Gravelton
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Interesting premise, good execution, well-written

Reviewed at: Chapter Thirty Seven - Babel Town

I'm thoroughly enjoying this story.  The author's got the MC growing thier abilities in a reasonable progression without getting OP.  The settings for each of the MC's lives are interesting in themselves, and we're taken through each life in a nice mix of POVs and when the story skips ahead for a few years, it makes sense (how many early childhoods for the MC do we need to read?  lol). 

I've followed and subscribed to the author's Patreon.  They say they don't have many chapters up for backers yet (Nov 1, 2020), but that should change in the next month or so.

thor9201
Overall

This is a fiction that I've followed for a long while but never made an account to review. Now that I've finally made an account, I can give it a 5 star! The idea of reborning and getting stronger as you keep exploring new worlds keep the story fresh always. Glad to have read this.