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On just another normal Monday, the world changed. The universe had reached a threshold humanity didn’t even know existed, and it was time to finally be integrated into the vast multiverse. A world where power is the only thing that one can truly rely on.
Jake, a seemingly average office worker, finds himself thrust into this new world. Into a tutorial filled with dangers and opportunities. In a world that should breed fear and concern, an environment that makes his fellow coworkers falter, Jake instead finds himself thriving.
Perhaps… Jake was born for this kind of world, to begin with.
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Average chapter length: 2500
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The story have so far (chapter 159) been decent paced and so far i've been back several times a week to check for updates.
In the early stages, we get to know the MC, which is not the outward stereotypical "happy go lucky" hero-type that many stories have....
Yet, we're given enough time with the MC to glean some insights and perhaps find him to be "not so bad at all" for someone who we might've seen as an introvert.
I find that there is a lot of details for the personalities of those described in the story, insofar that you start to like or dislike several of them and might mourn a minute for some of those that don't make it.
There's enough humor in some of the interactions to keep the darkness at bay, and at times enough to make one smirk at some of the perceived dark moments for some characters.
Personally i think this story is in my top 10 of the near 60 stories that i check up on regularly
Really enjoying the story to date.
The MC's character is strong, well developed, making consistent and internally logical and thought out choices.
There is a sense of purpose behind the story. Progress has been slow but steady and I get the sense that the author has a clear direction forward but is not rushing to get there. My favourite balance.
The system and rate of progression has been well thought out. It is definitely a progression fantasy but so far it has been extremely well paced which seems to be quite difficult to achieve.
Looking forward to more.
Disclaimer: I truly hoped that the story gets better, but my patience ran out and I dropped the book after 74 chapters.
In short, this is your typical litrpg, composed entirely of the well-known tropes. Don't get me wrong, lit-rpg genre per se, as well as good tropes, can be interesting and incite emotions, unfortunately, this is not the case with this book.
MC is not very bright (not sure if this is Author's intention), reckless for no reason, but cowardly when it comes to interacting or standing up against other people.
The story so far (up to ch 74, that's like 1-2 conventional books) consists mostly (≈80%) of the slightly embellished text description of grinding mobs. Again, mob fights can be interesting, but not in this books. Fights are repetative, there is no risk (we know MC will win), there are no costs, no clever tactics, no struggle. MC just uses couple of his best skills and overpowers the enemy. Mobs are clearly depicted as big animals with videogame-like AI, so fighting them is as exciting as target practice.
Another 15% of the content is related to skill grind and inventory management. MC reads books and unlocks awesome unique skills, and also uprades and repairs his equipment after mob battles. So exciting!
The remaining ≈5% of the content is PvP and social interactions. I wish Author would explore this venue more, but MC is presented as a "loner", so he purpusefully avoids social contacts. Again, not sure how intentional, but I view such avoidance as covardice:
Because of the MCs passiveness and conflict avoidance, lots of innocent people died. Could that be that he was not strong enogh to make the difference? Perhaps, but he didn't even try, so we won't know.
MC growth is depicted only in terms of stats and skills. There are no new emotions, psychological or social insights, new relationships. Just some abstract numbers are constantly going up.
As I pointed out above, MC is an average human. He's not very smart, not very strong, below average socially. Yet for no reason he's randomely dealt ULTRA MEGA UNIQUE skills and becomes THE CHOSEN ONE. Frustratinly for the reader, MC doesn't even need to think when utilizing his overpowered skills, thus most fights are utterly one-sided and boring. Almost everything gained by MC, be it unique skills of overpowered equipment, is not the consequence of his actions, but rather "random" chance. MC doesn't act of his own will, he's nudged around by random events and he happily floats along, grinding numbers along the way.
There are other characters in the book, beside MC. Unfortunately, very few pages are dedicated to their development, so, with minor exceptions, reader doesn't develop deep connection with them. Almost every character is immature (that includes supposedly immortal ancient entities) and driven primarily by revenge or power hunger. Most characters act irrationally, or, at least, author doesn't explain why they are choosing this particular action, when reader can see better alternatives available.
The writing style is rather dry. It does the job of communicating ideas well enough, but nothing beyond that. Non-action descriptinos are rather bare. E.g., suppose the character enters the forest. Ideally I'd like to feel the environment through the perception of the character. What is it like to be in the otherworldly forest? What stands out, what does the character feel? How does it smell? Is it comfortable? There are so many things to make the scene living. However, in the book you get just bare minimum: maybe time of the day, height of the trees and some other minor details. Not nearly enough for immersion.
Grammar is good. Language is probably better than most of the books on RR, but it feels plain compared to the renown professional writers.
Summary: unless you're into zero-play rpgs where 80% of the content is mindless grind, skip this book. Or go play diablo insted, it ticks most of the same boxes, but does it tenfold better.
Overall The Primal Hunter is a fairly standard, enjoyable addition to the "System Apocalypse" genre.
The main selling point for me is the unique class combo the MC has (Archer + Poison). Most stories tend to go the melee or magic route, so it's kinda neat to see the rogue/ranger build explored.
The world is pretty standard system stuff, but it does lean heavily into the gods aspect of things. It makes for some intersting dynamics and dialogue, but it does kinda hampre your view on the power scale of things.
Grammer is solid. I see a couple mistakes per chapter, but nothing major and fairly easy to read over.
The MC is decently likable and very relatable. He's a strong introvert, which in-and-of itself isn't a bad thing, but it does lead to a lot of the dialgue being short or nonexistent. That lack of dialogue makes oganicly building the side characters very difficult and requires more exposition than I would personaly like to flesh them out.
Gods being so ever-present and tangible also kinda wrecks the power curve a bit. A lot of the strong characters feel like they are strong purely off the backs of their patrons, or at the very least in large part due to them.
There is also not much driving motivation for the MC, and no reall overarching plot to follow as of yet. After the initial objective to "survive", all external pressure to improve vanishes. The story after the tutorial seems a bit directionless. There's no looming threat, no family to save, no reason to progress other than progression itself.
Overall I do like the story, and it is very much worth reading.
I have enjoyed this series so far, as the main character is interesting enough as hes both relatable in some ways and a savage in others. The storys pacing I have enjoyed its a slower pace that I enjoy but you get decent progression as well. Through the interaction in the comment section the author seems to have a good idea where this story is going not sure how far out he has planned but It seems like this story will have a good future.
The beginning chapters before getting to the tutorial zone, almost put me off from the story. But once in the tutorial, the writer hits his stride and the action and style of characters and writing becomes excelent. So I would recommend reading atleast until chapter 8 end to get the feel of the story :)
Great LIT rpg novel some minor complaints like I've seen Jake grinding exp so much I haven't gotten a great feel for his personality the side characters have more written about their inner mind than the MC has. But the writing style and world building is reall amazing. I love the combat scenes there really well done and perfectly paced.
Ever since I first played "paper and dice" D&D back in the 80's I've loved playing an archer / ranger character and this story definitely resonates with me. The MC first comes across a bit too practical and driven but stick with it as his behavior is IMO a reasonable response for his life experiences...may not be in the norm but it is reasonable. The only other thing I can say is to not let the "negative" reviews make your decision for you, read a bit of it for yourself and make your own judgement. I'm really enjoying the characters both good and bad, the action is well done and the storyline itself is interesting...and they haven't even gotten out of the tutorial yet which (so far) is two entirely separate "lands". As long as Zogarth keep writing I'll keep reading.
I wanted to take the time to write a more in-depth review for a couple reasons. The first is to congratulate the author on a fantastic story that has drawn me in with the depth of the world-building and characters. There hasn't been a single chapter or direction you've taken the story that's been anything less than stellar. Please keep up th excellent work. Secondly, this is one of those slice of life stories that you find yourself slowly drawn into and then completely hooked on. There's a great balance of RPG elements while still making the MC work for what he's got. This story avoids the usual tropes and while the MC might be considered slightly OP it's only in the sense that he's worked incredibly hard to have abilities that others don't. Nothing is handed to him or really anyone else, you either work hard for what you have or you die a mediocre death. I greatly look forward to more chapters of this story and encourage everyone to take the time to read this. There is A LOT of potential here and for anyone criticizing you can just fuck off and write your own story, leave this one to the talented author and fans of the quality work.
I like it. Other reveiwers are saying its tropey, (it is) but they arent mentioning the tropes that are being subverted. At first I thought it would dive into the "psycological" damage that would occure after his party "betrayed" him after find out he is better at killing or something but it never happened. Then it gave the MC the impule to go off and do his own thing while the author fleshed out what was going on with the other people of the tutorial. The Pov swaps kept linear time going without having to get boring and I'm okay with that. I hate when stories have the mc go do something and come out a badass and then summerize the timeskip when the MC is about to wreck something. This is much more palatable.
All in all a story that definitly has room to grow and I enjoy it.