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After fulfilling the duty all arch necromancers are tasked with, Sylver Sezari was not expecting to ever wake up again.
But he did.
And after crawling his way back into the land of the living, he’s alive once again. In a strange land, a strange time, and with a strange floating screen in front of his new face.
Either through plan or chance, he’s alive again, and planning to enjoy himself to his heart's content.
-The story isn’t grimdark, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows either. There will be lighthearted and positive moments, as well as some sad ones. That being said, it’s a whole lot more light than dark.
-This is a LITRPG story.
-It can get very GORY. I’m somewhat desensitized to gore and violence. So while the story isn’t full of gore for the sake of gore, it can get a little too descriptive.
-The MC is a necromancer, so corpses and decay, and all the things that come with it, will be mentioned from time to time.
-I’m a huge fan of Egyptian, Slavic, and Greek mythology, so expect quite a bit of that. That said, so much is altered, you’ll be hard-pressed to guess how exactly it is being used.
-Despite being ‘immortal’ the MC can die. In the event he does, the story doesn’t end, simply time skips forward. Which in some cases is going to be worse than just dying.
-I love plot twists, as much as I love red herrings and Chekhov guns. Deus Ex Machina’s not so much.
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Small disclaimer, I'm not the best writer so this review might seem chaotic in places.
Let me first just say that I have a soft spot for stories that take seemingly dark themes and manage to not make them edgy. This book does it well and when I found it I ended up devouring all the available chapters before I realised.
I really enjoy reading about the adventures of Sylver, he has a long term goal which means that the author thought the story through. I also like the Sylver as a character because he represents that gray zone in morality. I guess using the DND alignment chart he would be the chaotic neutral (or at least that's how I see him).
The side characters are also interesting and seem to be more then just 1 dimensional cardboard cutouts.
When it comes to grammar I think it's good, I'm no native English speak so I might not be noticing mistakes, if there are any but the book itself doesn't have that typical broken English quality, a lot of books have nowadays.
Overall I feel like the story is really solid and there's a lot to explore. The system certainly intrigues me and I want to learn more about Sylver's past. As long as the author doesn't make the MC do some weird out of character things, this story will go places.
I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.
So far so good kinda gory for some people like a necromancer should be
Different take on the lich direction too instead of just a dead skeleton/body held together by magic its a living dead
Keep up the good work I am looking forward to this a fair amount and hope that it's going to be a looong book
This is a story that goes in an entirely different direction than I thought it would. And just keeps doing that over and over.
Large back story that is still developing and yet never feels unplanned. A lot of them feel spur of the moment, yet this has never come across that way.
Great job world building and character building.
Read up to chapter 40 and so far so good! Funny at times and dark at others, I have been very pleased with the story so far.
The plot has been kept interesting all throughout the novel and it does not look like it will be dying down anytime soon so I strongly recommend reading it.
Props to the author for writing one of the best new novels around this website!
It was so good I immediately subbed to the Patreon when I ran out of chapters last month.
The story is simple yet deep and just very satisfying. The main character is knowledgable but not all-knowing. He's decisive and willing to kill when necessary. Admittedly, I'm not all that invested in the side-characters nor the litRPG system but these don't detract from the story.
I'll leave a far more in-depth review at some point but for now, take my 5-stars. This story most-certainly deserves them.
The story is interesting and different enough from other RoyalRoad stories to benefit from the novelty factor. The MC has clear and believable long-term and short-term goals, which help drive the story and evolve as the plot progresses and more information is revealed. Decisions made are explained convincingly and without becoming too preachy or becoming a boring lecture.
In terms of characters, I especially like the main character. He has a set moral code but does not pretend that he is some morally righteous person. He will put his life above those of a stranger, even a possibly good person, and he will not sugar-coat it or play it off as being morally righteous. However, he will help those he deems as good people, even if they cannot repay him. Just not at the cost of his or his friends’ lives. In terms of side-characters, they seem interesting and not total stereotypes, but few of them have had sufficient screen time yet to really interest me. However, that is fine for now as they fit well within their currently limited roles and we get to spend more time with the MC than possibly less interesting side-characters. And I really like the MC so far, so its not a negative for me that we spend more time focussed on him than anyone else.
The style and grammar are ok. Some of the sentences are phrased ambiguously in that they can be interpreted to mean different things. There are also some spelling errors, but most of them seem to have been found and mentioned in the comments and corrected by the author. Being willing to read and act on these comments meant I gave the book an extra star on the style score. I am a little ambivalent about the flashbacks that sometimes occur. They add some colour to the story, but I am not sure they add anything necessary to the story to detract from how they interrupt that main plotline. Maybe they are adding important details or Chekhov guns, but if they are, I have yet to notice any.
TL:DR version – You should read this story. It's not perfect, but I found it entertaining enough to spend my time writing a relatively long review on it to encourage other people to read it.
EDIT: Updated Review since over 2 months have passed and this is an ongoing story.
Good characters. Interesting plot. Absolutely worth reading. I really like the MC. Like a lot. My favourite MC in all stories I've ever read. No glaring issues so far though it can be a bit frustrating to read by chapter rather than wait for a few to read in one go.
I really really like this story, the world feels real and it just feels nice to read in general.
I have absolutely no clue what most of the negative reviews are on about, they seem to be pulling complaints out of thin air or nitpicking things.
In the end all that matters to me is that I had to actively stop myself from reading so I could go to bed.
I was very happy to find this title in trending because it features one of my favorite fantasy archtypes and it is done very well. It has everything I want in a novel, magic and combat, fantastic worldbuilding, interesting characters. Part of what keeps me coming back is the clever uses of magic - not every problem is solved with heaps and heaps of animated bodies, and seeing the cold logic of the necromancer going through his options is delightful.
I keep coming back for more. I have no idea where the story is going, but I'm confident the author is going to make the adventure there as enjoyable as a barrel full of shades and liches can get.
If you need encouragement, just start reading! You won’t be disappointed!
This review contains a minor spoiler of the earlier chapters.
Plot Summary - Overpowered Necromancer - Sylver was an 11th-tier necromancer that gets resurrected after a long time has passed since his death. We follow his adventures as he gradually learns the new magic system of the world and tries to crack the mystery of what happened after his death. Being one of the high-tiered necromancers in his previous life, he’s very overpowered in his early struggles. However, we still get to see him solving problems in creative ways because of his current body’s limitations. We were also promised lots of things when he eventually regains his peak body capabilities, and I can’t wait to see when it happens!
World Building - Mysterious New System - Sylver ‘wakes up’ in another continent in the future, with a new system on top of the traditional magic he knows. Everyone seems to be normalized with having the system around, which implies many years has already passed. One thing I like from the story is that Sylver realizes early on that many mysteries are surrounding this new magic system, and he points it out for us readers to acknowledge the mysteries out loud with him.
Character - Evil, but Kind - Often in stories, necromancers get the stink-eye just for being a necromancer. In this story, a necromancer is just another job. There are still some oppositions, but it’s only limited to the overzealous religious group. Necromancers are also often portrayed as evil sorcerers, and even though Sylver was no holy saint, I get the impression that he is a very refined, polite, and intelligent gentleman. He approaches things with a no-nonsense attitude and is willing to sacrifice evil people for the greater good (*his greater good). However, he’s not selfish, and quite generous with what he has, and his attitude towards his allies is quite trusting. That’s refreshing to see, for a stereotypically evil lich to behave like that.
Grammar and Style - Multiple POVs and Narrative Tricks - There are multiple point-of-views in the story, but it’s not distracting. I’d say it’s great enough, and even refreshing, as Royal Road doesn’t often have many stories with multiple POVs. Once or twice, I read a passage, and I have to reread it from the beginning because what I read up to that point changes the feel of the chapter. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
Conclusion - I kept thinking of adjectives like ‘refreshing’ and ‘enjoyable’ throughout writing this review, and that’s what I think of this story. If you want an overpowered necromancer and morally grey protagonist, you should read the story! But if you’re squeamish or don’t like gory things, maybe you should not read this. You’ll miss out a lot, though.
Final Score: 10/10. A masterpiece in its genre!