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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.
Chapters are published every 2 days at 21:00 GMT.
-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.
I waited until the end of this arc to review, just to make sure it stayed high quality all the way through. It really does.
The magic system here is not easy to parse. There's little exposition. But it is entirely appropriate as the main character has a very sound understanding of magic, better than the people actually alive in the time in which the story takes place. You get bits and pieces, both from before the 'system' and after, and it's clear some things have changed. So Sylver is either unsure, and he doesn't like not knowing, or it is taken for granted. We've gotten to the end of the first novel and i've not seen behind the curtain, and this is very much appreciated.
What is also appreciated is the scope for power-creep. Sylver is barely capable of 2nd teir magic. I assume it goes up to eleven. But even if he starts burning through this it wouldn't matter because normally he resolves things through simple cunning. It's less "your power is overwhelming" and more "where did you go? *stabbing noises from behind*".
Sylver is entirely believable as a person, just like the rest of the cast. Even more remarkable, he is believable as an ancient necromancer waking up in a changed world. That takes some serious writing chops and i'm going to have to leave it at that because even mentioning some of the other characters would be to spoil their concepts.
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
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.
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.
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.
You better bet this is a great story I mean it's been solid for a solid 100 chapters which is insanely rare for any story. Now my title is a bit of a lie right now because it's the turn of the month so I'll sign up for it tomorrow but wow is it a great story from the excellent writing to the mc who uses logic and the witty author who incorporates a fair amount of humor it is a truly enjoyable story to read.
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.
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.
This is by far the highest review I've ever given. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes impossibly ancient MCs who ACT like it, likeable "villain" MCs with their own moral code, crazy ass-pulls that don't feel unearned, litrpgs with great world-building and a fine control over too many and too few "blue screens," DnD/dungeon crawling, or just fantasy and magic bs in general.
I was hooked from the prologue. Their is an ability many of my favourite fantasy authors have to exposit JUST enough to imply a much, much grander world, and KK nails it. Every answer, named town, story, aside, or musing of Sylver both satifsies my curiousity and leaves me hungry for more.
The shifts of POV are few and intentional, often to show us how Sylver looks to the average person in story. Alt-POVs are a pitfall in webnovels, and KK nails it.
Conflicts always feel like they have stakes, as the MC can fuck up, under-estimate his foes, or simply have incomplete info on the world around him.
The author also has a good sense of how much description is just enough to be both clear and leave the reader room to imagine and carry on reading unimpeded. I marathoned this story and found myself just sprinting through KK's silky prose.
Most errors are your run-of-the-mill typos, not distractingly bad affronts to the English language like many webnovels. A serialized story like this doesn't have nearly the same time for editing as a trad-published novel, so it doesn't impede the story. Generally, the writing is clear and skillful.
Lastly, I will say I miss the flashbacks to Sylver's training at the start of the chapters. They were short snippets of his life before and showed us why he's searching so hard for the members of Ibis. I hope they come back.
People have their own voices, evoke a larger life-lead, and even the love interests seem fleshed out enough for me. People tell Sylver "no" and act counter to his wishes, which, for a litrpg, is actually high praise.
I find that the cast expands just at the right pace that people aren't ignored for 500 chapters or more (*cough* Randidly *cough), although that's partially due to many of them dying. I do wish we got more direct interaction with Ciege and Lola, but the story so far has had very fair reasons why Sylver is pulled hither and thither.
I like the dynamics between characters who knew Sylver before and after, and seeing what they end up bonding over. I think it's refreshing to have these relationships shape our view of Sylver and the world he left behind. The chapter where Syler does some, uh, self surgery, with Lola is one of my favourite examples. On its face, it's a power-up scene and exposition, but it's so funny because Lola learns that reality is often much less glamorous than what the bards sing.
The plot is interesting and takes familiar tropes to different places. There is almost a fanatical devotion to avoiding certain things like school or tournament arcs that I find really amusing and satisfying for an MC who has invariably been there and done that.
The plot moves somewhat slowly, but things are always happening. KK drip feeds progression through the many wrenches that end up in Sylver's machinery, so it doesn't feel that way. It just builds anticipation.
Overall, just fucking read it. Good lord, was this a gem to find on RoyalRoad. Now that I've caught up, I wish I had 100 more chapters to read.