Sylver Seeker

by KingKennit

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

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.

 

Author’s note:
-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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Chapter Name Release Date
Ch001-A False Start ago
Ch002-Hellos and Goodbyes ago
Ch003-Time Flies ago
Ch004-Starting Somewhere ago
Ch005-Already Dead ago
Ch006-Fee Fi Fo Fun ago
Ch007-Everybody Loves Large Chests ago
Ch008-The Calm ago
Ch009-Preparations ago
Ch010-Testing Your Might ago
Ch011-Three’s A Crowd, Nine’s An Army. ago
Ch012-On The Road ago
Ch013-There We Go ago
Ch014-Ooh You're A Cool Cat ago
Ch015-Dirty, Mean, And Mighty Unclean ago
Ch016-Blast From The Past ago
Ch017-Don't Bring Brawn To A Brain Fight ago
Ch018-And Now We Drink ago
Ch019-Coming Home ago
Ch020-Dark Alleyways Are Dangerous ago
Ch021-Back In Black ago
Ch022-Movin’ Out ago
Ch023-Now You’re Thinking With Portals! ago
Ch024-I’m Not Locked In Here With You ago
Ch025-New In Town ago
Ch026-Two For The Show ago
Ch027-Take Me To Your Leader ago
Ch028-Twists And Turns ago
Ch029-Straight Down The Middle ago
Ch030-What Makes A Good Man? ago
Ch031-The Good, The Bad... ago
Ch032-The Pathetic ago
Ch033-Ain’t No Rest ago
Ch034-Run Little Courier ago
Ch035-Choices, Choices, Choices ago
Ch036-Go Big! ago
Ch037-No Going Home ago
Ch038-Dust To Dust ago
Ch039-Blinded By The Dark ago
Ch040-Scientia Potentia Est ago
Ch041-A Hunting We Will Go ago
Ch042-Knock Knock ago
Ch043-The End Is Nigh ago
Ch044-The Long And Short ago
Ch045-Rise, My Glorious Creation! Rise! ago
Ch046-Getting Ready ago
Ch047-Day In The Sun ago
Ch048-Fear And Loneliness ago
Ch049-Skinning Cats ago

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A great story that really sucks you in.

Reviewed at: Ch048-Fear And Loneliness

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. 

Coerb
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Master necromancer or bland 20 something?

Reviewed at: Ch009-Preparations

I'm struggling with this one.  The nuts and bolts of the writing are mostly fine,  but the overall structure suffers.  

MC is an op, mature master wizard from a previous life,  but you wouldn't know it without the prologue because his actions and 'voice' are any generic mid 20s isekai protagonist. Maybe this helps people who want to self- insert but it pulls me out of the story every time I remember he is supposed to be an extremely wise and powerful necromancer who even had his own apprentices.

There is no driving goal so far other than get strong(er). MC can do op magic and physical combat and facerolls everything,  so there is no tension. He never feels even slightly close to in danger.

The interactions with other characters are limited so it's basically just a generic wizard investing inconsequential points (because he can already fight very high level monsters and do all the spells he wants) and cruising effortlessly through a few action scenes and gathering money. 

I think with a stronger driving force behind the narrative,  a more thought out character,  and more balance the story could have a lot of potential but right now I have to say pass for everyone but the worst power fantasy types.

TotallyNotEvil
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The MC is riding on a horse so high he can barely see the ground.

He is at the same time a heartless mass murderer that won't hesitate to do inhuman experiments on you if you so much as steal a loaf of bread, but will also go through great lengths to save some little girl or "protect those who are his".

In essence, your standard murderhappy-but-righteous Xianxia MC: it's perfectly fine for him to commit what he considers makes others not even human, which largely involves being in his way in any form, but he isn't scum like his targets because... he is the MC, I suppose?

Either own up that you are evil or be actually good. Don't keep dispensing moral judgment while rocking up the evil counter to the max.

More xianxia elements include how everyone in his way is a murdering rapist and he has yet to fail to punch way, way above his weight class, and levels don't really matter to him.

The worst part is that this all drags down some pretty interesting elements. What's up with this system? Who's the woman in white? Why can't he recall Lola? What's the needle? How did he survive? Was the system the end of the world the traitor reincarnator was trying to stop?

But the little bits of that we get are amidst extremely stilted character interactions.

Characters are divided in two categories: friends of the MC and unrepentant scum of the earth. The difference isn't in actions or character, it's just in how much he likes you and in how much one could threat his Chad-ness. 

To sum it up, there are hints of interesting things going on, but it's largely Xianxia MC with a coat of paint. The interesting bits were enough to keep me hooked till the

Prison arc

But the faults in the writing started showing more and more: modern words and terms and analogies, stilted dialogue and interactions, flat or highly confusing descriptions (the fuck was going on during the whole climax of the cat arc? Who knows), one-dimensional and repetitive characters we don't care about, spelled out know-that-you-know dialogue, little to zero tension, others being massively dumb, the MC acting like a generic 20 year old edgy Isekai instead of a calculating old man, etc.

But it did keep me going for some twenty-something chapters, so hey. There's something there, just need to cut away the inconsistencies, edginess and give characters some depth.

Toxicbrah
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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

starvingsloth
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Setting A New Standard for Necromancer Story

Reviewed at: Ch021-Back In Black

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!

msng
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Interesting MC & entertaining story

Reviewed at: Ch048-Fear And Loneliness

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.

Dusknimbus
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  1. Really like the premise and the setup we shall see if the author continues. The character is wonderfully flesh out in two chapter. I'd recommend giving this a read and see if you like it. Also author good job I haven't had a good read like this in a while.
Strg
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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. 

Egg Succ
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         I've read hundreds of storys in the last few years both on this website and off, For 2020 litrpgs were my go to and new favorite genre. There have been many good ones and even more bad ones. All of the true gems I've seen have all added something new to this growing genre. I believe that this story is both Original and creative, Its defenitly worth the read and each chapter makes me exicited for the next.

        The style of the story is wonderfull it flows smoothly doesn't leave the reader out of focus or bored with side chapters or tangents. 

         I love the characters, they aren't stupid they think and act like what people could in that situation with the information available. The main charecter is actually intelligent, he may make mistakes but he knows when it would be better to do something else. He may be somewhat overpowered but he still has challenges.

         For grammer I am not an english major I know that it is better than my grammer and I haven't seen any mistakes.

        I love the story, it puts a spin on overpowered and reincarnated character. The plot feels nice and doesn't randomly add elements to shock or confuse the reader it feels like an actual world with a story in it and we are there to witness it.

       Keep up the good work and thanks for a nice story  

                                                               -Egg

claws8367
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So ill keep it simple. Beginning was great, got me hooked. Read till chapter 17/18 and realised what story is going to be. OP protaginist, stays OP. What tension the story had, left me. 

A lot of people like the genre, but i read enough wuxia/xanxia that it activly bothers me.