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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, and will, 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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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
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.
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.
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!
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
- 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.
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.
Brains, brawn and strength and good looks/badass look, sex-appeal, good at everything, defeating enemies 30+ levels ahead of him (what do levels even mean lol?), charming and funny, everyone likes him (or at least powerful people immediately like him), immediately successful at everything he tries...
Where is the tension?
Im liking the story so far good world building, action, and plot. It flows smoothly and is easy to read the grammer and english are both above average. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it isn't very far in yet.
Also Necromancer favorite class and I think it's getting done well.
Its written well enough, with some interesting ideas and good grammar but the character interactions and ambitions come off stilted and strange. The inital few chapters are very weird with quite a few character dying and the author trying to explain why we should care by just stating things that they've done. Within the first few chapters alone it seemed like the author was creating magic rules to allow his character to be portrayed in a good light and avoid hard decisions.
I think this will be great for anyone that wants to read about an angsty overpowered necromancer in world filled with people with oversimplistic ambitions.
When I saw that it was a necromancer story, I thought "great, that sounds great".
But I was so wrong.
Okay, so it starts in chapter 1 with a timekeeper (a guy who has a power to start over every time he dies) who is the best person in the world to know that :
-you shouldn't tell your enemy about your secrets before you kill him (because: recklessness is probably the only thing that can be fatal to him.) but does it anyway.
-know that the only risk for him is not to die, but to lose his soul, but is unable to commit suicide in time, despite being a veteran and knowing that: this is the most important thing.
-let his enemy talk rather than kill him and thus end up dying (the most famous stupid trope in the universe). Any critical reader will understand how unacceptable this is.
Ans The author forgot to think about the global repercussions of allowing necromancers to create zombies. This point is even less acceptable considering that it is one of the major points in the construction of his world.
Stilted and senseless "you and I know that you know" dialogues, RLY?
Seriously, the author put a lot of effort into writing it, and that's good, but how with all the flaws she has in this story can it be in the best rated? It doesn't make any sense.
The characters are flat and the protagonist seems smart probably only because the others are stupid.
Sorry author, but this is not your first novel, so how much have you thought about it? It's too hard to apologize.