Sylver Seeker

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.

Chapters are published every 2 days at 21:00 GMT.

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
Ch050-Shifting Perspectives ago
Ch051-Friends! Friends! ago
Ch052-Can’t Play Dead ago
Ch053-Miracle Worker ago
Ch054-All The World’s A Stage ago
Ch055-Who Do You Think I Am? ago
Ch056-Sylver’s Day Off ago
Ch057-Friends Will Be Friends ago
Ch058-Who Are You? ago
Ch059-Mistakes, Misconceptions, Miscommunications. ago
Ch060-If You Can’t Walk Then Crawl ago
Ch061- Necromancy Rocks! ago
Ch062-Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Die. ago
Ch063-Enough Crawling, Fly! ago
Ch064-You Can’t Handle The Truth! ago
Ch065-The Paved Road To Hell ago
Ch066-Demons, Deals, Dried Bread. ago
Ch067-Good News Everyone! ago
Ch068-When The Lion’s Hungry… (1/2) ago
Ch068-When The Lion’s Hungry… (2/2) ago
Ch069-Nice ‘n’ Easy ago
Ch070-Friends, Enemies, And The Rest(1/2) ago
Ch070-Friends, Enemies, And The Rest(2/2) ago
Ch071-A Rose By Any Other Name ago
Ch072-Damned If You Do(1/2) ago
Ch072-Damned If You Do(2/2) ago
Ch073-Buried Questions(1/2) ago
Ch073-Buried Questions(2/2) ago
Ch074-Glitter And Gold(1/2) ago
Ch074-Glitter And Gold(2/2) ago
Ch075-Halfway There(1/2) ago
Ch075-Halfway There(2/2) ago
Ch076-One Door Closes(1/2) ago
Ch076-One Door Closes(2/2) ago
Ch077-A Brisk Walk(1/2) ago
Ch077-A Brisk Walk(2/2) ago
Ch078-What A Lovely Day(1/2) ago
Ch078-What A Lovely Day(2/2) ago
Ch079-A Long Day(1/2) ago
Ch079-A Long Day(2/2) ago
Ch080-Sticks And Stones(1/2) ago
Ch080-Sticks And Stones(2/2) ago
Ch081-Fish In Water(1/2) ago
Ch081-Fish In Water(2/2) ago
Ch082-Brewing Storm(1/2) ago
Ch082-Brewing Storm(2/2) ago
Ch083-You Can’t Even Run(1/2) ago
Ch083-You Can’t Even Run(2/2) ago
Ch084-Big Words, Little Man(1/2) ago
Ch084-Big Words, Little Man(2/2) ago
Ch085-Lost And Found(1/2) ago
Ch085-Lost And Found(2/2) ago
Ch086-Bone Voyage!(1/2) ago
Ch086-Bone Voyage!(2/2) ago
Ch087-My Troubles Have Trouble With Me(1/2) ago
Ch087-My Troubles Have Trouble With Me(2/2) ago
Ch088-Staring Match With The Abyss(1/2) ago
Ch088-Staring Match With The Abyss(2/2) ago
Ch089-No Smoke Without Fire(1/2) ago
Ch089-No Smoke Without Fire(2/2) ago
Ch090-Hen In A Foxhouse(1/2) ago
Ch090-Hen In A Foxhouse(2/2) ago
Ch091-Not That Kind Of Story(1/2) ago
Ch091-Not That Kind Of Story(2/2) ago
Ch092-Collaborate And Listen(1/2) ago
Ch092-Collaborate And Listen(2/2) ago
Ch093-Reaping Rewards(1/2) ago
Ch093-Reaping Rewards(2/2) ago
Ch094-Games Of Chance ago
Ch095-Where Is The Justice ago
Ch096-Love Is The Answer ago
Ch097-Bring A Towel ago
Ch098-Cause For Celebration ago
Ch099-Goodbyes and Hellos ago
Ch100-Epilogue ago
Ch101-Leap Of Faith ago
Ch102-Smarter Than The Average Bear ago
Ch103-Made Them Equal ago
Ch104-Keep Calm ago
Ch105-Poor Alternatives ago
Ch106-No Place Like ago
Ch107-Eye For An Eye ago
Ch108-Luck Be A Woman  ago
Ch109-Get Comfortable ago
Ch110-Sentry Here! ago
Ch111-Can’t Touch This ago
Ch112-Would Smell As Sweet ago
Ch113-Tepid Welcome ago
Ch114-Blind Visions ago
Ch115-Stretch Goals ago
Ch116-Skip To The Good Bit ago
Ch117-Busy Bee  ago
Ch118-Snake Eyes ago
Ch119-Prep Work ago
Ch120-Clear Cut ago
Ch121-Rabbit Hole ago
Ch122-Trapped Rats ago
Ch123-Pride Goes Before ago
Ch124-Maze Walker ago
Ch125-Two Wrongs ago
Ch126-(Do Fear) The Reaper ago
Ch127-Win Some Lose Some ago
Ch128-David Meet ago
Ch129-Redacted ago
Ch130-Friend Or Foe ago
Ch131-Bada Bing ago
Ch132-Sink Or Swim ago
Ch133-Power Up ago
Ch134-All Aboard ago
Ch135-Tired ago
Ch136-Dots ago
Ch137-More Questions ago
Ch138-There’s Only One Solution ago
Ch139-Everything’s Bigger ago
Ch140-Jet Fuel ago
Ch141-Communicate ago
Ch142-Best Move ago
Ch143-Overkill ago
Ch144-Chicken Dinner ago
Ch145-Bath Time ago

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Eregares
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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. 

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

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.

swedneck
Overall

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.

Trelawnamous
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Just read this story, you will love it

Reviewed at: Ch090-Hen In A Foxhouse(2/2)

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.

STYLE

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.

GRAMMAR

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.

CHARACTER

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.

STORY

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.

Serundipitous
Overall

Never thought I would pay for a free story

Reviewed at: Ch090-Hen In A Foxhouse(2/2)

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.

Lone
Overall

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.

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!

PrintedPencil
Overall

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.

Strg
Overall

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.