Beneath the Dragoneye Moons

Beneath the Dragoneye Moons

by Selkie

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

Elaine is ripped from this world to Pallos, a land of unlimited possibilities made real by a grand System governing classes, skills, and magic.

An ideal society? What is this, a fantasy novel?

Adventures? Right this way!

A Grand quest? Nah.

Friends and loot? Heck yes!

Humans are the top dog? Nope, dinosaur food.

Healing and fighting? Well, everything is trying to eat her.

Join Elaine as she travels around Pallos, discovering all the wonders and mysteries of the world, trying to find a place where she belongs, hunting those elusive mangos, all while the ominous Dragoneye Moons watch her every move.


Hey! Beneath the Dragoneye Moons is my first writing effort, so please be kind, but don’t hesitate to point out the flaws.

The story starts off slowly, more like a slice of life than action-adventure, but it gets there!

I’m going to be posting M-W-F

I do know how the story ends, and I promise if it ever gets dropped, or I stop doing this, I will post the ending. There will be no random “this is the last chapter” out of the blue.


Cover art by Lee Kent: https://www.artstation.com/leekent

This story is being published on Royal Road, Tapas, and Scribblehub.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Image Gallery! ago
Chapter 1 - Rebirth ago
Chapter 2 - System Day I ago
Chapter 3 - System Day II ago
Chapter 4 - System Day III ago
Chapter 5 - System Day IV ago
Chapter 6 - Learning Skills I ago
Chapter 7 - Learning Skills II ago
Chapter 8 - Learning Skills III ago
Chapter 9 - The System Unlocks! ago
Chapter 10 - Girl Talk ago
Chapter 11 - Shadowing Guards ago
Chapter 12 - Artemis ago
Chapter 13 - Lessons on Magic ago
Chapter 14 - Decisions I ago
Chapter 15 - Decisions II ago
Chapter 16 - General Skills Bootcamp ago
Chapter 17 - The first Class-up ago
Chapter 18 - So many new skills! ago
Chapter 19 - Funeral ago
Chapter 20 - 6 years and change later ago
Chapter 21 - Catching up ago
Chapter 22 - Injustice ago
Chapter 23 - Level 100 I ago
Chapter 24 - Level 100 II ago
Chapter 25 - Level 100 III ago
Chapter 26 - Level 100 IV ago
Chapter 27 - The Ranger Squad ago
Chapter 28 - Healing ago
Chapter 29 - Secrets, Secrets, They're no Fun ago
Chapter 30 - A conversation ago
Chapter 31 - The Adventure Begins! ago
Chapter 32 – The woods are dark and deep ago
Chapter 33 – Verdant Village ago
Chapter 34 – How far does an Oath go? ago
Chapter 35 – Unless they’re shared with everyone! I ago
Chapter 36 – Unless they’re shared with everyone! II ago
Chapter 37 – On the road ago
Chapter 38 – Voting on Elaine ago
Chapter 39 – Sheep’s Ford ago
Chapter 40 – The road to Virinum I ago
Chapter 41 – The road to Virinum II ago
Chapter 42 – Arrival in Virinum ago
Chapter 43 –Virinum I ago
Chapter 44 –Virinum II ago
Chapter 45 –Virinum III ago
Chapter 46 –Virinum IV ago
Chapter 47 –Virinum V ago
Chapter 48 – Virinum VI ago
Chapter 49 – Classing up I ago
Chapter 50 – Classing up II ago
Interlude - The Magic Elements Explained! ago
Chapter 51 – New Skills I ago
Chapter 52 – Shield Skills with Artemis ago
Chapter 53 – Dodging the Guard ago
Chapter 54 – Shield skills with Maximus ago
Chapter 55 – Fire Training ago
Chapter 56 – Adventures in Virinum I ago
Chapter 57 – Adventures in Virinum II ago
Chapter 58 – Adventures in Virinum III ago
Chapter 59 – Adventures in Virinum IV ago
Chapter 60 – Adventures in Virinum V ago
Chapter 61 – Adventures in Virinum VI ago
Chapter 62 – Leaving Virinum ago
Chapter 63 – Adventures on the way to Perinthus I ago
Chapter 64 – Adventures on the way to Perinthus II ago
Chapter 65 – Adventures on the way to Perinthus III ago
Chapter 66 – Adventures on the way to Perinthus IV ago
Chapter 67 – Adventures on the way to Perinthus V ago
Chapter 68 – Adventures on the way to Perinthus VI ago
Chapter 69 – Classing up! ago
Chapter 70 – Arriving in Perinthus ago
Chapter 71 – Plague I ago
Chapter 72– Plague II ago
Chapter 73– Plague III ago
Chapter 74– Plague IV ago
Chapter 75– Plague V ago
Chapter 76– Plague VI ago
Chapter 77– Plague VII ago
Chapter 78– Plague VIII ago
Chapter 79– Plague IX – The Greater Good ago
Chapter 80– Plague X ago
Chapter 81– Plague XI ago
Chapter 82– Plague XII ago
Chapter 83– Plague XIII ago
Chapter 84– Plague XIV ago
Chapter 85– Plague XV ago
Chapter 86– Plague XVI ago
Chapter 87– Plague XVII ago
Chapter 87.5 Bonus Chapter: Julia and Elainus react to Elaine running away. ago
Chapter 88– Plague Aftermath ago
Chapter 89– Sing my name, for a thousand years ago
Chapter 90– Brigantium I ago
Chapter 91– Brigantium II ago
Chapter 92– Libraries and babies ago
Chapter 93– A Dozen Different Methods of Death ago
Chapter 94– Entering Ariminum, The Capital ago
Chapter 95– Minor Interlude – Julius Reports to Command ago
Chapter 96– Prelude to a meeting ago
Chapter 97– Reunion ago
Chapter 98– Government Vivisectionists ago
Chapter 99– The Grand Ranger Meeting ago
Chapter 100– Major Interlude – Iona – The Tunnel to Terrabethia ago
Chapter 101– Ranger Academy I ago
Chapter 102– Ranger Academy II ago
Chapter 103– Ranger Academy III ago
Chapter 104– Ranger Academy IV ago
Chapter 105– Ranger Academy V ago
Chapter 106– Ranger Academy VI ago
Chapter 107– Ranger Academy VII ago
Chapter 108– Ranger Academy VIII ago
Chapter 109– Ranger Academy IX ago
Chapter 110– Ranger Academy X ago
Chapter 111– Ranger Academy XI ago
Chapter 112.1– Ranger Academy XII ago
Chapter 112.2– Ranger Academy XII ago
Chapter 113.1– Ranger Academy XIII ago
Chapter 113.2– Ranger Academy XIII ago
Chapter 114.1– Ranger Academy XIV ago
Chapter 114.2– Ranger Academy XIV ago
Chapter 115.1– Ranger Academy XV- Classing up! ago
Chapter 115.2– Ranger Academy XV- Classing up! ago
Chapter 116.1– Ranger Academy XVI ago
Chapter 116.2– Ranger Academy XVI ago
Chapter 117.1– Ranger Academy XVII- Graduation ago
Chapter 117.2– Ranger Academy XVII- Graduation ago
Chapter 118.1 – Ranger Convocation ago
Chapter 118.2 – Ranger Convocation ago
Chapter 119.1 – A date ago
Chapter 119.2 – A date ago
Chapter 119.3 – A date ago
Chapter 120.1 – History Lessons ago
Chapter 120.2 – History Lessons ago
Interlude - Bonus Content - Black Crow//White Dove ago
Chapter 121 – Winding down ago
Chapter 122 – What to do with myself ago
Chapter 123 – Medical Manuscript ago
Chapter 124 – Preparing ago
Chapter 125 – Traveling to Deva ago
Chapter 126 – Deva I ago
Chapter 127 – Deva II ago
Chapter 128 – Deva III ago
Chapter 129 – Deva IV ago
Chapter 130 – Deva V ago
Chapter 131 – Returning Home I ago
Chapter 132 – Returning Home II ago
Chapter 133 – Returning Home III ago
Chapter 134 – Returning Home IV ago
Chapter 135 – Returning Home V ago
Chapter 136 – Returning Home VI ago
Chapter 137 – Returning Home VII ago
Chapter 138 – Returning Home VIII ago
Chapter ???? – The Coven of Fabulous Witches 0 ago
Chapter ???? – The Coven of Fabulous Witches III ago
Chapter 139 – After Action Report ago
Chapter 140 – Smoke and Mirrors ago
Chapter 141 – Autumn ago
Chapter 142 – Schools ago
Chapter 143 – Companion information ago
Chapter 144 – Adventurer’s Guild ago
Chapter 145 – Sentinel Dawn ago
Chapter 146.1 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 146.2 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 146.3 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 146.4 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 146.5 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 146.6 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 146.7 – Major Interlude – Iona – The 300. ago
Chapter 147 – A day in the life I ago
Chapter 148 – A day in the life II ago
Chapter 149 – Massage ago
Chapter 150 – Formorians I ago
Chapter 151 – Formorians II ago
Chapter 152 – Formorians III ago
Chapter 153 – Formorians IV ago
Chapter 154 – Formorians V ago
Chapter 155 – Formorians VI ago
Chapter 156 – Formorians VII ago
Chapter 157 – Formorians VIII ago
Chapter 158 – Formorians IX ago
Chapter 159 – Formorians X ago
Chapter 160 – Formorians XI ago
Chapter 161 – Formorians XII ago
Chapter 162 – Celestial Class up! I ago
Chapter 163.1 – Celestial Class up! II ago
Chapter 163.2 – Celestial Class up! II ago
Chapter 164.1 – Celestial Class up! III ago
Chapter 164.2 – Celestial Class up! III ago
Chapter 165 – Skills Skills Skills ago
Chapter 166 – Party ago
Chapter 167 – Mourning ago
Chapter 168.1 – Aftermath ago
Chapter 168.2 – Aftermath ago
Chapter 169 – Sentinel Meeting ago
Chapter 170 – Heading Out ago
Chapter 171 – Let’s go fly a kite ago
Chapter 172 – The Formorian Lands I ago
Chapter 173 – The Formorian Lands II ago
Chapter 174 – The Formorian Lands III ago
Chapter 175 – The Formorian Lands IV ago
Chapter 176 – Dwarves I ago
Chapter 177 – Dwarves II ago
Chapter 178 – Dwarves III ago
Chapter 179 – Dwarves IV ago
Chapter 180 – Dwarves V ago
Chapter 181 – Dwarves VI ago
Chapter 182 – Dwarves VII ago
Chapter 183 – Dwarves VIII ago
Chapter 184 – Dwarves IX ago
Chapter 185 – Dwarves X ago
Chapter 186 – Dwarves XI ago
Chapter 187 - The Dragoneye Moons I ago
Chapter 188 - The Dragoneye Moons II ago
Chapter 189 - The Dragoneye Moons III ago
Chapter 190 Minor Interlude – Autumn – The Letters I ago
Chapter 191 Interlude - The Letters II ago
Worldbuilding - What caused the deadzone? ago
Chapter 192 – The Fall ago
Chapter ??? - Dragoneye Mortis 1.1 ago
Chapter ??? - Dragoneye Mortis 1.2 ago
Chapter ??? - Dragoneye Mortis 1.3 ago
Chapter ??? - Dragoneye Mortis 1.4 ago
Chapter 193 – Major Interlude – Iona – Julie d’Audrey I ago
Chapter 194 – Major Interlude – Iona – Julie d’Audrey II ago
Chapter 195 – Major Interlude – Iona – Julie d’Audrey III ago
Chapter 196 - Journey to the center of Pallos I ago
Chapter 197 - Journey to the center of Pallos II ago
Chapter 198 - Journey to the center of Pallos III ago
Chapter 199- Journey to the center of Pallos IV ago
Chapter 200 - Journey to the center of Pallos V ago
Chapter 201 - Journey to the center of Pallos VI ago
Chapter 202 - Journey to the center of Pallos VII ago
Chapter 203 - Journey to the center of Pallos VIII ago
Chapter 204 - Journey to the center of Pallos IX ago
Chapter 205 - Journey to the center of Pallos X ago
Chapter 206 - Journey to the center of Pallos XI ago
Chapter 207 - Journey to the center of Pallos XII ago
Chapter 208 - Journey to the center of Pallos XIII ago
Chapter 209 - Journey to the center of Pallos XIV ago
Chapter 210 - Journey to the center of Pallos XV ago
Chapter 211 - Radiance Class-up I ago

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Sinep
Overall

Just so you understand, it took 8 years for the MC to notice magic extists and she never asked anything about it.

Second, it took her 8 years to discover she remembers things from her past life.

When after 8 years, magic got explained to her and it is very clearly stated that you can die from poorly increasing your stats.

She decides to space out and not listen.

Some old sage is explaining to her that she will die if she fucked up and she. decides. to. not. listen.

 

Willis8rocks
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I have the overall Score a 5 because the parts are all very good and fit well together, which was many other novels fail to do. The characters are all well thought out and are dynamic. The Grammar has very little mistakes, if any and is easy to understand. The story is a guaranteed 5. It follows a linear progression (except interludes). It keeps the reader engaged and leaves me wanting more than the author can give. The style overall is good it has comedy and seriousness, and it puts them together in a cohesive way. All of these things allow the novel to flourish and is why it is one of my favorite novels on RoyalRoad. The clas system is amazing(see spoiler). All together BTDM is one of favorite novels and I hope this draws more people into this amazing world.             
                                                                                 
                                                                                 
                                                                                 
 

The novel constantly changes what to expect, and keeps the reader guessing. The authors take on classes is refreshing and avoids the system pitfalls most novels like it fall Into. I really like how the classes offered all relate to the MC in some way. Like the Artemis Pet classes. It feels more involved than other novels and I like how she doesn't get random classes that have nothing to do with her. 

Galaxytab
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Reveiwed at Chpt 89

Grammar: Good grammar, easily readable.  I have not had to stop and re-read because the poor spelling or grammar caused the sentence to not make sense. 

Character:  The MC is a strong female lead.  Her experiences mold her opinions and convictions which guide her actions in a reasonable and relatable way.  She shows emotional depth and a sense of humor. She's not cool with chauvinism and values human life and helping others.  Despite modest isekai stat cheat she's not a Mary sue and she's not a murder hobo.  Aside from MC and maybe her parents and mentor though, everyone else is pretty much a cardboard NPC.  

Story:  As of chpt. 89 it’s a good story.  This is an enjoyable read.  The MC is relatable and her adventures are entertaining.  IMO the skill progression and action scenes are very entertaining.  The pacing is pretty fast.  It delivers the action and adventure.  We're not bogged down in pages of meta gaming or slice of life drama.

Style: The MC’s voice (diction) conveys a kind, determined and quirky personality.  As the narrator, this voice sets a humorous but serious tone.  IE: not a murder hobo treating this isekai like a videogame.

For a 1st person narrative, the story is light on descriptions from the MC's five senses (seeing sinewy monster muscle as it twists to snap at you or tasting salt on the ocean breeze) and heavy on exposition (someone reading the description of a town or a dinosaur from an encyclopedia).

Personal pet peeves:

Story:

MC is the only one who intellifently levels up based on her own situation.  Others seem to forego min maxing their potential because the plot needs them to be powerless or incapable.  

IE:

High level, elite Military ranger gets nervous in certain battle situations. The nerves make her trigger happy to the degree that she can't control her magical blasts and has repeatedly inflicted teammates with critical injuries.  Skills for calming nerves exist.  Magic control is a stat that can be buffed.  The author has given no reason why this elite soldier doesn't utilize the system in order to stop crippling her allies.

Downtrodden women in particular.  The sexism, female disenfranchisement and male heads of household weilding power over life and death are big themes so far.  However, sexual dimorphism is countered by super powers that everyone starts unlocking at age 8.  The author doesn't explain how battered wives, washer women and molested maids are prevented from taking skills to let them protect / stand up for themselves.

 

 

Theevilfish
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It bounces back and forth between completely light hearted ADHD eight year old brain being useless(which is well written if that is why the MC is like that), to super dark. Suddenly swinging back and forth like a pendulum a few chapters in at which point it starts to draw too much attention to the logic of the dark stuff, the Author started taking giant logic leaps to change the tone. The bad things that happen should have reasons why they happened or never stopped happening but they didn't.

Ceebs_23
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Overall a quality story, Decent world building, not just cookie cutter LitRPG fantasy world Inetesrting background characters, although many in the middle of the book seemed excessively detailed for the amount of use they were actually put to in the story (here I'm mainly talking about the other trainees at the school, Now I presume they'll pop up later in the tale, but there weren't really enough connections made between the Main Character and the other students whilst she was there)

the main character is occasionally irritating, but that's the way she started, and you can see her developement although it is occasionally judderingly slow. however it is all internally consistent and fits together without relying on standard tropes. So individual enough to truly interesting, not someone who had me sat thinking "Oh god, here we go again"


The Grammar and style are both excellent, with the occasional error, but no more then the majority of published books. the rythm of the word use storytelling is excellent. and any novel where the main character is getting annoyed because they're being talked into quoting huge sections of Homer once again for the entertainment of the others has a few more layers than standard hack / slash / zap / burn storytelling


 

TheirTheyre
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This is an excellent reincarnation-style litrpg.  I really like the main character,  and the focus she has on whatever she's doing.   

The world is very interesting - it's far from an ideal society, but you can see how it happened.  The Roman republic parallels are obvious, but it fits the physical setting.  The problems that setting causes for a female mc aren't ignored - they're part of what she has to battle against. 

I enjoy how details of the world are revealed gradually yet fit together well - it feels like this world and its history were well planned out before the story ever started. 

The story updates very rapidly, which is always a big plus. 

The 200 word minimum review length is a horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible idea. 

David Will
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I have to say that the story caught my interest early on, but some of the concepts went way over the top and made me lose interest. One of the premises of the story revolves around events that occur during the main character's childhood and those events seem implausible to me.

The main character gains a healer class. She notices that her friend doesn't seem to be feeling well and doesn't do anything about it. As a child, I wouldn't expect the main character to know to do something, but again as a child I *would* expect the main the character start using her skills (just from the excitement of having skills) on her sick friend.

How did the sick friend hide her illness from her parents? The main character identified a foul odor in the friend's home. Wouldn't the parents have realized that the smell was new/different and tried to figure out what went wrong?

I realize that none of these actions would necessarily have saved the friend, but it just doesn't add up the way the story is told. Maybe I'm missing something.

Later in the story, the main character is told by a healer that sometimes patients die. The main character's own mother is a healer. Wouldn't she teach this to her daughter who is also a healer?

The main character tormenets herself for years, holding herself responsible for the death of her friend. Would it have made a difference if her mother said something to her? I don't know. Maybe not. But it just doesn't make sense that her mother would have never said anything.

The other issue I have with the story is that the traumatising event that happens in childhood has notes saying that that event is as bad as the story gets. And yet, a similar event occurs in an interlude later on.

Mabe I misunderstood what the author was saying, but I took those warnings to mean that that singular event would be as bad as things get. Instead, it seemed to be a message that that type of event is as bad as it gets. I just don't see the point to recreate traumatising content like that with new characters.

I enjoyed parts of the story and I think the author brought the chracters to life, but I'm not sure the entertainment value balances the traumatising content as it was presented. Real life is bad enough; I don't need more pointless death in something that I look to for entertainment.

CBase
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Petra Pan or How I learned to never think

Reviewed at: Chapter 101– Ranger Academy I

I really, really want to like this story.

The Good: World setting, the system. Ironically all "Good" male Charakters are making sense while none of the female ones Do.  MC HAS GRIT.

The Bad: MC has the sense, wit and cunnimg of a 4 year old. MC should be as of chapter 101 around 36 YEARS of age, at least mentally.  All Times when thete is conflict she is getting saved by someone Else and doesnt develop Real agency except when she made the decision to run away. You get the feeling she needs somebody to take care of her through her while journey. Women also have agency and are as smart and good as well as dumb and Bad as everybody Else author. Where are the strong well adjusted women?

This is one of the most anti feminist novels I have read and if that was inteded I applaud the author.

Every female in this novel is either very irrational, a victim or a psycho. I am very dissapointed.

This is supposed to be a "New" World and thank to patriaarchy they are already nearly rennecainse while in the Real World we took 10k YEARS for that? Go patriaarchy I guess...

Seerss
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I have spent every spare moment I could find for the last however many days marathoning this story.  It has honestly been a joy to go through, and I am chomping at the bit for more.  I liked it enough that early on I decided to pay for the story, because writing of this caliber deserves to be rewarded.  The characters are great, the world is complex, and the plot and system are both incredibly compelling.  I am well over a thousand pages into this world and still so much of the world is a mystery to me.  But not in a frustrating way!  There has been nothing withheld just for the sake of withholding.  Everything necessary is there, and every stray detail that is let slip beyond that is a treat.  Its a delicate balance, and the author walks it adeptly.  I have binged on so much of this work and yet I'm not at all tired of it, there's no need for a palate cleanser.  I'm just joining the legions of others waiting for the next chapter.

On to the details, the style is fun but not overbearing.  The characters are full and complex, no cardboard cutouts here.  The story is deep and only getting deeper.  And I have found virtually no grammatical errors, and any I have found were minor enough to just gloss over.  Overall this is an easy 5 star rating and I can recommend it to anyone who likes this type of story.

Emilin
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This story is a gem. It's starts slow and honestly quite bad plotting, but it redeems itself through some great characters and growth. 

Style

This story has its own unique voice. It manages to convey characters, scenery, and dialogue without it feeling jarring or dumpy. Most of the story is told from the POV of Elaine our fustrating but loveable protagonist - more on her later. The first person POV is done well, the pacing is snappy despite it being a flow of consciousness. The action sequences are plotted decently, understandable but not as great as some other action fics on this site. The author does take a while to get into his groove and by book 3 the writing really does come into it's own.

Story

The story is honestly good, it starts off slow and the childhood arc was kind of painful to read. The author at the beginning really liked to hit readers over the head sometimes. Characters felt a bit like caricatures but starting from the Ranger arc a lot of those problems improved. The storyline itself is still pretty basic but I feel like I'm the current chapter the world is really opening up. The world building is one of the best aspects of this story. I love the Roman atheistic, the roads are a great touch, and I'm a huge fan of the deathworld setting in general. The system is well designed, nothing new, but we'll explored in setting. Class ups are well done and always a high point in this story. Overall it's a great story for a webnovel, it takes a while to really get on its feet but the payoff is worth it. 

Grammer:

It's good and readable. Some occasional mistakes but nothing that really rips a reader out of enjoying the story.

Characters

This is honestly the reason I wanted to write this review. Never in my time as a reader in these 10 years reading webnovels have I found a character that infuriates me so much but still keeps me rooting for her. This story is an isekai, but our Elaine doesn't really act mature or abuses her knowledge. She was born as a child on this new world but never really adopts the ethics of her new world either. It's a very fustrating mix that kind of takes the worst of both plot tropes. 

Elaine is also a bit special. We know she was a student before she got reincarnated, however she doesn't know what prostitutes are. She has a high school level of biology understanding and an English major level of knowledge of English literature. She clearly has some kind of learning disorders (probably ADHD) because she is constantly flightly and distracted, and she also has no social skills. She said that she was around 20 before she died but has a childlike understand of morality and politics. She's a paradox and I'm fascinated with her. Her oath is well phrased and a major part of this story and I love seeing how she grows with it. How she slowly has to face a cruel reality that doesn't let her live her idealistic healer dreams. She's a borderline pacifist but her hero is a one woman special ops force of nature who kills first and asks questions later. It's fascinating because Elaine feels so real, a human with all her idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies. 

The other side characters are all great, no one feels really tow dimensional and everyone has their own goals, flaws, and quirks. They act as great foils to Elaine's own eccentric personality.  

I really commend the author for a great work. The setting is great and I can tell he really tries to write a solid character driven litrpg. The first couple of executions fell flat, but the author is learning from his mistakes and really working on making his story better. So give it a read.