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Ryan "Quicksave" Romano is an eccentric adventurer with a strange power: he can create a save-point in time and redo his life whenever he dies. Arriving in New Rome, the glitzy capital of sin of a rebuilding Europe, he finds the city torn between mega-corporations, sponsored heroes, superpowered criminals, and true monsters. It's a time of chaos, where potions can grant the power to rule the world and dangers lurk everywhere.
Ryan only sees different routes; and from Hero to Villain, he has to try them all. Only then will he achieve his perfect ending... no matter how many loops it takes.
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Reviewed at CH 61 - Death Warrant.
I think I might have liked this one more than "Mother Of Learning" (another time loop story). Enjoyable and entertaining MC. Consistent attempts at humor without it seeming like the the author is trying to hard to be funny. I liked several of the powers from the various characters and obviously liked the MCs. I'll be keeping an eye out for additional chapters.
This story has been crafted by an experienced author, who has gifted many a great tale to RR already. Nevertheless, I judge this piece independently from the earlier ones...
...even when (and I appreciate and loathe these occurences!) there were multiple lighthearted allusions to the previous stories so far, causing me to take this series much less serious. I am looking at Nidhogg and the leaden mooooon, especially. In short, this is a story that requires readers to get multiple cultural references, among them previous published stuff by the same author, which is genious, whimsical and earning a perfectly 6-six-star story a two stars deduction. On a whim. *grins*
Still, the grammar is perfect, so five stars there.
The story setting and worldbuilding are well done, and if there are logic holes, I didn't notice them or they were explained quickly afterwards. (didn't check other reviews or comments, so far) When it comes to time-loop stories though, I liked Mother of Learning a tad more, hence a less great score for this one.
The characters fill a wide range, and the MC is particularly relatable even though he owns a lot of OP sh...tuff.
Not much more to say, everyone enjoy this story please.
Love the characters as everyone isn't one dimensional but have their own histories. We follow an insane mc which we learn more about him as well as the city he enters in the time loop. The magical powers are fun as it follows a set rule and isn't overpowered with one character. The villains also aren't just pathetic but actually smart in attacking the mc.
You join a man as he tries to achieve his many goals, as he meets great characters and friends and enemies. He tries to use his power to achieve the perfect run, but you can see the effect that time travel has had on him, and it is done in a completely believable and relatable way, this is no power trip fantasy, he works for what he has achieved, and you join him as he learns and you can feel yourself coming to the conclusions just as he does. He explores the world and himself
the character building is phenomenal, all the side characters are fleshed out and great, the villains feel vilianous without taking cheep cop outs, the people he meets are thourougly in the grey, they all have their flaws and come ups, none are one sided. The powers that he has are not just some character sheet percentages, they are special, and he has to figure them out the hard way. All round, this is the best book I've read in a long time, and I am truely looking forward to the ending.
I love this story, lured me with the time travelish aspect. Fell in love with the characters, i enjoy every single one. They are all written so well. They are real.
Don't MISS OUT! give it a try please!
The MC is by far one of the most enjoyably written characters ive read about in a long time. The story, personally, is very unique as well.
Despite returning to the same starting point many times, the story never becomes mundane or repetitive.
The characters are well built and it is impossible to understand them from a single loop, they are very well characterized, they are human just like us, so they don't just have a standard characterization, they often change thoughts.
The only two negative notes are the beginning and the flashbacks.
Beginning: The first chapters are unfortunately disappointing, we see a protagonist looking for his friend and he keeps asking the same questions and I don't like him very much, but then everything improves and doesn't take too many chapters.
Flashback: They are very interesting but they are poorly structured. They are inserted in the wrong places, they break the story when they shouldn't and even in the middle of the loops. For those who don't have a very good memory on dates (like me, I remember names, places etc, but I suck with dates), they don't even understand when a flashback starts.
Other than that, the story takes place in Italy, and I can't help but appreciate that, as it isn't used often.
That said, I absolutely recommend the opera, as it is even better than many famous titles.
Ill be brief here, the story is fabulous and is very captivating,
I had my hesitance at first because of superheroes and all being a bit lame but this wiped me off the floor.
The plot pulls and PULLS, if you dont like the writing youll still love the plot.
Ranks top 2 for me (i'm sure you all know what top 1 is).
Author is a genius at comedic sci-fi and fantasy. Great worldbuilding, memorable MC, ok is supporting cast.
Not as good as V&V from VtD - which shows the benefits having a straight man to blend with the comedic and disruptive MC. Solid effort for any book - 5 stars on RR standards.
Just worth the read honestly, blew through this story fairly fast, and loved about everything of it, it is just so entertaining, the unusual premise helped a lot also, not often that you see a superhero ‘timeloop’ story, let alone this well written, by an already established author to boot! And then there is the MC, what an amazingly well written character he is!
I just love the MC Ryan and how he is written, he has just a such carefree attitude developed from his many reloads. He just fully embraced the absurdity and yet remains sane, even if it does not seem like it at first sight. He just keeps advertising what he can do, that killing him is futile, and keeps making those jokes and references, all just part of the greater personalia the MC has built.
The MC’s power is just insanely strong, as one would expect from a power that allows you to set a save point AND also use time stop, though with clear limits, and he uses it to maximum efficiency to achieve the best possible result for him and those he cares about. But even with such a power, he still has to be careful because he is not truly invincible, he may be able to ‘reload’ his way out of any bodily harm, but cannot do the same for his mental wellbeing.
In my opinion, Void Herald has done a good job with the setting this story takes place in, even more so since its rather wildly different from his other stories, which were all LitRPG’s. While this does take place in a dystopian Italy where you can get superpowers from using one of the rare Elixir’s or their more common knock-offs which grant lesser powers.
Grammar is great in my opinion, some typos and inconsistencies do pop up, but not frequent enough to be of any hindrance to the reading experience.
This story reads amazingly well and is paced without even letting up, it just keeps going without slowing down and drags the reader just in the story from the very start. I really like the way information is delivered in this story, more than enough information to let readers become familiar with the characters and the setting, while at the same time also keeping up a sense of mystery, without even infodumping anything! There’s also just the right kind of humour and comedy as one would expect from Void Herald.
Looking forward to what this story will become, I personally have high expectations due to the author's previous works, and the rather phenomal start this story has so far. The author is also very capable of writing quite different types stories and succeeded at it all, like demonstrated with this story.
Anyone interested in reading a good story with an interesting premise executed very well and fun MC, I recommend you this one. Oh also the author is one of the most reliable on this site, having completed multiple books already and in my opinion, this one is shaping up to be his best work so far. And if you loved his other stories, then of course you should start reading this one right now.
time chronomancing crazies shenaniganery
Came here for a good time not a long time
But temporal powers make a long time actually into a short good time
fun story great pacing world building and characterization as expected from the author of vainqueur
Strong recommendation to enjoy this story!