A young man stumbles into a deep, lost cavern, he seeks power and prestige, the ability to become someone, anyone, worthy of praise.
When he finds an ancient crypt festooned in jewels and precious things he thinks himself the luckiest man alive.
And then the lich in that crypt wakes up and kills him.
That’s me. I’m the lich. Honestly, I just want to go back to sleep, and there’s no one, no ‘god emperor,’ sect, or uptight martial artist that’s going to stop me.
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I liked this a lot initially, but I've recently soured on it. I think this is because there is no tension at all to it. I enjoy an OP MC, but when the MC reaches a certain point it becomes boring. For me this chapter was that point, though its been near that point for the last few chapters. It also just gets a bit repetitive that half the humour comes from bad puns and the other half comes from the absurdity ofr the MCs power.
Don't get me wrong, its still well written, it just no longer appeals to me. The MC just walks into every situation head first and wins by virtue of being several scales of magnitude more powerful than everything else.
Spoilers of chap 29 ahead
The last straw for me was finding out that the MC's back up back up soul is apparently greater than the gods combined. Honestly where can we go from there?
The initial start of this story is actually... interesting and different.
This writing in this story isn't bad.
The characters are interesting and somewhat diverse.
The humor isn't anything special but it isn't anything bad.
The problem is once you get past the so-so humor, there really isn't much happening past the initial premise. The initial encounters you read about the protagonist with the rest of the world is basically every other encounter with different colors.
I tried to read this as satire of the wuxia/xianxia genre and maybe it is, but if so, its not particularly well executed. Nor is the story enriched by the humor, which after a while, starts repeating, like the rest of the story.
2.5/5 - because while not bad, its not actually good. If you're looking for something out of the box, try this fic, but don't invest too much time if you dont like it after the first few chapters.
Premise: Calamity Level, God-Killer Lich wakes from his 2000 year slumber and travels through a xianxia world mocking the retrocess in magic, culture, social norms and power.
It's fun. A reversal of some novels/comics where a cultivator joins a medieval fantasy world and pwns everyone. No idea why some ppl are butthurt as the examples above exists and no one raged at then.
Pacing is on point, well written, fun and quirky characters with distinct personalities. The world is a cultivator's bland one, but that's exactly the point as part of the satire.
Go read it if you like a dark comedy/satire.
One star came off for 2 points. First lack of challenge. Harold is just too OP. It's part of the gag, sure, but makes things a little stale. He's just walking and getting everything he wants with overwhelming power. If there's no battle challenge, the author should make some other kind, social ones for example. It's the superman conundrum of storytelling writing challenges when the character is too OP.
Second is the system. Harold's magic is based on D&D, with spells following the book's standards. It didn't need the litrpg system part. there's already the entire lore of weave and divinity inside dnd to justify magic, the levels/classes part is just a game mechanic that exists outside of the main lore to help gameplay.
Instead the author opted for a system as universal entity quantifying and providing things with levels and skills, etc. introducing the game mechanic into the lore but also skewering level numbers. A level 50 in dnd would be a god, here it's a guard.
Having followed some of the Author's other works, seems like he's a little obsessed with the litrpg aspect as all his novels have one. Here it's unecessary and contradicts his usage of dnd lore.
But yeah, all of this only takes one star and doesn't mean you shouldn't read. More like feedback in case the Author reads it.
So this story should have another tag. OP protaganist tagg. Stories that start with very powerfull MC's have the tendency to bore me immensly. There is no tension. And while most people might find the story interesting, its not if you are already familiar with both systems of power.
Spoiler: MC uses the magic system of D&D.
Story is a great satire of cliche cultivation with some necro-humor on top of it, but it doesn't go above the average in terms of comedy. Characters are at least decent, but Bone Daddy can mop the floor with everything and feels completely invisible.
It would probably be better if it was only one volume long, but people who like power fantasy with some humor might like it
An amusing mash up of traditional western fantasy and xianxia as a disturbed lich pokes about.
Stylistically solid, there is a rather heavy emphasis on dry humor and simple dialogue. Also sprinkled with a fair bit of typos. I cannot decide if the story is too self aware, or not self deprecating enough in its parody.
A magi-scientist lich with a bone dry sense of humor goes for a stroll and begins to unravel what has become of the world during his slumber. The story seems fairly original, with a sort of plodding methodical feel to it. While there is plenty of action, it all seems very restrained and pedestrian. Entirely reasonable, when viewed from the perspective of a god slaying undead. Tension stems from the curiosity regarding the mystery of the emergent culture the lich finds and certain individuals fostering it. The culture being the affore mentioned cultivation society, that exists in a nerfed or infantile version of its genre staples. From would little is seen so far, it would seem the entire continent is no more than a rank 2, debatably rank 3, cultivation country. Naturally, amusement is easily found when an inquisitive, straightforward researched encounters prideful cultivators.
Characters are mostly amusing carciatures, and unfortunately two dimenionsal. However, the genre crossing interactions of an eccentric and quirky cast are quite enjoyable to observe. From the neko trap maid to the arrogant young god, various character templates are filled in novel ways.
This is a very entertaining story of an immortal, incredibly powerful lich in a world with a system who is obsessed with science. Once he successfully killed most of the gods he decided to sleep until the end of time, but is woken up two thousand years later by a passing explorer only to find that the science and magitech based society that he went to sleep to has devolved into a cultivation world! Armed with his trusty skeleton maid/butler who he made out of the remains of the male explorer and a female cougar, a limpet, and his phenomenal cosmic power he sets off to discover why the System can no longer be accessed by anyone born in the present age, spread the glory of SCIENCE, and figure out what went wrong with the world.
Overall, this is an incredibly funny story with interesting and funny characters, few to no real grammatical or spelling errors that I've found, and an engaging plotline that never ceases to amuse.
Funny satire of the common tropes of cultivation novels.
If you're a diehard fan of those, consider not reading.
If you're a fan and can handle the jokes, let's laugh together at the not-so-adventurous unlife of a lich with too much power after he sleeps for two thousand years and wakes up just to see that the leveling system he was used to doesn't quite work anymore.
Oh, expect lots of un-dad jokes. They may tickle your funny bone.
I've read Ravensdagger's other stuff and it's all so much better than this. This book really just feels like someone going to a pet shelter and finding the ugliest & stupidest puppies they can, and kicking them repeatedly, just because they're a cat person. The writing and grammar are decent, but plot, characterization, and story are all inspid. I don't like xianxia myself, but doing a takedown that consists of satirizing the absolute worst of it and kicking the crap out of it with a boring OP MC is not my cup of tea either.
Tbh it's better read as a satire of how boring OP D&D mages can be. Would totally re-review if at the end that was the plot twist.
I'm leaving a basic review as the story is still on its first actual chapter, but what I've read so far has been a delight. I'm especially interested to see the cultural clash between what appears to be a western fantasy LitRPG lich and a Wuxia/Xianxia setting. This is only further increased by the clear methodical and scientific mindset of the MC as contrasted by the far more esoteric practices commonly seen in Wuxia. "The Dao that is spoken is not the True Dao." meets "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from Science!" The clash should be fantastic.