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The Netherworld: it is a hellish landscape inhabited only by demons, creatures born from the dark abyss. It is also the only world Salvos knows.
Joining the ranks of newborn demons, Salvos is thrown into the violent, anarchy-ruled landscape of that world. To survive, she will have to learn, she will have to adapt, and she will have to evolve. She will gain experience to reach new Levels of power.
Her curiosity aids her but her pride could be her fall. It is the nature of the Netherworld to avoid or conquer any threats faced. After all, the law of evolution is survival of the fittest, and Salvos is a survivor. And perhaps, eventually, she will leave this world behind for a better place. But is that what she even wants?
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The story starts off strong with an interesting premise, focusing on a demon growing in her own realm, dealing with other demons and even finding out about a Demon King. Then she gets into shenanigans that land her in Generic Isekai Fantasy Land and it all goes downhill from there. The focus shifts so much to the human side character, Daniel, that by the time book two comes along it should really just be renamed.
At the point I stopped we had ongoing plotlines of Evil Cultists™ with vague motivations, conflicts between rival Adventure Guilds © and fighting off Deadly Assassins ® after our new protagonist, Daniel, with a hint of Vast Empires ℠ becoming involved soon.
And Salvos is still there but doesn't really do anything. She's just an observer of Daniel and The Story at this point, occasionally killing something so that the numbers go up and blue boxes appear. I haven't found it in me to care about the other conflicts and the numbers no longer sustain me.
It's a shame, I really did like the beginning.
Like many "monster"-centric stories, it eventually falls into the trap of shifting focus to less interesting human affairs. It starts off strong with the arc in the demon realm, with good world-building and characters with interesting perspectives and clear goals. Then we move into the human realm, which is much more like a bog-standard litrpg isekai world. Then we get tangled up in new human characters and their problems, many of them based on not very well thought out politics and power structures. Chapters also start to drag on later on - the author need to learn the art of editing and cutting out the fat.
I found this story to be boring. The story takes place in a world of rocky white stone where demons fight each other for power.
The main character is a newly born demon that is... newborn. There isn't much complexity to her character because she doesn't have much character at all. Her main ambition driving the story forward is, of course, to grow stronger.
Story, character, setting? There just wasn't anything for me to get interested in. If your looking for a LitRPG where you can cheer when the the MC wins fights and gains levels this story might be for you. Otherwise, carry on.
Salvos is a very well written story, it has incredible story and character development, though in all honesty the characters can come off as somewhat 2d and unoriginal at times. There are many moments where it seems like random shit happens for no reason, but often there's an explanation or reasoning stated later, but even in the cases where there isn't an explanation it usually does add to the story, or is generally just funny.
There are moments that are 'cringe inducing' but thats natural when it comes to salvos. Salvos is basically a well written version of the stereotypical "smart child".
Though the side characters often do seem 2d, or like someone copy pasted a generic Joe and added random changes, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Authors often put too much emphasis on side characters and distract from the story, or make things unnecessarily complicated. Salvos is basically the middle ground between these two extremes, though I think some characters could be revisited and improved.
in general salvos is a very well written main character, her lack of life experience is shown clearly without being too cringe of childish. Salvos isn't written like one of those naive childish anime characters that scream about friendship, and she also isn't one of those hyper intelligent cringe Children from bad sitcoms and movies from the 2010's. (If you don't know what I'm talking about you're lucky.) she's the perfect middle ground where her childishness and personality are clear yo see, without being extremely obvious and cringe.
Edithe is generally well written but her personality is quite transparent and stereotypical, she's generally forgettable, but likeable enough.
Daniel is both 2d and not at the same time. It's strange to think about, his reasoning is often strange and his personality nonexistent. But at the same time it kinda fits the context? Honestly I don't know why, but he's likable and enjoyable to watch grow and develop, but I can't think of a definitive reason why. He just kind of is? I'll keep thinking about it, but in general he's a well written character.
Another thing is the world building, you can generally extrapolate what the world salvos lives in is lik, without the author explicitly telling you "this is what three worlds like". It's one of my favorite things about the story, it's subtle but I quite like it.
and lastly, I fucking love the names. I don't know why but the character names are always fitting in some way. They just kind of watch the characters that have them, they're also quite memorable and clear without it seeming like they were specifically designed to be hard to forget.
Anyway for anyone who's read this far, that's impressive, this has generally just been word vomit. I didn't think especially hard or focus as much as I probally should have, so there's definitely a few spelling and grammar mistakes. But these are my honest opinions and thought. Salvos is a great story but it could use some minor improvements.
Also to the author (if you're reading this), you're doing great. I hope you enjoy writing this story, cause I sure as fuck like reading it. I appreciate your hard work, and hope you continue writing.
I actually wanted to write a proper review, but the amazing Thundamoo already said all there is to say. I have nothing more to add.
All I can do is reaffirm that Salvos is still amazing.
The story is of the mostly lighthearted adventures of our favourite demon girl through the realms of Nexeus.
This falls into the problem of putting out chapters to put out chapters. The first part of Salvos is rather well thought out. It's interesting. You can tell the author put a lot of thought into the story before starting to write it and how everything would work. Then it just becomes bleh as release cadence means there's not enough braintime to think the rest of it through to the same extent. It's coasting on the initial start. The author is better than this, they've done better than this. The cynical part of me thinks they noticed fast release chapter count is what makes it to the top of RR so decided to write one and fell into the trap of all those stories. They start sucking fast.
Salvos is still charming, to a point. The story hits the quick beats, but no big highs or lows. There's a good turn of phrase here or there, but it's mostly workman like. And I just can't care about it. It all just settles into sameness.
There's a good story here, but after 12 months it should be less than half it's chapter length and a quarter of it's plot length. Everything is too fast to have time to build or settle.
Very enjoyable light read, nothing too deep or conniving that will disturb a late night sleep after a late night read. You follow a female protagonist on her essentially coming of age journey involving usage of a magical system that details specific attributes and skills however details on the system is not overly used and kept on a low down, more than wandering inn usage but less than others. Style is not entirely unique however the story still flows well, grammar mistakes are minimal and protagonist is well developed, some flaws in other characters specifically to do with depth. Heavy involvement of the monster genre however nothing explicit. Monster bias is involved however not really in effect with the specifics of the protagonist. Involves some forms of "friends" power base however is worked in properly and allows the aspect of different perspectives to shine through. 95% of the story still comes from the main POV which can be important for maintaining cohesion and view.
Not groundbreaking or revolutionary, however its worth an enjoyable read with a light snack after a long days work, or a good way to start your morning with a daily update of your select characters.
Funny, silly, enjoyable, light.
It's enjoyable and not trying to be partivularly heavy and complex which to many amatuer novels do badly making them a chore to read through. There is merit to a story being purely enjoyable rather than the author attempting to be super clever and whatever creating a compelling introduction then the story bloats and becomes an unsightly mess in the later half.
Salvos is an example of a story that's enjoyable, it doesn't bombard you 100 new characters and ultimately unresolved plot threads at you each chapter, and in particular is easy to read and follow which is something some of the most popular series on this site fail at miserably.
Only thing i would like i guess is a bit more character development for mc, i get she is young and naive though it doesn't really feel like she learns, progreses and grows as a character from her experiences, which i would argue are signifficant enough to learn or atleast grow somewhat from, not a personality shift, more in a sense of you learn from experiences.