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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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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Art Gallery ago
0. Advent ago
1. Rocks ago
2. The Others ago
3. Learning Experience ago
4. Magic Attack ago
5. Not Like Me ago
6. Red Fire ago
7. Rest ago
8. Lesser Demon ago
Poll: Which blurb is the best? ago
9. Evolution ago
10. Gratitude ago
11. My Companion ago
12. Two of Us ago
13. Awesome! ago
14.1. Wolves? ago
14.2. Wolves? ago
15.1. An Attack ago
15.2. An Attack ago
16. Not Rocks ago
17.1. ??? ago
17.2. ??? ago
18. Hazelbury ago
19.1. Adventurers Guild ago
19.2. Adventurers Guild ago
20. Temple ago
21.1. Ashes. Lots of Ashes. ago
21.2. Ashes. Lots of Ashes. ago
22. Recognition ago
23. Unwarranted Attack ago
24.1. Divvying Loot ago
24.2. Divvying Loot ago
25. Dialogue and Preparation ago
26.1. Spirits ago
26.2. Spirits ago
27. Are You Evil? ago
28.1. Liar Liar, I Make Fire ago
28.2. Liar Liar, I Make Fire ago
29. Silkfall's Crevice ago
30.1. Screech ago
30.2. Screech ago
Poll: Volume 1 Title ago
Poll: LAST TITLE POLL ago
31.1. Grinding and Learning ago
31.2. Grinding and Learning ago
32. Monster Lair ago
"Salvos: Vol. 1, Curious Beginnings" NOW LIVE ON AMAZON KINDLE! (Read up to Chapter 40 for $2.99!) ago
33. Led into a Trap ago
34. Centinels ago
35.1. Blame ago
35.2. Blame ago
36.1. City Under Attack ago
36.2. City Under Attack ago
37. Race to Silvergrove ago
38. Reunion ago
Poll: Cover Art ago
39. Lament of Lucerna ago
40. Survivor (End of Volume 1) ago
41. Daniel's Dilemma (Start of Volume 2) ago
42. Journey Back ago
43.1. Adventurer ago
43.2. Adventurer ago
44. Weird Human Things ago
45.1. Emotions and Stuff ago
45.2. Emotions and Stuff ago
46. Gold Rank ago
47.1. New and Familiar ago
47.2. New and Familiar ago
48. Testing Out Skills ago
49. Ignition ago
50. Hardest Hurdle ago
51. Centinels Camp ago
52. Expanding Vocab— Uh... Inventory? ago
53.1. Escort ago
53.2. Escort ago
54.1. Noble ago
54.2. Noble ago
Important Patreon Poll (Please Respond Honestly) ago
55.1. Crest ago
55.2. Crest ago
Announcement: Patreon Update (Follow up to the poll) ago
56. Human ago
57. Breaking In ago
58. Cultists ago
59. Ignavare ago
60.1. Rachel ago
60.2. Rachel ago
61. Double Battle ago
62. Bounty Hunters ago
63. Revealing Secrets ago
64. Harrowed Vindicators ago
65. Eye for an Eye ago
66. Princess ago
67. Road Trip ago
68. Viechester ago
69. Cringe ago
70. Summoning Ritual ago
Side Story 1: Survival of the Fittest ago
71. Minor Harassments ago
72. Caught! ago
73. Going on a Trip ago
74. Trial of Fire ago
75. Giant Ape ago
76. Refinement ago
77. Finally! ago
78. Drakes ago
79. Sleep Sucks! ago
80. Nightmare ago
81. Brilsum Ruins ago
82. Return ago
83. Observations ago
84. Doing Bad Things ago
85. Stampede ago
86. The Inner City ago
87.1. Cultist Scheme ago
87.2. Cultist Scheme ago
88. Minotaurs Found! ago
89.1. Seeing the Light ago
89.2. Seeing the Light ago
90. Burning with Excitement ago
91. Company War ago
92.1. A Nice Feeling ago
92.2. A Nice Feeling ago
93. Stand and Fight ago
94. Declaration and Introduction ago
95.1. Faith ago
95.2. Faith ago
96. Siege ago
A Demon's Pride: Salvos Volume 2 is now live on Amazon! ago
97. Found ago
98. Escape ago
99. Prejudice ago
100. Contract (End of Volume 2) ago
101. Consequences (Start of Volume 3) ago
102. An Offer ago
103. Compromising! ago
Announcement ago
104. Fancy Disguise ago
105. Heathens ago
106. Vampires ago
107. Apologies ago
108. Crossing Borders ago
???. A Witch and a Demon walk into a... ago
109. Big and Scary Demon ago
110. Blight ago
111. Spooky Skeletons ago
112. Plaguelands ago
113. Experiments ago
114. Ghostlight ago
115. Depth ago
116. Lost... ago
117. Xidra the [Herbalist] ago
118. The Scale Guard ago
Reminder for this week ago
119. Unarith ago
120. Shopping! ago
121. Diviner ago
122. Helping Hand ago
123. Alex Cromerth, Member of the Vaun Qiuer Empire’s Elite Swordsguard Forces ago
124. Combination ago
125. Edithe's Enterprise ago
Announcement: Salvos Vol. 1 now available as an audiobook! Also, graduating today! ago
126. Interloot ago
127. SPEED ago
128. Catching Up ago
129. Reckless ago
130. Blanket ago
131. Zombie Horde ago
132. Seeking Help ago
133. Blessing ago
134. Overzealous ago
135. Northeast... or Southwest? ago
136. Growth ago
137. Straight Down ago
138. Haunt ago
139. The Hero ago
140. Skills and Stuff ago
141. Pricks ago
142. Myths ago
143. Chains ago
144. The Truth ago
145. Revelations ago
146. Apocalypse ago
147. Trial of the Scales ago
148. Darkening Horizons ago
149. Dragonet ago
150. What an Idiot ago
151. The Next Step ago
152. A Dime a Dozen ago
153.1. Partial Mortality ago
153.2. Partial Mortality ago
154.1. Blaze of Glory ago
154.2. Blaze of Glory ago
155.1. Wishful Thinking ago
155.2. Wishful Thinking ago
Salvos Volume 3 now available on Amazon! ago
156. Weak Hero ago
157. Frozen ago
158. Mad ago
159. A Heroic Act ago
160. Lilian, My Lilian ago
161. Self-Destructive ago
162. It's Coming Home! ago
163. Proudly Awake ago
164. Cathartic ago
165. Companion Construction ago
166. Knock Knock ago
167.1. Who's There? ago
167.2. Who's There? ago
168.1. Nobody ago
168.2. Nobody (End of V3) ago
169. The Return (Start of Volume 4) ago
170. Lily the Fairy ago
171. Fairing Well ago
172. Cosmic Compression ago
173. Remembrance ago
174. Attacked Again ago
175. Mavos Academy ago
176. Facade ago
177. Interlude - Daniel's Debate ago
178. Surprise ago
179. Mountain Island ago
180. Centinels are Crap ago
181. Friendship! ago
182.1. Personal Statement ago
182.2. Personal Statement ago
183.1. Orientation ago
183.2. Orientation ago
184. First Day! ago
185. Aspiring Elites ago
186. Alchemy ago
187. Tiring Learning ago
188.1. Interlude - Edithe's Emancipation ago
188.2. Interlude - Edithe's Emancipation ago
189. Office and Library ago
190. A Mistake ago
191.1. Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings ago
191.2. Facts Don't Care About Your Feelings ago
192. And Pride ago
193. Empathy? Or...? ago

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Thundamoo
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A Tasty, Lighthearted Romp

Reviewed at: 80. Nightmare

Salvos is not a groundbreaking masterpiece.  It's not an exciting adventure the likes of which you've never seen before.  You will not be bowled over with awe at its unrelenting magesty.  But that's not what a story has to be in order to shine.  Sometimes I just want to read something that gives me a goofy smile.  Salvos is that story.  

A lighthearted adventure about a demon trying to go home to see her friend, Salvos starts off a little dark but quickly progresses into an almost sitcom-style journey about a silly, dorky demon girl who likes to fight making friends with humans and repeatedly baffling them.  The plot progresses smoothly and sensibly, the character motivations are simplistic but consistent, and Salvos's slow character progression, while occationally heavy-handed, is satisfying and enjoyable to read.

MelasD is a fantastic author with an excellent sense of grammar and flow.  Chapters are snappy and I never found myself getting bored with the pacing or uninterested in the current objective.  Past the beginning section, the story just feels fun.  Tropes from similar stories are introduced with amusing twists, combat is snappy and interesting but never feels grim, and the constantly upbeat attitude of the main character is a joy to read.  

To anyone looking for a simple fantasy romp to make you grin, I can't recommend this enough.

GeoOlive
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The main character is silly, adorable, and thoroughly fun to read about as she progresses from a 'demon larva' as innocently cute as a puppy into a 'midday demon,' an overpowered toddler bubbling over with enthusiasm and energy. Her adventures and interactions with the secondary characters are amusing and enliven the usual LitRPG setting and world. Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure are superior. 

 
 
Nasholo
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Salvos got a really unique feeling to it

Reviewed at: 0. Advent

To keep it simple this story is really catchy, the vocabulary is varied and makes the reader's progression alongside the lines really smooth. 

The narration doesn't have loopholes and the author is always here to clarify some questions that we may have.

Really a nice book to read ! 

Juan Gomez
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The protagonist is not human

Reviewed at: 92.2. A Nice Feeling

With the premise of the title I already get caught, I always like to see a non-human protagonist with a good development.

A demon that is born, thinking, in a world where everything is interesting for the new being, will soon find others and will have to interact with them to survive. The first few chapters already show the kind of approach that MelasD, the author, wants to give to this adventure and action story, it is worth giving it a try. 

mesteck
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the story follows a battle-junkie demoness as she stumbles through life and meeting hardships such as losing friends, getting spirited away and adjusting to human society when people don't really get along with demons well in general. The characters are well-rounded and the writing style invites you to keep reading, I enjoyed it very much.

I will rate this a 4.5 since for the standards of this site it is top notch, but it is not a masterpiece yet.

msng
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Action Adventure with MC that undergoes Evolutions

Reviewed at: 95.2. Faith

I like this story. It follows a young demon learning about the world and gaining levels and evolving to different subspecies based on her experiences. During her story she meets a variety of different beings. Some are sympathetic, while others are less so. But her adventures and personal growth are engaging and sometimes even emotional. There is also some great artwork in some of the chapters.

The writing style fits in well with this type of story. The story contains typical but highly enjoyable aspects of gaining skills, levels and evolving to more powerful demon subspecies. Salvos starts off knowing very little of the world and how it functions. As she learns about it, so do we. She is not OP, but she is a survivor. She does not always win her fights and sometimes has to run away, but she grows more powerful over time and gains more skills.

In terms of story and pacing, the first volume is really great. The second volume starts expanding on the world but also loses a little of its focus and direction; as it seems more like the random wanderings of Salvos and her daily life. The first volume was where Salvos had a long-term goal and a short-term goal and the focus was on achieving these goals with the occasional interlude. The second volume reverses this in that it seems like the focus is on side quests with the occasional interlude mentioning the main long-term goal in passing. There is nothing wrong with this new approach, but it is sufficiently different from the first volume's to feel a little jarring.

If you enjoy this genre, this is still an entertaining story and you should at least try it out. Just note that the second volume is a little less focused on Salvos and more on the larger world and the side characters.

PS: As officially required for an advanced review, some details on the spelling and grammar: it is decent. There are some errors but it is not an unreadable mess. Unfortunately, time constraints seems to mean that suggestions in the later chapters are left unaddressed. However, on the plus side chapter releases are relatively frequent and if I had to pick between more chapters to more editing, I would prefer the former.

Hope this feedback both helps the author as well as potential new readers.

Originally written 10 Dec '20 (when Chapter 12 'Two of Us' was the latest chapter); latest update 12 April '21 (when Chapter 95.2 'Faith' was the latest chapter).

Frodo_Sagbag
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Salvos, a demon with a penchant for making friends

Reviewed at: 100. Contract (End of Volume 2)

I don't write reviews often, but this is such a great, easy-going story, about a fresh, naive mind, new places whilst making some fantastic friends and companions. 

What makes Salvos so good, is the way MC interacts with the world, and how others react to that. Her relationship with Daniel and other humans is fantastic, bringing out more and more of Salvos as the story progresses. What starts out as a simple, single minded quest to return home, turns into battles for levels, friendship, growth and vengeance.

The growth during her journey is immense, both in the classical LitRPG sense, and emotionally and mentally. Her endearing yet clearly demonic nature makes her both loveable and interesting, showing a different side to what is out a classic demonic race. 

The humour, light hearted nature, and cast come together to give a story well worth reading. Something easy to read, with more depth than you'd think, and characters you can't help but love. Give it a go (and Melas), you won't regret it!

Thank you, for making such a good story! And don't be disheartened, ignore the haters and tell reviews, you've got a green in your hands, polish it good and proper! 

Kazmuth
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The author does a well paced job of slowly letting the characters change and adapt to their circumstance, as shown through the actions they take and their interactions rather than explicitly telling us what has changed. 

The story also has a lot of dry humor that left me with a smirk while reading and the occasional chuckle. The author is also adept at writing out fight scenes in a way that I can understand what's happening without knowing every single movement or twist that happens throughout in an overwhelming fashion. 

I highly would recommend reading it and giving it the chance to grow on you. Accept the story for what it is, and that it went perfectly lined up with what you want to happen. These are flawed characters, and that is what makes watching them grow so much more enjoyable

Cocop (Cale Plamann)
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I'm a sucker for monster evolution stories, and this is a good addition ot the genre.  Its a bit slower than I'm used to, replacing the dopemine rush of constant level/evolution ups with a more character heavy focus.

Frankly? I think it's a breath of fresh air.  Salvos is a curious demon trying to understand a new world with no prior knowledge, and I find her struggles to define herself both emotionally and physically an interesting counterpoint to the usual blue screens and combat skills (which are still there).

The only downside is that its short.  Well worth a read.

PiMs
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Non-Reincarnation Demon LitRPG

Reviewed at: 9. Evolution

Unlike other non-human stories where the MC is a human in a non-human body, Salvos starts off from a [Demon Larvae] in a very similar style to "Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?". We get to see Salvos learn how to demon, and the story has an interesting concept on demons of all varieties and their lifecycle and evolutions. Would recommend checking out if you have a soft spot for non-human progressions, demons, litRPG. Doubly recommend if you have read "Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?" and enjoyed it, although it is not the same, it reminds me greatly of it.

The first few chapters are mostly about Salvos figuring things out, along with a bunch of action scenes. We get different types of adversaries thrown at her. Presumably, once Salvos evolves we will get to the main plot. (Will update when more chapters are released)

We get to see little bits of Salvos' personality (and others') as the story progresses, even in the larvae form. Characters feel distinctive, which is always a plus in my books.

No grammar mistakes that I've noticed, and style reads smoothly. A first person perspective written in a way that properly conveys the MC's mental state. Author uses various methods of emphasis to good effect, especially in the fight scenes.