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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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tockblue
Overall

Hard to pinpoint why I just stopped caring enough to read new chapters, but what sticks out most is the "fuzziness" of character/faction motivations, a lack of investment in the characters or events. Felt rushed through plot, concepts that were fun or stood out weren't really explored or prioritized. Some solid baselines here but they're not done justice.

Also, grating to have patreon, topwebfiction, review boosting, reactions to negative feedback at the end of every. single. post. 

Tenebrin
Overall

If you want a fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously but doesn't undermine its more serious themes, then you should absolutely give Salvos a go. Incredibly fast update rate and a large number of chapters already out, so you get a book amount of content and ongoing serial at the same time. 

I gotta say, I'm always a big fan of trans 'humanism' in the protagonist is Actually Not a Human genre. Like what is it to be human? Are those traits inherently valuable? Do humans only value each other for those traits? And this story is definitely approaching those themes and starting to deal with them in as of--ah shoot, I think I'm at chapter 62-3? 

crusaderbond
Overall

I like where this is going. The update schedule and the quality of the story have me joining the F5 sect on release days. I eagerly await more of the story!

 

Most of the characters are a little daft in some way or another, but that makes it more fun!

 

Thanks for your hard work Delta! The story is great!

Sigfreid
Overall

Not a Christian litrpg

Reviewed at: 34. Centinels

I came in expecting a book about the salvos and was more curious about what it could possibly be like. It's not what i thought from the original Title but it is really good 

The author keeps his characters personalities separate and clear with understandable motivations and i look forward to their future development 

The grammar is great with only minor mistakes that an English professor would care about. 

Story has clear progression with evolving goals.

The style of the author is clear and flows well 

All in all a great book and thank God for the salvos or i would never have given this book a go 

Read it you won't regret it!

Cynical Jay
Overall

I thoroughly enjoy nonhuman MCs. The problem with them is that they either become little more than pets or they just straight up become human. This one seems to be pushing towards the latter IMO. On top of that the MC seems to be beyond dense. Many can make the excuse that she is young and doesn't know better. But when someone is repeatedly telling you don't do thing A because it will cause action B. And you do it anyway what could you call that person besides dense, the worst kind of character. It gets even worse when the Author attempts to explain these actions away in the author notes.the actions were so bad you had to break the immersion of your own story to explain away how bad and how little sense they made.... 

PierrotNovels
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I love the story, it's really interesting.

the big bad side i have to pinpoint is : your chapters are so shorts xD always need more haha

More seriously, i'm feeling the azarinth healer inspiration here, and i can understand it, really love this one too.

Salvos is a reallynice character, maybe sometimes little dull, but it goes with the demon newborn stuff i guess.

On the story, i don't put perfect score because there are some imperfections but hey, it's still really great!

On the style, i like the kind of mix you did between azarinth and your own touch, even again if your chapters would deserve to be a little lengthier to develop more the system, the way its working, the universe around...
I hope Salvos will keep going on her empowerment and manage to go back to the Netherworld.

Maybe some more about the spirit realm too? Seems like unlogical that she cant go back when she could summon a demon and steel his necklace like Djinn had :p

SO to conclude : Congrats! Keep going like that! Make Salvos the Demon Queen of the Mortal Realm haha

Cant wait to discover the next arc and read what you will do with her!

GrimPhoenix
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Great story, well worth the read i recommend it to any who are new to the litrpg genre. The litrpg is done well without overpowering the rest of the story which can be very challenging. The grammar and word choice are well done which i appreciate because too many good story concepts are ruined by poor sentence structure. The supporting characters are a bit 2d but i think thats mostly because of salvos pov since shes very naive. Salvos herself is well written and i love her distinct non-human outlook and drive. The only issue is that the pacing feels weird in places and salvos pov can be limiting at times. Also we dont get much reasoning and explination for salvos choices in the last chapter and at the very end she gained skills witch we learned nothing about leaving the volume on a mini sub-cliffhanger. 9/10 would recommend.

Im really loking forward to volume 2 and the hijinx of dear salvos. Perhaps we'll learn more about the mexhanics of the netherworld and learn more about our poor little fiend. I would also like to see more backstory of the other characters if the remain with Salvos thats including more information on spirits and the spirit world.

Mecanimus
Overall

Solid monster evolution/ coming of age story.

Reviewed at: 40. Survivor (End of Volume 1)

A demon "child" explores the world and her own personality as she grows.

Salvos shares many of the qualities of the author's other work and few of its flaws. More specifically, the main character does not pester and antagonize everyone she meets. Instead, we have amusing interaction between a bright of inexperienced demon and hapless mortals. 

 


The characters are decently fleshed out, the story is well-done if unimaginative, and the combat scenes are good. It lacks depth but it is still one of the more solid works on RR. I would recommend it for fans of monster evolution and growth stories. It also matters that the author keeps improving so Dalvosnfollows an upward trend quality-wise. 

Arcanaabscondita#12
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This novel is growing quickly, steadily growing in complexity and depth. characters are not handed to you on a silver platter, but you get to see glimpses, inklings of their pasts, their desires, their morals.
The world itself needs a bit more work to make it stay as firmly in the mind as the people who live there, maybe more mention of the foods people eat, maybe the main trades of the people's? maybe a bit more harvesting from the monsters they fight for I bet some of those hides and horns and shells might fetch a pretty price if harvested by adventurers. 
style wise the author already has a lovely style, few cliffhangers, but just enough to get you wanting more, to push you to the next read. early on this wasn't as evident, indeed rereading the early chapters can be a bit of a slog for myself.
However I feel like the story is adapting rather well and I can't wait to see what will happen next, will the protagonist pursue her goals or will she try to survive and focus simply on adventuring for the next arc until she gains a goal?
grammar nazis may have problems here and there, but for those of us who just want to enjoy a good read, I don't think there will ever be a problem from my experience.
for the author, maybe its time for solus to do research into skills, i am sure the adventurer's association has all sorts of books on what skills evolve into, various trees, how to get the best bang for your buck, even lists of different evolutions of demons, spirits, monsters and classes for salvos to base her choices on in the future, afterall salvos knows that planning is key to victory

InsanElder
Overall

Good at making a different point of view

Reviewed at: 40. Survivor (End of Volume 1)

One thing that usualy anoys me in many stories with a no-human character is that the character thinks like a human. I am happy tro say that in Salvos the autor was was able to make the character think and act in acordance with it's experience.

Onother thing that anoys me in most stories that is absent here is the character making absurd decisions without any information that end up being the best choice. The character makes a lot of mistakes because of inexperience and it learns from those mistakes.