After his first college party, Dallion woke up in a small room without doors or windows. Next thing he knew, he woke up as an “awakened” in a small medieval village in the middle of nowhere. Now all he needs to do is figure what the heck is going on. And what’s the big deal with being awakened anyway?!
Arc 2: The Adventure Arc starts at Chapter 85
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The presentation and storytelling are fine. There is a quality to the story that really draws you in. The world feels alive.
It's too early for an advanced review.
While the premise is intriguing, the story, for the first few chapters at least doesn't really make sense. There is a huge dirve for people to awaken, it takes a lot of effort and for the MC (and some others) they are basically guaranteed to lose their awakening. Despite this everybody still tries to awaken, and nobody take any effort to avoid the imminent disaster, or flee the accursed hellhole. Why sink all the effort here? Why not just leave? how come *spoiled* is allowed to get away with *spoiler* even though literally everybody seems to know what's going on.
Because of that it's hard to relate to the story or care, because it feels so hand-wavy at the start.
The best part of this story is the intriguing magic system. Despite that, there isn't much to stay around for.
The setting has been minimally fleshed, though there is a reason for it. The story itself is pretty basic and there isn't much character interaction. The high points of the story are when the MC interacts with his peers. The author doesn't focus on this strenght though, instead focusing on exploring the awakening magic of the world, mostly alone.
Overall, the story is interesting, but not engaging.
The idea of having to fight to awaken items is pretty intriguing to me , and I like the setting. The grammar is good, and the pace is pretty face paced.
I would just say that I dislike the main character, and the choices he makes. I think it is a deliberate part on the author as there are constant mentions of how he is doing something in a reckless way. Yet he keeps on doing it.
Overall I say this is a story where you should wait for more chapters to accumulate and someone else braver than me to review it to say if it is worth reading or not.
Style: Its pretty unique as isekais go, very interesting concepts that are thoroughly explored but start to become quite stale later on.
Grammar: Fairly decent with spelling and gramatical errors being not too prevelant to be a big issue
Story: Very slow paced, even quite tedious to read at points (had to skip a few chapters myself). The story begins quite nicely but as you progress through the chapters it becomes instantly noticeable that the story is stagnating and becomes a chore to read.
Character: Probably the most infuriating protagonist to ever exist because he never learns from his mistakes. What makes no sense is the author never takes into consideration the protagonists mental age from clearing the items and realms and for some odd reason he never seems to mature or progress as a person. This by far makes it the most tedious thing about this whole story.
Overall: Very slow paced, unique isekai fiction that will probably never have you on the edge of your seat or frothing from the mouth in anticipation, unless of course you like this type of stuff. I just wish the author would make the character more likeable and stop shitting on him and everything he does.
The author is challenging themselves to write a chapter a day and it shows. The characters feel flat, and the plot forced. The world building is pretty meh as well. Why do people not leave the village? They can't go to a city for unknown reasons, so why don't they just make a new village? Sure it would be a big investment but awakening is supposed to take years of work. Something that people still put in despite it being well known that the village chief is taking away from people. Why do people still go to the chief if they know he will make them lose their abilities? They won't be acknowledged as an awakened, but being an awakened conveys supernatural abilities which they could use to make their own life easier if they never mention it. The chapter size doesn't fit the story as fights and conversations are usually broken into multiple chapters as well. If the story was rewritten with a better schedule I would read it though.
Magically improve the world by...killing mystical creatures...that live in mundane items...? oh, and level up too!
Postives: Grammar, story flow are good and don't distract. Interesting twist of how people "level" up. The world feels colorful and discriptive.
Negatives: A little too focused on new magic system...? Characters are a little flat, including MC. Transmigration intro feels unecessary ( So far appears to have little impact). The storyline is feeling a little railroaded and the MC is mostly reacting to a series of bad situations.
The main problem is the MC. He is stupid, full stop.
The world has a lot of potentials to be entertaining and the characters have budding personalities, but the freaking MC is just soo stupid in nearly every single decision, it borders on amazing.
Grammar and such can use work but it isn't even close to bothersome, just lets you know English wasn't the first language.
Honestly without the MC, the story would be a solid 4 IMO
A fresh apporach to characther leveling, the story uses a system where charachters and items improve through the completion of challenges inside personal zones. Events inside these zones can last for months but only take a second in the real world. Its a fresh idea but how it interacts with the world set out by the author is questionable. For instance, its alluded that people who upgrade items will typically upgrade mutiple a day and are even employed to do so. This is despite the fact that this one day of labour can easily equate to weeks worth of work.
Outside of the system, the story is solid and the characthers are relatively interesting. There is 'brain-screwery' throughout the story which will likely make it very unappealing to some.
My one bit of feedback for the author is that the story lacks anything to really get invested in outside of the unique system. The MC is just an averagish person, there is as of yet no greater call to arms, and the side characthers whilst diverse are just living their lives.
The writer of 'Quod Olim Erat' has challenged themself to a daily writing story while working on Quod's second sequel. At first glance LUTW seems like a light hearted and typical LitRpg, but the world is anything but typical, and the stakes for the character ramp up fast. I keep trying to predict what happens next, and I keep failing. All in all, an entertaining read. 👍
This story goes in a very different direction from other system books. It is refreshing and well done with that system. It has its slow parts and it takes a while to get the background out, but it is worth the wait. Keep up the good work Lise Eclaire! And give it a try to see if it is something you like.