In the wake of the Battle of Katze Plains, the banner of Ainz Ooal Gown flies proudly over the city of E-Rantel. The Sorcerous Kingdom has entered the world’s stage to the clamour of death and devastation; the surrounding nations fearfully prepare even as they reel from its calamitous debut. Within the borders of the newly annexed realm, its Human subjects cower in their homes as the Undead openly walk the streets and stalk the lands. Yet, when a destitute noble finds herself under the auspices of an unlikely benefactor, events are set into motion that will resound over the world for ages to come.
A kingdom builder based on the events and setting of Kugane Maruyama’s Overlord. In a fantasy world where beings of matchless power are transmigrated from the arbitrary existence of a game, Valkyrie’s Shadow chronicles the lives of the natives whose reality has been turned upside down by their advent. It is the tale of a nation created by the whims of a supreme sovereign, and his unstoppable servants who each have their own, often twisted, interpretations of their Master’s Will.
There is no victory in strength; no miracles wrought from magic that will save them: only the inexorable advance of a new world order where those who secure a place of service within will find themselves turned against the world that they once knew.
[Slow buildup. Methodical storytelling with a focus on well-rounded kingdom building and character development.]
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This is really well written and interesting, I just think it's a shame that the audience will probably be quite limited due to its nature. But, for anyone reading this review I will give a strong recommendation to read this even if you're not super familiar with the source material, or even if you're completely unfamiliar.
The perspective it comes from being a character who is unfamiliar with what she's interacting with allows it to be pretty much understandable even if you haven't read the source material, while if you have it gives you some additional understanding of what's really happening.
What to expect - politics, management, lots of talking. If that's not for you, this story probably isn't for you.
Story is tagged with action and adventure, but I would say action isn't too accurate, so far at least. Adventure is decently accurate. (EDIT: The possibility of more action is gradually creeping in.)
I considered lowering the story score because if I really had to say... not much has actually happened so far. It's certainly interesting, and the world and characters are definitely changing, but if I were to give a summary of the story itself so far, I could probably do it in 3 sentences. There's some possible drama lurking in the background, but if you want a deep story that makes you feel things, I don't think this is it.
I ended up sticking with a 5 because at the same time, I wouldn't want this to change in any way. It would just get in the way of the main focus and attraction of the story, so since I can't see it being any better, it's a 5.
One of the best fan-fictions i have read and easily the best overlord fan-fiction i have seen. The author takes the world of Overlord and builds upon the characters and details that were somewhat lax in the original novel and gives us different perspectives from what we would usually consider, with that of the lesser nobility being the most prominent.
The author highlights some of the less obvious problems with the sorcerous kingdom and provides logical approaches and obstacles to overcoming them at a air pace. Eve seemingly menial tasks feel like an adventure and has a descent amount of humour as well.
Would recommend anyone who is familiar with Overlord to read as you will quickly get absorbed.
The story is captivating enough that I want to keep reading. Based off of Overlord, it would be helpful to have read it before starting this novel as there are some spoilers. The characters are well written and no grammar issues. I will update this review as I get further into the story.
Edit: Absolutely amazing. A slice-of-life, lite kingdom building novel that explores a noble's perspective of life in the newly created Sorcerous Kingdom. It hints at some action, but so far seems to mostly be developing the characters, which is done well. A definite must-read and added to my favorites.
I am a fan of Overlord. Seeing those characters come alive here is quite a treat!
The story following the perspective of a small-time noble out in the boonies while the world is shaken up by advent of Nazarik is worth exploring. I shall look forward to her adventures and growth.
I guess the story is building momentum now, with the baroness starting building up her domain while Ainz plays around in Holy Land. I wonder how the story of the war/massacre later *not spoiling more* will reconcile with this tale? Oh, I am also looking forward to when Ludmila actually meets the Sorcerer King!
One thing I noticed is a jarring shift in context while reading a new chapter but the perspective is shifted to another character without any forewarning. Perhaps a header with a character name or some such would be useful!
No more suggestions besides above. Loving the story so far. Please keep up the good work!
The plot focus on the management of the territory and nobles life so far which give nice and new view , characters we didn't see in the original one
And I'm looking forward to next chapter and how the auther plan to advance the plote
Keep working hard 😘😘😘
Despite my usual dislike for fanfictions based on other work (Harry Potter, LoTR etc.), this story is able to hold itself apart from the source content (Overlord LN). The main characters are people that were either treated as side characters in the light novel, or they weren't mentioned at all. The denizens of Nazarick are portrayed faithfully, while still showing their growth and changing opinions during the course of the story. I'd say if Overlord didn't exist, this story would be even better - some people are turned away just because this is a fanficiton, just as i was with other titles, but you don't need to be familliar with the original LN to enjoy reading this. Releases are almost always on time and satisfactury. Would recommend everybody to give this story a try.
Characters - The main critique i'd give regarding the start of the story is how easily the MC goes along with everything. Her familiy was just killed by the undead and her new ruler, but she just goes "well that's sad but i have to keep working". Since the start, she's commited to improving her territory and serving her new liege, even when she should be angry/sad/rebelious. After this hiccup, it gets much better. Every character presented in the story has goals, dreams and problems: adventurers with their crushed spirit when their dream job turned out to be a glorified monster hunter; farmers wanting to be more than peasants and living on scraps while their lord they've never seen before takes away all their harvest; citizens fearing for their lives after undead take over their nation; merchants running away thinking they will never be able to make money in the new kingdom. The side characters are even deeper - over time we can see them aspire to new goals, achieve or fail them and grow from the experience. They aren't just another "noble friend #1" that exists so she can talk to MC once then never appear again. As for the MC, she starts out as a little more than a child with her view of the word that nobody is evil: why would they be when in her opinion they should all be good and follow their duty. As she takes on more responsibility and meets others, she loses her pink glasses and realises that there is a whole spectrum of characters - people that are just lazy, who have to steal to eat, who just do their job to get paid, and that she either needs to discard her beliefs or accept that she's different and might never fit in.
Style - long descriptions are a norm, painting the scene or characters in attendance. If it's not your thing, you can simply skip them since they are in their own paragraphs. The story is slow going, but because of that there are a lot of details for everything.
Grammar - really good, didn't see any big problems but english is not my native language. The grammar is much better than most stories on this site.
Story - as opposed to most stories this one has a clear goal: show how the original population views the changes brought by getting taken over by Ainz Ooal Gown. It's not another "I'm gonna be OP" tale - the MC obviously cannot be stronger than the inhabitants of Nazarik, no matter what she does. All she wants is to make her lands prosper, the people living there happy and to dutifully serve her liege. As we follow along on her journey, she changes, but her priorities don't. Other than the sometimes too slow pacing i have nothing negative to write here.
Edit: Later in the story we're introduced to the 2nd MC but this review is already long enough without writting about it.
A psudo kingdom builder with an author who excels in creating an evolving environment based off the foundation of Overlord. The main character is engaging, if not completely relatable but interesting in her own right. The author handles other POV's effectively, and I have found myself chuckling at a few of the jokes and misunderstandings reminiscent of the main series.
Head and shoulders above most fan fictions and one I am sure that will keep gaining traction as long as the author keeps enjoying what there doing. The writing gives readers a glimpse of how much fun the author is having expanding on the Overlord universe and I'm all for it.
This fic starts of rather dully. You head into an overlord fanfic expecting overlord characters and you get this dumb border village that's on the bring of extinction and nothing exciting really happens... Until it does at about 10 chapters in. And it only goes up hill from there.
Ludmila is in essence, pretty much a blank slate with no powers and nothing at the start and this story is her rise to .. relative greatness. What's really interesting about her is that she doesn't make stupid mistakes. That's not to say she is without faults, but she seems to always make the best decision given what she knows which is equal to what the reader knows. So we the readers never get the cognitive dissonance of having to mentally scold the protagonist for fucking up when they could have avoided it. It's to the point where the author worries their character is a Mary Sue which is ridiculous, since Overlord is full of characters that fit that description without even trying. One example would be Enri Emmot, who seems to start running cities and leading armies like nobody's business and still has the time to whine about how stressful her life is. Why I mention her specifically is because the situation somewhat parallels that of our protagonist. But here's 3 reasons Ludmilla's better than Nfirea's girlfriend: she doesn't complain, EVER. She takes her job 100 % seriously and makes everyone better along the way. She isn't horny like a goblin 5 hours a night.
Really she's a 24/7 work machine to the point of madness, and in terms of will power alone, can rival that of many of the floor guardians. A very inspiring character that you love to read about but can't possibly follow after.
I don't know. I've come to enjoy even the mundane dialogue in this fic because it starts introspecting into everything they're talking about, from game mechanics to crop rotation.
I got into an Overlord fanfic binge a couple weeks ago. I've found quite a few fics that I thought were enjoyable. Some were exciting retellings of the story, some were nice side stories that were fascinatingly consistent with the plot.
And then I saw a recommendation on a Spacebattles forum thread to read Valkyrie's Shadow.
VS is the best Overlord fanfiction ever written. I daresay that the thought and care put into world building greatly exceeds that of the original novel. The author's grasp of the functions of medieval society and the mechanisms of the the political/economic aspects of the time are mastefully woven into the Overlord-verse in a way that breathes life into world.
It is what I dreamed that an Overlord fanfic would be. Very long and rapidly updated. Incredibly well writtten with impeccable grammar and prose. Demonstrates extraordinary respect for the original work and does everything in its power to adhere to canonical consistency.
The only "problem" with this fic is that after you read it, you kind of wish it was part of the actual canon. Youwill read the next volume of Overlord and think to yourself: damn, if only Ludmilla was here doing frontier noble stuff
A true masterpiece. I do wish there was some more screen time for Nfirea :P
It's good. It's actually written much better than the original overlord. It follows the tropes at first but quickly develops into something that stand very well on its own merits.
You don't need to have read/watched much of the original overlord to understand this. Past the first season or so.