“If it lives, we can slay it. And then burn it, just to make sure it doesn’t come back from the dead,” she said.
“...does that happen often?” he asked.
“Slaying? Yeah, duh? It’s what we're here to do in the first place, dummy.”
“I meant the coming back from the dead part.”
“Eh. More often than you’d like.”
“Great. Just great.”
Walking away from a life drenched in senseless bloodshed, Raksha embarks on the Warrior’s Pilgrimage. In doing so, he strives to hone his mind, spirit, and martial skills, and he swears to abide by the Ancient Code’s tenets of honor and compassion.
He definitely did not expect to run into Sadea, a powerful sorceress who loves silk, jewels, and killing things for fun and profit.
Neither did he expect to be stuck with her as they fight murderous mutants, vicious monsters, and demons.
She calls their entanglement a beautiful partnership, but it’s the last thing he needs.
Or so he thinks.
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Edit for chapter 24:
A nice Warhammer 40k-vibe is also added to the mix now!
Original review as of chapter 19:
Really, this novel has blown me away. It perfectly captures the original Sword&Sorcery genre, I felt like I was reading something straight from Robert E. Howard or Leigh Brackett. In fact it's even better than Howard, because let's face it, some of the Conan short-stories are just bad, plain and simple, but this stuff is consistently good.
Perfect. The vocabulary, the flowing sentences, and the dialouges, oh my God, the dialouges! It all has this nice pulpey feeling, like it was 1935 again, and also a little cartoonish added flavour from the best cartoons of the 1990's. You have to read it to believe how well this genial motherfucker nailed the style.
Brilliance in the basics. If you read the adventures of Conan and Eric John Stark you won't see big surprises here, but why would you want to? I don't know if the author has carefully storyboarded the shit out of this book, or he is just simply a natural, but it doesn't even matter - he nailed the genre. He knows exactly what to write to tug on your heartstrings. Suddenly it doesn't matter how many times have you read about Solomon Kane slaying lovecraftian horrors, or how many times have you seen Conan wooing damsels in distress - this stuff feels fresh and interesting. And there is even some added value because of the nostalgy-factor.
Impeccable, but if you do see the occasional typo, point out and the author will fix it.
It's picaresque, so there is only ever really one character that makes into the next adventure, but the side characters are still living-breathing and interesting people. It's brilliance in the basics again.
This is the best of Leigh Brackett and E. Howard come again, read it, you lucky bastards, read it!
I have to start by saying that I am pretty ignorant about this genre of stories. So for any inaccuracies, it's my fault.
It feels and reads more like an anime than a novel.
The action is fast, the characters are particular and you can swallow it like you are Winnie The Poh eating Honey.
I thought that the images could break the story flow but no, they don't, they enhance it.
I thought that the story might be a bit generic, but no, it's well written.
I highly recommend that you read the first few chapters so see if you like it.
Although I've only read 5 chapters of this story, I am confident to say that it's already a well-written story. The author is an expert when it came to dialogue, fighting, personalities and emotions. You could feel every flirt, every hate, and banter in this story. The writing is just flawless, the words struck, there's not much breaks. And the illustrations were colorful and captured the universe they were in.
It's not the most original story, since it kinda reminds me of many fantasy romance stories (like Tinker or Escaflowne), but still, the writing and engaging characters are a treat. I'll keep reading this to see the relationship between the two mains blossom. And I recommend this to everyone, not just fantasy fans, but everyone who likes a great story.
Please know that I have only read upto Chapter 4 of this story. This review is only for the first four chapters.
This is a professionally written story. The storyline is simple and clear, no cofusion. The writing is really good, especially the way Ignatius speaks, OMG, a genius portrayal of that character. Very impactful. The romance is beautiful, tender, and s*xy, like a breath of fresh air, thank god. The writing style is magnificent obviously, consistent throughout. Only one or two incogruous words that I have pointed out in the comments. Vocabulary is consistent and words are concise for the most part. Character are clearly distinguished, cut in glass. Very clear and transparently portrayed. The details of the atmosphere and action sequence are on point, so well-portrayed, cannot say enough.
Now, let us talk about a few things that I felt could be improved. And this is considering the writer is already an advanced level writer because from what the story reads like, they are. The wordings in some places seemed a little too complex for me, that hampered my reading pace and slowed down the progression of the story. For a casual reader, that might be a hindrance. The main character seemed a little simplistic to me. E.g. his dialogues were a bit bland, his motivations were too simplistic. Nothing wrong with a simple character as your MC, but I hope the character does have some existential thoughts at some point in the story. Since I am only reviewing this at chapter 4, I would not let this take anything away from the story or my review since I know it is wayyyy too early to comment anything on the nuances of a character. Same goes for the overarching storyline. Simplistic but there is a lot of room to grow still, I am sure. Great job, Nick! Truly amazing.
P.s. I want to give you 6 stars just for Ignatius.
It just is magnificent this is just so good a must read I love it!
Nothing is bad the way everything is presented and narated is amazing even if it is more dialogue based and that there are like not much detail but still superb
(Random words to fill the 50 word needed:) b ) Why the rebirth? Why do I need a plan that would surpass anything ever. I have attained a state of no-self. Neither happiness nor sorrow. . . . . . But I guess I am alive and well. I go from there to Ave. and the other hand. the ))
Enchanting imagery, great action, and vivid characterization in a mysterious and intriguing setting: what's not to love?
Not quite often you see someone trying to mix traditional high fantasy with wuxia too. In the first few chapters, there's already some obvious magical and potentially spooky stuff going on. And the male lead is a straight-up wuxia character, carrying all the cultivation and martial arts tropes while still not being reduced to a stereotype.
This story also doesn't seem to be a power-fantasy. The mc isn't perfect, and he's already having a hard time with his fights. Some cues in the setting and the plot events so far already suggest that this might be more of a grimdark tale. And that's also something you don't see mixed with wuxia very often.
Looking forward to reading more.