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After his parents died, Alex Roth had a plan: become a wizard. Through hard work, he was accepted into the world’s greatest university of wizardry—but fate had another plan.

On his eighteenth, he is marked as one of his kingdom’s five Heroes, chosen to fight the land’s great enemy. But his brand is 'The Fool', worst of the marks.

Rather than die or serve the other Heroes like Fools in the past, he packs up his little sister, his childhood friend and her cerberus, then flees for the university in hope of refuge, magic and to unravel the truth about his land’s evil.

There’s one small problem: The Mark tries to ruin magic while enhancing skills outside of divinity, combat and spellcraft.…

…that is, unless he can learn to exploit the hell out of it.

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This the first time I am writing a web novel type story, and I hope you like it. I like progression stories and I've always wanted to try and write one like a few of the web novels that inspired me.

Updates Tues-Wed-Thur-Fri-Sat.

There are currently 20 advanced chapters on my patreon as a thank you to patrons.

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Chapters will be roughly 2000-2500 words.

[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]

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Rating: This story is kind of like a PG-13 movie. There'll be gore and some swearing but not much beyond that. If that changes, I'll warn you. 

Tone: Tone will be a mix of some action-adventure with excitement, comedy, slice of life elements and mystery. I won't be going too dark with this story. There will be mentions of war, some death, grief and violence.

MC: MC is analytical/rational with emotions. He is mostly in control of those emotions. MC will progress in power, eventually becoming very strong. When that happens, I'll add the Strong Lead tag.

Fights: Fights will be detailed.

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Stuff this story won't have:

- Extreme grimdark content

- Murderhobo plots

- Edgy, anti-hero MC 

- Pacifist MC

- Harems

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308 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Fools and Inheritance ago
Chapter 2: Uldar's Legacy ago
Chapter 3: The Mark's Mocking Grin ago
Chapter 4: Departure and Dogs ago
Chapter 5: The Coins and the Priests ago
Chapter 6: Coin Tricks and Fire Light ago
Chapter 7: Good Dreams and Bad Luck ago
Chapter 8: The Chosen ago
Chapter 9: Telling the Truth ago
Chapter 10: Red Eyes in the Dark ago
Chapter 11: The Goddesses' Wrath ago
Chapter 12: The Traveller's Magic ago
Chapter 13: Walls and Keys ago
Chapter 14: The Sanctum of Doors ago
Chapter 15: The Hive-Queen ago
Chapter 16: The Core ago
Chapter 17: Out into the Light ago
Chapter 18: Using What You Have (Interlude) ago
Chapter 19: The Red Siren ago
Chapter 20: Cookies and Dances ago
Chapter 21: The Spear-and-Oar Dance ago
Chapter 22: Tests by Moonlight ago
Chapter 23: The Nightwatch ago
Chapter 24: Other Dangers ago
Chapter 25: The City at the Center of Creation ago
Chapter 26: Wonders in the Sky ago
Chapter 27: Negotiations in the Hall of Magic ago
Chapter 28: Welcome Home ago
Chapter 29: Selecting One's Path ago
Chapter 30: The Means of Survival ago
Chapter 31: The Chancellor ago
Chapter 32: Responsibility and Paths Forward ago
Chapter 33: The Beastarium ago
Chapter 34: A Clash of Beasts ago
Chapter 35: The Beginning Fruits of Failure ago
Schedule going forward (Today's chapter right after this) ago
Chapter 36: Dummies and Forceballs ago
Chapter 37: The Spell-Joust and the Second Spell ago
Chapter 38: An Endless Forest (Interlude) ago
Chapter 39: The Beginning of Baelin's Test ago
Chapter 40: The Plain of Dust ago
Chapter 41: Predators ago
Chapter 42: Ambushing the Ambushers ago
Chapter 43: The Escarpment ago
Chapter 44: The Bonedrinker ago
Chapter 45: Lessons and Gods ago
Chapter 46: A Pie Party ago
Chapter 47: The Path of Potions ago
Chapter 48: The Art of Asking Questions ago
Chapter 49: The First Classes ago
Chapter 50: Familiar Encounters ago
Chapter 51: Help Wanted ago
Chapter 52: Manipulating Mana and Mind ago
Chapter 53: The World Opening to the Senses ago
Chapter 54: Safety in The Cells ago
Chapter 55: Reflecting on Different Paths ago
Chapter 56: Naming and Sculpting Futures ago
Chapter 57: Terrain and Entourages ago
Chapter 58: Planning Around the Mana Vents ago
Quick Announcement: Patreon Chapters Increased for Higher Tiers ago
Chapter 59: Group Dynamics ago
Chapter 60: Wrangling the Herd ago
Chapter 61: Trust ago
Chapter 62: Glyphs and Quicksilver ago
Chapter 63: Unsafety in the Cells ago
Chapter 64: Benefits of the Talented ago
Chapter 65: Armwrestling Wizard's Hand ago
Chapter 66: The Summoning ago
Chapter 67: Beyond the Material World ago
Chapter 68: The Devil that You Know... ago
Chapter 69: Expanding Perspectives ago
Chapter 70: Different Paths in Life ago
Chapter 71: Gains in Mass and Mana ago
Chapter 72: For and Against Pride ago
Chapter 73: A 'Handy' Breakthrough ago
Chapter 74: Ghosts of the Past I (Interlude) ago
Chapter 75: Ghosts of the Past II (Interlude) ago
Chapter 76: The Path Alone ago
Chapter 77: Fire and Coils ago
Chapter 78: Many Hands Make Light Work ago
Announcement: Final Patreon Tier and Top Web Fiction ago
Chapter 79: An Elemental Battle ago
Chapter 80: Pack Tactics ago
Chapter 81: Fire and Midterms ago
Chapter 82: Challenge ago
Chapter 83: A Mana Monster ago
Chapter 84: Growing Bonds ago
Chapter 85: Chancellors, Ships and Priests ago
Chapter 86: Pirate Tales and Dances ago
Chapter 87: A Fine Evening and Anxious Morning ago
Chapter 88: The Interview ago
Chapter 89: Honours ago
Chapter 90: Isolde's Pressure ago
Chapter 91: The Rally ago
Chapter 92: The Demons ago
Chapter 93: The Chancellor's Power ago
Chapter 94: The Weight of Secrets ago
Chapter 95: The First Meeting of the Cabal ago
Chapter 96: Taking a Chance ago
Chapter 97: Ram's Forceful Guidance ago
Chapter 98: The Cleansing Movements ago
Chapter 99: Family Time ago
Special Announcement: Discord Server! ago
Chapter 100: The Masks that are Worn ago
Chapter 101: Nostalgic Recipes and Warnings ago
Chapter 102: The Festival of Ghosts ago
Chapter 103: Opportunities and Exams ago
Chapter 104: Golem Sculpting and the Sky-Ship ago
Chapter 105: Dryads ago
Chapter 106: The Stand-Off ago
Chapter 107: Haste and Lateness ago
Chapter 108: Secret Analysis ago
Chapter 109: Essence of Dungeon ago
Chapter 110: Preparing to do Horrifying Things ago
Chapter 111: Direction and Redirection ago
Chapter 112: Beneath the Barrens ago
Chapter 113: The Skeletal Ruins ago
Chapter 114: Names Left Behind ago
Chapter 115: Traps ago
Chapter 116: Creeping Doom ago
Chapter 117: Gateways and Redesigns ago
Chapter 118: Unreliable Lateness ago
Chapter 119: The Core's Properties ago
Chapter 120: Design Improvements ago
Chapter 121: Hunt-mania ago
Chapter 122: Rampage ago
Chapter 123: The Opportunist ago
Chapter 124: Lances, Cries and Shock ago
Chapter 125: The Impetus of Death ago
Chapter 126: Consultation and a Leap of Trust ago
Chapter 127: The Chancellor's Reaction ago
Chapter 128: A Proposition ago
Chapter 129: Allies ago
Chapter 130: Forging a Body and Plan ago
Chapter 131: Stealing the Enemy's Weapon ago
Chapter 132: The Forging ago
Chapter 133: The Hunters (Interlude) ago
Chapter 134: The Nest ago
Chapter 135: The Xyrthak ago
Chapter 136: A Cold Delivery ago
Chapter 137: Cuts, Teeth and Mana ago
Chapter 138: The Path of Proper Wizards ago
Chapter 139: Frozen Doors and Crooked Rectangles ago
Chapter 140: The Talk ago
Chapter 141: Rumble in the Alley ago
Chapter 142: A Hunger for Vengeance and Mana ago
Chapter 143: Escape and Hunting ago
Chapter 144: The Beating ago
Chapter 145: Preparing the Specimen ago
Chapter 146: The World's Worst Teabag ago
Chapter 147: The Siphoning ago
Chapter 148: Roth; or, The Magical Prometheus ago
Chapter 149: Hunters' Gathering (Interlude) ago
Chapter 150: Isolde's Dread ago
Chapter 151: Preparing for a Long-Awaited Party ago
Chapter 152: Reflections Under Moonlight ago
Chapter 153: A Dance of Minotaurs ago
Chapter 154: Shadows in the Garden ago
Chapter 155: A Battle of Masks and Claws ago
Chapter 156: Claygon ago
Chapter 157: A Duel in Dust ago
Chapter 158: A Successful Operation ago
Chapter 159: Bouncing Back ago
Chapter 160: Reaffirmation ago
Chapter 161: A Journey From Tree to Tree ago
Chapter 162: The Expedition and the Doodle (End of Book 1) ago
Chapter 163: The Heroes' Struggle (Book 2 Begins) ago
Chapter 164: The Corrupt Fool in Paradise ago
Chapter 165: The Final Hunt of First Year ago
Chapter 166: Rumbling Earth ago
Chapter 167: Earth Magic and New Beginnings ago
Chapter 168: The Final Debrief and Youth ago
Chapter 169: The Migration ago
Chapter 170: Birthdays and Spell-Guides ago
Chapter 171: Blood Magic and Incoming Visitors ago
Chapter 172: The Hydra and the Beast ago
Chapter 173: A Little Magical Botany Class of Horrors ago
Chapter 174: Respect and Questions ago
Chapter 175: Binding Circles ago
Chapter 176: The Power of Names ago
Chapter 177: The War-Spirit ago
Chapter 178: Relations Across the Planes ago
Chapter 179: Messenger Constructs and Limits ago
Chapter 180: New Prey ago
Chapter 181: Kitchen Nightmares ago
Chapter 182: The Rain ago
Chapter 183: Honey & Wine ago
Chapter 184: Wasp and Strange Circumstance ago
Chapter 185: Raging Wasp ago
Chapter 186: The Night of Long Stingers ago
Chapter 187: Reflections on Death ago
Chapter 188: The Patterns and Scripts of Time (Interlude) ago
Chapter 189: Like a Marriage (Interlude) ago
Chapter 190: A Brewing Rivalry ago
Chapter 191: Old Acquaintances and Reunions ago
Chapter 192: Rumours ago
Chapter 193: The First Briefing...and a Big Mouth ago
Chapter 194: Digging a Hole ago
Chapter 195: Beneath the Garden ago
Chapter 196: Magic Mushrooms ago
Chapter 197: The Birthday and the Rainbow Tower ago
Chapter 198: The Talk ago
Chapter 199: Prepping for the Grand Battle ago
Chapter 200: Strange Offers and Strange Summonings ago
Chapter 201: Travelling from the Deep ago
Chapter 202: Debts ago
Chapter 203: Revelations (Interlude) ago
Chapter 204: Chasing Vermin ago
Chapter 205: In a White Room with No Curtains ago
Chapter 206: Alex Roth Goes to Jail (Maybe) ago
Chapter 207: Resolution ago
Chapter 208: Nonaggression and Reading Lies ago
Chapter 209: Scouting Out The Grounds ago
Chapter 210: Posturing ago
Chapter 211: Lightweight ago
Chapter 212: The Prince vs. The Mad Wrangler ago
Chapter 213: The Prince and The Goblin ago
Chapter 214: Super-heavyweight ago
Chapter 215: Four Arms vs. Ten ago
Chapter 216: A Rain of Fists ago
Chapter 217: Mirrored Golems ago
Chapter 218: Vesuvius ago
Chapter 219: Powerlifting ago
Chapter 220: Fire in the Sky ago
Chapter 221: Archers and Cowards ago
Chapter 222: Reverent Archery ago
Chapter 223: Deific Need ago
Chapter 224: Great Hunts on Land and Sea ago
Chapter 225: Loss and Resolve (Theresa) ago
Chapter 226: Melee (Theresa) ago
Chapter 227: The Clash (Theresa) ago
Chapter 228: Heading to The Grand Battle ago
Chapter 229: The Grand Battle Begins ago
Chapter 230: Shock and Awe ago
Chapter 231: Vanishing Point ago
Chapter 232: Confrontation of Arrow and Word ago
Chapter 233: Bait ago
Chapter 234: The Battle of the Grasses ago
Chapter 235: Divine Wind ago
Chapter 236: Cutting In ago
Chapter 237: Double Elimination ago
Chapter 238: The Rising ago
Chapter 239: Fanaticism and Divinity ago
Chapter 240: The Wrinkle of Recognition ago
Chapter 241: The Prey that Fights ago
Chapter 242: Reckoning ago
Chapter 243: Mine ago
​​Chapter 244: The Bonds that Heal ago
Chapter 245: The Bonds that Harm ago
Chapter 246: Getting to Know Someone ago
Chapter 247: Demonic Reconnaissance ago
Chapter 248: Justice and Blood ago
Chapter 249: Life to Mana ago
Chapter 250: Flowers for the Fallen ago
Chapter 251: Memories, Recognition and Inheritance ago
Chapter 252: Grand Gifts and Unholy Friendships ago
Chapter 253: Scars ago
Chapter 254: An Ancient Search ago
Chapter 255: Late Summer Days ago
Chapter 256: Birthdays and Miserable Businessmen ago
Chapter 257: Fingers and Departures ago
Chapter 258: Family’s Parting on the Eve of Change ago
Chapter 259: Finals and Final Preparations ago
Chapter 260: The Usurper Returns ago
Chapter 261: Cycles and Struggles ago
Chapter 262: Greymoor ago
Chapter 263: One’s Territory ago
Chapter 264: Foul Bargaining ago
Chapter 265: The Battle of the Bog ago
Chapter 266: The Prisoner ago
Chapter 267: The Lean Times and Time of Plenty ago
Chapter 268: Uldar’s Apostles ago
Chapter 269: The Fae Wilds ago
Chapter 270: The Fae Lord ago
Chapter 271: The Offer ago
Chapter 272: Interlopers ago
Chapter 273: The First Survey's End ago
Chapter 274: The First Blood Magic Class ago
Chapter 275: Blood and Whine ago
Chapter 276: Patches, Circuits and Knots ago
Chapter 277: The Three Spells ago
Chapter 278: Elemental Experiments ago
Chapter 279: Unexpected Breakthrough ago
Chapter 280: Necessity in Discovery ago
Chapter 281: The Final Hunter ago
Chapter 282: The Arrival ago
Chapter 283: Recognition ago
Chapter 284: A Gathering of Heroes ago
Chapter 285: The Heroes Go Forth ago
Chapter 286: Heroic Battle ago
Chapter 287: The Blood-Hydra ago
Chapter 288: Fire and Retreat ago
Chapter 289: Dungeon Attack Plan ago
Chapter 290: Magical Reconnaissance ago
Chapter 291: The Delve ago
Chapter 292: Hand on Glass ago
Chapter 293: Breaking Walls ago
Chapter 294: Storming the Final Chamber ago
Chapter 295: The Battle of Chitterer Dungeon ago
Chapter 296: Harvest ago
Chapter 297: Sowing the Seeds ago
Chapter 298: Enchantment and Dodging Questions ago
Chapter 299: Brewing Allies ago
Chapter 300: And Just One More Thing... ago
Chapter 301: The Sage Contemplates a Third Option ago
Chapter 302: Reflections and Questions ago
Chapter 303: Aftermaths ago
Chapter 304: Dark Allies and Operation Grand Summoning Ascension ago

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JasonFantastico
Overall

The best chapters of this story, writing-wise, are the ones where the main character doesn't appear at all. 

The author is in love with his protagonist and is determined that you WILL love him as well. The guy is a genius at everything, everyone likes him, literally. He's funny, kind, smart, hard-working, etc etc. He has no negative personality traits whatsoever and never makes a mistake. Every idea he suggests everyone instantly agrees with. Any chance he takes always pays off. Any time he needs money, some falls in his lap. Any stranger he meets always takes the time to teach him some rare skill or give him some useful tip. No one ever doesn't like him, and if they do, they are evil and are soon dealt with. No matter what rule he breaks, the teachers just tousle his hair and tell him not to do it again. 

All of his friends and teachers essentially exist just to praise him and have side conversations where they talk to each other about how amazing he is. Professors fight over who will mentor him. Thousand year old magicians think he is rare and amazing and are astonished at how cool he is. No consequence for any of his choices ever negatively impacts him. The story is just him going from the best day of his life to the next best day of his life, over and over. It's frankly just ridiculous. 

He is given a Mark that stops him from being an offensive combatant in any way at all, we're told, and then every chapter of the book he finds a way around that limitation. It's pointless because it doesn't stop him from killing everything he wants to kill. The main character's girlfriend is basically exactly the same thing. They both do something for an hour and are amazing at it, better than the experts. They each put on 20lbs of muscle a month or something silly like that. The whole thing is a fantasy really. 

To me the absolutely worst thing the author does is he constantly makes references to other movies, books, etc and seems to think that makes the book better somehow. Every chapter he will have the characters talk about Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jaws, Frankenstein or whatever and it's so immersion breaking that I can't believe the author thinks it's a good idea but apparently they do and will even add a comment to the start of each chapter telling everyone to check out their cool new reference. I just think that is such a huge mistake I don't know what to even tell you about it. You want the reader to be able to lose themself in the story and the constant references to other works makes that impossible. 

Lately the author has picked up the habit of narrating fight scenes the way the 1960's Batman tv show did, with constant "BAM!" or "POW!" exclamations to punctuate strikes and that is beyond silly to me as well. 

This story is the opposite of "show, don't tell". You are explicitly told everything you are supposed to think about each character. If two people are in love, multiple characters will remark that they are in love. If a guy has a corny sense of humor, multiple characters will tell you that he has a corny sense of humor. If someone is a badass, multiple characters will tell you he's a badass. It would be so much smoother and more organic to just show the reader these things but apparently the author is scared that someone won't "get it" so everything has to be spelled out over and over. 

When the protagonist is not present, as in the chapters featuring the "bad guys," none of these problems are present at all. The narrative is fluid and engaging. As soon as the protagonist pops up, it goes back to being Gary Stu fan service. I know some people will be fine with that but I just can't deal with it anymore. I thought at first it was just a new author getting the hang of things but it's become obvious that it's a series of deliberate choices they're making and it is just impossible to lose yourself in a fantasy story where everyone loves the hero all the time and the hero aces every test he takes and can outmaneuver gods and demons with no problem and basically just has everything go his way 100% of the time.

So basically it's 2 stars for the constant repetitive praising of the hero and 5 stars for the great writing of every chapter the hero isn't in. The problem is that the hero isn't in about 1% of the chapters so there's just too much of the bad stuff to wade through. 

The_Howitzer
Overall

Great read at first, then boring

Reviewed at: Chapter 177: The War-Spirit

UnstoppableJuggernaut has modified an otherwise overdone YA trope (MC is a chosen one of some sort) and combined it the personality of the MC to make it their own unique story. The plot hooks are solid and the first arc of the story was so good that I couldn't put it down! However, the story winds down afterwards by an order of magnitude and devolves into a borderline Mary Sue story whose plot also happens to go at a crawl. 

I honestly think that everything after Alex reaches Wizard College needs to be re-written and condensed. If you can see this UnstoppableJuggernaut, please consider my opinion on this one. I think if you did a re-write, you would make something great. 

The read later on is decent at best and outright boring at worst. With that said, the framework of an amazing story is still there, and I can see greatness on the horizon!

I am only reviewing so harshly because I know the author can do better. I know because I read the first arc of Mark of the Fool and it was awesome! 

Varus Praetor
Overall

Inconsistent pacing and lack of urgency

Reviewed at: Chapter 108: Secret Analysis

I actually dislike stories like this more than ones that are purely bad.  With an obviously bad story, you don't waste your time.  Here there is enough good things that the flaws feel particularly glaring.

There are two major flaws that are interlinked to really drag the story down and make for a frustrating read.  The story starts with a bang, you have a major threat arise and the MC is dragged into things, but choses to essentially run away in order to grow stronger before being forced to confront the Big Bad.  That's great and makes sense in the context of the story.  What we get after that though is an inconsistent mishmash of training or experimentation that furthers the MC's goal, with slow tangents about cooking, festivals, or sight seeing excursions.  The MC has access to incredible resources that might be able to help resolve his issues with the Mark of the Fool, but does absolutely nothing with them because "he's afraid of people finding out about the Mark."  There is ZERO justifciation given for why he might be afraid, even fear of the priests can't be leveraged because they are banned from the school campus by his demi-god of a Chancelor.

Overall, the spell experimentation is interesting and I enjoy the world, but the MC is a bit of an idiot and it's made explicitly clear that while he's crowing about how great the pie he just baked is, people in his homeland are suffering and the other heroes are facing extreme challenges.  This undercuts any attempt at making the MC seem admirable or brave, he comes off instead as a foolish coward squandering resources that could be used to resolve the threat to his home. A perfect example is that he pushes himself in his potions class to get approval for self experimentation so he can analyze a substance he has.  When all he had to do was just ask his professor to do it for him, there's no justification given for why he should be afraid of her finding out about the substance and in light of the experiments SHE is performing, his worries amount to nothing at all.

TrashWithGlasses
Overall

Excellent introduction, poor everything else

Reviewed at: Chapter 78: Many Hands Make Light Work

 Thi book has a very strong start. There isn't much to say when it comes to this: after chapter 3 or so, I was already invested in the story, it was simply really good. Then, the MC reaches the magic school. AND. NOTHING. HAPPENS. 

Users:  , and , and many others are 100% RIGHT in their reviews; and some even offered solutions to make this an amazing story, like user: . Chapter after chapter, page after page, everything reads like... filler? So you can understand how much relaxed the story became after the intro of the story, the MC's objectives started to be measured in YEARS into the future of his studies... And at chapter 70, he's, like, having classes for 2 months or so.

 Dude, it's even hard to say that the person who wrote the beginning of this book is the same one writing after chapters 15-20ish. I don't know if it was a case of "too-many-Patreons-too-quickly-time-to-drag-the story-as-much-as-possible" or something, but, unfortunately, it became just a boring book, which tries to convince you that seeing the MC looking for a job in a factory is fun.

kkarakk
Overall

Starts out very strong - a semi-high fantasy tale of godly power that comes with unfortunate consequences.   

However after the first arc turns into Harry Potter, MC finds a group of friends, an overpowered Deus ex machina and even bumbles his way into the good graces of Dumbledore...i mean Baelin the chancellor.   

 

After that point I'm afraid all sense of intrigue and interest vanishes. Turns into a bog standard magic highschool story with weak rivalries and coddled students (and don't forget about monstrously powerful headmasters...i mean chancellor's!). Even has a tournament arc...    

I understand what the author is going for but i feel like the focus of the story has changed and the author bait and switched me.   

Maybe I'll read it someday when it's completed and i can fast forward past the school bs and get back to what the story was initially about. Which at this point feels like something that will happen YEARS in the future. Good luck patreon subscribers.

Skepto
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If you can look past the logical fallacies...

Reviewed at: Chapter 17: Out into the Light

The characters of the story feel very flat, with little depth to them. It feels as if I'm looking at actors reading from a script, rather than people who each have their own beliefs, morals, and values. Especially a lot of the humor feels very contrived, rather than arising spontaneously. I can't give an exact definition of why it feels this way, but it feels as if the world is rotating around the main character, rather than the main character being a part of the world.

The grammar of the story is impeccable, with no flaws that I noticed. The style of the story isn't something that is bad, but it doesn't greatly stand out either. There's nothing that I can point out that says "Only this author writes in this way."

The story and world building is actually interesting and engaging. The chosen hero concept has been done to death, but this is an interesting take on it, with the main character actively fleeing from said duty. My biggest complaint is that the story suffers heavily from Assumption Syndrome.

Assumption Syndrome is when a character makes a completely baseless assumption, that they couldn't possibly have guessed without prior knowledge, but they turn out to be right because of plot convience. A good example would be Sherlock Holmes. He walks into theoretical crime scene and sees a wine bottle, and immediately guesses the wine was poisoned by a threatened butler, whose family is held hostage by the local kingpen. There's no way anyone could have possibly guessed all that just from seeing a wine bottle, but he's "so smart", so it's waved off.

To list a couple of such instances in the story. 

The main character is attacked by a bug monster, and immediately assumes they must have been the soldier version of their species, and that there must also be a worker version of the species, because of course all bugs are basically ants right? How would a character in a mideval fantasy world even know about ant hive structures?

Another instance is when the main character accidently controls an evil dungeon core and immediately assumes there must be a shadow government organization that is keeping all this hidden. Because obviously the previous heros that went missing had tried the same insane act of interfacing with an evil dungeon core after defeating hordes of monsters, and had been killed off for their knowledge.

If you can look past the many logical fallacies that grace the book, it's a decent read. It's not a litRPG or harem, so it's already unique compared to 90% of the other power fantasies on this site. I don't have a problem with either of those genres, but you have to ask yourself, do we really need another one? Thankfully this novel answers that question with a resounding "No!"

Phobos
Overall

I suppose this story fulfills its promise. The MC achieves his dream of attending the preeminent magical academy despite his godly "blessing" that interferes with fighting and spellcasting while assisting everything else.

The writing is competent, with few errors. The characters' voices are distinct. However, it just didn't maintain my interest. I wanted to find out how the initial plotline would resolve (it ended up without complication), but beyond that the story has no force. The MC learns stuff at school, his battle mage class serves to provide a little action that would otherwise be absent, and he slowly improves.

If you want a Harry Potter with an uncomplicated journey, this may suffice. Overall, there's nothing wrong, but there's just nothing great.

Catsruletheworld
Overall

Good in the beginning steady got worse

Reviewed at: Chapter 160: Reaffirmation

This story has a character become suddenly Nerodivergent and have to live with it. In the beginning it portrayed the struggles and the strengths of the main. The nerodivergent aspect was portrayed well in the beginning but as the story went on it removed the struggling problem in favor of making the character great all the time. The author is trying to make there character as perfect as possible and even when they make stupid or thoughtless decisions the results is always "well it's a good thing I did that". I began with a good flawed character and ended with a Mary Sue. Some things just feel added in just to make the main look and be cooler as well. 

eimis381
Overall

The beginning of the story makes you believe that it will be an exciting journey full of life and death battles with high stake decisions...well it will not. After first arc concludes story devolves into a slow paced slice of life with MC focusing on his studies, hanging out with friends, baking pies, finding a job and so forth. Occiasonal battles do happen as a part of his study course, but there is no real tension anymore. In short it got really boring and I can't see it getting any bettter.  

Abzu
Overall

The protagonist cannot do a single thing wrong. He has everything going for him and his 'debilitating' mark is kinda just brushed off and becomes more an advantage that it is not where countless others before him failed. I don't know I don't really like the main character he is boring the cast is ok I guess. I more like the world building aspect of the story than anything else. Anyway I normally browse through royal road for junk food fiction and this is such a novel so have a go and binge it then forget about it.