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.
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.
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]
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.
Stuff this story won't have:
- Extreme grimdark content
- Murderhobo plots
- Edgy, anti-hero MC
- Pacifist MC
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With the exception of the MC *always* calling his younger sister "little goblin" (in a cute, endearing manner), the writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are solid and engaging.There are a couple typos, but that's okay; they don't really break the immersion.
The setting/character descriptions are detailed without getting bogged down in the minutiae. I'm interested in the world the author has made, and the way the MC manages to cheese his abilities beyond what's historically been possible is fun.
The characters seem a little stereotypical/trope-ish, but that doesn't take away from the story.
The story's description makes it seem the MC's plans to go to school were disrupted, and maybe it's my fault for reading a story where the description says the MC wants to be a wizard and go to wizard school, but I was hoping for something different.
I was really hoping for this to not become another "Harry Potter"/MC goes to school/academy/college/university and has adventures while 'growing' (the characters' choice of words, not mine). Heck, in one of the author's notes they jokingly refer to their MC as Harry Potter (and a bunch of other student MCs from other stories [I assume]).
I really don't have anything else to criticize because I did enjoy everything, but my interest started to wane around when the discussion for class registration came up.
I found this story through a shout-out from another author. The reason I started to read it was the premise was intriguing and I believe most people write and recommend things that they want to read. So I knew the writing style would be something I would enjoy. I must say that I binge read the first 100 and some odd chapters. This story is easy to get hooked on and the plot is going in interesting directions. I can't wait to read about what happens next.
Spectacular worldbuilding, fantastic and detailed character development, and an intricate and intriguing magical system. There's not much more I can ask for from a fantasy novel. The fools mark is an excellent read, the main character experiences significant development as he copes with his own struggles and biases. A wonderful piece of work that I cannot recommend enough.