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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It's really refreshing reading a protagonist who thinks things through and doesn't just dive head first into things. This story really balances having fun exciting moments without needing anyone to hold the idiot ball. Seeing a character with real flaws and turning them into strengths is really nice.
All the characters feel very real and all the motivations and actions make sense. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this tale goes 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.
I have been thoroughly enjoying this story. I came across this work by chance and am glad I did. It has a decent plot with resonable intrigue, a simple (so far as I have read) and understandable magic system, enjoyable characters, and references I find myself liking when I catch them.
The world building sections provide a framework with which someones imagination can build upon, which I liked more than some rather lengthy world building sections some authors are prone to writting. I currently find myself excited to see where this story will lead, and hope to see some more of the regions mentioned as the story has progressed.
As for the characters, Alex makes for an intersting protagonist, though sometimes feels like a 'does-no-wrong' character. His failings happen, but I haven't seen much impact beyond short term implications.
I will admit to being a sucker for stories where the protagonist encounters a big loss as a direct result of their actions, and grows from it. I hope that as this story grows we will get to see something like that.
I will be recommending this read to others, as I am truly enjoying this story.
Thanks for reading this :)
Well written. An interesting world that I'm excited to explore. I like that there seem to be multiple magic systems co-existing in the world. I'm also really glad that the progression is more loose and not system based. What can I say I'm a sucker for magical academies.
All in all great promise, can't wait to keep reading.
Really more of a western academy style than most progression type novels. Straight spellcasting, with a secondary character using Asian type progression mostly off-screen.
Slice of life, but the world building supports heroic quest. A bit of teen romance, but it never goes beyond blushing. Some alchemy, a lot of 'mana manipulation', and a healthy dose of cooking make up most of the narrative, with an occasional adventure to keep things hopping.
really worth reading.
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.
Essentially you have an MC that can't fight (so scratch out exciting action scenes, they happen maybe once every 25 chapters) and to make up for it you get nothing. The pace is slow and boring, the MC is as stale as background character, heck every other side character would make a better MC, the dude has no character traits besides trashy humor.
I personally think the book is written very well because of the nearly perfect greammar, the developing characters, the good style and even though there were some bumps at the beginning of the story it turned better later on.
I would very much reading this book as the plot is quite interesting and the book(story? idk) is very well written.