Hello, folks, just to tell ya, chapters 8 to 75 have been published on Kindle and Audible. The audiobook is narrated by Travis Baldree!
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. Strong Lead tag added.
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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Good characters, good world building, excellent story so far...the only thing on my wishlist would be a little more depth to some of the characters....nuances in culture, language, cultural misundertandings, rituals, music, art, etc. You get a lot of hints at it with the Prince, Minotaur, and Shark man, but I'd like to see their cultures fleshed out a bit more and see how that informs there character. The magic system and cultivation could also be fleshed out a bit more...it's a bit more vague then I've gotten used to...the progression is there, but not as obvious as it could be for each character...the other heroes seem especially randomly powerful....seriously enjoy this story though.
Seriously can't recommend the story more. The main character is great, both hard-working and kind, and most importantly still takes care of his younger sister and doesn't drop her like a sack of rotten potatoes the moment he gets marked as a hero.
The things I like the most in this story are the relationships - childhood friend who becomes his girlfriend, his younger sister, his schoolmates and 'cabal', even the teachers and coworkers. This might not be filled with endless battles and level-ups (thank god) or tension and fast progression, but it's incredibly satisfying to read.
The hero somehow manages to remain a normal person, and shows actual intelligence in solving problems. He doesn't end up just waving a hand and poof, problem gone. He actually makes creative solutions that are both effective and hilarious (still laughing at the "world's worst teabag"). An emotionally stable character that also uses intelligence and strategy? Sign me up!
The story has a wide cast of interesting characters, each with their own distinct personality. From the most wizardly wizard you'll ever meet who also happens to be a goat(man), to a three-headed dog that just won't let you pet him, to a lizard professor that likes to lick his eyeballs instead of a wink... they are all unique and a pretty colorful cast.
The story is slower, true, with a lot of slice-of-life, but I actually prefer it this way. Frankly if it was one battle after another, I would have probably gotten tired of it already. Instead, we get to enjoy a lot of interactions between characters, jokes, anecdotes and we get to see characters actually working out the problems, figuring out what's going on - this way we get to see how they figured stuff out rather than the author just saying "oh they figured it out".
Grammar is good too (as far as I, a non-native speaker can tell). There are some small issues when there's no space between words - likethis - but otherwise everything's ok.
I like the world-building, I love the mystery of the main plot, and I love and adore the fact that there's not too much tension. This story is very pleasant to read, the characters are likeable and fun, and I like the progression.
All in all, amazing story that I highly recommend.
So, just binge read the story up to chapter 406. And I have to say I'm a fan. There is good pacing, character development, humor, intrigue, politics, ethics and moral dilemma, combat, magic systems and rules, developing romances, realistic character decisions, not any unreasonable plot armors or lack of someone pointing out the obvious to protect the plot.
A little bit of everything for everyone!
I enjoy inner monolog comments and the pace that has been set for the story as well.
All in all it's a story I intend to follow to its completion.
I'm on chapter 140, I can say that this story is simple, but very well done, I can see the author's love, especially in the details and personality of the characters. There's nothing really groundbreaking or otherworldly, just a well done story and fun to read, I hope more, I feel like going back to a few years ago when I was playing D&D with some friends (google translater)
This story popped up on my kindle unlimited and I read first chapters there. I enjoyed it so much I tracked down the remainder here on royal road and spent a week reading the rest. I love that the MC is logical and soends time learning from his short comings and finding novel ways to work around his limitations. Pacing is well plotted but be warned I think the author is a little to fond of end of chapter cliff edges.
This is a very good story, a well established worldbuilding, fantastic character who you could relate to, conflicts of highs and lows and a moral dilemma of whether or not should laugh to a pun. One aspect that stand out in this story is the unique properties of its setting and how the rabbit holes goes in the mystery this world entails. You'll never know what's going to happen next as it is as unpredictable as life. Have a good read ;)
It's well written, the chapters are consistent, and the plots evolve gradually and blend together well. MC and other characters have good development and are fleshed out. World building is solid too. I saw other reviewers saying something like he should just focus on magic or turn away from magic as that isnt his strength. However, i think the point of this is to forge a new path and make discoveries. Story woulda been a lot more boring if he'd stayed with what hes supposed to be good at according to historial accounts.
I absolutely love this story! It is honestly one of my favorite series and I can't get enough of it. I love how the MC deals with his Mark, how he manages to make use of the positive and negative aspects of it. I also really like that the author didn't make it a Daredevil situation where the disability is essentially pointless since the power covers for it. Instead, the workarounds feel manageable but incredibly frustrating for Alex, which to me makes the story feel more balanced.
The only real complaint I have is that it's only about 3000 pages plus a book on KU (at time of writing). It's a lot but I want more!
J.M. Clarke, please keep up the great writing!
I devoured the story in a few days and began supporting the author on patreon. That's how good it is.
A likeable, funny MC. Even more likeable and believable supporting cast.
An interesting world, with much more to explore. Hidden depths and secrets that only wait for the MC.
There is something hindering the MC, but through wit and hard work, they overcome it and can grow beyond it.
Mark of the Fool is a fun progression fantasy. It is well-written, has interesting, likeable characters, and has a clever concept which affects the protagonist and kicks off the story.
There is a lot of fun exploration of different types of magic, and the MC's approach to turning his limits into an advantage is quite enjoyable.
Many stories of this genre stall or get bloated as the character progresses, but the author has done a good job with the main character, and has added several credible allies who likewise realistically grow in talent and power.
If you like progression stories with positive heroes, then Mark of the Fool is for you.