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A puzzling encounter leaves Dimitry a beggar with a strange emblem on his wrist. Around him, people suffer as ruthless organizations, opportunistic nobles, and an overly pious church vie for power in a medieval land under constant siege by stone monstrosities rampaging from the coasts.
Can a kindhearted surgeon aid this ailing world with modern knowledge, resourcefulness, and magic? Or will rival powers crush Dimitry first?
A fiction that starts brutally grim and eventually transitions into technology uplift with a focus on science, magitech, and town building.
Warning: Technical terms abound.
Cover art by AbsolutePower.
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One of my favorite story in RR.
I read the original and this one too. The pacing rather slow but not dragging the story. Character is likeable, resourceful and competent even if setting is grimdark MC still trying help others.
The magic system is also very well done. Castle Kingside takes what seems like a very limited set of spells, but then depends on ingenuity of the characters to find uses for them.
Highly recommended this sttory.
It takes a little while to get going, but once it does it really takes off. It is a dark, mature but ultimately optimistic isekai that i binged until 3 am. It is well written with a nice variety in side characters that feel like real people. The setting is interesting and there is plenty of worlbuilding, but luckily the author shows us the world very well without relying on lots of infodumps. I particuarly enjoyed the use of modern knowledge in a plausible way. The MC an expert on some things, but isn't going to be building mobile phones any time soon.
Really enjoying this so far. I gave this story a 5 review before the rewrite, and it's even better now. One issue potential readers might have with this story is the MC being a Gary Stu, but I would say 90% of popular RR stories feature one anyway. And unlike other Gary Stus, who suffer from poor characterization, Dimitry makes for a fun reading experience. No other complaints, and even that complaint isn't really a downside for me. The side characters and world building are great. The pacing is a breath of fresh air with so many stagnant plots here on RR.
All right, let's try this again. I was a big fan of the original Castle Kingside and I'm happy to see it back, I loved the characters, the story, the world, and the magic system. Honestly I'd be hard pressed to find anything I just strait up didn't like about this story. Regarding the rewrite the biggest changes I caught without having the original to compare to is definitely in the beginning. Dimitry went right to trying to be a doctor whereas in the original he was struggling for some time before his medical skills came into play. I think it was still good the way it was but this way does clue new readers into a little of what the later chapters will be like. Either way I loved it and I'm sure if you give it a chance you will too!
The summary does not do this story justice. This is one of the best stories I have read on this site. I especially love the characterisation. I really like the theme of perseverance through hardship to hope. Was a bit weaker at the very beginning with the MC seeming a bit judgemental, but weaned offf that quickly
Plot: The plot is very well designed and considered. It is engaging and interesting. Always leaves you with enough information to understand what is happening, but allows a great deal of mystery and anticipation.
Character: The main characters are well-thought out and engaging. They are very well written and their dialogue feels their own. You'd be able to identify each character from their dialogue alone without needing their name being said. The main character is interesting and realistic, with limitations and flaws, and while at times he seems "perfect" he is still very well written.
Setting: The setting is filled with details, and it is always presented dramatically. This in my opinion is what differentiates this story from many others in the site, where we learn about the world in an interesting and dramatic manner, where the writter is showing us instead of telling us.
Pacing: Every chapter you read wants you to keep reading. Every chapter is dramatic, and interesting, and you never feel as if the words you have read could have beeen erased and the story would have no repercussions.
10/10 would continue to read again.
Absolutely gripping, one of the best. The re-write did it well, It was a good story before, now its a great one. Most stories on this site are posted as they are written, this story has been revised and it makes all the difference. It gets a ccross a harsh and brutal world, the mc is in constantly in terrible peril, but somehow there's always that spark of hope to keep the grimderp at bay. If you like watching people overcome adversity, you'll like this.
Style/Grammar - this is a really well written story.
Characters: All the characters so far have been good though its suffers from a needless amount of corrupt characters.
Story - I went in expecting to read a story about about a modern doctor dealing with the problems of medieval medicine with magic thrown in, and early on that appeared to be what the story was going to be. The MC started out with nothing but was slowly working his way to becoming an established surgeon. Then something bad happened, and something bad happened again, and again, and again, and again. The story went from realistic and fun to read to just a nihilistic dystopia where everyone is corrupt and evil. It has just become an endless slog with the only thing keeping me reading is my hope that the MC can go back to being an actual surgeon a hope that grows smaller with each chapter. This is an alright story for those you enjoy grimdark adventures where the MC keeps failing but it's not my cup of tea. I'm going to keep reading to see if it ever improves.
Good, shows struggles of a man out of his depth. Trying to survive in the nook and crannies yet what makes this novel special is that we follow his thoughts, ride through his guilt revel in his kindness and stay for his determination. I'm impressed and would easily recommend this novel. Though it's a dark in the beginning it just makes the light at the end of the tunnel that much more worthwhile.
I like the chapters as the stoy is quite interesting, but at first i thought it was a sci fi novel but i was worn its a hybrid.
I like the novel but it would be better if writer use simple English so that it can be approachable b more people.