-- A System Apocalypse from the invader's perspective. A monster evo story with cultivation. --
Nic has been Selected. Chosen to adventure out to a new world, and help the System break the natives into submission. To become an Invader of worlds fighting for the Integration of a planet called 'Earth.'
Selected to leave his body behind and become a monster. Selected to live or die on his own wits, his own strengths.
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Breaker of Horizons by NoDragons is a system apocalypse story wherein the main character, Nic, gets a second chance to prove and improve himself.
As a monster.
The story is all around very strong, but I'm going to list some of what I believe to be its strongest.
Strong Point 1: Amazing fight scenes
The author puts a lot of effort into creating interesting, tense fights without falling into repetition. If you want an MC that ends up kicking a lot of ass on his way to the top of the foodchain, this story is for you.
Strong Point 2: Deep but suprisingly subtle worldbuilding
The story goes all out in giving you, dear reader, a unique world to experience yourself, but not in the form of a textbook. Instead you get hints and pieces of all that's going on behind the scenes, just enough to spark interest without detracting from the story's pacing. And many of these hints pay off later, providing new story hooks that have developed naturally from this worldbuilding.
Strong Point 3: Clever but flawed protagonist
Our MC, Nic, is at the exact right middle point between being willing to do what it takes to survive and thrive, while still being someone with a lot of room for growth. He tries things, sometimes they don't work, and then he tries new things. He doesn't overcome everything automatically, he has to work for it, but things usually work out for him in the end thanks to his own abilities.
Strong point 4: Prose, Style, and Grammar
Writing quality is more than a few steps above the usual webnovel. 'Nuff said.
Strong point 5: Multifaceted, creative progression
Hey it's the title of the review! Look, if you're reading this story for no other reason, it should be for this. It's not just one linear system where the MC goes from ant to god at a mandated pace. Instead there are many aspects of progression; yes there's a system, but there's also cultivation, base building, and ally recruitment.
But, the story's strongest point is obviously:
The MC is an axolotl and that's just cool.
Breaker of Horizons took me by more than surprize. I'll be honest, I picked it up because someone told me to, as I wouldn't have read this normally. Monster evolution stories are cool, but they turn into slaughter-fests with evil MCs so often. There's nothing wrong with that at all - that's a genre and people enjoy it. I just personally don't.
BoH isn't that. The main character turns into a monster, sure. But he's still himself at heart, and his morals remain largely the same (after adapting to fit this new world he's been reincarnated into).
Another thing that really surprised me was the incredibly quality of writing. This novel is a bound and a leap above 95% of the novels on RoyalRoad in terms of polish and quality. I genuinely felt like I was reading a published novel, not a free one.
The litRPG system is fun, the character buliding and evolution is cool, and I actually care about the characters that have been introduced, which is amazing.
There aren't any gramattical or stylistic issues that I spotted, and it's very apparent that the author has a direction he's bringing the story. I can feel him building up to major events and steadily laying out the foundations of a very fleshed out world. I ended up binging nearly 24 chapters before I realized that I wasn't even logged in when I tried to leave a review. I was a bit hesitant about having an axotol as the main character, but that was completely misplaced and I love every second of it. Honestly, do yourself a favor and read this novel.
It's better than what you're expecting.
Any review I make is going to be subjective, so let's subjectify this! The story is just that right mix of calm and packed that makes it an easy read for me, the characters are all interesting to the point where I actually remember some of their names, and wonder occasionally what happened to them, then BOOM! Author drops in a chapter or two catching up with them. It's got combat, oh boy does it. The little protagonist is almost always on the back foot, but it's always clear that the guy can figure it out if he just has the tools or time. It's really well written in my opinion, and I'll definitely be coming back to it when it updates. Overall, it's on my top 10 stories I've read on this site. MC is not only bearable, but you can actively root for him. The story structure makes sense, the worldbuilding is amazing, disbelief is thoroughly suspended, and it's incredibly entertaining. One of my favorite things the author consistently does is that they'll hint at, or set up something a ways in advance, and then pay it off either right when you think "wait, couldn't that work?" Or right when you don't expect but in a way that definitely makes sense. The story is very well crafted, and definitely worth a read.
I'm rather picky about style and the way it is written doesn't immediately make me feel rage or misery in my soul. Perhaps it feels a bit drawn out (slow, if I'm being rude, and detailed if I am not) but it still holds my very short attention even then.
The premise of the story seems standard-isekai-cultivation-litRPG with a bit of extra flavor, at first. In actuality it has all the parts of those stories that I appreciate and deviates enough from the norm to be interesting. The start almost lost me, but it's important worldbuilding and the story really took off afterwards. The system of advancement is a bit complicated but novel and well thought-out.
I have not noticed any glaring grammar issues, and I would. Weeps in literature major.
There are already a good amount of characters, and every single one of them is unique and compelling. I am excited to meet more and watch their stories play out.
In short, I have personally been enjoying this story - even though it isn't quite my usual fare. I suggest you give it a go, especially if you are tired of the way the standard isekais and cultivation stories usually play out. Don't expect a classic defy-the-heavens murderfest. Expect a good read with characters you can get attached to.
I'm really enjoying reading about Nic's journey, as a monster progressing and evolving, and as a character with the chance to grow and develop outside the dystopian world he was born in. He has to make choices based on teh here and now, without the long-term strategies that more cultivation stories often prefer, and it makes the story a lot more immediate and punchy.
(With all apologies to AC/DC)
Breaker of Horizons is a wild, energetic ride to a dangerous new world, a deathworld called 'Earth'.
Well, it's new for our protagonist Nic anyway. Nic is 'lucky' enough to win a lottery slot to have his mind transferred into a monster's form during the early stages of the integration of Earth into the wider multiverse. His fate is to be fodder, one of a multitude serving as a stepping stone for the humans of Earth to adapt to the dangers of the multiverse.
Of course, Nic's never been very good at accepting his fate, which is precisely what makes him so interesting to the High Sept and the Low Tomb.
System Apocalypse webnovels are nothing new, but with Breaker of Horizons NoDragons has taken the road less traveled, and given us a narrative from the perspective not of some beleaguered human, but instead, one of the invaders. This decision informs everything that follows, and creates a unique story experience, particularly coupled with their signature prose and imagery.
Our protagonist, Nic, is characterized by a blend of reckless ambition and cautious guile; quick to throw himself into the dangers of his new world for every advantage that has previously been denied him, but also using his head to stay alive when everyone and everything around him would be happy to take it from his shoulders for the Essence in his soul and the change in his non-existent pockets.
The supporting cast that Nic interacts with are vibrant and bring a lot to the table, whether as antagonists or otherwise, despite (or maybe because of) language and societal barriers between them. The world is fantastic and even in the few chapters uploaded to date (and a few more in the beta pipeline) it feels alive; getting to see the wonder and peril through Nic's eyes is a delight.
The writing style is very much in the Muhammad Ali school of floating and stinging, taking us from beautifully realized vistas to mad scrambles for survival in turns. Mechanically it is well above the average for a webnovel, very few punctuation errors, and virtually none of the incorrect homophone, misspelling, or tense-shift issues that might plague a lesser work.
There's really no reason you should still be reading this review, when you could instead be reading the story. Follow Nic on his adventures through the integration of Earth, and you won't be disappointed.
This story is an apocalypse Lit-rpg story about a guy starting in a new world.
The lore of the world is interesting, the system is new but it fits very well in the novel with lots of promising possibilities. Also, i find the description of the objects beautiful.
The fights are well organized, clear and suprising.
As a bad point, the enemies can be a little complicated.
The characters are well-rounded and most of them a different and plausible personality.
So, this story provides something new and very well executed to the lit-rpg genre.
I´m reading that story since a long time and enjoyed every new chapter!
The writer combined the cultivation theme in a great way with a LitRPG elements and created an interesting main Character which is realy easy to emphasize while he character isn´t boring like a lot of other characters i have seen.
On a lot of points the character felt good to read on some points. We don´t have here a regular murderhobo or sociopath running arround and kill everything. Instead we have a teenager that made a decision that changed his whole life only for a better chance!
It have on some points the classic cultivation parts while it dont bore with the hard tropes of such stories and his writing style made it easy to imagine how the cultivation work together with his system. While there is still a more than only a system. So far you should really give the story a try!
His writing style is good and easy to reading while he discribes scene with a strong focus on details that bring the feeling on that his world is a living place and it is nice to imagine the situations that the Mc have to face.
The story is pretty interesting cause the author seemed spend a lot of time with the world building and there is still mich space to explore that story together!
I really hope he wont stop so far with this one!
For sake i can´t say much about the grammer cause english isn´t my first language at all.
A good story. Has something unique to offer which I am enjoying. I like the world and how the character has developed. Interested to see what comes next as more characters are introduced and the enemies get stronger. The flow between chapters can feel a bit disjointed sometimes. I enjoyed Thieves Dungeon and happy to be reading another story by NoDragons
Great story! Well written, and the lore is not too long, but genuinely feels like it's supporting the story and providing great info.
Super interesting to read this genre from the invaders perspective!
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