Mark of the Crijik

Mark of the Crijik

by ThinkTwice

Mark of the Crijik Book 1 is now available on Amazon!

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Andross Silver had a nice life until he was pushed over the side of his building. Reborn into a family that wants to kill him, gifted with a system and armed with determination he rises to the challenges of this strange world. 

His only blessing is the Mark of the Crijik, a magical gift from a divine being that bestows great powers onto those that possess it. 

It also kills them at the age of twenty five.

Andross must master magic to help him carve a path to greatness, and overcome the countdown of death that has been placed upon him. 



My parents love me. 

That’s why they run towards danger with me in their arms. 

A stone with newborn babies on it? Its just a sacrificial altar. Nothing for me to worry about. 

What’s that in the sky? Oh no.

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153 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: I used to have a handle on life, but then it broke. ago
Chapter 2: I want to be a god ago
Chapter 3: I am above dirt in the food chain. Fear me.  ago
Chapter 4: The secret to talent is money.  ago
Chapter 5: I am a dragon. Hear me roar!  ago
Chapter 48: Real teenage boys smell and say dumb things. Wait… that’s me. (Part 1) ago
Chapter 49: Real teenage boys smell and say dumb things. Wait… that’s me. (Part 2) ago
Chapter 50: You can drag my body to school but my spirit refuses to go. ago
Chapter 51: The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. ago
Chapter 52: I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. ago
Chapter 53: There’s nothing better than a friend, unless it’s a friend with chocolate. ago
Chapter 54: Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn’t a pro, his knife had butter on it.  ago
Chapter 55: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.  ago
Chapter 56: I like failure because its so easy to achieve! ago
Chapter 57: Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.  ago
Chapter 58: Lazy? I prefer to call it selective participation. ago
Chapter 59: Your password must contain a capital letter, a symbol, and the blood of a virgin.  ago
Chapter 60: It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. ago
Chapter 61: Life is a series of obstacles preventing me from sleeping. ago
Chapter 62: This will pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. ago
Chapter 63: Come join us. Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Life is endlessly delicious. ago
Chapter 64: I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food. ago
Chapter 65: You can tell a lot about a person’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. ago
Chapter 66: A journey is best measured in friends than miles. ago
Chapter 67: “Are you sleeping?” “No, I’m training to die.” ago
Chapter 68: Friendship. ago
Chapter 69: I don’t want to be a genius. I have enough problems just trying to be alive. ago
Chapter 70: The last time everyone liked each other was when the world had a population of four. ago
Chapter 71: Opportunity is a locked toilet door and you’ve had bad seafood. ago
Chapter 72: Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness. ago
Chapter 73: When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth. ago
Chapter 74: You’re telling me I need a job for experience, and experience for a job? ago
Chapter 75: It takes real skills to choke on air and trip over nothing. I have those skills. ago
Chapter 76: True self control is waiting until the movie starts to eat your popcorn. ago
Chapter 77: Have you ever been hit on the head by a wrench? It really hurts. ago
Chapter 78: Hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance? ago
RR Q&A ago
Chapter 79: It doesn’t break three legs of a duck. ago
Chapter 80: I welcome change, as long as nothing is altered or different. ago
Chapter 81: Whatever you do, always give 100%, unless you’re donating blood. ago
Chapter 82: Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it. ago
Chapter 83: Peer pressure is hearing everyone turn to page 2 of the exam when you’re on page 1. ago
Chapter 84: Teach your children about crystals and they won’t have money for drugs. ago
Chapter 85: He shoots fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse. ago
Chapter 86: If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. ago
Chapter 87: Libraries were made so that people didn't have any excuse to be stupid. ago
Chapter 88: Once you've gone first class, everything else is coach. ago
Chapter 89: The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. ago
Chapter 90: When life gives you lemons, chuck them right back. ago
Chapter 91: I wish my metabolism worked as fast as my anxiety. ago
Chapter 92: A diamond is just a lump of coal that did well under pressure. ago
Chapter 93: ‘I Smacked A Marked One In The Face’ - Coming to bookstores near you! ago
Chapter 94: If you’re not disappointing them, it’s because you’re dead. ago
Chapter 95: Every now and then I like to do what I’m told, just to confuse people. ago
Chapter 96: My situation doesn’t define who I am. I define who I am. ago
Chapter 97: Not being at your own party is good manners. ago
Chapter 98: You can wrestle a puppy but don’t mess with big momma. ago
Chapter 99: Minimum wage? My job paid me in experience. ago
Chapter 100: I'm gonna make you an offer you can refuse. ago
Chapter 101: Don't think about the invisible pink elephant in the room. ago
Chapter 102: Even Marked ones like junk food and books. ago
Chapter 103: There's never a good time to be on fire. But I am. ago
Chapter 104: You've finished your work? Here's more work as a reward! ago
Chapter 105: With earth every fight is a dirty fight. ago
Chapter 106: I know the human being and Marked ones can co-exist peacefully. ago
Chapter 107: I don't know what's tighter, our uniforms or our friendship. ago
Chapter 108: Time is a great teacher, unfortunately so is hard work. ago
Chapter 109: Everything happens for a reason. Remember that when I punch your face. ago
Chapter 110: I didn’t hit you, I high fived your face. ago
Chapter 111: Vanilla is the best ice cream flavour. That’s not a joke. I genuinely believe it. ago
Chapter 112: This party is cray-zy. ago
Chapter 113: There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable. ago
Chapter 114: Not to brag, but I can forget what I'm doing while I'm doing it. ago
Chapter 115: A mother’s love is unconditional. Her temper is another story. ago
Chapter 116: Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. ago
Chapter 117: Treasure chest or mimic? I’d better stick my head inside to check. ago
Chapter 118: For some people healing is a choice, but its not an easy one. ago
Chapter 119: You can’t reach for anything new if you’re holding yesterday’s junk. ago
Chapter 120: If at first you don’t succeed, then monster hunting is definitely not for you. ago
Chapter 121: Do not speak to me of board games. I was there when their rules were written. ago
Chapter 122: Don’t be a suck up or else you might create a vortex that destroys your house. ago
Chapter 123: Pushing can get you almost anywhere, except through a door marked 'pull'. ago
Chapter 124: I try to be good, but I take after my uncle. ago
Chapter 125: My cooking is so fabulous, even the smoke alarm cheers me on. ago
Chapter 126: Helpful Life Tip: When fighting fire use water, not your fists. Or your face. ago
Chapter 127: Can class class classes class classed classes that class class classed? ago
Chapter 128: Never do anything by halves. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. ago
Chapter 129: Who is wiser: the wise man or the man that asks him for help? The answer: the wise man. ago
Chapter 130: Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. ago
Chapter 131: Excitement (N.): Finding another layer of chocolates in the box. ago
Chapter 132: Remember when I said I wanted to be overpowered? Let's go back to those days. ago
Chapter 133: Tactics are like a brick, you can build a strategy with them or sink a dead body in a l ago
Chapter 134: So, you’ve chosen death. ago
Chapter 135: Nobles are fascinating creatures best watched with a hunting rifle in your hand. ago
Chapter 136: What's the earth equivalent of setting someone on fire? Asking for a friend. ago
Chapter 137: I will pick you up if you fall. After I finish laughing. ago
Chapter 138: Magic fights are just as fun as they look on screen. ago
Chapter 139: Call me sensitive, but I take being attacked personally. ago
Chapter 140: I don't like salt. Its coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere. ago
Chapter 141: I rose to the heavens and gazed down on the world. Wait... I have vertigo. ago
Chapter 142: You're supposed to tell me if I'm rich. That's the rule. ago
Chapter 143: First rule of business: Stay out of mine. ago
Chapter 144: There are worse things than death. Have you ever spent an evening on a roller coaster? ago
Chapter 145: By my first birthday I was a doctor and a god. I can claim anything, but it isn't true! ago
Chapter 146: Ice-cream makes great moisturizer. It’s a scientifically proven fact, trust me. ago
Chapter 147: A genuinely serious discussion. ago
Chapter 148: Pro tip: Always give a warning note before you set a hotel on fire. It’s good manners. ago
Chapter 149: My Wi-Fi and I have a connection like nobody else. If it dies, I die. ago
Chapter 150: A book is a gift you can open again and again. ago
Chapter 151: The easiest way to shop with kids is not to. ago
Chapter 152: Cry havoc! And let slip the hogs of war! ago
Chapter 153: Behind every successful negotiation is a substantial amount of stupidity. ago
Chapter 154: Dead men wish browser histories told no tales. ago
Chapter 155: Fool me once shame on me. Fool me twice and you'll end up in the hospital. ago
Chapter 156: Sometimes stabbing the elderly is the only solution we have. ago
Chapter 157: Art is in the eye of the beholder, but I’m blind as a bat. ago
Chapter 158: It’s nice to take a step back and admire the view. No jokes. Just nature and friends. ago
Chapter 159: Did you guys ever notice that Hogwarts was a bad school to go to? ago
Chapter 160: Is that a knife at my throat or are you just happy to see me? ago
Chapter 161: Let's beat up some kids for money. ago
Chapter 162: Man so gorgeous he wears a mask and sets his hair on fire to hide it. ago
Chapter 163: Inside this chapter is a workout for a balanced brain. ago
Chapter 164: Masks aren't needed if nobody knows who you are! ago
Chapter 165: Are magicians nerds? They love education and nobody bothers them about it. ago
Chapter 166: Give a man a fish and he'll fish for a day. Set him on fire... Results may vary ago
Chapter 167: Today I met a girl. Our connection was electrifying. ago
Chapter 168: For a person that isn't a stalker you sure know the tricks of the trade. ago
Chapter 169: I met a girl today. Our connection was electrifying. ago
Chapter 170: ago
Chapter 171: If I could hold time in a bottle, I'd probably trip and break it. ago
Chapter 172: Always accept a bet with a million to one odds. ago
Chapter 173: Government administration and kicking butt. What a combo! ago
Chapter 174: Do you randomly remember an embarrassing memory and punch the air to get rid of it? ago
Chapter 175: I'm a perfectly normal dead adult baby and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. ago
Chapter 176: My treasure? It's yours if you want it. Find it! I left it all in- Wait, wrong book! ago
Chapter 177: Even in another world I can't avoid airport security. ago
Chapter 178: PSA: If a dungeon approaches you without a collar pat its head three times and clap. ago
Chapter 179: You have a heart of stone? How much is it worth? ago
Chapter 180: I fought a puddle once. The puddle won. ago
Chapter 181: I knew something was fishy from the moment the tree spewed fire at me. ago
Chapter 182: You have a magical tree? I've heard that line before buddy. ago
Amazon Announcement: No arms? No legs?? No problems! ago
Chapter 183: We're going to steal a tree. It only sounds dumb on paper! ago
Chapter 184: Does anyone else think its weird that I can't see wind? No? ago
Chapter 185: I know I say this all the time, but this time I really am going to punch that tree. ago
Chapter 186: I blew up a tree. ago
Chapter 187: All the pain was worth it. I'm now one tree branch richer! ago
Chapter 188: A million hands has to be better than one, right? ago
Chapter 189: I've been tricked, backstabbed, and quite possibly bamboozled! ago
Chapter 190: A sanctuary? That must be the safest place in the world! ago
Chapter 191: All family reunions can be improved with violence. ago
Chapter 192: Symbols are friendly fun for the whole family. ago
Announcement/Chapter 193: Trouble always drops in when you least expect it. ago

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JasonFantastico
Overall

The protagonist is an Isekai'd adult placed into the body of an infant of about 5 months old. As the story progresses, he eventually gets to be about 2 years old. 

The problem, as with almost all baby MC stories, is that everyone treats this baby like he's an adult. The author treats him like he's an adult. The baby speaks in complete sentences, recieves training, goes to work, etc and people just act like it's normal. Powerful people have long conversations with a baby, and no one seems to think it's odd. The baby fights in tournaments, makes political moves, etc. 

I just find it impossible to take seriously past a certain point. A baby, no matter how talented, cannot do all this stuff. The idea that he's 'undercover' and trying to stay below the radar so no one will know he's special while going to work and learning magic, is ludicrous. At certain points in the narrative the baby says things like 'they found out I'm special in spite of all the precautions I took' or 'my parents have been keeping secrets from me' and it is just totally ridiculous. Like yeah, you're 1 year old, no kidding your parents are keeping secrets from you and no kidding people figured out the baby that goes to work every day is special. It's just a joke.

If you changed the MC from 1 to 16, this book would be a million times better. If baby MC's don't bother you then this is well worth a look, but it's just not going to work for me. 

Contradiction
Overall

A reincarnation story into a world with a heavy litrpg influence. Heavy as in it has shaped society and its customs, not heavy as in people stat checking each other screaming my power levels over 9000. But who knows, maybe that's in store for the future XD.

There's a surprising amount of intrigue surrounding the litrpg aspect. Which is surprising for a genre that's been beating a dead horse for years. It's become pretty apparent that all that glitters isn't gold, and that having a blue screen with lots of stat lvl ups isn't necessarily a good thing.

The grammar is fine, it doesn't detract from the reading.

The entire story has been told from the viewpoint of a baby m.c. He's only 5 months old, which leads to some bizarre scenarios like helping his father study at work. This was a major turn off for me because a baby character doesn't have agency in the world. He has to be carried everywhere, he needs someone to change his diaper daily, burp him after meals, etc. So the author gave him a bit of agency with a special skill, and it was kind of believable. What wasn't believable was everybody's reaction to it. Nobody batted an eye at him, started treating him like an adult. And my question is why? Why not age your character to a point where they have agency and can be treated like an individual. What functional purpose does having a 5 month old m.c. serve? It might be important, but as of chapter 29 it just seems like a silly choice. Which leads to the final topic; pacing.

The pacing is really slow. Really, really, really slow. Which inherently isn't bad. It's a webnovel, it's to be expected. But it can be frustrating when you're given a soft end date of 25 years (refer to the synopsis) and 30 chapters only equal 5 months. We're only 1/60th of the way through at this pacing. And I don't know if I'm strong enough to slog through child years to get to the good stuff.

If a baby m.c. isn't a deal breaker for you, read this. It is intriguing and can be a bit of a page turner. But if you can't stand reading thousands of words from baby m.c., maybe give this story a pass.

GreedisgoodX
Overall

Starts great, interesting world... Then it turns into a slice of life with a pacing that is to slow for me.

3 chapters for him picking a class... when it pretty much a quick choice.

Dialogue is ok at times but the characters are meh

Dropped because of lack of pacing, interesting characters and no real plot to make me hooked.

 

Maybe the author can come back and rewrite some parts

Halfcrzy
Overall

 

**Update

Its all just a slice of life at this point. Anytime we are close to having a serious talk, it gets defused with some stupid childish talk. Nothing of importance has happened for awhile. Kind of feel like this is average now, but slice of life is not for me. Dropping.

**

 

 

I like the idea, I dig the magic system..

I cringe at knowing he is some grown up super baby. The way the MC seems to have no care in the world either bugs me too. 

Feels like it should be a semi fast paced action/rpg/magic story, but since he came to the school its slice of life. Distracted too frequent, too much time spent on these games like tag, and dodgeball and just small talk with amanda.

I am subbed on patreon to see if it gets better. And i can summarize EVERYTHING important in 3 small sentences from 11advanced chapters... it is just so unfocused.

Doctorfullerton
Overall

The story begins  quite well with a focus on our character and the explorations of a world shaped by the system, yet as it goes on the focus shifts more to his interpersonal relationships. while not inherently bad it does bring into focus more negative aspects of the story.

Silver constantly assumeing the worst or the best of people based soley on what provides the most angst, accusing the bird of actively betraying him despite the protection runes it seems to have deticated itself too, beleveing his mother must be vile for the murder of another, all while praiseing William who was only stoped by the MC. and many minor monents where it becoms clear that there are no clean ideas on his moral character.

 

with almost every chapter ending with a pointless cliffhanger the pace stumbles at every opportunity. may well be worth a read if you can look past thse flaws, I do see a fair degree of unrealized potental and I hope the author can find it.

 

WoolenBlanket
Overall

Mark of the Crijik starts strong and builds towards an expansive world with a complex sociopolitical climate, potentially strong characters and an overarching conspiracy of the godly nature but ruins it all down the line due to bad pacing, one dimensional character writing, and general passivity of the protagonist — though some may argue that it is a deliberate character trait.

The story's pacing feels forced with minor cliffhangers at the end of every chapter to make you look forward for the next chapter. You pick up on it soon enough.

The character development is inorganic and repetitive. I liked them at the beginning when characters were new to the plot but I find it irritating after 50 chapters and very little character growth. The character interactions are really inorganic.

The fiction had a mysterious feel to it in the beginning but the author never went anywhere with it because the protagonist is passive. He is not unintelligent mind you, he merely delays active action till the last possible moment to artificially raise the stakes so the story remains engaging. As soon as you pick up on it, you will notice it everytime the protagonist doesn't act up on a potentially important lead only for it to come back and bite him in the ass.

On an unrelated note, I become a little angry everytime I think of something to comment only to remember that I have been blocked from commenting. Why am I blocked from commenting? Because I became really angry after reading one particularly controversial chapter which is the culmination of all the problems I have with this fiction. I will not ask the author to unblock me as I still feel that my anger was entirely justified. A lot of people had similar reactions.

Nimrod Sherer
Overall

I've read up to chapter 65, and I must say I'm not impressed.

There is no plot, the characters' vibe is too similar without too much depth, the skills aren't what you'd consider interesting or awesome, magic is about believing in the heart of the cards *cough*.

Talking babies gets "explained", not very convincing, but I don't really care tbh about the reasoning behind it.

I'd give it a 5/10 for it being exactly average in every regard (0+10)/2.

EsZeus
Overall

Basically: it started really nice and had a lot of potential. Around the latest chapters, 100, the MC got more dumb the more I read, and even obvious situations and hints were ignored.

I can't continue reading, because it feels like regression and more like a dumb MC with a huge part slice of life.

Magic is only here for the part-time job, so to say.

Warix Viviana
Overall

The mystery in the book sucks. That's fine, I was never here for those slight side quests. I don't care about his family situation and it's hardly even a big deal until around chapter 65+. His dad is outright awesome while his mom is normal.

That said, when family does become the main arc, it royally suck. Dragged out, ridiculously hammed up (oh no! How do I feel about this thing normal people would shrug at! Angst angst angst), and the worst sin: Mostly boring. 

It's just not satisfying or interesting. Now, the rest of the book is great, school arc, fighting, learning, progression, friend making, etc. Bit slow though.

 

But someone must warn others to not care about the mystery stuff with his family and to warn you that the book gets really stupid for a while starting at chapter 72. Push through it, it'll end eventually but I'll admit, I can't even bring myself to really read chapter 73 fully. 

The-Anti-Akuma
Overall

The story just feels childish, I read up to chapter 62 a month ago and just felt the need to take a break... Oddly enough the years where he was a baby didn't feel too childish to me... Maybe a bit tiring to read about baby adventures but oh well.

But not too long after he started school, I started getting tired of the story, and that sped up tremendously as soon as the friend's brother 'awakened his bloodline'.

The focus on that just kinda killed my desire to read this at all.

 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that he comes across as was too naïve. The plot helped kill my enthusiasm for this story, but the naïveté of the MC is what planted the seed, Kid acts like an adult and then when something happens he's like but i'm just a baby.

my intro into this story is that he's got to figure out how to survive before he hits 25 or it's all over

Instead I'm reading about creepy acting adult babies

Infants in the bodies of teens

Going to magic school (I typically skip over School stories all together)

and a mystery that the MC has decided that isn't any of his business, but seems to stick his head into anyways (or will likely get dragged into it)

 

Also with the magic system just rubs me the wrong way, but I ignored that because I mean, it's a choice. It didn't really have any baring on me stopping or pausing this story. I could understand it if this was like druidic magic, or one style of magic, but the whole idea that magic is a friend and companion just throws me off.