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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.