In a world where Classes, Stats, and Levels are the everyday norm, Reivyn has a secret.
He was unusually aware of his surroundings from an incredibly early age, and Skills and Stats were acquired easily. He was just the son of an ordinary village family, and nothing appeared out of the ordinary on the surface. But below the surface, dreams of another life help shape his mentality and growth. Why does he have some remembrance of a past life, and what is his purpose in this new one?
"Soul of the Warrior" is what I call a Semi-Isekai LitRPG. I say "semi," because Reivyn's past life is remembered like a dream, and very incomplete. It is still Isekai, though, as he remembers enough that it directly shapes his personality and his sense of self.
The System that governs the world of "Soul of the Warrior" is a combination of modified versions from Selkie's "Beneath the Dragoneye Moons" and Kosnik4's "Magic Smithing." I have changed enough of these Systems and combined them in a way that is unique that I'm mostly sure it's fine, but I still have requested permission to use these ideas. They have both graciously granted me permission.
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It's a pretty average LitRPG. The protaganist dreams of his past life as a soldier when in the womb and gets an advantage in leveling skills. Typical skill grinding story continues.
The system despite it's inspirations, isn't anything special as it doesn't seem to have any interesting limits. The first three chapters or so are only worth reading for the system information, so they could likely be skipped with out issue.
The story picks up when the protaganist gets out of toddlerhood and is able to be more proactive and interact with his peers. He's then conscipted by the army which removes any proactivity in order drive whatever plot the author is cooking up.
If your really into the LigRPG stories it's worth a try, but the author doesn't quite seem to get that increasing levels and skills doesn't make a good story by itself. The protaganist has two younger sisters who are presumably important, but readers know almost nothing about.
The world really needs to be fleshed out more, perferbly without an infodump. The main character needs some goals and motivation. Hopefully that causes some interesting tension to enjoy.
First, a disclaimer: I have never read the entirety of the story and had never caught up to the latest chapter due to one simple reason
How the heck the mother came up with the idea of infodumping an entire in-universe's laws on the system on a less than a year old child? It simply beggared disbelief that not only were they accepting the absurdity that a child has the mental capacity to understand all that. They didn't even react so strongly about the fact that a child has so many skills, not even entertaining the thought that the child must've counted wrong, or even understand the entire concept of counting in the first place. To anyone out there who actually had the experience of teaching a toddler, the mental gymnastics one has to do in order correlate a finger to a singular inclusive existence, and to do that over 10 times is simply impossible to a dozen month old child, even with the assistance of stats.
I feel like there could be more, the father's Rare class for example, and the mother's seemingly out of the blue savviness when it comes to the system and the weird segueing in getting random skills, but I haven't read the future chapters so I'm reserving judgement
I have read quite few stories here and this one is among cleanest written and engaging. Some may say that it is simple and linear, however this is exactly the reason why it is such a pleasure to read. Many try similar stories and fail. Let me tell you, if I read another story that every 2 pages describes what they are eating, taking showers, eating again or every second paragraph is one-liner I will scream. This one has none of that. No empty fillers etc. just story. The word building may have been a little more suble (few pages of descriptions how things work no matter how introduced is heavy). Let me put it this way. I would pay for the book in an instant. Just try, you will not be dissapointed.
English is my second language so please forgive any grammar errors.
I started this story because the few reviews were gushing about it and honestly didn't expect much from it. That said, the story rolls from a steady litrpg progression to a Romanesque military fantasy adventure so smoothly I didn't realize how wrapped up I was until the next button stopped working. The protagonist starts with clear advantages, however, the power climb is slow enough that improvement is still visible and noticeable, without the MC immediately stumbling into Unlimited Power. The system is well thought out, but the focus remains on personal development and skill growth instead of just Skill growth. In short, an easy recommendation for adventure fantasy.
Style: Smooth and steady. Scenes and action are clearly described without drowning in excessive words and there's a smooth cadence to how events flow from paragraph to paragraph. Easy reading.
Grammar: Almost perfect, with occasional errors. Levies is written as levis for a few chapters, but otherwise, there's only the rare misspelled word.
Story: Honestly, I've read so many isekai fantasies at this point that it feels like I should be tired of the genre. That said, this sort of story is why I always come back. The world is a neatly fleshed-out medieval era with a solid System and a (so far) well thought out civilization. Outside of cities and villages, monsters and intelligent beasts roam wild and are the purview of local armies to put down en route to whatever mission is assigned. Conflicts within humanity (or at least within the kingdom) put significant effort into ensuring minimal casualties, presumably because every soul is needed. The military writing is great, with an actual understanding of the command chain, rank interactions, and the boring mundanity that serves to highlight the moments of action. Given that the author seems to have an actual military background, I look forward to a story where the MC doesn't openly challenge the ranking brass and win everyone's respect because they're a main character. Overall, the fusion of progression, solid military writing, and expanding world make for an extremely satisfying blend that I look forward to seeing more of.
Characters: It took me a bit when writing this to consider whether the characters were problematic. They aren't, but I think it's worth noting that character moments are rarely highlighted. There's a sense of motion to everything and rather than spend time clearly spelling out who individuals are behind their description, they are revealed obliquely by actions that receive no more focus than any other moment. It's a victory of showing over telling and makes the characters feel a great deal more natural. Even the protagonist himself is broadly fleshed out through his actions, rather than sinking into internal monologues to clarify his position on everything that happens. That said, it's done so naturally that the mechanism by which characters are handled didn't even occur to me until sitting down and writing this.
Overall, barring any significant divergence from the current quality, I expect this story do incredibly well on Royal Road. It's a solid fantasy adventure with great action, realistic characters, and a clear respect for the world they're writing in.
I have been enjoying this book as the chapters come out and I'm impressed in every way. The book is a fairly standard good example of the litrpg genrebut what makes it stand out is it's method of giving the MC a slightly OP advantage over other characters. Having a past life provide some advantages is common but because the past life does not shape the maturity or personality of the MC to much, the character develops with the reader instead of a pre made personality.
TLDR. Great litrpg book; is special because semi-isekai gives the book an interesting unique twist
Dont usually write out reviews, just do a rating instead, but this is one of the best stories I've read on Royal Road. The characters are extremely realistic and deep and (except for the info dump on one certain chapter) the dialogue is even more so. Definitely worth giving a shot if you even slightly enjoy lit-rpg stories.
This is a fairly well written work, if perhaps a bit niche.
The basic premise of the story is a semi-reincarnation at birth into a LitRPG world with a system. The protagonist's early awareness and maturity means he's on track for being rather over-powered, though already we're shown that the scale of power in the world is rather tall (not quite xianxia levels).
The plot itself appears to be a military fantasy story, something which also emphasizes a number of themes that show up. There's a lot of training with various weapons, and eventually the protagonist ends up
conscripted into the military.
He spends a lot of internal monologue (actually, it might technically be narrative now that I think about it) observing how a military works in this world specifically and under this particular System.
The System is definitely on the crunchy end of things, for better or for worse.
The writing style is fairly straightforward and easy to read, with just that tinge of something common to a lot of military fiction. (...I actually can't be more specific than that. If you've read more than like 3 military fiction stories, you know what I mean).
The grammar is very good.
The characters are fairly well written. The protagonist and his parents are rather well formed personalities, as are a few of the military servicemen that he interacts with significantly. The younger twin sisters seem a little flat, and the "childhood friends" that the protagonist has aren't terrible well-formed either, given that they appear rather abruptly, have like 2-3 chapters of adventures, and then the protagonist ends up leaving town. (The caveat there is that he's with one of the friends, but it's a little fuzzy on that point because they're near each other for now, but it's clear that the literally and figurative distance between them is growing).
There is an info dump near the start that nearly made me quit, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Having just finished chapter 14, the author has managed to write one of the best large scale battle scenes I have read in years, and that alone is worth the 5 stars from me.
There is a lot of info dumping about the system. I mean, paragraph after paragraph where a character just monologues about the system. It seems like the author wanted readers to understand all of the system immediately. Anyone that knows children would understand that even if the main character is the most intelligent eight month old, he would not understand or sit still long enough for his mother's lecture.
Additionally, many sentences are repetitive or awkward. For example, here is a paragraph from chapter 4:
"Got you!" His father popped his head out on the other side of the armoire. He had lost focus on the game he was playing while he was thinking about what he had learned. He shrieked in delight while he reflexively jumped from being startled.
It is a progression fantasy where the main character gets stronger via LIFE EXPERIENCE gained through retained memories of a past life. This LIFE EXPERIENCE is repeatedly told to be the main block for people becoming strong in the world as to get better classes, you need to have done cool shit. Problem is doing cool shit usually gets you killed. MC already has this LIFE EXPERIENCE so he gets to snowball past all the usual roadblocks.
It's a pretty standard progression fantasy but it does it well. I don't have any major complaints about the style or grammar as they accomplish everything the author seems to be going for. There are some minor issues the author has with system messages but I didn't find them to be too distracting.
The only thing I could really detract from the style is that it's extremely heavy on the info dump in the beginning. MC has special family skill that makes him smarter than avg. Mother sees this and explains THE ENTIRE BASICS of the system all at once. Personally I don't mind too much as I've read so many of these things getting all the basics upfront is nice, but even then it's a little heavy handed. Thankfully this heavy handedness only lasts for the first three chapters or so.
The story and characters are the weakest point as everything is shoved to the wayside in order for the progression and system skills to show off. Numbers go up, and other characters pretty much only exist to: show off the system by using builds the MC won't get/being absurdly strong, allowing the MC to show off how great he is, or info dump characters.
Overall, a really enjoyable read to just turn your brain off to and watch the numbers go up. It's straightforward, knows what it wants to accomplish and does so. Can't really go wrong with that.