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.
Winner of the April Writathon Challenge.
Release Schedule is Mon, Wed, Fri on Royal Road.
Cover Art by: Jay Graphixx ([email protected]). His work can be found on deviantart.com under JayGraphixx.
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I cant really find any major problem with the writting itself but its tedious and boring to read, everything seems planned out but the delivery come out as an info dump and the system seems well crafted but come out as an overly complicated and wall of text, couldnt find it in me to keep reading even if its evident that the author put a lot of effort in crafting the story
The short of it: It's a lit rpg reincarnation , it doesn't bring anything new to the table but neither makes any serious blunders, the one serious problem is the style, the author is clearly non native speaker and while made significant and noticeable efforts to write well a lot of his sentences, setence structure and word usage are kinda weird and wonky, it isn't bad enough to significantly detract from the story though.
The long of it:
It's a lit rpg/isekai/cultivation story which is the fad these days and it has all the hallmarks, the tiered classes, the skills, the advantage of early development, the different level areas with varying "mana density", the mc is as usual somewhat of a special snowflake but as of the current chapter it isn't enough to invalidate his struggles and achievements so it's okay.
As is written in the description the mc is a mix between child and adult with his previous life memories solid enough to affect him but not enough to take the child out of him and all it entails.
The plot is the typical accumulation of skills, getting to know people, leveling up, moving between locations and etc that you will see in any of these stories but engaging enough to keep reading.
The characters aren't very developed but get a 5/5 currently because the sotry doesn't focus much on character interaction so at these early stages of the story there isn't enough to seriously judge the characters, what there is is pretty decent and shows promise for furhter development.
The grammar is very respepctable, it's clear the author has put in the effort to learn English and correct any mistakes he finds, grammatical errors are rare enough to be irrelevant.
The style is where the main downside of the story lies currently, while it flows well enough to be read (in my opinion a rarety already on the site) the author is clearly non native English speaker and there are a lot of repetetition of the same words, awkward sentence structure or word combination choices and etc.
I love this novel for now, character development is great. "Isekai" reborn does almost nothing so the mc is not too op. Side characters feel like normal people instead of to-be-villains which are only concerned about harming mc in order for him to grow in power.
Only minus which i saw is that 27 chapters felt like about 6-12months for mc because he got new friends, a lot of new skills and even helped in build a road and clearing first floor of dungeon so i was surprised when autor written that it was only 1 month.
A well written story with a few downsides. Chapter 3 is a bit of a disaster, but the author is already planning on editting it.
It has a large military lean to it. Its difficult to describe what exactly stands out, but you can usually tell when a story is written by someone with military experience.
It kept me engaged to read through what's available at the moment, but I don't feel as invested as I would with a "great" story.
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.
I mean... checks all the SI boxes I guess? Syntax is decent, story could be worse. Stylistically dry asf and very forced. Unnatural and hard to enjoy. Will give you your LitRPG hit though yeah sure. Perfectly generic, mid as can be. Don't bother unless this is an addiction for you too :/
Done with the story. I can't anymore. The first arc until the academy was a scam to the reader, losing all tension and struggle at the end. The academy arc is full of cliches. Another main problem: the MC is cramed of OP skills, lineage, entourage or the convenience and flaws of the worldbuilding in general. It started as a clon of Magic-blacksmith by kosnik and It has degenerated to a pretentious Harry Potter. I Will not lower less than 3.5 cas there are good things as the features of some of the cast, some scenes, some aspects of the magic, etc. If u want a novel for all the: "All the girls say "Oooh" All the boys say "Ahh" (What i like - Confidence man), that may be It. If u want something morè... Forget It.
Story is great so far as of chapter 10. The progression is more reasonable than most isekai, and it is obvious that the author put in a bit more thought into the age progression/ power scaling. If you are looking for something unique or shockingly good, this is probably not it. If you are looking for something to pass the time, this will do fine.
The writing/story is about the same with Selkie's dragon moon eye, and the Magic Smith.
Soul of a warrior is an ok LitRPG. It does well to set up the story and world but I mind myself skimming through it, especially in the more recent chapters. For me, some of this comes from the dumping of stat screens very early on with little other information. Half of chapter 1 becomes 'look at this stat screen' and look at all of these skills I gain within one minute because the MC exists. It just feels like too much. But that might just be more of a me problem as a reader but some of the litRPG's on this site just make me want to scroll on to other things within the story.
Now on to a more proper review of the elements without me ranting. Grammar is five out of five. I didn't notice anything and if i did i have since forgotten it and because of the writathon crunch, I don't mind as much. Syle for me has some things to be desired and I wished the RPG elements of the story were structured better.
Character and the story elements are ok and are better said in other reviews. Do I recommend this story? Maybe. Give it a shot if your goal is to check out every LitRPG on this site otherwise there might be better stories for you to check out that were released last month (April).
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.