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.
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Cover Art by: Jay Graphixx ([email protected]). His work can be found on deviantart.com under JayGraphixx.
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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.
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).
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.
When you ignore almost every piece of dialogue in this story, it's quite an entertaining read. The author is skilled in describing scenes and the system seems well made.
Unfortunately, it's still pretty much unreadable because the author doesn't know how to write dialogue either in conversation or thoughts. It's mainly info dumps, with no regard for the personalities or capabilities of the characters involved or the situation that they're in. The parents literally give an in depth lecture about the System and different parts to live with the System right after the MC has unlocked the first level of the language that they're speaking.
I don't know if it'll get better in later chapters because with the way that the dialogue is written, there's no way for me to be able to reach that point in the story. I'd love to read this story if it's fixed, but until then I'll just have to wait.
Story has a nice pace of events and storyteling,
BUT the main character does not age up.
once he hits 10 yeras old he became an adult, behaves like an adult but does not age. thats my biggest peeve about this story,
it has a good narrative, good Grammar there are few times i am ever left wondering what am i reading about.
events are well paced and you understand what is happening.
it has potential to be great or just a good first 50 chapters.
at the 100 mark its getting boring and hormonal...
First, grammar. Solid grammar, I found no problems when reading and it didn't have any major problems which bugged me . There were some mistakes but nothing that breaks immersion and effects the reading experience.
Story, from the start, the author has shown that the protoganist is talented. So I expected a badass talented MC and I got what I expected. However, to make MC's life challenging and hard, most other novels try to introduce new levels talents and drag the MC through mud. They show MC is 1 in a million genius and they start introducing 100s of 1 in a billion talents to kick MC's ass. Not here.
Here, author makes situations where MC can't just overcome his problems by having talent. Sure, talent is helpful but it's for future and he has to work hard to realize his potential before that. Till then he is the underdog as he competes against older people.
Now, there are things which I don't understand, like he was said to be extremely ugly but later on described as handsome.. And similarly, his sisters were also described as ugly at birth and later said extremely cute, that inconsistency has never been cleared and it's uncertainty irritates me .
Another Edit : The author explained about the ugly part and understand that Reivyn isn't ugly at birth and same for his sisters.
The system here is pretty good. It's nothing special but it's well thought out and helps in making solid world building. Again it's has some parts I don't understand, for example, what's the rarity limit for each tier.
If there is a thing which I would suggest the author to take care of, it's inner thoughts. Most characters have too organized thought processes and I know it's so we, the readers, can understand what's going on but sometimes a little vagueness is good as people don't think in such organized manner and explain their thought process to themselves.
Characters are well written and clearly some thought has been put in each of them. I especially like how their lives don't revolve around MC, for example, his friend clearly put her family over MC who she has good relationship with but has just met a few months ago, as it should be.
Bad guys are not brainless and have the capability to apologize if it's suits their needs. Villains have brains, too. Side characters have brains , too. Which is usually lacking in many stories.
I would definitely recommend this to people who want a talented MC , action, adventure and slice of life.
Even if you don't like these genres, you should still give it a try.
Edit : After reading chapters 92-95 , I just feel my opinion of the story dropping. The way story was twisted up wasn't good. There were many many better ways to go about it.
I am sure there are people who might have liked it, if they felt the academy arc was boring and just wanted some excitement, but there has to be a proper progression.
You can't just drop some overpowered Villian who can mind control the protoganist or can manipulate fate. Even after the whole event, he ends up alone somewhere away from his family and other characters which were built up till now. This might as well be a new story with new characters. Then what's the use of the original characters?
In later chapters which I just read, I got to know that Reivyn was given some sort of poison to lower his inhibitions and the whole mind control isn't as absolute as shown.
I feel the reason that I and others had such a huge reaction was because this is a story which updates a chapter at a time so we don't know how it's going to proceed. If we read the entire arc in one go, the whole event is much more acceptable though still could've been much better.
I am going to wait for some more chapters to come out and read again but my interest in the novel has definitely waned somewhat.
I have removed half a star from overall score and a star from story due to recent chapters. I will edit it if I feel the novel has improved back significantly.
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
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.
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.