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.
If you've been on this site for longer than a few minutes, you've read a story very similar to this one. MC is born into a magical litrpg world, and uses adult brain/past experience to become OP.
You may think to yourself...why are there so many of these? No matter how many I've read, there always seems to be another one.
Well...you can blame this author for that. Cause no matter how many times I've read a story with an almost identical premise, there always seems to be another one that's better than the last. This is that latest amazing story.
Nothing particularly new compared to others in the same genre, at least not so far. But that's fine, because it's amazing as it is.
Main character is strong without being ridiculously OP, characters are empathetic and logical, and the system is well thought out. There are a few grammar mistakes in each chapter ('to' instead of 'too', etc.), but nothing major, and the chapters are being pumped out amazingly fast, so it's easily forgivable.
Only minor pet peeve (not really an issue, but just as feedback for the author...) is that the author makes the world use a different calendar with longer years than the one in our world. Which is fine...but I have trouble identifying anyone's ages. The MC is currently 10, but is early teens(?) in earth years. He meets someone who's a teenager...does that mean 16 in earth years or 16 in this world's years(~20)? I haven't done all the math, but I have a hard time really picturing everyone's respective ages because of this.
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
It is a semi isekai meaning the mc only has fleeting memories of his past life and they dont define the mc, they only help in shaping his personality.
The story needs some editing (ch3 and ch4 specifically), otherwise its very decent and you will love it if you are into litrpg.
There are no problems in grammar and the author is developing the characters slowly. The world is also being developed slowly, the author also has a military background so there will be inspirations drawn from it. (There is also a military arc in the start which is done very well).
My main concern was that author needs to chill on infodumping (especially happened in ch3,4) , but author has acknowledged it and is working on rewriting those chapters.
Other than that I love the story, the foreshadowing and have great hope for its future.
There was a 'young master' in the military who while testing mc's skills.(they check every recruit's) went too far when mc blocked his attacks at first and nearly killed the mc and got promptly punished for it, mc's squadmates also intervened in the fight when they noticed.
The young masters family also left him to his own after he got his military rank stripped and got himself humiliated.
Fuck the word limit, it is too long.
It should only be 100-120 words.
This is my new favorite story and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.
Things I like:
- I like how the MC and his family interacts with each other. In this genre, the MC often has a strained or traumatic family experience, but here the family is supportive and loving. It is refreshing to see a MC that has an optimistic view, and it is clear that the bedrock for that view comes from his family
and the snippets of his past life that we are shown.
- I love the descriptions of the military. It is clear that the author served in the military. His descriptions of military training, marching, chain of command, and the MC's observations of how orders are given, commander's intent, and interactions with military officers, are so realistic. I loved that the military units are described as competent, the commanders actually care about their troops, and the little details of the soldiers being assigned duties, from cleaning latrines to cooking, to patrol. These realistic descriptions and the favorable view make these chapter a joy to read. I like how this story doesn't fall into the tropes of the military being corrupt or nefarious. I like how th MC is part of a team instead being a lone adventurer or in a small party.
There are hints that he will go do the solo adventurer thing, but I kind of hope he stays in the military and rises through the ranks.
- The characters: The characters are flushed out individuals. It is clear that the author has really thought about what each character's motivations are. These are not just shells, but fully fleshed out individuals.
Things that could be improved: These couple of things are why I didn't give the full 5 stars, and for me they are not deal beakers, it is clear that the author was writing during the writathon and I think he'll fix these issues I further revisions.
- The first couple of chapters were a little wierd. The author uses grandiose language that doesn't really fit his style.
Once the MC is born and is interacting with the real world instead of the void, the simple straightforward style settles in and is very easy to read.
- Sometimes it seems the MC (and maybe the author) overlooks some simple things that are obvious. For example, when working as the Aide to the Knight Lieutenant, why doesn't the MC think about writing home to tell his parents how things are going? It seemed strange that for such a young boy he never really thinks about missing his parents or being concerned about them know that he's ok. This could be explained in a line or two, maybe there is no post that are carrying messages out of camp, maybe he can't afford it, maybe he has reasons he doesn't want to, but it seems strange that it doesn't cross his mind.
Overall, this is a solid story and an absolute joy to read. The plot is interesting, the characters are awesome, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
As a military man myself, there is a lot of this story that feels like I'M the one experiencing the flashbacks. Much of the verbage used, different phrases and terms, are distinctly military and feel right at home. I've always been a fan of these slightly niche stories written by fellow service members, because of this particular feel that they tend to carry.
Beyond this, I imagine even civilian readers will find the story engaging. The plot is very 'meat and potatoes', carrying itself forward with purpose and not spending much time dallying around. Blue boxes are a favourite around RR, as well, and for those who's brain makes the chemical when watching numbers get bigger; this story will meet that demand to some degree. It isn't insanely stat box heavy, but the author makes an effort to give readers access to the various tidbits of world information and sometimes goes as far as to add extra info in the after-chapter notes for things like stat comparisons or what other Class/Profession data might look like.
The main character is a little bit bland at times, but he's young and without the typical 'isekai' advantage of fully remembering his past. There's plenty of room for him to become a solid protagonist as he gains experience and moves forward, capitalizing on the various advantages he's been provided. The supporting characters feel appropriately so, a functioning ensemble of militant professionals doing what military professionals do-- Complaining, standing by to stand by, and getting **** done.
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.
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).
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