Soul of the Warrior

Soul of the Warrior

by Kyfe

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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Jackeval
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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.

UnOriginal
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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.

TheAbyssStaresBack
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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.

 

Errant-Knight
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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.

Shadowkitty
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Straightforward, Engaging, and strikingly familiar

Reviewed at: Chapter 20 - Aide and Attendance

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.

Theevilfish
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The LCP Underground has expanded to a new world, proving it's omnipotence. Was it there before the story was ever written? Is it just hidden in all the rest of the stories I've ever read?

The story is well wrtten, and kept realistic with what I assume are personal experiences from the author. The military life is vivd and is without a doubt as accurate as you will possibly get in a fantasy medium.

Arensor
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Lacking character, but full of substance

Reviewed at: Chapter 14 - Promising Prospects

This story in a lot of ways is greatly enjoyable. The author of course has his own plan for the story but I will say the focus on mana skills in the beginning into being ignored is a bit odd. Some of the interactions early on need to be revised as the story feels like context and dialogue is sometimes ignored in order to progress the story. Otherwise, the characters introduced in chapters 10-14 feel much more realistic and solid. The litrpg borrowed from kosnik and others feels thought out and good for the most part. I would argue that some of the skills don't feel like they fit their "rarity" in terms of difficulty of access and effectiveness. Some of the skills effectiveness might be shown later on but currently the higher tier skills don't seem much better than lower tier skills.. I am greatly looking forward to how the story progresses and the author's personal experience shines through in the chapters 10-14. For anyone worried about descriptive violence the author does a good job of putting warnings in the beginnings of chapters with it. Overall the story is one of the best litrpgs on this website in the last year.

xicsess
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Medium burn, with plenty of mystery left

Reviewed at: Chapter 26 - Table Manors

25 chapters in which is about the full length of the series at review.  My preference is for MC's that are stronger than average or most at their level/proficiency, this fits that so far.

I like it, it feels a little slow in the first couple chapters and there's quite a bit of slice of life in the beginning. But the story smells like adventure is around the corner.  The character wants to get out there and do something, and he's got some advantages. 

Once the main character (MC) gets into some martial bits, the story speeds up quite a bit.  The combat is fun, the dialogue sometimes doesn't feel quite natural with the faily and other children. 

It's a good story, and I'm having a lot of fun - it's not something I would normally rate 5 stars but the royal road reviews seem skilted to 3 stars is mostly terrible and 5 stars is good to amazing. I'd probably still give it 4 stars if I was being completely honest with the rating system with 5 being perfect, 3 avg, and 1 terrible.

BlackGreen
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Reviewed as at chapter 8.

The first chapter is a little clunky but after that it really picks up to become a great start. 

The whole reincarnated as a child thing is a pretty common trope on the site but this story handles it particularly well.

Pacing is excellent with enough time skips to prevent the reader wallowing in uncomfortable infancy with time still allowed for meaningful character growth. 

The litrpg elements are done well with meaningful feeling stats without recourse to painful maths. And there is enough stats to satisfy that blue box itch without taking over the whole story. 

The MC is a little OP but not so much as to break the story by removing any peril.

Only criticism is that the aging difference could be better explained. 

It reads as if the MC is levied into the army at 10 but due to the longer years they're actually more like 14/15 which fits much better with classical armies (and had further explanation within the world due to effect on tiers).

 

Characterisation is well done throughout and the characters all feel distinct with meaningful and realistic motivations. 

The fact the MC chooses to tell his parents about his higher than normal skill growth is also refreshing. It allows for more believable interactions compared to some of the similar stories on this site.

 

In general a great start to an interesting novel.

Ashwood82
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I gave this a shot going in with no expectations. Started out a little slow but I am really glad I kept reading. The wholesome family was an especially nice change of pace from most stories.

does an amazing job of capturing espirit de corps of a group that fights and trusts each other with their lives. 

No harem 10/10