King of Fools : Silver Tongue

King of Fools : Silver Tongue

by NoDragons

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A certain trickster spirit was fond of saying, 'me and my big fat mouth'. That could be Jasper Stone's motto. There's never been a situation in his life he didn't make worse by opening his mouth, because when he does, ridiculous amounts of trash-talk and overconfidence just spills out. He's never managed to do anything with his wits -- but when the God of Fools tosses him into another world for amusement's sake, he'll need to put them to use. Because there are bandits, dragons, and cultists out there -- none of whom appreciate Jasper's particular gift for insults.

--Cover by the inimitable Vitaly S Alexius.

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DarklyDozing
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King of Fools starts out with a simple premise: what if the person who got sent to another world was precisely the worst kind of human being to go? Jasper is crude, lazy, and skilless, and thinks of adventure the way that most people think of open heart surgery. But still, the God of Fools loudly declares that he's going and Jasper apparently doesn't get much of a say in the matter. That, on its own, combined with NoDragon's usual excellent writing, is enough to make it a great story. Jasper has ten times the personality of your usual protagonist, and the snappy dialogue and gorgeous descriptions keeps you going. But even so, the story is rapidly evolving and changing to be something new, something distinctly better.

The world has rapidly opened into a sprawling, multi-universal conflict between not only the gods themselves but the very physics the worlds hinge themselves on. Jasper is tangled up in a half-dozen different destinies. The systems at play are fun and complex, with lots of possibilities for future exploration and conflict. And throughout it all, Jasper is still his loudmouthed, put-upon self who scrambles for survival in every shitty situation he puts himself in. Its a load of fun, and you really feel the adventure in every step.

Of course, the absolute shining gem of the story is the characters. Lots of care and thought has been put into every one of them, and while many of them play the classic roles of rival, mentor, companion, etc., none of them feel like their status begins and ends at that point. The first mentor is a cagey and suspicious fellow who only opens up to Jasper once the fool actually shows worth and loyalty. The rival is a prissy snob, but one who forces himself to admit the value of his opponent in a way that reflects him to be something other than a hate-smear for you to smear your hate on.

 

Overall, I have loved every chapter, and I can't wait for NoDragons to write more. This story is going places, and they're all good.

MelasD
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Overall, I think this story is a solid five out of five.

The story follows the greatest fool on Earth, Jasper Stone, a good-for-nothing with a quick tongue and a hard head. Like, he quite literally has a hard head, otherwise he'd have gotten multiple concussions from all the time he got beat up for running his mouth. The thickness of his skull aside, Jasper is-- unwillingly-- tossed into a fantasy world by the God of Fools and has to survive through his... well, wits alone since that's all he has.

It is a perfect blend of comedy, isekai, and litrpg. A bit satirical in tone, but not overtly-so. Personally, I wouldn't consider it to be a full-blown parody, but that is entirely subjective as I wouldn't consider many popular "parody" media out there as true parodies. 

The story is still burgeoning, but it is quite good so far. I am very much interested in learning what happens next so that's another five out of five for me.

The style, as expected of NoDragons, doesn't disappoint. Pristine prose interlaced into the narrative that doesn't come across as purple prose in the slightest. I love it. I'd even give it a six out of five if I could.

Grammar is good. Didn't notice any errors. 

Character is hilarious. I love Jasper. His quips don't even come across as forced. 

All in all, I highly recommend!

AqueousSolution
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After waiting for the chapters to build up, I devoured 16 chapters yesterday. I'm mainly going to note my experiances from reading this, though I would like to preface that by saying that the story is amazing.

- While there are still plenty of insults and retorts from the protagonist, the sheer violence and random hostility of the new world he finds himself in has cowed his snappy tendancies, if only slightly. Meanwhile, his ability takes advantage of his proclivity to verbally lash out by creating a knife in his hand whenever he insults someone or something, bringing real meaning to the term 'cutting words', and making every fight scene so much funnier.

- The system used is very unique, especially in the way it crams two opposing systems from different deities together within the main character. There's plenty of glitches and quirks resulting from this, but it makes sense, while providing a reasonable explanation why the protagonist is able to become strong in such a comparably fast time

- The prose is a treat, with exposition and descriptions being wonderful experiances in and of themselves. The actual writing is obviously skilled, flows well, and manages tone admirably, despite the various changes in action and scenery. I haven't noticed any technical errors or formatting issues. 

- The story does have a direction, although it's mainly because of the group the main character is traveling with had a destination already, and he joined them, so he's along for the ride for the foreseeable future. In terms of what the story is focused on, it's showcasing physical and magical growth, which is what a LitRPG does best. However, everything is explained well, and no power growth feels undeserved. Overall, it's got everything needed to be a great story, and doesn't let that potential go to waste. 

I think that's about it, although I would like to thank the author for the amount of effort and description put in toward making so many unique and memorable characters, with complexities and personalities. I really like the cast, and the dialogue that flows naturally from such dynamic people being near each other.

Have a nice day, and I hope you read this book!

Finyun
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I've read a few litrpgs on RR but this has to be the one that has me hooked the soonest. Loving the humor and the story so far as well as the many refrences. All very well written and I havent seen any mistakes with any of the chapters grammar wise. Honestly loving it and cant wait for more! Keep up the good work Author!!

Satzi
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So far very solid, if it continues it'll be a fav

Reviewed at: Chapter 7: The Adventurers

I'm not exactly the best with words but the author of this novel is damn well close enough.

 

Not only is the meat of the pie, the insults, just amazing but the crust is great aswell. The fight scenes are just descriptive enough to tell you that yes, Sir Ass-kicker the 12th of the house of kickers is good at fighting but it also leaves enough for your imagination to interpret just how good he is at fighting. 

The dialauge is also a real strong suit of the story with character interactions being smooth and buttery, not at all feeling as though the author used a mark Zuckerberg interview as the template.

All in all in total I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10 only because I'm not 100% sure if it'll keep the current flow and fluidity in future chapters, but if it does an easy 10/10

Gotta put in words so

It's peanut butter jelly time,

Peanut butter jelly time, peanut butter jelly time

Where he at

Where he at

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Where he at

There he go

There he go

There he go

There he go

Peanut butter jelly

Peanut butter jelly

Peanut butter jelly

Peanut butter jelly

Do the peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat

Do the peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly, peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat

Now, where he at

Where he at

Where he at

Where he at

Now, there he go

There he go

There he go

There he go

Peanut butter jelly

Peanut butter jelly

Peanut butter jelly

Peanut butter jelly

SJ Reaver
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Not many LitRPGs that focus on wargame mechanics. Jasper is such a loser in life that a trickster god-of-fools dumps him into a new world in which people fight across hex-based biomes.

The story strikes a balance between having a complex world with several magic systems and unusual ways of ‘leveling’ and while keeping the pace brisk. While the foolish protagonist, his thoughts, and his insult-based powers deliver the funny, the characters and setting are always handled in a serious manner. It’s funny without being fluffy.

Right now, Jasper is exploring the world and we’re getting to know his companions. There isn’t a sense of purpose driving him. It will be interesting to see where his loyalties end up given his infiltration powers means he is able to fit with people on any side of a war.

 

It feels as though Jasper might develop a love interest with someone who is an ‘enemy.’ That’s always an interesting balancing act and good for drama.

 

Grammar is solid and prose is good. Descriptions tend to be less flowery than previous works by this author, which keeps with the very grounded perspective of the MC.

 

If this one continues to update, I can easily see it becoming a top ten on RR.

 

Slifer274
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Been a few since I read a litRPG that grabbed me this quickly. The story has a solid concept and good meat on its bones along with excellent execution. This is sure to go far.

Style5/5 The overall quality of writing is very enjoyable to read. Author has the flow of the writing down very well, and it reads like an actual story rather than possessing the translated-LN feel that a lot of fics on this site have. Very smooth reading. I'm no professional, but I honestly think the author could publish this

Story: 5/5 Early days yet, but it's a hell of an interesting premise. A bored god tosses a toxic trash talker into a fantasy world where the war has already been fought and lost and then the guy gains the power to kill things with said trash talk, which is just a really fun and entertaining concept. Lots of interesting potential from this story even from the first 6 chapters. Does a great job at hooking you. Infodumps are handled tastefully.

Grammar: 5/5 No noticeable issues.

Character: 5/5 Jasper is a really fun character to follow. He talks his shit without being an unlikable piece of shit, and he feels really genuine, especially for an isekai protagonist. Character interactions are believable and feel like real conversations, even when giving exposition.

Allanther
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I'm enjoying this story so far.  A good new addition to nodragons portfolio.  This one has a pretty interesting main character and a nicely done game world.

 

I'm hoping that it keeps going, as I'm enjoying it.  

The descriptions action, dialogue, and other stuff is well done.  Minor typos on new chapters, but author fixes them.  

Definitely bingeable.

RARE_METAL
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It is truly amazing what NoDragons can do to make a book engaging.

I love the way thing are described, it gives a sense of fluid action, makes one visualise what it is said and makes the world easier to understand.

The insults are pretty funny, the characters are alive and the world seems intresting, the exposition is done extremily well and is engaging, while not oversteping its bounds.

Read it, thats all i have to say.

Ullyr
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Vibrant and Vivacious Volume with a Vulgar Vagrant

Reviewed at: Chapter 14: Stay Frosty

Giving this a five overall as it has been one of the most joyous novels I've read to date. Currently only on chapter 13, and will update this review as the novel's first volume comes to an end. There are a few humorous novels out there, but there aren't enough, and I hope that this one joins the list.

Style- Full of it. The MC and his quirky taunts are phenomenal and bring humor and an air of uniqueness to this issekai tome. The world and system in this litRPG are intriguing and well thought out. I personally enjoy a system that doesn't involve numbers being plastered all over the page.

Grammar- The grammar is amazing. There aren't many mistakes, but the author has a strong vocabulary and does well with incorporating it without making the work hard to read.

Story- The story is intriguing. Awesome background, multiple Gods that I'm ready to learn about, and an interesting setup. My only dislike is the pacing. The story moves very fast, and a lot has taken place in just 13 chapters. Only gonna take a star off here because I feel this is more of a personal preference of mine.

Character- Absolutely love the MC. His quick comebacks and the author's vocabulary make an awesome combination for the insults that he throws out. He's witty, mouthy, and fun. It's still early in the story, but I would like to feel some more emotion from the side characters. This goes along with the quick pacing, it's hard to become attached to anyone, but this may change in the future.

Overall love the work, and I am enjoying my daily reads and witty banter in this novel!