Dying for a Cure

Dying for a Cure

by StrongHorse

Just when Vince was on the crux of starting his life, he found out it was going to end. Cancer. Inoperable. Less than a year to live.

Then he's summoned to the magical world of Earris and thrown directly into battle. He quickly learns that everyone in this world has a Skill, even him. Though his appears not to be useful...

Once he gets his bearings, he sets his mind to two goals: curing his cancer, and getting home. But will anything in this world really be that easy?

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What to Expect: A young, immature MC who is selfish and self-centered and has been sheltered from the consequences of this behavior, exploring a world where the inhabitants see and treat him like the child he still is on the inside. This is a coming-of-age story and his growth will not be immediate. This MC will spend a lot of time being UNDERPOWERED. You are not supposed to like where he starts, but want to see him grow. The worldbuilding is rich, the plot development so subtle you are actually intended to miss some of the carefully-laid hints until later reveals. If you think you see this story heading in a very predictable direction with very obvious hints, don't be so sure. Wait, and I think most of the time you will be pleasantly surprised. This story rewards patience.

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76 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Prologue: My Last Hope ago
Chapter 1, Part 1: Just a Harmless Joke ago
Chapter 1, Part 2: Just a Harmless Joke ago
Chapter 2, Part 1: They’re Not Always Useful ago
Chapter 2, Part 2: They're Not Always Useful ago
Chapter 2, Part 3: They're Not Always Useful ago
Chapter 3: Unexpected Beauty ago
Chapter 4, Part 1: A Lost Little Baby ago
Chapter 4, Part 2: A Lost Little Baby ago
Chapter 4, Part 3: A Lost Little Baby ago
Chapter 5, Part 1: The Unparalleled Bravery of Running Away ago
Chapter 5, Part 2: The Unparalleled Bravery of Running Away ago
Chapter 5, Part 3: The Unparalleled Bravery of Running Away ago
Chapter 5, Part 4: The Unparalleled Bravery of Running Away ago
Chapter 6, Part 1: The Three-Pointed Star ago
Chapter 6, Part 2: The Three-Pointed Star ago
Chapter 6, Part 3: The Three-Pointed Star ago
Chapter 6, Part 4: The Three-Pointed Star ago
Chapter 7, Part 1: The Cure for What Pains You ago
Chapter 7, Part 2: The Cure for What Pains You ago
Chapter 7, Part 3: The Cure for What Pains You ago
Chapter 7, Part 4: The Cure for What Pains You ago
Chapter 7, Part 5: The Cure for What Pains You ago
Chapter 8, Part 1: My Secret Skill ago
Chapter 8, Part 2: My Secret Skill ago
Chapter 8, Part 3: My Secret Skill ago
Chapter 8, Part 4: My Secret Skill ago
Chapter 8, Part 5: My Secret Skill ago
Chapter 8, Part 6: My Secret Skill ago
Chapter 9, Part 1: Black Magic ago
Chapter 9, Part 2: Black Magic ago
Chapter 9, Part 3: Black Magic ago
Chapter 9, Part 4: Black Magic ago
Chapter 9, Part 5: Black Magic ago
Chapter 10, Part 1: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 10, Part 2: A Conspiracy ago
Interview Report from Clarice Finkman ago
Chapter 10, Part 3: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 10, Part 4: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 10, Part 5: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 10, Part 6: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 10, Part 7: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 10, Part 8: A Conspiracy ago
Chapter 11, Part 1: When the Lights Go Out ago
Chapter 11, Part 2: When the Lights Go Out ago
Chapter 11, Part 3: When the Lights Go Out ago
Chapter 11, Part 4: When the Lights Go Out ago
Chapter 11, Part 5: When the Lights Go Out ago
Chapter 11, Part 6: When the Lights Go Out ago
Chapter 12, Part 1: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 2: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 3: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 4: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 5: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 6: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 7: A Dream and a Nightmare ago
Chapter 12, Part 8: A Dream and a Nightmare (End of Act 1) ago
Chapter 13, Part 1: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 2: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 3: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 4: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 5: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 6: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 7: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 8: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 9: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 13, Part 10: An Embarrassment of Riches ago
Chapter 14, Part 1: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 14, Part 2: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 14, Part 3: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 14, Part 4: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 14, Part 5: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 14, Part 6: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 14, Part 7: Friends and Enemies ago
Chapter 15, Part 1: A Suspiciously Straightforward Adventure ago
Chapter 15, Part 2: A Suspiciously Straightforward Adventure ago

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NosamStreborBack
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Story is great! The haters seem to be taking the stressful situation MC was put in while being interrogated/interviewed to be the main baseline for the character. I find him quite refreshing. The magic is great, and i don't want to spoil anything.

I will say the author seems dedicated to long-form storytelling; he appears to have a plan for the plot, and I'm very interested in seeing where it goes. It's much better than other reviews may give it credit for.

chickyinvestor
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  • Style: Love it. 
  • Story: An absolute must read especially for those who prefer a 'not-so-OP' protagonist. Bit of slow at the beginning but it picks up the pace.
  • Grammar: Nothing overly distracting.
  • Character: A bit of unrealistic at the beginning where 

    Ferrith answers each and every question of a supposed 'orc.'

    But it's part and parcel of making worldbuilding easier so it's alright. I agree with all others that the MC is unrealistically foolish, entitled, etc. However, that's who the character is. Besides, lots of kids (especially western teenagers) act that way.

Stormbringer
Overall

Really cool story, well written can't wait to read more, the prolog got me hooked and i binge read until I was caught up (chapter 13 part 4).

The world is fascinating and I want to read more.

The main character does make mistakes but they are well justified by his immaturity

 

The other characters have their own motivations and it is difficult to know who is trustworthy

 

 

Youssif Mohy
Overall

Okay so, spoilers ahead 

this book is great, from the beginning the author gives you an amazing prologue that sets the stakes and tension while grabbing your attention 

after such an explosive prolonge you end up expecting a fast paced in your face book, but nope, the story is amazingly paced, it gose about things thoroughly, striking a blance with showing and not telling when it comes to exposition I love this book, and if I had the motivation to I would have given an advanced review with every catagory with full stars

tinypause
Overall

So far, I LOVE this story. It has a nice balance between hashing out the rules of the world with actual people running around and doing things.

And as the review title says, I made a RR account just for reading, and to make a review like this! I reccomend Dying for a Cure greatly.

 

Acraw
Overall

The style is alright, the power system is interesting enough, and the world building is better than average.  The plot is probably this novel's strongest point.

As for the main character?  I think the backlash against him is overblown.  He's quite blatantly and obviously an arse, but it's not a particularly bad portrayal of one.  There are many kind and helpful people who help him out and he's somewhat of an ingratitude but only at the level of being an arse rather than him doing anything deplorable.  I agree with that but I don't think it's unrealistic.  He looks like a child to whatever race lives there, he's dying, and the ones helping him are genuinely kind people who probably don't care that he's ungrateful or what have you.  The world's culture also seems to emphasize kindness, so them being more common makes sense.  As for our protagonist outfitting professionals?  He's really not.  That's like saying you outwitted a cop casually questioning you by not mentioning that the perpetrator is you from a parallel reality.  The reason they let him off so easy is because being suspicious of him would require them to be considering some crazy conspiracy theories. 

Basically, I think a lot the flaws reviewers are finding with the MC's portrayal are because the protagonist is an unpleasant person and it's making them more critical than they otherwise would be.

yuenjanson
Overall

Interesting story that keeps you coming back

Reviewed at: Chapter 11, Part 6: When the Lights Go Out

I love the fact that this is based around a young man trying to find a cure for his cancer while exploring a foreign unknown land. The story is thought out, its characters are interesting and likeable, with a wide range of personalities, where the world itself feels lived in through good worldbuilding. The brands are also a refreshing take on the common theme of magic. All in all, a great start to a compelling story and I can't wait to see where it goes.

baelrath
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Who would have thought Dying could look so good. With an 8pack no less!

Great story so far, full disclaimer, this is a story with a flashback/forward prologue. Author says chpt 12 to get back to there. This hasn't been an issue at all so far. As soon as you get past chapter 1 you're already interested in the world building.

World so far is stacking up against our kind of Ogre, the odds are most certainly not in our favor. Should be exciting to see how MC navigates his way.

Story is certainly interesting, twists usually get added each chapter (chapters are usually made into mulitiple parts). We have some intriguing plot points that are just begging for the MC to run smack into them and burst that chaos wide open.

Grammar and mechanical and all that are flawless. Story is a smooth read.

Characters are not cookie cutter which is nice. So far everyone seems to have an edge as this is not a nice world to live in unless you've found your niche. MC has certainly grown from prologue sneak peak to even coming to the world first. I look forward to their growth.

Give it a read. If nothing else but to find out whats happening to all the Ogres...

Jobobminer
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An amazing story. For editing, I've noticed one poorly worded sentence (in the entire book) but nothing game-breaking. Suggested an edit so it should be gone soon anyways. Not an editor though so just getting that out of the way. This story is incredible. The characters and setting are both believable, and interesting. The story is so tense and building up towards both some awesome magical science progress and some crazy lows. I'm so hyped for what's next. The writing hasn't been exceptionally fancy nor the prose poetic but it perfectly conveys what it needs to without getting in the way which, in my opinion, is way more useful than anything too fancy. 5/5 there. The worldbuilding is just stellar. The author has considered a lot of different angles for the variations in the various fantasy races. The main character is flawed, relatable, and so much fun to follow. Hope you pick this story up and follow it all the way just like I plan to do.

Alright, I need to add some more words to reach the advanced review limit so I'm going to reiterate that you should read this story. Smooth introductions without a lot of overhead to understand. Great cold open. Like... really really good. So hyped to learn about the double reveal that comes with it. (part of which should be in the next chapter probably?) The pacing has been pretty good. There were a couple of times it slowed down but the more recent bits have been really good.

proofreader
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One might think that isekai had been done to death, but here we have a new world and a new take on skills, and magic - all with a growing mystery of "all is not what it seems". I'm extremely impressed with the author's ability to weave in inconspiciuos hints, not to mention the characters live and breathe in accordance to this reality. 

I highly encourage the author to publish. This is far and above the typical 'bests' of RR.

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P.S. I see there is a critizing revew titled "Another Foolish but Amazing MC" and wonder if we read the same story, certainly they seemed to have missed the nuance.

Then again, different strokes for different folks. I've read a fair portion of four favorited fics of that reviewer here, and found those to be what I consider the boring type of "MC has problem. MC solves problem". This isn't that kind of story.