A modern man finds himself reincarnated in the body of a young slave with no skills and quickly fading memories. Follow his journey to find normalcy while living in a savage world, filled with myth and legends, monsters and Demons. In a land where the strong rule, the weak serve, and bloodshed is a way of life, peace is a luxury few can afford.
Author's note: Expect a chapter every tues/thurs/sun, unless I start writing faster. The story is eastern themed, but not Xianxia, no chasing immortality, MC is not OP. Less action, more character and world driven is my aim. Mature language and themes, but no raunchy sex. It's my first story, constructive criticism would be appreciated.
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This story is dark and light in the same time full of logical paradox.
Everyone is defined and evolve overtime the world doesn't resolve around the Mc
Multiple pov. All different and relevant, no story filling
Oh and fucking badass ! This author is one of the best on this site.
If he publish his book, with his near perfect grammar (only spotted a few in more than 200 chapters) his good enough for me to buy the books if publish
So after more than 500 chapters I'm still reading. This story is still great, the characterisation is still as breathtaking. The story is alive. Yet it's slow, so so slow, still enjoying tge experience a lot, it's extremely good to read all in one sitting... But waiting chapter by chapter is torture, you feel as if there's no progress, wich is a great chatm of this story, rain isn't badass overnight, he grows, falls and get up.
The grammar is still as great there's maybe less than a hundred mistakes innmore than a million words.
The twist in the story ia what made me such a big fan. The magic is magical yet rational. It's a wuxia, but written correctly. Even if it's slow.
While the review title might be a bit much, it is true that I am obsessed with this story and it would not be a lie to say I read protions of it everyday.
Story: The story follows the journey of a reincarnated man as he begins his new life as first a slave into a warrior. The author takes alot of inspiration from different wuxia stories, but makes them his own. The story has a slow start and is slow to get into, but the attention to detail throughout the story truly makes this a worthwhile read. (It took me a 2nd read through to be hooked)
Style: This is told through the perspectives of the MC and many different characters, both enemy and friend. What I especially love about this is that each character has their own "style" and mannerism of speach. No two styles are the same. Fair warning, their are a host of characters and you might get confused on who is who (I thought Akanai was Alanset for the longest time).
Character: As mentioned before, characters are each unique, but what I admire most about this story is the character development. Each character has their own growth throughout the story, but none more so than Rain (the MC). It is an honest joy to see him grow from a slave to a hero of the Empire. His hardships are heartwrenching to read, but I know he will overcome them. I litterly have cried on a train when I was reading a particularly sad chapter.
Grammer: I would have a hard time finding any mistakes. Also the author has a Patron page with 5 advanced chapters that readers can comment on. Through that we can point out mistakes and make this a pollished gem. I say we, but really its all Ruff. Wait to go!
Overall, this is a very unique story which I have deeply connected to. I caution to a new reader that it is a bit slow, but when u get hooked you will not be able to stop. Please keep up the good work Ruff. You make Tuesdays and Thursdays bearable.
An interesting blend between traditional wuxia settings and characters seen through a more modern and westernised lens. Conflicts in morality and common-sense abound, with results varying from challenging to hilarious, and combined with a wide cast of strongly developed characters help to set Savage Divinity apart.
Special note should be paid to excellent PoV chapters, that often illuminate and offer alternate interpretations of events. They regularly force re-evaluations from readers, and highlight that characters (however well-intentioned) are often flawed and fallible.
On a personal note: Li Song is Best Girl.
The story started incredible and it kept us on a rollercoaster of emotions. Even now it still shines but those moments are generally lost within a deluge of tedious filler.
I love character development but and I enjoyed rains development up until he got crippled. Evne then I found alot of joy at how ruff brought us on a journey through the other characters eyes and rains own introspective thoughts. Now though it is the same chapter each time.
Although there are minor revaltions or key points brought up during each chapter they are lost under a pile of respective thoughts, floofs, self hatred, and ignorance.
I want to to keep loving this story. And I will keep reading. Hopefully I will change this review when it all becomes clear and the pay off arrives. I just hope it is sooner rather than later. Until then I can't give any higher.
Savage Divinity is your chinese light novel (xianxia?) rewritten without much regard about its readers' comprehension. Case in point, the author failed to shed some light about what enlightment is, how exactly one can be called enlightened, and what does the state of enlightment entails. Abruptly, this kind of state is attributed to the main character at around chapter 16. At that point, what transpired in my mind is, "why the fuck I care about that?"
Thankfully, the author has a knack on writing emotion, so the chapters leading to that is more or less enjoyable. I particularly enjoy the way the main character expresses his emotion. Starting from his rage toward his captors, his relief towards his rescuer, and lastly his care and kindness toward his new family. Those passage kept me going, until his development turned into your usual cookie cutter power-leveling, which in my opinion, came too soon.
I'm leaving my old review at the bottom for the story this once was.
The problem is that Ruff is a fantastic writer. The world he's built and the characters in it are compelling, and for quite a long time this was arguably my favorite story on RoyalRoad. I was even a patreon of his, and that was before he started offering advanced chapters as an incentive. Disaster struck about 16 months ago. !!!SPOILER WARNING!!! for what comes next.
The main character, Rain, becomes crippled. The entirety of the first 400 chapters was absolutely shattered after this point because pretty much none of it mattered. Now, if the crippling was temporary I would be fine with it. However, it has been 16 months - almost two hundred chapters - and Rain has still not recovered.
I actually stopped reading the story seven months ago because it was simply too much repitition of the same internal monologues over and over again. I decided to come back when Rain was recovered so that I could have something to look forward to while I powered through what I missed. After coming back to see that nothing has changed, I'm legitimitely wondering if I will ever actually be able to pick up this story again. Even if the writing returns to the quality it was before, I don't know if I'll be able to read through hundreds of stagnant chapters.
It's truly sad because I loved this story. I'll probably check back in another year or so to see if anything has changed, but I'm not optimistic.
OLD REVIEW: This story has characters that make you care what happens to them on both the "good" and "bad" sides. This in itself is outstanding, seeing as how I have very rarely seen this idea executed as well as it was in this story. The worldbuilding is expansive and while not all parts are unique, the author takes several established themes and adds their own twist to it. I love the overall plot, and the best thing is that it isn't too predictable. There are very often new things discovered that change views that the readers have, and I honestly have almost no idea how this story will end. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes!
P.S. Steady release times only amplify the amazingness of this story.
Great story, albeit slow.
Actually, the pace of the story is good, once you’ve read some 20 odd chapters you really start to appreciate how everything is progressing step by step.
But it does make it hard to remember the names of some of the characters.
Good characters, mostly good grammar and style. Not perfect, but probably my favorite story on here right now.
While I am not usually a cultivation novel fan, I actually am making a recommendation for Savage Divinity, a light western take on xianxia with a medium dark tone, tons of anime influence, a transmigrated (and mostly benign) protagonist, and a ridiculous output. RuffWriter seems to pump out chapters (big ones too) almost every other day!
Xianxia is a genre of Chinese fantasy about ten steps of ridiculousness above the level of something like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; in these stories immortal super-people cultivate magic powers and have magical fights while surfing on magical flying swords. Usually it’s the Worst Genre alongside all the other Worst Genres, filled with amoral protagonists murdering and looting other bigger dinguses, while leveling up in power one magical medicine or secret technique at a time.
In this case, your usual random amnesiac Earthling transmigrates into the body of a 12-year old slave in a world obviously inspired by xianxia, with a lot of hot animal-eared people running around.
The prologue is basically: Raine / Rain has amnesia in both lives, suffers horribly, gets thrown into a plague pit, crawls out and is finally saved by what is basically a loving commune of super-ninjas where polygamy is not uncommon and everyone is hot (literally).
And it’s actually good! Readable, gripping, infuriating, I love it enough that I've subscribed via Patreon for a while.
It’s one of those first-we-kick-in-your-teeth wishfulfilment fantasies. Our protagonist gets a bunch of adventures, accolades, rewards, and so forth, but is also crapped on regularly by fate, and things don’t feel too undeserved. Also contains a legit harem, YMMV, though happily I think polygamy in this world can go both ways, at least among the People, and tangentially there ARE a lot of strong (or "strong") women characters (who tend to be hot . . . )
There’s lots of gore, and the setting is set at low-medium grimdark, meaning that 90% of all nobles are terrible people, slavery is common and magically enforced and there’s a grubby gray Imperi^W Empire fighting slobbering hordes of cannibalistic, torture-loving and genocidal cultis^W Defiled. Most of the conflicts are provided by the normal society of the setting and the stupid, stupid blood-feuds the protagonist (that idiot) collects like he’s been appointed Grand Sommelier of Terrible Vendettas.
The writing is perfectly fine. The biggest fault with the craft is that in later chapters during big, sprawling conflicts, the author gets bogged down with boring, annoying, or irrelevant side-character chapters, dragging things out immensely. There should be a much more pin-pointed focus on the real main cast, and the info-dumps / situation-dumps in those side-character chapters should be integrated and cut into main character chapters and point of view.
Savage Divinity, besides the ridiculous title, has a high Your Mileage May Vary quotient on several issues, but it’s not the worst power-leveling fantasy by a long shot. Raine and the other characters close to him are more cuddly than not, and the edges of xianxia and these kinds of power-leveling fantasies are subdued and softened a lot. Give it a shot, you'll hopefully love it just like I do!
I must say that this story is probably the best story on RRL. Say what you will of the writing style or the pacing of the story, there is no other story on RRL that gives me as much joy reading.
Many of the fictions that I follow on this site, I do so with extremely mild interest in the development of one or two points. Not Savage Divinity. I truly look forward to the releases, and revel in them each time.
I understand the prolonged sequence with the "brother" was unpopular with some, but it was by far the most interesting for me. I think the author is showing clear growth and maturity as the story progresses. There were some earlier grammatical errors, but those are almost nonexistent now.
I’m most concerned that the story will make a turn towards being “reader friendly,” when it clearly has the potential to be the best tragedy on the site.