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He Who Fights With Monsters

This novel has now gone the way of Savage Divinity. It's painful to say that every good thing comes to an end. The author might be burnt out, perhaps? I can still see the skill that was used to write the adventure, but it is now uninspired and overdone. Lots of reviews have outlined the many flaws so I will just add one that annoyed me more than any other: the entirety of the universe revolves around Jason Asano. Women in Jason Asano's life discuss Jason Asano. Shadowy organization talk and plan around Jason Asano. World-changing heralds and planetary villains obsess over Jason Asano. The media talks about Jason Asano. This story now has a single character that all of creation is dedicated to and that every other character mimics. Jason bloody Asano is the literary equivalent of the Borg collective.


Melody of Mana

Melody of mana follows the story of an isekaid person reborn as a caster in a feudal world rife with conflict. Although I read nothing that I would consider truly original, the good pacing, believable world building and fluid style make this a pleasure to follow. Melody of mana is solid and well rounded. It is also better than some traditional books I've read in like bookshops so go for it. 


Twilight Kingdom

A true fantasy story set in an original world

I write this review as of chapter 30. Metal and Magix is a rarity on RRL in the sense that it reads and is structured like a book, and a pretty good one at that. The story follows "Candle" Enys, the daughter of conservative local nobility in a small vilage. Her blue eyes and lack of magic make her an outsider and an embarrassment. We follow her story as she tries to find her place in a world threatened by a looming crisis.

 

Style: clean, seamless and beautiful. The descriptions are really well done. I would say it's close to professional level if not already there.

Grammar: perfect, but I dropped a star because of a few typos. Nothing that a little bit of editing won't correct. It doesn't ruin the immersion.

Story score: I would say that it starts a bit slow, but at the same time the world building is simply insane. I am talking about Tolkien levels here. There is a social structure, a deep magic system, different people with different cultures etc... and it's all introduced progressively so as not to interrupt the narration.

 

Characters: brilliant. The characters are fleshed out and believable, even the secondary ones. The author manages to show their personalities in a handful of words and every signle one of them has depth and secrets we want to uncover.

 

Verdict: Metal and Magic is a good Fantasy book and should be enjoyed as such. If you liked the Wheel of Time or anything from Raymond Feist, you will enjoy it a lot. I can only recommend that you add it to your "followed" list.


Reincarnation Station: Death, Cake and Friendship

Ok, fair warning, I have been following the story since its inception out of the eye of the public, so I have read more than most and I have been hooked since about the fifth word of the first page. Other reviewers might find flaws or opportunities for improvement. I am just a fan. This is a fan review.

When considering what genre Reincarnation station belongs to, I find myself struggling. RS defies classification. You will find humor (a lot of it in fact), action, adventure, horror, romance... ok maybe not a lot of romance but at least some people get laid and get to play with melons and whatnot. RS is a wild thing as unpredictable and fun as the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, very English, and it does not take itself seriously as a result. Those who love Pratchett or just going with the flow will have the time of their lives. 

I won't get into further details. Most of what matters is already in the short blurb. Just be grateful that this was posted on the internet for free, grab a cuppa, sit your ass on a comfortable surface and prepare to give your funny bone a good workout. 


Salvos [A Monster Evolution LitRPG]

Solid monster evolution/ coming of age story.

A demon "child" explores the world and her own personality as she grows.

Salvos shares many of the qualities of the author's other work and few of its flaws. More specifically, the main character does not pester and antagonize everyone she meets. Instead, we have amusing interaction between a bright of inexperienced demon and hapless mortals. 

 


The characters are decently fleshed out, the story is well-done if unimaginative, and the combat scenes are good. It lacks depth but it is still one of the more solid works on RR. I would recommend it for fans of monster evolution and growth stories. It also matters that the author keeps improving so Dalvosnfollows an upward trend quality-wise. 


Melas

Nice story if you can stand the MC.

Melas is a take on the classic Isekai, but in a world where magic is forbidden by the church and technology is powered by mana stones. 

The story is nice enough though not exempt of flaws. There are several characters with personality and depth... but sometimes their reactions feel a bit forced through dialogues that lack direction.

The main character in particular is slightly problematic. She is a reincarnated young adult with strong values and a drive to learn. She is also confrontational with everybody in a way that should piss others off while appearing very young. This another reason why dialogues are strange sometimes. I would fully expect actual adults to tell her off more often. instead, most people indulge her, and I personally find that grating.

I commend the soft magic system and the lore. There is a real work on it.

All in all, this might not be the best Isekai on the website but this is still worth your time.   


Sokaiseva

For fans of different main characters.

Normally I would leave 5 stars for a budding, promising fiction but there is one glaring issue that made me drop off one. I would still recommend Sokaiseva to anyone who enjoys a MC who is also a misfit. And now for the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • The MC is on the autism scale as far as I can tell, and not the stupid high-functioning trope. She suffers from it. Those who like that sort of thing will love Sokaiseva.
  • The inner voice and the style are great. The MC Erika is witty, touching, and we feel her suffering and her loneliness without her having to state them. One related issue that I will address below.
  • Decent pacing and good descriptions
  • A cast of colorful characters.
  • Clinical violence.

 

Cons:

  • Let’s start with the glaring one and the one that made me drop the story. Erika is supposed to be 12. She is not 12. She is not even remotely 12. In fact, she is not a young adult. There are plenty of stories that nailed young adults who don’t rightly fit from Dark Materials to Divergent and whatnot and this is not it. Erika reads like a hard-boiled thirty-something homicide detective turned private eye with a divorce under her belt, PTSD, and undiagnosed autism. She even has the compulsory alcoholism. There are no planes in the multiverse where a young teenager has this mindset without being isekaied. I would advise readers who can't believe it to just consider that she is, in fact, isekaied, and that we just don't mention it.
  • World-building is very sparse which makes Erika’s role difficult to appreciate. How legal is it? How far is the existence of key holders known? Is there a stigma? Hard to say. Please note that this is a bit subjective.

That's it. If you can work with the glaring flaw I pointed out, you will have a blast reading this novel.


The Calamity of a Reborn Witch

There are two kinds of Isekai: the power trip, and the "I need the knowledge from another world to even get a shot at staying alive". This is the second category.

Calamity is a story of intrigue, assassination and sorcery written in a beautiful and flowing style. The author clearly knows what they are doing and the chapters follow each other in a smooth succession that will make you look at the clock and realize it's 2AM. All the characters have depth and most are also a little bit grey. 

To be blunt, Calamity is publishable as-is because it is excellent, and HBO could turn it into a drama.

My only reproach is subjective, and that is why I am leaving a five stars review. I feel like the many side character POV moments stall the story in term of pacing. At the same time, they all serve a purpose, so it's more of a personal opinion.

All in all, I discovered this story when it reached the top of rating and I will state that its position there is fully deserved. You have but to give it a try to realize why. 


Leaves of Terranthir

Prepare to die, the definitive edition.

Do you like Dark Souls? Do you want to embark in an epic tale of a man struggling in a doomed and mysterious world, a man who happens to have nothing OP but his human determination? Do you like cereal trail mix? Then this story is for you.

Brought to you by the author of Most Popular Novel for months now Azarinth Healer's Rhaegar, the story of our protagonist as he learns how not to be a fucking casu will make you feel his uncertainty and depression, but also his triumphs on a personal and touching level.
Give the story a try.


Agenda of the Villainess

I have started and dropped quite a few Otome stories in the last few years simply because of a general lack of quality. This is different. Villainess has a steampunk/ magical society, engaging characters and it's all backed by rigorous research into Victorian society. I can only recommend it for anyone, not just fans of the genre.