An Ode to Swordsmen

The story is set in medival China and follows the adventure of a martial artist named Lakhuto, after his temple is assaulted by Imperial forces leaving him as the sole survivor (or so we are to belive) to carry on his temple teachings. From there he meets several friends, including Wei Zhen and Yi Kang, as they make their way to the great Mountain Hua—a temple sect like Lakhuto's—and beyond.

I've never actually touched a wuxia or even xiania so this is more or less my entry into the genre, so some of the terms used in the genre is stuff I'm still wrapping my head around, but it doesn't detract from the story too much at least in my case. The first chapter was a bit hard to digest since it was a lot of chunky paragraphs, but the author improved a lot since the initial chapters, and I think it is has been a pleasure read since then and watching other authors grow along with their work is always a plus.

Dialogue can be a bit hard to follow since there is the ocassion lack of indication on who's talking and remembering Chinese names can be a bit of a pain(I think a character page would def help, but that's just me) but regardless of the speaker it doesn't bug me too much, and the interactions make up for it. 

The descriptive prose isn't too over the top and feels just right, fight scenes are well written, and I love the names of the kung-fu fight moves the authors comes up with. As a wuxia first-timer I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. :)

A Fractured Song

Wow, this was quite the journey to catch up on. It starts as the standard teleported to another world (as this is isekai) but instead of an individual, it's a large group of teenagers.

And from that premise... wow, I want to say this is not something that's for the faint of heart; it pulls no punches and there were a lot of points in the first arcs where I thought I was so emotionally moved because it struck a chord with me—having suffered from depression and low esteem early in my teenage years, but nothing like abuse MC suffers—which tug hard at my heart every chapter for the first few arcs.

But this isn't just a story of trauma—it's also healing. The healing is good. You could say the trauma MC suffers is a little exaggerated, but I think it has a good payoff.

Unlike a lot of isekai that you might read or watched, the teleported cast is well aware if they fail in their tasks, they are immediately sent home leaving behind the people they failed to protect, and that gives the characters(like MC) a reason to do their best, etc because they have a crappy life to return to.

So, moving on; I think the prose and such were solid. The grammar in the first ~4-5 arcs is good, sometimes it might be confusing figuring out who was talking since there was no "he said, she said, etc" but nothing too major. However, as I inched deeper to the 5th arc they started to pop up more but I'll admit I never been much to care about them as a reader—these can be easy oversights and the author will most likely rectify them when he self-publishes.

Moving on to characters: I like them, I feel like it's the strong part of the story. This is third person omnipotent, but it also gets limited sometimes. There's a considerable amount of characters with their own motives and their own history. Although a few act a bit caricature but they get more... humane later.

Overall, solid work. Can't wait for the wrapup of book 1, and the adventure in book 2.


A little headway into the 2nd arc and I think this deserves a review by now. I'm liking this style of writing, and there are few if any grammar flaws at all. The dialogue between characters is fun, and I'm finding the story to be pretty engaging thus far.

Hilda Finds a Home

I found this by complete chance and was hooked from the very start. This feels like it parodies the likes of a tabletop D&D session and the fourth-walls are clever. The humor is entertaining if a little over on the adult side. Each chapter is just so vibrant and full of life.

I love Hilda, she has this no-bullshit attitude and her chemistry with the characters she finds along the way feels like I'm reading into the interactions between actual people... well, I wouldn't go that far, but they're believable. It really does feel like the author is writing from personal experiences and it's just so lovely.

I love the world-building of the story and it's interwoven into the prose with just the right amount that works.

The author uses some interesting vocabulary here and there and there that makes me have to look up some some of them but they are far and in-between. Grammar is fine and I didn't notice any particular spelling errors or the like.

Rain Sabbath

It's good, a little too good for Royalroad, BUT...

I originally read up to chapter 3 and trailed off because the length of each chapter is way too damn chunky.

It's quite criminal—actually shocking—that this isn't more popular. And I think it's because potential readers lose momentum at the beginning chapters that just go on and on. On top of the (at first confusing) pov switches every so often.

I think future chapters could benefit from being chopped up into smaller chapters to be easily digestible, which the generous use of scene breaks can benefit from.

It's definitely still worth the read and if you don't actually mind chunky chapters this might be up your ally.

Other than the chunkiness and constant pov changes that can be resolved with shorter digestable chapters I think the rest of Rain Sabbath is exceptionally good and the interactions between characters is believable and human. 

Cybernetic Dragon

The author has a impressive vocabulary and does well to be descriptive without going too overboard. The prose is well crafted and easy on the eyes, and so far chapters are easy to digest without feeling too long. 

I usually don't have the taste for these kind of genre (isekai/gamelit-etc) but this has such superb quality that I'll keep an eye on it. This seems trending-worthy, if not publishing-worthy if the author can keep this kind of quality throughout.