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TLDR; read the novel.

By DUHJ, member

Jun 18, 2016: Chapters: Short Update Rate: Very Fast

Action: The story moves from one arc to the next, each successive one tougher than the last. But the story doesn’t build up any pressure, the plot doesn’t act like a cohesive whole.

That said, the arcs themselves are well-paced. There is enough tension and climactic payoff. There are chapters in between the arcs that act as fillers and focus less on the action. This is an approach more commonly found in TV shows rather than books.

Romance: Not a focus but does contain romantic and sexual undertones. In the later third of the novel (as of writing this, 100 chapters have been published), romance serves as a focus but still does not play a major role.

Humour: Mostly situational and slapstick. Story can be more accurately described as one that contains humour rather than one that is humorous. The narrative allows for witty and dry remarks.

Humour (along with the romantic elements) mostly serves to spice up the chapters that otherwise do not contain much action or to give situations a light-hearted feel.

Dark: As the story progresses it gets darker in Action, Romance and Humour.

The story becomes bloodier (this is not the same as gorier), with more mature (and crude) romantic elements. Humour, at this point, becomes more subjective than it was. The situations and plots turn more controversial.

However, the story has always had dark elements, even in the very beginning.

Writing: Simple. The prose is there to advance the plot and nothing else. Slips into the background. It reads like a first draft (which it is).

Has some stylistic elements that detract from the story and there is no such thing as subtlety in the novel. Thus, certain scenes seem cliche-ridden and comparable to bad fanfiction. They are few but they stick out.

This is more apparent in some darker scenes where subtlety would have been preferable.

Themes: Survival, Pragmatism, Nihilism. Story gets dark sometimes, bruv.

Characters: Okay. Development is slow or non-existent. They are not terribly relatable and blend into one another. But the first-person narrative prevents you from getting bored with the protagonist. And it contains a few interesting, if flat, characters. Expect the usual entourage of sidekicks, romantic interests, and villains.

Comments: Don’t read this story if you want characters, prose or romance. If, however, you are interested in seeing a different take on the fantasy genre then this may interest you. The plot is not the same old hero’s journey and neither is the protagonist a hero. There have been better representations of the cynical, nerdy, pragmatist but this one isn’t bad either. The situations are somewhat unique and original.

I do recommend you read it.

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