Bookish Wednesday: Dragon Seed by James Osiris Baldwin

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Dragon Seed, Archemi Online Book 01, by James Osiris Baldwin!

Plot: The plot is really dark, and frankly way too grim for my tastes. It’s not a bad plot, but it’s just really dark for the sake of being dark. A phrase I’m saying a lot lately it seems like, but that just be my imagination.

Characters: Hector is our main character and he’s a bit of a dumbass. The fact that his Dyslexia transfers to the new world he’s found himself in is kind of silly but also makes sense. That being said the fact that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed is a real let down. The rest of the cast is just as dark as the rest of the story, and frankly I didn’t like pretty much everyone except for one person whom I will not name.

Overall: This is an okay LitRPG, but definitely not for those who dislike the darker fantasies.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Serial Saturday: The Dragon Within Book 01 by SlyOkami

Hey all I’m back with a series the author of Our Chaoz; Our Reality requested me to review. It’s  The Dragon Within Book 01 by SlyOkami!

Plot: The plot is a lot darker than OC:OR, and while that’s a good thing for a lot of readers I don’t particularly enjoy it all that much myself. This is a personal issue that ties into my own psyche and how I immerse myself into stories I enjoy. Frankly while the story is quite good in my opinion, I won’t be continuing with the series until it’s finished as I’m hoping for a happy ending to the entire story. One thing I will say is that this series takes place in the same universe as OC:OR so some things will be familiar for those who read that series.

Characters: Our main character is Erik, and he’s a bit of an asshole at the beginning of the story. By the end of this first book I actually enjoyed him as a character. However my favorite character is probably Thea, because she’s got very good depth as a character and I enjoy her personality and what she does for Erik. The rest of the cast is equally good as well, but for me the stars are Thea and Erik.

Grammar: There are occasional small issues, but for the most part this is easily readable and not hard on the eyes at all like some of the other stuff you’ll find online written by novice authors.

Overall: A good book, and series. If you enjoyed the darker parts of Our Chaoz; Our Reality you’ll love The Dragon Within.

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Dragons, Great Plot, Awesome Characters, Good Grammar.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Darker Fantasy.

Serial Saturday: Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 1-40 by Crow

This week for Serial Saturday I’ve got another series for you! It’s Once Human, Now a Parasite Chapters 1-40 by Crow!

Plot Synopsis: Arthur, an incredibly successful businessman was kidnapped and tortured for months by men his wife hired just so she could get his money. After months of this hell, he was given a second chance, a new life in a different world. Arthur would, of course, rather start a new life; than stay and continue to be tortured…

Plot: Let me point out straight away, this isn’t a story for kids. Arthur is not a nice person and thinks nothing of slaughtering everyone and everything that gets in his way. If that doesn’t make you uninterested, than welcome to a fairly decent story. This isn’t as amazing as Ghosthound, but it still makes Qi Worlds look like something written by a first grader. That being said there are some grammar issues that occur in Once Human, mostly at the beginning as it does get better as Crow continues writing. That being said if you can stick through to about chapter 40 the series does get it’s feet under it by that point. It’s not top quality by then, but it’s better than it starts off.

Characters: Arthur is a decent enough lead, and although he does have some depth issues, he isn’t as bland as Benzhi from Qi Worlds.  The rest of the cast is severely lacking though, except for one character who I won’t name. It’ll be fairly obvious who I mean though once you come across that character.

Overall: Decent, but could use some real work. Has the potential to be quite amazing, but some grammar issues and lack of character depth is a real big downside.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Decent Plot, Darker Lead Character.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Lack of Character Depth and/or Minor Grammar Issues.

Personal Status: On Hold, Letting chapters accumulate so I can binge read it during this summer. Whether I last until summertime before starting it up again remains to be seen.

Bookish Wednesday: Child of the Daystar by Bryce O’Connor

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This week I’m covering the first in a series I came across recently. It’s Child of the Daystar by Bryce O’Connor.

Plot Synopsis: One day a nomadic trading family stumbles across three corpses, two humans and one Atherian babe who was apparently a slave. But what they thought was dead still has some spark of life beating within his scaled chest…

Plot: The plot of this first entry in the series is really dark and depressing. Honestly I can’t state how depressing the book can be, so for those who don’t deal well with such topics stay far away from this series. That all being said it was quite good, but personally I try to stay from the depressing book series.

Characters: Raz is our main lead and he’s a pretty interesting character. The rest of the cast is good as well, with the Arro’s being my favorite characters. The Grandmother is probably my favorite if I had to pick one of them.

Overall: This is a depressing book, but if you love Dark Fantasy, you’ll love Child of the Daystar.

For those who like: Action, Adventure, Drama, Dark Fantasy, Good Plot, Great Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Sensate Saturday: Maou no Hajimekata by Warau Yakan

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Hi all I’m back with a series I just stumbled across and found pretty freaking amazing. It’s Maou no Hajimekata by Warau Yakan!

Plot Synopsis: “I do not trust humans. They’ll betray you without fail.” Aur, the man who had obtained the ability and right to become the Maou at the end of his life of research.

Plot: This not a child friendly series, there is ridiculous amounts of violence, sex, and vulgarities. That being said in the few chapters I’ve read, it’s pretty freaking good.

Characters: Ain Sof Aur (a word from the Judaic branch of mysticism of Kabbalah and a favorite name of mine for fantasy) is a pretty ruthless bastard, and it’s a freaking blast to see what he does when he gets the power to do what he wants to do. Lilu is pretty good as well. The rest of the cast so far is good, but I’m not spoiling anything.

Art: Borderline explicit, so fair warning there, this is a pretty bloody series, but it’s not as detailed as it could be. If it was any more detailed however it’d probably be banned, which would be a shame.

Overall: Read it if you can deal with the above warnings, it is quite good.

For those who like: Action, Anti-Heroes, Magic, Dark Fantasy, Lots of Violence.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or can’t deal with the warnings.

TNT: Arifureta Volume 02 by Chuuni Suki [Spoilers]

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m looking at the second volume of a favorite series of mine. It’s Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou Volume 02 by Chuuni Suki! Spoilers after the jump!

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Light Novel Thursday: Monster no Goshujin-sama by Higure Minto

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This week for Light Novel Thursday I’m covering a series that is most definitely not for children as it has some very gruesome scenes. It’s time for Monster no Goshujin-sama, or The Monster’s Master translated literally, by Higure Minto!

Plot Synopsis: An entire school has been tossed into a fantasy world without knowing what happened. Suddenly monsters attack and kill a lot of students, but then other students started to fight back with cheat-like abilities. A few days later, everyone has been divided into the Stay Home Group and Exploration Group. The exploration group wanted to see if there’s anything else to find and take care off in the forest that they are in. They are armed to brim with cheat like abilities and makeshift weapons. The Stay Home Group doesnt have cheat abilities…. after the Exploration Group leaves, the stay home group gets split as a riot ensues. Student killing student, girls getting raped by their fellow classmates… and our protagonist, Mashima Takahiro, starts to run towards the forest. After running, evading lots of monsters… he winds up in a cave, exhausted and almost ready to die… when a Slime approaches him. It first tried to eat his hand and all he could do was “…please… someone out there… help me….”

Plot: So uhh yeah, the plot is pretty dark and that’s just what happens in the first few pages of this story. Needless to say that it gets worse, and while I found the plot to be engaging it is definitely very, very dark. I won’t go into much spoilers, but if you can read the title you can probably guess that Takahiro is a monster tamer and tames that Slime. One other thing of note that should be mentioned is that rape scenes are in this series, but never perpetuated by Takahiro thankfully.

Characters: I love that the main character isn’t stupidly overpowered, nor does he gain stupidly overpowered abilities through happenstance. That being said some of the characters we encounter are absolute scum and you just want to bash them their heads in. Lily is probably my favorite character, although the why of that I’ll not discuss.

Art: The art is great, but I wish I could have found more of the illustrations.

Overall: If you don’t mind the plot being incredibly dark, you’ll love this series.

For those who like: Fantasy, Alternate World Transportation Stories, Magic, Dark Plots.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.