Serial Saturday: Upheaval Chapters 0-8 by Hodhandr

Hey all I’m back with another LitRPG for this week’s Serial Saturday. It’s Upheaval Chapters 0-8 by Hodhandr!

Plot: The plot is really quite haphazard, and doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s very much a Slice of Life series that has LitRPG elements. That’s not a bad thing exactly, but for some they’ll only get pissed off that the story doesn’t really ever progress. If you were expecting it to be like most other LitRPGs with tons of action and adventure, you will be very disappointed.

Characters: Lars is our main character and he’s very much an airhead. He does things that most would either find horrific or does stuff that most people would think is really stupid. Granted that the plot allows for some ridiculous things, but honestly I don’t like the main character all that much. The rest of the cast is fairly boring at the moment, though it does get a bit better later on.

Grammar: It’s passable, but it can be grating at times. If you are expecting quality work here in terms of grammar, you will be disappointed, but not to the point of wanting to throw something out or through a window.

Overall: An okay series, but it’s not that great. If you’re bored there are worse series to read out there, but there’s also better series to read.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Slice of Life, Fantasy, Airhead Lead Characters.

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


Serial Saturday: Azeal Neralum by Kazi

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with another series I got asked to review by it’s author.  It’s Azeal Neralum by Kazi.

Plot: Let me get this out of the way, I would normally have never bothered with reading this series, and I must have either missed the Grimdark genre tag or it was added after I had bookmarked it as a potential series to read. Either way I find the overly dark nature of the “genre” usually makes stories I tend to despise. Azeal Neralum isn’t an exception to my distaste. I honestly don’t enjoy the overly dark fantasy epic craze that’s seem to come up in the past decade. Even one of my most adored series, Mistborn, is a bit too dark for me. While I’ve read the entire thing once, I probably won’t ever do that again due to that darkness.  However other than the tone there are other serious issues I have with Azeal Neralum. Mainly the constant switching of points of view that is happening, and the lack of forward progress with regards to the main character. I don’t care about some random fort getting slaughtered, what does it have to do with the main character? If the answer to that question is “nothing” in the next 30 chapters I’ve just wasted my time reading extraneous world building that could’ve been experienced through the main characters point of view instead.

Characters: Azeal is a mediocre main character, he’s got nothing extremely likable about him that makes me interested in him as a character and the rest of the cast is just as bad. It’s even worse with the most recent chapters that the author wrote. I don’t give a rat’s ass about some “hero” or gallant general that is dying if he’s being introduced out of the blue and has no noticeable connection with the protagonist. If I had met that character 100 chapters before and grew attached to him I might feel a bit of sympathy over his death, but the way the author the author brings up these characters out of the blue is more than a bit annoying.

Grammar: The grammar is okay, but the writing itself seems off. I can’t put it into words much better than it feels just a bit wrong when I read it. Either the way the author writes is grating on my internal sense of how a book is supposed to read, or the issue is something else, but I just find it’s “flow” to be not pleasing to the eye.

Overall: If for some reason you love dark fantasy, Azeal Neralum might be up your alley after a few editing passes have been done by the author. Otherwise steer clear of this.

For those who like: Fantasy, Grimdark, LitRPG.

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

Serial Saturday: Atros Imperium Chapters 9-16 by Terry

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Anton’s exploration of a new world. It’s Atros Imperium Chapters 9-16 by Terry!

Plot Synopsis: Anton Thorn died in an incident of his own creation, his body torn and shredded to pieces. Yet death and eternal rest did not await him. Gods, from another world, took his soul along many others to their world to fight an overwhelming and impossible foe. By chance and oversight his soul was missed by the gods, his soul destined to remain in limbo and torment for all eterinity. A few weak and desperate gods took a chance with him and brought him through to their world. Now sent far away from the battle, in his original body, to a small village in the husk of a dead kingdom. It is now up to him to restore the Kingdom and fight off anything that would threaten him or those he loves; be they human, beast, monster or hero.

Plot: This is a rather important set of chapters as it really sets up the rest of the series, and shows us how dark the world Anton has found himself in. I won’t say much more, but this set of chapters is not for the faint of heart.

Characters: We get to meet a couple new faces, but for the most part this entire set of chapters is based on exploring the already met cast. Anton is still very much the protagonist though.

Overall: A solid, if somewhat dark, set of chapters in a series that is pretty awesome.

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 27-32 by Aternus

Hey all I’m back for this week’s Serial Saturday with another set of chapters in Rainer’s story. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 27-32 by Aternus!

Plot: Having fled successfully from the world of Nalmar after having been trapped by the Arch-Lich, Rainer and his friends are now getting ready to tackle Rainer’s advancement to the 2nd Tier of classes, but first they have some unfinished business in the area…

Plot: This is a rather fun set of chapters, as it brings us a side of Rainer that wasn’t fully explored quite yet, although it was hinted at. I won’t say more, because that’d be super spoilerific.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but the stars are still Rainer and his friends.

Overall: A solid, if a bit less action packed set of chapters.

Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Final Chapters by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the last set of chapters in Kyle’s adventures. It’s Our Chaoz Final Chapters by SlyOkami!

Plot: Kyle and his friends are now set to face the final enemies in their path for their freedom to do what they wish. But not all is well, and time is quickly slipping away for one of his friends, time they might not be able to bring back before it’s gone completely….

Plot: I wasn’t expecting this series to be such a plot twister, but I had a fun time reading it. Hopefully you did as well. I won’t say much more, but if you haven’t checked out this series yet, I do have to recommend you doing so.

Characters: We don’t get new faces, not really, in this final set of chapters. But plenty of old faces will show up, and not all of them are the side you might expect.

Overall: Not a must read, but if you enjoy twisting and turning plots, Our Chaoz; Our Reality is not a bad pick.

Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 10-18 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the second set of chapters in Rainer’s adventures. It’s The Arcane Emperor Chapters 10-18 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Rainer, an amateur arcanist and college student, sought to create a new spell far surpassing the magic of the few he inherited from his grandfather. Yet the interference of an unknown event during the casting of his spell led him to be thrown through space and time. Where status screens were accepted as normal and class distinctions were quite clear. Leveling and achieving a class beyond a simple farmer or peddler was an affair of life and death combined with years of hard training. Goblins were not the fodder that they should be, orcs filled bedtime stories in order to scare children into behaving, and a dragon? You might as well pack up and move to another country. He, however, enters this world with the rare and powerful class of the Arcanist. How will the recently ardent seeker of magic find greater heights, or will he land in deeper depths?

Plot: This second set of chapters really moves the plot along. Honestly I had a blast reading these chapters a while back, enough so that I’m seriously thinking about re-reading the series since the author has started up again. Rainer and Luna’s adventures however have really just started and this set of chapters highlights that fact.

Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new characters, but honestly my favorite might just be Gunthar. Kara comes a close second though. That being said I still find Rainer to be an awesome lead, who is neither dense nor a dumbass.

Overall: A really awesome set of chapters that highlights the best parts of this series. If you haven’t started reading, you ought to do so.

Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Chapters 68-90 by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the penultimate set of chapters in Kyle’s adventures. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 68-90 by SlyOkami!

Plot Synopsis: Having sided with the Dezol legions Kyle and his friends in the Blood Pack Mercenary guild start to wreak havoc and chaos on their foes for their deceptions and seek to bring about the end of this Grand Quest. However even now there lurks a danger from their pasts and not even they are guaranteed to escape unscathed from the plots they are unraveling…

Plot: This is a really heavy set of chapters, honestly it almost made me want to drop the series with how serious the series gets in this arc. It was almost lighthearted at times in past arcs, but now those times are so few and far between that I really had to push through to finish the series.

Characters: We get a bunch of new faces in this set of chapters, but the star of this set of chapters isn’t Kyle this time around. I won’t spoil who it is though.

Overall: If it weren’t for being the second to last set of chapters, I might have dropped this series due to how dark it gets in this set. If you can handle that though, I suggest pushing through.