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- ASIN : B08FW4R9VK
- Publication date : September 2, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4770 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,361 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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His partner J, well, honestly he had me shaking my head. It felt like he was a bit of an author insert/proxy. The guy is a near orphan, and older than normal for the school, but soon has 3 girls he's openly banging and proves to be one of the best fighters in his class. (Gary Stu warnings about him kept ringing in the back of my head. He's NOT well written).
Strangely despite my major reservations about the main character and the obvious anime influences that made it far too obvious what was going to happen next on several occasions, it was a fun tale. it works.
I'll definitely check out the next book.
One warning, this is NOT a cultivation story. There is no meditation to improve mana flow or concentrate mana. The author should really remove that claim from his title.
Serious Flaws are in world building. The backstory is that demons are invading a modern earth and individuals are being trained in martial arts/ascension as those are the only individuals who can actually fight demons who are otherwise immune to guns and swords.
* Flaw 1 - despite a world ending threat, there are only three schools to train these individuals with a graduating class each year of a couple thousand individuals total worldwide. No reasons given why they are not training a million ascended individuals each year rather than a few thousand given the world ending threat. There appears no limit on how many people can receive runes to explain this.
* Flaw 2 - No psychological training. A lot of students (maybe 1/3rd) end up dropping out because of psychological reasons - basically thought of death, combat trauma, etc. Yet there is no training to prepare students for this.
* Flaw 3 - Poor training. None of the students received careful training -- by that I mean actual guidance on how to develop their martial arts, eliminate flaws, develop new techniques, more effectively fight demons, etc. All the martial arts training seemed limited to conditioning and teacher supervised sparing between students. This is despite the fact that the MCs saw multiple students with serious flaws in their training if the goal is fighting demons. All the real combat development in the story is self-taught or learned by working with a fellow student through personal initiative.
Is there an MC with a group of women? Yes. But he had been an abused child and had many experiences with woman growing up and is now figuring out that women who understand and like him are a better answer than random encounters
Is there another MC who who fits the trope of clueless harem protagonist? Almost. He is aware women like him. He is just shy, aware he is and is working through it. He does hook up with one, but has zero interest in screwing that relationship by including others [the book does leave that open ended though]
There are two MCs, which is a change from the usual setup. We have Alex Nakatone, a blond Japanese-American who is loved by his father and discriminated by those around him, and J (short for James) Mallory, a tough street kid a little older than most his peers, driven from home at a young age by an alcoholic father who used yell and torture his own son. Engaging backstories. They and hundreds of other martial artists attend one of three world class academies and complete to Ascend, that is -- earn magical runes to help channel ki to fight demons that invade and kill humans.
I don't normally like first-person stories with more than one perspective. However, I've read two of the touted Chimera books, and based on that, bought this book and gave it a read. And I applaud the choice to include the name of the MC in the chapter-name to let me know up front whose perspective the chapter would focus on. No guessing. Thank you!
The story itself is a great read, and I wish I had the funds to buy book 2. (Ah, next month.) Well done. Try it and see. Recommended.