Julian Crane seldom cared for anything but his magic and research.
When the gods decided to damn him out of the blue, naming him Dark Lord and painting him as a Villain in the eyes of mankind, he moved on with his life, caring nothing about their scrutiny.
But their ways are ineffable, and when they start sending Heroes — mere children — to throw their lives against him, he vows to make them pay — one undead Hero at a time.
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Seems really good for now, the MC is relatively powerful (he’s an Archmage, but not the only one or even the most powerful one, he’s no slouch in a fight, but a researcher at heart), but still has room to grow, he also has an interesting and relatable personality.
This is mostly standard high fantasy, except the “heroes” who have a RPG system, the gods also use system windows to communicate sometimes
I like the story’s magic system and how it’s integrated into the world building, it’s not super unique, but neither is it totally generic (basically they use more esoteric things like Fate and Mind as the types of magic rather than the typical “elemental magic” or ripping off D&D
This is a good story with relatable characters. We have a MC who is at first glance a Demon Lord. He is strong, but not overpowered. He relies on cunning instead of raw power. He does however make some bad decisions. These are not coursed by him being stupid, but by the complexity of the situation, and importantly he learns from his mistakes.
The heroes are likeable and clearly marked by their situation like anyone would be in their place, they also keep on moving forward which is respectable.
A great scheme is taking place in the background, with out MC knowing that he is a piece of it without knowing what game they play.
a captivating story. Taking the cliche good vs evil trope and tipping it over its head. The lich is more good than amoral, the gods are obviously screwing with the heroes and the MC, and the heroes are happy to be turned into undead.
Excellent worldbuilding btw
There are lots of things to like here:The protagonist is fun to read, him being a researcher proficient in necromancy and soul and mind magic is entertaining and a nice change of pace compared to elemental destruction. The other characters feel pretty well rounded and work pretty well.I like that Julian still has a lot to learn about the world and his potential allies and enemies. He also is out of his depth at times without being incompetent, which is good.I noticed two aspects that could use some improvement:First off, magic isn't really well explained until it is about to be used, which makes the two major battles look arbitrary and unpredictable. Also, at times Julian's use of language doesn't really fit a scholar from a medieval fantasy world (meaning he uses phrases that belong in/reference our world). Over all, I've had a great time reading this and am looking forward to more.