Rin Asahiro, a twenty-year-old sex worker, decides to turn her life around and become an adventurer.
Only, she has a vague idea of what the actual occupation of being an adventurer entails. In an effort to lead a life she could be proud of, Rin will learn exactly what encompasses the dichotomy of adventuring:
Glory and devastation, all while she tries to maneuver around obstacles in a strange, lost world.
A slow-burn high fantasy story about a young peasant girl trying to make it as an adventurer.
(Early chapters on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/1AlreadyInUse1 )
The writing on a good, but there's just so much that strains credulity and sort of tarnishes otherwise well written characters. Some examples would be:
The MC cannot seem to get her priorities straight. Risking her time at the academy with very much illegal prostitution in exactly the settings where people aren't just going to overlook it.
Though I understand the intent here this isn't empowering or a reclamation of her s*xuality, it's someone relapsing. It's going from survival s*x to outright self harm risking arrest and having to go back to the very brothel she hoped to escape.
There's so many ways she could do this and make use of her skills that game the legality issues and are just far safer.
She is exploitative, at times to a degree just short of abusive of Xhez. Outright ignoring her her feelings about the arena even after acknowledging them, when it's clearly not necessary to force her to come just for the disguise for example.
Elisa just... Endures constant ongoing marital rape and s*xual harassment with her fiancé for the sake of her family without even an iota of the trauma and outright disgust that would be there in this situation and only token avoidance. That's far, far, far beyond looming "loveless marriage".
How many chapters untill this changes, if it changes, I do not know but it certainly doesn't seem like any time soon and 132ch is already a lot of abuse with any improvement in sight casually thrown away.
That's pretty awful for characters that are genuinely likeable in a well written world.
A diamond in the rough... for the moment, at least. The writing is tight, the characters are likeable, the worldbuilding is excellent, and the story is well laid out. I wouldn't be surprised if this reaches trending in short order.
In case you were wondering, like I was, when the Non-human Protagonist tag comes into play, that character is introduced a bit of a way into the story and makes an excellent addition.
I decided to drop after 20 chapters.
There's just no reason to keep reading. This is a rare story that nor annoy, neither catch interest. You can read it... or not.
I'll just leave 4 stars, since there is no big mistakes I can point out.
Perhaps when I finish all the good Yuri in the world, I will return to the story.... or not
PS It's my first review, where I just don't what to say