Beings that have attained unrivaled power with the sword.
They live, eat, sleep, and die with their swords.
Swordsmaster Nova was one such being, fated to die on the battlefield with his sword. However, one faithful encounter with the Hero's party changed his life forever.
He learned friendship,
And he learned how to love.
Yet, fate is cruel. In the final battle against the Demon king, he sacrificed himself so that his friends can escape.
Five years after his death, he is reborn as a baby; the grandson (and later, granddaughter) of an Otherworlder; a child of a prestigious Swordsmen family—with all his previous life's memories intact.
Will he spend his new chance at life like before, rolling around desperately on the battlefield?
Will he leave his past life behind and make new connections?
Will he try to contact his retired comrades?
Or will he do all of those above?
New chapter every 2-3 days
(GB will be in chapter 13)
NOTE: However much early chapters might lead you to believe otherwise, this is not a light-hearted adventure.
Cover art by Dotturndot. Check out his story here: https://www.scribblehub.com/series/526260/half-a-demon-lords-journey/
it is a good story. I like the gender-bending part.
Its good and you should probably give it a try. Since the story balance out things correctly.
Another great novel coming from APieceOfRock. It's much better than her previous works
Grammar/Style: The grammar is okay. I spotted some errors here and there, but they're mostly misspellings. I like the style (just my opinion though.) It reminds me of Korean novels which this novel very clearly takes inspriation from.
Story: Not much so far. We're introduced to the world, Leinfall noble family, Nova's new Mom, her maid, and other minor characters. One thing this novel surpasses stormsmonarch in is its characters, or lack thereof. This actually plays in the novel's favor since the author can actually take time to develop the characters (which she did).I also like that we're slowly unraveling Nova's past life and how it affects her.
There is something I want to address, and it's Nova's reaction to being GB'd. It took her like 4 paragraphs to calm down, but I think that it's intentional. I think that her identity as a Swordsmaster is more important to her than genders.
World: Actually, we don't know much about the world as of right now and I think it's deliberate on the author's part. What we do know is that it's a vast world with many continents, with the threat of the demon kings being eliminated 5 years prior to the start of the story. There's dungeons and generic fantasy creatures like beast-kins. And there's also a big tower somewhere that grants a wish to anyone who reaches the top floor.
Also we know that there are Otherworlders (from only Korea, Japan and China) and there presence is not really something rare. Oh, and only people with Otherworlders blood can have a system. As of now, the system isn't overbearing. It serves as a more visual notification than a thing you directly use to get stronger.
Characters: I'll review Nova's character first, after that everyone else will be kept in a spoiler tag. I'll update this section as the story goes on.
Nova: Our main character. Formerly Swordsmaster, she reincarnates into a baby boy. She then got GB'd (you know, like the GB tag might suggest). Her personality is a bit arrogant, but not too unbearable. I have a feeling that she'll get humbled one way or another. (I'll be disappointed if she doesn't. Pls author.)
Hayan (Nova's new mom) :
She's sweet, caring, and sweet. Need I say more? Despite her abundance of screentime, her character still hasn't progressed beyond the caring and overprotective mother trope as of chapter 20.
Ria (the head maid) :
She's sweet, caring, and sweet. Oh, and did I mention that she's loyal? Anyway, she isn't a copy of Hayan, which surprised me a lot. Also her character is definitely more developed than Hayan's which I don't know how to feel about. Spoiler for future chapters: In chapter 24 (which I read on the author's patreon), it was revelaed that Ria and Hayan are lovers. So yeah do whatever you want with this information. (If you want me to remove this part contact me author.)
Ihwa (the protector also possible love interest idk) :
She's sweet, caring, and- okay, I shouldn't overuse this too much like the author overuses the "sweet" personality. Anyway, she isn't a copy of the two previous characters. Sure, she's sweet, but also very socially awkward. Oh, and did I mention that she actually acts her age (9 years old) ?
In the few chapters that I saw her, death flags kept popping up before my eyes. Yep, she's definitely going to die. Or is she? I don't know, I don't have access to the author's drafts.
Anyhow, she can be a good foil to Nova if the author writes her correctly.
Herald (the douchebag) :
Nova's dad. He doesn't appear until Nova is 5 years old which shows how much of a douche he is. The first thing he does when he saw her is test her potential. Anyway, abuse, forces himself on his 5th wife (Hayan), threatening his daughter (Nova). What a douche. Waiting to see his face get smashed in.
Erza (the greedy blacksmith with morals?) :
Yeah so remember the "master blacksmith in a ruined shop" cliche? The author subverts this somewhat by making him greedy as hell. There's still the "test" that Nova has to pass to receive his service, but it's more of a power test than a personality test. Minor character, not much else to say. Wouldn't be surprised if he's being chased down by debtors and beaten half-dead.
Hannah (the Alchemist) :
Ria's older sister. Snarky, hates nobles for some reason. That's all I know for now since she was only recently introduced in the patreon chapters. Will add more to this later.
Now, for everyone's favorite part: The swords!
Avaron, the mana-eating sword:
Apparently, she's an Archangel that got banished and sealed herself in Nova's sword to survive. She's rude as hell, insults Nova whenever possible, but I can tell that she cares about her. W-what? What's that? She's a tsundere? Oh no!
Edit: Sword waifu!
Jokes aside, her banter with Nova really adds flavor to the story. Non-important conversations with her only lasts 3 or 5 lines, so it's not disruptive to the story.
(Psh! Avaron is also the main source of lore! She tells us more about Nova's past than Nova himself.)
Okay, not really. She's basically just someone who provokes Nova into telling the story of his past for us, which feels more natural than any backstory or flashback sections I have ever read.
Kirion, the blood-drinking sword:
Not much is known about him (edit: her, now). All he can do as of right now is vibrate (he would make a good vibrator ngl. I still think that he's the opposite of Avaron. Kind, loyal. Oh, and he's temporarily destroyed in recent chapters. Can't wait to have him back
I know than I'm leaving out Fenris the Wolf, but I won't review him. He's basically a cardboard cutout that barely adds anything to the story (as of now at least.)
OVERALL: Good story. Definitely MUCH better than the author's previous 2 fictions. I was a bit sad to see Storms monarch's release rate go down to 1/week, but this is a nice compensation.
Unironically my favorite updating novel currently. Maybe I'll write a better review another day. All you need to know from me is that this story deserves attention and support.