Release that Witch

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Cheng Yan transmigrated only to end up in a medieval Europe like world, becoming Roland, a Royal Prince. But this world doesn’t seem to be the same as his former world, despite some similarities. Witches are real and they actually can use magic?

Follow Roland’s battle for the throne against his siblings. Will he be able to win, even though the king already declared him to be a hopeless case and with the worst starting situation? With his knowledge of modern technologies and the help of the witches, who are known as devils’ servants and are hunted by the the Holy Church, he might have a fighting chance.

Now, let his journey begin.

Release that Witch average rating 4.8/5 - 1517 user ratings
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Zackarotto
New Zackarotto rated it
May 24, 2017
Status: c309
I'm a big fan of this series. I had to check it out when I saw that the author shared my fantasy of borrowing human knowledge to recreate technology in another world, and of using magical abilities to help compensate for what would otherwise be impossible in a span of a few years (when working with pre-industrial tools). Most importantly, it manages to be really fun while being researched well beyond my knowledge in fields like chemistry and metallurgy; there's specificity, but it doesn't feel like you're getting an unnecessary... more>> or dry lecture. It's obviously planned with care, whether it's the science, the timeline of political conquests, the tracking of Roland's finances, and so on, to an extent I haven't seen in other Qidian webnovels.

There are also of course great characters, especially the witches, but also the traditional subordinates, who always marvel at the hero's seemingly absurd futuristic inventions. I also think the hero has an admirable and refreshing personality, especially if you're looking for a change from the usual hypocritical and cold-hearted cultivator killers.

The pacing is slow, but in a really appreciable way, where we see things build up meaningfully over time, and merchants, alchemists and so on are introduced as the town needs them. At the same time, the threats are introduced very early on, so we're given mysteries to think about and confrontations to look forward to. The military battles always deliver after the long build-ups of research and technology, and there are also other dramatic moments (like the Stone Tower) to keep things from getting monotonous.

On the fantasy side I'd guess that it's influenced by The Witcher, which I think is to its credit, although I'm more familiar with the games. The God's Punishment Army procedure could easily remind someone of the trial of grasses, and the witch associations might call The Witcher's Lodge of Sorceresses to mind. And I'm not even mentioning the direct reference, haha.

The series could definitely use a full editing pass for typos and other mistakes, but I have no complaints about the translator's ability to write in English overall, which is always a relief. If you see errors, send them in! I think this is a series that especially deserves the care and attention. <<less
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New -faded- rated it
May 19, 2017
Status: --
I've never read an Otherworld novel where MC makes use of modern knowledge as well as in this one. Usually it's either just grade school knowledge, full of holes, or just inaccurate. But this one is really well written.

No complaints about the plot or world building and the characters are interesting the description on the cover page really doesn't do it justice. I tore through translated 300 chapters + 400 raw in a blink of an eye. And I'm already showing withdrawal symptoms for more.
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Dusk
Dusk rated it
June 30, 2016
Status: c207
Loved it, truly a beautiful read. I didn't expect a Chinese novel could be like this. The title and the cover for this novel doesn't do it justice at all. Don't let the title or the cover hinder you from reading this!

A mix of realism, kingdom building, fantasy, mystery, witchcraft & science, it is a pleasure to read slice of life novel at the early chapters. The latter chapters however, will also shed some light into the 'darkness' of the world Roan transmigrated to. Relatively speaking, it's not as... more>> simple as it seems in the surface, but the 'darkness' is not anything gruesome or heavy things like rape and all, it's more like the dark dealings of the church and the pain caused to the witches. All in all, it's actually pretty light.

Let's say that in most transmigration stories, I would say that...a bunch of them doesn't really put emphasis on the sudden change of personality from the mc. Like how a person can suddenly turn from a complete bastard to an upright person, Isn't it common knowledge that such a thing is very weird?

I'm sure the people around you will pick up some details and be suspicious, and in the end you would get discovered, or worse you can probably be accused as a devil. But nope, the story doesn't goes like that. The people there are too stupid to realize the drastic change. Not with this one though, the mc knows it would be a dumb move if he suddenly act as he would and slowly reveal his own personality instead , this is what I call REALISTIC, as far as I have seen, RTW is one of the novels that has put realism in a very heavy consideration, which is very admirable. I think most other authors won't be willing to put so much research into their novel.

*ehem* rants aside, The mc is transported into a world very similar to medival times in Europe but in fact it is not. Supernatural powers truly exist here, magic exists in a minority of females who are somehow able to wield magic, these witches are however, hunted by the people as they are labeled as demon kins by the church, which have succeeded to brainwash the people of the continent. It has now been the goal of the Mc, Roan to help these witches and build a kingdom where witches and humans alike can live together.

The story has also been successful in integrating a big believe of medieval times, nonsensical superstitious. Things like, for example, witches are the incarnation of devils.

In my opinion, RTW is a very realistic fantasy story that I think that if this world would have supernatural powers, such kind of incidents would occur in the past, in fact the realism is one of RTW's charms, something that the author had probably poured lots of research in.

As the mc used to work as an engineer before, he is very knowledgeable in the division, which he will be using a lot. He will be using his modern knowledge a lot to tackle his problems along with the help of the witches, which along the way, he would encounter more and more witches, he would then help them and they, in turn would help him.

The only problem I have is that the Mc Roan..is too smart!! Lol, he had a lot, by lot I mean LOTS of information stored on his head that even couped with his work before, almost doesn't really make sense, this is specifically evident as more time passed. But anyways, I'm sure all of us are not particularly concerned with this plot hole.

However, RtW also focuses on some details of machinery, chemistry, etc. So this point might cause some readers to be turned off, which is sad.

Talking about details, RTW is probably one of the most well-done romance in CN novels, an origin where lots of poorly done romance comes from. The romance here is subtle, in fact, slow, it doesn't show much spotlight to it but it is a fact that the author had done it carefully which made it enjoyable. Oh, and harem is possible, just warning. Although I can vouch that novel's harem (if it would happen) would not cause deterrents.

As the story progresses, You will feel like this story has more secrets to it and is not simply what it looks like in the surface, and on the later chapters, mutated beasts and..a so called-devil would also appear..

Translation still have mistakes here and there but not to the point where it causes you to avoid it, and it has improved a lot too, anyway, thanks Roxerer!

I have to say that RTW just have this unique quality of it that makes me and lots of us here love it so much, awesome work, a slice-of-life fantasy with tinges of medieval darkness.

200 chapters are in, and I have already edited this review for more than 5 times. 9.4/10 this is one very exquisite novel that never fails to surprise me, simply elegant.

P.S I read a review of someone mentioning maoyuu saying that we here doesn't read it or forget it? Well, you are horribly wrong, I read it, and in my opnion maouyuu's characters are too one-dimensional, I could go on and on but in short, I prefer RTW a lot more, just because you liked it more doesn't mean that we liked it more, in my personal opinion, RTW is a lot better. Please don't assume people to have the exact same taste as you. <<less
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R0
R0 rated it
October 25, 2016
Status: c376
Definitely my number 1 novel. I even paid $10 to read the raw on Qidian lol. I used to avoid this novel because of the misleading title and picture which led me into thinking it's another typical harem story where MC goes around save the witches making them fawning all over him. I at first read this without expecting anything, but it turns out to be an excellent novel. Most of MC's actions are logical and realistic.

Well, it is an undeniable facts that MC has a lot of girls... more>> around him but it's not exactly a harem. There are only like two girls who actually like him while others are simply thankful to him or admiring him. Well, there are like 3 girls who still don't trust him.

When it comes to romance, this novel has pretty late romance but considering that this novel is likely to have more than a thousand chapters due to the fact that the world is not being completely explored and he has set his eye on a country because the country has oil but he still takes no action to go to the country because he wants to take over his country first.

The interaction between he and Anna and Nightingle is just adorable. There's even a joke where he and Anna almost do "it" but Anna fell asleep so he slept too then tomorrow afternoon, he heard a knock on his door where his first thought was "Did she come here to continue yesterday's night "talk"" But he was disappointed when other people came in.

I can see some says he's stupid for creating guns? Well..
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Yes, he did create guns and cannons, but he completely monopolizes the technology. How could other people have guns too. He even creates a 152mm Howitzer. During wars, he killed all of his enemies regardless of their social standing. Up till c372, no one can fight his armies back, well some of his soldiers did get injured because of the "pills" that is distributed by the church. He even creates air-balloon and drop bombs to his enemies. Border Town has become the richest city in the country under his rules so it's just natural for him to have the strongest army.

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Someone even said there are witches but no one is using their powers?
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This statement makes me feel like this guy just read 5 chapters and decided to write a review. Currently, there are witches who are being used by the church to carry out dirty works, the church is collecting homeless little girls where the normal ones will be their devoted believers while the witches are being killed to extract their power to create God Punishment Army. From here, it's a heavy spoiler so proceed with caution

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400 years ago, witches are being looked up as higher beings while normal humans are basically being called "mortals". The witches have one goal; to defeat the demons. Unfortunately, the demons are very powerful so a witch named Akaris decided to use witch as tools instead of warriors to amass an army that is capable of defeating the demons. Akaris is literally the god of the church but only the popes know this. With Akaris's influence, witches are being use as a disposable tool to make normal humans become strong. This is because there are witches whose power is deem as "non-offensive" so even if they have 1000 witches, there are like only 200 how can fight so with extracting their power, all of them will have the same power that is superhuman strength. That's all.

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I highly recommended this novel as most of the characters do have a backstory to some extend, it's neither deep nor shallow but it's at an enough level where you can understand the characters to some extend.

Some people said that Roland is Mr.I-know-it-all but not really for example:
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He wants to create a healthcare but unable to do it because he has 0 knowledge about medicine.
He creates an army and of course there're regiment, battalion, company, platoon and squad. But he doesn't know the exact number of each unit should have.
He wants to write periodic table but he can't remember all of the elements.
And he even make mistakes to the point he almost dies.

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The only thing that is slightly less appealing is that the MC doesn't lift and he takes nap after lunch.

PS: The best grills are Lightning and Macy(Mercy in the translation) (the flying duo) <<less
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Elcasa
Elcasa rated it
June 22, 2016
Status: c5
The MC gets transferred into the body of a Prince(yeah he's the worst of his siblings). He has no cheats, aside a different perspective and otherworldly knowledge. As of Chapter 5, the story has been quite satisfying and realistic.
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Genisyn69
Genisyn69 rated it
August 1, 2016
Status: c224
TL;DR - Great, if you like 'builder/management/politics' you'll definitely want to read this one.

Good world building, decent philosophical/faith war (witch persecution), deeper backstories referenced (church's plot &
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devil/demon hints of secrets i.e. hacala's mistaken idea on ancient text, & size of kingdom vs. wider world - (the map by picture witch & flying witch)

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Not a harem fiction, though there is romance hinted at during the story regularly.
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until later, one requited love, one unrequited love shown so far. The question of "would you marry a witch" answer. The inclusion of fertility as an issue is really unneeded in the story as well...

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it's not overdone and doesn't supercede the main plot points.

complaint- MC has a broken amount of knowledge that he really shouldn't/couldn't have despite the premise of story.
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During the story at least one person hints at "how could he know all these things", from their perspective he's just inventing or all-knowing, though he does blame it on the alchemist workshop saying it's their invention. However... this guy knows way way way more than he rightfully should even as a modern person, in both ancient developments of technology, not just their premise, but actually how to make them. To include a fairly advanced view of physics, biology, chemistry, mechanics, politics, aristocracy(noble version of politics). Granted most of the advancements are cheated by magic development to skip into industrial revolution items...

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random thought - (totally guessing)
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I say he is a witch(warlock) himself, by way of possession.. though they say multiple times he's possibly influenced by the devil (multiple sources, including his minister), which is a bit funny since he possesses the former body of the prince. The only problem with this is that the one witch that can see magical powers in others directly never says anything about him having powers, so.. damn.. at least his sister realizes, without even meeting him that he's not the real prince.

With the constant reminder of fertility coming up, I have to imagine that's either just a very poor 'heartstring' attempt by author or something else for deus ex to fix later. OR!!! he's a warlock(witch) himself, but that's probably me trying to make him OP, and make sense of his current OP-knowledge, while also shipping him and the fire witch haha.

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Daoist LastWish
Daoist LastWish rated it
February 28, 2017
Status: c135
A mildly interesting leftist, feminist fantasy novel. It was interesting in the beginning, because of the novelty. But the novelty wore off and then the weakness of writing were staring in my face.

In the beginning the plot was tight, and so I could ignore author's habit of demonstrating his own smartness by throwing in scientific terms at random. However, as time went by, plot became loose and it became irritating.

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Strong Points:
* Interesting premise.
* Good beginning of the story, but looses steam around Chapter 100 or so.
* Writing is generally good.
* Play of politics is well depicted.

Weakness:
* Author tries to be too smart, and dumps in scientific terms at random. He tries to depict manufacturing process in detail, but it just becomes tiresome to read all the pointless pseudoscience.
* MC must have an IQ of 3000000000 bazillion. In his previous life he just had a desk job, and in this new life he is Chemist, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Enginner and a Great General, all in one.
* Everyone on MC's side has a IQ of 200000 Million. Despite the fact that they are barely literate, MC's subordinates are grasping the knowledge that usually takes 10 years in mere 2 months!

Strange Things:
* Only women can do magic. Feminist much?
* MC is kick-starting mankind progress. What took 2000 years, MC is doing it in 6 months.

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intelanands
intelanands rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: c91
Tl;dr - Reincarnated mechanical engineer brings about industrial revolution in the Medieval Era (imagine going on an invention spree in the 14th century introducing steam engines, Newton's laws, Einstein's theories etc. Become the greatest scientist in the history and rule over the world), with the help of witches that are falsely called the devils incarnate by the Church. The world building is great, the translator is amazing and this story is a must read!!

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The first thing i will say is that the title doesn't justify the story. If i was... more>> to sum up the story till now, it would be 'Engineer in Another World'. An interesting theory XD

The MC is level headed, smart, and he thinks like a student of science, and not like some stubborn and foolish idiot. He is nither arrogant nor a coward.

This is a story of an engineer being reincarnated in another universe, as a good-for-nothing prince and will fight against his siblings for the throne. And he uses science and stuff from his previous life in this world, which is still in the era of kingdoms using swords and crossbows, and becomes the overlord of the world.

Imagine you being reincarnated in 1500s. I will invent electricity, machines and everything I've learnt, and name then all after me. I will become the God of the masses and get worshipped by the whole world XD. Our MC is not that arrogant. He is humble and respects everyone, unlike a lot of novels.

And there are witches in the story. From the sypnosis we get that the witches are hated by the whole world and our MC fights for them. I won't spoil it for you guys.

From the story so far, I think there will be lots of scheming, planning, plotting and conning others in the future chapters.

Till now there has been no mention of things like cultivation levels or anything such. I don't think it will be a story where the MC is nuts about cultivation and becoming an immortal, which is different from a lot of xianxia novels, and I think this is one of the really good points about this story.

The author is doing a good job at building the world, and i would recommend this novel very much. <<less
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Draeghe
Draeghe rated it
July 24, 2016
Status: c27
I had good hope for this novel and I was even enjoying it.

Right uptil Chapter 27, where I learn the Main Character wants to introduce 'the gun' to the world.

Although at this point it's not yet certain whether he'll succeed or not. I find it downright annoying that introducing firearms into a swords/archers(/magic) type of world seems to be 'the' technological solution that the MC wants to bring into play.

History tells you that the gun brought significant change to the world, but that change was wrought through a lot of... more>> bloodshed. I find it debatable that 'inventing' better weapons is the solution. At least not something that's so highly abusable by all. It's not without reason that weapons are banned in some countries and that other countries where it's 'legal' have a higher (firearm) deathrate.

And although you might argue that people will continue to kill regardless of the introduction of firearms. The death toll would be significantly less without such a powerful weapon. And in this type of world, it should be powerful.

I was honestly hoping that if he kept on the path of inventing, he would stick to more constructive things that would help life in general. And by that I mean more convenience like structures... Pipelines for sewers, watertaps, transport ... I don't know ... I'd like to be surprised, not write it myself, lol.

On a side note ... At least it wasn't some MC getting into a magical world, who promptly decides to "Let's invent 'Gun Magic'", cause clearly that's the most imaginative thing to do in a world full of ... magic. Then again, that's probably because this MC can't use magic to begin with.

I sincerely hope his 'gun-plans' fall through. And he no longer sticks to it.

For the rest it's still a decent novel, so I won't say I'll drop it immediately. So for now I'll rate it a 2. It might've been a 4, if it wasn't for the gun thing. Yeah, that seriously put me off. Although I'm sure some people would like it instead. <<less
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BLKCandy
BLKCandy rated it
June 26, 2016
Status: c249
Oh? This one is more interesting than I thought. Our MC has taken over a body of a prince which is assigned to rule a crappy border city.

The world common view is full of superstitions, which are partially true. Instead of rejecting or fearing the superstitions, the MC tries to understand them and employ or destroy them accordingly and opposed the church close minded reign. It feels like a changing point where magic changed from fearful to useful,

The MC also starting to brings some newer tech and ideas to the... more>> new world. This includes guns, steam engine, and some military reform so far.

Some politics are starting to come in to the story. We start to see some faction and ideologies formed. Though as the story mostly focused on the prince, we don't get to know that much about other faction. Plus, their interaction are mostly indirect / remote so far.

MC (and author's) views seems to be biased against the church and lean toward atheism. MC has also made quite a few assumptions on local religions, belief, and even how 'supernatural things' work without clear information or knowledge. His inventions and new policy adoption are done with only minor trouble and made great effect. And while the author try to make MC seem to be a simply able man, he still feel a bit too google-ish like many bring tech to new world kind of stories out there. That guy can write a textbook and manuals without reference.

This make the story feels a bit railroaded.

Still good so far. And I recommend it as it maintains this quality. Won't give it 5/5 though. <<less
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UsernameJ
UsernameJ rated it
November 2, 2016
Status: c124
This novel is easily one of the best on this entire site. MC is smart but not in the "I'm secretly a genius, watch me rule the world with my insipid intelligence!", more smart like "Slavery is bad because it harms humans and slows down the economy, let's get rid of it."

The writing is good, the pacing of the story is really nice. Characters are interesting and realistic. The world setting has a touch of mystery to it and we watch the characters do their thing while trying to figure... more>> out their place in the world.

Really good story, very different from a lot of other Chinese stories here. Definitely one of the best stories on this site, and absolutely the best non-Xianxia story I've read here so far. <<less
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Hantosh
Hantosh rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: c560
Plot:
Mechanical engineer MC reincarnates as a disregarded prince in a medieval fantasy world. There's kingdom building, army building, tech development (firearms, explosives, steel, etc), medieval politics.

Pros:
- Great writing. Feels like a Japanese WN, almost can't believe it's a Chinese WN. There's little of the repetitive/hand-wavy/edgelord writing that plagues Xianxia stories. Reaction chapters are enjoyable and help with the world building, rather than the filler chapters they usually are. Author seems to have the plot well planned out so far.
- Likable MC, side characters. Side characters get... more>> screen time and development. There's world building chapters from other people's point-of-views (even if most of the time you just want to get back to the MC's empire building shenanigans ASAP). So refreshing.
- There's basic science involved so you might learn something (the comments section is sometimes interesting and not just pure cancer). Having something grounded in reality really adds to the enjoyment (like Seiun wo Kakeru).
- Regular translator updates.
- Contrary to my expectations (because of the science and whatnot), is easily read with GT. Get the Perapera Chinese add-on for Firefox if you haven't already.

Cons:
- Translation quality drops pretty quick. First chapter is great at roping you in, but a few chapters in the typos, odd word choices and word salads are noticeable. Still readable, though a bit irritating.

Recommendation:
If you liked "Gate: Thus The JSDF Fought There" for its modern day warfare trouncing medieval tech theme, you'll probably like this. Read up to chapter 560 with zero regrets so far. <<less
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bekyuubi
bekyuubi rated it
January 24, 2017
Status: c224
I have to say, I'm quite disappointed. For the many reviews of 5 stars out there, it seems like everyone has forgotten or has not read Maoyuu maou yuusha which have a far better plot and characters. Not 1 out of the 81 reviews so far posted on it.

Release that witch is a mish-mash of various genres put together that are reasonably done, and for what for what it's worth, the sum of everything in the WN put together, is actually better than its individual parts.

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There really isn't much that truly stands out. If you look at it from a kingdom building genre, it's dry and not remarkably interesting, but it definitely beats the ridiculous JP trope of 'Mayonnaise introduced to medieval fantasy, everyone falls head over heels'. The reason why it's actually dry is mostly because of the lack of the 'struggle' thus far.

Do you know how freaking hard it was to break the feudalism government? It took more than 600 years when it flourished in Europe. The entire idea of overthrowing the king-nobles-knights can be something grand, but when the MC starts to introduce new technology over and over again which makes light of the whole era, it immediately becomes weak as a story.

Now, the 'struggle' section comes in the form of witches and the political wars between the church-roland's family. The witches are somewhat out there as a struggle for their freedom from religion and politics, but Roland pretty much takes that struggle out by force. The witches didn't achieve their freedom with their own hands, because Roland handed them their freedom.

Based on these two alone, the MC has gone pretty close to become OP. It is convenient for him to constantly discover new witches with new powers to invent new upgrades. It starts to be a given that Roland will somehow succeed in defeating all his opponents through modern warfare weapons.

There's not much about achieving an egalitarian society, but more of a self-fulfillment state-owned authoritarian/monarchy play dabbling in socialism. I say monarchy, because it seems like Roland wants an heir.

There is no revolution to see here, where the people cast out their serf status because they had the courage to do so, it is handed down by MC. Is it really that interesting to read that? Roland and his witches 'cure' the crowd from a magic plague, and they adulate him to the skies. It's all MC and about his witches again handing out solutions on a regular basis! This is absolutely boring me to tears and it goes on for 200+ chapters before I finally gave up and dropped the series.

Then about the wars. Honestly, what's the point? When you bring up the guns, I don't see ANY way how it's possible for his enemies to win. Guns literally changed warfare to make medieval swords and sticks pointless. He even has bunkers for his armies to use, for crying out loud. It's not even a delay or avoid melee fights strategy in the 1700s, it's bunkers from the 19-20th century. For the other parties to win, they either have to evolve to something ridiculous or use an overwhelming number of men to defeat Roland.

Speaking of which, I think I kind of lost it when witches upgrade their abilities. That's pretty much hitting some of the Mary Sue factor, but the main heroine is pushing it too much. She is an absolute genius that finished studying years of high school material in months, then invent new designs like steve jobs in sheer moments, while upgrading her magic powers non-stop and is a badass too. Did I mention she's really pretty?

Despite all the things that plague the series, it is ultimately a package that is better than the individual parts. At best I can say that it's an enjoyable read for many people because it has the overall package, at its worst it's fast food WN that is way overrated because it's appearing for the first time, especially as a Chinese WN.

Edit: For those of you who have already read this WN, I would suggest you to youtube "maoyuu speech" and compare between the (fake) scholar vs Anna. See the differences in storytelling and characters' depth.

Also, Maoyuu started off from a webnovel, so don't think that there wasn't a precedent before Release That Witch.

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Moonbreeze
Moonbreeze rated it
August 29, 2016
Status: c278
Spoiler alert, this review includes information from chapter 100 to chapter 278 in order to answer some negative review like 'why MC introducing firearms into a swords/archers(/magic) type of world ' ‘why no-one thinks to use witch's power before MC arrive', etc.

1. Why MC introducing firearms into a swords/archers(/magic) type of world?
The MC needs weapon to deal with the threat of Demons, and humanity need new weapon as well. It's not a peaceful world.

2.why no-one thinks to use witch's power before MC arrive?
They did. There are at... more>> least three ways to use the witch's power, and the power is widely use long time ago. this novel has more than 300 chapters already and I can hardly say the author have finished half of it.

3.One of his sister already realized MC acted like a different person and sent a witch to investigate. <<less
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Soma
Soma rated it
July 2, 2016
Status: c11
What a fantastic mind battling novel. An entertaining novel with smart prince as mc scheming around to wrest the throne from his siblings. The concept is interesting and... kinda unique, a fitting choice for those who get bored reading novel with predictable plot.
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Silveus
Silveus
December 12, 2016
Status: c174
This is not the best written piece of litature i've ever read. It's not even the best translated web or light novel i've ever read.

The characters are not the most vibrant characters i've ever seen.

The plot isn't the most interesting.

... more>> The antagonists aren't the most interesting.

The world and setting aren't the best either.

And yet, it's by far one of my favorite stories, i look forward to this way more than i do anything else on my reading list.

And i have no idea why.

No individual part stands out as absurdly good, but they all come together almost perfectly, to make just an absolutely enjoyable read. <<less
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kzwkrain
kzwkrain rated it
October 15, 2016
Status: c370
One of the best novels I had read. This story focuses on 3 things. Witches, territory management, and politics.

The mc has knowledge of Earth and will apply it into this world. But what's the point of following our step by step history? With the help of the witches, he is able to make steam engines, flictlock muskets(improvised musket), ironclads, hot air balloon, artillery, tnt, lasers and many more!

With advance technology, he can rekt everyone in this world! Typical op mc right? Nah, that's not all. Firstly, he is not... more>> a strong mc in a sense that he can 1 rekt 500 like in most wuxia novels. He doesn't practice fighting(as of c370), so this is a rare Chinese novel with no bullshit cultivations! Secondly, it's not like all the technologies just pop up for no reasons. Even the mc can't remember how to create most of the stuff we have on earth. He teaches sciences to alchemists and witches and they will help him to research.

Threats like assassinations are actually quite rare unlike most Chinese novels. So the mc don't have to fight experience assansins and own them.

Wars are actually quite less as well. I can count it with my fingers.

There are some chapters that shows different perspective from side characters and it's interesting to read it. How should I say? Not too much and not too little. Just nice.

So yeah, I recommend this to anyone reading it. Please continue to follow the series and support the translator if you want to continue reading the translated version. Otherwise I think you won't be able to catch up the on-going raws. From my knowledge, the raws update a chapter everyday.

PS: the laser is a joke. <<less
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triggerk
triggerk rated it
January 23, 2017
Status: c252
Release that Witch is a surprising read in a sea of webnovels. It isn't perfect, and I'll elaborate on that, but it's above the garbage often seen. There won't be plot spoilers in this review except the obvious "Yeah he helps witches" so continue with that in mind. Enjoy my mini-novel review.

Unlike most CN webnovels, RtW distances itself from Wuxia and enters the magic flintlock genre. With a setting reminiscent of medieval times, you've got a cast of knights and nobles and peasants. This isn't a new concept. In fact,... more>> it's old and worn. But it's how it's done despite the tropes, and for the most part, the author managed well. The twist is that the protagonist comes from our modern day, and this twist carries the story in both obvious ways and more subtle ones.

Had the first chapter never mentioned the origins of the protagonist, it would've been hard to realize at a glance. The name of this regular guy is soon forgotten as he takes upon the role of Roland, the fourth prince, and you will probably only know him as such. The previous Roland was a fool, as often these stories make them be, so when our modern day hero takes over, it becomes a familiar journey of climbing to kingship. He no slave or farm boy, but his status as nobility begins low relative to his siblings, and gives us, the reader, something to cheer for.

This brings up the advantages of a modern day man in a period lacking knowledge. But as you can imagine by the title, what keeps this in the fantasy genre is the inclusion of witches, giving Roland cards to play on his path to glory, literally and figuratively.

Witches are ostracized as devils and killed. Their powers are clearly seen and isn't mystical voodoo no one believes. And our protagonist becomes their friend. Whether it's because he's interested in a scientific standpoint or he's a friendly guy isn't important. What's important is the role witches play in the grand scheme of things.

Roland's Border Town becomes a bastion for them. His kindness and acceptance toward witches attracts a flock who aid and make possible things that would otherwise be impossible. Like many novels in epic fantasy, it becomes too much, and details become lost. Because of the story's scope, beside a select few witches, many of them take a backseat and are reduced to tools to help Roland grow his empire. This is a shame because the cast of said witches is fun and varied. Unfortunately you'll only familiarize yourself with certain ones, and the rest are non-existent until the protagonist has use of their power.

Those powers have an important role, and it's here that magic and technology mix. Roland's ability to rise up depends on magic, boosting his ability to quickly reach the industrial age of guns and manufacturing. You'd think one might overwhelm the other, but balance is kept in check. There are clear advantages to witches, yet they're no army. By helping witches, he's given the chance to command an army unlike any seen before, and with his knowledge, the overwhelming advantages he has crushes the opposition and gives Roland a legitimate claim to the throne.

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, he should know things others do not. On the other hand, he knows too much. Roland was a mechanical engineer before, but apparently he knows chemistry, biology, the education system, war tactics, shipbuilding, and who knows what else. Basic knowledge is fine. What this guy has is unacceptable, however.

"Hey, I'm going to write a chemistry textbook telling you every formula in the world. By the way I'm going to jot down a 500 page manual on how2biology. And I'm going to rewrite an entire play or three, by memory, perfectly. But wait there's more! I'll add in a physics course for free. Did I mention I'm a master plumber, farmer, and blacksmith? Hell, have some music theory too, because I'm a mechanical engineer who took some GE classes and we can all do that while governing an entire city as a full-time job."

Like, what? Some defend this, but there's literally nobody who can do this. Stop trying to "logic" it. Can anyone recite every country in the world by heart, right now, and every state and city and province? Can they list the periodic table in its entirety 20 years after they've long forgotten their high school chemistry class? Do they have seven phDs and a photographic memory? Literally autism. And if you don't want to admit that, then Roland's a Mary Sue, period. Frankly, being overpowered is fine. But let's call this story what it is and not pretend it's anything otherwise. Release that Witch is a power fantasy for teenage and young adult men.

Only in foreign webnovels do protagonists get a pass for being overpowered, which is called bad writing anywhere else. Even Superman has his Kryponite, whether it's a rock or vulnerable friends he must care for. Millions are enthralled by something like Game of Thrones because the characters are human. They are flawed and morally gray men and women who may not survive to the end. Protagonist-chan? He might as well be an alien, because nobody is perfect.

And this is an issue because I've never been concerned for Roland's well-being. He's perfect, and thus boring. While he's no fighter, he doesn't need to be. He is in no danger because he's not one step ahead but twenty steps. I'm quite certain that a witch introduced hundreds of chapters ago, who has never done a damned thing, will suddenly become relevant at a critical point. Then he's going to say, "Just as planned." But because the author didn't give our hypothetical witch any show time, it'll look like our prince pulled it out of his behind. Rest assured, Roland has his bases covered with a plethora of beautiful women surrounding him. He doesn't need to worry about them, either, since they're also ridiculous.

What's also boring is how dull his knowledge can be. It drags the story down when the author harps on about molecules. Imagine a football fan yapping in your ears about his favorite team while the season is airing. Now imagine you not giving a shit, since you'd rather watch Rick and Morty or Futurama or something. This is what it's like when the author writes about details no one cares about. Your eyes glaze over and you skip entire paragraphs as terms you've never heard of are talked about. Please stop. Go back to the story.

Speaking of story, like many in epic fantasy, there are multiple factions with intrigue and espionage in the background. There's a cabal of witches, the church, and the princes and princesses vying for control. The writer touches upon all of them in a third person omniscient point of view, meaning you see what happens at a bird's eye distance and hear the thoughts of all characters. The reader is in the know of things our protagonist is not, and of events he doesn't witness. Possibly good, probably bad. Although we learn more about the world than Roland does, we don't get to experience the surprises in store for him in the future because we'll be in the loop. I personally lean toward this being a negative because this just becomes info dumping and telling rather than showing. Where's the mystery if the author introduces a new character, then immediately tells us his secrets? His life story, his children's stories, and the name of the gopher in his front yard--there goes whatever interest I have in said person.

Another negative is the grammar. For a translated novel, it's okay. But being readable doesn't mean it's correct, and if you're someone who understands basic grammar rules, little things will bother you. Punctuation and dialogue tags, for example, or the incessant use of passive voice. The editors could do a better job. For the last time, you can smile dialogue. When will they learn?

Now I'm going to talk about what this story is and isn't. Despite the roster of witches, all of whom are women, this is not a harem. It has the potential, but it isn't and hopefully won't be. This story is also small on romance. Because of the cast size, Roland doesn't have time to dote upon characters you may or may not ship together. It's present and there, but it's a subplot. Though some may praise the romance, I can't, because I don't see it becoming more than superficial. There's maybe one chapter focusing purely on relationships as of the 200s. How this is good romance is beyond me. RtW is and will always be about Townbuilding 101 and the politics that come with it.

If the main course of the novel is reaching a modern day quality of life, then witches and magic and such are like the side dish to add flavor to the meal. If one witch is salt and another is pepper, you'll get a lot of salt and pepper. But again, because of the story's scope, you're not going to get much paprika or garlic or chives. They're there, but only as one-dimensional additions. Let's not mention the named knight or three. Unfortunately, you may forget who half the cast is. But if you love the few characters that get the screentime of an A-list actor, you're in for a wild ride.

Anyhow, if I had to recommend a Chinese webnovel to a reader who doesn't like Chinese webnovels, this story would be my first suggestion. At the same time, it's so far away from the typical CN story that it almost doesn't qualify as one, yet technically it is. There's no saving face or retarded "can't see Mount Tai" or wow, he can't decide whether he should laugh or cry 100x. It's not a story of self-improvement by getting lucky finding an artifact, then senseless slaughter. It's a standard western epic fantasy that also suffers from CN webnovel tropes, and whether that's what you want or not, that's what you'll get. It's unique, but not unique. It's done okay, but certainly not groundbreaking.

I cannot get over the detachment I feel for most characters. I like the characters placed in the backseat, never to be heard from again. I like the subplots that'll never be brought up in the future. Instead I read pointless specifics on topics I couldn't give a rat's ass about. Instead I learn Roland paves some roads, and maybe adds a few more witches I'll forget exists. Worst, I'll never be worried about him because I know the fourth prince will pull through unscathed. Why, then, should I or any reader care what happens? The stakes aren't high. They're as low as the dirt under our feet. And when the hero doesn't struggle to achieve his goals, then he didn't earn those victories. Roland is given them on a silver platter, and suddenly, everything he accomplishes is diminished. Zero tension, because every battle is already won.

That doesn't mean I didn't like it. It's still enjoyable. But the fun factor degrades. So I have to ask myself why I should read this pseudo western fantasy. Why should I read RtW when I can read Patrick Rothfuss? Why should I read RtW when I can read Brandon Sanderson, or George R.R. Martin? These known fantasy authors have been picked up by publishers because their work are proven sellers, and have years of practice under their belt in writing. Release that Witch competes in the same genre, but doesn't have the same polish. So for a webnovel it's above average, but compared to published novels vetted by professionals, it has glaring flaws. By virtue of setting alone comes its own pros and cons.

Lastly, I want to say that the story really drags when the releases slow down. Because it reads differently, the pace is different and does not fit the norm of CN webnovels. If you binge read it, the experience is better, but the translators are not keeping up as of late, and my interest in the story suddenly tanked. And once I let the story sit in my mind for a while, I realized it's really as good as people say it is.

Tl;dr, Release that Witch is pretty good for what it is. Release that Witch is also pretty bad for what it pretends to be. <<less
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Ardavix
Ardavix rated it
December 20, 2016
Status: c174
This novel is refreshing. You can tangibly feel the thought put into this novel's story and its sequence of events. After reading so many wish fulfillment novels I've become somewhat disillusioned with the lack of thought put into these novels and their subsequent plot holes. You can only say, "it's just a novel," so many times before you sigh and drop novel after novel. That is not to say that I don't like wish fulfillment novels, actually, I really like them; however, I do wish that they were more thought... more>> out and better written. In any case, to be clear, this is no Shakespeare but it's a leap above its compatriots in terms of quality.

Usually, I'm not the type to enjoy nation building novels; it's a trope that's been used so often in western literature that I tried to avoid it on this site. After having no more novels to read, I noticed how popular Release that Witch was in addition to how highly rated it was so I decided to give it a try. After 7 days and 174 chapters, these are my thoughts.

1. It's thought out: That's not to say that it has no plot holes but you can tell that it clearly wasn't rushed.
2. It's slow but that's ok: as mentioned, it was definitely not rushed; every sequence in the story is structured around it's central plot & premise: reincarnated engineer builds a nation using his past life's accumulated knowledge (emancipating witches is a subplot). However, each sequence leads seamlessly into each other whilst including the perspectives of other important and or relevant [to the main character's ambitions] characters.
3. It's another wish fulfillment novel: but it's not your typical wish fulfillment novel. Yes the story is all about the MC; however, the story isn't drowned out by the MC either. If I had one complaint ~ it would be that the MC is a little bit too smart. Forget about your average Joe, not even Einstein knew as much about so many things as our MC. Perhaps only Da Vinci could be as much of a jack of all trade - master of none as our MC.
4. 174 chapters in and I only had my blood boil over once: as mentioned, it's slow but the climaxes are worth the wait :P
5. usually, when I read a new novel with 100+ chapters translated I storm through it in 2 or 3 days; even CD only took me a fortnight to finish and I started reading it when it was completely translated. However, with RTW, I seem to be taking it relatively slow reading about 20 or so chapters/day ~ probably do to the lack of blood boiling scenes.

Accordingly, I can happily recommend it; especially to people who enjoy nation building novels. Now then still 8 more chapters to go until I'm fully caught up :) <<less
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merddin
merddin rated it
October 24, 2016
Status: c110
This novel is a rare gem. In short - go read it immediately, you won't regret.

Going into the details:
It boasts a solid, captivating plot mostly told from the point of MC but with timely inserted chapters from different POV that don't just retell what you already know, like in many other novels, but help to deepen the world and characters.

Speaking of characters, you won't find typical 2D cutouts here, all named characters have a proper story and reasons for their actions. Despite harem tag, as of now there isn't... more>> one, even though a couple of witches show interest in the MC (who definitely isn't oblivious). The romance isn't strong at this point as MC is preoccupied with more pressing matters. MC is likable and uses his brain instead of godly cheats.

Overall this feels more like a proper fantasy novel than a typical web novel. The author clearly thought out the story and knows where it goes.

On a separate note, translator of this series is seriously amazing. Releases are fast, regular and of great quality. Thank you, so much for this novel! <<less
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Dream Seeker
Dream Seeker rated it
July 21, 2016
Status: c22
I am enjoying this one quite a bit. It's about discrimination and equality while discovering a peculiar strength of group or individual. I won't say it's a best seller, but it's got a nice style. So I recommend this a good causal read for anyone into fantasy/sci-fi.
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Ssjn4vega
Ssjn4vega rated it
July 1, 2016
Status: c10
Love it so far, it's interesting and new. I love kingdom building and I hate judgmental religions getting their comeuppance so this is a great story for me.
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