You want to know why I have left such a devastating review:
Let us remember, what the novel shown, promised us at the begining:
So what went wrong:
He can not kill his enemies, he lets them grow (I ignore the nonsensical reasoning that was given in the novel: "Because he wants to see who is behind them." - there are four guys stronger then him, who else might it be, if not them?)
The guys who betrayed him are his friends. And the "joke" is he wants to be friends with them. And they betray him more, because he is a guy, who "understands". They just wanted power, nothing personal, so it is ok. (Reason in the novel is same nonsense, the one I wrote is actually what happens.)
You think the firends thing is bad? You know the "daughter" he saves, it is actually a cuckoo, and not his. The mother is stil alive, and is enemie of the protagonist and tries to kill him, and betrays him more then once in the process of the novel. Then after he saves her from his followers and helps her like 2-3 times, she finally changes camps (to neutral) and they stay friends. But at least he did not get together with her. If you think it saves everything, then good for you.
There are much more I can write. But I think it is enough to understand my decision.
Thank you for your time.
The chinese reader will propably recognise the setting. It is in principle an alternative (through pretty similar) take on this pretty interesting part of chinese history. There are phantastical elements, some changes, the perspective is special, many plots are added etc.. But I actually found it weakens the story. It is like you take Joan of Arc and make her have superpowers and the other side have superpowers, and you tell it from the perspective of some guy you add, but you leave the important events close to the same, interpret them in your own way of thinking.
Hansoo whistled as he looked at the power of the Flames.
A power that the natives of Angkara had to pour every bit of their effort to use.
But this man was covered from head to toe with this power.
In a much more efficient manner too.
Hansoo blocked the energy charging towards him with his armor and swung his hammer towards the opponent.
And as the Nerpa saw this, he twisted his fingers in a weird angle.
—a giant barrier made of condensed mana appeared next to him.
The location of the first hidden piece was Gangnam Station.
By the time Hansoo got up to start heading to that place there was already a chaotic situation.‘I knew this would happen.’Hansoo clicked his tongue at the screams from multiple directions.
“Why are you doing this!”
“Aaahk! We will go separately!”
“Go where! We need to group in order to survive!”
In the location where the battle ended, people were making an uproar here and there.‘Their opinions probably differed.’There was a lot of small fights here and there.
Between the people who wanted to act by themselves and those who wanted to group.
Normally if their desires were that different it’s normal to separate.
Because there will only be problems if you hold onto somebody with a different opinion.
But if one side wanted the other side a lot, and if for that they didn’t want to let them go a problem occurs.