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Black Iron’s Glory
December 5, 2018
Status: c216
The Black Iron's Glory [BIG] tells a story of a transmigrator on a body of a 16 year old middle schooler on a continent were magic ('almost') disappeared. The MC, Claude, seems attracted to the magic in this continent named Freia, that is much like late middle ages in his previous world (Earth), there are already classic firearms (like arquebus/muskets). Magic has become forbidden after wars against magicians were held in the past, and those who could cast magic were labeled as outlaws. Being the second son of a... more>> civilian family, as many wars are still held between the kingdoms on the continent of Freia, when Claude turns 18 he will have to join the army (as meat shield). Maybe something will happen that will change his future...

Some words of advice:
First, you may find it a little slow, boring, too much details and not enough climax on the beginning, until you reach chapter 130ish, but still a good read. Around chapter 130 things starts turning around and the author starts with the never end events like you would expect on a novel.

Second, this story is not about swords, bows and firearms (like Tales of Reincarnated Lord [TORL]), but about magic (secondary: a little of firearms). The tech age is a little more advanced, there are already firearms, but still archaic (those that you need to put the gunpowder and the round bullet separately). As a reincarnated, the MC seems to be developing new firearms that the bullet and gunpowder are in a cartridge.

Third, this is not about 'kingdom building' (doesnt seem so IMO).

Fourth, this is the same author of TORL, he writes stories on a believable manner, different from classical chinese novels. E.g: on classic chinese novels there are 10 chapters of a prolonged fight against a... minion from a sub-boss, where they summon a creature of 100kkk meters long (Earth radius is ~6, 4kk meters), and he trows a spell that kills 12 billion people and destroy 2 planets... Or on classic chinese novels has something like: a world has 10 humans levels, on the first you are a normal human; 2nd level you can blow your house; 3rd level blow a city; 4th level blow a region/county; 5th level blow a continent; 6th level blow a planet; 7th level blow a star; 8th level blow a galaxy; 9th level blow a universe; 10th level the MC is so overpowered that the author label him of something over Gods... Yeah... thats classic chinese novels... but not for 'Smoke Is a Path', the author of TORL and BIG, he writes much more down to reality stories, and you may think: "Oh it will become boring fast!?" and I would answer "On the contrary!". The story becomes much more relatable and reliable, the world building more exciting, the fights more believable, the level ups and skills more challenging. Smoke Is a Path writing overcome these difficulties and is good enough to give you a nice reading. I was searching every now and then for this author next novel after he dropped TORL, and here we are.

Fifth, if you are searching for a well written story, logical and rational character designs, with a good description of the world, this is the author for you. But if you are searching for fast paced, a lot and prolonged fights, characters with inhuman MC growth (typical chinese novel), this is not for you. The lots of descriptions and details that put you into the characters and the world will make those who like a more action/fast paced novel to dislike BIG.

My opinions:
BIG story seems well written, a likable story, good world building, good characters as TORL... but I have to say, I was expecting something different from this author, something closer to TORL.

First, like ppl said on other reviews, the start (until around chapter 130) is too slow, many details and the description of (it seems) a lot of unimportant events that wont affect much of the story. Event though they are good chapters and a good read. Once through those 130 starting chapters you stumble upon a nice turn of events and that turn this novel (it seems like) into a 5 star novel (I changed it from 4 stars).

Second, it seems it wont be about 'kingdom building' (IMO it seems so, or not until very late in the novel) as TORL.

Third, TORL there is a lot of people/friends of the MC that develop together. But on this novel, because magic is 'forbidden', it wont be that easy to develop together with other people. So I am betting that on BIG it will be a more solo storyline. Losing one of the good points of TORL.

Forth, the MC seems a bit screwed about killing...

Later in the novel he walks to back alleys to find gang members to... steal pocket money... because magic is 'forbiden', he has to kill everyone who saw him using magic, so he kills and kills. Although who he kills are all bandits... he just doesnt care enough for a normal guy with sanity...


#Btw, who still dont know, TORL was discontinued because the author had some health problems that sent him to the hospital for a long time, also there was a fight between him and the editors because the mature content of the novel, so he decided to discontinue TORL over clearing all the mature content... <<less
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Goblin Kingdom
September 4, 2018
Status: c193

  • Great World building
  • Great Characters development (including heroes, anti-heroes, secondary characters and everyone important)
  • Great Army development
  • A lot of Diplomatic scheming
Could be better:

  • Battles sometimes are a bit unrealistic [small number o people die after some extended chapters, or when the author describes the Hero to kill +20 people while his army of 200 kills another 30 people...]
  • Diplomatic strategies seems a bit off for a intelligent character (well this one is asking too much for novel...) [killing the top official of a country that have an army 20 times larger and there is no imediate retaliation from them... if that country sends 1/10 of its troops would be enough to kill the protagonist army... this happened a lot]
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The Lord’s Empire
September 20, 2018
Status: c1000
Somewhat nice development story. But MC likes to makes enemies (no allies) : solve 10 enemies, next step is to make enemies of 100 enemies, then 1.000, 10.000... he thinks that he is smart, but smart people dont make enemies of the whole continent, the whole world, 5 other worlds... There are many other ways to get stronger, like making allies...

He doesnt care if people betray him... he dont kill them. And they betray him again... no kills. Betray again... no kills either...

Sometimes the stupidit of MC is too... more>> much to enjoy the story. <<less
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Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi
January 2, 2019
Status: c270
Dont get it wrong! This is an Adventure and Cooking story. 1/3 of the story will be MC preparing meals and he and his companions eating it.

Well, it is a very light story, no big troubles and nothing really challenging happens to MC, it is about his daily life (and cooking, of course). S-ranked monster? Bahamut? Dragons? In 1 paragraph they will be dead. If you are expecting powerfull new skills, legendary fights, a lot of action, or something of this sort... well you got the wrong novel. This is... more>> a story of a describing the daily life of the MC and his monster companions, dont expect much more from it... They are simply too overpowerd to occur anything that could cause trouble, even the King sends a message to all nobles and Adventure Guilds to leave them alone and dont disturb them...

"So, is it a bad story?" No, it fells a nice story. The story progression and the characters interactions are enough to make the story a good light reading. "So why not a 5 star?" Because 1/3 of the story is describing the MC cooking and eating the meals with his companions... and after 250 chapters, I think there were at least 70 full chapters of meals between the MC and companions, and another 15 of the Gods offerings... It gets a bit repetitive reading the same reactions/interactions, the same adjectives for the meals... Oh well, if you like cooking maybe you will give more stars...

Btw, this is not a novel that gives full recipes, so dont expect to learn to be a cooker reading this.

Update: Around chapter 230 the story gets really boring: he is on a dungeon but each floor of the dungeon takes 2-3 chapters to complete... that is just too much... there is no story progression at all, no meaningful events happens on 30 chapters... For a Isekai to describe daily life is ok, but you dont have to describe every single thing on MC life. So the chapters are full of uninteresting events... I am dropping this novel. <<less
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The World Online
September 6, 2018
Status: c500
Really nice novel to read if you like Kingdom Building... but (chapters 1~200) :

  • Military is sure an important aspect of the novel but the protagonist has around 10-20% of the population alocated on the Military, this number seems a bit off... If you have a pop of 1.000 and 20% of the pop on the Military it will be 200 (males), but the total of males is 500 (50% of the pop?), so only 300 males for other activities, but there are 200 people on loggin, 100 people cutting stone, 50 people on the mine, 200 people farming, 200~ people on contruction + some people on the workshop and bureucracy jobs... So... the sum dont add up... Are the females mining, cutting logs and stones? And the children and eldery that cant work... ? This seems to happen many times in the novel...
  • The pop is 2.000~3.000k, and he sudenly alocates 500 people to an area (mining) that had 50, and few days later he alocates another 1.000k to another area (wine-making) that had none... And the other areas? I dont think the author is good at math... Also happens a lot in the novel...
  • He introduces almost 1 character (new name) every chapter! Things get complicated in the beginning to remember who is who.
After chapter 200~ the author is more attentive to the numbers of the citizens and alocations... After this in my opinion the novel gets much better (detailed) :

  • He explain why some things are different from reality and give reasons for the new added reality.
  • He introduces the history of battles and the characters (where they come from).
  • He explains the micromanagement and the decisions of the characters.
  • Every character has its own personality. No standard personas.
  • Again, the Kingdom Building gets better and better.
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You think that this is a story about farming, but it is not... MC farming cheat world is not reduced to farming, it does a lot of other things:


    • Helps him convert any undead/robot/animal (low intelligence) into loyal subordinates.
    • Turns him into an unlimited dark mage summoner. Dark mages have limits on how much they can summon, he does not.
    • Turns him into a all skills mage (fire, ice, wind, earth...), with unlimited mana pool.
    • The cheat world is a unlimited computer that can record everything and anywhere he has explored.
    • Gives him unlimited ability to create spacial rifts to transfer (space mages are extremely rare, MC hasnt met any yet on c1050).
    • Helps greatly on cultivation.
    • Can call pests, that are not normal pests, but blood sucking high level insects controlled by MC.

Resume: The cheat world is the biggest cheat ever in any novel, no jokes.

If you think that it will be a Kingdom Building novel... you will be disappointed... only the ~700 chapters there is some Kingdom Building, after that it turns into an adventure novel. And about Farming? Almost forgotten after chapter 600. His production turns so high that the author doesnt talk anymore.

So is it worth? If you are looking for Kingdom Building and Farming, for the first ~600 chapters, I would say yes. But after that, it becomes a pure adventure novel.
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King of Mercenaries
February 26, 2019
Status: Completed
Very close to Release the Witch (RTW), also the pace and writing style is like Tales of the Reincarnated Lord (TORL, and now The Black Iron's Glory) author.

It is half story and half history book. There are a lot historoic/reality imprecision (the author confess that he isnt an historian and most of his knowledge is from the internet/wikipedia), but on all it is a good story, if you searching for a more realistic plot and world building.

Be warned not to stress out about MC knowledge. He is a wikipedia super... more>> ultra genius, I am not exaggerating. He knows the history and family tree of all rulers (eastern Europe on 1500 had more than 100 independent states), he knows the position and composition of all mines in the world of every mineral, he knows the population and geography of the whole world, his knowledge of technology is incredibly deep, he is a chemistry master, and a lot more! And he has no dreamworld like RTW MC... The author of KOM has no qualms on hindering MC knowledge.

Epilogue (continuation) : I would give 5/5 for the story, but 2/5 for the author morale.

There is a +1k chapters of the continuation of this story on the internet, mostly on Chinese sites.

Also, be prepared on chapter 600ish and on to read a lot of racism (telling blacks have low IQ) and discrimination against japanese. The author says he isnt racist, but I am pretty sure he is and he definitely hates japanese people. The MC is a sociopath, doesnt care for his vassals and people being robed and hungry for his strategy to work, doesnt care for his wife reputation and helping decreasing it, uses and disposes some people, no problem assassinating nobles and poisoning kings...

The author adds some fiction like DNA bone-blood exam, ice cream is bad for pregnancy, medicine that completely remove risk of new pregnancy, some other miracle drugs that can cure diseases... (Remember that it is a realistic story still on 16th century, at that time there wasnt these type of things). <<less
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