P/s: And that's why I was pissing on the author's writing talent. That dark episode of parenticide could have been a f*cking flashback, gradually introduced to expand and explain his f*cked up attitude, with the added bonus of not f*cking up the story and not f*cking with readers expecting intense dark and gritty stuff, or at least tie both aspects of the story closer together and make actual sense of it.
Volume 1 sour notes are the finale, so I will not biased it. It's quite insulting to wrap up space combat involving 40, 000 vessels, not small fighters, in a couple of instances and by a single individual, but that's that. It's not warfare. It's fluff.
The beginning of volume 2 and the end of its sister volume suggested that MC made a lot of wave. Yet nobody in a household prizing itself for trade and connection has a lick of clue on this reject. Moreso a shady one to an individual with pirate hunting reputation. For an advanced world, with magic and shit, this is just unbelievably dumb. There's no internet, no newspaper, no social media. It's the future imagined by the technologically challenged.
You could smell the scent of something being axed with a clogged nose. There were a lot of potential development, the possible romantic interests that directly tie with MC stats, the exp grind, the supporting cast, the drama, the rushed mafia game arc, the double rushed ghost of framed past arc, and that finale...
The ending also didn't really tie up all the loose end, but I felt like being a sore loser for holding it against the novel, so 4/5 would recommend.
It's a bit odd how the the story doesn't fan out, given the amount of setting and characters. The structure is a bit of a lull. The author should have swapped the timeline and POV, like how he did it with the prologue, to spread interest across the story, not just a few moments. The comedic value is rather too thin to help and so is, aside from the heroine and, to some extent, MC, the lack of character development.
Cause making index by hand is too damn difficult... What, you expect real economists to punch 3 buttons and have the data digested for them? You really have a low opinion of desk work.
And the suspension of disbelief will keep surprise you: space pirate with fixed address, political columns that actually suck, ambushing means air dropping 15k combatants and fielding them to fight war like it's the age of 3 kingdoms...
Imagine that over a distance of 1.5~3km, the density upon landing would be at least 5 men a meter. Without drop ship, which a frigate can't bring, and you expect me to believe it happens in the span of 5 minutes, with the ship under heavy bombardment from both the ground and the air? How many times you're gonna die in that 5 minutes? The f*ck is 2000 casualties to a superior force 15k?
The battle mentioned a tactical force circles around the opposition army and seals off their retreat (their ships). How is that possible? Sure those pirates have no idea how to fight as an army, but isn't it common sense to stop the enemy from destroying your base? Let's assume that it's possible, due to the pirate lack of organization and the merrymaking they couldn't respond meaningfully to such a strategic attack, but the mere act of moving 2k people around you should have raised some warning flags, no? Such an overwhelming victory should be impossible.