A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special


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“Now that I’m back, I won’t allow my loved ones to die again!”

The Shadow Labyrinth – the most catastrophic existence humanity has faced in history.

Desir Arman is one of the six remaining survivors of mankind.

The six attempted to clear the final level of the labyrinth but ultimately failed, and the world came to an end.

However – when Desir thought he would meet his demise, what is revealed before him is the world… thirteen years ago?!

Desir is returned to the past, back to the time when he enrolled at the nation’s finest magic academy – Havrion. He is reunited with his precious friends, and is prepared to change the past to save the world and his loved ones…!

Three years remaining before the emergence of the Shadow World!

Change the past and gather powerful comrades to save mankind!

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New Napknight rated it
June 2, 2020
Status: c131
What's there to say but Great! Satisfying! Amazing and Blood Boiling especially the fight scene more like adventure scene. If I were to say something else though what I can say is that the novel is better than the manhwa... Also the story of using past events (history) in clearing dungeons is romantic and puts the history of the world to the readers mind of whats it's like from the past. It also introduces the major forces that lead to the changes in the world and desir with his... more>> future knowledge is not all knowing after all "a flap of a butterfly can create a storm" it can be seen that some loop holes are present now that he is deviating from the previous future that he was part of and it may be good or bad..

Definitely A Must Read... <<less
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New shubh rated it
May 20, 2020
Status: c117

This is amazing novel.

It's one of the few novels in which MC is intelligent and uses his past knowledge in creative ways. When the world is in danger, you don't go solo to save it!! You use everything you have got!!

He helps in the research of defence artificants and develop a new type of magic for everyone.
He creates a team of members with great potential and teaches them too. He unites different factions.

Definitely Recommended
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graydragon12 rated it
December 4, 2018
Status: --
This serve as a place holder with the 5* from reading the Manhwa. So far there are around 10 chapter translated and the MC as well as the story is solid but give and take around 20-30 chapter for the flaw to start building up. I will change my rating accordingly when problem creep up but check out the Manhwa first since it already has quite a head start.
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TheJudge rated it
March 24, 2019
Status: --
This review is based on both the manga and novel, both are similar so far from what i've read. I had very high hopes for this novel/manwha in the beginning, unfortunately this had turned into one my biggest disappointments.

Great start, got me interested then like many novels the story, action and everything else takes a dive. The MC have already experienced many of the events yet aside from the usual "we need to prepare so we don't die in the shadow world " we know NOTHING, until the event occurs.... more>> Might as well call the MC a guy with vast knowledge rather than knowing the future because that's what has been happening so far. He tells his party absolutely nothing except for the fact that they need to "trust him and do as he says", that can only get you so far and I'm getting tired of it. I mean cmon, least you can do is explain why you want them to train this way or what his goals are, but nope, what we get is MC patting these two toddlers on the head for a job well done, and some giggling.

The pacing for this novel is all over the place, but for the most part very slow, especially once the party enters the first shadow world. MC also ends up making many mistakes and overlooking many important easy to spot problems because his mind is so clouded with "how to prevent the end of the world bs" that he fails to see what is right in front of him. <<less
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Silver Celeste rated it
January 29, 2019
Status: c34
There seems to be some trend within all light novels (Korean, Japanese, and Chinese), where authors would take an amazing premise with tons of potential, write a strong opening and engaging first few chapters, then f*ck it all up and let the story dive into blandness and mediocrity. Alas, A Returner's Magic Should Be Special suffers from a similar fate. Note, this is both based on the manga and the LN.

Let's dive right in.

Firstly, the things I liked. The main characters are really good. All of them have established... more>> traits, personalities and strong motivations, and all of them are mostly consistently likeable from the moment they are introduced. Side characters are... usually bland, boring, uninteresting and one dimensional, but fortunately they rarely get the focus anyways so it doesn't impact my enjoyment too much.

The general premise is extremely strong and has great potential as well. The mere idea of a second chance type of story is already by its very nature extremely appealing to a reader, and it isn't difficult to get readers to root for a MC who travels back in time to save the world.

The story itself is not bad as well, it's pretty decent. The main appeal from second chance stories is the protagonist knowing events that will happen in the future and taking advantage of his knowledge, and this LN does it pretty well. It's not amazing, but it's good enough to be enjoyable.

Now, onto the bad things.

The first thing that annoyed me is how the strength of the characters are never clearly defined. The magic in this is based on "circles", and apparently the higher "circle" you are the stronger you are supposed to be. The problem is that we never have a clear idea as to how powerful each circle magician is supposed to be. How strong is a 1st circle magician compared to a 2nd circle magician? What spells can a 2nd circle magician cast that a 1st circle magician can't? How many 1st circle magicians does it take to match up to a 2nd circle magician? e.t.c. e.t.c. These things are never clearly explained, and it might not seem like a huge problem at first but when your main character is supposed to be an underdog who has a lower tier circle that everybody else yet manages to beat everybody else, then it becomes extremely important. The point of making an underdog MC is that he can't win through brute strength alone and must win through ingenuity and creativity, e.g. using shitty low level magic in unconventional ways. However, most of the time this MC just uses his bullsh*t ability of "analysis", which pretty much just means that no opponents can use any magic around him. The strength and extent of this ability is never clearly explained and often times merely functions as a "get out of jail free" card whenever the author wants to make the MC win a fight against a stronger opponent without much effort on the author's part. There are parts when he does use low level magic creatively such as his use of "grease", but these moments are pretty rare. The point is, if you want to have your MC be an underdog, the combat system must be well-defined in order for the readers to get a good idea as to how the MC circumvents this system to beat stronger opponents. This author can't do that (or is too lazy to), and it really shows later in the story, when magic fights pretty much boil down to whether the MC decides to use his bullsh*t analysis or not. The same goes for swordsmanship too. How strong is a pawn level swordsman compared to a knight levels swordsman? Is there a literal difference in physical strength or is it just in terms of skill? Why can't all magicians just pick up a sword, learn some swordsmanship and become a Magic Swordsman (Spellsword) ? Why can't swordsman learn basic magic and become one too? These are all questions that we never get the answer to, and it makes it rather frustrating as the story goes on.

My second gripe has to do with the world building. This story uses the traditional "nobles vs commoners" storyline cliche trope that we've seen over a million times, especially with the recent boom in fantasy and isekai stories. There's nothing in this plotline that you haven't seen before. We all get it. Nobles are a**holes who suppress commoners. We've all seen this before. The author should understand that in a market so saturated with this trope that they should at the very least subvert it a little or try to change things up, which to their credit does happen a little. We do eventually learn that there was a recent uprising that happened 10 years ago that caused alot of the tension that happens in the current time era. But this just isn't enough unfortunately.

The main thing that annoyed me is the Shadow Worlds, the main selling point and the "villain" of the story. I've read the explanation in the novel and in the manga several times and honestly speaking I still have no idea what they actually are. Apparently they are different worlds that just "show up", and they are recreations of past events and they also eat land somehow. Honestly they are just excuses for the author to place characters in interesting situations, but please explain them better, because as they are right now they make me wonder among many other things: why the hell are they sending schoolchildren into dangerous worlds that could kill them? The shadow worlds are also an excuse for the author to integrate game elements such as "quests" and an omnipresent narrator in the background telling people "you have cleared the quest" and "you have now entered the shadow world" into this supposedly realistic world. Does anyone actually question why an omnipresent voice is telling people to clear quests? Does anyone know what the voice is and why it's there? Why is this never explained?

The last thing I hate is the pacing. Sometimes the pacing is extremely quick such as when they're training and shit, and other times the pacing slows down to a pathetic crawl. As a general rule of thumb for writers, it's only a good idea to slow down your pacing if you really wanna develop characters or foreshadow important future plot points or something, otherwise you're just wasting time and boring me.

Anyways, these are my main gripes. It always fascinates me how an author can take an amazing premise and drive it straight into the ground, but hey, I suppose that's what I have to get used to in the webnovel department. <<less
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storybookknight rated it
May 24, 2019
Status: c41
Not perfect, but so far a decent story. 'Badass goes back in time to try to fix everything' stories are pretty common amongst Korean webnovels; the thing that makes this one stand out from other such stories is that the main character is a team player and is working on helping other people get stronger alongside him rather than trying to do it all himself. Unfortunately, it suffers from a lack of depth; it's on the lighter side of light novels and so far a lot of the characters, setting,... more>> and so on are more 'sketched out' than deeply portrayed. It's clever enough for a fun read, just don't expect too much from it. <<less
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agathe rated it
May 10, 2019
Status: c230
alternate translation after here, are rather awful

i must say the thing that kept me going is that, for once, the premise of the story is that the main character is ready to share. He is committed to ally the strong against a greater evil. I like that a lot. No petty individualistic competition, not much silly vilain at every corner, a full cooperative ambition... and a world to challenge. There no place for revenge, it’s useless to beat your opponent in pulp, there are other ways to do when you... more>> consider long term consequences instead of your pride and ego.

How refreshing !

so, bad guys, bad things, they do exist, but, with a bit of smart. That « unfair » universe is being tackled, and through the actions of the hero, and through the visit of the shadow world, values of society are being challenged.

I did not find it slow, in fact, I found it pretty packed with lots of ideas and ambitions. Like many web novel, it would certainly benefit from being streamlined a good time, but I found plenty fun ideas, that kept me entertained

The monster alternative universe reveals itself to be more than a simple nightmare, offering the characters to get through by solving issues differently than the choice from the past, these winning choices being socially and politically quite meaningful, the alternate universe will provide clue to a bigger plot, but also, maybe ?, clue to a better world...

so yeah if you’re searching for another get stronger book, than might not be it, but if you enjoy this team building spirit with a greater goal, this is certainly more of a chess/ political puzzle book, than a single hero quest. The MC does not care a bit about is personal accomplishment, except to be useful, he does not care to beat the world, it’s never about « him », it’s about contributing to a better and a safer place...

i can only praise the spirit that is so far from many savage individualistic book that are out there nowadays, and i’m very happy to see it being translated :) <<less
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pomoli rated it
April 18, 2019
Status: c31
This is a pretty good beginning: the MC is clever and mature, the other characters are interesting.

Only some are kinda caricature like.
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