Black Iron’s Glory

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Welcome to Freia. A continent where evil magi ruled. Until firearms came, that is. Now the people live free of those demons…

More, however, must lurk beneath the surface.

Claude, a transmigrator from another world, finds himself in the midst of this changing world, attending ‘middle school’. Or, as he calls it, ‘boot camp’. His destiny was to graduate and join the military, but the future is seldom so simple.

His life, and the world, is set on the path of upheaval and chaos the day he finds a cookbook.

A magical cookbook.

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BIG
重生之黑铁的荣耀
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Recommendations
Tales of the Reincarnated Lord (6)
The Amber Sword (2)
A Wizard’s Secret (1)
Throne of Magical Arcana (1)
Warlock of the Magus World (1)
Pivot of the Sky (1)

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JackSaun
New JackSaun rated it
June 17, 2019
Status: c211
What is the basic story about?

It is about a playboy who had a hard life getting reincarnated into a (western-ish) world that is semi-medieval/fantasy where magic is banned by leading governments/organisations ... more>>
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even though they use the magic themselves

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Quality of writing/translation?

The quality of writing is excellent, I haven't seen any grammar issues, and the updates are daily of roughly 2k chapters (wordcount)

Personal thoughts:

First and foremost, you must understand that this book has very slow pacing. I am a little more then 200 chapters in and only now is the actual fighting getting started. However, that does not make it boring as the MC is slowly adapting and improving in this world, and his power level is rising at a high and very reasonable rate (maybe he will be OP later, but right now he is mainly alive due to his planning). There are quite a few info-dumps about the backgrounds of the world and while they aren't the most exciting they do really help you understand the actions of others later on (oh this nation is small and has no ports so it's economy is weak, that is why they are known for being poor and they tend to be bullied -> and vice versa). If you don't want to read them, you don't really have to as any important information is re-emphasised later on.

This book is amazing and of very high quality overall. It's writing style is comparable to some of the mega-books such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and I am surprised that this isn't big in the western hemisphere. It can be very overwhelming for readers who don't really like intensive reading (it requires basic intelligence to understand the actions of the characters as well as their effects) so I suggest reading this only if your attention span is able to last through the multiple chapter introduction. The potential of this book is immense, and it is definitely one of my favorites. <<less
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Boredbunch
New Boredbunch
June 3, 2019
Status: c198
Brilliant story, I dont normally leave reviews but I love it. The first arc near end got annoying due to him not just finishing of his enemies quickly but second arc helped get rid of annoyance. I do like how he isnt arragont and stupid like most MC. And how there isnt alot of plot armour (so far)
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ZhaWarudo
ZhaWarudo rated it
January 21, 2019
Status: c65
A guide whether you should read this or not, and if yes I'll explain what to expect for those of you who are impatient.

    • Did you read Tales of The Reincarnated Lord for more than 50 chapters? Did you like it? Continue, you'll like this one too.
    • You didn't read it or gave up before ~50 chaps? Here's what you should keep in mind then. Slow start, info dumps about kingdoms and their history, does it mean you have to memorize it? No, don't be a whiner, you can also skim trough it if you want, if it's important it will be repeated.
    • Does slow start mean it's boring? Hell no. It's boring only if you expect MC to become strong in a day and godlike in a year but then is such a thing even a novel? Vomits...
    • Will there be kingdom building. I bet there will be, there is foreshadowing of MC complaining about muskets (first rifles from 16th century) and pathetic military tactics.
    • How long will it take? Currently there are 65 chapters that are about twice the length of usual webnovel chaps. MC is still in his home town, still in school, had some adventures but is only now starting to learn magic. So I think another 30 chapters before he becomes a low ranking officer in the army, starts the real rise to power.
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grkmori
grkmori rated it
December 5, 2018
Status: c216
Review:
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...
Spoiler

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...

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#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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novaes
novaes rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: c7
HARD PASS. DO NOT BOTHER.

The only people I can see liking this are the kinds of people who habitually read all the Quest text and Notes in MMOs and RPGs, since this is what the story seems to be made out of. An absolutely horrendous style of writing, to be sure.

As mentioned by others, it is filled with infodumps (that are gloriously boring and way, way too long). I can't decide if it's even worth reading them since what (little) they add to the actual story could have been done... more>> 100x better a different way. I legitimately had to make my own study notes to even keep track of the dozens and dozens of characters, places and events that kept being dumped on me before eventually getting too pissed off to bother. It felt like I was doing homework instead of relaxing! And why would anyone want to feel obligated to do homework to even follow a fantasy novel? What a waste of creative and translator talent. I'm almost irrationally angry at this book for being so awful. <<less
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tyes77
tyes77 rated it
November 6, 2018
Status: c8
In a similar vein of reincarnated Lord, the story suffers from massive info dumps. You will learn all about the political situation and world before you learn much about the MC. 90% info dumps and hardly any sort of story as the pacing is eminence of going through a prologue for the first 7 chapters. If you didn't like reincarnated Lord then skip this. Maybe pick it up once they pass all the info dumps but I hardly think this "story" qualifies more than 2 stars.
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Tzze
Tzze rated it
April 5, 2019
Status: c139
I am writing this review because of chapter 139.

Overall, the story has an interesting premise, and the character development and introduction of side characters and world building is well done.

However... nothing really happens. 138 chapters in, and we are still confined to the events of one small town, and the main character is a complete miss-match of professed ideals and actions that I thought it was deliberately done to make the character of questionable morality... until I read the author's moral self-righteous insert in chapter 139. Text below.

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"He was reminded of all the novels he'd read back on earth. He usually found himself disbelieving the ability of the antagonists to actually be so ghastly. He doubted people were capable of such bestiality. He'd discussed it with his old boss, in fact. The discussion had been somewhat more abstract, however, concerning the different fundamental values between the Chinese and most foreigners.

His boss felt their own values were obviously superior, so much so, in fact, that merely suggesting they could be compared to foreigners was an insult. Claude had questioned how he could believe that if the stories about their behaviour so frequently showed they behaved much better than the average Chinese.

His boss had quite literally spat that he should not believe so-called experts. Sure, the Chinese were far from perfect, he knew no one who claimed they were, but they had a moral baseline, a fundamental set of axioms and principles that were to be adhered to at all costs. The foreigners did not. The Chinese had two thousand years of civilisation which taught them the proper decorum of public life, such as to respect their elders. He'd never seen a single foreign teaching that taught the same.

They were barely any better than savages. They did their neighbours in for the smallest profit and dragged people to court of things as insignificant as sneezes. They harped on about 'democracy' and 'freedom' but all they had, and wanted, was the freedom to do everyone else in for their own benefit. If he doubted anything his boss said, he could just look at crime statistics. The absolute numbers were several times worse for them despite their population being much smaller than Chinas. It was clear as day who was superior.

Claude could not argue with the man on the spot. And his experiences in this life, while having failed to discredit the foreigners' values, did validate his own. He'd respected his parents and elders, cared for his siblings, and stood with and in defence of the family in its time of need. His wretch of a brother, however, had done nothing but try to enrich himself at his family's quite literal expense."

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Okay, on one hand Claude is arguing against this line of reasoning, but lets take a look at the moral personhood of Claude. The first day he received mind magic, he began indiscriminately using it on random creatures, killing someone's pet cat. Its implied he felt some level of guilt here, but he did not really care. A few chapters later, he is killing and maiming humans with his newfound power with barely any guilt. In pursuit of his brother, he later kills dozens more - with basically the same amount of guilt someone would feel for smashing a fly. Supposedly, this is a transmigrated fully adult man from a peaceful society. If Claude's mental or physical age was younger, OK, young people need time to develop, but his physical age is 18 and is mental age is much older. He is responsible for his actions. Does he not see the problem with his open acceptance of killing, bordering on outright murder, as both times above he initiated the situations that resulted in the need for violence when he had clear alternatives, but was secure in his belief that if it came to violence he could use his magical powers to kill his way to victory.

Then, a few chapters later, we are morally harangued about the inherit morality of Chinese filial piety, their treatment of their fellow man, and their lack of criminality compared to Foreigners, the product of two thousand years of civilization. I guess murder, theft, fraud, and so on are not crimes? Like many other protagonists in novels, Claude truly believes only in one singular morality; that might makes right. But unlike those other protagonists, who accept that they engage in murder and slaughter and normally accept a 'live by the sword, die by the sword' mentality, Claude thinks he is morally superior and engaging in respectable behavior. At least in the author's previous work, Lorist made no bones about his moral aptitude - he knew he could get what he wanted via strength, and that in a time of war and bloodshed strength was of utmost important, and that is ultimately what Lorist cared about, not questions or morality or superiority.

The main character is the worst kind of hypocrite, the one who doesn't realize he is one and never will.

2 stars for the good world building and interesting backstory, no additional stars awarded after the Author had the gall to moralize to me in an adolescent power fantasy story with a protagonist obtaining magical powers and immediately using them to do harm to others. <<less
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alpoo
alpoo rated it
March 16, 2019
Status: c118
This story is written similarly to a normal published western fantasy book. Most of the negative reviews come from people wanting 5 minute chapter stories where they can binge without giving the plot any thought.

This novel also features an intelligent protagonist which is enjoyable to read about, he makes mistakes and learns from them, he fails sometimes and usually grows from that failure.

The story moves slowly compared to the usual webnovel, but that is as I mentioned previously due to it being written similar to a western fantasy book.

Overall this... more>> novel is very good so far and is perhaps the most enjoyable one I have read to date - I believe this is in part due to the author and translators ability to accurately convey the story with zero filler, there is nothing in this novel that pads the word count and the flow of reading greatly benefits. <<less
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Narmi
Narmi rated it
November 26, 2018
Status: c14
(This is a preliminary review since there's only 14 chapters out at the moment)

The story is not your typical cultivation/RPG/cheat abilities that usually appear with transmigration. Despite the cover, instead of a world filled with swords & magic, "spiritual power, " or cultivation levels, the story takes place in a world that is in the middle of a Renaissance era. Technological development and social changes are more important than 1000 year old treasures. It feels very realistic and immersive.

The MC is well-written and acts in a believable manner.... more>> Besides his knowledge of his previous life, he doesn't have a cheat ability and has to live like an ordinary person. His friends feel like real people and treat him as a person instead of just being there to tell the reader how awesome he is.

It is a bit slow since the world is still new and there's a lot of background information that needs to be presented. Hopefully that stage doesn't last too long (though I can't see it continuing for much longer) and the story can really pick up. <<less
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Onown150
Onown150 rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: c302
Well lets just say it was a decent read until he joined the army. the story had just finished on an amazing saga ending only to processed to throw us readers into this rubbish of a saga.

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which let to the MC doing mistake after mistake. When there was so much potential for other ways. if it wasn't for plot armor he would have died 3 times in the training camp for gods sake. Only until about half way into the first part of his army adventure does the MC find his brain, on logical choices about what should be done.

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the romance
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there is romance in the novel with currently 2 lovers in the novel

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As for the current chapter of c307

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we find back at home the MC has basically lost all his foundation that was build up. which means back to square one yay...... On top of that our MC will have to go back to the army in 6 months. For some more getting f**ked around

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so overall as of current we has had a slow but decent start of a story. however with current events, the drag of the last 100 chapters and the authors previous hidus on his novel I can only say this is a hard pass for now. <<less
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Tiranu
Tiranu
February 15, 2019
Status: c90
4/5 (while 4.5/5 is the highest I have ever give - once. And to ZTJ/Way of Choices)

General stuff:

Black Iron's Glory is the second novel of SmokeIsAPath after ToRL/Tales of a reincarnated Lord got axed. People might say otherwise but you can be 99% sure that TorL had to stop due to censorship issues - and almost surely due to the 'politics' parts of the novel ('Let's just let those guys that love their freedom to much do their thing. Surpressing them isn't going to work out anyway. And costs... more>> money'; "un-nationalistic" stuff like that) and if you want to believe because of the occasional s*x/smut parts (rather explicit but for the most parts not too questionable; considering there are enough Xianxia novels with people running around raping whoever they want.)

To condense this first issue: This is the authors isekai :P The author is more careful with the 'political' stuff but for sure is salty throwing jabs left and right and the CCP - but that doesn't hinder the story and you can assume the author isn't going to write something that gets censored a second time.

About the authors writing and story structure:

Writing has vastly improved over TorL - it is still unquestionably the authors style but i.e. The infodumps in TorL that were completly disconnected from the story don't exist (like that) anymore but are instead interwoven with the story, their placement makes sense and helps the story.

The author still likes to write a more complex world. And that requires world building. Many people reading CN webnovels are way too focused on the [Action Event A] into [Action Event B] etc - what I like to call 'instant gratification fastfood stories' with lots of cliffs. BIGs structure is way slower, there are multiple event lines that start out. The MC isn't going randomly deus ex machina once per arc (that doesn't mean he isn't lucky). The story telling is more complex and the events taking place make sense. If you have read ZTJ and never felt 'frustrated' in a bad way by the build up in the story that is a good sign. Everyone else should grab a book once in a while to get down from the 'fastfood' story dependency.

Just like TorL this is pretty much a western fantasy. You will see that it is from a CN author simply by some concepts and cultural influences. But in the end it is a relatively down to earth 'fantasy with magic and guns' story. This is not xianxia. And it is also no 'kingdombuilding' like TorL (partly to avoid any conflict with censorable political decisions. 'Thinking is fine. Acting is not'.

tl;dr: If you want to try a 'guns and magic' webnovel with a slower pace but more complex story that more resembles a book than the typical webnovel format you might want to try this one. <<less
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joyfan
joyfan rated it
January 31, 2019
Status: c75
My go to reading to start my day! It is rather slow pace with peppered thrilling kids adventure and mysterious world building here and there but the pace suits me just fine as it’s done well. Though I really would not recommend it to people who love nonstop action or quick formulaic isekai (do A get B pay-off) as you would not get any of that here.. He will uses some of his modern time knowledge but really rarely as he knows how dangerous those could affect the world he... more>> is in.

The characters are really fleshed out, there is none of evil villains with one sided characterstic.. They all have good and bad in each of them. Oh and the camaraderies between the boys are enjoyable to follow along, often transporting me back to my childhood.

Thus far, It’s hundred times more enjoyable than TORL imho.. But females readers be warned as if it goes like TORL there might be uncomfortable reading in how the women are characterised and treated. But so far along in BIG, other than one small arc which was quickly resolved there hasn’t been any other of sort. <<less
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General Tanya
General Tanya rated it
November 19, 2018
Status: c12
I am still piss at the author about the discontinue of the previous novel. It has pretty much everything like Tales of the reincarnated Lord, only this time there is more fire arms. If you like his previous novel, you might like this one. Is similar. Nobles, swords, war and all that medieval stuff. Only this time author tend to focus more on MC family which is more boring to me. I am kinda bored reading the author same take on things like his previous novel. Why does it always... more>> has to be person being teleported from a different world and the body he was possessing was a jerk and he suddenly decided to life a good life there? It has zero point in doing that. Because why just him and just like his previous novel him getting transported was just something that happen and will never be explain again. The setting just turn me off when I read it. Then the next couple of chapter was pretty much history lesson and focusing on his family.

Unlike TotRL, this MC in this novel is more unlikable because he still has that childish personality. In TotRL the MC started off as a adult and his ways of doing stuff is more mature.I guess most can give it a try, it's not that bad. <<less
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ziki
ziki rated it
April 14, 2019
Status: c140
The story is slow, and most slice of life with mundane life of MC.

Whenever the plot moves though it's always somewhat extremely continent or extremely out of place.

MC's whole magic journey is one lucky encounter after another. Worse of all however, even after learning magic it's not like he really has any use for it anyway. Other than randomly killing some people on the street at some point which was completely out of character for him. Why it happened though... I don't know. Maybe the author was simply too tired... more>> of writing non-action for over 100 chapters so he simply wanted to went and sent MC to slaughter guys just because they stood in his way on the street. (he really had nothing to do with them) The other time, MC went to look for his brother and accidentally went on another rampage killing 30-ish people who had nothing to do with eh situation.

In any case, the story is not all bad and the slice of life portion is good but there are really strange or convenient things happening out of nowhere. To begin with though, if someone is looking for isekai story with MC going around the magical world doing the usual thing, then this is definitely not the story for them. <<less
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stabbo
stabbo rated it
April 15, 2019
Status: c145
If you like substance in your stories you've come to the right place. Don't get me wrong, I sometimes like the stories about people reincarnating with various systems or whatever but those are more like snacks while webnovels like this one are a full meal.

Too bad there's so little released right now. Author is great, read his other stuff while you're at it.
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Maru
Maru rated it
April 9, 2019
Status: c143
2 stars Bec of world building. okayish plot progression (we were expecting it to be a bit slow). but seriously... This novel is far inferior than the enjoyment I got from tales of reincarnated Lord, the author's previous work. It's hard to like the MC for me. One way acting really good the next just plain stupid, the way he does his choices are pretty unbelievable as well and makes one often wonder just what kind of sh*t does the author intend to do with this character. The guy was... more>> a mature transmigrator for crying out loud but his actions and decision making doesn't even reflect this on him.

It doesn't help that the plot progression just feels dragged out too much that it borders filler levels that the author just wants to increase his word and chapter count. Anyway, it might be best to just ignore it till it gets more chapters in the future to see if it redeems itself but as it is now it's just meh. <<less
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tallrice
tallrice rated it
April 5, 2019
Status: c100
Can't believe this novel only has an overall rating of 3.9. It's amazing.

The realism, the characters, the slow development into an epic fantasy plot, it's all there.

Not only is the original good, the translation is also top quality.

It does indeed have a ponderous writing style, and the author takes his time to go over the daily life and details of life in a fishing village in medieval fantasy place.

It really picks up, however, after around chapter 90, when the MC meets the alchemist noble lady.
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puffiness123
puffiness123
February 4, 2019
Status: c12
It's very wordy about mundane, boring things. Barely any action or conversations between characters, it's mostly the author "telling" the story instead of using words to "show" the story.
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Sythellri
Sythellri
January 13, 2019
Status: c56
Reviewed 01/13/2019 at Chapter 56,

tl;dr has potential but hasn't hooked me yet

I was a Tales of the Reincarnated Lord reader and I enjoyed the kingdom building, warfare and politics the most.

Black Iron's Glory (as of Chapter 56) is still world building but it's full of potential. The setting is similar to Europe during the beginning of Imperialism. BIG takes place in a powderkeg of a continent with many countries packed closely together with ambitions for expansion. A new continent has been discovered and these countries are in a race... more>> to establish stable colonies.

Colonialism + pre-WW1 tensions is the current situation as of Chapter 56.

The main character is very, very flat and boring at the moment.

Webnovels need constant cliffhangers to tempt you to read the next chapter and in that aspect, BIG is currently failing but the world building is top class. <<less
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Dark_Lord25
Dark_Lord25 rated it
January 1, 2019
Status: c44
Black Iron's Glory tells the story of our young MC Claude who is a tranmigrator who came over from earth and now lives in the the continent of freia which used to be ruled by evil Magi (Wizards) until firearms came along and freed them from their rule.

The starting few chapter are quite hard to read through as they give you the backdrop of the MC family situation and also some history of the place where Claude lives. The story is slow at times which I think some may dislike... more>> and the Author tends to concentrate on Claude's family quite alot (May change in future ¯\_ (ツ) _/¯).

Overall it has a slow start but the premise of the story is strong and the MC is quite likable so far. <<less
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Edgewise
Edgewise
February 10, 2019
Status: --
The writing style of this author is definitely not going to appeal to everyone, but personally I like it very much. There are lots of mundane details when the MC is doing mundane things, but some story or character development happens so detail is justified, if not really necessary. Spending time on the details slows the pacing down a bit, so the pacing is 'middle' speed, not super slow or fast. The secondary characters are decently well fleshed out as they interact more with the MC. I think the Author... more>> does a better job this time of not 'over' explaining the MC's rationale of why he does what than he did in his last series. I won't give it a rating yet until the plot gets further along, but I have read ahead pretty far on the Chinese version and so far I'd give it a solid 4 of 5. <<less
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Jamond Aroth
Jamond Aroth rated it
April 6, 2019
Status: c139
I see someone else has already posted a review about this but I'll still put mine up too. The spoiler section below is the reason why I've rated this story two stars and moved it to my Never Again reading list. It's two stars instead of one because up till this point, I was really enjoying this series. I didn't get super excited for new chapters but this was a quality story with a rare, slow pace. It was kind of a breath of fresh air in comparison to most... more>> of the translated works I read. That said, the slow pace and slice of life aspects kinda dragged on me. Some people love slice of life stories but at least for me those stories live and die by their execution. This one wasn't great or terrible on that front.

Another issue I had with the story revolved around some of Claude's choices. Although he was for the most part a very believable character and I've learned not to underestimate the level of stupidity humans can reach, some of Claude's choices didn't feel believable. I just wasn't always able to suspend my disbelief.

Inspite of this story's flaws, I had 138 chapters worth of entertainment. In comparison to most of the stories on I find on NU, that's already pretty good. If you can move past the flaws I've described then I highly recommend Black Iron's Glory. If what I've mentioned makes you think you won't like it, you're probably better off not wasting your time unless you just can't find anything else to read.

Spoiler

He was reminded of all the novels he'd read back on earth. He usually found himself disbelieving the ability of the antagonists to actually be so ghastly. He doubted people were capable of such bestiality. He'd discussed it with his old boss, in fact. The discussion had been somewhat more abstract, however, concerning the different fundamental values between the Chinese and most foreigners.

His boss felt their own values were obviously superior, so much so, in fact, that merely suggesting they could be compared to foreigners was an insult. Claude had questioned how he could believe that if the stories about their behaviour so frequently showed they behaved much better than the average Chinese.

His boss had quite literally spat that he should not believe so-called experts. Sure, the Chinese were far from perfect, he knew no one who claimed they were, but they had a moral baseline, a fundamental set of axioms and principles that were to be adhered to at all costs. The foreigners did not. The Chinese had two thousand years of civilisation which taught them the proper decorum of public life, such as to respect their elders. He'd never seen a single foreign teaching that taught the same.

They were barely any better than savages. They did their neighbours in for the smallest profit and dragged people to court of things as insignificant as sneezes. They harped on about 'democracy' and 'freedom' but all they had, and wanted, was the freedom to do everyone else in for their own benefit. If he doubted anything his boss said, he could just look at crime statistics. The absolute numbers were several times worse for them despite their population being much smaller than Chinas. It was clear as day who was superior.

Claude could not argue with the man on the spot. And his experiences in this life, while having failed to discredit the foreigners' values, did validate his own. He'd respected his parents and elders, cared for his siblings, and stood with and in defence of the family in its time of need. His wretch of a borther, however, had done nothing but try to enrich himself at his family's quite literal expense.

The bastard was barely more than a dog. Arbeit, at the very least, was no fool, Claude had to admit. He knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it with the least amount of effort on his part. He'd gotten his job with Sir Fux by riding his father's coattails, after all. He'd contributed only the tiniest amount towards earning his position.

He'd remained the filial son only on the service, and only because at the time he'd believed he would eventually suceed his father as the town's chief secretary and inherit the lion's share of his father's wealth, as well as the mansion.

He was not happy with the lion's share, however, which was why he hated his siblings with a fervor even religious fanatics wold find frightening. They were nothing but leaches stealing his rightful inheritance. He'd feared his father, however, and that had kept him from simply killing them. Later, his fear of his younger brother and added to that and it had driven him out of the house.

The moment his father was arrested, however, his dreams were smashed. He knew his brother and mother would bleed his entire inheritance to get him back or do anything for him, so he panicked. He had to find a way to get his inheritance before they had a chance to throw it away. First he had to break away from the family so he wouldn't be dragged down with them, however.

If his father had been tried and convicted of endagering the crown and lost his status as a dignitarian, he would be stained as well. If he were still associated with his household at that time, and tried to maintain the facade of the filial son, he'd have to take over his father's role in the household and look after his mother and siblings using his inheritance. He'd lose everything.

He'd rather die than do that, however, and his only other option was to break from the household entirely. To disown himself and form his own household. Each male adult had to register his own household and pay taxes for said household. If his father was executed however, the Ferd household would have no adult male beside him, and so he would have to step in as its head. If he refused to however, and registered his own household, he would have no responsibility for their financial burdens. In doing so, however, he would also lose his claim to the household's inheritance, and his entirely life had been an obsession of it, so he would not accept that either.

He had to wait to hear what would happen to his father before he could decide whether to break from the household or not. In the meantime, however, he could beg, rob, and steal as much money from his mother as he could so that if he did have to break from the household, he would not leave empty-handed. He could only get to his mother's things, however, such as her personal fund and her jewellery.

The majority of the house's money, and the mansion itself, was own in his father's name, and would have been frozen the moment he was arrested, so he could do nothing with any of it, and couldn't even get his hands on most of it, frozen or not.

Ideally for him, his father would be executed, or sentenced to life in prison, but his assets and family would be spared. In that case he would take up the household and claim his inheritance, then kick Claude out. Once he was gone, he could do with the money what he wanted. He knew how to twist his mother around his pinky, and his younger brother and sister were too young to do anything.

He'd turn his sister into his servant, which was all she was ever going to be good for, anyway, and kick his little brother out the moment he turned eighteen. The snowhound could be turned into cheap meat for the slums, or sold off in the market if it was obedient enough.

The thought that his father would emerge from the whole ordeal, legally at least, unscathed had never even crossed his mind. It was the worst possible outcome, especially considering the course of action he'd started taking. He'd spent the whole of the previous night figuring out what to do, and had finally decided to play the fool and beg his parents for forgiveness for his stupidity at getting 'scammed'.

He knew his mother would lap it up. That old wench believed anything that preserved him in her good graces, but he didn't know if his father would. He knew Claude wouldn't believe him even if everything he said was true, but all that really mattered was that his parents got back on his side. He knew that, as much as Claude distrusted and hated him, he would never do anything that went against their parents' wishes, so as long as they accepted his apology and forgave him, the little brat's hands would be tied.

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