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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New 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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New 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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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 rated it
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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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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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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novaes rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: c7

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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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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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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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 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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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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