The Girl Who Bore the Flame Ring


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How long I’d been here, I couldn’t quite recall. From this sorry situation, I as always raised my eyes to the sky; a sky in which the great, massive sun was clad in levity. Sunlight poured gently upon all. What a blessing it would have been for the world if only the skies could remain clear. For tomorrow too, and for all days to come, I was to continue to pray for calm. To endure for those who cried, with desperation I remained in prayer.

And then, one freezing, forlorn, soulless, stagnant, drizzly day we died. Or so I thought…

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05/05/18 PsychoBarcode... c46
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New touchoflemon rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: Completed
I'm a bit depressed now that I finished. I bit of my soul is gone now.

Some parts are a bit lackluster as far as visualization and some characters could have done with more development. All characters seemed to have a trademark quirk and obstinately carried out that whenever they appeared, which is a bit tiring. A bit of the plot is predictable but no less exciting.

Still an amazing read... I just now need a drink and some eyebleach or a lighter series.
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PsychoBarcodeTranslations rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: c46
Low fantasy: magic is rare and mysterious. Set in a medieval world, the story follows a lighthearted and childish main character as she navigates her way through tumultuous times as an empire quakes.

She isn't naive, she isn't stupid, she isn't a genius. She is, however, the single ray of sunshine in an otherwise grim world; at least as far as any reader is concerned.

This tale is very down-to-earth, generally makes sense, and touches on themes of taxation, the war on drugs, and disease. While it briefly touches on them, it... more>> does not dwell, and the lighthearted protagonist is the saving grace of this novel. It really rides on our main girl. War does take its toll on the cast, but the light of hope never fades.

Is it worth reading? I dedicated two years of my life to translate it. That ought to be answer enough. I've gone through ups and downs along side the characters in this novel, and they will always have a special place in my heart. <<less
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To be honest, the story never gets too deep. Essentially the story of one girl looking for the meaning of happiness, and climbing the ranks of a warring nation’s military as she does.

Battles and ‘Power Levels’

... more>> Noel, the protagonist, wins a lot of battles. She’s a supersoldier. But at the same time, she isn’t OP in the way that you might think. Although she has incredible physical prowess, most of the battles she wins, she does so through war strategy. The novel features more ‘Rakuin no Monshou’-esque type battles.


Charming, human, and relateable. Honestly, I love the protagonist. I don’t ever cry because of fiction, but I have to say my eyes did tear up in sympathy during the midway turning point.

Although the story becomes necessarily dark due to the nature of war, at the same time, it never approaches anything close to angsty or edgy, and part of the reason is because the protagonist Noel, is intelligent and aware of the way the world works, while at the same time retains a mostly bright and pure personality. She’s honestly quite a charming protagonist, and just like how I was charmed by her, the characters around her eventually gather to her side as well. <<less
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Dellphit rated it
April 25, 2016
Status: --
This novel, along with overlord is what got rid of my bias against Japanese light novels. General light novels emphasize too much harems and characters are over powered from the start. This leaves very little room for any sort of character development. While the lead of this character also starts strong, the author does an amazing job in connecting us, the readers, the despair of continuous loss as those around the lead die one by one. Eventually, she begins to have little to no reaction to the concept of death... more>> which is truly saddening. One of the most important aspect of this novel that I love is the aspect of war. Too many novels romanticize war to the point that it seems just like a game. From Noel’s aspect, it is easy to see the true horrors (r*pe, looting, massacres, and etc) of war. <<less
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October 17, 2018
Status: Completed
The ending left me with few more questions that I wished the author elaborate on. The last chapter feels a little rushed

BUT, at the end of the day it is one of the greatest novel that I've read. The character feels human. The MC is not some sort of saint whose action is always right and the "Villain" is not evil either.

The plot is great. Although essentially categorized as "dark" novel, it doesn't left me depressed reading it. MC's cheerful personality really grew on me throughout the novel and I... more>> can take some value from the ever positive Noel

I would rate it 9.5/10 and place it in my top 10 of MUST READ novels! <<less
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General Tanya rated it
August 17, 2018
Status: --
It seems like there is still hope after all. It been awhile since I have read a good Jap WN. Most these days Jap WN are so ridiculous and silly that it only irritate me after reading it. Author did a good job creating the western setting with swords and nobles. It's pretty good with how human nature act in such situations during times of war and despair. The MC is very likable and interesting. Usually I am not a fan of a female MC but author manage to do... more>> such a good job that this novel is on my favorite list of female MC like 'Youjo Senki and I am a spider so what'. Story does have sad moments which is great. It's too bad the story is so short, but nevertheless it's a pretty good story. I have not much to say except that this is a great novel if you love war about swords full of tragedy. Doesn't have any complain the entire time I have read this novel. <<less
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miratap rated it
July 21, 2018
Status: c14
*pardon my english*

I really recommended to read this if you like medieval war RPG game (example FF Tactics and Suikoden, since this novel has same vibes with those games)

I really like the MC, because I was charmed by her character (for me it's kinda hard to be charmed by a character), and the way of author's writing and how the translator's trying to present really made me feel like watching and playing my fav RPG game plot

But this story describes more than the game, more realistic to explain the... more>> darkness of war

Eventhough this novel revolves around war, there's more than that such as philosophical things like happiness, human relations, strategy, etc

Andd all hail and me thanking translator, editor for bringing this masterpiece from wonderful author (finally it's finished being translated yaaayyy) <<less
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Salexe rated it
January 19, 2018
Status: c38
The best Japanese novel I have read, probably ever.

I agree it starts out a little forced. But after 3-4 chapters you are hooked on the feeling of real human dileemas. Having tasted the sweet taste of power corrupts, valuing your image to much will cause you trouble, blind trust is a bad thing unless you are willing to die for that person. It feels gritty and real, with major setbacks. An OP MC that is balanced out by a few others being just as OP. Others stupidity isnt caused by... more>> stupidity alone but also traits, or more precisly flaws. This gives a feeling of a smart MC with her own flaws, being able to outwitt her opponents that arent stupid, but simply flawed.

Of course there are some minor things that doesnt make sense, which only happens to further the plot. But these things only happen to the MC and her decision. Things like, why join the army? Why hide her past? Why is she having a different mentality? But these are small matters compared to how well this novel does human psychlogy.

Brilliant work. <<less
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whitetragedy rated it
August 26, 2016
Status: c11
If you loved the author's other series, The Girl Who Ate A Death God, then you'll love this.

Like before, the author combines comedic fluffiness and gory darkness to create a main character that stands out from the other cookie cutter web novels. The setting feels realistic with a bit of a mysterious fantasy vibe making it hard to predict how the story will turn out. Don't fear the low chapter amount or translation speed because each chapter is about long as a normal light novel chapter, similar to those of... more>> Overlord and the like. As far as translation quality goes, it is better than most out there, but there are parts where it is hard to understand who is talking. Knock on wood, I feel the translator is getting used to the novel and it's becoming easier to read. As of ch11, the actions is really starting to pick up. <<less
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Archerreborn2 rated it
March 19, 2016
Status: --
Definitely a good read, a big step up in both quality of translation and material compared to most of the other stories being translated. I'd recommend everyone give the first two chapters a read to get a feel of the story.
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SaberWolf rated it
March 11, 2016
Status: --
Only two chapters released so far, but even, I absolutely love it! Just the first chapter alone was enough to draw me in, a fact both extremely rare (out of the dozens of novels I've read) and promising.

WARNING: When reading this, have tissues ready.
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Eden1506 rated it
October 27, 2019
Status: Completed
A Beautiful Dark Novel.

A story that after you read it leaves you with an empty hole in your chest for more that will never come.

A grim world with the protagonist as its candle.
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Milanda rated it
July 11, 2019
Status: Completed
An absolutely amazing story I enjoyed fully. Her story was a great ride I would recommend to anyone who likes war based fantasy and stories of self discovery.
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Tombstone490 rated it
December 13, 2018
Status: c46
Great story with a good strong female lead, it isn't too long and doesn't stretch uselessy. The character development is well done especially the introduction. Overall it is one of the best novels I've read so far.

EDIT: all 14 who rated 3 or less can just go and die
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ArcaneFantasies rated it
September 5, 2018
Status: c16
I cant stand Cynthia. The most annoying type of character: stupid, rash, arrogant, proud, keeps looking down on Noel despite always getting shown up and helped, always nagging.

i need to take a break. Shes giving me a headache.
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Kurokami-Sama rated it
July 2, 2018
Status: Completed
I like how the author create a solid fantastic world and how it feels real thanks to the characters. The journey of Noel (similar to Schera 'journey) made me passed for a roller coaster of feelings, and I love how both stories achive that I as reader felt so fascinated and attached to the MCs.

Really worth of reading. 11/10!
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buddhapest rated it
December 24, 2017
Status: --
First off, I have't been on NU for a while due to college, but I was very, very excited when I saw that this work is finally gaining some attention! Huge thanks to Pyschobarcode for the excellent translations!

I learned about this series through "The Girl who ate a Death God, " because they're part of the same universe. Highly recommend the latter to anyone who likes the current series!

It's a slightly dark, medieval fantasy story that sort of starts off as cookie-cutter, but gradually becomes more and more immersive as... more>> various dilemmas begin to flesh themselves out. It's definitely an involved read that you'll want to be awake for while reading, otherwise you might miss some important details. That's probably a big difference - for me, at least - between this novel and others, which I generally skim semi-consciously.

It's definitely looking to be a lot of fun to read, and highly suggest it for anyone looking for a unique and well-written LN whose distinctiveness doesn't hinge on meta-satire or yet another type of reincarnation. <<less
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October 6, 2016
Status: c12
The story feels a bit artificial at first: most of the characters feel at first like they're roles to force some emotions out of us, like the MC's best friend who dies, the boys who dramatically end up on opposing sides, the conveniently-placed female knight, etc. There is also the troubling fact that at first, none of the sides are likeable, and in many situations, the MC is usually the only one who seems to have a brain.

Despite this awkward start, once the direction of the story becomes more clear,... more>> the military and political plotline is actually quite interesting and promises much more. Also, the MC is quite unique: her optimism and out-of-place remarks in even the darkest situations make her absolutely charming, yet at the same time she's innocently ruthless underneath. Her search for and philosophical musings about happiness, in the meantime, provide quite a bit of comedy but also food for thought (she wasted no time crossing off 'marriage' for example).

I won't rate it yet since I think it's a bit early: though the story feels forced at first, it flows considerably better later on and shows great potential. I'll certainly be paying attention to see if it lives up to its promise. <<less
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Darkmaster72 rated it
October 29, 2019
Status: Completed
Amazing story, it's dark, different from all the other Stories, give it a shot maybe you'll like or maybe not, but the first chapter itself will decide it if you're into it or not.
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ddrx291160 rated it
October 15, 2019
Status: c46
Great read. As someone who is a big fan of reading about war and deception and betrayal, I give this work a 4.5/5. Unlike other fantasies, there aren't always easy victories for our main lead. Sometimes there are losses, but that's fine. It's how our protagonist gets back up and learn to fight with allies rather than by herself that makes this worthwhile and enjoyable.
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kanjipills rated it
July 22, 2019
Status: c46
Reading this proposed more questions than giving answers. Although it may leave an unsatisfactory aftertaste, the overall journey was enjoyable enough.

(I actually wanted to give this a 5, but the last few chapters felt rushed or so.)

If you look at this novel critically, there are a lot of plot holes and inconsistent story lines.

... more>>

What is the past of the MC? Is this built in a fantasy setting? Does Noel have powers? What is the connection of the sun with the protagonist? How come a random character just popped out of nowhere and had a big impact in the story? It was implied that there are strange things in the novel but they didn't clearly explain it. Is this because there is no need to do so or the author had subtly made it like that?


To be honest, thinking about it now, this story felt very shallow. There was not much build up and everything was written as either a happy-go-lucky life of chapter or "war, military, death" chapter. Although the war chapters were fun to read, it was somehow dubious that such tactics can be implemented in real life. Well, I do think that reality was not the strongest point of this novel. But the morale of the story is what really gets me.

It might sound cheesy but the goal of the protagonist was very humane, in my opinion. What is it that she seeks? Will she achieve it? How will she get it and where? Such questions were not given direct answers in the story, as the goal itself is not easily attainable even in real life. These questions got me pondering on the MC's initial purpose and life itself.

I'll stop with these very un-"review-ish" words and have you decide for yourself. Read this and you will have a good time. I'm sure that Noel and company will leave you entertained all throughout the story. After all, our Noel is a very bright and lovely girl just like the sun. And like the sun, she will bring light to those around her. Much like how her relationship with others work. Noel is one of the many reasons why I stuck to reading and finishing this novel. Her personality is refreshing and if you look beyond the plot and just enjoy everything, I'm sure you'll love this novel! <<less
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