The Strongest Wizard Becomes a Countryside Guardsman After Taking an Arrow to the Knee


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The strongest wizard Alfred, in a hero’s party, subdued the Maou and in the process took a cursed arrow to the knee.

Even with the injured knee, Alfred’s still the strongest wizard ever. So…

「We need a chief for our newly created knight squad!」 「Could you help us as our guild manager?」「We need someone to rid us of the dragon that resides in the North Mountain!!」

Alfred just wanted some time to rest and recover, but no one would LEAVE HIM ALONE!

Because of that, Alfred wished to spend time recovering in a small country village that no one knew about.

『Need a guard in Mulg Village. Wolves and boars attacking the village. Payment is food and board. *Village has a hot spring.』


So, the strongest wizard in the kingdom…decided on living the slow life in the countryside.

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DarkD rated it
May 13, 2019
Status: c14
It's a gimmick read. The plot and writing aren't terrible so if the gimmick sounds interesting, I suggest reading until you get bored.

If you want to know what's wrong with it, basically the writing is childish and the characters are cliche.

There's no depth to the writing at all. No subtle world building, no interesting narratives, it's got the gimmick and an ability to write English in complete sentences.

... more>> The characters are all pretty much harem cliches. The minor characters have no realism in them at all.

(spoiler ahead) one of the early antagonists is a leftover demon girl trying to continue the work of the deceased demon lord. However once the protagonist captures her, the village is "too kind to execute her" or give her any meaningful punishment at all. So she becomes a new member of the village under house arrest. I'm sorry but that's just unrealistic and chronically s*upid. You just left a war with those people, and now an entire village of people are just "forgiving" her with house arrest? If you're 3 years old maybe that's how it works. <<less
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Pendragon05 rated it
March 21, 2019
Status: c302
It's been almost one year since I last read the story. My ratings will be 4 for this one. I stumble upon this Web Novel during 2017 and I thought that it's another slice of life fantasy. Turns out my hunch is correct, it's like an accomplished hero that just lost it's purpose after accomplishing it's task to defeat the demon lord.

Nothing special, I rated this with 4 because even though it's quite generic, it's still an enjoyable read, especially if you want to have a fresh start and different... more>> environment from those isekaj or fantasy. <<less
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Fluffums rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c127
A very solid story with decent characters, action, and plot.

The main reason I don't give this a 5/5 is this:

The title and synopsis are very misleading! I came into this expecting the slow life of a wizard suffering from a knee injury. Instead, the knee injury is barely even mentioned in the first 100 chapters (mostly "Is your knee okay?" "Yeah, it's fine.") and he's constantly getting involved in incidents. And he runs headfirst into incidents if there's nothing happening near the village. So it's hard to understand why he... more>> didn't stay with the hero party at the beginning since he's not affected by the injury and he's definitely not willing to retire from helping people.

The injured knee does affect him after 80? Chapters, but any problems are quickly and easily overcome. The cursed injury could have been an ordinary curse and the only change would be about ten lines of dialogue in 100 chapters.

It bothered me enough to take off a star, but the story's still enjoyable enough. <<less
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OfficePony rated it
March 29, 2019
Status: v1c11
Just finished reading the manga that is available on Manga Dex and realized there was a light novel for it. Thank goodness there are a few more chapters than the manga had.

The story is nice and laid back with a premise based on a joke from Adventuring games. "I used to be a mighty warrior like you until I took an arrow to the knee", the classical line muttered by a guard in White Run, Skyrim, which also happens to be the old slang for getting married. So, while expecting... more>> the inevitable, I'm enjoying how the story is going to develop.

Makes me sad that the chapters are so short. Maybe a minute or two to read T_T <<less
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phreakinsane rated it
November 20, 2019
Status: --
I love this story. The characters and story are consistent. The story is laid back although thankfully there is plot development, even if its a bit slow. What I like the most was the various "harem" characters added to the storyline, although they werent overly clingly or possessive which helped make it enjoyable to read. Definitely more of a slice of life.

I am rooting for a certain lady hoping that her relationship deepens, so far thats my only gripe is that the MC is more of a "dense" type romantically.... more>> I wish he'd make his moves on that gal that feels the same way about him as he does about her!

There is a lot of generic fantasy in this, but as I and most of you enjoy fantasy, thats not really a bad thing, is it? <<less
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Vilidious rated it
October 29, 2019
Status: v2c80
Well, for the most part this novel has been an enjoyable read, as long as one tunes out ones brain.

The story doesn't seem to have any specific goal or much of an impetus, and despite the harem tag, there is basically no romance at all.

In fact, around where I left off, irritating animal noises seem to dominate the writing and content.

This is also a large reason why I haven't felt like continuing to read it in a long time, and likely won't be able to continue either.
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dniv rated it
April 22, 2019
Status: --
This is solid and really fun. Very recommended. 5/5.
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Meif rated it
October 2, 2019
Status: c50
It's an okay story so far and the translation is good, my only complaints would be that if reading on your phone make sure to have redirects blocked and such, the site has aggressive ads that will annoy you constantly by redirecting you to pure crap it also has some ads that block content. No problems reading it on my mac at home however.
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mllhild rated it
December 22, 2019
Status: c140
The story is far too rushed!

The events from chapter 1 - 20 should be around 100 to 150 chapters. Dont just skip all the events that actually would give your MC character and make his decisions reasonable.

The same happens for all characters introduced later on. They just go from zero to hundred in a few pages. Making people trust you and come to you should take a long time and several events.

The character feels like a 15 year old, not a 40 year old. Also too much deus ex machina... more>> bullshit. <<less
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