One word, epic. This story is truly epic. Don’t let the Isekai tag fool you into thinking this is a ‘Light Novel’. While there are plenty of comic and light hearted moments that would fit right into an anime series, the way this story is written, the complexity and deliberation of the story and development puts it very much in the field of more traditional literature. It is a lucidly written fantasy novel in the vein of Lord of the Rings, accompanied by more than a few nods in the directIon of elaborate Japanese manga works. That is what really grabbed me here, the writing is professional but you can feel the author’s love of manga and animes as an ******* fan, which is evidently true when you also see that he wrote a Nanoha fanfic that’s hundreds of pages long. I absolutely love this story and wish I had artistic skills to draw this into a manga myself. The characters are lively and multidimensional yet consistent, which makes them really grow on you as chapters fly by.
Although I gave this five star rating for every category as a review I feel compelled to present at least some criticism, which for me would be that the story meanders a lot and often branches into side adventures. To continue the anime analogy, if an anime is 12 episodes long and 3 episodes are side stories maybe that feels too much, but if it was a 100 episodes long on-going series and had 20 episodes of side stories that would be more than acceptable. It does seem that the author is hell bent on going that distance, so I’m thining that’s how things will turn out to be in the end and all these branching outs will melt in as ingredients that make the complete story richer. So please, don’t let this fizz out and end abruptly and I think it has potential to be an awesome story.