Shovels In Spades

by Lone

Original ONGOING Action Fantasy Tragedy LitRPG Magic Male Lead Non-Human lead Strong Lead Supernatural
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

We all have dreams of becoming powerful, becoming the cool mage that rules the world, becoming the dashing rogue who steals the entire treasury of a Kingdom, or perhaps, the valiant knight whose prowess on the battlefield is unmatched by all. 

However, when the apocalypse strikes, you can only use what you have at your disposal, be that guns, baseball bats, your fists, or maybe, just maybe, shovels.

One young man who goes by the name of Darenzo has just had his world altered into one that is now the focal point of some sort of experiment.

Just at the end of his shift in the recycling centre, a worldwide announcement was made, that not only changed Darenzo's life, but also the lives of all of the Earth's inhabitants.

Can Darenzo survive and thrive in this changed world? Or will his growing madness best him? The answers to these question can only be revealed with time.

(The new cover art is a courtesy of the very kind and talented ssddx and was designed using the fanart cover of cthulupillar as the base.)

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The Lazy Author

I am Flying
Leader of Penguins
The Random Factor
Worthy Sacrifice
QnA Winner
Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Book 1 Prologue: Change and Shovel ago
Book 1 Chapter 1: Building and Fusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 2: Traps and Rage ago
Book 1 Chapter 3: Merits and Sleep ago
Book 1 Chapter 4: Base and Clothes ago
Book 1 Chapter 5: Status and Jewel ago
Book 1 Chapter 6: Rimmy and Rob ago
Book 1 Chapter 7: Seal and Platinum ago
Book 1 Chapter 8: Temptress and Confusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 9: Faith and Offer ago
Book 1 Chapter 10: Poison and Charisma ago
Book 1 Chapter 11: Question and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 12: Stupid and Restored ago
Book 1 Chapter 13: God and Crippled ago
Book 1 Chapter 14: Smash and Suspicion ago
Book 1 Chapter 15: Princess and Anacusis ago
Book 1 Chapter 16: Respect and Perks ago
Book 1 Chapter 17: Citizen and Buffer ago
Book 1 Chapter 18: Court and Motivation ago
Book 1 Chapter 19: Wall and Earthquake ago
Book 1 Chapter 20: Cabin and Lighthouse ago
Book 1 Chapter 21: Suggestions and Requirements ago
Book 1 Chapter 22: Upgrade and Charity ago
Book 1 Chapter 23: Exhaustion and Note ago
Book 1 Chapter 24: Box and Safe ago
Book 1 Chapter 25: Syringe and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 26: Baseball and Event ago
Book 1 Chapter 27: Respect and Transfusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 28: Crocs and Rash ago
Book 1 Chapter 29: Ring and Mithril ago
Book 1 Chapter 30: Leader and Food ago
Book 1 Chapter 31: Conical and Enfield ago
Book 1 Chapter 32: Hamson and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 33: Matt and Dorian ago
Book 1 Chapter 34: Consumption and Life ago
Book 1 Chapter 35: Rimmy and I ago
Book 1 Chapter 36: Choice and Changes ago
Book 1 Chapter 37: Jesters and Fort ago
Book 1 Chapter 38: Fiona and Villain ago
Book 1 Chapter 39: Fun and Crafting ago
Book 1 Chapter 40: Failure and Levels ago
Book 1 Chapter 41: Pride and Split ago
Book 1 Chapter 42: Cube and Table ago
Book 1 Chapter 43: Tome and Stress ago
Book 1 Chapter 44: Graveyard and Cecil ago
Book 1 Chapter 45: Pala and Gods ago
Book 1 Chapter 46: Candle and Reality ago
Book 1 Chapter 47: Jorden and Harvesting ago
Book 1 Chapter 48: Trench and Volunteers ago
Book 1 Chapter 49: Crusher and Plan ago
Book 1 Chapter 50: Og and Denied ago
Book 1 Chapter 51: Gravity and Tide ago
Book 1 Chapter 52: Illusion and Damage ago
Book 1 Chapter 53: Confidence and Cyanide ago
Book 1 Chapter 54: Fear and Danger ago
Book 1 Chapter 55: Wound and Vine ago
Book 1 Chapter 56: Towel and Smile ago
Book 1 Chapter 57: Mave and Dream ago
Book 1 Chapter 58: Crushed and Conclusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 59: Absolute and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 60: Punishment and Thanks ago
Book 1 Chapter 61: Mini and Endearing ago
Book 1 Chapter 62: Questions and Luck ago
Book 1 Chapter 63: Design and Past ago
Book 1 Chapter 64: Rankings and Changes ago
Book 1 Chapter 65: Loyalty and Speech ago
Book 1 Chapter 66: Laws and Request ago
Book 1 Chapter 67: Agreements and Butterfly ago
Book 1 Chapter 68: Size and Walls ago
Book 1 Chapter 69: Upgrades and Guesses ago
Book 1 Chapter 70: Mayor and Miller ago
Book 1 Chapter 71: Girly and Knife ago
Book 1 Chapter 72: Departure and Condo ago
Book 1 Chapter 73: Survivors and Soldiers ago
Book 1 Chapter 74: Acquisition and Rearming ago
Book 1 Chapter 75: Kabatay and Demands ago
Book 1 Chapter 76: Shark and Snipers ago
Book 1 Chapter 77: Sentence and M939 ago
Book 1 Chapter 78: Shock and Thoughts ago
Book 1 Chapter 79: Ahab and Threat ago
Book 1 Chapter 80: Relationship and Exchange ago
Book 1 Chapter 81: Barrier and Gab ago
Book 1 Chapter 82: Gloves and Roger ago
Book 1 Chapter 83: Mansion and Rose ago
Book 1 Chapter 84: Warning and Information ago
Book 1 Chapter 85: Emotion and Hindsight ago
Book 1 Chapter 86: Stats and Resistances ago
Book 1 Chapter 87: Training and Database ago
Book 1 Chapter 88: Trust and Hug ago
CHARACTER TABLE SHEET as of Book 1 Chapter 88 ago
Book 1 Chapter 89: Guilt and Pipes ago
Book 1 Chapter 90: Meeting and Four ago
Book 1 Chapter 91: Line and Lasers ago
Book 1 Chapter 92: Ease and Phases ago
Book 1 Chapter 93: Plan and Deadlift ago
Book 1 Chapter 94: Defeat and Slice ago

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When I read the first few chapters of this story it was pretty fun. And I was really looking forward to how it would develop and how Daz would adapt to his new world.

But as the story goes on I am starting to have the same issues with the MC that I do with the MC's of the other storys by this author. They dont react in a way that I feel a real person would in the same situation. And while it could just be that the MC is very unique.... I just dont see it.

Normally when reading a story of any kind I want to identify something with the MC. Have some kind of connection. And this story just doesnt have that connection.

A story to read while waiting for others to get updated but not something I would go out of my way to recommend to anyone. Definitely not something I would Patreon with how hard he seems to push it.


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Everyone likes apocalypse stories

Fun read, if still a bit short at this point.

I look forward to future chapters.



Even if the MC's name does make me feel like it should belong to a muppet.


Not that I'm really criticizing. It's seriously hard to come up with names that are somewhat original.

I mean, I read this one story with a MC named Randidly.I couldn't help but think that the poor kid's school life must have been hell.  

*Stares hard at random space*

That's right, I'm talking about you Ghosthound.

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My main issue with the novel is the MC's decisions of how to use his points, the way he acts, his personality and the nonsense that goes throughout the whole story.

Spoiler: Spoiler

 I understood that you got quite offended by my review, it was never my intention to offend you so i apologize for that. I tried to soften my message to be less offensive and added a few things I actually liked in the story, good luck.

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Some pointers and a review - As of Chapter 91

Grammar: It is good but could use some polish. 

Style: The writing style is good but the dialogue is subpar so far and could be improved.

Story: Has a good premise and works well enough. (Gods' interest might be a little OP but that is what story requires.)

Character: Some characters feel like a papercut. Two dimensional if you will and could be improved.

Overall: It is a good story that could be enjoyed on boring nights or days. 

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Story is an interesting concept.

Characters tend to be relatively plausible. MC is interesting. Author is attempting to add more nuance to other characters, including their motivations and thoughts.

Grammar and spelling are good. Overall I applaud the author for actually ensuring the sentences are readable and polished, something lacking in many others.


Story has at least one plot-hole I spotted. Although, it is possible that hole may end up being a plot point later on.

The author has been trying to convey side character thoughts in order to add addition frames of reference to the plot as well as to flesh out their personalities. Unfortunately these internal monologues are a bit exaggerated, like an anime character. An example would be how the military grunts think or speak about their general. I think the author had the right idea to attempt this, but this dialogue / monologue needs a little attention.

Below addresses the perceived plot-hole, potentially spoiler issues, as well as addressing another review’s issues.


Spoiler: Spoiler



  • Overall Score

A fun story with a less than sane main character

It's fun reading about slightly insane characters, because you as a reader is often surprised at what happens. "Oh you're not attacking me yet? I'll patiently wait for what you are waiting for".

Not to mention the fact that this creates a rather interesting character dynamic between the maincharacter and his summoned Golem, the golem unable to speak talks through head-bobbing, the main character either great at interpretation or slightly insane ofcourse understands the golem perfectly.


Really just a fun story, you should read it. (also the author has stated that he didn't have previous knowledge of the game "Shovel-knight", that fact included with the incredibly broad term that a "Shovel-Knight" could be I believe he is right in using the 'original' tag. 

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Kingdom Building LitRPG done right

I'll admit, I had put off reading this due to my disinterest in The Lone Wanderer, but after reading through SiS I may give that story another read. This hits all the right marks for a good story in it's respective genres. The system is handled well; it feels like an everpresent thing, but at the same time we aren't forced to read damage numbers constantly. The existence of higher beings is also dealt with pretty well. The author hasn't felt the need to over explain things with them right out the gate which tends to make such sub-plots tedious in most stories.

The only reason I rated four stars instead of five is because the system info dumps can over stay their welcome at times. And that the humor/relationships sometimes devolve into light novel tropes.While I don't hate either of these things they can become a bit irrating to read; especially if the joke is done over two or three chapters back to back.

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Overall I really enjoy the novel and it hits all the points I usually like in a novel. It is also well written 5/5

Style I enjoy this author's style a lot as well as the way this novel has been going

5/5 I also recommend his other novel Lone the Wanderer which I like even better

Story So far some overarching world ending/destroying problem  hasn't been revealed yet but things are being discovered and hinted about subtlely. 5/5

Grammar It's grammar. I don't know what I supposed to say about it? Lone has great grammar and I don't remember noticing any errors unlike another author I have read who has written 100+ chapters and still has terrible grammar and subpar spelling. 5/5

Character I enjoy his characters and they seem rather unique. The main character has some sort of mysterious background which seems to slowly be getting unveiled. 5/5

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Review title says it all.  Sometimes you just want to read some brain candy.  The real world is filled with complications and mirky grey areas.  You don't always want the same thing in your entertainment.

Thankyou for providing some pure unadulterated entertainment.  This has been added to my book shelf and I wil read it as you write it.  You seem to have a good grasp of the genre. THanks for your effort.

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Interesting System.  Very well done there, well thought out and reasonably well-implemented.  The number of questions can be frustrating to someone like me who finds it difficult to quantify power levels, etc. when the character can't quantify power levels.

The writing itself could use some work.  Phrasing, etc. is getting better as chapters go on and characterizations are more fleshed out.

two things to work on in the future:


Your writing is a bit... blunt.  You'd benefit from concentrating on 'show, don't tell' in some cases,  especially in some of the mid-early chapters (getting better, but descriptions still wind up being a bit 'this is how it is'.  This relates to...


I like that you're characterizing very explicitly, it helps differentiate, but there's no subtlety to any of the characters, no depth.  They're largely caricatures.  Wild emotions, sudden feelings, disabilities, etc. seem to be crutches to the author in lieu of fully fleshing out characters.  

Show don't tell, in the case of many of thoughts Daz has, motivations of characters (I.e. The Richie twins 'do you want to kiss him'.  Yes, he rescued the damsels and cured her, and attraction is a sudden thing sometimes, but like... make hem flirt.  Or make her flirt and him not get it or ignore it in favor of the system.  That could be it's own but of comic relief.


system 4/5, too many unknowns but extremely interesting

plot 5/5, you made village building interesting again, and hallelujah for that

writing 4/5, getting better but could use some touch ups, expansion, etc.  It's better than many things here, but it's no Gam3, Ghosthound, or Awaken Online yet. 

Characters, 3.5/5. Could use some work, too blunt.


overall, definitely something I intended to check up on at least once a week.  Will join the ranks of $1 patrons if I can nail down a stable job this week.