Savage Divinity

by ruffwriter

Original Action Adventure Fantasy Harem Martial Arts Slice of Life
Warning This fiction contains:
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A modern man finds himself reincarnated in the body of a young slave with no skills and quickly fading memories. Follow his journey to find normalcy while living in a savage world, filled with myth and legends, monsters and Demons. In a land where the strong rule, the weak serve, and bloodshed is a way of life, peace is a luxury few can afford. Author's note: Expect a chapter every mon/wed/fri, unless I start writing faster. The story is eastern themed, but not Xianxia, no chasing immortality, MC is not OP. Less action, more character and world driven is my aim. Mature language and themes, but no raunchy sex. It's my first story, constructive criticism would be appreciated.

 

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Aethric
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Savage Divinity - Am I Taking Crazy Pills or is this Story Unbelievably Good?

Over the past few years, I've seen stories on RR come and (unfortunately) go, meaning I attempt not to get too attached to them. I've also noticed patterns about how and why some stories enter the Top Weekly/Monthly Fiction lists, top weekly review lists, etc. and this story has me baffled. Savage Divinity has the quality, quantity and update speed (still somehow daily, warning: author may be a robot) to qualify it both for the latter and, despite my best intentions, the former. 

The characters are so fleshed out and individualistic they are beautiful in their imperfections, the power structure cleanly and clearly laid out, the MC strong-ish but by no means "OP," the world-building unique (which I want to emphasize how shocking it was to me given how many stories I've read), the main enemies (minus one hilarious encounter) nowhere close to caricatures (the "enemy's" reason for fighting is so sad I actually empathize with them in their plight, if not their means - we've only had one or two snippets of their POV but it's heart-breaking in-between the lines), the plot organic and believable, and finally, it has DAILY UPDATES.

If this story isn't #1 on the Top Monthly and somewhere in the top 20 for the Best Rated soon, I don't understand anymore. Help this story get the exposure it deserves so the author knows how good it truly is. I hesitate to hope for this given I've seen authors scared away by rude and uncouth commentators, but this story is good enough that I want others to read it for the author's sake.

TL;DR: Story is gold, read it.

Timid
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Contrary to what the cover indicates, this is not gay porn!

I feel that's an important note to inform people of.

Okay on to the review. This story is a really good read. Though, admittidly, hard to get into. It has a  'meh' cover. A generic name (Savage Divinity? Fanfic name, basically,) and also the first 20 odd chapters are more a prologue than anything else.

Once you do make it past that though, the story is engaging. A long, interesting, fantasy story. With a very gradual power progression for the main character, and many interesting situations and fights. Which was a welcome change from a lot of other novels in the genre.

Also, it has pets. Adorable pets. In fact I think the various animals/mounts in this story have better charactization than the humans.

On the bad side, it does derail a bit later on, though. There is one arc in particular that is pretty awful and knocked at least half a star off all catagories. In fact, if I ever reread this I'm going to skip from chapter 136 to 159. Trust me, you won't miss much.

Thankfully it now seems to be recovering to where it was beforehand.

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I wrote this review at chap 80. It still applies.

Thank you for the beautiful story! I find myself coming back to this site day after day to read it.

An oddly moving story filled with moments of worry, of insecurity and anxiety, moments of deadly peril... moments that almost made me drop it of fear of what the future holds and what is to become of the world you have created.

But a mystifying story filled with moments of warmth and love, of friendship and rivalry, of... humanity. The moments that made me stick through the hard times at the side of the characters I have fallen in love with. The moments that gave me the hope needed to face the fear and anxiety when those same characters's plot armour seemed oh so thin. For every cloud has a silver lining and after every storm there's a calm.

...you know, I sometimes imagine every story here as a piece of art, a sculpture, if you will.

Some sculptures are a pile of oddly shaped papier-mâché dyed in striking neon colours and bathed in light. And under that light they burn bright for everyone to see.

Others, like city models, straight, uniform, a palette of white and grey.. beautiful, no doubt, but a machine, even under the warm light of the sun is still just a machine.

Then there are those like temples of chaos and obscenity, bathed in blood and soot. Their exhibits spotlight is long broken and only the errant rays of the passing viewers' flashlights illuminate the dreary worlds that the distant church bells sing of.. but, well, the tiniest light shines brightest in the deepest darkness, does it not?

Some are like paradises of happiness and light. 'Perfect' worlds with no world crisis, no Big Bad to 'rule the day', no evil nobles to get in the way and Mary Sue's and Marty Stu's all around, night and day. People seem to like these a lot, I wonder why.

...and then a few are like titanic beasts, natural elements given flesh in stone, so lifelike that it is frightening... They require the spotlight because they have the fire of passion and the breath of potential within them. They have no use of the striking neon colors as their blazing eyes and piercing howl can express all they could desire…

And now I tell you that I will look in the eyes of this Storm and I declare to the whole world that I am here and I will see everything this living diamond in the rough is willing to show me!

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Well, now I'm happy! Are you?

potemkin
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I hate this story, can't read anything else

Everything else I'm reading feels bland compared to this. It is an emotional carousel, I'm crying, I'm laughing, I'm worried. 

I haven't found a story (or I don't remember about it) that uses perspectives so artfully, they feel like natural transitions.

All characters make sense, their background relates to their personalities, their actions relate to their personalities.

An Interesting take on politics in a fantasy setting.Makes sense!

I am loving the pace!

A wonderful story. I hate it though, I had to put all my Xianxia reading list on a break xD. 

Basher
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Excellent Story, lost MC background?

For one, I wish this has a lot more chapters to read on. This has been one of the best reads I've had so far. The author was capable of providing such depth to the story. The elements are here. Each part of the story providing such details, leading to a greater plot. You may want to read the other reviews how this story is great, as I'm reviewing only one part of it.

 

The MC. As a 'reincarnation', we expect to have such person greater knowledge. As a summary, it was already said that the MC was a modern man, reincarnated as a slave. Although the beginning, it was said that the MC fails to recognize parts of his memory, such as his parents or family, he still has knowledge of modern society, as shown on his dreams. Therefore, we should have seen some of these knowledge to his advantage. It could be that he had done so unconsciously, with his adept knowledge about biology and healing. But then again, given a thick book of the anatomy of humans that was passed down by 'thousands' (mIght be exaggerating) of years of research, that might not be the case.

 

I was expecting reincarnated 'modern' humans to be well adept to logic, morality, or common sense. The MC got the morality right. His fear of killing others well suit his background as a modern man. Even better, the author had given a split personality (Theory of mine: That split persona is actually the original soul of the body that the MC had taken over, would be cool if there was further explanation during the story) that deals with this morality issue, fitting him better in the world he's living in.

Common sense may had been corrupted due to his slavery, and I can get that. Living in a comfortable society, then pushed to the bottom as a slave, treated as a tool and nothing else, it can really skew someone's sense of reality. So his unusual behavior can be explained properly by this traumatic experience. Logic on the other hand, had its perks at the beginning. Proper planning his escape, good use of his brains. But the MC loses it by the middle part of the story. It could be that he's adapting to his new environment, wherein action speaks louder than words. His instinct could have taken over him, from the ancestors and his other persona. But still, this makes his initial background worthless. You might as well just start out the story that the MC is a slave, and nothing would really matter along the way as it will just fit the overall story.

 

The only thing that 'fit' his background is his rather lack of 'common sense' about the current world. As portrayed by everyone's PoV, he had been shown to lack basic knowledge of things, and had asked a lot about it, even though they would have already known about it. But that's just a measly excuse in my opinion.

 

So I guess my complaint is that why the MC failed to REACT as a modern man, in a world of fantasy or in a medieval era(?). His profound knowledge about science, technology, medicine, politics, etc, wasted his potential upon living on instinct of the world. I would want to know how does such character will react - while the story portrayed one path, there could have been other ways to still retain his backstory and use that to his advantage.

I do hope that along the way, if he ever reaches his 'limit', he resorts to his own knowledge, improving his ability or everyone else's.

 

So yeah, Go Read this. It's WORTH your time.

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Very good, but losing its way

I started reading this story over a year ago, where IIRC he was updating every weekday. I really like this story.

I feel like the writer is excellent at writing action scenes, that he makes interesting, distinct characters, and that he knows how to set up suspense and then spike it with a climax perfectly. The trial by combat arc for example was done masterfully, especially the reaction POVs. 

That said, I feel like the past few months the quality has been slipping. The story started out being a character based story, which the author came to excel at, and has transitioned into a plot-based story, which he still hasn't quite gotten the hang of (which is no wonder, as they're vastly different styles). I'm going to keep reading this, and hope that the writer either gets the hang of this new style of storytelling, or changes to the old one.

HyugaisJester
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A good but frustrating read

Imagine this, someone starts drawing a well known shounen character. You perhaps know a great amount of said character, know a little bit about them, or know of them but never got into the anime/manga they are from. As you observe them draw you notice they take their time, build up a good foundation with slow strokes, but still hold your interest in watching them draw. Eventually you think to yourself, damn the drawing is probably as good as if the original artist drew it themselves if not better. Then they start adding detail. They already have a good drawing laid out for all to see, but it's not what the artist wants, the artist wants to add their own touches and make it more their own. So they start throwing shading and lighting to the picture, adding more cosmetics, even adding coloring. Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on your view point) the coloring doesn't match the original and eventually the artist changes the looks of the character even further to emphasize their own originality. This isn't a bad thing, but for some like myself it feels disappointing. The detailing and coloring ended up making you like the picture less, you still like it, but not as much as you did before. That's what this novel has been to me.

The author took a widely used concept (MC reincarnation into another body and that MC has to struggle through the new world's rules to become strong and get what he wants)
Maybe you're familiar with this setup, reading tons of xianxia and wuxia novels, maybe you've read lots of fan fictions pertaining this style of setup, or maybe you're new to it.
It's been used over and over again and this novel doesn't do anything new besides being written better than most.
The author made a great start introducing the background and world building through a slower but interesting first 30 chapters or so
The writing has been consistent, allowing for a good flow from the start of a chapter to the finish, unfortunately some paragraphs are often repeated throughout chapters just worded differently
The grammar has been consistently good with only a couple of mistakes in each chapter
Eventually the author puts more and more of what they want into the story, which is fine, it's their story and they have all the reasons to do so, but that's the problem. It doesn't feel as good as it could be. Like the choices the author chooses to make are holding back the novel.


I'll give detailed and better explanation for my score but only through the spoiler as I will need to reference the novel to get my point across. I am currently up to date at chapter 216, so this will showcase what I've read so far.

Spoiler: Spoiler

 

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A RRL Heavyweight That Could Displace the Current Champ

To all those out there questioning whether Savage Divinity is worth the read, question no longer. What I originally thought to be "just another reincarnation story" has turned into so much more. It can't be classified as reincarnation, xianxia or anything else. The story lives. It sounds cliche, but this story is thriving, growing (almost every day. thank you ruffwriter) into one of the best character driven pieces I've read. Not just on RRL, I'm talking anywhere. 

The characters are everything in this story. The author transitions brilliantly between all of them, making for a world with as much depth as anyone could hope for. Characters laugh and they cry. They argue and compromise. They have hopes, dreams and fears. There is no "cut-out" character that feels flat or disruptive within the story. 

If there was ANY reason a person may want to pass this story, it would have to be a dislike of gore. But the gore isn't simply for the sake of gore. The world of Savage Divinity is dark. It immerses you in a way most stories will never be able to. You FEAR for a character's well being. It's often a kill or be killed world, and by god you don't want these characters to die.

Yet even among the darkness of the world the author has ways to legitimately insert comedic relief into the story! I have laughed, OUT LOUD, several times throughout these first 53 chapters.

All in all, I cannot find a true flaw with this story. The grammar is damn near perfect. The chapters had started somewhat short which scared me at first, but (even with almost daily updates) the chapters have only gotten LONGER! It is a definite must read, and I can hardly wait for the next chapter.

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Top-rate story so far

Read only first 8 chapters so far, and it's more than enough to say, that this story is one of best in RR atleast. Also, there is possibility that i'll edit this review after reading all available chapters (but i doubt it). 

Characters: For me this is the most important part in the story, if author doesn't give enough background or doesn't do it good enough with the flaw of the story you will just find yourself not caring about characters in the story, but this story with first couple of chapters already made me care for the characters (and not only for MC). So, it's 5 star for characters.


Style: So far author has well-balanced style, it's defently not boring, but then again, i've just started reading so, possible in future chapters that can change (i hope for the best). And although in any other time i'd rate it 4 or 4.5, because i rate 5 onlt for perfect, but considering that author just started his story and needs more readers, i'm rating 5 for encouragment, but as i said, it has room for improvments.

 

Grammar: Now that i think about it, i haven't noticed any typeos, or grammar mistakes, or it was rare enough to not bother remembering, so yeah, it's 5.

 

 

Story: It's like style, can't say much either, need to read developments to judge it, so 5 for now.

EvilKatamari
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This story has humour, is well written, good paced and it's a bit way more belieavable than most reincarnation storys.

I like it very much (went later to sleep than I would like to admit and kept reading in spare time at work, it's that good).

There are occasional grammar mistakes, but they are easily forgiven because they are just small and never repeating.

 

I think I will throw some money at your face, you deserve it for your time.