A good novel if you're not against exposition and slow rythme.
It's a pure fantasy novel, with some very slight video game element (like dungeon and something which vaguely ressemble exp).
Despite what the covers may let you thinks, it's not a harem, there's a main girl Lorraine who is the only one to really interact with the MC, the other girls on covers are clients, ennemis, allys, friends, student, or unknown, but their interaction with the MC is fairly limited.
To start whith what doesn’t work:
- Too much monologue, if you have ever heard of that serie, it's likely you've also hear of how much the
MC like doing long monologues. And overall that not much of a problem in fact it help flesh out the world and characters and for the most part they're well timed. But the problem is that they're too frequent and some time they breack the rythme or the atmosphere of a situation.
- The rythme, once again not that problematic but it's a time a bit too slow.
- The art, which is a real problem, well it's a novel so not that much but still it's ugly. Not entirely that said, the cover and color pictures are okay, but the insert picture are terrible especialy in volume 1, hopefully it's getting better and while it's still defenitly not fantastic, vol 5 picture are okay.
Into the good parts:
- First the characters, only a rather small number are really flesh out but it's also the only one we consitently see, and they're good, nuance with for most a good developement.
- The world building and power system: with all those monologues and exposition the contrary would have been strange but still it's interesting and original.
- The tension, it's not where great on that part, but it still does a good job at showing us how some character or monsters are way above the MC, despite the fact that he appear a bit op at time.
Overall it's a good fantaisy novel, with good characters and world building if you don't mind exposition and a rather slow rythme.
The manga is also good, with really good art but it heavly cut on the exposition.