Since I spent two days and 3 nights up to 3am reading this novel, I thought I'd write a review, though I am too lazy to write a comprehensive one.
An amazing start. A shitty finish.
...sums up the plot of this novel. The setting is in a medieval, slightly fantasy world. We follow the story of a young slave, who later is tasked with the pretending to be the dead prince. Throughout the adventure, we often view things from the supporting character' POV.
This book, unlike most other light novels that revolve around high school drama, resembles western fantasy war literature more. The world construction is detailed and vivid in the first few volumes. In fact, when I finished the 4th volume, I thought this would be my first 10/10 light novel. However, the plot failed spectacularly in the latter half of the story. There were a lot of annoying plot devices that long outstayed its welcome. Way too many characters are introduced without proper buildup or even plot significance (Several characters are introduced in the last volume!). Even existing main characters lost some of their charm, as they act unlike their previous character. Worst of all, many conflicts are resolved in manners that raise eyebrows and warrant face-palms. It would even be better if the author just write a more detailed epilogue giving its fans some much needed shipping, but even that is not done...
The art is quite good. It really gives a medieval feel, which is the setting of the story. However, good art can't save bad writing in the second half of novel.
Overall, I was disappointed. Instead of the 10/10 I had been expecting, I found myself something more akin to 7/10, considering its strong beginning.
*I am very sorry to kill everyone's hope since I understand that the English version is only translated up to volume 2. The truth need to be said. Don't expect too much for the ending. read more