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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 23, 2022
The first was Ok. The second is just another version of the first book. Everything is redundant and we see the pattern for every other book in the series. There is a set of scenes the author uses for every single book in the series.
1. A heal scene which is more reminiscent of a modern inner city ER on the weekend after a mass shooting where nobody uses magic but instead IVs, catheters and any other modern medicine the author can inject while completely ignoring the fact that they can just use magic at any time and heal the person. Also, one of the MCs, a former combat medic in the Army also squeezed in medical school somewhere along the way because he literally knows everything about bio-chemistry, anatomy and anything else related to modern healing. Amazing, considering combat medics focus solely on trauma medicine and his history said he was just a combat medic for a decade. Regardless, the MC demonstrated a phenomenal amount of healing expertise which of course when compounded with the absolute incompetence of every other healer in the realms meant that the MC was a god among men and of course all of the other characters fell over themselves worshiping him.
2. Crafting scene. This can be fun. The first time. A dozen times later and it gets OLD! And believe me this scene is repeated over and over and over again for smithing, formations and alchemy. The rest of the crafts are all but ignored.
3. Fighting scene. Again, redundant and repetitive.
4. Administration scene. Exactly what it says. It's a board meeting between the heads of the different cities and departments. BORING is an understatement.
5. Soldier training. This is beyond redundant where the MCs go over in graphic detail how they train the army. STEP.BY.STEP. I'm nodding off just thinking about it.
Filler. I am not exaggerating by stating that at least half of each book is filler. The author loves his redundancy where he explains things that were clearly explained in an earlier book but he decides to reexplain another way over and over again, book after book.
Convenience. The author loves to just magically make things into being with no explanation whatsoever. He'll explain the MC's motivations 25,000 times in each book but completely forgets to explain why supposedly overpowered abilities and equipment now won't work. Everything is dramatized and drug out in order to make the book longer.
Why the rush. There is absolutely no reason for the MCs to hurry on to the next realm. They have every incentive to consolidate their power but instead rush off to realm after realm that they aren't really prepared for but due to convenience easily conquer.
Morality. There is no divine morality. If the MC behaves in a naughty manner they aren't going to hell. There is literally no reason why someone from the higher realms wouldn't come down and kill everybody and take their stuff.
Economy. If you can't stomach a big bad wolf coming down to the lower realms and committing genocide, fine, there there is absolutely NO reason the higher realms don't come down and control the lower realms economies. One person with a sky mana stone could completely clean out the lower realms of anything useful in a couple of days and there is nothing stopping this from happening.
Editing was really bad in the first few books. The later books were just the same 5 scenes so I would imagine it wasn't hard to keep the story together.