Book Review: King of Labyrinth Vol 3. (2022) by Shien Bis

“To defeat the minotaur recognized far and huge because the King of the Labyrinth, Zara, the son of the hero Panzel, launched into a journey of self-improvement. Over the course of his travels, he met many influential figures—together with a daughter of the mountains, a lamia, and a shrine maiden—with every encounter contributing immensely to his development. On the newest leg of his journey, he meets a knight in crimson armor named Laura. However shortly after Zara joins her occasion, the knight’s hometown falls sufferer to a bloody siege. With many life-changing adventures behind him, Zara returns to the Sazardon Labyrinth…however will his newfound power and expertise show ample for him to emerge with the minotaur’s head?” (Yen Press)

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Spanning many years and generations, “King of Labyrinth” began off as a well-recognized RPG fantasy title within the Mild novel format–looting and leveling up the first objective of all adventures into the labyrinth. Nonetheless, the second e-book opened up the world previous the video game-inspired materials, right into a fantasy world wealthy with politics and engaging characters. A world that grew because the legendary Minotaur (the ‘king of the labyrinth’) existed as a trophy for the larger hero to assert. Because the second launch expounded on the lore of the fantasy panorama, Shien Bis would supply interludes that up to date the reader on the beast’s fixed quest for a worthy battle inside the dungeons.

This method made the sequence thrilling for each followers of extra ‘conventional’ types of fantasy telling and Japanese role-playing video games, and there was cause to be excited to see how Shien Bis would cap off the sequence within the third and last e-book. Sadly, the reply is way of the identical because the earlier however delivered in a drastically underwhelming trend. Partially, the rushed tone of the ultimate quantity kills the sense of surprise of the earlier two books, however the fault lies largely in cramming in an summary narrative with a brand new dungeon the place ‘nothing is because it appears’. In an effort to hold the assessment spoiler-free, it’s exhausting to broaden a lot past this, however readers who learn each volume1 and quantity 2, can count on acquainted construction however extra emphasis on exposition and a barely absurd flip within the motion.

The novel nonetheless manages to take care of some charms of the earlier work, since Shien Bis is an especially proficient author in relation to describing action-heavy sequences, and he definitely has a command of the world he crafts–no free ends or convoluted storytelling for such an expansive world. Consequently, there are nonetheless factors the place the reader can be deeply drawn into the world of “King of Labyrinth”, even because the story begins to really feel rushed and bordering on the absurd. Particularly, the brand new protagonist of the e-book, Azra, wields energy past even that explored within the earlier books.

Just like the earlier two books, “King of Labyrinth: Gods Beasts and People” is launched in hardcover with a mud jacket, making all three books actually pop on the shelf. Moreover, the paper high quality is a pleasant, thick off-white and the quilt artwork throughout all of the volumes is splendidly fashionable which additionally makes it a pleasure to gather the bodily launch. The one factor missing is further artwork all through the novel or opening samples/mini-poster. These are all the time a bonus and never important, however it might have been welcome to have the final e-book within the sequence add a little bit of aptitude for readers who’ve been gathering the sequence.

The ultimate entry is definitely a letdown when in comparison with the primary two releases, missing the joy, creativity, and intrigue of what got here earlier than it. Nonetheless, the journey to get there’s nonetheless value giving “King of Labyrinth” a learn, whilst Shien Bis falters within the execution he proves to be an distinctive expertise within the gentle novel format. Personally, I can be excited to take a look at any of his future titles which might be translated for a Western viewers.

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