Book 6, Chapter 17

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Book 6, The Road to Revenge – Chapter 17, The Plea

At the manor of the Prime Court Magus. Within the Hot Springs Garden.

An earthen glow emanated from a patch of grass within the Hot Springs Garden. Earth-style magic – Supergravity Field. Right now, Linley was dressed only in a pair of long pants, his upper body bare as he trained in the grass.

Those muscles on his bare upper body rippled like water. There wasn’t a trace of excess flesh. Right now, Linley’s body, organs, veins, and arteries were all being forced to withstand a gravity four times stronger than normal.

Fortunately, after becoming a Dragonblood Warrior, Linley’s body had reached new heights in power.

Linley’s legs were arched in a bow-drawing stance, and his two hands were raised parallel by his sides, each holding up a giant boulder. Each of these boulders weighed over a hundred pounds. Under the quadruple gravity field, the two combined weighed nearly a thousand pounds.

His legs as taut as steel cables, Linley’s body was as straight as a quill. His gaze, fixed in front of him, didn’t waver either.

One drop of sweat after another rolled down Linley’s body, covering his entire body in sweat. But Linley persevered….

Despite being designated the Prime Court Magus for the kingdom, Linley continued to train non-stop every day. His guards stood solemnly outside, alongside two female attendants who were ready to answer Linley’s call at any moment. The door to the Hot Springs Garden, however, was closed.

Whenever Linley was training, no one was permitted to enter.

Once, his majesty King Clayde, ruler of Fenlai, had come to the manor. The palace attendant ignored the guards at the Hot Springs Garden and charged in directly, instructing Linley to meet with his Majesty. Linley immediately issued an order for that attendant to receive twenty strikes of the military rod. That physically weak attendant ended up being beaten to death.

But afterwards, King Clayde didn’t blame Linley in the slightest. On the contrary, he berated his subordinates, telling them that while at the Hot Springs Garden, they absolutely must obey Linley’s rules.

“Lord Linley always is so hard-working when he trains. He’s spent an entire day in there. When he’s not engaging in warrior training, he is engaging in magus training. I think the only time he ever rests is the time he spends in his stonesculpting.” One female attendant said in a low voice. The other female attendant also nodded. “I’ve never seen such a hard-working noble before. In the previous household I worked for, the instructor for the warriors himself only spent four hours a day training.”

The nearby guardian knights of the Radiant Church also felt a great deal of admiration for Linley. Most geniuses, after their initial glory, would begin to fall behind. Each year, the Radiant Church would train a good number of geniuses. However, not only were none of those geniuses as outstanding as Linley, once their status had risen, they would become totally distracted by the material pleasures of the world and fall behind.

“If Lord Linley continues like this, in all likelihood, he will be the youngest combatant of the ninth rank in history, and the youngest Saint-level in history as well.” One of the guardian knights said softly.

The other guardian knight also nodded.

All of these people very much admired Linley’s painstaking diligence in training.

Only….“Lord Linley is a bit too strict and severe.” One of the female attendants said in an unhappy voice.

In their hearts, Linley was handsome, young, had high standards for himself, and powerful. He had a future! A person like him could be considered to be all but perfect. Only, he was extremely severe towards others. Even when dealing with female servants like them, he didn’t act with any gentleness or affection.

What these people didn’t know was that although Linley did engage in stonesculpting, he wasn’t really resting; when he was stonesculpting, he was increasing his spiritual energy at the fastest rate possible! Linley’s was increasing his power at every moment!

Within the Hot Springs Garden.

“Whew.”

An hour of warrior’s training had come to an end. Linley began to activate the Dragonblood battle-qi in his body, and that tired, weary feeling disappeared. From a nearby box, Linley withdrew a straight chisel, then walked over to one of those two boulders he had dropped onto the grass. These were used by Linley when stonesculpting.

Staring at these boulders and their internal lines and structure, Linley began to mentally design a sculpture. In the blink of an eye, a mental image of a warrior’s face was formed.

A hint of a smile on his face, the straight chisel in Linley’s hand began to move.

In a very rhythmic pattern, the straight chisel flew and chopped about, causing shattered bits of stone to fly everywhere. Linley knew exactly what he was doing, and so each chop was made with absolute confidence, and the strength he used was just right.

What a wonderful feeling!

Linley’s spirit became submerged within the ebbs and vibrations of the surrounding earth elemental essence, allowing him to sense the lines and cracks of the stone. Linley’s spirit also submerged into the surrounding wind elemental essence, allowing every single stroke of the knife to reach the peak of perfection in accuracy.

Nature!

Linley’s soul had become one with nature, and like a benevolent mother, nature surrounded Linley’s soul, allowing it to grow, to strengthen.

“Whew.”

Letting out a breath, Linley withdrew his straight chisel.

After spending two hours, this giant boulder had been transformed into a rough outline. As for the fine details, Linley planned to finish those tomorrow. Every day, Linley set limits on how much time he could spend on his stonesculpting.

He had to use the right complement of training regimes to achieve the maximum effect in terms of raising his power!

Training started every day at five in the morning, while now, it was eight o’clock. It was time for Linley to eat breakfast.

Putting down his straight chisel, Linley stepped out of his pants and into the hot springs pool. Lying within the hot springs, feeling the hot springs water rush against his muscles, Linley closed his eyes comfortably, finally allowing himself some time to rest.

“Enter.” Linley suddenly shouted.

Those two female attendants who had been quietly standing outside the door this entire time immediately entered with two trays. Those round trays were covered with all sorts of delicacies and fruits.

“Lord Linley.” Those two female attendants put the two round trays down on the nearby table, then respectfully awaited Linley’s commands.

While obediently standing to the side, those two female attendants couldn’t help but sneak peeks at Linley. Linley’s naked, muscular, reclining male body was indeed a source of fascination to them.

“You can go for now.”

Linley said calmly.

“Yes, milord.” The two female attendants immediately left respectfully.

From start to finish, Linley had not glanced at them even once.

Next, Linley stepped out of the pool, put on a set of clean underwear and clothes, then sat on a chair and began to eat breakfast.

“Swish.” A black shadow rushed out from the faraway grassy fields. It was Bebe. Before this, when Linley was training and stonesculpting, Bebe was napping.

“Boss, it’s time for breakfast, eh? Alright, this big piece of roast meat is mine.” Bebe’s eyes instantly were drawn to a particular large piece of roasted magical beast meat.”

Linley chuckled.

“Grandpa Doehring, do we really have no method available to us to deal with that Clayde at present?” Linley mentally said to Doehring Cowart.

Doehring Cowart flew out of the Coiling Dragon ring. Seating himself on another chair, he smiled at Linley. “Linley. Clayde is a warrior of the ninth rank. The gap between the two of you is too vast. Even if you assume the complete Dragonform, you are only a warrior of the early-stage eighth rank. Oh, wait, now that you are currently a late-stage warrior of the sixth rank, when you assume the Dragonform, you can be considered to be a late-stage warrior of the eighth rank. But nonetheless, you are far from being a match for Clayde.”

Linley felt very unwilling to accept this. He knew, now, that the person who had instructed his mother to be abducted by Duke Patterson was King Clayde. But right now, he had no chance of dealing with Clayde at all.

“The only choice I have is to continue training hard.” Linley unconsciously balled his fists, with the fork in his hands warping from his strength.

In the early ranks, the extra boost provided by the Dragonform transformation was especially large. As a warrior of the late-stage sixth rank, based on his current training regime, in about half a year, there was hope for Linley to reach the seventh rank. Upon reaching the seventh rank of power, when using the Dragonform, Linley would be able to step into the early-stage ninth rank.

“Lord Linley.” The voice of a female attendant could be heard from outside.

“Come in.” Linley said calmly.

Only now did the female attendant rush in. Respectfully, she said, “Lord Linley, outside, there’s a young lady named Alice who wishes to meet you.”

“Alice?” Linley’s eyelids flickered. He looked at the female attendant. “Bring her to the guest hall. I will be there shortly.” Linley stood up as he spoke.

“Yes, Lord Linley.” The female attendant didn’t dare to tease Linley in the slightest. They all knew how legendarily severe Linley was with his subordinates.

……

Alice was clutching a glass of water, seeming very ill at ease. For her to come beg Linley was asking a lot of her. But she had no other choice.

Footsteps could be heard.

Alice’s entire body shook, and she immediately turned her head to look.

Dressed in a loose, long robe, Linley smiled as he entered from an inner hall. Seeing Alice look at him, he immediately nodded and smiled back. “Alice, long time no see.” As he spoke, Linley sat down at the host’s seat.

Alice could clearly feel that Linley’s attitude was now totally different from a year ago. A year ago, Linley was still very young and immature.

But now, Linley carried himself with the unconscious noble grace and poise. Just from that faint smile, one could sense his grandeur, a grandeur which only came from someone being assured of his high status.

“Big brother Linley.” Alice forced her voice to sound calm, but even despite that, her voice still trembled slightly.

“Would you like to eat some fruit? I remember that you loved to eat olives.” Linley glanced at one of his female attendants.

A short time later, the female attendant returned with a plate of fruit.

“Thank you.” Alice picked up an olive and took a small bite. At this moment, Alice couldn’t help but think back to when she and Linley had eaten olives together. Back then, Linley had fed them to her.

Alice couldn’t help but turn to look up at Linley, only to find that Linley was smiling at her.

“Big brother Linley.” Alice put down the fruit, looking at Linley. “There’s something I want to ask your help with.”

“You need my help?” Linley had already guessed at the reason behind this visit of Alice’s.

“Go ahead.” Linley said directly.

Alice took a deep breath, then looked at Linley seriously. “Big brother Linley, you already know about what is happening with Kalan’s clan. I think…Kalan and the others are innocent. I hope you, big brother Linley, can help them and say a few words on their behalf to his Majesty. I hope you can wash away these unjust accusations and return their innocence to them. I know that his Majesty will definitely give you face.”

Linley couldn’t help but laugh helplessly.

Innocence?

Others might not be aware, but how could he, who had killed Patterson, be unaware? When he had killed Patterson, Patterson had personally told him about this smuggling affair. There was an 80% to 90% chance that this was with regards to the Debs clan!

“Wash away these unjust accusations? Why do you believe they are innocent? Alice, how much do you really know about the Debs clan?” Linley looked at Alice.

Alice was startled.

It had taken her a tremendous amount of courage to force out those words just now. But after Linley answered her with a question, she had a feeling…that Linley wasn’t going to help!

She suddenly wanted to cry. She felt extremely miserable.

Alice stood up. Curtseying towards Linley, she said, “Big brother Linley, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have come here today. I know that in the past, I hurt you very deeply. For me to come now and ask you to help save the Debs clan is really excessive of me. It’s okay if you don’t help. I won’t blame you.” As Alice saw it, Linley and Kalan were rivals in love. It was already very kind of Linley not to throw more stones in the drying well, to kick him when he was down.

As he looked at Alice, Linley’s heart was very calm

With regards to his failed relationship with his first love, Linley now regarded it only as a bygone dream. The current Linley had already experienced the battle in the Foggy Valley, the transformation into a Dragonblood Warrior, and the death of his father. And now, he had embarked on a dark road of vengeance!

On the road to vengeance, the thing which Linley had to do was to suppress himself, to be cruel, to be cold, to not slacken in the slightest. The current Linley was, mentally, far stronger than he had been a year ago, and far more mature as well. That young, naïve Linley of a year ago couldn’t compare at all to the current Linley. He also wasn’t the Linley that Alice thought he was.

After having experienced so much, he had matured! Linley had experienced far too much!

“Big brother Linley, I’ll leave now.” Alice immediately stood to leave, her tears at the precipice of coming out.

“Alice.” Linley stood up as well, stretching his hand out and resting it against Alice’s shoulders.

Alice turned her head to stare at Linley in amazement. Linley was gazing at her. In a serious voice, he said, “Alice, there’s so much that you don’t know. Whether or not the Debs clan is innocent isn’t something that you can determine. However, since you made up your mind to come ask me for help, I won’t just stand by and watch. But…whether or not I’ll be able to succeed in saving them is another question.”


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91 thoughts on “Book 6, Chapter 17” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

  1. WTF
    He f***ing killed an attendant
    Holy shit
    What
    He really made me angry now 😡
    He better become a much better character to gain my respect now
    😡

    1. There’s a reason why he set that rule, it’s so people will not have an excuse in breaking his main rule, and that’s to barge in without permission while he’s training, dos he can’t afford people knowing how strong he really is or find out about his blood violet sword while he’s training with it. And the only way to keep the rules are to enforce em as well, otherwise people will keep doing it over and over and he’ll look weak

      1. I think the difference is that Patterson was a well known villain who was probably responsible for lot of suffering (and the death of Linley’s father) whereas we have no indications that this attendant was guilty of anything but arrogance… I well understand the need for secrecy but I’m unsure Linley really had to choose a potentially fatal punishment !

        On the other hand I already know Tomatoes’ protagonists are deeply flawed from my perspective so I’m not surprised and certainly won’t stop reading.

        1. technically the punishment is 20 hits by the rod, and that was established way back. Its one not Linley’s fault the attendant dies from it because it says that its a punishment designed for trained warriors with their tougher bodies so the attendant dying is because he did not train himself. Furthermore if you make a rule you carry it out otherwise if you are not going to enforce a rule why make it in the first place.

          Lastly this is a medieval period location, I remember reading about archaic practices in Europe where nobles were legally allowed to rape any peasants they want and I am pretty sure both european and asian nobles of old were allowed to kill their servants with very little cause some times even for entertainment.

          1. It was designed to kill his attendants. He made the rule because of one of his female attendants actually did her job. Obviously that was a very good reason to have her beat. How dare she do what she was trained to do.
            I won’t say it’s Linley’s fault the king’s attendant died though, because he was warned and didn’t take it seriously. What you said about saying something and going through with it is true more or less. No one will listen to someone who doesn’t keep their promises, good or bad. And especially with Linley’s circumstances, he has to be even more careful.

            The fact that it was common practice doesn’t make it good or acceptable. They were just as wrong back then, as they are today.
            And people wonder why I have no faith in humanity even now….. It use to amaze me when people try to justify raping and murdering innocent people…Now it just makes me sigh.

        2. In my opinion the problem is not that the author’s MCs are flawed from one’s perspective or not. I for one haven’t read any other works of his.
          My problem, in this case, is the change. If Linley had ALWAYS been a cunt, well, that’s that. Deal with it, take it or leave it.
          But if he spends 6 books being mostly “nice”, and then, all of a sudden, without warning and with only a “meh” explanation he just starts beating servants to death… that’s not good. His father was incredibly good to his servants. Linley grew in that atmosphere. People can change, of course, but there’s gotta be reason and process…

          1. It was very detailedly explained the specific reason he made the rule about no one disturbing him at that specific place and specific time.

            Plus, it’s not like they’re truly his “servants”. They still answer mostly to the King Clayde. In sort, they’re basically spies in his own house. He didnt personally choose or pick any of those, so they aren’t exactly “loyal” to him. And if they break the rules he set, they must be punished.

            It’s logic, whether you love it or you hate it.

  2. Thanks for the chapter Ren! 🙂

    Regarding this line:

    “I know that his Majesty will definitely give you face.”

    Wouldn’t it sound better in English as:

    ” I know that his Majesty will definitely honor a request from you.” or “honor your request”

    I know the whole “give you face” is very well established in wuxia novels, but considering this is more western inspired universe then most other novels of the genre, it kind of feels… icky to me. Then again, I guess its mostly up to personal preferences. Good night!

    1. Hm. The thing is, ‘give face’ and ‘lose face’ are not just wuxia concepts, they are fundamental Chinese concepts which, despite Tomatoes best efforts, still runs through this novel. I’ll think about it though. Thanks!

      1. Hrm. But “Honor your request” isn’t an accurate translation is it? I guess I could be wrong, but “Giving face” should have several different meanings depending on the exact context it’s used in.
        In this one, I would have thought it was something more like “Listen to you” , “Hear you out”, “consider your opinion”, and so on. Well, as always, that’s my thought based only on the flow, since I can’t read the raws.

    2. It might be Western inspired but it is still Chinese at its core. They go through a lot of Chinese movements (actions) that you would not see in the Western world.

      In this case, face is synonymous with your public image. It is how others view you. “Give you face” would mean that the king is giving Linely’s reputation a boost by hearing his request (which an ordinary commoner or lower ranking noble wouldn’t be able to do).

  3. I’m hoping Linley’s idea of helping is to gather the evidence and present it to Alice, showing her just how crappy the debs clan is, then handing it to the king and watching the family get exterminated while convincing the king to let the two fiance live since they’re not yet part of the clan.

    1. Finally someone one the same wavelenght^^

      Even if he wants to help her I would have said:”I will help you …. but just for the remark the Debs clan DID the smugling”

      at least that
      Linley isn´t ruthless enough he should concentrate on his training

    2. he might even ask for kalan’s life. stripped of his title and wealth he should not be a threat and we’ll get to see if Alice actually stays with him despite his new circumstances

  4. It’s not Linley fault that the attendant died. He cares for his subordinates ,he used supergravity when in practiced if his subordinates suddenly enter while his in practice hmmm pretty sure that the subordinates dies with a rank 1 or rankless body or can cause Linley blow up to his veins when force to stop his concentration cause his training now is extreme to maximize the output. Thanks so much RWX.

  5. Best way to wake up! 3 Chapters~
    Now is time to get ready for school ;-;.
    Thx Ren.

    Now getting on tracks.I’m still fixed,i don’t have a shred of sympathy for Alice.
    I don’t know why you are now on her side like she suffered enough.Really? Except the private meeting which didn’t ended in the worst way possible everything is ok for her,i mean her not Debs clan.Oh my she is not the main wife anymore what a tragedy…
    Be like Linley calm and let it pass.But i guess even he has some plans for this as well.

  6. I’m guessing he will be super ruthless until he goes too far at some point, regretting his actions and once he realizes what he has become and is becoming, he will try and change

    1. NO!

      No Naruto-ness mellow shit for you here, people don’t change that much in Light Novels. Just read Martial God Asura if you don’t believe me. He kills and tortures people waaaaay more than they “deserved”. No one cares, and he does not change.

      Pretty much all MC’s have a fixed set of values, they don’t “regret and change” like that.

  7. As always, Thanks Ren!

    BTW, could somebody clarify this for me?

    “Oh, wait, now that you are currently a late-stage warrior of the sixth rank, when you assume the Dragonform, you can be considered to be a late-stage warrior of the eighth rank.”

    While I know that dragon form increases rank by 2, does that apply to Saint level too? For example, when Linley reaches a warrior of the 8th rank in his normal form, does that make him a Saint class warrior in his dragon form? Or would that only make him 9th rank? I remember reading that in order to reach the Saint level, you have to find your own path/some sort of obstacle you must pass. I’m not sure of the details.

    1. It was said that the more he ranked up on his normal body, the less effective the dragonform would be. For example, if he were to be a saint ranked combatant normally, he would be like a peak saint ranked in dragon form.

    2. It was explained in an earlier chapter, but to recap-

      The lower his level is, the bigger the increase dragon form gives to his level.
      At level 1 warrior, he might have had level 4-5 in dragon form.
      At level 6 he is roughly level 8.
      When he reaches level 9, he will barely be saint level in dragon form though.
      And when he reaches saint level his dragon form will still only be saint level.
      When he reaches the peak of saint level, his dragon form will still only be saint level. It will be stronger than his normal form, but only barely.
      Dragon form does have other benefits though.

      1. Ren: im not sure if its me or what, but i tried to donate a few times today and i failed. I tried using the link below. I also tried using the link from your signature in spcnet, but both dont work.

        Also, i dont remember your email address that paypal uses, and it doesnt show up in the history too.

  8. Thanks for the chapter as always.
    I sort of hope that Rowling isn’t executed with the rest of the Debs clan, as I kind of feel pity for her situation. Then again, I really hope Kalan and Bernard end up on the short side of the stick again. They’re jerks.

    Ren is awesome, and we look forward to future releases.

    All Hail Ren!

  9. thanks ren
    and i agree thy debs clan should be impoverished, but not exterminated. which ironically would also allow Alice to be the principal wife since they were “saved” due to her plea. best case scenario though. perhaps Linley will have some minor use for them in the future.

  10. Why isnt there a distinction between warrior and Magnus anymore?
    It’s “combatant” nowadays. I get the Feelings that Linley is Training one Way and getting results as a warrior and a magus at the Same time. Am I correct or isnt linley a 6th Level warrior and a 7th level magus?
    What about Secret techniques as a wind mage and stuff? It’s confusing since in the beginning there was a big difference between warrior and mage :/

    1. There still is, linley is an anomaly >.> it even states that the radiant church/assassins didn’t think it was possible for a ‘mere’ 7th ranked magus to slice up 4 assassins and kill the remaining one….

      But linley has to to train as a warrior aswell, because his jade armor is not strong enough to allow him to 1v1 various warriors… And he is a dragonblood warrior, i feel that in the future he will be saint-level+ warrior with his mage abilities to complement his abilities. (Think armor, speed buffs, ranged attacks, general utility).

      I just hope that IET doesn’t let him steamroll through his opponents like he is some sort of reincarnated god….

    2. Hi Puri, thanks for registering! There is a distinction between warrior and magus, ‘combatant’ is just a translation of the Chinese term 强者 (a powerful person) and refers to his highest combat output potential. Linley is a warrior of the late 6th rank and a magus.

      1. But he is a magus of the 7th rank correct ?
        The author hasn’t made the distinction in the last couple of chapters. He just says that Linley is a dragwonblood warrior of the last 8th rang (when transformed). I as a reader don’t get the feeling that his capabilites as a magus are improving. :/

        1. Gaining levels as a magus is much more difficult than a warrior. He’s doing both, but as a dragonblood warrior, he is supoose to make faster progress as a warrior. Up to rank 9 anyway. Becoming saint ranked is suppose to be ridiculously hard regardless of being a warrior or a magus.

          If I understood correctly, the dragonblood status gives him a bigger boost when he first uses it. It will be easier for him to rank up now as a warrior. But if he waits the dragonblood status will give a smaller benefit. So he’s focusing on that while there is a greater benefit to it.

        2. Ranking up as a magus is a much slower process, as lozlo noted. As a Dragonblood Warrior, he will now be levelling up much faster in warrior ranks for a while, so that’s what the story will focus on for a bit.

  11. hmm.. ren how about u add “level” term in glossary?
    like in ST, jidan stage – yuanying stage – ……..

    add like this too in glossary n update it as story goes… how about it?

  12. Thanks, Ren!
    Love the chapter… kinda shocked, that he actually wants to help the Debs clan, even though he knows they actually did smuggle, but I guess he was the reason they had to resort to that in the first place, so…

  13. Firstly, LOL @ shadow mouse! LMAO!

    Secondly, i doubt that in the pursuit of power people can be un-ruthless (is that a word?). Especially from the chinese perspective. IMHO, within the chinese culture, ruthlessness has always been related to the pursuit of power. Regardless of the ancient times of the empires and the game of thrones (hehe, love that show) or the modern business world, ruthlessness is a trait that i’ve often encountered. Even my mom and wife thinks that i lack ruthlessness in order to forward myself in my career. :/

    Last but not least, thanks Ren!

    1. I think the word you were looking for is merciful or kind, etc.
      In general it’s much harder to gain power while being kind. Not impossible though. Even in real life, people have managed it. Most people who are powerful are ruthless, decietful, and such though. It’s quicker and easier. But it also generally leads you to a bad end, pretty much always.

      In revenge though, I don’t think you can be anything except ruthless, unfortunately. I could be wrong of course. But I don’t know how you would kindly get revenge on the person who killed your parents, lol. Anything with kindness would be classified as forgiveness and not revenge?

  14. I think that Linley have become kind of paranoid or even too drown in anger and regret that’s why he become quite heartless as to kill a servant and mocks(almost?) Alice
    AAANNNNDDDD thanks Ren, Donors and everyone

  15. anyone remember the guy who own 3 “cat” from where linley obtain the violet sword? is the guy someone from the “3” strongest freaks in yulant continent? i wonder when is he comin’ up rocking things. haha

  16. Gotta say people I started to read this at worst timing I possible could have. It’s too good of a read and my egzams are well… burning my but, becouse I read this marvelous book instead of studying.
    P.S. I also do reread so… damn. Too awesome
    P.S.S. Thanks Ren

  17. Pfft, everyone likes to condemn Linley in the comments section for killing the attendant… but it’s the attendants fault for thinking he was above the rules. Death may not have been the suitable punishment, but in a system that this world runs on, with powerful people left and right who have the authority to kill whenever they please, I’m amazed such a clueless servant lived as long as he did.

    Also, there is a VERY good reason no one is to enter the training grounds… Linley’s technique is a massive secret. His sword along with his warrior prowess and the dragonform cannot be shown to people under any circumstance.

    Lastly, if you all haven’t read I Eat Tomatoes novels before… this is relatively gentle. Be prepared for a lot more killing. I haven’t read it yet, but I can see the direction this novel is headed in! 😀

  18. This is actually getting quite annoying honestly. Right now Linley has 2 objectives to achieve, 1st is to get strong enough to avenge his parent’s, and 2nd is to find out whether his mother is alive or dead. Right now all I see is stupid shit distractions. So that’s why im getting annoyed. Anyways as far as I’m concerned Linley doesn’t owe Alice anything and while he chased for 4 months she was deepening her relationship with Kalan. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t care anymore. Betrayal is betrayal, and she threw away his trust so he has no reason to do anything for her or feel any positive emotions. Now in this chapter all that is said is that he just that he thinks of her as a good friend and I was under the impression that only happens when you break up on good terms.

  19. i had this slightest doubt that linley would end up with alice again but thank god this chapter cleared it up that there is no way that will ever happen. i still think alice is a b!tch for what she did before but she has suffered way too much. plenty of people did that but alice did it to the wrong person and now the consequences are just too brutal

  20. Only….“Lord Linley is a bit too strict and severe.” One of the female attendants said in an unhappy voice.
    I said, “Not a proper ellipsis.” before, but instead, I will say, “…. –> …” from now on.
    …. –> …

    1. Of course they don’t. Remember the Lord Fallen Leaf’s place? Everyone is poor and malnourish, and they don’t give a crap. The rich gets richer, while the poor gets poorer. That’s why I hope Lindley will make a change in this society after he gets his revenge.

  21. “Once, his majesty King Clayde, ruler of Fenlai, had come to the manor. The palace attendant ignored the guards at the Hot Springs Garden and charged in directly, instructing Linley to meet with his Majesty. Linley immediately issued an order for that attendant to receive twenty strikes of the military rod. That physically weak attendant ended up being beaten to death.”
    Wow. So he really isn’t healed of his assholishness. I understand that the attendant was too high and mighty, just ignoring guards and servants “because the king sent him”, but beating him to death… sigh.
    Every bit that Hogg was nice and forgiving to his people, Linley is ruthless and cruel to his. Sigh…

    But then, he helps Alice, whom he’s TOTALLY and DEFINITELY over. I mean, I still have some hope that there’s some hidden plot there, but helping her free the people he basically knows are guilty…

  22. Linley killed Patterson because he abducted his mother and killed his father. I hope that attendant he killed had a son and 15 years from now, he comes back and does the same to Linley. 😀

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