Light Novel First Impressions: By the Grace of the Gods

It’s been a while since I posted something here. Between GenCon and now, I’ve started reading many light novels between a light novel subscription app or simply buying them in Kindle form.

The light novel I’ll be reacting/reviewing today is a book released on the J-Novel Club app called By the Grace of the Gods.

Here’s a synopsis given by Anime News Network:

Under the protection of the gods, a relaxed life with slimes in another world begins!

One day, the life of middle-aged Japanese businessman Ryoma Takebayashi came to a rather sudden and disappointing end. Ryoma had never had a blessed life, but after his death, three great gods sought his cooperation and reincarnated him as a child in another world with swords and magic!

Receiving a most cordial and divine welcome from the gods, Ryoma decides to live leisurely on his own in the forest for the time being. Working diligently at magic and hunting, Ryoma’s greatest passion comes to be researching his tamed slimes?! Training a variety of slimes (some newly discovered), the curtain rises on this easygoing life fantasy celebrating a second life with kind people in another world!

By the Grace of the Gods is a great book to read. One of the rare isekai stories where the protagonist doesn’t die by getting hit by a truck! At first, I thought Ryoma would be another OP protagonist, and while he kind of is, he does meet someone that has similar strength to his. And, while it hasn’t happened yet, I feel some sort of romance starting to blossom between Ryoma and this character. It’s going to happen!

I love the isekai genre, but there are some that don’t really hook me in. This one caught my attention by the book cover, so I decided to check it out (don’t judge a book by its cover, after all), and the story captured my imagination really quick.

For now, I give this book an 8/10. I recommend this to all isekai fans and fans of the fantasy genre.

You can find this the full first volume of this book on the J-Novel Club app. It’s a subscription service where, for as low as $5 a month, you can read light novels as they’re released (similar to Crunchyroll with their anime). They do remove the book from their database once the next volume is released, so don’t miss out!

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