Her Majesty's Swarm (Light Novel)

Alt title: Joouheika no Isekai Senryaku (Light Novel)

Vol: 4+
2018 - ?
4.271 out of 5 from 54 votes
Rank #3,922
Her Majesty's Swarm (Light Novel)

Our protagonist is a college student who enjoys playing as the evil-aligned faction Arachnea in her favorite real-time strategy game. One day, she finds herself in a world similar to the one in the game; additionally, her body is now that of a fourteen-year-old girl. While things are a bit different from how they were in the game, one element has remained the same: she is the leader of the Arachnea. The insects under her control, collectively known as the Swarm, praise her and implore her to lead them to victory. In order to survive, she raises her Swarm and forms friendly relations with the elves of the neighboring forest. But after a slaver traveling through the forest murders one of her Swarm and the nearby kingdom’s knights burn down the elven village and massacre its people, she prepares to launch her counterattacks in the name of revenge. However, revenge is merely a pretense for attacking the countries of this world. Her command is masterful and severe, as one who has played the game in real life...

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Review after volume 1 Her Majesty’s Swarm (HMS) is an isekai light novel featuring a MC who is a girl who spent massive amounts of time playing a certain RTS game. She is then sent to another world with only part of her memories, where she becomes queen of the Arachnea, a playable faction made up of a bug-like race (the most prevalent ones are described as a mix of ants, spiders and scorpions) that desires nothing but to destroy the enemy. The demon lord-esque setting has been done before in isekai, but HMS does have a couple of interesting elements. For one, the Swarm has a sort of collective consciousness, which our MC is also linked to. The fact that all her doubts and thoughts also get broadcasted to the Swarm is quite unique afaik. Another interesting part is that it’s not an “RPG isekai”, but an “RTS isekai” – meaning our MC herself is weak and completely dependent on her units, and it costs a lot of effort to get stronger ones and upgrade them. Sadly the RTS part, while being one of the appeals of the novel initially, also leads to some serious problems. Most importantly, there is only one unique unit that has some personality. Apart from that one unit, there’s only nameless units that are indistinguishable from one another. Another problem with the RTS part is that it would imply some cool strategies to take down enemy fortresses. So far, all strategies are really basic or use weapons that make no real sense for this army of bugs to have. Hopefully this will be handled better in the next volumes. The collective consciousness part of the swarm also seems to be used a bit too easily as an excuse for the author to have our MC girl go mad after the slightest drawback, making her cruel out of nowhere. While other Demon Lord-novels such as Overlord have the MCs commit similar atrocities, they generally tend to be a bit (or a lot) more rationalized, and planned better. Antagonists so far are also as basic as they get, although some hints for future improvement have been sprinkled throughout the novel. Overall, the problems above dilute the awesomeness of the premise a bit too much imo, leading to a serviceable but not great novel. As an aside, there’s a serious lack of illustrations. It seems all we get is a cover drawing and a map.

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