Versatile Mage

Alt title: Quanzhi Fashi

Ch: 614+
2018 - ?
3.973 out of 5 from 1,284 votes
Rank #5,710
Versatile Mage

Our hero, Mo Fan, inherits a magical necklace—the next day, he wakes up to find that the world has changed. His high school now teaches magic, and students are encouraged to try and become accomplished magicians. A world that ran on science now runs on magic. However, some things are still the same. He still has a teacher who sees him as a hopeless student, classmates who look the same, a father who struggles to make ends meet, and a not-by-blood little sister who can't walk on her own. However, Mo Fan discovers that the vast majority of magicians can only harness one element of magic. As luck would have it, however, he is an exception—a versatile mage!

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somebodywhoreads
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Oh boy, if you get past the first 30 or so chapters, you might find this enjoyable. Even then, it's still a 5 or 6/10. 'Spoilers,' loosly defined, for the first 4 chapters. The below are examples which persist in new mutated forms throught the book. The story. There's nothing unique about it, so it's up to the plot and worldbuilding to pick it up. The plot is fairly generic, the concept of a secret organization that for some reason has dedicated membored bent of destruction despite a zero-witness policy and terrible goals with no good reason. It executes on this like any other similar series. The worldbuilding is below average, I'd say worse than other urban fantasies. The author makes a half-wit effort to make a good world. Like many average writers, there's no consideration for how the magic system will impact education. No consideration for how magical beasts will impact an urbanized society. No consideration for how individual strength rivalling ten or a hundred thousand men will affect a democracy. The author's attempt is limited to how accidents are fixed, how electronics now work with magic, and that's it. A dedicated bit which brings the reader's focus on it, but not enough effort for the reader to enjoy it. The thing which sticks out the most, however, is how the main character gets by in the beginning. You would think that in such an advanced world, magic, like physical strength and skill, would be foregone in favor of universities teaching the application of magic, the aquisition of magic, and specialization of magic in very specific fields (or at least an implication). What the author does instead, is completely make university pointless. There was a book with only the text that said something like, 'meditate to strengthen magic. Control magic by concentrating,' and that was EVERYTHING. The main character had terrible grades in both lives, yet because of his innate magic skill, he had the standing of a gold-metal olympian, except instead of going to a limit that even a normal man can see, he shows the ability to shock multiple people, likely able to defeat 10-20 men 6 months after awakening. The knowledge he was meant to learn because useless in the form of bs god-given talent. The art feels off. As if a frame from an anime were used, it feels hastily drawn.  The characters are the same, given very little effort. The main character has a fairly likable personality, but other parts drive the score down to 3. He starts of in meloncholy at his life, studying in a good highschool depite being untalented. In the other world, he places his faith into his awakening and, as stated previously, is lucky enough to get a super powerful talent. Yet for some reason, his classmates care about grades despite this, which leads to 'villains.' They suck. one dimensional narcissists.  The first is someone who's supposed to be smart and liked by the class, yet acts in the mannar of someone above the law and above criticism. The second is someone who assaults cripples in broad daylight, in an urban city, a place previously filled with flying commuters and pedestrians, so conveniently devoid of witnesses. The secret organization does make it go from a 2 to a 3, since medeocre is better than straight-up bad. From what I can see, the author does improve further on. I suggest reading from chapters 70-100, for a 5/10 read.

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