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ソードアート・オンライン2: アインクラッド (Sword Art Online Light Novels #2)

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クリアするまで脱出不可能のデスバトルMMO『ソードアート・オンライン』に接続した主人公・キリト。最上階層を目指す攻略組の彼以外にも、様々な職業や考え方を持つプレイヤーがそこには存在していた。彼らはログアウト不可能という苛烈な状況下でも、生き生きと暮らし、喜び笑い、そして時には泣いて、ただゲームを楽しんでいた。ビーストテイマーのシリカ、鍛冶屋の女店主・リズベット、謎の幼女・ユイ、そして黒い剣士が忘れることの出来ない少女・サチ。ソロプレイヤー・キリトが彼女たちと交わした、四つのエピソードを、今紐解く。 ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published August 10th 2009 by ASCII Media Works
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LJF this is short stories that took place in-between arriving in aincrad and book 1. it is not essential to read in order- however, the third story "Girl…morethis is short stories that took place in-between arriving in aincrad and book 1. it is not essential to read in order- however, the third story "Girl of the morning dew" introduces Yui, who is a main character in the fairy dance arc, so it might be confusing if you don't read this first.(less)

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Sword Art Online is één van mijn favoriete anime. Ik ben daarom begonnen met een verzameling van de boeken en manga. Ik las het tweede deel in de novelles van het verhaal in Sword Art Online en ik kan niet wachten om er meer van te lezen!
What a disappointment. I liked Sword Art Online Aincrad book one, sure it had its flaws, but as it was the author’s first book I didn’t mind. Not only was the story idea interesting (I love trapped in a game stories), but it was one of the easiest books I have ever read.

So why was book two agony to read?

The main problem was how the book was written. It’s a collection of four short stories that take place during the two years the players are trapped in the game. I knew that going in, I was actu
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
Jun 18, 2015 Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the first one because it slowed down and took a more detailed approach to some of Kirito's adventures. This was divided up into four short stories, talking about mid level players instead the high level players like Asuna and Kirito.

The Black Swordsman
This story focused on Silica and her quest to revive her fallen familiar, Pina. I loved Silica and it was really easy to sympathize with someone who felt alienated and alone without her familiar. While Silica was surro
Nerdish Mum
Dec 18, 2015 Nerdish Mum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains four stories from during the time of the first light novel about side characters but still involving Kirito and Asuna. I think the stories are definitely better done in the novel than in the anime as there is more detail meaning that (view spoiler) ...more
Fiction State Of Mind
Jul 03, 2015 Fiction State Of Mind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
I'm really glad I know what came next in this storyline because this volume does not pick up where the first one left off. Instead this volume has 4 interconnected stories that showcase the important women in Kirito's life.
The first story stars Silica a young girl who Kirito helps because of her resemblance to Kirito ' s sister . Next up is Lisbeth a young blacksmith who goes with Kirito on a quest to find a rare material. My favorite story is the third. It tells the story of Yui a young girl w
Matilde Pooracho
You know what? I love this world and I have the biggest crush on Kirito, and unlike many people, I ship him with Lisbeth, not Asuna. But this book was not half as good as the other one. I red the first one last summer and I red through it super fast, but this one I had to push myself through it, I forced myself to finish it and FAILED.
I didnt read the last story... No.
I love the world of Aincrad, but I wish he would write how Kirito and Asuna would try and find eachother in real life. Please.
Leonard Anthony
Aug 25, 2012 Leonard Anthony rated it it was amazing
Volume 2 of Sword Art Online is set before the end of Volume 1 (which had Kirito clearing the game). This volume featured four short stories, each one pairing Kirito with a different girl he met during his two years in SAO.

The first story, The Black Swordsman (Aincrad 35th floor, February 2024), features the beast tamer Scilica, and how Kirito helped her restore life to her dragon pet, as well as hunting down some player-killers.

The second story, Warmth of the Heart (Aincrad 48th floor, June 20
I LOVED this! I really enjoyed getting more detailed looks at how Kirito met and first interacted with each of the four female characters showcased in this light novel. I liked how they each had their own short story. I found it a lot easier getting through the book, having the story being split up into smaller, separate sections. I enjoyed this one more than the previous, and I think that's because it wasn't quite as familiar to me as the whole, main arc of the Aincrad plotline.

I also realized
Feb 18, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two stories I loved, they were absolutely cute and adorable. One was ok, and one nearly broke my heart. It was nice to know the stories of other players around SAO and what happened to them. Although I like Kirito more in the first book, once he grew out of just levelling up for the sake of his ego.
Shannon J.
I liked two of the four stories, which wasn't bad really. I could do with less 'all the girls fall for Kirito' and more 'action adventure' but it wasn't bad. Moderately recomended.
Jun 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
In the second volume of the Sword Art Online Series, we are given some more backstory through four short stories. These four short stories are about how Kirito met some of the girls that forever changed his life. We are greeted with the stories of Asuna, Silica, Lisbeth and Sachi and greeted by some of the other aspects of Kirito's personality. Granted, he's still an over-powered, cocky little shit but we get to see his compassion, kindness, despair and the fact that he willingly became the "Bea ...more
J. Ross
May 04, 2015 J. Ross rated it really liked it
Jonathan Ross
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04 May 2015
Truly a Work of *sword* Art
#############This review contains spoilers!!! You have been warned!!!#############

Sword Art Online (SAO) is one of those tales that appeals to a certain audience. I am one of the people who enjoy this series very much. This “sequel” was more of a detailed version of SAO Volume I. It could be described as a collection of short stories; four to be specific. One must actually experience the story to truly understand the book, bu

Pranith Madishetti
Jan 05, 2015 Pranith Madishetti rated it liked it
Sword Art Online Book 2 Aincrad
Reki Kawahara

This is the second book the the series. Also, adapted into the first season of the anime. All this is really is is a compilation of side stories. It just adds more to Kirito's adventure in Aincrad. It shows his encounters and experiences with other people and groups. It shows what happened to make him dislike guilds so much, it shows his character grow from the beginning of the death game to the end. It also introduces and gives a back-story to the cha
Oct 15, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: speculative, youth
In my review of the first book, I mentioned my fairly deep love for the concept of the game world but disappointment in the actual way the storyline was forged. For those like me, this is the volume that makes things interesting.

The first light novel jumps from Day 1 to Day 700+. This is an understandable tactic, because it skips out on the hours of grinding and confusion that would have been present, and gets to the mythos of the world a lot quicker, but is also heartbreaking because it ignore
Sir Sorrow
Oct 21, 2015 Sir Sorrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great stories give so many more details than the anime must read for any fan
Feb 16, 2015 Matisse rated it it was amazing
Kawahara is one of those "auteur" novelists. This second volume in the Sword Art Online saga is a collection of short stories that both occur before and weave around the narrative of its predecessor. It's ambitious. It also shows that Kawahara has writing chops. He narrates from third-person limited, first-person but a different character, and finally back to the original first-person voice without breaking a sweat.

Unfortunately, these types of volumes do have a drawback. They aren't cohesive.
Alec Cameron
Jun 11, 2014 Alec Cameron rated it really liked it
This Review is for only those who have read my first review of the first book (
A year after the SAO started (Death Game name given to it by the players)
Kirito (the hero) is currently in a guild raid. These types of events happen when players got togther to clear a boss floor. Throught SAO there are 100 Floors each containing a boss. The whole game takes place on a floating castle called Aincrid. Later in the book Kirito and Asuna end up falling in love b
Jul 30, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, sci-fi
The one in which everyone is in love with Kirito. What the hell, author? Not every female character in existence needs to be in love with your hero.

(Yes, yes I know that one technically isn't in love with him, but they regularly share a bed. Close enough.)
Filia Martin
Having seen all of the anime released thus far, I read this knowing kind of what to expect--since it had mentioned the four stories omitted from the first book, I knew what was coming. Now, reading them again, that was a different matter.

I have never liked Silica's episode. And I didn't like her chapter. She doesn't do much for herself, acts like a mascot, and seems to be some creepy paragon of cuteness in the world of SAO. And it's both annoying and somewhat creepy. I did care about her quest t
Tabitha Tomala
Jul 07, 2016 Tabitha Tomala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book set in the SAO universe is actually four short stories. We have a story each from Silica, Lisbeth, Asuna and Kirito which take place while Aincrad is still being cleared. An odd choice for a second book but we learn things like rules on how to become a beast tamer from Silica, how Lisbeth felt when the game was cleared, what drove Asuna to become one of the best players, how The Army became the guild we saw in the anime, and the change in purpose Kirito had when becoming a membe ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Short stories, set before and during the events of Book 1. Kirito hangs out with the newbies. Creative, but after a while it gets a tiny bit weird how Kirito is hanging out with a different (female) newbie in each story.
SILICA the beast-tamer is heartbroken. Her best friend, a Feathery Dragon named Pina, has just died, and its all her fault. There is a way to bring Pina back, but it won't be easy at her low level. How can Silica save her?
LISBETH the blacksmith is outraged. Her best sword has just been destroyed. She decides to create a new, even better sword, but the ingredients are in the possession of a large and angry ice dragon. How is she going to fix do this?
ASUNA the clearer is taking a well-deserved vac
Aumi The
Dec 23, 2015 Aumi The rated it it was amazing
This book consists of side stories and in each one Kirito meets a new female character.
I really enjoy this book because the stories seem so nice and cute once you finish it. The girls weren't useless or annoying, they were actually likable, strong, brave, and bada#s too. Kirito's role in this book is to teach the female characters how to live in the present like they are alive inside the trapped world of SAO. Kirito is so strong and nice, he's an image of a perfect protagonist for an action and
Nov 17, 2015 H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-4
It would have been easy for this book to slip out of Kawahara's grasp, and fall into the depths of a Harem collection. But there is much more to this collection of short stories. These four episodes represented some of the weakest moments in the televised adaptation. But here, in the written form, they flourish.

Here we have the stories of the normal folks, and a glimpse of what it would be like being stuck inside an incarnate Hell. While there are still heroes, specifically one the author cannot
Lee Tozer
May 31, 2016 Lee Tozer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This light novel is really four short stories with Kirito as a secondary character in the first three, at least it is told from a different characters viewpoint in those, and the final story has Kirito as central character and from his viewpoint.
Different viewpoints add to interest of stories, even if every girl Kirito crosses paths with seems to develop a crush on him.
Story 1 - Black Swordsman - 5 stars
Story 2 - Warmth of the heart - 5 stars
Story 3 - The girl in the morning dew - 4 Stars
Oct 22, 2012 Hud-c rated it really liked it
Actually finished my review on this one but since I didn't brought my notes today and the broadband stick was not working last night, I have to postpone posting a review.

I actually finished Vol 8 of SAO last night. Wow, not even a week had passed and I'm about to finish the entire volumes of SAO.

REVIEW OCT. 23, 2012

SAO Vol 2 is comprise of four short stories that occured parallel to the events in SAO Vol 1. It follows the adventure of Kirito in Aincrad and reprises the role of other characters
Aug 20, 2012 Miquel rated it really liked it
(spoiler FREE review!)

The book have 4 side stories that are not included in the first book. They are really in the same style as the first book and even one of the stories is a very important event mentioned in the main plot. The stories are very interesting, but they lack "something". Probably I feel it this way because they are thought as side stories, but they could have been more powerful if written along with the main plot. They are like "patches", It's like the author always had those even
Jack Anderer-McClelland
Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad is the second book in a series and follows the story of the people that have touched Kirito, while he was in Sword Art Online, the VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). These four women/girls all touched Kirito's virtual heart in the video game of Russian Roulette. 3 of them that realized that they had a crush on Kirito and the other was the girl that him and him wife in the game took in, but wasn't who she really seemed...
Justin Lam
Sep 21, 2012 Justin Lam rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
I was in a long reading slump since the end of January, that's why I haven't finished a book since. Any book I tried reading, I just couldn't get past twenty something pages, it wasn't because the book was bad or anything, I think maybe I wasn't in the mood or I had to read a few textbooks for school that I was tired of reading or something, I don't know, but since this semester is almost over, I think I'm slowly getting back into reading.

I'll write my review for this book soon.

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Kawahara Reki (川原 礫) is the writer of Sword Art Online and Accel World. He also uses the pen name Kunori Fumio. His hobby is cycling.
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Other Books in the Series

Sword Art Online Light Novels (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • ソードアート・オンライン1: アインクラッド (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #1)
  • ソードアート・オンライン3: フェアリィ・ダンス (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #3)
  • ソードアート・オンライン4: フェアリィ・ダンス (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #4)
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  • ソードアート・オンライン7: マザーズ・ロザリオ (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #7)
  • ソードアート・オンライン8: アーリー・アンド・レイト (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #8)
  • ソードアート・オンライン9: アリシゼーション・ビギニング (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #9)
  • ソードアート・オンライン10: アリシゼーション・ランニング (Sword Art Online Light Novel, #10)
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“We definitely don't exist just for the sake of welcoming death someday; I believe we live for the sake of living on." —Kazuto Kirigaya "Kirito" (Sword Art Online)” 79 likes
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fortunate of me to have met you and to have been with you. — Sachi”
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