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Worth the Candle

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From the age of nine, Juniper Smith began filling notebooks with his worlds, at first places of fantastical imagination, but later with each as an expression of some theme or idea that momentarily grabbed his interest. Over the course of eight years, he shared these worlds with his friends through twice-weekly sessions of tabletop gaming. Now at the age of seventeen, he ...more
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Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was my third webfic series, after HPMOR and MoL. I would rank it above HPMOR but below MoL.
Worth the Candle reads very much like a self-insert male fantasy. It was definitely not written for me.
I enjoyed aspects of the plot, and I was entertained reading it but I don't think this is a good series and a lot of it bothered me.
Its worst offense is that Juniper is not a well written character. He truly lacks a sense of wonder or excitement, or even fear being thrust into this new world. He
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely the most self indulgent story I've read in a long while. If you too enjoy modern fantasy, video game systems in real life, overly detailed worlds and hyper rational characters then you will enjoy this book.

Writing is pretty tight and enjoyable, characters are likeable enough and it legitimately made me laugh out several times which is always a good sign.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I'm a sucker for "suddenly in a game" stories, I dislike most, because they're typically really bad. This one isn't. It gets meta (well, not fast, but it does), and addresses most things you'll point out as ridiculous in the beginning. Still ongoing, and very good.
Andy Woods
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Through chapter ~75. Great rational LITRPG read
Aaron Gertler
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A slow, slow grind; as I write this, the author is closing in on chapter 150, and we may not be even halfway through the plot. Still, I've seen enough to justify five stars.

The prose is strong throughout, and the characters feel like people, but the book's real strengths are:

* A world where people take extinction-level threats very seriously. Perhaps the best example I've ever seen of this essential characteristic of rationalfic. A world where the laws of physics can be broken is a world where
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is getting close to finished so I will post this review and update later.

I'm really enjoying this WIP, which someone on Reddit described as "literary RPG", and that is accurate. The premise is the main character, a young man named Juniper, finds himself in the world of an RPG game that he created with/for his friends. He has to complete quests, meeting avatars of old friends and finding new comrades to team up with. Along the way he learns about himself, his past, and the present that he's
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Some guy gets dropped into a fantasy world, and surprise, he levels up like a video game character and can acquire phenomenal cosmic power."

This sounds like a formula for a trashy power fantasy, and indeed, there's a hundred other web novels just like that to be found. This one puts several twists on the idea, and is written well. It ends up deconstructing many fantasy and D&D tropes, and really explores the idea of a "chosen one" and runs wild with it. Quite a fun read, especially for
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a really long time to get into this--like, 200,000 words. It starts out as not terribly interesting self-insert RPG fantasy; the magic was all pretty run-of-the-mill, I didn't like the protagonist, and the other characters all seemed one-dimensional and tropey.

But like. It gets really good. I'm not sure how intentional the beginning was--like maybe on some level it was supposed to be kind of a boring level 1 D&D adventure? But as it goes on you get:
- excellent magic and
Najwa Red
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Technically, this is unfinished, but after 1.1 million words, I have enough faith in the author (and deserve enough credit) to rate it. Nothing within this novel is particularly groundbreaking, but the characters are charming and the pacing is effortless and the adventures are fun. I could keep reading this book for a hundred years! It's effortless and sweet and a rip-roarin' time of a web serial. Something about the tone is extremely reminiscent of every favorite high fantasy book I read as a ...more
Ryan Turner
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Worth the Candle is released in irregular batches of chapters, which allows it to be far more cohesive than traditional web-serials which may be released on a schedule.

Its strength is in subverting or exaggerating traditional genre tropes, but this is overplayed on occasion which is jarring and will limit the audience for this story.

Worth the Candle is among the best webserials I've read. It may seem unfair to pair a four star rating with such praise, but the format is challenging to write well.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Peter Bowie
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant? I'm not sure if I'd call WtC one of my favourite reads, but it's so intelligent, I can't help but but admire it. If nothing else, it's certainly the best LitRPG out there.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Plot is fine but reads like a self insert edgy power fantasy. You can really feel the self insert when it comes to how horny the teenage main character is.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lemmed
Absolutely engrossing and a delight to read. I had to put it down when it started getting too convoluted for me. Might pick it back up when more is written!
Doris Raines
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books that have managed to keep me captivated for so long and so thoroughly.
Epper Marshall
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, magic, ranger, sword
Still technically reading as it is a webseries but I feel I've read enough to review it now. There is a lot that goes well but like most of my reviews I'll point out what I didn't like. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is it though? Is it worth the candle?

A difficult question. It is undoubtably well written and well thought out, but it is also very bogged down in just... *Ugh* It moves very slowly, or at least feels that way, because everything is explained, oftentimes with additional anecdotes and philosophical/economical/political/whatever thoughts. I think the author would have been better served simply letting us (the readers) experience the world, rather than explain it, but that would have cut into one
Second attempt at reading (May 16-26): This book doesn’t feel like it has any story progression. For the first 80 or so chapters it’s just leaping from one fight to the next without any real substance. Then (when I was just about to give up on this story) it slows down and character begin to have real depth; and the romantic subplot between the main character and Mary gets fleshed out a bit more for a few tens of chapters. After these chapters the story once again becomes shallow. It is all ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
World building: 10/5
set in a world 10x the size of Earth and truly it feels 10x as creative as normal. It's simply amazing with so many cool ideas.

Plot: 4.5/5
the individual mini arcs are cool but it could be tied together a bit better. Juniper is constantly rushed from crisis to crisis with little time to recuperate.

Prose: 4/5

Characters: 4.5/5
characters, relationships, and feelings are generally not done well in rational fiction. Still, the author does it better than most rational
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