Review by Sam Koumi
[Warning: This Book contains R18 materials and is not suitable for children]
[This review contains a lot of terminology that you may or may not be familiar with. For complete understanding, I recommend looking up words you do not know.]
Brandon Varnell’s Wiedergeburt: Legend of the Reincarnated Warrior volume 1 is pretty much what one would expect from a wuxia novel; a powerful hero, fights, monsters, and martial arts; and listening to it didn’t disappoint either.
I have not read many wuxia novels in my days as a reader, my knowledge of them is pretty much limited to Manwha and The Dao of Magic, which I read quite recently and is more of a satiric take on the wuxia format, than a wuxia novel, if that makes sense? I can therefore say that wuxia is pretty much like genres like GameLit and Isekai (other-world); to an outsider, it will most likely seem pretty bad and it will be hard to enjoy, but once you’ve gotten used to the tropes, it’s a lot easier to get into.
I feel like Weidergeburt isn’t quite on the level of being an introductory book for the genre, like The Dao of Magic (which explains it’s tropes a lot more), but Varnell has mixed in enough anime tropes for a fantasy anime watcher to get into this book quite easily.
Because of the format’s quite special tropes, I can see those who are unfamiliar with them to have a difficult time getting into this book, and I recommend you read a few other wuxia novels that are recommended by the community before reading this book to get the full experience.
That said, as someone who has some exposure to the format, there isn’t much to comment on. The book is well written, and I enjoy the characters.
As for the narration; I was positively surprised by there being a Female voice for the female characters. There isn’t much to comment on when it comes to negative aspects, other than it feels like Christopher Boucher takes goes into the role of narrator a little bit too serious, but you get used to it after a little while, and the editing feels like it’d need a little more polishing in the transitions between the narration and when Rebecca Woods makes her lines; sometimes she is cut in and out too early, making it feel a little bit rushed, but it’s overall done quite well.
I enjoyed listening to this book and will award the book with an 8/10 with an overall score of 7/10. I look forward to reading volume two in the future.