Haken no Kouki Altina
Description:Regis, an incapable soldier, who is bad at both sword and archery that only reads books. He meets a girl at the remote region where he was transferred to. Red hair crimson eyes princess Altina who wields the supreme ruler’s sword.
She was appointed to become the commander of the army of the remote region despite being fourteen years old, simply for being the illegitimate child of the Emperor. However, she is holding onto her big dream without being depressed in the environment she is in. “I trust you”.
Regis who was sought from her as a tactician stands up to the obstacles together with her. The military fantasy interweaved by the bibliophagic boy and the princess with the supreme ruler’s sword.
- Genre: Action,Adventure,Drama,Fantasy,Romance,Shounen
- Original Title: Haken no Kouki Aruthiina (覇剣の皇姫アルティーナ)
- Author: Yukiya Murasaki (むらさき ゆきや)
- Illustrator: himesuz
- Series Status: Ongoing
- Translation site: Skythewood
- Original Publisher: Enterbrain
This is a Light Novel that heavily tell story about wars, strategy, military, and politics. This LN have 70% about wars and tactics, so there will be a lot of action and strategy telling.
Personally, this have 1st rank in my list. Reason? This novel have all things that i wished, smart MC, independent Heroine, war and tactics, politics, romance, adventure, no forced situation, no forced cliche, and great story line. For me, this is the most ideal LN.
When I just came off from reading the latest listed chapter of this series, marking off the end of Volume 10 I was compelled to write a review since this novel has been hands down one of the most refreshing and unique stories I have read in a long while. Well, at least when it comes to Japanese themed light novels. I don't tend to read Chinese wuhxia or whatever they call it since I have a personal peeve against Mandarin. But after taking a day to cool off from the hype the cliffhanger of the latest chapter has left me wanting, here goes!
STORY:After coming to read various LNs and WNs featuring the premise of "protagonist who has lived a modern life has died a tragic death, only to be soon reincarnated in a fantasy world with having OP powers", when I was looking for more Jap LNs I honestly just looking for at least 1 unique aspect from this troupe at that point. Whether the character sets off to be a hero or does their own thing afterwards I didn't care, seeing as the basic outlines were the same.
Altina the Sword Princess however, is set in a historic non-magic themed world, where the protagonist Regis Auric has been born and raised in this world as a commoner - with absolutely NO memories of any past life whatsoever. I don't know why a user on this page has stated otherwise, but even if this novel did mention science in a medieval world it was attributed to the fact where the protagonist (being a book nerd) has come across reading scholarly material related to the concept. (I mean really, just because the main character may be well.. who he is in comparisons to other characters, it DOES NOT mean that the guy was a Japanese in his previous life! His character may have been set that way due to the author being well, Japanese obviously. There was no mention at the start of the series, that a Japanese character in a modern world has died!)
*Ahem* anyways, even though I am not typically a fan of reading historic setting related novels (being fantasy genre fan more), this novel did not cease to amaze me with the various battles played out with a very good pace, and in a manner which slowly but surely highlighted the strengths and intelligence of the Wizard that is Regis Auric. Given the events of the story that has played out until now, I have a feeling that this novel will not end until after at least another set of 10 volumes has been released. The reason I'll state down below in regards to its characters, but here is what I think of the story based on what has been panned out as of yet.
Vol 1 to Vol 10: Birth of the great strategist, Regis the "Wizard" (Prelude or Part I)
Vol 11 to Vol ??: War versus Eternal Peace! Second Prince Latrielle versus Third Prince Bastian & Fourth Princess Altina! (Main or Part II)
For here there were some good moments and some bad aspects. The cons, in which has likely been already stated by the other reviews here, is that even though the title of this novel focuses on the princess named "Altina", it honestly has just left her in the dust in regards to her development as a character. The Fourth Princess Altina as one will come to learn, is very strong physically. But otherwise as of yet, readers have yet to seen her develop as a character when it comes to leading an army and as a military Commander. I personally won't count her off the list yet though, for as stated above that up until now, I felt that the events in the story has been nothing but just a big prelude to a long novel series. And it has dropped hints that the other royalty characters will (again, slowly) start to develop a good sense of their world in regards to its future and its politics.
The pros on the other hand, is very good. Like I have mentioned in the story section, this novel is written absolutely well in terms of pacing and character dialogue - and as the other users have mentioned, the mechanics and logistics of military weapons, terms, and strategy. The novel also focuses ample amount of time to the characters as well, where not just to Regis as a whole, but even to the main antagonist characters of the series as well. Too much to the point where, for an unsuspecting person like me, has come to love the antagonists at one point. The reader will get to explore a vast array of characters, from commoners like Regis, to the stereotypical Noble characters, and then finally the typical but not so typical at times - side characters supporting the protagonist and the antagonists.
Romance in this series? There is romance indeed, but like with novels such as Konjiki no Moji Tsukai the romance in this novel is mostly all one-sided. It's not as if Regis is arrogant or anything, but given his personality in this series.... man, you'll just have to find out. There is some romance going on between the side characters, so look forward to that at least!
World building? Nothing short of perfect. The premise of this novel is set so that in the current timeline, there is a shift going on in between the era from using only swords and horses, towards a new era of steam-powered technology and guns. And as one will come to know from reading the novel, the author has done his research of warfare extensively, to the point where he describes even the dimensions of the weapons used in addition to the descriptions of the forts, battles and weapons.
Man, it has been a while since I spent less hours sleeping in the night in order to read these chapters. But overall, even if this novel does have its obvious flaws I personally feel that the pros and good points heavily outweigh the bad. I do wonder from here on out, that when will the next chapter be released and when will the novel as a whole come to end, but whether it will suddenly end here due to popularity or plan out for years to come - you will be sure to know that I will be sticking along for the ride