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Death had only ever been a small misunderstanding for the high mage. After his seventh reincarnation, he’d begun thinking of it differently, viewing it as nothing more than a slight hiccup in his plans. But he’d forgotten one thing: when those plans get in the way of those higher up the ladder, punishment is soon to follow. And one more death brought faint consolation. Sent Death had only ever been a small misunderstanding for the high mage. After his seventh reincarnation, he’d begun thinking of it differently, viewing it as nothing more than a slight hiccup in his plans. But he’d forgotten one thing: when those plans get in the way of those higher up the ladder, punishment is soon to follow. And one more death brought faint consolation. Sent to another world, he found himself in a stranger’s body, though the worst part was that he was left with only the memories he’d built since his previous reincarnation. All the mage had learned before that point was gone. Finding himself in that challenging situation, his dilemma was between carving out his place in the sun and throwing up his hands in despair. But giving in wasn’t an option for Leg Ondo. The Brown Bear clan brooked no cowards. If fighting was the way to go, it was a fight to the death, to the last drop of blood. Most importantly, the new world needed to be explored and understood, the local iteration of magic in particular. Let nobody ever say that the youngest of the Bears was unworthy!


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Death had only ever been a small misunderstanding for the high mage. After his seventh reincarnation, he’d begun thinking of it differently, viewing it as nothing more than a slight hiccup in his plans. But he’d forgotten one thing: when those plans get in the way of those higher up the ladder, punishment is soon to follow. And one more death brought faint consolation. Sent Death had only ever been a small misunderstanding for the high mage. After his seventh reincarnation, he’d begun thinking of it differently, viewing it as nothing more than a slight hiccup in his plans. But he’d forgotten one thing: when those plans get in the way of those higher up the ladder, punishment is soon to follow. And one more death brought faint consolation. Sent to another world, he found himself in a stranger’s body, though the worst part was that he was left with only the memories he’d built since his previous reincarnation. All the mage had learned before that point was gone. Finding himself in that challenging situation, his dilemma was between carving out his place in the sun and throwing up his hands in despair. But giving in wasn’t an option for Leg Ondo. The Brown Bear clan brooked no cowards. If fighting was the way to go, it was a fight to the death, to the last drop of blood. Most importantly, the new world needed to be explored and understood, the local iteration of magic in particular. Let nobody ever say that the youngest of the Bears was unworthy!

30 review for The Cub (The Bear Clan Book 1): A Progression Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    m1245

    Missplaced summary and a sloppy and bad book A bit pissed of. Story about reincarnated high mage born into a new magic world. What is missing from the books summary? He was not human! (can’t relate to that and he gets the hang of it in months)The new magic uses totems and given by some spirit animal. WTH! Wouldn’t have bought the book I’d I knew. But it get better. He doesn’t have any use on being a big mage, so that gives nothing to the story. Further he is initiated until the end but still has a Missplaced summary and a sloppy and bad book A bit pissed of. Story about reincarnated high mage born into a new magic world. What is missing from the books summary? He was not human! (can’t relate to that and he gets the hang of it in months)The new magic uses totems and given by some spirit animal. WTH! Wouldn’t have bought the book I’d I knew. But it get better. He doesn’t have any use on being a big mage, so that gives nothing to the story. Further he is initiated until the end but still has a quest to learn the new totem magic. Oh and he uses a gun and there are cars buses and trains (I hate book mixing fantasy and technology. It also bring nothing to the story!). There is goblins, slime, giant rats and octopuses. The system and city is not believable. Almost no character development and again what volg (his earlier race)!?! The story is so plot armored that the MC can’t go outside his home before the next random event occurs and every thing and everybody is connected to the MC in some way. Hate authors that just mix in a bunch of random crap without substance! LESS IS MORE!!! Tell a good story and developer the characters! No clusterf… won’t read the next book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Stark

    To good to put down. Vasily seldom disappoints. The story starts from a slow burn and then ignites into a firery blaze I find difficult to put down. I enjoy his stories so much I typically forget to pace myself to make the experience last longer. When I finished this book my first thought was to read the next in the series; however, I will have to wait. As is the norm with Vasily, really likeable characters, great settings and the pacing of the story is perfect for me. His stories have a lot of lay To good to put down. Vasily seldom disappoints. The story starts from a slow burn and then ignites into a firery blaze I find difficult to put down. I enjoy his stories so much I typically forget to pace myself to make the experience last longer. When I finished this book my first thought was to read the next in the series; however, I will have to wait. As is the norm with Vasily, really likeable characters, great settings and the pacing of the story is perfect for me. His stories have a lot of layers and depth that slowly get revealed during the story which keeps me engaged. There are a lot of characters to keep up with; however, Vasily does a good job providing clues to keep track of everyone. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I received a review copy of this book. While this book does qualify as LitRPG (barely, pun intended), it isn't your typical LitRPG type story. If you're looking for the typical stats, progression, and levels, this isn't the story you want to read. On the other hand, if you want a story that's well told, delves into mysteries that will persist for multiple books, and ends with a promise for a second just as interesting book, then this book is one you should immediately add to your to read shelf. I m I received a review copy of this book. While this book does qualify as LitRPG (barely, pun intended), it isn't your typical LitRPG type story. If you're looking for the typical stats, progression, and levels, this isn't the story you want to read. On the other hand, if you want a story that's well told, delves into mysteries that will persist for multiple books, and ends with a promise for a second just as interesting book, then this book is one you should immediately add to your to read shelf. I myself was disappointed at the distinct lack of LitRPG elements, but the story is interesting enough, and ends in such a way as to almost guarantee more LitRPG action in the next book, so I can work with that. I'll be keeping an eye out for more books in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    William Howe

    Progression light It may become a Progression Fantasy in future books, but there was not much in the way of cultivation in this one. Perhaps the seeds, merest hints, but nothing that obviously speaks of Chi or compression or Dantians or meridians. That said, it is a well developed world, with magic and intrigue galore. Things that happened at the beginning became more relevant at the end, signaling a well-crafted narrative and a deeply laid plot. There were one or two moments where either the trans Progression light It may become a Progression Fantasy in future books, but there was not much in the way of cultivation in this one. Perhaps the seeds, merest hints, but nothing that obviously speaks of Chi or compression or Dantians or meridians. That said, it is a well developed world, with magic and intrigue galore. Things that happened at the beginning became more relevant at the end, signaling a well-crafted narrative and a deeply laid plot. There were one or two moments where either the translation or the editing made for a weakness in the narrative. Spoiler * * * * *. *. *. I thought Had and Leg were expelled when Had was kidnapped. Then they were back in the academy. Also, it was difficult figuring out how much time had passed between scenes. Weeks? Days? Months? I will likely continue the series. Some very interesting ideas, and I do like an unusual magic system.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nathanael Keeler

    Great This was a very good read. The grammar was good although I remember 4 typos or so. I am not a grammar natzi though. The story is focused on a MC with an ensemble around him flitting in and out. There are a couple of genres represented with an Isekai start with an academy feature that was very well balanced although I would say it is general fantasy. I used to like the academy stories until I read too many of them. This novel used the school scenes sparingly which worked well to keep the sto Great This was a very good read. The grammar was good although I remember 4 typos or so. I am not a grammar natzi though. The story is focused on a MC with an ensemble around him flitting in and out. There are a couple of genres represented with an Isekai start with an academy feature that was very well balanced although I would say it is general fantasy. I used to like the academy stories until I read too many of them. This novel used the school scenes sparingly which worked well to keep the story moving. There was no cliffhanger although the story is set up for the next instalment which leaves me eager for the next instalment.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jon Svenson

    I picked this up because I read almost everything the author puts out, but the cover threw me for a loop. At first I thought it was going to be a savage lands kind of story, surviving in a harsh environment while growing his stats. Nope. I was really wrong. This is more of a political adventure, with different clans vying for power using any means necessary. Leg is the son of the Bear clan, caste to the far ends of the continent for crimes (in the eyes of the current powers) committed long ago. T I picked this up because I read almost everything the author puts out, but the cover threw me for a loop. At first I thought it was going to be a savage lands kind of story, surviving in a harsh environment while growing his stats. Nope. I was really wrong. This is more of a political adventure, with different clans vying for power using any means necessary. Leg is the son of the Bear clan, caste to the far ends of the continent for crimes (in the eyes of the current powers) committed long ago. They have no electricity, no cars, nothing that speaks to modernity. Their life is rural, yet they're a strong clan despite their shortcomings. I'm not going to explain every plot point, but eventually Leg (the MC) is sent to the capital to join the academy. This isn't a college, it's more like a primer year to prepare for college. Still, he makes friends (and enemies) as he tries to figure this new world out and adapt. While this isn't LitRPG, it has a good amount of skill development. I will also say that time moves really quickly in this book. Early on not so much, but in the last third of the book he might as well not be at the academy, because we don't see him there. He travels back and forth between the capital and the Bear clan, then to the palace, and all places in between. Usually fighting some one on the way. Due to the acquaintances he's made, he comes across some strong enemies. And each and every time, he beats them. Leg isn't OP, but he does have a unique skill that has never been seen before that ties to his past life. There is a small love story, but it comes in at the end. Overall, I enjoyed this. It's a quick read, has enough happening to keep me interested, and while it's a little different from Vasily's other books, I read it through in one go. The translation isn't as good as some of his other books, but it's passable. For those of us used to reading indie LitRPG, it compares well. Recommended. 5/5*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Coyle

    Excellent I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I liked the MC and the supporting characters, the plot, and the world building. I appreciate the fact that although there is a relationship developed between the MC and a supporting character this isn't a romance in disguise. Frankly, I don't mind litrpg with statistics and leveling, but this has absolutely none of that and doesn't need it either. Altogether, this is an excellent book. Excellent I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I liked the MC and the supporting characters, the plot, and the world building. I appreciate the fact that although there is a relationship developed between the MC and a supporting character this isn't a romance in disguise. Frankly, I don't mind litrpg with statistics and leveling, but this has absolutely none of that and doesn't need it either. Altogether, this is an excellent book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jiri Trpkos

    Great fun I have a soft spot for Vasily so keep that in mind. But I think this is amazing book. One thing I have often problem with is that the first book of the series is seting things up and it fairly boring. However, this one is not the case. I enjoyed every single bit to its fullest and Im hungry for more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Davis W. Edwards

    Interesting world An interesting world. The overall premise is fairly standard, but there are enough twists and new ideas that this comes across as a fresh new approach. Competent main character, storyline keeps moving. Overall, a good book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allen McDonald

    Very good Good world, great characterization, fascinating magic. Layered and complex plot, slowly revealed. Good editing and proofreading. I remember only one error and that was probably a Freudian slip. I await the next!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grant Merrifield

    Worth the wait. Well this book was worth the wait. I got done and I was hoping for the next 2 or 3 books now I have to wait again. However it will be a worthwhile wait this book is great

  12. 4 out of 5

    JB25

    Surprisingly good I went in with moderate expectations and ended up really enjoying the book. Took me some time to understand the world as it starts off very primitive and abruptly transitions to higher tech but I liked the mc and a good mix of action kept it well paced.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Godfrey Jojo

    Interesting Beginning to the Series A tad convoluted to begin with, but still interesting. The characters have potential, and the impact of the geopolitical make up of the world provides for a wide variety of story content. Can't wait for the rest of the series to learn more. Interesting Beginning to the Series A tad convoluted to begin with, but still interesting. The characters have potential, and the impact of the geopolitical make up of the world provides for a wide variety of story content. Can't wait for the rest of the series to learn more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    Woohoo Lets go give me number next. Enjoyed it and looking forward to all the rest. Vasily doesn't always give me exactly what l like but he usually at least gets close. He nailed it with this one. Woohoo Lets go give me number next. Enjoyed it and looking forward to all the rest. Vasily doesn't always give me exactly what l like but he usually at least gets close. He nailed it with this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Camp

    Good book I have nothing against this book. It's a good one with a good line-up of characters, an unusual magic system, and plenty of action. There isn't a lot of blood in this story and that makes it unusual too. Good book I have nothing against this book. It's a good one with a good line-up of characters, an unusual magic system, and plenty of action. There isn't a lot of blood in this story and that makes it unusual too.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    If you are reading this, just get it! I liked how the story came together and the characters developed during the story. Interesting magic system, which I hope we get more detail on in later books. I cannot wait to read the next book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    William Sullivan

    Great book First of all, it says progression fantasy, not cultivation novel. Don't expect a Chinese fantasy from a Russian. Vasily is a great author and this book was alot of fun. Looking forward to book 2. If you haven't read his other stuff, look it up. It's great to. Great book First of all, it says progression fantasy, not cultivation novel. Don't expect a Chinese fantasy from a Russian. Vasily is a great author and this book was alot of fun. Looking forward to book 2. If you haven't read his other stuff, look it up. It's great to.

  18. 5 out of 5

    James Weatherford

    Fabulous book! I don't write reviews often, but I felt I had to here. Good story, detailed MC, very good world building. What else do you need? I don't usually read YA, but author is known for writing good stuff. Well worth the time invested, can't wait for the next installment! Fabulous book! I don't write reviews often, but I felt I had to here. Good story, detailed MC, very good world building. What else do you need? I don't usually read YA, but author is known for writing good stuff. Well worth the time invested, can't wait for the next installment!

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Gamble

    Ok - editing Good book with a long list of conspiracies. Just every book I have been reading over the last years have had errors. Aargh!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Davidl Campbell'Sr

    What's Up!!? There is a lot happening in this story from start to finish. Rebirth and lots of excitement right off and up to the finish. What's Up!!? There is a lot happening in this story from start to finish. Rebirth and lots of excitement right off and up to the finish.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Glady'S Tucker

    Awesome Another great story by this author. Like the rest of his books the sequel needs to be lit now so I can read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Burnett

    Great book Great book I can't wait to read the next book in the series I would recommend this author to anyone Great book Great book I can't wait to read the next book in the series I would recommend this author to anyone

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Ford

    Good A good start to the book series, I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book released.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Khaczor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Richard S. Cloud

  27. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam D Waldrop Jr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nishanth Sala

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

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