Altina the Sword Princess

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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.

Altina the Sword Princess average rating 4.4/5 - 276 user ratings
Associated Names
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Haken no Kouki Altina
覇剣の皇姫アルティーナ
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09/09/17 Skythewood v12c1v12c1
09/09/17 Skythewood v12 prologuev12 prologue
05/13/17 Skythewood v11 special chapter...v11 special chapter...
05/06/17 Skythewood v11c4v11c4
04/29/17 Skythewood v11c3v11c3
04/22/17 Skythewood v11c2v11c2
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04/08/17 Skythewood v11 prologue +...v11 prologue +...
12/25/16 Skythewood v1-10 appendicesv1-10 appendices
12/17/16 Skythewood v10c6-7v10c6-7
12/10/16 Skythewood v10c4-5v10c4-5
12/03/16 Skythewood v10c3v10c3
11/26/16 Skythewood v10c2v10c2
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10/29/16 Skythewood v9c4v9c4
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skyleven7
New skyleven7 rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: v11 epilogue
This novel is really nice considering if you are looking for action, war and strategies used while doing so. It's amazing! The way author unfolds the whole plot and strategies are really nice.

Points I like about this novel---

  1. MC even though having talent because of self depreciation find hard to use but as MC keeps fighting and keep facing enemies in wars he grows he uses his talent appropriately. Grows more BOLD! I really like it! To see MC grow, you can feel it, and author doesn't try to hide his bad points at all which makes it even nicer!
  2. Strategies, all strategies that MC uses are really well thought and the best thing I like is the way even though they are so well planned it's possible for things to go awry and need immediate response to fix it! Really nice! Most author who uses strategies never have anything go wrong but not in case of MC since planning is never perfect!
  3. Fighting for a fixed goal, MC finds a goal for himself even if it's idealistic and something which may not even happen in his life yet he takes a step forward to it. Nice!
  4. MC is responsible! Not someone who goes get you killed my subordinates I will kill you, but, someone who would blame himself for having sent his subordinates to death.
Things I don't like --

  • MC being dense. Like really? He can't figure out who is in love with him just coz he self depreciate himself because men in that time were more brawn instead of brains.
  • Princess, her existence is pretty useless in the whole plot author could have used many other ways to spark MCs ambition. Since MC later on himself says for his goal he's supporting princess and if doesn't go forward for it and somebody else did he would support that person instead. Her existence is only to be a total brawn I don't really like it.
  • Harem. Author at first was focusing on romance only with princess but it slowly turned into a harem. It doesn't really look good more so when MC is such a dense. I want more time for wars instead! This book's selling point is wars! Give me wars not girls!!!
Overall- I would highly recommend you to read this novel if you're looking for wars with strategies where MC don't really on luck much nor does he have super power or super strength to achieve goals.

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rdawv
rdawv rated it
March 1, 2016
Status: --
Review as of V5.

This is a military story involving swords, spears, knights, politicking between princes and rival countries. There will be plenty of descriptions of tactical warfare, from cavalry charges to sieges written in a way that tries to emulate the epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but for a younger audience.

If you have read/watched Legend of Galactic Heroes, then you will find that the author of Altina tries to evoke images of that hard science fiction. The male lead Regis is a JRPG version of Yang Wen-li,... more>> a bookish person who is only in the military purely to alleviate financial distress, displaying none of the martial prowess or aggressiveness of their respective peers and yet unrivaled when it comes to strategy and tactical acumen. Just like Yang Wen-li, Regis puts forth his suggestions reluctantly to save the lives of his fellow soldiers, only to be rebuffed and ridiculed by his inflexible superiors whose idea of strategy is simple weight of numbers.

The female lead Altina in the story is a warrior princess, wielding a huge sword, determined to prove herself. The typical anime trope of a tomboy-ish but kind, strong but clumsy female character. One look at illustrations of her shows you the fantasy feel of the series: a young girl who is thin and yet able to swing a sword of ridiculous weight. Despite her love of personal combat, she dislikes actual war itself, seeing it as a waste of lives unlike other commanders who think war is glorious.

In between serving in the military this duo would cross paths with factions who intend to move them around like chess pieces for their own selfish reasons, only for such plots to be derailed (or accelerated) when an actual crisis invaded their country. You have the typical hard-headed types who think wars should be fought “honorably”, decadent nobles who think it’s all a big game, a distant and unconcerned Emperor who watches everything impassively and growing foreign powers eager to tear them apart.

The author tries to inject some creativeness in the battles, having the MC resorting to ruse and strategies to overcome numerical inferiority.

Sprinkled in between these dramatic moments and set piece battles are moments that show the growing attraction between the two, as well as humorous slice-of-life events involving their close circle that includes maids and a disguised knight-in-training.

Altina reads like a typical JP novel, in that the characters are well developed despite being stereotypical. Characters have their individuality and you can easily see this novel being adapted to anime once it has enough content.

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Asf
Asf rated it
January 1, 2016
Status: --
The MC have a job that is similar to an advisor like zhuge liang/kong ming. He also gets to have word fights with some of the nobles.

Its pretty interesting and a pretty good read.

Well. Not every MC is a fighting genius.

As they say. The pen is mightier than the sword.

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poli
poli rated it
June 24, 2016
Status: v3c2
I really, really like the dialogue. Clarisse's lines in particular are constantly great. But the response of the MC to EVERY SINGLE romantic come on is "uhh durr hurr I don't care for women in particular". Because of this, outside of the military/political plot resolutions, no real character growth can exist because everyone instantly falls for the MC's intelligence on sight without any possible chance at actual action. The reason it is to try to suck readers into caring if Altina & the MC will get together or not, but... more>> it's an awful way to plot it out - either they should actually grow together romantically (even if it stays pure, just sincerely discussing their relationship at any point ever), he should move onto somebody else, or romantic partners should stop being thrown at the MC right and left and bogging down the novel without any actual resolution.

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Mahou-nii-sama
Mahou-nii-sama rated it
September 19, 2016
Status: v8c1
Review as of finishing vol. 7

This light novel if I were to put it into words would be: okay... but it could've also done better.

This won't be a spoiler anyway, so let me get straight to the point:

If you are reading this for Altina, the female" MC" or heroine. then you are slightly mistaken. Sure, you'll get a strong (literally) female "MC" or heroine, who has dreams for the country, swings a big kitchen knife and all but other than that, she doesn't really do much. (A... more>> bad move from the author)

The strategies used throughout the LN are really good, in my honest opinion. One of the reasons I stay and read. I mean, it's really well-planned.

Kinda becomes "harem-ish" and romance from one side is kinda implied but don't be bothered, it takes a back seat and is mostly used for comedy or to show the ignorance of the MC. It also rarely happens.

the Male MC is kinda OP for me. Not in the sense of being physically strong, but in the sense that his plans always go well. He's like Narsus from Arslan. MC's development is also painfully slow.

MC's personality is like a jap guy transported from another world;except there's no magic here, and he's from this world originally.

(edited this review of mine, in case you misunderstood that I stated MC was from a diffrent world. What I meant was his personality, and, if I wasn't clear enough, I stated no magic here. So no way to transport magically.) <<less
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ishira
ishira rated it
May 25, 2016
Status: v8c2
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.

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ln_
ln_ rated it
June 20, 2016
Status: v4 epilogue
Hime is Hime! What a beautiful story.

Its nothing like what you imagine. A wonderful descriptive novel on a superb fantasy world.

Read it and you will not regret.

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Sindri_Myr
Sindri_Myr rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: v10
I love this novel. The MC's plans are very outside the box and I like how he isn't physically OP but is mentally OP. This is balanced by him not being able to even ride a horse let alone use a sword.

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Only thing I have a problem with is how Regis' sister caused him to always doubt himself and have no self-confidence by yelling at him when he was at a very impressionable age for being smart (his sister was also Regis' only Mother figure by the way so this impacted him immeasurably). This is also a reason why he doesn't notice he has 5 girls hitting on him.

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Over all an amazing novel that I would recommend.

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Anonymousbb
Anonymousbb rated it
February 17, 2017
Status: v4 prologue
So, this is a decent novel about a physically weak but mentally brilliant MC with little self-confidence. Most of his knowledge was gained through his love of reading, and he ends up becoming a strategist for the titular character who, up until the point noted in this review's Status, is a kind and physically powerful fighter but not a strategic thinker. The goal is to help her eventually gain control of the Empire they live in so that she can cleanse it of corrupt nobles who are leeching... more>> the citizens dry, having to deal with international enemies and their own empire's political enemies and corrupt nobility.

That said, I'm going to mention one of my personal pet peeves with it that aren't really mentioned in the tags anywhere: the harem that the MC has. Based on the tags, I'm assuming that the end-game will be a monogamous romance with the titular Altina. While I'm not exactly against harems in themselves (I would argue that it is based on the involved characters and how they're introduced/fleshed out), as of the first 3 volumes the majority of the named female characters fall in love with the protagonist (or otherwise want a relationship with him) very shortly after being introduced into the story or meeting him. And by majority of named female characters, I mean that there is a single one off the top of my head who isn't one of the Emperor's Consorts that doesn't want the MC.

I was, however, expecting a courting-type romance novel (or at least one where two leads gradually grow closer together and are moderately open with their feelings) and not one of the types of novels where many of the introduced female characters quickly fall in love with the MC. Additionally, the MC is quite dense (stemming predominantly from his lack of self confidence) and, up to the end of V3, the female characters are averse to flatly stating their interest in him. I could see this novel being the type where the Hero and Heroine just have stereotypical interactions with the female lead getting angry for his continued ignorance of her hints until near the end of the novel, where they will get together. As such, up until the stated point (and quite likely thereafter), the romance aspect tends to be the 'dense harem protagonist' style of 'romance'.

I mostly wanted to list the above for those who may not enjoy that style of 'romance' in novels, as the tags may not invoke that imagery. Overall, if you don't mind most female characters falling for the MC and the noted 'romance' style, the novel is a pretty decent read where there is interesting strategic combat, both standard and political in nature. However, if you dislike the noted elements and aren't expecting them, the novel may not live up to your expectations.

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slay_mithos
slay_mithos rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: v2c1
Do not be fooled by the number of chapters per book, those chapters are insanely long (worth 3-5 chapters for most novels with relatively long chapters and easily 10-15 chapters for those with short chapters).

I only read one volume so far, but the story is nice, the translation conveys the story well, the characters are defined enough to feel at least somewhat realistic...

My only problem for now is that the protagonist is your typical young Japanese type from all those novels, he just happens to not have reincarnation... more>> or transport, or memories, but he does act the same weak minded, never self confident, apologetic, and not wanting to stand out as all those protagonists from a lot of Japanese novels.

I know it's a cultural thing for them, but it does bring the value of the characters down nearly every time, which is a bit sad.

Apart from that, it is a nice read so far, but don't expect to be able to read a chapter when you have 5 minutes. <<less
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Fuez
Fuez rated it
June 27, 2017
Status: v8c1
In short, this novel has overall interesting plot (theme of politics, war, etc.) but flaws in the theme of romance and flatly-defined characters.

What intrigued me into reading this novel are the brilliance in the strategy employed to tackle encountered problems, the actions/fighting and some bits of political affairs.

Talking about characters, they don't possess too much depth and hence, they represent somewhat typically defined characters. Though the author is detailed in giving balance to the characters' traits.

The romance is bland and not very interesting. It lacks depth in... more>> developing the romantic feelings. Thus, it is not my main point of attraction in reading this novel. Although I would absolutely appreciate if the author develops the romance theme with much more depth in subsequent volumes.

Particularly for volume 4, I like the change of characters and settings. It is quite a refreshing read. Indeed, the story is still interconnected with the other volumes. Frankly, this is my favourite volume due to the following reasons...

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Though having OP character is not my cup of tea, I like the chara's OPness for vol 4. The general theme for vol 4 is our OP protagonist saves a damsel in distress. It was an enjoyable read on how the MC pushes forward to save the heroine. Nevertheless, the enemy is better than the MC. In the end, the hero and the heroine failed their mission to prevent a greater conflict (the budding of plot for vol 5 and above). It was a truly heart-breaking moment for them (and me as a reader) as they endured a lot of adversaries but they finally gain naught.

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Wyntile
Wyntile rated it
February 7, 2017
Status: v11c2
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Volume 11 Chapter 2 = mentally died due to fangirling.

Translation quality is superb as always, still 5 stars! *thumbs up*

... more>> Review Below (From Volume 10) :

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.

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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)

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CHARACTERS:

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.

OTHER ASPECTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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. <<less
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Devorandum
Devorandum rated it
April 22, 2017
Status: --
This is a fairly well written story of a princess and her strategist. The story itself is enjoyable enough but my main problem is the main characters.

In Movies, Books, TV shows and anything like that, the main characters are usually the deciding factor on whether or not I will continue to read or watch the content.

The main duo are the types of Japanese cliches that have grown old for me.

Altina is one of those girls who feels like it is fine to force things on people and... more>> is fairly air headed a lot of the time but because she is a "good person" in the eyes of the main character he puts up with stuff people generally wouldn't. In a normal situation you would not want to be around a person like her even if she help some ideals that you shared but that's just my opinion I guess.

Next is Regis our MC who is the stereotypical socially awkward young man who actually has an amazing talent but really only that one talent. To be honest the only reason I kept reading this novel to the point I did was to get to the points where he was actually performing his role as a strategist because I picked this novel up to see a smart guy doing some stuff with military strategy. But outside those parts he becomes the LN MC stereotype that most characters in Japanese LNs are.

But if you are not sick of characters like that I think you could get a good amount of enjoyment from this novel.

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melatoninlol
melatoninlol rated it
September 17, 2016
Status: v8
This novel has some pretty great characters. The maid is my complete favorite, everyone wants a pretty maid that's very mischievous in their life, the MC has his flaws but compliments the main heroine very well, and Altina's growth throughout the series so far has been well done. Look forward to more!
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newbage
newbage rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: v3c2
The plot and the characters are fairly well-rounded and believable if not 100% realistic to medieval warfare. The main cast is likable. I particularly like the MC, who actually uses strategy and intellect. The author seems capable of designing appropriately complex scenarios with which to challenge the cast. This isn't a case where we're simply told that the MC is smart, and other characters are made unrealistically dumb in order to make the MC seem so by way of contrast. The author actually shows the MC's prowess through the MC's... more>> actions and interactions with the storyline's competent antagonistic forces, both animate and inanimate.

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JRaustria12
JRaustria12 rated it
February 7, 2017
Status: v10c7
(I'm not really good at English, so forgive me if there's anything wrong with my grammar)

In my opinion, this is a great novel. In fact, this currently stands as the best novel I have read so far.

It's a novel about sword, strategies, politics, wars and etc. We all know from the description that the MC is physically weak and if you're looking to find a MC that gradually gets stronger, well this isn't the Novel for you since the MC has barely any physical strength, even in... more>> the latest chapter. So this is when the MC's brilliant strategies which he got reference from the books he read plays.

Every character here is very interesting, and all of them gets to have a decent amount of screen time for us to see their personalities and how they develop throughout the story, mostly for the MC (if you read this novel until the latest chapter, you'll know what I'm talking about).

For the setting of the story, it's obvious that it is set on the medieval period. But what makes this novel more interesting is we actually see the world develop, to be frank, we see how civilization grows with all the inventions which is all pretty much based on real life inventions during the medieval age. (Again, if you read the novel you'll know what I'm talking about)

Overall in my opinion, this is a really really great novel. I don't even know why this isn't a famous novel yet. Great story, great development of the characters, and top quality translation from skythewood! Anyways i'd love to see this adapted as a manga or even better, an anime.

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