The J-Novel Club is really getting into the swing of the weird world of light novels. The two latest additions to their library are The Faraway Paladin, a “Dungeons and Dragons style fantasy” with modern, self-aware flair, and Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension, a title that surely needs no further introduction. Both are available now and in the pipeline for future eBook releases from J-Novel Club. Other recent additions to the club include Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash.
The two new series are described as follows:
The Faraway Paladin
by Kanata Yanagino with illustrations by Kususaga Rin
In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?”
Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin.
“I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”
Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension
by Nagaharu Hibihana with illustrations by Masakage Hagiya
“How am I supposed to fight with this?!” After being summoned into another dimension as one of the five heroes destined to defeat a demon lord, Toya Hojo awakens his hero power only to discover that… it’s an unlimited bath? He was blessed with the power to create a bath that can be accessed anywhere, which seems to spell doom for his quest to defeat the demon lord. As he recovers from his shock, Toya slowly discovers the unique features of his power, which allow him to use it in ways he’d never dreamed of… But will he ever get any bath time with Haruno Shinonome, the beautiful girl who was also summoned along with him?!
Noticing that most of the latest and hottest light novels in Japan just weren’t getting English releases for international fans, Sam Pinansky founded the J-Novel Club, which launched with its first batch of chapters in October. The company wants to release new novels in weekly installments for members worldwide, on their website and app for iOS and Android.
For $4.50 (US) a month or $54 a year, subscribers will be given access to a chapter a week across all titles in the J-Novel Club library. The first part of each novel will be free to anyone who wants a taster of the service, but all subsequent chapters require membership to read. Other perks include access to a members-only forum, and if you’d like to step it up to Premium Membership, the deal gets even sweeter. For $10.95 each month or $120 for a year, you receive a free, finalised eBook each month in addition to all regular membership benefits.