Hello! I am back and ready to talk about the second volume of the SAO Progressive light novel series. If you’re interested, you can read my Bookworm Report on volume 1 here: (https://thefantasygamer.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/bookworm-report-sword-art-online-progressive-volume-1-light-novel/)
Having cleared the first and second floors of Aincrad at great cost, Kirito, Asuna, and the rest of the players ascend to the third floor. Tenuous new allies await them – most crucially, Kizmel, the elven knight. Kizmel is supposed to be a minor NPC with low level AI, but she soon reveals herself to be much more. With new allies come new complications, though, and the elves of the vast third-floor forest are no more united than the players who have just arrived there. The intrigue deepens when a mysterious figure challenges Kirito, and what begins as a simple contest of skill may actually be something far deadlier!
Much like the first volume, volume 2 is full of video game lingo and an in depth look into certain aspects of gaming that you may not think about at first. This particular book focuses on NPC behavior more than anything because of the newest character introduced, Kizmel. She is an elf that joins Kirito and Asuna when they activate a quest in the third floor’s forest. She stays them through the rest of the story. Being a gamer, I always find Kirito’s inner monologues about in game things interesting. It makes me see things in a different light when going through the SAO story.
I really like how the author left the main story line for a bit and focused on the quest that Kirito and Asuna embark on. Doing so introduces them to the Dark Elf and Forest Elf clans. We get to here some lore about the world of SAO from the elves, as well as see how guilds are started. Anyone who has watched SAO knows that guilds play an important role later on, so seeing how they originated was pretty cool.
As always, the banter between our hero and heroine is amusing to witness. Kirito is still stuck in the embarrassed teenage boy stage and Asuna isn’t having any of it. While they do get along better in this part of the story, it’s refreshing to see the real life awkwardness of teenage kids trying to get through life together (or at least through he game).
If you read the last volume and enjoyed it, you won’t be disappointed by this one. It pushes the story along without rushing around too much. Characters are getting good development and the world on Aincrad is being fleshed out nicely.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have anything you’d like to say, please feel free to leave a comment!