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Sword Art Online, Vol. 04: Fairy Dance

Sword Art Online Vol Fairy Dance Kirito plunges into a suspicious new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online to rescue Asuna who never returned from Sword Art Online ALO offers many features to entertain players in the wake of SAO ultra hig

  • Title: Sword Art Online, Vol. 04: Fairy Dance
  • Author: Reki Kawahara
  • ISBN: 9780316296434
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kirito plunges into a suspicious new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online to rescue Asuna, who never returned from Sword Art Online ALO offers many features to entertain players in the wake of SAO ultra high end graphics, action heavy gameplay, and a choice of fairy races, complete with a next generation flight engine Playing as a Spriggan, Kirito heads for the location of AsKirito plunges into a suspicious new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online to rescue Asuna, who never returned from Sword Art Online ALO offers many features to entertain players in the wake of SAO ultra high end graphics, action heavy gameplay, and a choice of fairy races, complete with a next generation flight engine Playing as a Spriggan, Kirito heads for the location of Asuna s prison the top of the World Tree, the final destination of every player in the game Along the way, Kirito nearly falls to a plot hatched by the enemy Salamanders, just barely surviving the ordeal with the help of a Sylph named Leafa and his Navigation Pixie, Yui But just as Kirito and Leafa make it to the foot of the World Tree, the end of their quest in sight, both Kirito and Leafa each realize the other has a very big secret

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    1. Reki Kawahara

      Kawahara Reki is the writer of Sword Art Online and Accel World He also uses the pen name Kunori Fumio His hobby is cycling.

    411 Comments

    1. On the whole this is a fun fast paced read, but it suffers from the same problem as the previous volume -- Asuna is reduced to the status of Princess Peach waiting for Mario to rescue her from King Koopa -- who again tries to get all rapey with her. She does manage to escape once, but she's of course recaptured since we can't have a female protagonist saving herself.That would just be lame. I mean, the damsel-in-distress trope has been with us for thousands of years. Why change a good thing? And [...]


    2. Continues exactly where last book left off - Kirito's NewGame+ speedrun to reach the 'prize' Fairy Queen locked in her golden cageThis story just isn't as good. Where Aincrad held weight and urgency (while using tropes wisely), ALfheim boils down to "sup hero, do a sorta-timed rescue quest" (while Asuna was reduced to the resident damsel-in-distress NPC)Too much little sister crush trope (drowning full pages with her mushy~ness seriously. Sugu-chan, we need to have a serious talk on what '1st co [...]



    3. Were Reki Kawahara a better author, this would have been a better book. Simplistic, I know, but that's the main issue here - Fairy Dance is just unable to rise above its problems, such as overwritten description, far too many girls falling for Kirito, and a villain so malicious and overdrawn as to be ridiculous. The concept is still as fun as when Vivian Vande Velde used it in the late 1990s, and the book is enjoyable to a point, but I can't help thinking that in more skilled hands, it would hav [...]


    4. Can these really just be getting better and better?! I LOVED this volume of the SAO light novel series! It was really cool being able to experience a couple of new scenes that don't show up in the anime. I love getting extra little details on things and this book definitely delivered on that front. I can't wait to read the next one!


    5. As with the last two SAO books, I knew what to expect with this volume. However, it was nice to get in the heads of the characters. I don't know what else to say except that if you're an SAO fan, you should have read, or plan to read, these books.


    6. No.What happened? I used to devour the first book, and now struggling to finish this. Fourth book in the series, four girls "fall in love" with Kirito. Seriously this book pushed me to my limits, the story got dragged on and on with pointless romance. Yaaaa, this guy is so cool, I love him to the moon and back after spending less than a day with him. Yaaaaa, he's my cousin-not-brother, so it's totally OK to love him despite living in the fuging same house forever. I'm tired, SAO 4 has lost all o [...]


    7. the magnetism of our souls was so strong it was practically visible, sparkling with light in the space that separated usmy deep unending love had turned that familiar image into one beaming with sublime radiancethe prose is KILLING ME



    8. I was disappointed with this book. A great many things combined to give me a bad reading experience. I'm not sure whether I should blame the author or the translator for the awful grammar and clunky sentences, but I can certainly blame the author for the failure of consistent characterisation and the rampant, thoughtless sexism. Asuna, a previously powerful and glorious example of a strong female character, is reduced to the role of a damsel in distress, with thoughts for nothing and no-one but [...]


    9. No deja de sorprenderme la gran diferencia que hay entre entre anime y novela, y la verdad es que leyéndolas me gusta todavía más SAO. Me encanta lo que es capaz de transmitir Reki Kawahara, ¡y ya estoy deseando leer el siguiente arco!


    10. I have watched the whole season of Sword Art Online and liked it, so I wanted to read the light novel (which, I think, is Japanese own version of YA, only with illustrations). Unfortunately Volume 1 to 3 are no longer available for free online since they have been licensed by Yen Press, and I could not seem to find the side stories. So I proceeded to Volume 4.Sword Art Online was about a Virtual Reality MMORPG which turned into a life-like death game. Players needed to wear a Virtual Reality gea [...]





    11. This will be a mainly positive review, because on the whole there weren't many things I didn't like in the second part of Fairy Dance. I wasn't bothered by Asuna's damsel-in-distress/Princess Peach status. There was no way it would have been believable for Sugou to give her a weapon whilst in the cage. Also, she does get out of it for a short while and uncovers a key piece for Kirito - which would never have enabled him to save her without it. I still think she's a kickass heroine despite being [...]


    12. This novel concludes the Fairy Dance Arc AND the Ainrad Arc of Sword Art Online, and in that it exceeds.This book even gets into unknown heights when it comes to Light Novels, since Kirito kind of stops being an average-joe-protagonist that so many LNs feature, instead he evolves into a main character that has emotions, that acts accordingly to what he feels, and if you piss him off, he can get somewhat cruel - which is something you don't see that often in a Light Novel, where every MC seems to [...]


    13. Kirito has completed his quest.Fairy Dance Volume 2 has action, drama, introspection and insight all wrapped up into a neat 200 page volume. Some minor editing issues from the Yen Press team aside, this volume was quite enjoyable. Kawahara's writing is really starting to show some finesse in this volume, especially when he's writing for Suguha or Asuna's point-of-view. It's refreshing to see part of the story told from another perspective and more description of the world around Alfheim and ALO [...]


    14. Loved it so much! It was super dramatic and the ending was so great that it made me want to cry! I can't wait for the next book!


    15. Fairy Dance Arc Review After finishing this second arc in the series I realized how much I really wanted more from Aincrad. Yeah there was the pressure to save Asuna but the stakes just weren't as high and exciting as the previous arc. A new female sidekick was added and everything felt more relaxed in ALO. One of the biggest issues in this arc (besides the much lowered stakes) was Asuna. She was an awesome character reduced to damsel in distress which kind of bothers me but at the same time not [...]


    16. Sword Art Online 4 - Fairy Dance is the continuity of the events in Volume 3. This review will be brief and simple. Things I love in this arc:1. The world of ALfheim Online - traditional gamers would say, its not unique and even the game components are too common - flying, magic, tribes, etc. Yes, i can agree with such assessment even if I'm not really a player [I got to play some fantasy console games before and MMORPG), nonetheless, I love the setting of ALO. Its bigger than AINCRAD. And the d [...]


    17. I actually want to put 2.5 stars but it's not possible xD I've some mixed feelings about this book.First of all, you should read volume 3 and 4 as a single story. The set it's interesting because the author tries to write an interesting plot inside a "normal" videogame without real deaths. Also in this new adventure we have story inside and outside the game (a think one misses in volume #1 where all the action is inside the game).But I have the feeling that doesn't happen many things: you have a [...]


    18. It's been a while since I read the book, so I can't cite nearly so many specifics as I would wish, but I can at least summarize a few points of opinion.So far it seems all books of the Sword Art Online series are intended to be read in pairs, and, to a lesser extent, the pairs can be considered one story. The story of Aincrad, I feel, was significantly stronger than the story of Fairy Dance. Aincrad considered the anthropology of current "gamer" culture and postulated from it a terrifying scenar [...]


    19. I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the first one. The plot was short, but straight to the point. Suguha gave a new and fresh point of view for the readers. We get to learn more about the real lives of our players, especially Kirito.My favorite scene from this arc was probably the final confrontation between Oberon/Sugou and Kirito at the top of the World Tree. I loved how Heathcliff’s digital consciousness assisted Kirito, and I thought that the part wherein he suddenly accessed Hea [...]


    20. After Kirito and Lyfa saved the leaders of Cait Sith and Sylph, two different races of fairies, they end up being swallowed by a worm and are sent to the Underworld, Jötunheimr. With some help from a monster, they escaped to the city they were trying to reach, Aarun. At Aarun they find out that they are brother and sister. At the same time, Asuna has escaped from her prison only to be caught by the workers at the facility. I started this book because I wanted to know what happened after they st [...]


    21. PROS: Exciting action sequences. Some nice dramatic moments. There's genuine stakes that give the story some weight. The revelation of a secret relationship, the secret of which was dragged out far too long, is well handled. The entire extended epilogue is wonderfulNS: Confused, muddled storytelling where everything magically falls into place in the end. Unnecessary lurid degrading of Asuna with not one, but two attempted rape scenes, on top of how she's already been bound into a meek damsel in [...]


    22. Finally.(view spoiler)[Finally, Kirito and Asuna reach each other. The ending wasn't bad. Though the author did manage to reduce Asuna's powers and made her a damsel in distress, a princess to be saved. I actually don't have a problem with the kind of stories where there is a hopeless girl, and the protagonist always saves her. But Asuna wasn't like that from the beginning. You should not make an awesome character and then just ruin her. At the very least, when Kirito is telling her that he woul [...]


    23. This book was AWESOME! I loved it so much! This being the fourth book in the series, is definitely didn't disappoint me at all. It is the shortest, but I think it had the perfect ending. However, there is a bit of content that you might want to avoid, most of it about the creepy guy named Sugou who's just plain evil. I wouldn't recommend this to children, but any teenager with a love for anime would surely enjoy this book. (However, I'd recommend reading the other books in the series first.) Als [...]


    24. There you go! I knew you could could do it Reki! You even apologized for the long intro to the last book and it all came out OK. Everything good was back and this book put Kirito in other fights and puzzles that were again fun to read. The antagonist was a little over the top but, who cares? He wrote a jellyfish-elephant into the story, it puts all the little mistakes into perspective!!Honestly, it was pretty good, not as much as the first two but still very nice. I guess I would have liked more [...]


    25. it was interesting! At first, I read the chapter that not been filmed in the anime version. The battle between God-Evil monsters, and then they met the undine race, and then they saw the excalibur. But the battle in volume 3 was more interesting since kirito got some help from kayaba and made the enemy's level became 0.The ending was good. If I was the writer of this SAO series, maybe I would stop the writing, but the writer still write for SAO series, so I hope next chapters are more interestin [...]


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