J-Novel Club Announces the Digital Launch and Licensing Acquisition of By the Grace of the Gods and The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes

Two brand new series are available now in English from J-Novel Club!

(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – November 8, 2019) – J-Novel Club LLC is proud to announce the digital launch and acquisition of two acclaimed light novel titles from Hobby Japan. By the Grace of the Gods is a fantasy light novel series written by Roy and illustrated by Ririnra that centers a middle-aged businessman who finds himself reincarnated into another world after an unexpected death. Fortunately for him, this second life is easygoing as he discovers his greatest passion: training slimes! Penned by Washiro Fujiki and illustrated by Yu Kodama, The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes features the young protagonist Yuri Eniastar's relentless quest to reach the top in the world's only arena, Duel City Babel. Will Yuri be able to defeat the ferocious foes from all the other tribes despite his weak lineage?

Parts 1 and 2 of Volume 1 of By the Grace of the Gods and Parts 1 to 3 of Volume 1 of The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes are now available to read today for members on j-novel.club. However, there is a free preview available for both series for those who have yet to join membership.

J-Novel Club Membership is only $4.50 a month for an annual membership and gives you a new chapter a week from more than 20 ongoing series, including Invaders of the Rokujouma!?, If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, The Faraway Paladin, In Another World With My Smartphone, How a Realistic Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, and many more!

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By the Grace of the Gods by Roy with Illustrations by Ririnra


Under the protection of the gods, a relaxed life with slimes in another world begins!

One day, the life of middle-aged Japanese businessman Ryoma Takebayashi came to a rather sudden and disappointing end. Ryoma had never had a blessed life, but after his death, three great gods sought his cooperation and reincarnated him as a child in another world with swords and magic!

Receiving a most cordial and divine welcome from the gods, Ryoma decides to live leisurely on his own in the forest for the time being. Working diligently at magic and hunting, Ryoma's greatest passion comes to be researching his tamed slimes?! Training a variety of slimes (some newly discovered), the curtain rises on this easygoing life fantasy celebrating a second life with kind people in another world!

The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes by Washiro Fujiki with Illustrations by Yu Kodama


Long ago, there was much war and bloodshed among the eight tribes of the world. Now with each tribe confined to its own continent, the world has achieved peace and harmony. Interaction and fighting between tribes are heavily restricted, save for one exception: the ninth continent, Duel City Babel, an arena for those wishing for conflict in peace.

In the duel city, fighters from all over the world clash swords and spells, vying to be the best.

Carrying on the teachings and techniques of his master, Yuri Eniastar of the Human Tribe manages to take out a high-ranking opponent on his first day. Clearly, he's not just any new face, but unfortunately, fate has not been kind...his lineage is universally recognized as the weakest.


J-Novel Club is a digital publishing company started by translators and fans like you! Founder Sam Pinansky decided to gather together the best group of Japanese to English translators and editors to work on fan-favorite licenses. By focusing on digital releases and providing a membership service to let people read the books as soon as they are translated, their goal is to build a community of light novel readers and to grow the market, so that more and more releases can be officially licensed and translated. J-Novel has had over 200 volumes published in 2 years.

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