by SJ Reaver

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Reality shifts and Alexa finds herself trapped in a world far darker and deadlier than the one she knew. Her new body is stronger and faster, and she connects to the magic around her, but it may not be enough to protect the scattered remnants of humanity she comes across.

Author's Note:

My first fic, written for Nanowrimo and continued because people liked it.

Updates at least twice weekly.

Arc 1: Foundation (Chapters 001 - 017)
Arc 2: Haven (Chapters 018 - 033)
Arc 3: The Road to Madness (Chapters 034 - 049)
Arc 4: Nightmares and Dreams (Chapters 050 - 065)
Arc 5: Black Gate (Chapters 066 - ???)

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
001 - A Madness Doubled ago
002 - The Cold and the Dead ago
003 – Step One: Don't Die ago
004 - Moon-touched ago
005 – The Beacon ago
006 - Dream House ago
007 - Children of the Night ago
008 – Golden Eyed Commander of Wishes ago
009 – The Plan ago
010 – To Grandmother's House We Go ago
011 – City of the Dead ago
012 - City of the Dead, pt 2 ago
013 – City of the Dead, pt 3 ago
014 - City of the Dead, pt 4 ago
015 - Herding Cats ago
016 - One Step at a Time ago
017 - The Other Side of the Coin ago
018 - Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? ago
019 - Servitor ago
[Author Note] Cover Update ago
020 – Ghost Milk Tea ago
021 – Easy Prey ago
022 – Choices and... ago
023 – Preparations ago
024 – Asymmetrical warfare ago
025 – The First Battle for Haven ago
Appendix I: Character Sheet ago
026 – The Anticlimactic Succubus ago
027 - Harmonious Palace ago
028 – The Better to Eat You With ago
029 - Things Fall Apart ago
030 – The Only Way Out is Through ago
031 – Escape, pt 1 ago
032 – Escape, pt 2 ago
033 – Wolf Sister ago
034 - Ludo mentis aciem ago
035 – Benefits ago
036 – Sixth Sense ago
037 – You must gather your party before venturing forth ago
038 – Bounce and Weave ago
[Meta] 1,000 followers - side story poll ago
039 – Belly of the Beast ago
040 – Digestion ago
041 – The Black Bull Inn ago
042 – A Finger Pointing at the Moon ago
043 – Disarmed ago
044 – The Cold and the Dead, pt 2 ago
045 – This Little War ago
046 – Reunion ago
047 - Things Best Left Unseen ago
048 – Things Best Left Unsaid ago
Appendix II: Names and Places ago
049 – The Road to Madness ago
050 – Better Late Than Never ago
051 – Three is a Crowd ago
052 – Transported to another world and given OP carpentry skills!? ┬─┬ ノ( ^_^ノ) ago
053 – Afterglow ago
054 – Together Forever in Flame ago
055 – Heart of Stone, pt 1 ago
056 – Heart of Stone, pt 2 ago
057 – One More for the Road, pt 1 ago
058 – One More for the Road, pt 2 ago
059 - Smooth Sailing ago
060 - Adrift ago
061 – Welcome to the Jungle ago
062 – Raptorial ago
063 – Stake-Out ago
064 - Farewell to Dreams ago
065 – Silver and Saltwater ago
066 – The Black Gate ago
Update on Lack of Updates ago
067 ago
068 – Deaf and Dumb ago
069 - It’s Hard Out Here (for a tuki), pt 1 ago
070 - It’s Hard Out Here (for a tuki), pt 2 ago
071 - It’s Hard Out Here (for a tuki), pt 3 ago
Nighthunter Returns ago

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I mean a real story in which adventures are not an excuse for always more power.

Game elements are well integrated and secondary to the storytelling.

The quality of the writing is very good, nothing seem artificial all flows naturaly.

A novel from which you can expect a joyful reading.



Captivating, Good Characters & Cute Elf Firekeeper

This is a portal fantasy that shines like a cut diamond among the uncut stones you usually find on RoyalRoad.

The main character is fairly interesting, with a personality that is not summed up to being a min-maxxer thrown in a new world, or a pervert building their harem. This is not simply wish-fulfilling fantasy people, there is work put into this mc.

Alexa's interaction with the supporting cast is just as good: they all have their agendas, they lie from time to time and usually keep things interesting.

The setting is (for now) the weaker part of the story, and you can feel most of it is left as clay to be molded by the author down the line. It is serviceable and easy to expand. [2018 Edit: the author has done just that, and started a companion series on the lore. Check it out, it's called Psychopannychism.]

Action, dialogue, and world-building are perfectly balanced. I have never felt bored or waiting for the next thing.

Magic feel powerful and alien, which is awesome. The style of the author really makes it work.

Give this story a try, you won't regret it!


Typical litRPG, but of higher quality

Reviewed at: Nighthunter Returns


Prose is solid. It's a little bit - a little bit - on the clunky side, but about as good as you get on RRL, and better than most anything on here. 

The litRPG don't interrupt the narration to an irritating degree.


I found a handful of proofreading misses but it's nothing I found annoying. With how long this fiction a praiseworthy job of proofreading was done here.


It's classic litRPG/isekai and suffers some from it. Heroine is torn from normal Earth life to a fantasy world where she then does Stuff(tm). But there's no real plot or anything in the classic sense; so not much building up in terms of tension and narration.

I also found the first two arcs too easy for someone just torn from her life, but compared to typical isekai story this was well-balanced. And actually some more stuff goes wrong later on, so that's good, too.

It's fun enough if you are fine with "just" adventures.


Similar to the problems with the story it suffers some from the typical isekai issues. The heroine does most everything while everyone else kinda tags along (at best). However, she's not some "edgy emo kid" or anything like it, and although I wished there was some more struggle with her (especially with her "derangement") she's interesting enough.

Same goes for her demon companion. You never quite know what she's doing.

The rest of the cast is kinda bland but it's not that big a deal.


If you like gamelit/isekai stories then this is one that should be on your to-read list. It's solid work. Maybe with a bit more planning ahead of writing it it could have been even better, but overall even as it is it's something the author can be proud of having written.


A well-written story, with perhaps too much set up

Reviewed at: Nighthunter Returns

Nighthunter follows the progression of a young girl that's scooped into a new and dark world, before being forced to survive the realities of existence there. Despite the standard premise, the story is pleasantly refreshing with an MC that isn't an edgy kid with a short fuse demanding respect. The litrpg progression is handled smoothly, without number-crunching or game-like elements, opting for a more organic development and subsequent growth of skills.


The one issue that I have is that the author set up a huge spread of lore and background that are relevant to the story and the MC. Clearly, this is not a bad thing in itself and is usually what you look for in the story, however, the last chapter of the new arc was written 7 months ago, and it's unclear whether the story will reach a conclusion. I still recommend the read, as it remains a thoroughly well-written and enjoyable story, but I think it's worth giving a heads-up that on reaching the final chapter on this page that links mid-action to the next "book" (4 chapters as of this moment). I think that the author put together a fantastic world with a huge amount of lore and problems for the protagonist to work through and I sincerely hope that they continue writing it, but as it stands, it has the feel of dropping of 3/4 of the way through a new great book, or perhaps just after beginning the second in the series.


Still recommend it as worth reading, but keep in mind that a fitting conclusion or breakpoint isn't present at this time.


Simply Amazing!

Read it, and you'll be pleasantly suprised by the quality, which is far above the RR's average, it is definitely in the top tier of stories available here.

The characters are believable and their motivations real, not all difficult to follow the story and accept how it and the characters are deveoping.


I want to know what happens next!

The character is immediately engaging. The RPG elements are there but in the right doses for me, they complement the story rather than supplement it. The world that the heroine evolves in is flawed enough that you want to see what she'll do with it, without being over the top. Give me more, please.


Good start. Bed end.

Started off with an excellent premise, with excellent world building and character design. Then the story takes a turn towards melodrama, a lot of "O, woe is me" moments. I stopped reading in chapter 58 after it turns towards rape-esk graphic sex scenes. 


An interesting and enjoyable LitRpg

The LitRpg system is mostly nonintrusive and the author avoids numbers in many cases. The overall direction of the story wanders a little bit, but Alexa growing in power and as a person is a constant which keeps the reader interested.


I would recommend this to any reader who enjoys "real" LitRpg (vs. any of the many LitRpgs where the system is part of some kind of game.) Readers who enjoy strong female protagonists will also find plenty to like about this growing web novel.


Easy to read and doesn't feel like I have to stretch my imagination. I'm loving the world in the story.



Want a story that seems almost plausible? Check. Want characters that you can actually root for? Check. An author that can ACTUALLY author!?! Check. This story has it all. Why is it not number 1??? It’s better than most front page stories!