Toil and Trouble, the Tale of the Summoned

by SJ Reaver

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy Female Lead GameLit LitRPG Non-Human lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai
Warning This fiction contains:
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Once upon a time, a young woman named Zoey LARPed as a demon, and the System decided to suck her up and spit her into another world as one. This was a strange filing error on the universe's part, but once Zoey realized it was a better pay-out than flipping burgers for a living, she was all for it.

But then an all-powerful, mysterious organization demanded she pay taxes and a group of rebels on earth told her she needed to save humanity. Can't a girl make a little extra coin on the side without everyone hassling her?

Zoey is just a simple girl trying to make her way in a world that's lost its damned mind.

Warning, this fiction contains: Yuri - Futa - Taxes - Non-euclidian office spaces - Sapient swamps - A heroine who trips over her own stupidity - Random hugs

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
001 - Looks Like a Filing Error ago
002 - Man, I Love Sean Bean ago
003 - Waylaid ago
004 - You Wouldn't Have Had to Kidnap Me if You Mentioned Free Stuff ago
005 - The Devil You Know and... ago
01 – (Not a Chapter) ago
007 - And then, Zoey was a Zombie. pt 1 ago
008 - And then, Zoey was a Zombie. pt 2 ago
009 - Who Watches the Custard? ago
A Winter’s Interlude ago
010 - The Thrill is Gone ago
011 - Transform and Roll Out ago
02 – [Not a Chapter] We Want the Demon-Zee! ago
012 - fragile like a robin's egg ago
013 - I Opened 1,000 Diamond Packs and Not One Mythic Hat! ago
014 - Old-Fashioned ago
015 - Mama Told Me Not to Come ago
[Interlude] Four Drinks for Dr. Yellow ago
016 - Cui bono?, pt 1 ago
017 - Cui bono?, pt 2 ago
03 - [Not A Chapter] Within this vale of toil and sin... ago
018 - That Was the Wrong Choice ago
019 - I Need A Hero (Oh damn, I am the hero) ago
020 - If it Bleeds, I Can Kill it ago
021 - Wounds ago
022 - Catch Up ago
04 - [Not a Chapter] Don’t Come Around Here No More… ago
023 - Ghostly Shapes came Crowding Up the Air ago
024 - Uninvited, pt 1 ago
025 - Uninvited, pt 2 ago
026 - Snap, Crackle, Pop ago
027 - Bright Lights, Big City ago
Mini-Hiatus ago

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A fun summoning tale, with a naive MC

Reviewed at: 007 - And then, Zoey was a Zombie. pt 1

Good start so far for this one, just because of the author being Sunreaver, i expect quite a lot here, her stories are good reads.

Zoey is a LARP'er, she loves playing as a monster in their plays and does a good job at it, but one day it is different, when playing a demon, she somehow gets summoned to another world, mistaken for a demon and gets tasked to do a job. That is only the start of her troubles, because now she has a system accompanying her on earth, while certain authorities are not pleased at her for travelling across worlds like that and bringing a system to earth, but its worth it for her, since it pays so well and is more interesting than your average job.

The mc, well, she is fun to read about, and im sure the author intentionally wrote her being quite naive and stupid in how she behaves with the new situations she finds herself in, but this does get a bit annoying at times, i dont exactly mind that, but i can see it being annoying for many readers. I guess the author has something planned for her in regards with her naivety.

The premise here is quite interesting, one i mainly have seen before in the cliche filled Japanese webnovels and mangas, so a good author having a go at this premise gives this story a lot of potentional,  i look forward to how the author will handle both the summoning part with the other world(s?) and the earth part of the story. So far it does not look like that the worlds she is summoned to, will get any major development, but i dont exactly mind that. Be warned that at times, this story can turn very dark all of a sudden, that especially does contrast with the summonings, where it so far has been all go-happy.

Overall good grammar, though there are some typo's and other errors throughout the story, normally those should not pose a problem at all, and get corrected when spotted by readers.

The author's writing is easy to read, to understand what is going on at the moment, with the premise here, the author went in a good direction with the worldbuilding, making it mostly non-existent in the summoning parts, so it doenst slow down those chapters.

I will be fair that it is still early, so a lot could be subject to change.

On another note, expect that while the story will be of good quality and fun to read, it is rather unlikely for it to be completed, but i will still enjoy the ride while it lasts (and maybe it gets completed, you never know with this kind of setting how long, or short it can be.)

For sure a fun story that shows a lot of promise, if you dont mind the MC being naieve and making stupid decisions at times. Its currently a short read, so give it a try!

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Good story, but author abandons most of their stories

Reviewed at: 019 - I Need A Hero (Oh damn, I am the hero)

Interesting and engaging main characters. The whimsical nature is fun to read. Setting isn't novel, but still an interesting take on the isekai/litrpg genre.


Be warned though, this author abandons most of their projects. If you're hoping for a conclusive or satisfying ending this isn't for you. It's likely this will go on indefinite haitus at some point as well.

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What can I say?

Dropping this. Simply because this is not what I expect from the title and synopsis.

And found out the this little surprise doesn't suit me.

Heads up. Being a summoned creature is actually her apparently illegal exterdimensional part time job, and yes, she have to go back to earth to report for work to 'men in black' thing.

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I generally hate comedic novels.  The same disconnect between the reality of the situation and the actions of the characters that make the stories humorous also tend to annoy me greatly.  A characters actions should still make sense within the context of the story, and too many authors use "comedy" as a resson to ignore the context.

Wonderfully, this is not an issue with this web serial.

As absurd as the situations and actions of our main character are, they all are something that you could imagine a person actually doing.  The giant bureaucracy that apparently controls Earth and the "system" has an actual and legitimate reason for their actions, which they are even kind enough to explain!  The author created a world where a nineteen year old girl who likes to LARP could become a half demon, be summoned to a world to clean a house, and then be sent into a VR training situation and decide to make their avatar have a dick and still have it make sense in the story!

Moreover, there are areas with actual serious intrigue with moral and mortal consequences!  The structure of the story, too allow for all this to occur, can only be described as superb.

An excellent serial that I look forward to seeing continue!

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This is dropped, should you still read it?

Reviewed at: Mini-Hiatus

Short answer: yes, up to chapter 21.

Longer answer: 

Fact: SJ Reaver can't finish a story. But!

Fact 2: SJ Reaver is a wordsmith, an artist of tongue and wit with a style that is unmatched here and elsewhere. You will find more spirit and personality in one of their chapter as in some entire sagas. You need to enjoy it.

Also, all the stories are part of a singular universe so it's like reading shorts!

read to 21 then switch to Mossharbor. And then the next one after that. 

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Great style and use of the word. 

Yet, the surreality of everything doesn't allow me to latch on. 

First and foremost are the reactions of the protagonist, but she is hardly the only one suffering from "Alice in wonderland" syndrome.

Not for me, but damn well made. 

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You know that feeling when you pick up a book, read it, and feel like it was way to short, even though it really wasn’t short at all? That’s this book’s essence.

Kees Timmer
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So heres a review. 

I like it and I hope Zoey gets in lots and lots of adventures while getting summoned. And I hope she has a lot of fun while staying mostly sane (or not but that depends on the writer).

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A bit chaotic, like a dancer trying to find they're rhythem, but with a solid premise and an easy to understand concept.   I hope the low-level summoning and demon-but-not theme continues!

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A Fun, lighthearted and different summoning story

Reviewed at: 010 - The Thrill is Gone

(Reviewed at ch. 10) A very nice story worth following.

The characters are all believable, and sufficiently fleshed out.

The MC is actually likeable and relatable, which is rare for stories on this site.

Some system / litrpg elements but not in the usual let's pad the story by 50% with tables manner.