Tower of Somnus
When humanity first encountered alien life, we were judged and found wanting.
The Galactic Consensus interviewed our leaders and subjected us to a battery of psychological tests to determine our progress as a society. They found us to be selfish, wasteful, impulsive, and boorish neighbors. Earth was blockaded and our collective encounter with our extrasolar neighbors rapidly faded from memory.
All they left behind was a hypercomm relay and a handful of subscriptions to a massively multiplayer game that participants played in their sleep. The Consensus said that it would let us interact with our neighbors in a controlled setting. That it would teach us to be better members of the galactic community.
The megacorporations that controlled Earth ignored the game until they learned that the powers earned from clearing dungeons were just as real when day broke. Magic, supernatural abilities and rumors exploded from nothing and a subscription to The Tower of Somnus became a status symbol.
Katherine ‘Kat’ Debs doesn’t have much, but it could be worse. Born in an arcology, she was assigned a job in the megacorporation that raised her almost as soon as she could work. Despite the stability of her corporate life, she wanted something more. A chance to claw her way up the rigid social and financial ladder to make something of herself.
A chance that wouldn’t come naturally to someone as familiar with dark alleyways and the glint of steel as she was with office work and corporate niceties.
Cover art by Faewild
Coloring/shading by KrazeKode
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Book One was a National Novel Writing Month/Writeathon entry. Book one has zero editing or proofreading.
As a warning, this WILL eventually go to Kindle Unlimited (meaning each book will come down shortly before I publish it).
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When I first visited RoyalRoad I was kinda overwhelmed and didn't know what to read. I randomly picked Tower of Somnus but only read the prologue because life got in the way of things like it tends to happen.
I told myself that I really have to start reading a lot more to hone my own craft. What is best for that than another cyberpunk story? And the first novel I ever started at that!
One might say the aliens were the beginning of my journey on RoyalRoad like they were the beginning for Kat. Although a few weeks went by in my case :D
Style: The prose is in my opinion on pro level. I love the comedic undertone and the pacing. Everything flows so nicely. This is something I will use in my own writing.
Grammar: I always feel unqualified to comment on grammar. I never had any issues with it.
Story: Story is amazing. It might not be something innovative but it has enough character to be unique in its own way. It always goes back to class warfare which cyberpunk is based on after all.
Character: Here I'm missing a bit the punk aspect of cyberpunk. Kat is a can-do-it-all which puts up a bit of a distance. She might be from humble beginnings but she has all the tools to escape from her life nearly right from the start. It is not really a bad thing per see but is a bit of a disconnect regarding the "punk" aspect. Also, fuck Arnold.
Conclusion: This is a must-read. And I have plenty of chapters before me. I'm excited to read a lot more from my great cyberpunk-senpai.
I hope the author knows the masterwork they created and I wish for them to continue producing such splendid pieces of entertainment.
Good fun story. Feels a little too realistic of a capitalist apocalypse future for the setting (more a sad comment on our world then a negative on the story). Feels like it rushes a bit but not too much in my opinion. Could use another pass of editing, but the typos are minor and not really impeding the read. All in all would recommend
Tower of somnus review - cyberpunk meets fantasy and space!
This is a notebook for the Youtube video. It will also serve as a review on royal road.
Tower of somnus is a webnovel published on royal road.
+cyberpunk + magic
+non-boring take on the “isekai” and “litRPG” theme
=minor spelling errors
=villains always on power level that MC can kill
-fight scenes too long
-first “antagonist” disposed of too quickly
As title. If you like at least one of those genres then you should read this.
It's engrossing, amazing and overall a meaty juicy novel to sink your teeth into.
Only drawback: the first couple of chapters are a bit of a slog to read through, but then the story gets moving and it'll never slow down again
This book was fun to read. It is the sort of story I look forward to but don't always find. Now I am hoping this continues in the next book. The MC isn't overpowered nor clueless, just a regular person winning thru persistance and a bit of luck. The world(s) make sense and the handwavium is kept down.
I gave this story a shot since I am enjoying his other work (Blessed Time) and needed something new to read. This is by far and away one of the best stories I've ever read on Royal Road before. The characters are intriguing and have depth to them, which is rare for a story here. The plot has twists and is well thought out.And the futuristic fantasy world has a ton of interesting depth that I would guess we have only scraped the surface of so far.
If I had any complaints it would be that a few of the characters (the the MC's mom or the guy she has a crush on) are annoying, but their 'screen-time' is limited. Also there are a few spelling/grammar errors, but considering how quickly this story was developed that just makes sense.
This story is honestly my favorite work of CoCops so far. Despite the fact that it was written for a contest, I really hope that he continues with it past this contest.
This novel is many things, but good is not one of them. At least not anymore. The first half of the first "book" was a reasonably enjoyable tale of a girl in a dystopian sci-fi world that's given a chance at making something of herself... After she joins the Tower of Somnus, however, it simply goes downhill at a gradual pace.
The magical abilities, the tower itself, and the system are so incredibly boring that it may as well not exist at all. There is nothing special about the powers, nothing interesting, nothing notable about the tower, and for a novel named after the tower itself, it really shows how poorly it is done. There is simply nothing enjoyable about any of these things. There is no challenge. There is no suspense. It is just a simple formula of 1. Go to sleep. 2. Grind. 3. Level up abilities.
In relation to this, the world building is also shockingly poor. If you have read the first 200 chapters of Primal Hunter, for example, you will be able to see the difference between the world building immediately. The concept of the alien society and the galactic consensus feels so small, insignificant, and unneeded. Frankly, it is only a detriment to this story as it's just so boring. Nothing about it excites me likely because the amount of thought put into it was probably completely insignificant. Not to mention that the human world is also ridiculous. It's corporate greed taken up to 11 and everyone seems to be oblivious. The entire world is basically full of bandits and criminals while everyone not in a management position is a literal slave. Yet only the MC is aware?
Complete Mary Sue who's perfect and completely woke, yet still also an idiot. Why not, I don't know, get one of those two alien friends to get you off your planet? There's no point in staying and putting yourself in danger.
Now let's move onto the plot: It's shocking. At first, there was tension and suspense. She may get injured or even die! Now, it's simply heist after heist that means nothing. Each battle is also incredibly boring. I don't know what it is: bad writing? Boring powers? Ridiculous reasoning?
Overall, this story starts strong but crashes very quickly like everything else on this damn site.