Re: Recommendations by luda305

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Updated 11/24/2021: Lots of new additions; also deleted the "flawed" stories because running out of room; and limited abandoned/hiatus stories to 4.0+.



My recommendations (3.5+) are grouped into 4 categories:
  • Completed Stories
  • Completed Short Stories
  • Ongoing Stories
  • Abandoned/Hiatus Stories (4.0+ only)
  • Flawed Stories
Completed Fictions
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Lily Ex Machina
AcquiHime
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Crafter Lead,
A paragon at an obscure and useless type of magic is trapped in a dungeon.  She becomes bloodthirsty and ruthless, turns herself into magical Iron Man, and shenanigans ensue in the wider world when she gets out.
 
Avaunt
AMBLE
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Mystery, Comedy, Crafter Lead, Post-Apocalyptic,
Comedy with an absurdist bent. 
 
Agent of the Realm?
Andur
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Secret Identity, Demon Lead,
Sequel to The Court of Souls? The daughter infiltrates another dimension and assumes a secret identity as an initial step to opening diplomatic relations.  Of course, she’s a super powerful mage. Romantic interludes with the prince. On re-read, still great.
 
Beyond?
Andur
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Possession, Crafter Lead, Demon Lead,
A mage on a dying world intercepts a summoning ceremony and ends up as in the baby body of the nobility of a demon-like race. On re-read, this is much better than I remember, but it's already at 4.5 stars, so I will leave it as is.
 
Body and Soul
Andur
Complete
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Crafter Lead,
A soul reincarnated as a mage-slave gets her chance to escape.  Drawing on the memories of prior lives, she sets out to gain the power to destroy the empire that enslaved her. Ignore the synopsis provided by the author. On re-read, I think it's still my favorite Andur story. If only there were more!
 
Coeus?
Andur
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation, Scifi, Crafter Lead, Space Opera,
In a future where mages have abandoned the mundanes on Earth to live in space, a new technomage propels humanity forward to a leading role on the galactic stage.
 
Conscripted
Andur
Complete
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation, Crafter Lead, Gods,
Sequel to Body and Soul and prequel to Until Death. Female lead from Body and Soul died, but became the god of chaos in the next male life and has now been conscripted into a pilot project of the gods to answer prayers of the same world from Body and Soul.  Shenanigans ensue. On re-read, the weaknesses are even more apparent, but 3.5 still seems about right.
 
Law of Shadows
Andur
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Urban Fantasy,
In modern Europe, there is a shadow nobility which hides and protects supernatural creatures, e.g., werewolves, etc. The protagonist is the last of his family line and is very grumpy when problems start piling up within his demesne.
 
The Court of Souls?
Andur
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation,
Protagonist is reincarnated as a slave in a dimension which is just a singular plane, and society is a crapsack.  Typical Andur rise to power. On re-read, this is much better than I remember.
 
The Tale of G.O.D.
Andur
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Strong Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Scifi, Demon Lead, Space Opera, Nation Building,
Andur's other space opera.  This one involves a lot of virtual communities, genocide, and events on a galactic scale.  Plot is too complex to include a snippet here.
 
Transcendence?
Andur
Complete
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation, Crafter Lead, Nation Building,
A reincarnated soul graduates magic academy, flips his family the finger, and runs off to establish his own fiefdom.  Course the gods consider him just another pawn.  Shenanigans ensue.  On re-read, it's better than I remember, but I'm still going to leave it at 3.5.
 
Until Death? (Refleshed Version)
Andur
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation, Demon Lead,
Sequel to Conscripted.  Order and Chaos are reincarnated as demons on a planet hidden from the gods.  Shenanigans ensue, both growing up and after once they come back to godhood. On re-read, this was much shorter than I thought it was.
 
A Friendly Voidling
cathfach
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Comedy,
An eldritch entity assumes human form to make friends.  Shenanigans ensue. Short story.
 
A Lonely Dungeon
cathfach
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, LitRPG, Dungeon/Core,
A new-born dungeon discovers no adventurers will come because the apocalypse happened.  Prequel to another work.
 
An Unwilling Monster
cathfach
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Grimdark, Monster Lead, Post-Apocalyptic,
A teenage girl is kidnapped and turned into a monster. Part psychological drama about losing your humanity; part asskicking of the assholes who did it to her.
 
Burning Stars, Falling Skies
CoCop
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Female Lead, Scifi, Space Opera, Nation Building, Reptile Lead,
A lizard race that can gain memories by eating meat is uplifted when the last of humanity dies in a crash landing on their planet. In a single lifetime, the matriach uplifts her people, and sets them on a course to the stars to avenge humanity.
 
Thy Secrets Should Be Sung
CrosstownGate
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Psychological, Romance,
So good I had to rate is on a 7-star scale.  A character-driven extended dialogue between the Dark Knight and the kidnapped Princess.  He woos her; she refuses him. But beautifully, hauntingly written, between two keen and cunning souls.
 
System Prime
Eli8iR
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Isekai,
A young man is isekai’d into another dimension of floating islands. He is the first to gain the power of the System, and ends up sharing it to uplift a barely-surviving band of shipwrecked aliens.
 
Epilogue
Etzoli
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Isekai, Psychological, Contemporary,
Four isekai’d heroes are returned to Earth just as they left and in their teen bodies.  This story deals with the aftermath, including maintaining their secret and coping with leaving the fantasy world. Oddly, Epilogue itself has an epilogue.
 
Everybody Loves Large Chests
Exterminatus
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Epic
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Secret Identity, Monster Lead, Gender Bender,
A mimic—that chest monster—escapes his dungeon and begins to power level, becoming a demon-summoning warlock that seeks all the tasty and shiny things. Comedic.
 
Heero & Rinska
Fay Voss
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mystery,
Princess and street rat are friends.  The queen is assassinated.  Shenanigans ensue, a mix of teenage angst and (political?) intrigue.  It's well-writen; I could follow things very well and visualize it well enough.
The BIG problem is that it's a 62k novel shoved into a single chapter! I'll admit, I only got through about a fifth just because I couldn't stand that anymore.
 
Longing
Fay Voss
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead, Grimdark, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary,
A bleak tale of two teenagers in contempoary society who slip into a fae realm.
 
Prompt-Fills: April 2018
Fay Voss
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Comedy,
A collection of random scenes written from prompts, featuring a blue lady and a fox.
 
Curse Gunner
IcedFairy
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead,
A curse-breaking witch living in magical New York gets on the case of a mysterious curse of a Germanic princess from the black forest.
 
Light Cleric
Ira Creasman
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Grimdark, Gods,
Classic abused orphan child archetype turns out to be like the most powerful cleric in a long, long time.  Most of the story involves her traveling and resolving issues that crop up. Mystery, plot, coming to terms with the brutality of war.
 
Post Human
J P Koenig
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Male Lead, Psychological, Grimdark, Scifi, Dungeon/Core,
An AI thinking itself human wakes up at a remote asteroid base to find that humanity has been exterminated by aliens. That kind of pisses him off, so he dungeon cores himself a space fleet.
 
Endless cage
JavilyNA
Complete
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Dungeon/Core, Time Loop,
Cat girl gets stuck in a time loop in a dungeon for so long she loses all her memories.  Eventually gets out of the dungeon, but the god that put her there continues to time loop her through a series of trials in the world. Dropped by the author a few chapters shy of the end for personal reasons, but the author posted her rough notes for the last few chapters.
 
Three Lifetimes
Kerbasi
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Reincarnation, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A young god of war goes through a ritual to reincarnate thrice as a mortal.  A young goddess who fell in love with him chases after him through the lives. 
 
A Prose of Years
luda305
Complete
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, Progression, Secret Identity, Wuxia-Xianxia,
An experienced, if not genius, fighter dies against a dark lord’s lieutenant, and finds himself in his 16 year old body again.  Determined not to let this second chance slip away, he throws himself back into training using the experience he gained over decades.  Also brings back together the band.  Wuxia inspired. The first volume is complete, but I have no intention of completing the other sketched out volumes, so I released all the worldbuilding (there’s a lot) as appendices. Also, of course I like my own work.
 
Candlelit Lives
luda305
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Gender Bender,
A young student hoping to be a [Mage] acquires a [Reincarnator] trait and dies under mysterious circumstances.  And so begin her many lives.  It’s an experimental storytelling format, where each life is one chapter, so it’s very brisk. Also, of course I like my own work.
 
Mother of Learning
Nobody103
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Romance, Time Loop,
A young mage student finds himself stuck in a month-long time loop.  Maybe he’ll learn something.  Also, beware dark cults.  Widely considered the leading story on Royal Road.
 
Fantasy World Epsilon 30-10
Phillip Rayne
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Isekai, Scifi,
As various Earths join a multiversal government, a South African military ex-pat makes first contact with a new Earth (Epsilon 30-10), only to find that it’s a classic fantasy world with magic and elves. Subverted portal fantasy.
 
Empress of Blue Flower Mountain
Queenofthefuzzybugs
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Wuxia-Xianxia, Romance,
A mountain spirit becomes fascinated with humans, leading to her eventual exile.
 
Undermind
SealJohnson
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Mystery, Monster Lead,
A human dies and “reincarnates” as a troll up a world tree.  Big mystery how that happens and what happens next. 
 
The Seven Dreamers
Stella Greenbriar
Complete
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Mystery,
When a new magical being is created,
 
Grand Design
Tmarkos
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Strong Lead, Female Lead, Scifi, Space Opera,
When humanity was mysteriously wiped out five thousand years ago, the galaxy was made poorer for it.  When two of humanity’s last remaining technologically engineered space marines (Valkyries) find a clue of what happened, they journey with an uplifted dog and a bug alien to find the truth.
 
The Dreaming Sceptre
Traitorman
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Male Lead,
A legendary thief and mage team up to stop the bad guy who is using magic to give a whole city nightmares. Very old-school sword and sorcery. Prequel to The Ogre’s Pendant.
 
Lament of the Fallen
Vihyungrang
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Wuxia-Xianxia,
In a galaxy divided between angels, demons, dragons, and mage-scientists, the demons have been exterminated.  Out of the ashes, a young female chimera ends up on a neutral planet, where shenanigans ensue as she powers up.
 
Song of the Void
Vihyungrang
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Scifi, Space Opera,
Galaxy-spanning sci-fi civilizations are cool, made even cooler by the fact that psions are real and are key to space travel and warfare. Then the last surviving member of a universe-spanning uber race wakes up and shenanigans ensue.
 
Demon’s Journey
Virlyce
Complete
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Grimdark, Demon Lead,
Angels and other sentients live on the lush, mana-rich planet, while demons live on mana-poor, crapsack moon.  Our ruthless protagonist demon strikes a deal with a fallen archangel and gets teleported on a mission to the angel nation. But,  ultimately just uses his time to power level, traipising around with a female angel he meets. Frankly, it would probably fit within Andur’s multiverse.
 
Never Die Twice
Void Herald
Complete
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Secret Identity, Necromancer,
A villainous necromancer sells health potions out his apothecary.  But is he really villainous if he has a feud with the god of death herself? At least the title makes him sound like James Bond.
 




 

 

Completed Short Stories


Little Red: A fairy tale RPG
Andrew B. Salmon
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Comedy,
A LitRPG retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.  Very good.
 
(Oneshot) I Shouldn't Have Pretended to be the Female Lead
ars
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Isekai, Comedy, Gender Bender, Satire,
The isekai’d male protagonist pretends to be a female to avoid fighting the demon king. Comedy/satire.
 
Manifest Logic
crispinc
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Crafter Lead,
Short story about protagonist learning a magical system with programming type archetypes.
 
Birth of Chaos
Cyfue
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Gods,
A short story about the birth of a deity-like figure named Chaos.
 
A Flight of Fancy
Destructionofsanctum
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Secret Identity, Possession, Demon Lead, Romance,
A coming of age, lesbian romance short story regarding a young woman possessed by a demon lord's soul.  It's decent.
 
Contest Winners
Fay Voss
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Psychological,
A collection of short stories that won contests on other sites by the author.
 
Sunday the Seventeenth
Fay Voss
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Grimdark, Contemporary,
A contemporary set supernatural story involving a protagonist who can tell exactly when someone is going to die. And on the day of his death, something happens.
 
The Pond Monster Jeremy
Fay Voss
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary,
Young boy makes friends with a pond monster (plesiosaur?), then has to move away.
 
Frostbite
Fippo
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Psychological, Mystery, Grimdark,
A great little horror story about a monster during a harsh winter.  The style is a real highlight
 
Don't Cultivate
gdlizy
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A short story tragedy about immortality.
 
To Be Wanted
kiltsi
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Mystery, Romance, Post-Apocalyptic,
Not quite cosmic horror, but close.  A witch couple find a mysterious artifact and one of them starts to have vivid nightmares, losing her grip on reality in the process.
 
Satisfaction Earned
KimberlyEAB
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Strong Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Secret Identity, Romance,
A 17th century French nobleman challenges a man to a duel for defiling his wife, but it turns out that the wives were getting it on with each other.
 
Well Spring
KitWulf
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Reincarnation, Psychological,
Good premise.  Very well written.  Hard to say much in this review without spoiling anything.  Gah!  It's a wake up in the fantasy woods and freak out short story.  
 
Equinox
MelasD
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG,
A short story fanfic from an alternate universe The Wandering Inn. Niche.
 
The Lightning Witch
officialleehadan
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead, Comedy, Romance, Nation Building,
An anthology of short stories about a power couple: a dark lightning witch and the blacksmith who was supposed to defeat her.  Apparently marriage counts? Very sweet, with comedic points.
 
Forget me Not
Stalitice
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Grimdark,
The horrors of WWI, but with magic.
 
The Family
The Imperial
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy,
A family in a fantasy world comes together for the holidays.
 
Lonely Light
Unice5656
Complete (Short Sotries)
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Male Lead, Urban Fantasy,
The synopsis is pretty on point. A fallen angel living in contemporary America rescues an innocent angel and romance ensues.
 



     

Ongoing Stories




[url=https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/46114/the-big-bad-wolf]The Big Bad Wolf
13 Pitch Black Cats
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Grimdark, Possession,
An orphaned wolfkin with anger and self-control issues struggles in a new environment.  Frames as a reincarnation isekai, but I'm not sure why because it's largely irrelevant. Very grimdark, lots of trauma. Also, story appears to justify fantasy racism.
 
A Budding Scientist in a Fantasy World
acaswell
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Mystery, Crafter Lead, Satire,
A teenage female isekai'd to a System world with a hankering for science decides to investigate the System.  Beware, it takes a long time to even get started on the science, and it goes really slow.
 
Nanocultivation Chronicles: Trials of Lilijoy
Aetherial
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Psychological, Scifi, Post-Apocalyptic,
There is so much going on in this one: cultivation, LitRPG, post-post-apocalypse, virtual reality, nanotech.  The author does a truly superb job of balancing these.  And yet, there is so much going on that digesting it can be very difficult (like War and Peace).
 
Dawnsong
Afrita Hanim
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Psychological, Mystery,
A young woman in a rural, patriarchal village sneaks into the Temple to control her own choice of Class. She then escapes into the wilderness to avoid the backlash. The first part is very well done, but the latter is not.
 
Tori Transmigrated
Aila Aurie
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Grimdark, Possession, Crafter Lead, Nation Building, Satire,
An older female businesswoman with a lot of Skills gets reincarnated as the villainess in an otome game.  Protagonist is very refreshing and completely likeable, so you'll get furious at the bullshit that the "game world" throws her way. But, seeing her prevail over that is deeply satisfying.  Probably also a critcism/satire of otome game as being really fucked up.
 
This Used to be About Dungeons
Alexander Wales
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, Progression, Secret Identity, Dungeon/Core, Comedy,
Take DnD, then do some hardcore worldbuilding so that the wackiness of the game elements make sense in a real world. Then, take a bunch of outcasts and pull them together into an adventuring party.  A comfy slice of life adventuring story that occasionally features dungeons.  This is all about the characters, who are really fantastic.
 
Wizard's Tower
Allanther
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Psychological, Grimdark, Comedy, Nation Building, Gods,
After his last close friend dies, a half-elf wizard sets off to retire in the remote reaches of the kingdom and build his tower in peace. The only bit he failed at was the "peace" bit.
 
A Sinner's Eden
Andur
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Grimdark, Scifi, Romance,
In Earth's future, a greenhell extrasolar planet is used as a penal colony, where the test subjects are injected with nanites that allow for forced evolution based on consuming the native animals.  Our protagonist intentionally gets himself sent there in order to find someone, and soon gets wrapped up in clan politics and romance. Soft sci-fi/fantasy.
 
Blood Demon's Retirement
Avitue
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Comedy,
A blood mage with (pardon) way too much blood on her hands retires and decides to travel the world.  Shenanigans ensue.  A little amateurish, but the author is very dedicated.
 
Unliving
Avitue
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Monster Lead, Necromancer,
A young mage of an anti-undead crusade secretly sponsored by a necromancer dies and becomes the first Unliving.
 
The Soul Wielder
AylinFortsattBooks
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Mystery,
A young imperial medic is caught behind enemy lines and identifies as a "wielder." Reminiscent of Patrick Rothfuss or Sarah Lin.  Promises lots of drama, ruling class, and war/military issues. Not my cup of tea, but very well executed.
 
Reborn from the Cosmos
Azazel E
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Secret Identity, Monster Lead, Nation Building,
A summoner sacrificed by another insane summoner is reborn thanks to an elemental named Cosmos.  Now with super powers, she's dropped into an elven forest and falls for the elf trapped there. Bit of a power wank, but the protagonist herself is pretty funny.
 
An Elf in Skyrim
Azureblade
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Satire,
Ostensibly a fanfic, I actually think its more of a satire of bad fanfics in general.  Basic idea is human is reincarnated as an elf centuries before the Skyrim game takes place and tries to navigate those treacherous time while barely remembering something centuries in the past. Lots of laughts when she catches up with the "MC" of the "plot" who is also an isekai from Earth.
 
Owlnother World
Baba Vader
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Monster Lead,
Female human reincarnated as an owl with a system.
 
Feather
Beansy2000
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Mystery,
Interesting premise of a dying man offered to become a guardian spirit to his daughter, but the story devolves into an entirely different story rather quickly.  The new story is fine, but combined its wacky.
 
Master of the Loop
beddedOtaku
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Isekai, Secret Identity, Mystery, Possession, Comedy,
Isekai'd into the butt-end of nowhere with no idea what's going on, but with a save-point like time loop power.  Shenanigans ensue.  Pretty funny.
 
Hallowed
ByAnyOtherName
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Secret Identity,
In a world divided between two factions of mages, a love child between leading members of the two factions is hidden away in a remote village. As enemies hunter her down, the question is whether she is a harbinger of the apocalypse, or the sun just felt like turning off.
 
The Menocht Loop
Caerulex
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Time Loop, Urban Fantasy,
A young man becomes an archmage after being trapped in a time loop. Upon escaping and returning to his high-magitech civilization, he finds himself pursued by great powers that seek to use him.  Shenanigans.
 
The Crimson Mage Draft 2
candicame
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Grimdark,
Mixed feelings on this one.  A fair bit of skill involved, but it's a dreadfully dark read, with loads of suffering (genocide, state oppression, etc.).  The protagonist is also a bit of a nutcase. Probaly a niche read.
 
An Unbound Soul
cathfach
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation,
Male reincarnates as baby boy in the fantasy world post-A Lonely Dungeon. Aspiring mage seeks to find out what’s so weird about the world.  Dungeon running the world wants to talk to him.
 
Hiraeth: Promise of the World
Chryiss
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression,
Young disillusioned woman from earth gets dropped into a forest on a fantasy world and makes her way to civilization (and magic academy), picking up a spirit beast companion and another isekai'd boy-knight figure in the process.  And, by and large, this is a fairly standard execution.  But, some of the execution rubs me the wrong way.
 
Fates Parallel (A Xianxia/Wuxia Inspired Cultivation Story)
DarkTechnomancer
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Wuxia-Xianxia,
Two homeless young girls are tricked into the matriculating class of a new academy between three nations seeking to unify their differing cultivation disciplines.  After a rough start, they become the best of friends and take to cultivation like a fish to water. Their relationship is amazing and I love it.
 
Saga of the Storm Wizard
dbfassbinder
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Romance, Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary,
Post-post-apocalypse earth where the main continents have fallen to demons and magic has returned. This is basically a YA romance wrapped up in that contemporary fantasy shell.
 
When Immortal Ascension Fails, Time Travel to Try Again
DragonOfRochester
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Wuxia-Xianxia, Crafter Lead, Satire,
A well executed xianxia satire, with emphasis on isekai and harem.  Despite being satirical, it's also a decent plot in its own right.
 
Wreath of Lilies, Cauldron of Poison
DrunkMinstrel
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Secret Identity, Possession, Wuxia-Xianxia,
An ancient, poison cultivating tyrant transmigrates into the body of a young noblewoman in another world. He sets out to take revenge.  Shenanigans ensue.
 
Sage of Humanity
Duck_No_Duck
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Grimdark, Crafter Lead, Post-Apocalyptic,
During the System apocalypse, a teenage girl got caught in a dungeon bubble. Trapped there for nearly a century (eternal youth), she learned how to develop her own magical spells, which the System took and shared with the rest of humanity outside the bubble struggling to survive.  When she finally escapes, she's extremely powerful and rich, but socially awkward and way out of her depth.
 
RE: Monarch
Eligos
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Progression, Grimdark, Time Loop,
When shit hits the fan at his coronation, a prince wakes up ten years in the past.  He works towards avoiding that future, but ends up time looping a short while in case he dies.
 
Violet Reborn (Isekai)
EmmaLeia
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Secret Identity, Mystery,
A young woman with interests in archaeology and linguistics gets reincarnated as a baby to parents who are archaeological linguists! Worldbulding is a trip with some crazy color fascination, and weird social structure.  Pretty slice of life-y.
 
Elania, Arachne in a different world
Faragi
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Possession, Romance, Monster Lead,
A young woman from Earth gets isekai'd into the body of an arachne (half spider, half human) in a cave in the middle of nowhere, fantasy world.  God she hates spiders.  Slow slice of life as she comes to terms with her new body and the world.  Romance subplot with the hot elf.
 
The Knightly Elven... Spider?
Faragi
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Monster Lead,
A fairly standard, if well executed, monster evo LitRPG, wherein an elven knight is reincarnated as a spider.
 
How to Raise a Godslayer
FeralNeko
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Secret Identity, Wuxia-Xianxia,
Similar System mechanic as Solo Leveling, except it’s a rogue god that wants to raise a godslayer. Amateurish, but some folks like this niche.
 
Swarming Sovereignty
Fighterman481
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Psychological, Dungeon/Core, Monster Lead,
When a young mage is accidentally killed, her best friend (with unrequited love) puts her soul into a custom-built swarm queen and sets her into a dungeon to evolve.
 
Memoirs of Your Local Small-time Villainess
Flameruner
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Possession, Dungeon/Core,
Wakes up in the body of a villainess in an RPG. Struggles to cope with body's previous experiences and lingering personality, while not dying in a few years from the protagonist.
 
New Terra
Freya Stone
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Isekai, Mystery, Scifi,
Lost in Space, except the nanos sent ahead to terraform accidentally make a fantasy world. Also, everyone is annoying naïve.
 
Liches Get Stitches
Hesketh II
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Grimdark, Comedy, Crafter Lead, Monster Lead, Necromancer, Nation Building,
A village witch is inadvertently turned into a lich.  All she wants to do though it knit together undead abominations.  Why won't people leave her alone?
 
Dungeon Scholar
hotachan
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Mystery, Dungeon/Core, Crafter Lead,
An introverted bookworm of a mage (a scholar) comes across a dungeon anomaly.  Good girl gets stronger in her effort to solve the mystery.  Wholesome, but very good worldbuilding.
 
Blue Core
InadvisablyCompelled
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Mystery, Dungeon/Core,
Almost defies explanation.  Let’s go with a poly-romantic dungeon core beats off the bad guys and becomes the genius loci for an entire country.  It’s become very slice of life, which together with multiple POVs has slowed the ongoing story to a crawl. 
 
Divine Experiments
IronOak
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Gods,
Like Mowgli but with overpowered divine gifts, and he's about to go to civilization.
 
And a Piece of Broccoli
Irrelevant
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead,
A powerful mage princess is tasked by her king father to conquer an enemy city with a single platoon and a piece of broccoli.
 
Fire Soul
Jacob Montanez
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Isekai, Psychological,
Some sort of surreal tragedy with reincarnation/isekai themes.  I had a hard time following, but I'm fairly sure it's well written.
 
Luminous
jeidafei
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Romance, Nation Building,
Very well executed.  "Greeneye" peasant girl in a medieval society ends up impersonating a young noblewoman on her wedding day.  Sharp of mind and even sharper of tongue, our protagonist gets herself into trouble at every turn.  And yet under the cheerful and cheeky personage, we get a glimpse at a young girl hurting from a lifetime of otherness.
 
Millennial Mage
JLMullins
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Secret Identity, Mystery, Satire,
Extremely unique magic and worldbuilding, which is very fascinating.  Great characters.  Slightly satirical take on "millenials in America".
 
Seeker of the Lost
K.M. Keane
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Mystery, Grimdark,
When a promising young mage undertakes forbidden magic in an attempt to save her brother, she ends up cursed.  She sets off with her best friend to attempt to find a mysterious town shrouded in magic where she hopes to find a cure.  Along the way, weird shit happens.
 
Ronin of Dust
Kai Snider
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Wuxia-Xianxia, Demon Lead,
A retired female ronin with a demon arm takes back up her sword when an old evil returns.
 
Warrior, Wizard, Demon Queen?
Kearnaun
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Demon Lead,
Decent coming of age slice of life for a young demoness. Really slow though so I don't actually know where the story is going.
 
Sylver Seeker
KingKennit
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Possession, Necromancer,
After dying to defeat a great enemy, our necromancer protagonist wakes up possessing a young man in the far future. Which now has LitRPG screens. Shenanigans ensue.
 
Truth Seeker:  A LitRPG Timeloop
KrazeKode
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Secret Identity, Mystery, Dungeon/Core, Crafter Lead, Time Loop,
A young female enchanter (?) gets caught up in a dungeon break and somehow receives the "Mark" of time.  She is killed, only to go back in time several months.
 
The Runesmith
Kuropon
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Possession, Crafter Lead,
Earthling takes possession of a young nobleman’s body.  Has family problems, so runs off to become a runesmith.  Shenanigans ensue.
 
Re-Re:Hammer
LillyanaKabal
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression,
Purportedly based off Reborn Game System Stories (I am not familiar), the basic premise is a System where there are extremely few users and their existence is a secret.  The fantasy setting is a little weird, involving a lot of guns, but apparently its borrowed from one of the alt-Warhammers. If that sounds like your niche, it's a decent read.
 
Anima Adrift
lousy goat Olav
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression,
A soul that has been reincarnating on Earth for thousands of years suddenly reincarnates on another world with magic.  Protagonist is notably a cranky old man.  And then the new world goes to shit.
 





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Re: Recommendations by luda305

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Ongoing Stories (cont'd list)
 
Dragon's Dilemma
Luke W. Logan
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Romance, Monster Lead, Reptile Lead,
A young male dragon shunned by his own kind takes refuge in civlization disguised as a young female human. Develops a romance with female tank that joins her party. Extremely grimdark.
 
The Immortal Calamity
Marcus Breeze
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Secret Identity, Demon Lead,
A fast-paced, fairly brain dead execution of the old evil empress reincarnating as a baby trope. Except she's actually an anti-hero that's protecting everybody from something that's purely evil. It's okay.
 
Phantasm
maxlex
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Dungeon/Core,
A female Australian junior financial research analyst is isekai'd.   A very fast-paced LitRPG progression power fantasy.
 
In Loki’s Honor
MDW
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Psychological, Grimdark,
Loki decides to toy with the local gods in their standard fantasy world by inserting a soul which reincarnates with its memories and many powers intact. Of course, she’s heavily cursed, but that won’t stop her from her little crusade. Notable for relatively frequent serial reincarnation on the same world, a flexible LitRPG system which evolves over time, clever use of old skills, and addressing various psychological issues that reincarnating like this causes.
 
The Calamitous Bob
Mecanimus
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Nation Building, Gods,
A French female soldier is isekai'd into the ruins of a fantasy empire, now caught in the middle of the necromantic deadlines.  Together with her imperial war golem and baby dragon, she miraculously survives attuning to black mana as she escapes the deadlands and sets out into the world.  Good enough that I signed up for Patreon.
 
Salvos
MelasD
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Secret Identity, Demon Lead,
A demon’s journey from birth as a grub.  Strong, if childish, sense of identity.  Ends up summoned to a mortal world, and shenanigans ensue. Good enough I signed up on Patreon.
 
Pieces of Sonder
MintyMintyMilkTea
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery,
An NPC, who definitely believes the world is real, accidentally becomes a player in a VRMMORPG.  No one knows what's real anymore.
 
Fated To Fall: A Transmigrator LitRPG Tale
Mystique
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Possession,
Isekai possession into bodyof villainess from favorite game with super tragic backstory that she has to live through and not be a dick about.
 
Lament of the Slave
Nirrvash
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Psychological, Grimdark,
An isekai’d woman was enslaved and turned into an odd chimera.  Story begins just as she escapes, and her subsequent struggles both surviving and coming to grips with what happened to her.
 
World Concept: Heart [Progression Fantasy]
Niviradamus
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Progression, Secret Identity, Gods,
Concepts are given physical form, abilities and sentience.  Heart is a Concept living on an island as a hermit.  Two powerful Concepts turn that into a battleground and she barely escapes. I couldn't get into it because I found the prose far too purple, but others may enjoy it.
 
Singer Sailor Merchant Mage
Notlimah
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Satire,
I think it's satire.  14 chapters of in-womb System power-leveling. And first year of life, power-leveling.  It's a little absurd, but well executed.
 
Displacement
OrbinAir
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Possession, Romance,
A queer/lgbt bodyswap isekai between Leah the Quebecois and Leah the Adventurer.  High levels of realism, both physical and psychological.  Slow burn.
 
Frameshift
Pastafarian
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Scifi, Dungeon/Core, Romance,
Magic. Math. Not a whole lot of context.  Extremely difficult to follow along, but for those who can, it's a wild, wild ride (only interrupted by the harem element, which is a black spot on the story).
 
Blood of the Priestess
Pastel Dread
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Grimdark,
A brutal, but beautifully crafted read.  The AN's warning at the beginning should not be taken lightly.  The only problem is that it is so brutal that it's a really niche read.
 
The Fallen World: A Dungeon’s Story
Playwars
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Scifi, Dungeon/Core,
A space engineer is isekai’d into a fantasy world as a powerful mage.  Her adventures are seemingly cut short when a cult turns her into a dungeon core, but she makes the best of it with her plucky vampire dungeon guide. Space engineers make the best dungeons.  Shenanigans ensue.
 
Enduring Good : [The Rationalist's Guide to Cultivation and Cosmic Abominations from Beyond the Stars]
powered_by_coffee
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Grimdark, Possession, Wuxia-Xianxia, Comedy, Post-Apocalyptic,
The apocalypse brought qi, cultivation, and eldritch abominations feigning as gods.  A street urchin ends up with the memories of a 21st century pharmacist. This allegedly will lead to rational progression and HFY, but personally I think it's all a hot mess.
 
The Beautiful Jade
Prince Corwin
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A young female cultivator struggles to come to grips with the death and destruction in a xianxia world.
 
The 6th Hero
Random Mudkip
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Grimdark,
Very interesting premise: isekai hero summoning limited to five divine chalices, and our protagonist is first summoned with manmade chalice, with really interesting implications for her and her role in the world.  That said, it's not well executed so far.
 
Cinnamon Bun
RavensDagger
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Comedy,
The most friendly person ever gets isekai’d and overcomes all obstacles with the power of friendship.  Both a fluff piece and kind of serious writing (?).  I avoided for a long time, but it really is quite good.
 
Heart of Dorkness
RavensDagger
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Comedy, Monster Lead, Gods,
An isekai soul becomes the dorky teen "daughter" of the goddess of darkness and monsters.  Adorkable. Whole lot of fluff a la RavensDagger-style.  And a neat magic system based on emotion.
 
A Girl and Her Food
RavenTears
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Monster Lead,
A lost girl wakes up without a name but great strength, which only improves when she drinks the blood of monsters.
 
I Will Become a God
RayneStorm
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Secret Identity,
I don't usually add a story on here in such early days, but this has promise.  The basic premise is that a child slave to the gods (xianxia-style?) escapes together with an imprisoned god and…. Well, I'm not sure we're there yet.  Probably justice with a side of revenge.
 
Abyssal Road Trip
redhand
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Grimdark, Demon Lead,
Female soul reincarnates as a succubus in the infernum, which apparently is a LitRPG.  Driven to gain power to escape the pigeonhole she has been shoved into.  Great universe-building through mixed mythology.
 
Ria of Shadewood
Rydenius
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Wuxia-Xianxia, Gods,
After being told to lock herself in the basement and hide when soldiers suddenly showed up in her remote village, Ria finds herself abandoned and must learn to survive. Studying a friend's spellbook, she finds herself a prodigy at magic, and soon sets off with a friend and a dog to find out what happened.
 
Drunks & Fanatics
Sairren
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Mystery, Grimdark, Comedy, Satire,
A young, optimistic healer is unable to join the Hero's guild, but ends up joining the adventurer'ss guild, which would be fine if the two strongest members didn't decide to pick on her. It's a dark comedy, edging into either grimdark or crapsack.  The style is catchy, but some of the basic premises rub me the wrong way.
 
Black Wind, White Lotus
Sake Vision
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Progression, Grimdark, Wuxia-Xianxia,
AA+ worldbuilding of a low fantasy xianxia world.  Story has two plotlines, one following a wolfgirl setting off to find her own power and one following the suddenly thrust into leadership sect disciple.
 
ARMOR
Seersucker
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, Secret Identity, Mystery, Dungeon/Core, Monster Lead,
A sentient piece of armor (monster) joins an adventuring party. Hilarity ensues. But also very sweet as he's a monster with a heart of gold.
 
The Quest of Words
Seleroan
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Comedy, Satire,
A really weird isekai with a long of gritty realism and dark humor.
 
Beneath the Dragoneye Moons
Selkie
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation,
Extremely strong world building. Female soul reincarnated into a world very unfriendly to humans with a System. Good enough I signed up on Patreon.
 
Demesne
Shadow Crystal Mage
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Grimdark, Dungeon/Core, Crafter Lead, Nation Building,
In a post-postapocalyptic fantasy world, humans are stuck living within the demesne of dungeons, least the rest of the world quickly kill them.  The story follows the establishment of a new dungeon demesne by a group of plucky settlers. Fuck dragons are scary.
 
Warlock's Gate
ShroudWolfe
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Psychological, Grimdark, Dungeon/Core,
A well-executed take at a very crunchy LitRPG.  A coming of age story for a young female warlock caught in a near-apocalyptic world.  Very slow, and the crunchiness means that this is a niche read.
 
The Undecided Title of Sara Miller (A Hobbit Fanfiction) (Thorin/OC)
Shylowdeath
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Male Lead, Isekai, Mystery, Romance,
A fanfic where a young lady accidentally ends up in Bilbo Baggins pantry just before the dwarves show up in the Hobbit.  I've only read like 5 chapters, but it's really well done for a fanfic.
 
I'm A Boat
solopath
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Comedy,
Man reincarnates as a magical rowboat.  Very well executed.
 
Misadventures Incorporated
Spicy Space Squid
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Psychological, Dungeon/Core, Reptile Lead,
The basic premise is a desperate young noblewoman performs a ritual that causes her to teleport into a legendary dungeon but lose all of her previous System stats. It's a very slow, highly detailed, but well-written read. It's a niche read.
 
Obligate of a Self-Ordained Sorcerer
Tehelee
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Mystery,
A female programmer is isekai'd into one of the most unique fantasy worlds I've seen.  A mix of survival and self-taught magic, with heavy references to programming.  Very, very well executed; excellent vocabulary.
 
A Lord of Death
The Alloquist
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Necromancer,
Relatively humorous work where a reclusive undead scholar goes on a journey to check on how the world is doing.  Work was completed, but author deleted in order to rewrite, which is in progress.
 
Hive Minds Give Good Hugs
Thundamoo
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Isekai, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Comedy, Monster Lead, Nation Building,
A lovely, horror-tinged story with just a fair bit of fluff.  Young entomologist is isekai'd as a swarm monster on a deeply unsettling alien planet. Loads of fun.
 
Vigor Mortis
Thundamoo
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Necromancer, Gods,
A wildly original fantasy piece tinged with eldritch horror.
 
Dark Skies
Tigersight
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Secret Identity, Grimdark,
Super mysterious humaniform living magical weapon learns how to live like a normal human.  She has amazing abilities, and seeing her learn to be a child is endearing, but has severe psychological issues and lives in a crapworld.  Also, it’s a super-slow slice of life.  I mean, almost 3000 pages and maybe six months has passed in-story?
 
Trickster’s Song [A LitRPG Portal Fantasy]
TomOBedlam
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Comedy,
Bi male protagonist wakes up in another world naked surrounded by dark priests, angry kobolds, and ost gods.  Picks up a divine blessing and some crazy illusion magic. Shenanigans ensue.
 
Hunting Dawn
Trodgosh
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Secret Identity, Crafter Lead, Post-Apocalyptic,
A medical researcher from an advanced magitech civilization wakes up to find herself in the post-post-apocalypse, and spends five years barely surviving.  The story picks up right when she first meets people.
  
Forged
Turtles are different from Tortoises
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Mystery, Grimdark, Wuxia-Xianxia,
Fantasy world modeled on Edo-era Japan.  Female junior kensei sets off to find who kidnapped her brother.  Very heavy focus on the sword, which is a nice change of pace. Fairly grim.
 
The life of a teenage hellworlder
UndeadBrit
Ongoing
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Strong Lead, Male Lead, Scifi,
An HFY story in the far future where humans are terrifying omnivores on the galactic stage because the only civilizations that don't implode are peaceful herbivores. Thomas is just a teenager from New Britain who goes to an intergalactic school. Shenanigans. Pretty silly.
 
Eterna’s Source
unice5656
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead, Romance,
The female protagonist is a rare type of mage who cannot use magic, but generates a massive amount she can give to others.  Rescued from slavery, she finds a comfortable life with her rescuer and his guild. As she comes into her own, jealous powers seek her power.
 
EVERNA Maven
vadis
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Isekai, Secret Identity, Mystery, Romance,
Extreme over the top anime-like style.  Absurdly melodramatic plotline.  Style and grammar issues which are annoying.  Fourth wall issues. And yet 4 stars?
 
The Bureau of Isekai Affairs
Vebyast
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Wuxia-Xianxia, Comedy,
What does a world do to survive a continuous influx of low level isekai protagonist, each bringing along their own magic or superpowers? Bureacracy. Hilarious.
 
Power Overwhelming
Vihyungrang
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Wuxia-Xianxia,
The most overpowered soul ever reincarnates for possibly its last time. Shenanigans ensue.
 
Daughter of the Lost
Vulgarian
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead,
Very well executed.  A young woman who has just come of age in a nomadic society heads off on her walkabout
 
Melody of Mana
Wandering Agent
Ongoing
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression,
Just getting started, but promising.  Young Earth woman reincarnated as a young girl in a fantasy world with the power of bardic magic.
 
The Paths of MAgic I: The Sorcerer's Path
Xcaliburnt
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Progression, Psychological, Grimdark, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A heavily character driven story with multiple main characters separate from each other and moving along their own subplots. This is a very, very well-written high fantasy novel with a touch of grimness. It's not light-hearted. Stylistically, it reminds me of Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles or Ja Andrew's The Keeper Chronicles or Sanderson's Stormlight Archives. 
 
Los
Xel
Ongoing
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Wuxia-Xianxia,
Imagine a LitRPG system so complex that anyone isekai’d into it would probably end up dead or enslaved, even with plot armor.  Except our isekai’d protagonist has her brother’s notes and a system eager to be helpful, so she quickly becomes overpowered. Plot?
 
Shade Touched
Zat
Ongoing
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Monster Lead,
A shockingly intelligent monster is born in the wilds and discovered by a magic researcher.  The little monster quickly learns magic and language, and begins working to integrate herself into society.
 
 
 
 
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Eight
3seed
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Crafter Lead,
An old man reincarnates as an eight year old in a forest, and gets seriously into using LitRPG magic to bushcraft.  Notable for its spiritualism, particularly in the Mexican and Native American traditions.
 
Saga of the Soul Dungeon – old
AJFoxmoor
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Dungeon/Core,
A dungeon core with a dual personality—the original, animalistic dungeon and a former human—wakes up to find it’s been imprisoned by a mage.  That prison escape is the most interesting point, because the subsequent dungeon development makes slice of life seem fast.
 
The Most Overpowered Floofer
Angry Spider
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation,
Fluff piece about a golden retriever with a heart of gold being reincarnated as the most overpowered floofer on a standard fantasy world. Shenanigans and fluff ensue.
 
The Deathseeker [Revised]
B for Byrja
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation,
Our protagonist has suffered through many lives as the executioner for the gods.  Thinking he finally escaped, he wakes up in the body of a young human and sets off to figure out what’s happening.
 
The Demonologues
Bizmatech
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Possession, Crafter Lead,
A female soul takes possession of a homunculus in a magical laboratory.  Barely figuring out her own magic, she escapes only to be trapped in the necropolis remants of an ancient, high-magitech civilization.  She is rescued by an army contingent from the nearby medieval civilization, only to learn she’s now an archmage. On re-read, I can confirm this is one of my favoriate stories on RR.
 
journal teleport science something
BJKWhite
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Strong Lead, Female Lead, Psychological, Scifi,
Super weird.  Like a post-apocalyptic Dexter’s Lab on ADHD.  Actively breaks every rule of grammar.
 
Cat Girl Was Not My First Choice
BlenderNeutral
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Short Story
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Possession,
A soul wakes up in the body of a cat girl in a mad scientist’s destroyed lab in the middle of an evil forest.  Abandoned after a few chapters, but promising start.
 
Divine Creatures
BlueCoffeeJava
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Progression, Wuxia-Xianxia,
An isekai from one (western) fantasy world to another (eastern). Starting from scratch, but she was competent in her old world, which was a bit hellish, so she's pretty OP here.
 
Kingdoms Fall, Heroes Rise
Bucking Nonsense
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Grimdark, Gods,
Imagine a fantasy Roman empire just before it collapses.  Yep.
 
UnFamiliar
Bucking Nonsense
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Necromancer,
A young female mage contracts with an ancient, imprisoned lich to be her familiar.  Power up!
 
Reboot Reality
Carebear90
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation,
When the gods decide to reboot reality, our plucky protagonist is picked up by one goddess as a new favorite pawn.  Time to see what he reincarnates as and fulfill his divine quests.
 
Against the Sky
CloudNine
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Grimdark, Possession,
Female soul reincarnates as member of legendary race of warriors, and is promptly enslaved, which is the subject of V1.  V2 is about a decade later at magic academy. Abandoned just before climax of V2.
 
Fire and Blood
Cordamo
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Possession, Angel Lead,
A female human finds herself possessing the body of an angel recently summoned by a demon cult in a fantasy world. She is not happy about that.
 
Gemini Pact
CyanidePilgrim
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Wuxia-Xianxia,
In a xianxia world, a passing healer saves a newborn with two souls.  They have some crazy talent, and enter a sect.
 
Little Devil
DocteurNS
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Comedy,
The daughter of a devil and an angel (who is super powerful) gets sent to the mortal realms.  Ends up befriending a very nice, but naïve, priestess, who freaks out that she is consorting with a devil, despite the assurances of her goddess that it’s okay.
 
ShipCore
Erios909
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Secret Identity, Mystery, Scifi, Dungeon/Core, Crafter Lead, Space Opera,
Waking up alone in a floating wreck, Alex is forced to rely on an artificial voice in her head while she scrambles to put the pieces together (both the ship and the mystery).
 
Dungeon 42- Old
esjackson
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Grimdark, Dungeon/Core,
A good, reincarnated, female dungeon master (think like a black wisp thing) makes friends and kills enemies.  Abandoned for rewrite.
 
The Last Horcrux
Htetsoe32
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Possession, Necromancer,
The greatest lich king of the past takes possession of a young woman centuries after a close brush with death. She’s got some grudges. Shenangians. Abandoned at end of Arc 2.
 
Dante’s Immortality
Idlefiber
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Grimdark,
A mysterious teen orphan receives super-rare classes, etc. on awakening day. Ends up heading to magic academy, and then when it literally blows up, off to assassin training. Abandoned somewhere around what I’d call volume 2.
 
Empire of Salt
Irrelevant
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Strong Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Wuxia-Xianxia, Crafter Lead,
Reincarnated female soul in a wuxia world establishes herself as a force to be reckoned in her town.
 
Foreststorm
Irrelevant
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Reptile Lead,
A kobold remembers more than she should and becomes a powerful mage.
 
A Price In Memory
J Reyten
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Male Lead, Grimdark, Possession,
Relatively dark work where a soul reincarnates into the body of an impoverished teenager.  Goes on hiatus mid-story.
 
Yashima Chronicles
jacobk
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Secret Identity, Wuxia-Xianxia, Comedy,
A soul reincarnates in feudal Japan, but with magic.  Receiving a lite LitRPG like blessing, she trains very hard as a child to become a great swordsman and inadvertently becomes even more powerful than her idol.  She remains blissfully unaware as she begins serving her local feudal lord, applying both her strength and modern mindset to problems.
 
Transposed
Markious
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, Isekai, Progression, Secret Identity, Possession, Romance,
An older man gets a chance to possess his younger body on an alternate Earth with magic and where the Vikings settled North America.  Worldbuilding is a little wonky, but the protagonist as an old soul is a bit amusing.  The stories leans into the male wish fulfillment a bit much when the protagonist has an arranged marriage with a catgirl.
 
Blades of Honor
Mia Simone
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai,
Amateurish, but not terrible.  Does take until chapter 7 for the actual isekai to occur, which is a bit odd.
 
A Major in Necromancy
Naril
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Necromancer,
The sole survivor of an accidentally isekai'd college gym forms a pact with a Demon Lord to survive by learning necromancy.
 
Undead
NineKeys
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Grimdark, Monster Lead, Necromancer, Gods,
A really gruesome undead-lead progression LitRPG fantasy. But, very well executed. Also, grimdark for the humans.
 
Marbelous
Pepperflake
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Progression, Psychological, Grimdark,
A plucky, young female mage accidentally gets trapped in a space-time bubble. Losing an arm, and faced with a hostile environment and creatures, she struggles and grows quickly to survive.  Meanwhile, her father is on the way to get her out.
 
Divine Bladesmith
RivertheRoyal
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Crafter Lead,
A reincarnated soul in the body of a female teen half-elf/half-demon is a superpowered blacksmith, mage, and swordswoman. After her blacksmith secret identity is outed, she returns to the elven country, and, to be super-generic, powerlevels and gets tossed halfway across the world.  Some of it is really rough, but the concepts are catchy.
 
Scales of Trust
Roberthbutlerwriter
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead, Isekai, Reptile Lead,
A relatively young dragon escapes a coup with an important relic, and finds himself isekai’d near a stone age human tribe.  Finding a common interest with a young female warrior, he begins a project to uplift them to civilization.  Also, how often do we have a fantasy, magic novel based in a prehistoric hunter-gatherer society?  The only other example I can think of is the rabbit arc in In Loki’s Honor.
 
Runtime Error
SexRobomb
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Possession,
Our protagonist wakes up in the body of a magical gynoid and takes to magic like a fish to water.
 
Nobody's Way
shibuyaloren
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Psychological, Mystery, Gods,
A young girl in a literal theocracy has an unusual coming of age rite.  She sets off in search of answers from her goddess.  Really wonderful characters and a great exploration of free will and equitable treatment.
 
The Age of Man
Shykarn
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation,
After winning a war against the gods, our hero is reincarnated as a village boy far away and seeks to live a peaceful life. Shenanigans. Barely out of the first arc before abandoned.
 
The Whisper of the Nightingale
SnowyFeffe
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A legendary assassin reincarnates as a young noble, and is a cultivation genius.  When her family is betrayed, she sets off on a long journey for revenge.  Best place to drop story is once revenge is achieved; abandoned in middle of next arc.
 
Misadventures of a Rampaging Demon
Spectacular
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Demon Lead,
A magical laboratory creates an impossible demon chimera.  She escapes and shenanigans ensue.
 
Dream of the Abyss
StartingLine
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Grimdark, Nation Building, Gods,
Basically three separate stories.  In the first, a human soul accidentally escapes the river of souls and begins the progression power trip to becoming something greater (by killing things).  Goes a bit mad.  The second and third stories are cosmic horror involving two separate communities which come into contact with the protagonist from the first story.
 
Getting big in the Big Blue
The One
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Progression, Reptile Lead,
Reincarnated female soul into sea snake goes on murderhobo power trip.
 
Isekai Mother
TheEpicLotfi
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Psychological,
A new mother is isekai’d together with her newborn to a harsh fantasy world where the magic literally will cause insanity.  If that’s not enough of a breath of fresh air, she’s also an African Muslim.  Plus the author has quite the deft hand that is oh-so-rare on Royal Road.
 
Mind Reading Isn't Cheating
Thundamoo
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, Mystery, Gender Bender,
The sole survivor of a massacre grows up into a powerful warriors (thanks mindreading!) and sets off to travel, including learning about why the massacre occurred.
 
Barkept
TurkeyBlock
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Female Lead, Mystery,
Female lead finds herself magically bound to a magic bar, unable to die. Shenanigans ensue.  Stub story, but promising.
 
The Many Lives of Cadence Lee
Vladerag
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation,
A young woman finds herself serially reincarnating, earning karma points for lives she can spend on perks.
 
A Demon’s Tail
Andur
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation, Crafter Lead, Demon Lead,
Andur’s latest entry, telling the story—alluded to in his other works—of that time that his deuteragonists were demons.
 
Rising Star
CyanidePilgrim
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Isekai, Progression, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A young Earth girl discovers her magic and finds out that her mother is an exiled mage from another world.  The two return so that the girl can go to magic school.  If only it hadn't turned out that the girl has been gifted with one of the greatest powers ever.
 
Ursus the Unbearable
denheim
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Male Lead, LitRPG, Progression, Secret Identity, Mystery, Comedy, Monster Lead,
A bear goes on a murderhobo fantasy trip.  Then his "family" shows up; whoops!
 
The Way of Wrought Earth, or: My Tale of Rebirth as a Mostly Inanimate Rock
John Fong
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novel
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Psychological, Secret Identity, Mystery, Wuxia-Xianxia, Satire,
A satire of reincarnation xianxia.  But written entirely self-seriously and with purpose.  Wonderful read.
 
Magic-Smithing
Kosnik4
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Reincarnation, Crafter Lead,
The leading crafting story on Royal Road. Our protagonist is reincarnated as a baby in a LitRPG fantasy world.  And while she’ll fight if she has to, she’s much more interested in crafting and fussing with the system.
 
Agnes' Journey to Become an Archimage
KuriousKitty
Rating: 5.0/5.0
Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Female Lead, Reincarnation, Progression, Grimdark, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A xianxia inspired world.  Reincarnated as the unwanted bastard daughter of a noble, Agnes sets off for her own power as a mage. A bit dark.  Writing is a little amateurish, but good sense of plot.
 
Tian (A LitRPG Cultivation Isekai)
MelasD
Rating: 4.0/5.0
Approx. Length: Novella
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Female Lead, LitRPG, Isekai, Psychological, Mystery, Wuxia-Xianxia,
A cultivator's quest for immortal ascension is thwarted and she finds herself through sideways through dimensions to another world with a LitRPG System and laser guns.
 
Forgotten Conqueror
Za1d3
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Approx. Length: Series-Length
Tags: Fantasy, Strong Lead, Mage Lead, Male Lead, Reincarnation,
An ancient conqueror reincarnates in a working class male baby, and decides to live the good life.  Of course, evil is afoot, but the most powerful mage in history won’t let that shit slide.  Stopped posting on RR; available at https://www.forgottenconqueror.com/.  On re-read, I bumped it up to 4.5 stars and gave it a review, despite some misgivings.