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Drip-Fed

Sliming up the food chain

The story follows the adventures of a unique slime as he learns what it is to be alive. It's a fun read with relatively frequent updates. The cast of crew is memorable but small at the moment. The perspective of the slime is refreshing and captivating. It shows all of the curiosity, bravery, and ignorance of a newborn slime, and the author does a good job conveying this.

The writing style is solid and easy to read with solid descriptions. The worldbuilding is fairly shallow at the moment, but is not the focus of the story yet, and leaves room for expansion in future chapters. The story so far is focused mostly on growth and survival so far, but not in the grindy style of typical litrpgs. There is also a secondary focus on relationships and smut that builds on the relationships.


Chrysalis

Entertaining, but needs better formatting

An entertaining novel similar to the others in the genre. Fairly unique in that the MC embraces his inner ant, and there are hints of worldbuilding and lore through interpersed interludes. The writing is casual, and has decent humor mixed in. Anyone who enjoys light litrpg elements and a reincarnation into monter story will enjoy this one.

A glaring issue is the formatting, where it clearly shows that the author copied and pasted from the site he originally published on, without fixing any formatting issues (like font size and paragraph spacing) that arose from that. There are also a fair number of typos.


Mother of Learning

Incredible Fantasy Groundhog Day

I've been following this for years, and it never gets old. It has great worldbuilding, magic mechanics, plot, grinding, munchkinery, character development, and even interesting side characters. The writing is great as well, with scenes that really leave you empathizing with the characters.

Without any spoilers, this is basically the fantasy version of groundhog day, with magic and mystery. Even with the time loops, the protagonist's power levels are always internally consistent with the story and reasonable, and as of yet, I haven't seen any real plot holes or inconsistencies.

TLDR: 10/10 read it.


Small Worlds

I was just going to read the first chapter to decide if I should bookmark it for later when it got longer, but both the writing and premise quickly drew me in until I read the whole thing.

The story draws on many interesting ideas, an original power/lore system, and themes of mythology, godhood, and destruction and rebirth. The characters introduced don't fall flat, and hopefully it'll stay that way. Some things are unclear, but that will likely be addressed in the chapters to come. 

I did check out the author's site, smallworlds.blog, where this book is completed and the sequel is ongoing, but will likely wait for releases on royalroadl since I prefer the site's formatting/layout.


The Divine Apocalypse

I'm glad to find a new A-LitRPG story, and it's looking to be a good one. The overall premise isn't very original, but that doesn't make it any less good.  Hoping to see some great action scenes soon and that you keep the chapters coming.


Domain of Man

This is a great survival piece with elements of horror and magic mixed in, and every action is do or die.

There are hints of a greater overarching plot, leaving readers wanting more. The writing style is a bit stiff and not the easiest to follow, but is compensated by the fact that the story is interesting.


Haven in a Dangerous World (Old)

Spoiler Free Review:

This story combines aspects of other popular works on RRL like 'Legend of Randidly Ghosthound' and 'The New World' to create a great addition to the LitRPG dungeon core genre. It has a more realistic and unique start that is able to quickly draw readers in. The world building is well done and hints at a greater plot, the leveling is unique, and the flavor text is interesting. The quotes at the beginning of every chapter are probably one of my favorite things.

The writing itself is well done, with little to no gramatical issues. The author is able to create distinct characters who all act and speak differently. The protagonist also acts as one would expect of someone who doesn't play video games/know min-maxing rpgs.

The only issue I have at the moment (as of ch. 2.2) is that the protagonist's personality doesn't seem to grow much, and that her personality seems to be alot weaker than it should be (as seen in ch 1).

 


The Dao of Magic

Spoiler-Free Review (as of ch. 29)

The greatest strength of this novel is in the way the author is able to quickly combine storytelling with worldbuilding and provide an enjoyable info-dump free read (or at least 'info-dumps' don't feel like one). It helps that while the world and mechanics are solidly laid out, the protagonist learns about both alongside the reader using a systematic sceintific (somewhat) approach. No real issues with the grammar.

Some issues:

Some of the (probably important) side characters lack development, and the POV changes aren't very smooth. Also, while the characters themselves have distinct enough characteristics, the snippets in some POV's don't seem to reflect them very well.

 


Red Souls

Spoiler Free Review (as of ch.18)

The current story is solid, with an incredibly immersive first chapter that drags you right into the world. The lore and history of the world is not entirely original, but does well in combining mythological hostory with the superhero genre. There are no noticable issues with the grammer, and writing style is engaging and able to draw the reader in.

Some issues:

Overall, tt is only above average relative to the stories found on RRL, but lacking in comparison to the top rated stories. This is due to its weaker worldbuilding and characters.

On Worldbuilding: This is a superhero genre where it is stated that people have had powers since the dawn of time. Yet there is little to no impact to either history or modern daily life. Furthermore, it seems that there is still very little known about them despite the length of thier existance. There is little to no explanation on the mechanics of superpowers themselves or how they manifest. This may be unknown to the populace, or even a plot point that will be addressed later on, but nothing really even touches upon this. There is also a distinct lack of description of what types of superpowers exist, despite mentioning groups and having several (famous) heroes appear. All of this and more can be improved upon. Examples of superhero novels that (in my opinion) do a great job on worldbuilding include 'Worm', 'Brennus' (on taishaunn's wordpress), 'Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain', and on RRL, 'The Vespidian'.

On characters:

The characters feel real and have fairly clear motivations, but don't really develop. Instead, it feels like the plot rushes along and pulls the characters along with them. They also act rather irrationally at times.

Actual Spoiler Example: Spoiler (don't click if you don't want a spoiler)

 Overall rating is a 4 because despite the flaws, I am still interested in the story and where it is going, and moderately invested in the protagonist.

Feel free to PM if you have questions.


Monsters Dwell in Men

Incredibly Unique Writing Style

Spoiler-Free Review:

The writing is unique and incredibly descriptive, with the author showing a good mastery of vocabulary.  The snippets of poetry and flowery language are great in setting the mood and tone of the story. The characters are memorable and develop, showing surprising depth and growth.

Overall rated 5 stars because I really enjoyed the poetic language.

Some Issues:

While the poetic language is amazing, it is overly done. The story would definitely improve if the author is able to better integrate the style shown in the story with more variability and create a better contrast to provide a greater impact to the readers during those horrific moments. I feel that while this may not have been an issue for readers who were reading this as it was updating weekly, it is one now that the story is finished and readers will generally read large chunks in one sitting. There are also some minor grammar/word choice issues.

The story itself also feels somewhat stiff and forced, with certain events happening due to author fiat that the story has to be a tragedy.