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Reach: The Spiral (Book One)

I'm confused. Mostly by how this book isn't soaring up through the ranks and getting thousands of reads every day. I want this to be a whole long series, plus a movie and a TV show.

First off, great style and grammar. Reads profressionally and easily, and there's even some nice formatting at the beginning of each chapter. We get illustrations. Illustrations! If this hasn't already been edited it feels like it has been, and by a competent editor at that. Should the author post to Amazon I don't really know what he could fix, beside adding more to the store.

A few people have mentioned that this feels like older scifi, and I agree. It definitely brings the feeling of going to a library or a bookstore and picking up a book randomly and falling into a world and finding a gem.

(And it may just be my own nostalgia, but for some reason I'm thinking of the Animorphs Books as I read this. Not really related beside Scifi, but good characterization and deep plot remind me of it. Also getting Avatar vibes, but that may be more because elemental manipulation.)

I really love Alex. She's quickly becoming my favorite character in a sea of a lot of great characters. Her voice is distinct and so is Phoenix's for that matter. We get inside the heads of two great characters and they feel like separate people.


Rise of the Firstborn

Wonderful historical fantasy (again!)

Mostly copying over my review from the first version of the book (The Cursed Witch), which I still think is great. But this is the *rewrite* and so it is EVEN BETTER.

The presentation is amazing from the start. Lovely cover, chapter headers that are beautiful, the date nicely added in to let us know the time period and what to expect. Even the page-breaks are lovely. And maps, always love maps.

And the story is just as lovely. A lot of desciption that might feel a bit much, but it also shows the world and characters clearly, and it doesn't put me off like sometimes over-use like that might.  I love the characters. I even love the names of the characters. This story was crafted with love and care with every sentence and name and it shows.

You can see the changes between the versions of the books, how the author (already amazing) honed her craft further and the writing improves. I would have expected this rewrite to be the Kindle version compared to the RR version, but no, we're getting both on RR because it's just our lucky day.

Good grammar and flow, no problems there.

If you like classic fantasy then you'll love this. Give it a read!


Where It All Began

Eva wants to sleep in and then eat some ice cream on day off. Take a nap in the afternoon. Maybe be productive and do some chores!

And then the blue box appears.

In a terrible and hilarious twist, her asking 'what the hell' puts her in the Hell difficulty of this now gamified world and goblins appear.

She dies.

She dies again.

This is not a good start to her day off.

So this story is a LitRPG with some cultivation. Eva find herself having to survive Hell difficulty, though at least dying seems to let her try again, even if it hurts. I like her as a character. She's the every-woman, the couch-potato who is now forced to do way more work that she ever had before if only to survive.

The style is fairly simple and straight-forward. We have a lot of blue boxes. The grammar is nice too, I didn't see any errors. The author mentions that the early chapters were editted, so perhaps that explains some of the older ratings, but really, I think it's good and a fun read.

If you like litRPGs and heroes who need to learn shit and then begin to get better then pick this up.


Red Mist

This is a sweet story that will remind you of Redwall and all of those old movies from when we were kids with animals as protagonists (NIHM, or Once Upon a Forest). It's comforting and nice to read. But it doesn't shy away from reality and I'm sure the more we read the more we're going to get to know about the world. This isn't just surface-level 'animals because cute' but 'animals and it is important to the story' and that makes it all the better.

(I mean, just in the first few chapters we're discussing the differences between an arranged marriage and a love-match.)

I really like Freya. She's young and a bit naïve at first, but this very much feels like a growing-up and maturing story. She's a great protagonist and it's helpful to see the world through her eyes.

The prose is lovely. I didn't see any grammar errors- maybe a misplaced period instead of a comma, but nothing that you'd notice unless you were paying attention. And in being swept up in the story you won't see the small errors.

Recommend to give it a chance even if anthro-fiction isn't your thing. It works and this deserves to become popular here on RR.


Baron Britpop Blastfurnace

It took me about 3 sentences to begin to read this story in the most over-the-top posh British accent I could manage, and it fits right in. Please consider hiring a Brit for the audiobook. Or better yet, an American trying to do the most British over the top accent they can.

The story is in first person, with a very poetic and 'spoken' tone- as if you're hearing an old adventurer recount his glory days at a pub when he's half-drunk. I tend to not like first person stories, except in cases like this, in which case third person would be utterfly horrible and ruin the whole flow.

I love the characters. Our main character is lovely. He's going to France on an adventure, and it's just the most 'we need to go backpack in Europe' thing, only set in the far past. Which just goes to show you that people never change. Every character sounds like their own person, and it's all coherent.

The story is funny. Very British funny, so if you're one to like that sort of hilarity, then please give it a go. It's an adventure as well, but brings to mind something like Tom Sawyer going on an adventure. It's not very 'serious' but it's still entertaining and you want to know what happens next and where the baron and Andelbert will end up.


The Glint Spear

This is an amazing story. You could call it tower-climbing if we're putting it into a well-liked genre, but overall this just feels like very classic fantasy to me. It wouldn't be out of place in a bookstore amid the 80s fantasy paperbacks.

(Also we have guns. Not often in fantasy to we get guns for some reason, but they're in this story and it's awesome.)

We follow our two protagonists, Alphonse and Maki, while they try and ascend a tower that will try and kill them. That's the TL;DR- if that sounds even remotely like something you would like, then don't tell me it's too long, but go read it!

For a bit more detail- they're protagonists and perhaps on their way to being heroes, but they're the scrappy anti-hero kinda-bad-guys that you root for anyway. And they were tricked into the climb, so you feel a little bad for them and hope they survive.

The story as a whole-- I am having trouble finding flaws. The style is great, the writing is well done and edited, with no grammar flaws or issues that I can spot. Ratmin is a great writer. I love our characters and how they interact with each other, how they think, and I want to see them succeed. Dialogue is realistic and again, grammar is perfect and nothing is taking me out of the story.


Lost Realm: The Chosen

I usually don't like prologues, but the story here begins with one that just pulls you into the story and makes you want to know what's going on, what this world is, and how everything is going to turn out.

And the first chapter does the same. It's almost a second prologue, with our MC Kirra being only five during it. A ceremony goes awry and she is not given a path like everyone else. It leaves her as nothing.

Already you feel for the poor girl who only lives with her sick father. And then it get worse...

Style: Third person, limited mostly to Kirra, though the first chapter is the point of view of her parents, and then the second chapter is more overall. It's nicely written. The author knows the genre and how to write it well.

Story: I really love this story. We all love a good zero-to-hero tale, and Kirra's life starts out pretty bad unfortunatly. But thankfully it will get better.. eventually. She is chosen by a goddess, which seems to both be a blessing and a curse, but far better than her current life.

Character: Kirra is a wonderful girl. I empathize with her and her father, and how they live their lives. The village has several characters, giving a past and history to the world. And I love gods and how they speak and act.

Grammar: No issues, good grammar here.

Overall: Wonderful story. If you like Xianxia and wonderful main characters and deep worlds and people becoming more with time and strength and trying their best, then give this a read.


Tales of an Unlikely Wizard (Isekai LitRPG)🌟

Overall - It begins a little slowly, but it picks up speed, and it isn't like the journey there isn't fun either. We aren't given all of the info at once and can be a little lost at first. But well, so is our main character, so it fits. We do learn that  we're in a fantasy world with a system at chapter 4, for those of you who would like to know.

Style - it's very stream of consciousness. We have the characters thoughts, and while it is written in third person, it's almost like first person. We sit firmly in Euca's head, and the most common word we see is 'he' in reference to himself.

Grammar - there's not of out and out *bad* grammar, but it's a simplistic type that goes along with the the style. A little bit of adding astrix to denote certain things, one-word sentences and paragraphs that are just thoughts. I don't think this is bad, but you have to be in the right mindset to read it.

Story / Character - I like the story, I like Euca. We are really deep in his thoughts, and I empathize with him. And also want to have tea with him. I like that the author mentions early on that he wants to expand this world and I can't wait to see what is done with it.


Stormstruck

This is a great story that has a feel to it that is not often found on Royal Road. It's an urban fantasy with a female lead, but it's a nice dark story too. We start out from the very first sentence realizing we're not in our world- mentions of a sigil, and then a pigeon-rat, which brings to mind grusome images. But there's a bit of grounding too. Cigarettes, and mentions of a shower.

(And here I just want to add that I love the cover. I know covers don't count for much sometimes on Royal Road, but this one should, because it's great)

I also get a neo-noir feel, which may be because of that awesome cover, but also how it's written. It's first person, which I have to say I usually do not like, but I like our main character. Ash is in some ways fresh-faced and new to the world, just finished up with college, and trying to get into the adult world.

And into the adult world she goes, meeting with E.J. a creature that is more than human.

This is also a lesbian/sapphic romance, which you also don't find much of here on RR.

Grammar is good, I see no issues there.

If you want a story that's different than what you find here a lot, I would recommend it.


Drinker of the Yew: A Necromancer's Tale

This is a very new story to Royal Road, but it's amazing, and I cannot wait to see it grow. The style is immaculate, and reminds me of Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice in how it's written. It's first person, but written by the older protagonist in a type of memoir. I cannot stress how well written this is.

The worldbuilding is subtle, but touches every part of the story. From unknown words to mentions of paladins and magick, each sentence advances not only the plot, but gives us more insight into the world.

I really love the protagonist. We hear about his growing up and learning magic from the time he's a young adult. He tells us this, again, from the point of view of himself later in his 40s, so not only do we have what happened, but reflection about it now as he is a man.

Grammar is perfect, I see no issues there. The style is great, and a little dense, but in a wonderful fantasy way.

We only have a few chapters out now, and this literally was just posted yesterday, but start reading it.

This story is going to be huge on Royal Road, and I highly advise the author to also think about publishing it as well.