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Steamforged Sorcery [A Steampunk LitRPG]

A rational System Litrpg in a steampunk world!

From the mind of a prolific writer of Morcster Chief and My Best Friend is an Eldritch Horror come another tale of interest: Steamforged Sorcery [A Steampunk LitRPG]!

In this novel, Actus combines the progression of a Litrpg with the fun of steampunk - magic!

Setting:
“The world already ended. I’m just trying to help rebuild it.”

The landscape of Steamforged is a vast desert, filled with magical catacombs, monsters that eat anyone who dares cross it, buried ancient knowledge of powerful magic and possibly even gods forged from metal and flesh. Airships travel from one city to another.

This book takes the themes of steampunk and litrpg and smoshes them together into a most delectable sandwich of love.

Grammar: 
Absolutey top notch, no complaints here.

Characters:
Our core protagonist Angel is a daring “Seeker” who has a shiny metal arm and is into exploring dungeons and looting them for artifacts. He is hired on an escort mission by the Magistrate to take her daughter across the deadly desert.
The second protagonist is Venessa, the daughter of the magistrate. She is trying to escape from a marriage and is heading to study magic. The third mc is “Hunter” Cowl, who never reveals his face. Together the trio undertakes a dangerous trip across the desert, fighting pirates, monsters and discovering things.

Angel’s catch is that he spends most of his time taking apart ancient things to learn their magic, unlike other Seekers who simply sell them off to get rich. Through this he is extremely skillful at designing his own magical items and also modifying existing ones for his companions:

“Spending all your time dismantling artifacts gives a slight advantage when examining other magical items.”

Even the litrpg system itself is explained really well in this book: Angel has a unique artifact that tells him his opponents’ and his own stats.

Conclusion:
The world of Steamforged is full of mystery and wonder and Actus handles the merger of steampunk and litrpg fantasy amazingly. Definitely check it out!


Speedrunning the Multiverse

Greetings my dear review observer! Today we're observing quite an interesting book with a unique concept - Speedrunning the Multiverse.

It's not a loop as one might expect from the title, it's actually a tale of a godking trying to win at life by cultivating power from zero to its most optimal potential end - defeating the local evil demon king. The protagonist of this novel does it again and again for the fun of it, trying to improve the speed of victory each time and each time enjoying a new life in a new body on a new planet. It's really quite fun.

Character:
The meat of this book is its primary protagonist, who is an expert cultivator now shoved into the body of a small, talentless boy Io. The fact that this is an adult mind in a child's body is what makes it so fun, it tingles all of the right feelings of base desire such as: "I wish I could have been smarter when I was younger and not make ________ mistake."

Queazy readers beware: this is a grimdark world and there's a certain brutality to the actions of the mc here. It kind of reads like the start of Ender's game, where the end justifies the means and the hero ends those that wish him harm.

Style:
The descriptions of monsters, environments and enemies here is simply superb. Absolute quality, zero complaints. Reads like a charm.

Spelling:
No mistakes found. Great job, adastra339!

Conclusion:

I'm 100% sharing this with my own bigly reader fanbase because this is an excellent novel that needs more love.

Starting writers, take note from the success of this book - this is how to win at Royal Road. Have a clever mc doing clever things in a deep, well described world! This is the winning formula, this is what it takes to hit 4.5k readers in a month.


The 3rd Law of Cultivation: Qi = MC^2

Settle down, my dear reader and open up all of your senses because I'm about to dispense to you an advanced review cultivation technique!

Here before us, we have an ancient, twelve day old book. On its twelth day, it has managed to achieve three hundred readers with ZERO outside promotion by the author. This shows us that this writing technique is nothing but pure, absolute power that will break the firmament of the heavens and reach the immortals sitting at the top of this site in their seats of divine power.

But let us not get buried in techniques and numbers. From the very first chapter I realised that this will be a grand sucess - the cultivation world is fun to explore and even more fun to cut apart to see what makes it tick and squirm.

Werds_Are_Tough has chosen an excellent first person style for this narrative and it works quite well - as an avid reader I felt quite well connected with the MC. The mc isn't super defined in terms of backstory, so anyone clever enough can place themselves in their shoes. It's a modern man's cultivation - in which you, as a reader are placed into the shoes of the main character who rejects the common tropes of the cultivation [punching people and beasts in the face repeatedly for greater power] and takes on the exploratory / investigative role, trying to learn as much as possible, making friends and aquiring an adorable helper mouse in the process.

Grammar is very tight, only a couple of minor spelling errors.

All of the character interactions presented thus far are very compelling starting from the first conversation of the mc with the old alchemist. The characters don't feel like cardboard cutouts and live in a complex, interesting world.

Overall: There is a ton of potential here, keep it up!


Reroll

Brilliant and beautiful story with a hollow ending

The story was absolutely excellent and very captivative filled with creative powers, original characters, deep world, fun events, nice comedy from the witty mc... but the ending straight up hurts my soul.

Style of the story was excellent and fun, spelling was great, only a couple of mistakes spotted.

Not sure if Elbowsnapper wrote himself into a corner or rushed the story ending or just planned this strange ending, but there's something extra unsatisfying about how this book ended.

Spoilers:

The main character Lauren doesn't beat the bad guy by combining the powers of his many girlfriends. He doesn't beat the main guy by a clever trick or intelligence or rationality - he wins by giving up and then his power eats the villain on its own.

This is very weird and unexpected. There's no twist to this, no fun. The ending just jumps from "I give up" -> victory.

This isn't how anything works. This isn't how real world works. You don't win by giving up! You don't build a house by putting down the hammer.

The bad guys turns into a this desperate, pleading girl. I thought it was supposed to be an evil alien. Why is it so acting so very human all of a sudden at the end?

Note to Elbowsnapper:

This book was incredible. Please just fix the odd ending and it will be good to publish on amazon, etc.

Best option for saving this story is rewriting it and resubmitting it again on RR or just rewriting the last chapter. If you have the time, I suggest even expanding it into ten new chapters of a new arc of a time-jump.

Lauren should use the combined powers of all the girls he befriended to defeat the villain - otherwise why did he spend all that time and effort being their friend and trying to save them all?


Kitty Cat Kill Sat

A new tale of interest from Argus, the author of a delightful and wild “Daily Grind” novel!

In this story, our protagonist is an adorable, intelligent, well-aged kitty cat that's taken control of an orbital weaponized station!

The kitty named Lily ad-Alice has ascended and gained high intelligence thanks to the station's tech. The kitty defends humanity by vaporising anyone who forms an army down on the planet's surface, protects towns from a fiendish cloud that mentally controls people [by zapping it with a lazer], performs an excellent job of cleaning up extradimensional monsters caused by humanity's wars and bosses the stations dumb AI systems with meows translated into extremely basic English.

Style:

First person from the point of view of Lily ad-Alice. The novel is sprinkled with various bits of excellent comedy.

Here are some of my favourite bits:

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 *Fortunately*, I have a railgun, and the high ground.

In *general*, I would highly recommend being a cat.

I am a chaotic formation of problem solving power, wrapped up in an anxiety-ridden and possibly haunted body, suffering from an incomplete and possibly decaying uplift, using tools of unimaginable power to solve problems they weren’t built for.

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Grammar and spelling is superb.

The main character is very compelling, engaging and darling! Would pet. The fact that our cat-shaped protagonist is possibly haunted by a ghost from their past is interesting and relevant to cats who seem to sometime observe nothing visible.

Overall:

This book wasn't something I expected to encounter, yet something about it is absurdly, delightfully familiar like an old forgotten memory of roasting marshmallows by the fire with your friends. 

Like the author's other book, this one flows with original ideas, brilliant creativity and fun depth and I can't wait to read more of it! If you're scouting reviews for a new, wholesome, adorable series - you should definitely check this one out!


This Used to be About Dungeons

A new tale from the master of rational dnd, Alexander Wales - This Used to be About Dungeons is an adventure of Alfric who gathers a group of local girls [healer, ranger, bard, sorcerer] to challenge a local dungeon and to possibly take on more dungeons nearby.

Alfric reassures his group that the dungeon is as dangerous as fighting 3 racoons which isn't the case as the main monster they face is quite dangerous, but he seems to be quite well prepared and has chosen his companions with wisdom and nice research, even if it only took him a couple of days of gathering intel about them.

So far the story is very wholesome and light, a fun reading for all ages. Alfric hides some of his backstory when trying to gather his party, it's a fun mystery to find out where he really came from and why he's in such a rush.
Grammar and spelling is absolutely superb, characters are unique and quirky and the style of writing is fun to absorb.

Some of the fundamental titles such as Entads are possibly references to worth the candle.

Overall: great reading so far, will update review when there are more chapters!


Katalepsis

I discovered this tale of interest through the RR search, going by most page numbers as I enjoy reading books into which the author has poured their soul for many years and unlike many other long books on this list, this one is a true masterpiece, a gemstone unlike any other with a unique world and believable, flawed characters who evolve and improve and grow throughout this series.

For the grammar - superb, no mistakes at all anywhere.

For the style - holy hell, the way the narrator describes infinite spaces or visuals of the monstrosities inhabiting the Outside planes beyond human existence is pure gold, absolutely incredible and fun to digest, observe, imagine and enjoy.

For the characters - each character is compelling in their own way, featuring depths of the past, massive flaws and etc. Their interactions produce juicy drama which is fun to enjoy and doesn't weigh down on the narrative adding to it.

For the plot - The plot flows incredibly well from one event to the other, everything is interconnected, everything matters. Even the side plot such as the fantastic mr fox are absolutely intriguing and fun.

Overall - if you like infinite monstrosities, fractals and original stories this gem is for you! Personally, I coudn't put it down for days on end.


Hive Minds Give Good Hugs

Help I've been Isekaid into a xenomorph!

To the front page with you! We'll take trending tomorrow with our combined powers!

We'll see who wins this review battle! [ Squints in the direction of Selkie].

As with Thundamoo's previous book, this one is written in a similar style of interest - first person observation and present tense, allowing the readers to dive into the mind of the main character and hero. Hive Minds Give Good Hugs starts with the main character Evelyn petting her spider pet and heading to sleep, only to wake up to a mysterious voice asking her questions and then to wake up yet again as a hive queen.

It's a good idea to start a book with a character who was just born - budding authors take notes, this is how it's done.

As with Vigor Mortis, the thematic catch is: an adorable cute girl who loves bugs mixed with horror sprinkled with a whimsical adventure.

Grammar and spelling are quite nice, no issues there.

Also, you can find more chapters on Thundamoo's patreon. Support our budding RR indie author and throw money at her now so that she can live long and prosper and give her more reviews!

Overall: Many hugs for Thundamoo for starting yet another masterpiece!


Beneath the Dragoneye Moons

My dear review observers, let me welcome you to the world of Pallos - a land of adventures, litrpg magic menus, adventurers, giant ants and dinosaurs!

All sorts of excitement await you within these pages, the book starting like a winding river from the very beginning of the main character's birth. Together, we get to grow up with Elane and learn about the world in all of its splendor and horror in brief revelations which increase in numbers as she grows up.

The best thing about this book is that Selkie is a persistent writer, one can be assured that he won't give up on this series and it won't fall wayside to the dreaded hiatus and it doesn't get dull at all even as the main character levels up and gets stronger - there are always challenges to overcome, enemies to face and adventures that await her. In fact, none of the book got boring at any point.

The issue of sexism brought up by some reviewers in my opinion is absolutely absurd nitpicking - sexism is just one of the many multitudes of aspects of this world which the hero must overcome growing up as a small girl and a healer to boot. Sometimes there are far too many reasons lost in time why a society is historically one way and not the other and it would take a whole other book to dissect them all, which is really unnecessary. For example - why was Russia specifically communist from 1917-1991 and not capitalist or imperialist? Short answer - bolsheviks mudered everyone who opposed them and won, setting up society like they wanted it to be set up [a VERY specific society which lasted for nearly a century] and the long answer barely fits in a thousand books.

Historic context and references matter and in Dragon Eye moons the society is clearly referenced to the Roman Empire and many of its quirks such as Praetorian Guard, Senators, Generals wanting to be Emperors, women not being able to vote, etc. Historic context is what sets up the national order and its quirks and flaws. Maybe there was a brutal ruler a thousand years ago who set up the society the way it is - it's as simple as that. The most important point in history is that once a society is set up it's REALLY, really hard to undo its flaws/quirks because they're engraned in the fabric of national culture itself. People, no matter how powerful almost always get trapped by the mire/fabric of their culture simply because they grow up in it.

To hammer the point further, why do these reviewers focus on sexism and not dinosaurs? It doesn't make any sense to cling and demand answers for one one and not the other. Replace sexism with dinosaurs and you just get a question - Why are there dinosaurs? ...and Nobody cares [insert Jurassic park meme] and nobody asks this question demanding answers - like sexism the dinos just a concept for the MC to struggle against, a big challenge that helps them rise to power during the hero's journey.

The main character is very believable, wholesome and adorable. I absolutely adore her. She binds herself with limits to gain greater power to save more people.

There are ZERO spelling/grammar issues to be seen anywhere in nearly 200 chapters.

In conclusion, [Beneath the Dragoneye Moons] is a beautiful book and I would recommend it to everyone.

 


Realmshaker: Giant Progression LitRPG

A wholesome friendship of enormous power

Realmshaker [A Giant Progression LitRPG] by Epikos takes the readers to fantasy lands filled with delightful servings of Norse Mythology, Dungeons and Dragons and bloody violence.

Rhonda, the giant is a strong female main character who is cast hundreds of years into a disant future in which the Giant's civilization has been decimated by the war between Fae and Dragons. She is the last of her race and she must learn to become a strong ranger as taught by her mother long ago. She finds herself a new friend - who is a small, clever goblin who can make things explode and their relationship is all sorts of wholesome fun in which they murder things together with fists, rocks and explosions such as giant squirrels, bears and wolves and encounter a variety of primordial beasts on their journey.

Spelling is pretty good, only a couple of small mistakes in spelling here and there, but sentence structure is superb and flows very smoothly, no complaints there.

Characters overall are excellent - relatable and lovable.

Overall: Is definitely a huge improvement over the original concept of this book, the Lazy Giantess. Epikos takes everything that was good in the original and pushes it entirely to a new epic level of fun!

The story is very catchy, check it out.