TheSorcerer'sPen

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An Engaging Read that Takes LitRPG to New Heights

This was a thrilling and engaging read! I just binged the first nine chapters because I couldn't stop pressing the 'next chapter' button! It may seem like early days to give a review, but I expect this story is only going to get better and better.

Style (5/5): The author has a very engaging writing style. It hooks the reader right in and leaves them wanting more. It's concise, fast-paced, and the dialogue between characters feels natural. The author never wastes time on unnecessary details and keeps the readers in the middle of the action. 

Story (5/5): I'm picky when it comes to GameLit and LitRPG stuff, but this one is really good. The world feels alive, and I like that it's not just a numbers game. There's a lot of intriguing political stuff and interesting character dynamics as well. The world and the people who live in it feel real. The World-building has been excellent so far. The author is great at showing the reader "a sense of place" without monotonous info dumps or lengthy descriptions of places. 

Grammar (5/5): I didn't see any errors. 

Characters (5/5): The POV shifts between Liv and Pen, but it does so seamlessly and never takes you out of the narrative. The characters are in many ways opposites, Liv being someone who takes her job seriously but does have a little bit of a rebellious streak, and Pen is a mess (both in his life and emotionally). These two are now forced to work together, and I look forward to seeing how their relationship plays out in the long run. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Pen and his father. There's so much history and tragedy there. Those were some of my favorite scenes to read. All in all, the characters in this story are well-written and interesting. They feel like real people that you can root for and relate to.

Overall (5/5): This is top-notch writing. Give it a shot. You won't regret it. 


Valor and Violence

One of RR's Best! Top Tier Writing! Read it Now!

I don't even know where to begin, but I guess I'll start by saying I really dig this story. For those of you who may hestiate to give it read because of the short stories element, don't. Just read it. It has an incredible roster of clever characters, each in their own unique corner of the same world. If you have a favorite, never fear, you will see them again. But while you're waiting, enjoy the others, because they are all amazing!

Style Score (5/5): The author has a really cool style of writing. It grabs the reader, and keeps their attention. It's witty and clever, but also deeply gripping. Almost reminds me of Jackal Among Snakes in terms of style. The author doesn't waste time on unnecessary details, and the narrative flows seamlessly, even as we are being introduced to new characters and stories.  

Grammar (5/5): I didn't see any glaring issues. It's very readable.

Story Score (5/5): The world-building is rich and well-crafted. It's obvious the author has put in a great deal of time and effort into this. The military aspect is really interesting, and its unique/believable in its execution. Every part of the world feels real and lived in. The descriptions of scenery are not overly long, but rather sprinkled in as you're taken on a grand journey. The writing style always evokes a "sense of place" no matter what corner of the world we're in. 

Character Score (5/5): This here is the story's greatest strength, and it's no easy feat. I would argue writing truly great characters is the most difficult aspect of writing. World-building is cool and all, but there's something to be said for someone who can create characters that truly feel real, and that the audience can connect with on a deeper emotional level. This story has that in spades. It's difficult to put into words, but every character just has that pull where you feel like you know them. Despite living in this fantastical world they feel relatable. Oh, and did I mention the banter and dialogue between characters is absolutely phenomenal? Seriously, the cleverness and wit will have you rolling.

Overall Score: (5/5): This is truly one of RR's best. Give it a shot. You won't be sorry.


Path of the Stonebreaker

Deserves to be on the Front Page of Top Rated

Author's prose and world-building are absolutely breathtaking! 

Style Score (5/5): The author's style is distinct, and is always engrossing. It feels like this is being written by a true master of the written word. Everything flows effortlessly. It never gets bogged down with unnecessary details, and exposition is woven into the story seamlessly. The world-building is unique and expansive (as is the magic system), with descriptions so vivid it's like watching a great film unfold in my mind as I'm reading.

Grammar Score (5/5): Very minor issues. Not much to say about it. 

Story Score (5/5): The story is engaging and well-developed. This doesn't feel like something that's being written as the author goes along. It feels like this is a writer who plans in great detail--who deeply 'knows' the world they've created and the characters who live in it. This is a writer who already knows the endgame. It's an enjoyable read, and every chapter leaves me highly anticipating the next. 

Character Score (5/5): The characters are deeply human and relatable. They're the kind of characters that jump out of the page at you. It's clear the author has done a considerable amount of development to them. I do want to give extra praise to the character of Femira though. It is so refreshing to see a well written female character who is strong, but also feminine. In today's world we are bombarded with the "strong woman" trope, which is basically translated to a man with boobs. So thank you author for creating a genuine strong female lead.

Overall Score (5/5): Just read the story already. You won't regret it.