A Journey of Black and Red

Seriously, who didn't give this 5 stars?

A truly fantastic work of fiction. I'm generally not a huge fan of period fiction, but I am a fan of vampire books, and have read everything from Anne Rice (ie The Vampire Lestat) to Stephanie Meyer (Twilight...) to Bram Stoker (Dracula). Looove vampires.

This is an excellent work that is definitely reminiscent of, at least in my opinion, Anne Rice. It is creative and has some excellent world building and unique elements I haven't read about in other vampire novels but appreciate, like the ever-present eye in the sky.

The main character, Ariane, is fantastic and has SO MUCH development. Love many of the other characters as well, especially those introduced a bit later, like Loth, Dalton and Bingle.

Style-wise, the book is beautifully written. Additionally, the dialogue is consistently period appropriate, witty/funny, and intelligent as a rule. Very few errors, and whatever ones found are very, very small. Ie a bot vs both. I have yet to find more than a single error in one chapter, and the chapters are all blissfully long.

I will admit, it took about a chapter for me to get into this. For the first few thousand words or so, I was unsure what was going on and the prose felt *slightly* clunky.

Do yourself a favor and make sure you at least get through the first chapter if you have any doubts about the quality of this work. It's really something special! One it gets going (somewhere towards to end of chapter 1, at least for me), it doesn't stop!


The Silver Mana - Book 1: Initiate

I am really loving the adventure in this serial, as well as the iron will and scrappiness of the protagonist. The book is quick paced, with lots of battles and near-escapes as the protagonist tries to survive a hostile, foreign environment. The world is bring built up little by little, and I am excited to see where the story will go.

The writing is also excellent, and is quite polished. Very few mistakes or errors.

As it is now, I highly recommend this serial! 

The Devil in White: An Awakened Aspirations Online Series

This books lives up to all the other good reviews' hype. It is polished and well written, with characters that stick with you. More than just a brainless litrpg, it focuses on the characters, their interactions, and their personal growth. 👍👍 

Deeper Darker

This is absolutely one of the best publications on Royal Road, let alone on the internet in general. I've read some of the author's other works, but this one is, imo, the best yet. Very consistent updates and a fast upload schedule make it very easy to stay riveted with the storyline, which is a big plus.

But why is this book so good? 

The three main characters are all fantastic. I feel like I know them personally.

I generally don't like multiple POV stories because there is always one character I like/dislike and I start to care more about one POV than another... Leading to boredom in some chapters.

I have read innumerable books in my life, and I have to say that this book has perhaps been the most successful I have EVER read at making multiple POVs work.

The world of the story is also compelling, with mysterious alien technology and a fairly grand scope. Book 1 just concluded, and I feel like we've only scraped the tip of the iceberg.

Tl;dr read this one now; I guarantee you'll binge it and want more!

(Dropped) Crown of the martyr and martyr of the Crown.

There are books that make you love reading, books that you devour voraciously and at rapid pace.

This is one of those books, and it's excellent. Granted, there are a decent amount of spelling/grammar errors, but they don't deter me one bit.

The story itself is interesting, and the backstory of the main character is well-developed & shrouded in mystery that is slowly revealed over time.

Like some other reviews said, I agree that if you liked Forgotten Conqueror, you will probably like this too (even though they're very different books).


The Arcane Emperor

I have read up to chapter 64 at this point (over 1000 pages).

This story reads like the first draft of a typical litrpg novel, which is fine, considering that the story is a first draft. However, this does mean that errors are abundant. They don't seriously impede readability, thankfully, however they are noticeable (and I usually don't even notice minor errors). I have no idea how so many reviewers say the grammar is *impeccable* (though grammar/flow does improve over time).

Nevertheless, the story is engaging and the cast of characters interesting. The romance is okay, with no truly explicit scenes (everything implied/hinted at). The main storyline involves Rainer, MC, coming into his own as a magic-user in a litrpg world. He's immensely OP, and we get to follow him as he continues to become even more OP and surrounds himself with increasingly more OP friends. It mixes in humor with serious topics/scenes as it goes along, and the story so far hints that Rainer and crew will have innumerable adventures ahead of them. I'm excited to read more and see just how far all of them go.

Despite its shortcomings, considering the fact that Arcane Emperor is not a professionally edited/drafted work, it sits solidly at 4.5 stars.

tl;dr enjoyability = 100%, grammar/flow/polish = 70%; worth reading!

Edit: the author got a host of proofreaders to edit the work. While some stuff falls through the cracks, grammar from chapter 70 on is very good; I've revised my rating to be 5 stars overall.

Everybody Loves Large Chests

This story is one of the most absurd I've ever read. The main character is a man-eating treasure-chest look-alike who, by the most freakish of lucky events, becomes a warlock.

I have no idea how the author, Exterminatus, was able to come up with this premise, but it's absolutely brilliant. The story is enormously ironic and made me laugh constantly. If you're tired of boring protagonists with human morals and goals, this story is perfect. The MC is violent, ravenous, heartless, and (later) diabolical.

As another reviewer pointed out, this fiction does have incredibly explicit, violent sex and disturbing psychological trauma (i.e. extreme masochism). Personally, I wasn't super into the extremely explicit parts of the fiction, as they read like hentai and that's not my cup of tea, but I still read them and they do make sense/add to the plot and the general absurdity of the entire fiction (they aren't just mindless fanservice).

tl;dr read this fiction if you love hilarious, well-executed absurdity.

The Undying Prince

I've been reading this on the author's blog for a while now. Imagine my surprise when I just came across the fiction on this site. There have been times when I've refresh-spammed the author's blog on release dates because I've been desperate to read more.

What is the story about?

Erik is a prince. He isn't perfect, and has some seriously messed up relationships with people around him. At this point, we're still trying to figure out the mess of his life.

As is described in the author's description of the fiction, Erik is a cultivator who suddenly awakens a monstrous power. This isn't a pretty power. It's a power that can easily lead to insanity, a ferocious, savage power.

Part of the beauty of this work is that it sets out to explore how Erik is warped by his power. The author expertly shows us Erik's mental state through his interactions with the world and the people around him. At the same time, the author's world building is excellent and paints a picture of a world both strange and fascinating.

Upon hearing that this novel is about a society of cultivators, you might assume that the book is like wuxia/xianxia novels. Wrong! The book reads like a normal action novel, not at all like a typical cultivator novel. We never see characters do typical cultivator-y things i.e. go into extended seclusion, or develop "secret master techniques" in solitude. No, this book is far more dynamic and original, with its narrative style and finesse leagues beyond typical cultivator novels.

Essentially... I can't recommend it more than enough! Anybody (whether or not they like wuxia/xianxia/etc.) who likes a good action novel with disturbed and well fleshed-out characters and superb world-building should give this a shot!

The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound

I literally woke up this morning and wondered what Randidly Ghosthound (the character!) was doing, as though he was an actual person who was currently alive/existing. If you want a story with interesting characters, look no further!