First I hope i am not being a party pooper Luke, as i haven't seen you post that it's out (only back when it was available for pre-order) so i took the time to dig the awesome High res cover, and even cropped the white sides to make this post with!
Second, IT'S OUT Y'ALL!! : https://www.amazon.com/Glory-Brave-Ascend-Online-Book-ebook/dp/B08HKFVS2W/
Finally. I know it took Luke quite a while with it and i'm glad to see it available! And if you haven't checked his series.... WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!? Get on it.
P.s. - Yeah, it's really that big. literally bigger than 2 more than average sized litrpg books. Luke spoiled us for waiting for this long.
That would be Cradle by Will Wight. Love it.
The Dungeon Lord name kept me from reading the series for quite a while. The format of common noun + common noun usually heralds nothing good, but while the series is pretty mediocre, it's top-tier LitRPG because most LitRPG is trash.
For a while, I didn't read Mother of Learning, as the title puts me in mind of those translated light novels that are always rendered in broken, over the top, anime style English. The opening paragraphs and even the first chapter aren't really anything remarkable either, but once the story gets going it gets really good.
I know some of you enjoyed <strong>Sufficiently Advanced Magic</strong> and have been waiting for the sequel to come out on audible. It's out today!
If you're not already familiar with the series, my Arcane Ascension books aren't full-on LitRPGs. Instead, they're more of an epic fantasy series that takes place in a world that runs on RPG-like mechanics (but those mechanics are treated as a normal part of that world and integrated into society). There are no "players" from our world, and it's not actually in a video game - it's just a fantasy world that runs on game-like physics.
For example, there are gigantic dungeons with respawning monsters and treasure, but those are explained from an in-universe perspective and integrated into the local society and culture. Similarly, there are analogues to character classes called "attunements" that can be leveled up over time - but the levels are generally measured based on the color of your aura, rather than a numeric value. (Measurements for things like mana levels do exist, though, and they're plot relevant).
All and all, it's a game-like world, but not quite what most people would call a LitRPG.
Anyway, if you're in the mood for that sort of thing, feel free to take a look, and I hope you enjoy it!
While not a LitRPG I feel like the Bobiverse scratches the same itch very well.
It's about a guy who's consciousness is put into a robot and shot off into space. He has 3D printers that can create anything he can think of, including copies of himself. While not living "in a game" he still creates his own VR world that he shares with his copies and can control his perception of time by speeding up/slowing down his processor.
He explores, invents, creates and discovers tons of amazing stuff.
The title says it all. The audio book for AO: Evolution is available on Audible. Here is the blurb:
>After exiting Awaken Online to find himself holding a knife and standing over two dead bodies, Jason is now being investigated for murder. To make matters worse, Claire has stumbled upon evidence of Alfred's involvement in the incident, and the CPSC is circling - just waiting for Cerillion Entertainment to make a mistake.
>With his real-life in shambles and his enemies in-game growing in strength, Jason re-enters Awaken Online truly desperate - the game now his only lifeline. He will need to move quickly to complete the Old Man's quest and to obtain the power he was promised.
In other news, AO: Apathy (following Eliza) is done and is off to the narrator. Looking at late July or early August for a release. You can check out some early chapters here (unedited). I should have a more precise ETA in the next week or so.
I've been working on The Good Guys, it is 7 books long currently, and quite enjoying it. There's also a second series, 2 books currently, set in the same world named The Bad Guys, but I haven't read them yet. They are set in a fantasy world with people from our world transported there, no VR or anything.
So, I'm not the author (and just found this subreddit), but Regicide by Dakota Krout is set to release on on July 16th (Preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F77R95H)
Sorry if this isn't appropriate.
I enjoyed theArcheologist warlord by E.M. Hardy (technically I suppose you would say it is sci-fi, but it feels more like fantasy). The main character gets transformed into a sentient space pyramid thing. At first I thought it would be more of a dungeon building thing, but he ends up sending workers out to gather resources, build pylons to extend his range, construct different units, ect.
It's not litRPG but the Bobiverse books by Dennis Taylor are fantastic and definitely get some of the 4x, spanning across the galaxy vibe as the bobs spread throughout space.
Are you interested in settlement/city building?
I've been stewing over this for the whole day after I spotted the article.
I'm the owner of Alternative Realities Publshing. A company I set up to publish my books under and maybe do other stuff.
Everything he claims about me in that article is - ironically - a lie. I don't sponsor/own any of the groups mentioned.
LitRPG - Banned from the group by Kong day after I released and all mention of my book deleted. This was when his group was THE place to be.
LitRPGpodcasts - Reviewed my book, marked it down because it wasn't LitRPG and publicaly stated in podcast and review that he would no longer review my books.
LitRPGSociety - Owned and run by Blaise Corvin. I'm not even a mod.
GreatLitRPG - I don't think I've ever even been involved with this page/group.
I honestly make about $0.45 a day from my GameLit books, so to be made out as some shadowy corporation that's able to destroy other author's changes is incorrect, laughable, and libellous. Not to say distressing.
If you feel like boosting my $0.45 to something actually worth all this grief, please click on the link below.
Threadbare by Andrew Seiple is a story that follows the growth of a stuffed bear golem. It’s one of the best litrpgs out there, IMO.
It's book release day!! GD and I are happy to announce that Wyrmshard, book 2 of Savage Dominion is now alive on Amazon! Woooo!
If you enjoyed the first book, then there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy this next one! It comes with an extra 20% snark, 10% more sass, and a 100% more ass-kickery from Maulkin and the gang.
For those of you waiting on the audiobook for Wyrmshard – stay tuned! Soon as we know, we will make an announcement! And yes! And as a note too - GD and I have already started book 3 (the final book in the series) and will hopefully have it out and in your hands by the end of the year!
Grab it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09695PVJ7
Without any doubt, Into the Labyrinth by John Bierce. Its heavily inspired by SAM, and its the absolute closest ive found. Only downside (in this sub) is that it is even lighter on the litPRG than SAM.
The Storm King, and Forge of Desitiny on RRL also comes to mind. Both have a school setting, and both are wuxia (so what SAM is inspired by).
Mother of Learning is another masterpiece of writing. I wouldnt claim its litRPG though.
The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan (sp?) is another great one, not LitRPG in the slightest though.
So are you looking for a LitRPG where respawns are available? Such as Dakota Krout's Completionist Chronicles?
The If you die in the game, you die for real trope is usually added because the author wants to raise the stakes and add tension to the story that wouldn't otherwise be there if dying had a low cost. It works in Krout's book because it's a more lighthearted story, though even then he struggles with ways to make deaths costly for the characters, and much of the tension for deaths comes from the fact that NPC's can die permanently.
> It is extremely obvious the MC is going to live...
The same could be said of virtually every book across all genres. Main characters tend to survive until the end of the story. Exceptions to this rule are rare and usually only happen when you have dozens of POV characters. And even then you want some core group to survive to the end. Most LitRPG's follow a single main character, and in such a story format it would be suicide to kill off your main character mid-story. Just because the character is going to survive however does not mean they will do so without the threat of death or some similar fate looming over them. Hence the need to add tension to the story by making failure a greater possibility for the protagonist. We know that the protagonist is going to overcome this obstacles and succeed, as that is part of the story promise, but there should still be the thread of failure.
I actually find it somewhat intriguing that you find stories that take this approach to be more boring than stories that allow for respawns, because in my experience the chief complaint I see from books that go for a very gaming-like experience is that the story is boring and dull because the stakes are too low.
it's genre, not gender ;)
two excellent starting points:
Cradle series by Will Wight.
There's a series being published by Image Comics called Die, which is all about this group of tabletop players who get transported into a game world.
I know Tao Wong's System Apocalypse has an on-going comic adaptation. Check out issue #1 here.
As for webcomics, Solo Levelling, is pretty sick.
Hope that helps :)
The series starting with Fimbulwinter by E. William Brown falls into this category for me. Some crazy fun world building and adventure that is written well enough that the harem plot elements don't detract from the larger story.
Jordan's Wheel of Time series includes harem elements as a core theme and predates the popularity of the genre in the West by a good bit. It doesn't jump to mind as harem fantasy for a lot of folks because there is so much else going on, but >!the plot development between Rand, Elayne, Min and Aviendha!< is central to the story's prophecy.
If folks know of any other series that fall into the well-written category I'd love to read them. I don't take the chance on a lot of self-described harem books because the character interactions just don't seem believable.
Troy and I just turned in the manuscript for book 2 for Nick Podehl to narrate. It’s coming out Sept 14! But I know a lot of people still haven’t picked up book one, so here goes that!
I hope everyone who HAS read it enjoyed it. I’ve really loved writing these books and book three is underway with an entire Vorpal Rabbit army. Vicious.
That's great! All my books happen to be free too! You can find them on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Ascend-Online-Luke-Chmilenko-ebook/dp/B01M01ET8E
It'll say that the book costs $6 there, but that's because I'm running a sale for the next forever. During this sale each book comes with a sense of pride and accomplishment for being able to help an author eat and warm his house this winter.
I hope you take advantage of it! This sale will only last until the end of time!
If you enjoy that type of setting then I highly recommend Mage Errant, I've read the first three books and they are only through 2 years of schooling (albeit they start at like 16). But lots of learning, training and improving.
Into the Labyrinth: Mage Errant Book 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J675X2C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_KFYXDbX0H4XEY
My book “Good Boy” is about a guy who dies during the zombie apocalypse and becomes a ghost. His body becomes a zombie and they travel the world as a duo, fighting zombies and demons.
It starts off like this but quickly devolves into a different story with tons of LitRPG elements. The second book (which is currently a WIP) will explore the LitRPG side much more heavily.
It was the #2 best selling science fiction book on Amazon for a couple weeks.
Check it out.
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
programmer ends up in the world very similar to the game world he was working on and becomes OP by abusing the easy mode mechanic he just finished putting into the game. R-15 story.
does end up with a team of girls following him everywhere but he's not romantically involved with any of them (to their everlasting chagrin). his actual love interest is not actually part of his team/followers at any point.
an anime was made based on this light novel but it was... really badly done.
Oh, Great! I was Reincarnated as a Farmer
I've released my first book on amazon. It's been out for a while now, and seems to be well received so far. Please check it out. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097ZTNZRW
Here is a synopsis of the book:
>One man. A new world. And a Game that is brutal as it is complex.
>Michael finds himself in the realm of the Forever Kingdom with no memory of how he got there and who he is. Even so, he must participate in the Grand Game and forge a new destiny for himself.
>Dropped into a dungeon of monsters, and strange magics, would you survive in a Game where to lose means death?
>Alone, and with little more than his wits to aid him, Michael must advance as a player, slay his foes, and gain experience. All while navigating the intrigues around him and discovering his purpose.
>A world of Powers, Forces, and mysterious factions. A Game with endless opportunities for advancement and power.
>Join Michael on his epic adventure as he deals with the Game's challenges, the machinations of the Powers, and the ambitions of his fellow players.
>The start of an exciting new portal fantasy epic!
The Aciddental Minecraft Family
These books aren't Pokemon, but they are gaming, being set in Minecraft another insanely popular world kids love. We wrote them specifically because we had a son that would always fight reading, and do just the bare minimum then ask to go play games.
So we sat down together as a family, (Mom Dad Son Daughter), designed characters and a plot and started writing this series. It follows a family that wakes up one day in Minecraft. The parents, who have never played, don't know anything, and the kids get to teach them how to make it!
The reading level was tailored for 2nd to 4th grade (but we have tons of readers outside those demographics). They are written with mostly easy language and concepts, with the occasional challenging word thrown in for them to figure out through context clues or by looking up or asking.
We get constant reviews saying these books helped their kids start learning to love reading, which was our goal all along! Reading is so important, and fun we want every kid to love it! They come in e-book and paperbacks. Every time we put out a 4th book we combine the previous 4 into a compilation called a Megablock edition. Book 12 just launched last week, with Megablock 3 coming out soon.
If you check it out, please let me know what the kid thinks! We LOVE hearing the stories of kids getting into reading.
Yep. it's officially out on KU: https://www.amazon.com/Street-Cultivation-3-Sarah-Lin-ebook/dp/B08NFJWWBF/
I know many have been waiting for this so figured i'd let you know (at least until Sarah Lin does her own post, which i assume is definitely coming)
The Wayward Bard ^RoyalRoad ^/ ^Amazon
> Daniel's Guide to Early Retirement:
> 1: Intercept illegal money transfer from mafia boss.
> 2: Hide out in super exclusive Full Immersion Virtual Reality game until the heat is off.
> 3: Roll a bard. Max out charisma. Live it up.
> 4: Profit.
> With all the pesky planning out of the way Daniel set out to realize his ultimate dream: gaining enough money to buy a tropical island and spend his days playing the violin and RPGs. What could possibly go wrong?
> Disclaimer: There shall be no harems in this series. Overpowered, perfect protagonists will not be tolerated and excessive cursing will result in donations to the swear jar.
> My favorite, however, is when it's not evident (despite the reader having all the relevant info) until later in the book. I like for an author to out-think me.
Yes, please! For the love of all that is good, please make authors stop announcing what everybody is thinking and doing, and let the suspense build up. There are lots of examples, but a recent one is that Factory of the Gods. The author just can't stop telling everything. There's one particular scene where the MC and one mook are trying to outsmart one another, which can be interesting if done right. But the author just flat out explain exactly what they are thinking, exactly what they are trying to achieve, and exactly how that is not going to work... so disappointing.
You've peaked, you have my condolences.
On a more serious note, maybe this?
There is a book, WarSpell;The Merge which involves an RPG with "Natural Wizards" who're basically the D&D3 Sorcerer's, that explains how Charisma relates to their powers like so:
> natural wizards were people so charming that the world itself wanted to do what they want.
ETA: Forgot to add hyperlink above...
Check out Tamer of the Beasts, it sounds like exactly what you're looking for. I still enjoy it as an adult, but I'm pretty sure the author has said he specifically wrote it to be at least friendly to kids reading it as well :D
Not at all LITRPG but also very little to no combat in these books and I love them so much i read them a few times a year Trader's Tales
Don't worry bro, I got you.
What you're going to need to do, is get a VPN. I personally use Astrill (yearly sub). There are dozens out there, paid and unpaid, find one that works for you. Download it, install it, figure out how to use it. (Astrill has a phone app version of it too if you don't want to use it on the PC)
Once you have that set, you're going to want to go to your amazon account, make sure that your 'marketplace' is set to the USA store (It sounds to be like this is already default so you shouldn't have to worry). Secondly. Make sure that a USA address is your 'primary' address in your profile. If you don't have one, use a random address or a sports stadium. It doesn't matter.
Now once you have all that set, fire up your VPN to a USA location of your choice, and shop to your heart's content. You can even sign up for KU now.
However, ONLY buy or KU things with the VPN 'on', else you will find yourself locked out eventually and will need to call Amazon and bitch at them to unlock your account (They will, just tell them you travel for a living but live in the USA).
Hope that helps and you can enjoy reading again!
If you're looking for strictly audiobooks, you might as well just sort by Jeff Hays
What happens when the game isn't a game?
After a bait and switch, Frank ends up transformed into an HI. That's a hybrid intelligence- part AI, part organic. He finds himself at the mercy of the system fulfilling the role of an ogre shaman meant to create fun opportunities for the purely organic players.
Except, not everything is what it seems to be. The very system may not be what he thinks it is. Breaches into the game world prove there are other forces at work. This game may be more of an isekai.
Not that Frank wants to save the world. Before he just wanted to play his games, now he just wants to be left alone to explore his new life.
One thing he does know for sure, he can't spend the rest of his existence in the company of ogres. Their conversation leaves much to be desired and that's not even considering how bad their food is.
This story features a monster MC unlike others you may have read before. There is fantasy violence, character sheets, levels, and XP. It is single PoV and has no harem elements.
Hey, finally my time to shine :)
Here's my pitch for Forsaken Talents.
Absolute evil MC. Not misunderstood, not a good guy going to the dark side, just a man who wants to see all living humans perish. The lore is a combination of ancient Finnish and some Lovecraftian entities.
Hey everyone! Citadel, Book five of the UnderVerse released yesterday, for some reason the post vanished, so here's trying again! Hope you're all ready as well, because she's a beast, at 300,000 words, or 1100 (ish) pages on KU!
With the God of Death out for his life, Jax has a choice to make, and it’s time for the brothers to face each other…
Nimon, The God of Death, has named Jax and all who follow him ‘Apostate’ decreeing their death and has dispatched his Dark Legion, the Imperial Legion’s antithesis, to see the job done once and for all.
Hundreds march on the Great Tower, the seat of Jax’s power and home to his resurgent Empire. Unbeknownst to Nimon, Jax and the vast majority of his people are far out to sea, aboard ships that are only partially operational, and the enemy's forces are drawing closer to his home by the hour.
Jax must choose... Protect the refugees and risk the Dark Legion reaching his home first, or take a far smaller force and intercept the threat head on. Can Jax risk it all on a single roll of the dice?
What Jax doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one of Imperial Blood to have skin in the game. It’s time for the brothers to finally meet on the field of battle…
This is Book 5 of the UnderVerse Series. Please Note: As with all my books, this story is a Dark Fantasy, filled with violence, sexual references, swearing and bad jokes, but no Harems...
Edit: I don't see Cinnamon Bun or Queen in the Mud on the list of things you've read. Read those first!
If you're interested in reading a team-based dungeon dive with a female MC, you can check out my book Dive: Endless Skies. It's VRMMO with themes of adventure, found family, and the courage it takes to believe in yourself. It's on KU, link is below.
u/Hydrael here on Reddit wrote Into the Tall Grass, the first book of his "monster" catching series Tamer of the Beasts. Basically his take on Pokémon like creatures. It's pretty good, and available on Amazon!
Hi, I hope everyone is having an awesome great morning!
The Heaven's Boxer - the first novel in my mecha battling series - is available for $2.99 from Amazon (free with KU) and there is also an audiobook narrated by Shawn Compton!
Join Julian as he works to become the strongest pilot on Overdrive, the virtual reality Mech battler that's sweeping the globe.
The Overdrive series draws on my experience working as a journalist and analyst in the esports industry. Find out what it takes to become a professional gamer!
I'm not well-read in the genre so I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for, but Will Wight's Cradle series sounds as though it might interest you. The series isn't complete, but there are five completed novels in it.
Amazon link for the first book, Unsouled
Amazon link for the first three as a package deal.
I would recommend it if you're a fan of cultivation, spiritual techniques, and the zero to god journey. It also has a more western style prose that for me was more enjoyable to read.
The Guardians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg was started in 1983 and spanned 10 books until 2003.
They recently did a reprint as well a few years ago.
The Guardians of the Flame on Amazon.
The only one I know is Worth the Candle and, forget litRPGs, it's one of my favorite online fantasy web serials. The story uses D&D mechanics from the protagonist's homebrew. He's thrown into a world that seems to borrow from his past games, but the mystery is ongoing. There are a lot of vignettes of his past games that D&D players will appreciate (especially if you like to munchkin).
I'm going to guess you're asking because you just started Critical Role's 2nd season yesterday night?
> Things I generally like in a book:
> * The main character is reasonably intelligent about their choices
> * Village/World building
> * Progression is reasonably paced
> * Good magic systems (if they exist)
I think I've got something that ticks off everything you're asking for.
Worth the Candle
Its targeted audience is the /r/rational crowd so the protagonist is definitely intelligent about solving problems. It's got exciting plot progression, a ton of original worldbuilding based off of DND (you don't need to know anything), and game mechanics that are really enjoyable to munchkin and think about. You seem to love village building, but there hasn't been any of that (yet).
I just wanted to let you know that for the next 7 days, the complete AETHER GATE ONLINE trilogy will be on sale for 99 cents.
The series is packed with over 1,000 pages of monster collecting, sweet transformations, dungeon diving, and high-stakes battles filled with over the top abilities!
Grab it here:
As a plus, you can also pick up the audiobook for nearly 30 hours of ear action😎
Oh, and check out this sweet new cover.🔥🔥
Thanks for lookin!
I'm back with another cover reveal. Well, two if you end up clicking the link.
Do not be alarmed, this is only a temporary interruption from your regularly scheduled meme programming.
All the covers for Pangea Online are in and I decided to relaunch the series as a 2nd edition. Since it's been almost 4 years since the release of book one, the series was in need of a makeover. You can pick up book 1 for $.99 and books 2 and 3 for $2.99 each all week long. Here's the description for book 1:
Everything has a price. Pangea Online is no different.
Since leaving the orphanage, Esil has spent the past year toiling in the data mines of Pangea while watching the wealthy elite traverse its myriad of game worlds. His luck changes forever when he discovers a legendary Developer's Chest. The Premium Worldpass inside grants him unlimited access to all of Pangea.
Now, Esil isn't just stuck watching as others explore Pangea. He can finally level up.
With his newfound fortune, he enters a tournament to compete against some of the most skilled adventurers Pangea has to offer. He’s a long shot to win but for the first time in his life, being a kid from the slums has its advantages when he discovers a bug in the obscure data-mining class.
With an even playing field, he might just have a shot.
But his in-game actions have real-world consequences and failure online threatens everything he holds dear.
Book link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094H6TRVQ
Those who roam the spicier categories on Amazon might have read my stories before, but DB King is my 100% family friendly pen name.
No harems, no cursing, no adult scenes. There isn't any romance in Book 1 but there might be some light romance later in the series. Book length is just above 100,000 words.
This isn't super crunchy, but there are stats. It's not set in a video game (it's a fantasy world setting where the magic system operates with stats).
A thief with a bounty on his head steals a dungeon faerie. This one moment will change Kraken Island forever.
Marcus the Exile thought his life was done for. Until he found a dungeon faerie with immense power on offer.
Now, he's the owner of pocket dungeons that spontaneously evolve whenever items are left inside them. Scum on a boot? That's a monster. A sword left by an adventurer? You bet your fine behind that's a monster.
But this power of evolution isn't just happening to the dungeon and its creatures. It's happening to Marcus, and anyone near the dungeon. No one knows why, least of all Marcus.
If he's not careful, Marcus might end up becoming the most powerful man on Kraken Island.
This Dungeon Core novel contains multiple interior illustrations of characters, monsters, and scenes. Expect to find an intelligent main character, consistent progression, and a unique Age of Discovery setting.
Alright my dudes, don't worry, I got this one.
What you are asking for has been a significant criticism of my book so far, so I feel very confident in recommending Dive: Endless Skies to you.
It's the story of a young woman entering a VRMMO on a quest that ends up entangled with a team of guild mercenaries. She finds a real family in a virtual world, and fights for her place in it, while a shadow war between factions looms in the background.
I have some leftover promo codes from Audible, if you prefer audiobook. Just send me a message and I'll respond with one.
I recommend Threadbare which is a series of three books and about ~320K words. Completed and on Amazon, also available on SpaceBattles and Sufficient Velocity.
Apocalypse Gates 2: Valley of Death by Daniel Schinhofen was supposed to come out on July 1st, but it came out a bit early on June 29th (according to Amazon):
The Slayer just went live on Audible!
Congrats on the audiobook. I'll add it to my long and distinguished wish list.
Hey, everyone! Stopping by to show off my newest cover for Sentenced to Troll. Books 1 and 2 are finished. 3 is up, and I should finish writing book 4 about the same time as the cover is done. Check out the series here:
Big. Green. Barbaric. Who says a troll can’t be the hero?
You are what you choose to be. And after years of online trolling, Chad has become just that.
A troll. A rager. An entertaining asshat.
When his online persona finally catches up to him, he's sentenced to thirty days of full-immersion therapy designed to improve his anger issues.
In order to experience what it's like on the other side, he's forced to play as a forest troll, a long-hated race in Isle of Mythos.
To make matters worse, there are other “heroes” sent to rid the world of evil, each one on their own path of twisted redemption.
As Chad embraces the mantle of Chod the Barbarian Forest Troll, he quickly discovers that there's more to troll society than meets the eye, and his rage might be all that stands between them and extinction.
Trolling is easy, but being a hero…
It’s not dungeon core, but similar sci-fi feels can be found in Inheritance.
Soul ship: which is a bit more progression-y and YA
First Orbit (Soulship Book 1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X7GWGMN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_YQWPXVTNQV5TJVKVNYYD
I also recommend you read the rest of the authors books, I have read all of them except the cat one and they’re excellent
What a great adventure! The first book especially has a ton of content, and the zero to hero archetype is always a blast to read as an MC gets more powerful over the course of a long series.
Join Tribe Moonguard as they strive to gain levels, repair their castle city, and fight off endless hordes.
To Damien, his tribe is family and he believes all lives should be cherished. King Korbi knows something dark about Damien's black magic and feels the blight must be purged. That blight is but a child, an infant elva who has harmed no one, but still must die.
Damien struggles to dominate the Garo Region with his necromancy, finding unique surprises around every corner. Sometimes even under a statue.
Countless enemies surround Moonguard City while fleets bring additional troops. A war is brewing, a battle for the very survival of Tribe Moonguard.
Just a quick announcement. Sacred Cat Island, narrated by Travis Baldree, won an Independent Audiobook Award last night in the LitRPG/GameLit category. This one slipped under the radar a bit, and it’s quite different from the other stories I’ve published, so if you haven’t read it or listened to the audio, here are the links again! And thanks to Travis for nailing it!
If you’re up for slice of life, The Retired S Ranked Adventurer seems like a pretty good fit? Thought it was a really great change of pace personally
The Dungeon Slayer Series by Konrad Ryan. Here
Wisdom and intelligence plays a big role. Protagonist was initially autistic. He gradually becomes socially apt.
Enthralled: Book 3 - The Eros Expansion is out today!
Book 3's Amazon page
Dante's Immortality fits the bill and i really enjoyed it but only one book is out and no news last time i checked about a book 2.
The Nelson’s have survived their first couple weeks in a new world but not without some personal loss.
They have a daughter to find- which is foremost in the mind of any parent.
Unfortunately their actions have also brought them to the attention of bigger players and they have to balance long term security with immediate needs.
Dave and Emily are going to have to trust each other to get done what needs doing- at least if they want to thrive in this Life in Exile.
This book is faster paced- more focused on the Nelson’s and shows how they grow in character, power, and the world around them.
It's fairly light on the RPG side of things but I really enjoyed Steam Whistle Alley by Joshua Mason (/u/SteamWhistleAlley)
I guess you could call books like Re-Start augmented reality (kind of) but Steam Whistle Alley is the only one I'm aware of that follows 'Wear something on your head'. Would love to read more if anyone has any suggestions!
I think a lot of it might have to do is when people read LitRPG, or at least my experiences with it, is we like deep dives because it makes us feel closer to the action and characters. With augmented reality there are certainly ways of adding risk and drama in there but it is less immediate. There is a very real physical barrier between reality and fantasy.
You can get it for free if you sign up for the trial. Here is the link:
Also the membership is only like 14 bucks an you get a credit each month that you can spend on any book no matter the cost whether its 5 bucks or 50. Its actually a great deal. We dont set the prices, audible does.
Audiobooks are out for 4 of my titles so far with the 5th coming in about a week and the 6th coming in about a month or so.
I still have a couple codes for free audiobooks sitting on my desk. Shoot me an email () to grab one. First come first served until they're gone. Thanks!
If you haven't listened to Killstreak yet, shoot me an email () and I'll hook you up with a free code. I still have a handful of them sitting around.
MC is melee / caster hybrid, sidekick is a shaman, so lots of good magic casting epicness.
Edit: Lot of people asking for codes. That's fine, until I run out, which is going to be quickly. I'm giving them out first come, first serve via email.
Hate to toot my own horn here, but I believe the Feedback Loop Box Set will scratch your itch.
Narrated by Jeff Hays, it has three different online worlds (one noir, one steampunk, one fantasy) plus a very cyberpunk heavy real world setting.
after reading the Amazon description i would say english isn't their first language.
I just released a RTS Mech book War Core two days ago. Check it out, I think it will scratch that itch for you.
The Anime Trope System Season 2 begins here!
The truth of the stone-viper fight has been revealed!
Clyde and Team Stone triumphed something with all odds set against them, including the weight of Taint itself. The stone-viper games were but phase one of what is to come. The universal apocalypse in which Celestial wants to avoid…
A dark revelation: what lies beyond the authors of Taint and Purity? What else slumbers…?
For now, the team sets off to Ako and Neko’s homeland. There, unexpected events happen.
Clyde and Team Stone is back for the second season, ready to kick ass, expand the humor, and get to the bottom of this continuous problem.
Can a firefighter learn to embrace the very thing he has tried to kill his entire career?
Mason Magrath is an alpha male, heroic firefighter, and an incredible lover. That was until he falls down an elevator shaft of a burning skyscraper in an attempt to save the life of a child.
This is the end for our hero...right? Well, not exactly...
Mason is snatched from the afterlife by a god that wants to use him as a pawn in a game of life and death on the world of Lelara. Monstrous fiends roam the planet with a ravenous taste for flesh. Instead of fighting fires, Mason must use his new powers as Fire Mage to build a refuge to protect himself from the monstrous horde.
He can’t do all this alone, though. Rescuing people comes naturally to him, and when a pair of catgirl sisters needs him, he fights off Hell itself to save them. With the help of Lola and Piper, he’ll use all the heat at his disposal as a powerful weapon against the terrifying monsters that reside on Lelara.
Fans of “The Walking Dead” and “The Lord of the Rings” will love this action-packed light novel. Like firefighting, it’ll get your heart pumping, with plenty of profanity, graphic violence, detailed intimacy, and unconventional relationships. The heat level of this book is hotter than fire!
*Ahem* (clears throat)
I am here for all your M2 and saiga needs. It is a slow build to the heavy firepower but there's a Ma Deuce vs Minotaur battle you might like. Gun Nut Approved! Beta Test, 1st of the Nanowielder Saga
Whoa, whoa, whoa. I get it, you don’t read harem. Luckily, I don’t write harem anymore as Harmon Cooper, but as Gideon Caldwell…
Yep, Gideon Caldwell is my pen name, and if you didn’t know, your ass better call somebody (sorry, it’s the wrestling vibe for today).
So… what do you get when you combine professional wrestling, superpowers, intergalactic bounty hunting and a damn murder mystery? THIS BOOK! It’s action-packed, it’s wild, it’s unique.
The reason I’m posting this here is because some of you have read ALL or most of my stuff, and I wanted you to share my latest pen name release with you because it’s a really fun escape. It’s got the tournament aspect of Monster Hunt NYC if you liked that, the superpowers of Cherry Blossom Girls and House of Dolls (but no darkness), and the overall fun/anime vibes of My Ninja Girl. Moonsault! is character-driven with a tough MC, a cool cast, and a ton of action that should feel nostalgic for those who have watched wrestling before, but also engaging as hell for those who haven’t!
Check out Moonsault! here:
I wrote a blog post on its conceptualization so you can check that out here: http://harmoncooper.com/yours-in-sanity-blog/moonsault
And for those wondering about audio, the audiobook is being recorded nowish, produced by Podium, and narrated by Daniel Wisniewski and Jessica Threet (who are going to slay this, please prepare your ears.)
If it's your thing, check it out, if not, no worries!
Regarding the next Harmon Cooper releases, Cowboy Necromancer 2 in October, Pilgrim 4 in November and a surprise coming in September. Stay tuned! Thanks for reading/supporting indie authors :-D
(reposting just in case my universal links didn't show up - Thanks Kyle for point it out!)
Also 3. The series starts strong (in my opinion) and goes great until around Book 6'ish when the author starts to think he is a Romance author suddenly and sorta breaks the flow/interest for the most part (and got me to personally put it on hold post book 7)
Have found Jay Boyce's books to be fun!
There is a straight fantasy arrangement in her Touch of Power books (of which there are currently three), and she also released Lotus Lake (book one in a new series) about a week ago.
In a somewhat ironic twist, even though Touch of Power is the isekai between the two series, this is not the one that has an appearance of a wayward truck. Instead, a perpetual hospital patient finds herself in a new world, slightly healthier than she was before, with the potential to grow much stronger if given time.
Lotus Lake is a little harder to categorize, as the book's Amazon blurb tells you that the protagonist is sent back in time five years. With no epic quests from on high or detours to a deity's white room to receive instructions, she is determined to live her life a bit better, reaching out to people she wanted to spend more time with, primarily through a VRMMO that launches soon after the point in time she arrives.
The game is very much grounded in fantasy, but with elements of futuristic sci-fi, as the AIs that run the game study the behaviors of the players to improve their ability to act as people within the game.
There's the Accidental Minecraft Family 1 - 4 (https://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Minecraft-Family-Book-Unofficial-ebook/dp/B08MBGKF2P)
Oh uh... World Tree by uh EA Hooper has this!
It's a pretty solid series so far, IMO.
And Emerellia, too, IIRC!
Was hoping you were announcing that it was actually released... not i gotta wait till December.. QQ
As for recommendations...
Just finished the two Underworld books. They were pretty good. Looking forward to the next one.
Also am in the middle of crystal shards and it's good as well. A couple nice twists, and a good take on dystopian litrpg.
>My first question to everyone who makes these threads would be, have you read at least 10 litrpg books? The last time /u/Celda said something similar, everyone jumped on him, but I kind of agree with his sentiment.
That one thread alone proves that this subreddit, on the whole, knows nothing about writing books, much less selling books. And why should it? There are some authors, but most of us here are readers, not authors.
I'm in a group for actual authors, and no one would think that it was a good idea to start writing before you've actually done much reading.
Hell, there was one genius who claimed that it was good not to have any read books. Because it's better to write something new, rather than what's already been done.
Even if we accepted that as true (which isn't necessarily the case) - how would you know what's already been done and what hasn't, if you haven't read much?
Look at Stephen King, surely he has some credibility. He once said that a writer should:
>Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
Martyrs: Legends of the Great Savanna Audiobook was just released today. :-)
speaking of, defiance of the fall is my number one recommendation, first is on amazon and the rest is on royalroad, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09168R29M?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_calw_tkin_0&storeType=ebooks&qid=1627873967&sr=1-1
another good one would be threadbare, about a sapient teddy bear golem
Vainqueur the dragon Is not only a top grade litrpg but also a high quality audiobook
You can get the first book here : www.amazon.com/dp/B099LDFVBK
New pen name. Who dis?
Coming at you with a brand new series.
This adventure takes place in the Apocosmos universe, but several years in the past. In fact, the setting is in ancient Greece.
"I am Zeus" is a series that shows the struggles of the Greek pantheon king as he gained power and gathered the Olympian gods to fight his father, Cronus.
I do need to warn you that this series is 18+ since it has explicit sex scenes. Why you ask?
Because it is a series about Zeus of course! If I did anything less, my Greek ancestors would definitely put a curse on me.
That is not to say there isn't action or that sweet LitRPG syrup!
The series has heavy base building elements (the base being Mt. Olympus) and battles with gods.
Link for the book is in the comments. I sincerely hope you enjoy the first installment, featuring Aphrodite on the cover!
Here's the blurb:
I am the king of gods. The one who sits on the throne of Mt. Olympus.
The God of the sky, lightning, and justice.
But I fought tooth and nail to get here.
When my father, Cronus, tried to devour my siblings and me, I escaped in search of new allies and a way to avenge them.
I found them in the faces of two goddesses who swore me allegiance by joining my guild.
This is the story of how I built my guild hall on top of Mt. Olympus. How we grew powerful and what we had to do to achieve it.
This is my story.
Yea its only downhill with ELLC.
If you are looking for a comedy audiobook experience than Vainquer the Dragon is unforgettable both in terms of comedy and audio quality
I'm going to throw my hat into the ring and say give the Rogue Dungeon series a try. Not young adult, five books in the series, the sixth and final book will be out later this year, and its narrated by the awesome Nick Podehl if you're an audiobook fan. And if that one doesn't do it for you, give Dungeon Heart (The Singing Mountain) a shot. Book 1 is awesome and book 2 will be out in early August. Good luck, hope you find something awesome to read.
So this series is based on a tabletop litrpg game that I made and then played with my wife and son. They both love them and from the reviews I've gathered and the messages I've received, all the other kids and adults that read them love them too.
Book 1 was published by Kyobo Books here in Korea and hit number one in the site for three days, and Book 2 is being published here in Korea by the same company as we speak, so apparently Korean kids and adults also enjoy the serious tremendously. Now I'm up to book 3 and I'm trying to share the love because that's what authors do lol.
I hope you all like reading them as much as I like writing them! :-)
Blurb: Join the Fairy Knights on their weirdest adventure ever!
Maybe you've heard that there are two sides to every story . . .
Well, what if there are two sides to every hero?
As a cookie man quest becomes a kooky sheepie caper, the Fairy Knights find themselves face to face with Pied Problems and an enemy thought defeated.
It's going to take Ching's crazy transformations, Oma's big brain, and Hamster Rick's bulging biceps to figure this one out!
Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097JHBH92
I’m always looking for more beta readers, so if you enjoy the series and are interested, send me a message or comment back :). Trying to make this series as good as I can, and I know how important an extra pair of eyes (and a brain) can be.
Hey all, this is my debut novel. It's a dungeon core novel. I've been an
avid reader of dungeon core for quite some time and now I've written
one. It is my attempt to capture all the elements that made me love the
genre to start with.
This is a traditional fantasy setting, a world for which the "system" is
normal and natural, and has no respawns. No harem or sex elements.
Link & description below.
The first rank four dungeon ever born. An unusually talented party of
adventurers. Both must face the terror that destroyed the kingdom that
came before them.
Will is the newest in a long line of dungeons born into the world—and
he’s a rank higher than any dungeon that preceded. He’s born along with
seven other dungeons in a small area, but so many dungeons were born in
one place because of a magical disaster… A disaster brought about by the
Voidbringers who sought to conquer the world.
Now the unthinkable has happened. The Voidbringers have returned, and
they have the ability to corrupt dungeons. As a powerful dungeon, Will
is one of their targets. He comes under assault by their minions, has to
deal with aggressive neighboring dungeons, and of course, adventurers.
With the aid of his dungeon fairy, Amber, and an adventuring party run
by Gar Adamant, displaced prince of the kingdom destroyed by the
Voidbringers, Will must grow his dungeon to become as strong as he
possibly can, grow his nearby town, defend himself and the locals, and
fend off the enemies that surround him everywhere.
A Dungeon Core story.
Hope everyone is having an awesome day, Book 2 of the Overdrive Series is now available on Audiobook!
The series is narrated by Shawn Compton and perfect for fans of mecha or competitive gaming. Follow Julian's adventures as he dives into the cutthroat world of competitive virtual mech battling!
Link here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PS3ND1C
Only one I know of is a newish release https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Y3DL462?tag=mountaindalep-20&geniuslink=true
Ravenous- is a book where an undead guy wakes in modern times due to magic of some kind. I haven't read it yet, but MountainDale press released it and I haven't been disappointed by one of their releases yet.
I'm not sure if this qualifies as "full on" slice of life, but it might scratch the itch for you:
Apocalypse: Generic System MC has to get the Squad together to survive the tutorial. An assassin, a swinger couple and a necromancer weeb walk into a bar.
Dungeon Crawler Carl
Just discovered this series and absolutely love it. Two books are out on Amazon with the third coming in April. The third book and the start of the fourth are also available on Royal Road.
It's a mix between Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Hunger Games/Battle Royale type dystopian novels with litRPG mechanics. Quick read, very funny and the writing and editing is solid.
> What kind of effect on the body does eating monsters all the time have?
Boy have I got a recommendation for you!
Seriously though, it's not an interesting read.
Apocalypse: Generic System fits your broad specifications.
Written by me, so take this with a grain of salt.
Actual world, Mc hyperspecs magic, telekinesis + a little extra that makes it a thinky kind of character.
Decent sized group of unique characters attempt to get through the Impossible Tutorial...by cheating.
Generally well received.
Gotchu fam bam!
And just so you know, the GOODREADS uh.. thing that tells you about the book (blanking on a name hear) is dogshit and doesn’t explain it well at all. So use this one.
I had never, ever, heard of this series until now.
So, for others interested, I'll throw up an Amazon link - click as thou will.
It looks like "LitRPG" or "GameLit" or "Whatever"...
For reference, Kilobyte is probably the first VR game book I ever read in the 90's.
Minor spoilers: In mine the MC does get a rare class, but since the game is well established there are plenty of others with the class as well. There are also plenty of disadvantages, some particular to the class, some due to her own circumstances. She really is just someone who wants to play and enjoy the game, but circumstances start to make that difficult for her.
Unfortunately the class is a spell caster, so I can't help you there.
Not sure if it's most people's style. It's a bit more adventure than action compared to most litRPG books I've read. It's coming out this Thursday, and free for Kindle Unlimited. Here is a link to the amazon page.
Just because a link is always good, and the title of "into the abyss" comes up with way too many different links, here's a link to the amazon book he's talking about.
Into The Abyss (Demons of Astlan Book 1)