Title: Metaworld Chronicles Author: Wutosama Rating: T (no official rating) Genre: Action/Adventure Status: Work in Progress Fandom: Original Fiction Published: Sept 22, 2017 Pairings: None Link: Here, First Chapter Summary: Gwen Song awoke in a new world where all that she was familiar with had disappeared and she must begin from zero. A 21st-century tale of an Earth ruled instead by magic, where humanity lives in enclaves shielded from magical beasts and otherworldly beings. Follow Gwen as she struggles to once again rebuild her life in the new world, a tale of companionship, adventure, and Spellcraft! Grow with Gwen as she grows from high school to university, and finally onto the real world, discovering the secrets of a real-life world made unreal by magic and Mages. Inspired by the spell system of classic Dungeon and Dragons, but set in the Modern World. ~#~ A few days ago I noticed a story called Metaworld Chronicles had suddenly appeared on the number 3 spot of TopWebFiction.com. Interested, I decided to check it out and I am glad I did. The story is hosted on royalroad and that is where it belongs. It hits all the tropes royalroad loves - LitRpg elements (minor in this story), reincarnated in another world, common RPG activities like hunting monsters and dungeon delving being actual activities, etc. Despite that, it implements them in a much more interesting way than normal. The setting plays a big part of that. It is mostly modern-ish day and set in Australia. That instantly gives it a more unique feel than medieval fantasy kingdom serial number 4421. So the story? Modern girl from 2017-ish is reborn in her alternate world duplicates body circa 2001. The biggest change, though, is this world runs on magic and due to some pretty heavy bias for magic users going on, the main character has to play some very fast catch up or risk being rendered a second class citizen. First chunk of the story is her playing this catch up. Then she makes some friends, has some adventures and the meta-plot kicks into gear. This culminates in a twist I did not see coming at all. Writing wise, the story starts off a little rough. Mostly there’s some really odd word choice, here and there, that breaks the flow. That gets a lot better, though, and by the latest chapters the writing is really good. It’s no Shakespeare. Your not going to stop and wonder at some wondrous twist of prose. But it competently conveys the characters, emotions and plot and once you get into the work, you’ll be really wanting to know what happens next. It is also really long - sitting at 759,374 words as of this post. Rating wise… Start of the story is properly a 3/5 but once things get going, it will drag you in. I think by the end of the first arc it is sitting comfortably at 5/5, so that is what I’ll be rating it as.