Title: The Menocht Loop Author: caerulex Rating: M / T? Genre: Adventure, Time Loop, Fantasy Fandom: Original Universe Pairings: N/A Summary: Ian Dunai has been trapped in a nightmarish loop filled with contagion, captives, and decemancy for the past three or four years. In that time, he's become a master of decemancy with the ability to control dead matter, whether dried leaves, yellowed skeletons, or hulking corpses. Little does he know, he's just been stuck on layer one. Link: Royal Road The Menocht Loop is, as the name implies, a "time loop" story. Rather than starting at the beginning of the loops, Ian is well aware that he's in a time loop as the story starts, and has already learned quite a bit. What he does not realize is that this is only the first challenge. This story uses a variation on the time loop that I had not seen much of before, where there are multiple layers to the repeats. This does make things a bit odd early on, as far as reading flow, since resetting in a later loop has further-reaching consequences besides just restarting that scenario. There are a few points where I would have liked to see Ian explore rather than looking for a way out, and a few situations that I think could have been interesting to expand on. The characters are fairly well written and enjoyable, although with the transience of the loop, the main character keeps most of the focus. The story is up to chapter 41 at this point, with a solid update schedule (according to the author, 3x / week, with the most recent update 5 days prior to posting this). The author says that all of this story is written, and the sequel has been started on. Chapter 41 ends on what looks like a fairly major cliff hanger. Overall, I'd rate this story as a 3.5/5, rounded up to 4/5, due to the solid update rate and enjoyable premise, as well as the main character.