Updated: Apr 15, 2021
Best LitRPG of 2020
Note: I read a lot of LitRPG, but I haven’t read everything. If you think a book should be on this list please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give it a read. These are my personal favorite books from 2020.
The apocalypse will be televised!
A man. His ex-girlfriend's cat. A sadistic game show unlike anything in the universe: a dungeon crawl where survival depends on killing your prey in the most entertaining way possible. In a flash, every human-erected construction on Earth—from Buckingham Palace to the tiniest of sheds—collapses in a heap, sinking into the ground. The buildings and all the people inside have all been atomized and transformed into the dungeon: an 18-level labyrinth filled with traps, monsters, and loot. A dungeon so enormous, it circles the entire globe. Only a few dare venture inside. But once you're in, you can't get out. And what's worse, each level has a time limit. You have but days to find a staircase to the next level down, or it's game over. In this game, it's not about your strength or your dexterity. It's about your followers, your views. Your clout. It's about building an audience and killing those goblins with style. You can't just survive here. You gotta survive big. You gotta fight with vigor, with excitement. You gotta make them stand up and cheer. And if you do have that "it" factor, you may just find yourself with a following. That's the only way to truly survive in this game—with the help of the loot boxes dropped upon you by the generous benefactors watching from across the galaxy. They call it Dungeon Crawler World. But for Carl, it's anything but a game.
this is without a doubt my current favorite LitRPG. The system is unique and the author has a fantastic writing style that’s both humorous and serious at the same time.
As the Uncrowned King tournament reaches its final rounds, tensions between the competing factions are higher than ever. The outcome may determine the power balance throughout the rest of the world.
Each Monarch schemes to seize any advantage they can...while far away, a Dreadgod stirs.
When the tournament ends, the Dreadgod will rise. Whether it will be driven back into the sea or allowed to rampage depends on the Monarchs.
And on which of them is left standing.
While not technically LitRPG, I don’t think anyone would fault me for including Wintersteel on this list. Cradle is the best cultivation series out there and if you haven’t already read it, well… You need to.
Maulkin didn't know dying would mean a new eternity of dungeon delving, monster slaying, and glory hunting. If he had, he wouldn't have been so worried about kicking the bucket on a date gone even more wrong than usual. Reborn in the wild world of Amaranth, Maulkin finds himself in a hulking demi-human body with a sword of a size to match. Marked as an Eternal, a fledging immortal of boundless potential, Maulkin soon discovers he's been given a mission by the elder pantheon of this new realm: Grow stronger. Ascend to godhood. Spread chaos in their name. Oh and fend off that inbound apocalypse, if he can find the time. Who wants an easy afterlife anyway?
The story follows Maulkin, a guy who died on a bad date and was reborn as a big meaty bruiser in a chaotic world that the gods abandoned. His entire persona can be encompassed with the phrase - bull in a china shop where the floor is people. If you like a straightforward warrior who’s about as smart as a cardboard box than you’ll enjoy this story.
Two things that really stand out about Savage Dominion are the sarcastic quips and intriguing underlying game system. I personally can’t wait to read book two.
All actions have consequences John Lee has come far from his time as a struggling survivor of the System Apocalypse. But now, his actions have gone too far and he has drawn the ire of the Galactic Council. Not only himself and his friends, but Earth itself, are faced with the displeasure of the Council. With the whole galaxy turned against them, John will have to scramble for allies and make Faustian deals to save Earth. But against the might of multiple empires, will it be enough? As the fate of Earth teeters on the balance, John may finally have to make a choice and break not just the Council, but his very honor itself. Broken Council is book 10 of the bestselling post-apocalyptic, space opera LitRPG series, The System Apocalypse. Tao Wong is also the author of the bestselling xianxia series, A Thousand Li, and the other LiTRPG series, Hidden Wishes and the Adventures on Brad, among other works.
it’s the tenth book in the System Apocalypse series. Personally I think each book in the series just gets better and better. In this book we explore a huge secret that was revealed at the end of book 9 and John continues working on solving the system quest. It looks like the system quest is going to be the main focus of the rest of the series and I’m excited to finally find everything out.
God’s Eye: Awakening
Discover a unique new world seen from the perspective of a newly born god in a breathtaking saga of divine proportions. Telos is a world at the center of a Universe. A bright jewel wrapped in a Lattice of realities. It is a world that gods and demons call home at the beginning of a new age. Remy is a newly risen deity, struggling to survive in a Battle Royale where the consequences are worse than death and last longer than damnation.
He will find that he cannot live with his tribe of worshippers. Their strength is his, and his is theirs. Other tribes want nothing more than to feast upon their flesh and consume their power. It is a deadly race of technology and power, faith and corruption, of commoners and legends.
Gods of ancient pantheons and demons of forbidden nightmares compete in a timeless game where the stakes are the souls of every living being. These old forces will come to fear a newly risen god. His name will become a curse on their lips. His name will be a chant in the mouths of the faithful. His name will be carved in time.
Zero Fell, Zero Fell, ZERO FELL!
This book was a lot of fun. To me, Aleron’s strength lies in his system building. Everything feels well thought out and I really do get the feeling that the world is vast and the videogame stuff means something. I know there’s a lot of people who want more city building LitRPG (myself included) and this book scratched that itch perfectly.
Mankind has been under attack for fifty years by the awesome power of bosses and monsters who are the denizens of dungeons. Monsters started these attacks when a mystical beast named Raekast appeared and threatened the world, eradicating human life from several continents. Raekast threatened all human life until a mysterious ceremony called 'Rebirth' unlocked the hidden potential of humans strong enough to repel and defeat her. Raekast’s final, desperate act caused dungeons to spawn across the globe. The greatest of these dungeons is known as Titan. Dungeons are a threat to humanity and nature alike. Powerful reborn humans known as 'Slayers' enter their dangerous depths to kill the monsters and bosses that live within and retrieve treasure, items and more.
Tad Harrington, a video game loving 16-year-old high school student, was bullied relentlessly throughout his life. Tad’s Rebirth date has come. His last hope is to be reborn a slayer strong enough to enter the toughest dungeons where a life of power and luxury could await him.
When things don’t go according to plan, Tad finds out he has a special Rebirth, one that can level up and grow stronger by defeating monsters. Starting from level one, how high can Tad climb? Can he overcome the challenges and become the ultimate dungeon slayer?
I really enjoyed this one. The system is simple and the book is straightforward without any big twists, but it works. It’s similar to the web comic Solo Leveling, but different enough that I wouldn’t consider it the same. It’s a fun read and worth the time.
After concluding their first year at Lorian Heights, Corin and his friends catch a train from their native Valia to the distant country of Caelford. For most, this would be a simple vacation. Corin has other plans. -Meet Anabelle Farren, the eccentric owner of Farren Labs, and learn about artificial attunements. -Seek out Warren Constantine, a previous Arbiter, for training and a potential alliance. -Find the visage Ferras herself to seek a cure for Sera's condition. Of course, Corin is Corin, and there's absolutely no chance he's going to be able to stick to a list. ...And even if Corin miraculously developed a sense of focus, he isn't the only one with plans. The Blackstone Bandit. Everyone's favorite mysterious book entity. The aforementioned Farren. A vacationing professor. The mirror of a figure from Keras' past. When their plots intersect, Corin and his friends are, predictably, stuck at the center. It's going to be a long vacation.
the third book in the Arcane Ascension series, this book took a different turn than the first two. It took place over winter (maybe summer, I read it a while ago) vacation from school. The main storyline progressed some, but not much, but there were huge reveals throughout the book and I learned a lot that I’d been wondering about.
The afterlife isn't always what you think…
A loving father of three children, Albert lived a life of few regrets. He served his country far from home. He outlived his soulmate. He died alone.
However, his assumptions about a peaceful eternity, reunited with his wife, are thrown out the window when a meddling god digs his fingers into Albert’s afterlife.
The positive? He will have a chance to see his wife again.
The negative? He has to survive the dangers of the legendary World Tree for the next three hundred years. He’s been reincarnated into a world full of magical evolutions, monstrous deer, sassy ten-year-old elves, and untold hidden dangers. It won’t be easy, but if life has taught Albert anything it’s this: If something is worth having, it's worth fighting for. And he intends to fight.
A unique take on cultivation and a great overall book
Wake a Dungeon.
Form a Guild.
Fight to Restore the World.
Kai was the least likely young man to ascend. Raised on his uncle’s potato farm, he began his career as an adventurer with empty pockets and little skill. But a foolish attempt to prove his bravery leads Kai to unlock hidden power within himself and acquire a most unlikely ally.
Rhona is a battle-scarred soldier who’s as likely to toss a quip as she is to throw a punch. After setting aside a promising career in the army to pursue the Path of the Bleeding Tiger, she sets out to stop a war and seek atonement for a bloody past.
When Bancroft the Earth Core awakens, he can’t wait to clean up his dungeon and begin building things anew. A recovered item from his past reminds him that more is at stake, however, putting an end to such pleasantries.
Join The Guild Core, a small band of friends determined to restore the world to an age of dragons, heroes, and honor.
The Guild Core is a novel by TJ Reynolds Fantasy LitRPG author of Eternal Online books 1-3. The Guild Core was inspired by the Divine Dungeon series, the Wheel of Time, and classic films like The Labyrinth and The Neverending Story.
This story takes place in an Epic Fantasy world governed by gaming mechanics. It contains light to moderate LitRPG, Gamelit, Cultivation and Dungeon Core elements. Features realistic violence, 3 MC POVs, and more than a few quaint jokes. Language and adult content is appropriate for teen readers.
Dungeon Core! We always need more dungeon core books
A paramedic turned arcane warrior. An unforgiving world that weeds out the weak. A secret that will bring the Gods to their knees.
James has no idea why he was ripped from his life as a paramedic and transported to a strange new world with rules like those of a video game. But he knows he has to adapt quickly, as ending up in a spider’s belly was never high on his to-do list
With only a vague quest, a mysterious brand, and promises of help from a cantankerous old lady to guide him, James must level up into the warrior this strange, yet beautiful world so desperately needs. New allies join him on his journey, as they venture to the Dwarven City high in the Crimson Mountains in pursuit of the first clue.
Can James figure out the rules of this land in time to save it from its prophecy? Or will the dark secrets contained in his mysterious brand consume him?
Check out Fragment of Divinity to find out.
look I’m not gonna lie to you, this is my book. I’m adding it to this list because I wrote the blog post and hope you’ll check it out.
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