Where to Read LitRPG Novels Online for Free
Are you an avid gamer and an enthusiastic reader? If so, you are probably already a fan of LitRPG and are possibly wondering where to read these novels online for free. It’s always great to save a buck or two, especially when there is so much free content out there!
If you’re not familiar with the popular genre, LitRPG is one of the hottest tickets in speculative fiction right now. LitRPG incorporates literature with role-playing video games for a whole new reading experience. While LitRPG has been around for years, the genre came into its own in 2013 when Russia’s largest publishing house ESKMO began selling books under that specific genre title.
Some consider the 1980s to be the earliest rumblings of the LitRPG genre movement, with the publication of Chris Van Allsburg’s Jumanji as well as Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Erskine Cline’s beloved 2011 sci-fi Ready Player One is also listed as one of the best LitRPG novels out there.
But you don’t have to shell out big bucks to buy the classics or the newest LitRPGs to hit the shelves. With the popularity of self-publishing, more indie authors than ever before are publishing LitRPG novels online for free, which means you not only save money but get a chance to support up-and-coming authors on their writing journey.
Below is a list of sites to read LitRPG novels online for free, along with some book recs to get you started!
Fiction platform Fictionate.Me might be a new kid on the block, but they are making big waves in the speculative fiction genre with a stable of excellent writers publishing great content. As a reader, you can find many books to read for free or for a significant discount. You can also comment on your favorite books to support the authors! Besides having many great fantasy and sci-fi titles, this site also has some new LitRPG for all you gaming readers out there.
Make an account for free and read right in your browser.
A World of Monsters by Ankur_93: Kiran lives in a world where humans are now considered nothing but vermin because of their short life spans. He leaves home to defy his fate as a human, against all odds. He seeks a new Class of living so difficult to obtain, hundreds before him have failed. If he doesn’t succeed, he’ll be haunted by every step he takes.
Wattpad is probably the best-known self-publishing fiction platform, with over 90 million users. Readers have access to hundreds of free and paid stories, novels, poetry, and everything else in between. Many authors have seen their Wattpad novels go on to be adapted into TV shows or movies. A simple search of LitRPG will bring up a substantial list of ebooks to read.
It’s free to make an account, and when you do you can save books to your private library for instant access to your TBR list. Read in your browser or on the app.
Cycle of Ruin: Arrival (Cycle of Ruin Book 1) by Chris Meyer: The Arrivals have a choice to come to this place, but Roy doesn’t remember any kind of choice. Now, as a new Arrival, he finds himself thousands of feet in the air, trapped on a treacherous island where The Arrivals are hunted, and murder is the fastest way to gain strength.
Royal Road is another hot spot for LitRPG novels you can read online for free, with dozens of titles on the site. This fiction platform creates a great reading community with forums where you can connect with other superfans like you, or even chat with your favorite authors via private message. While books are free on Royal Road, you can donate to your favorite authors via their Patreon links included on the site, or directly donate via PayPal if you want to send them a little thank you for their outstanding work.
Create an account and immediately begin reading in your browser for free!
Truth Seeker: A LitRPG Timeloop by KrazeKode: It was supposed to be a simple delivery. But somehow Jennifer ends up in a dungeon in a trial of life or death. Now with a mark seared into her body and soul, she emerges from the dungeon to find her city in flames, with ruthless invaders slaughtering everyone who comes into their path. Including Jennifer. She thought for sure she was dead, but when she awakens, it’s like it never happened, and she thinks it’s all in her head. Until she notices the mark still branded into her flesh from the dungeon.
Another great fiction platform where readers can read for free, Webnovel has not only great novels but also comics and fanfic, so there is something for everyone. Browse easily by genre, or type in exactly what you’re looking for, and Webnovel will create a curated list just for you. Like Royal Road, novels are free but most authors have Patreon links on their profile pages so you can donate to support their work.
Create an account for free and read in your browser or on the app.
New Age of Summoners by vinayraj: Ajax was an orphan who survived a massacre along with his friends, but when he gets separated from them, he must learn a new mode of survival. Under mysterious circumstances, Ajax gains a new system to increase his cultivation. With his new system of cultivation, and a power to summon elemental spirits, he sets out on a journey to find the mastermind behind the massacres that ruined his life.
A Silver Prize winner in the Webnovel Spirity Awards of Spring 2020, this is definitely a title to add to your Webnovel library.
The book-selling giant also has many books to read for free, even if you don’t subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. If you’re a Prime user, you can read hundreds of online novels for free, including some great LitRPG novels. You can search for “free LitRPG novels” to bring up hundreds of titles that are completely free or free with Unlimited. Either way, you’re set!
Thousand Tales: Extra Lives by Kris Schnee: The game Thousand Tales is a haven for those who wish to escape their humdrum lives: the rich, the dying, and the criminal. For everyone, it offers the chance to upload their brains permanently into the virtual world of Thousand Tales. This digital world has everything: magic, true transformation, and adventure. But they soon find they need more to make them happy…
Author bio:- Heather R. Parker is a freelance writer, editor, and poet from Georgia. Her work has been published by Nightingale & Sparrow Magazine, Goats Milk Magazine, Analog Submissions Press, Between Shadows Press, Friday Flash Fiction, Clover & Bee Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, Entropy Squared, and others. In her spare time, you can find her doing yoga, taking long walks in the woods, birdwatching, or picking flowers in sun-dappled meadows. You can follow Heather’s writing on Instagram and Fictionate.Me.