Looking for a new series to pick up? New to light novels in general? Here's a list of all our reviews of the first volumes for the series we've reviewed!
Koyomi Araragi begins his third year of high school after enduring a hellish spring break encounter with a vampire. Having an uncanny knack for getting caught up in things, he finds himself faced with solving the mysteries of a weightless classmate and a lost girl who just can’t seem to find her way home.
Haruhiro awakens in an unfamiliar world with no recollection of his past life. He can't even begin to consider properly how he got here, but is immediately forced to fight for his own survival in order to earn money for basic necessities. The life of a volunteer soldier isn't easy, and together with other new soldiers Haruhiro quickly learns to stark reality of surviving in this fantasy world.
In a world where monsters and brigands roam the lands, skilled warriors of man, elf, dwarf or lizardmen heritage sometimes become adventurers. A dangerous job for most, though those who survive can gradually take on even greater challenges, and perhaps someday becoming a legendary hero. However on the edges of a small frontier town lives one adventurer, one who does not care for glory, honor, or payment, and instead only hunts the lowest of the low monsters. His name: Goblin Slayer.
Hachiman Hikigaya has just been forced by his supervisor to join the "Service Club", a club dedicated to helping other students. The club's only other member is the beautiful and intelligent Yukino Yukinoshita, a girl Hachiman would have never gotten the opportunity to speak to otherwise. Is this the perfect romantic comedy setup?!
Subaru may think he knows a lot about fantasy worlds, but when he suddenly brought to one himself he quickly realizes that he doesn't stand a chance. Fortunately for him, for some reason he comes back to life at a previous "check point" whenever he dies- but how can this help him when he is too weak to survive in the first place?
A prequel to the Seraph of the End series, Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen follows the Lieutenant Colonel when he was 16, before the events of the Catastrophe.
Ayato Amagiri was already worried about having to compete with other super powered students on the school-city of Asterisk, but his first challenge will be contending with one fiery princess.
Prohibition isn’t enough to stop rival gangs from fighting over the drink, but when the drink is an elixir of immortality one heck of a ruckus may be on the way…
Kyousuke Kamiya isn’t a murderer - but the rest of his classmates at Purgatorium Remedial Academy are! How is Kyouske going to survive his high-school hell when surrounded by such fetching and dangerous girls?
The glory days of the legendary guild Ainz Ooal Gown in the MMO Yggdrasil might have past, but a new world is left ready to conquer as the servers go dark and the game becomes a reality for its last remaining player in the hit novel series which inspired an anime adaption.
The premiere light novel of The Irregular at Magic High School, the hit series which spawned multiple manga series and an anime adaptation, is out! How will Tatsuya Shiba deal with his inferior placement at Magic High?
For centuries, the monarchic Galactic Empire and the democratic Free Planets Alliance have struggled for control of the galaxy, but now this fight is carried on in the struggle between the ideals and ambitions of two men. Japan’s most legendary space-opera finally makes its arrival in English.
Haruyuki Arita’s middle-school life is nothing but continual bullying thanks to the unfortunate combination of being overweight and having a meek personality. After being introduced to “Brain Burst” by the beautiful upperclassman Kuroyikihime, Haruyuki finds his life beginning to accelerate in this series by the author of Sword Art Online.
Is it really a good idea to send a cute girl to watch over a a teenage boy who happens to be a frighteningly powerful vampire called the Fourth Primogenitor? Even worse, how about if his powers are triggered when he gets turned on? The adventures of the world’s mightiest, laziest vampire begin in the original light novel series that spawned the hit anime.
The world has already ended. This is a future where the battle for world has been fought and lost, with humanity barely staving off extinction at the hands of the Gastrea. Ten years later, Rentaro Satomi and his partner Enju fight to protect what is left of the world in the original light novel series which spawned the anime Black Bullet.
This is the story of a series of strange events, of a headless courier riding a black, soundless bike, a high school student in love with a monster, and of a mysterious gang which have slowly become the talk of the town. Tokyo’s Ikebukuro ward isn’t a stranger to odd and interesting events, and the stories of the people who live there are told in Durarara!!, the original light novel which spawned the hit anime.
In the blazing heat of summer, a group of teenagers band together after realizing they each have special powers. Calling themselves the Mekakushi-dan, this is the story of a series of events that befall them on two August days in the first volume of the hit light novel series that became the basis for Mekakucity Actors.
For centuries Holo the Wisewolf has protected the village of Pasloe, as god of the harvest she has watched over the fields of wheat, ensuring that the village has had many bountiful years and few poor. But man is forgetful and though the citizens of Pasloe still hold a festival in Holo’s honor at the conclusion of every harvest, few, if any, believe that she exists. Tied forever to the land by this tradition, what is an abandoned goddess to do?
Academy City is more or less a collection of universities for training magic power in students called espers through the power of science and academics. However, while science may seem to be the ruling force, magic also exists in the form of sorcerers who gain their abilities from grimoires and artifacts, and swear loyalty to old religious institutions. In a world with such a focus on both magic and science, it is only natural that the two forces will collide.
Short answer: Yes. Long Answer: A book exists to be read.
In a world where all conflicts are solved by games, humanity stands on the brink of extinction, unable to win against the other sentient races such as elves who have amazing magic powers. However, this all changes when two siblings arrive from another world with a unique ability of their own.
After 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the video game Elder Tales, they must adapt and survive in this new world because if you die in the game, you die in real.... wait that’s not right.
You might argue that world-domination via the fast food industry has already been achieved, but not if Satan has anything to say about it!
Reki Kawahara reboots his famous series by following the adventures of Kirito and Asuna through Aincrad floor-by-floor in this new imagining of a familiar adventure.
If you die in the game, you die in real life!