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Create lycanthropes. Give them elemental powers. Save the world. Jerrell Hawkins has a plan. He’s going to marry Nadine Hartwell, study magic at University, and serve his kingdom in the ongoing war in the prestigious Orichalcum Company led by the hero of the realm. To do this, he needs to obtain a Class. When his plan to create a new, powerful spellcasting class fails, he f Create lycanthropes. Give them elemental powers. Save the world. Jerrell Hawkins has a plan. He’s going to marry Nadine Hartwell, study magic at University, and serve his kingdom in the ongoing war in the prestigious Orichalcum Company led by the hero of the realm. To do this, he needs to obtain a Class. When his plan to create a new, powerful spellcasting class fails, he fears all is lost. Then an enemy sleeper agent burns down his world and Nadine is infected with lycanthropy. But Jerrell’s pursuit of a new Class leaves him with strange, controversial abilities. He can create and bond lycanthropes. What’s more, he’s learning to use elemental magic. Along with Nadine, now his bonded companion, he enlists in the military to enact vengeance for the destruction of their home. Their enemies are numerous, their abilities make their allies uncomfortable, and nothing is simple. Not even the fate of the world, which just might rest on Jerrell Hawkins’ shoulders.


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Create lycanthropes. Give them elemental powers. Save the world. Jerrell Hawkins has a plan. He’s going to marry Nadine Hartwell, study magic at University, and serve his kingdom in the ongoing war in the prestigious Orichalcum Company led by the hero of the realm. To do this, he needs to obtain a Class. When his plan to create a new, powerful spellcasting class fails, he f Create lycanthropes. Give them elemental powers. Save the world. Jerrell Hawkins has a plan. He’s going to marry Nadine Hartwell, study magic at University, and serve his kingdom in the ongoing war in the prestigious Orichalcum Company led by the hero of the realm. To do this, he needs to obtain a Class. When his plan to create a new, powerful spellcasting class fails, he fears all is lost. Then an enemy sleeper agent burns down his world and Nadine is infected with lycanthropy. But Jerrell’s pursuit of a new Class leaves him with strange, controversial abilities. He can create and bond lycanthropes. What’s more, he’s learning to use elemental magic. Along with Nadine, now his bonded companion, he enlists in the military to enact vengeance for the destruction of their home. Their enemies are numerous, their abilities make their allies uncomfortable, and nothing is simple. Not even the fate of the world, which just might rest on Jerrell Hawkins’ shoulders.

30 review for Elemental Alpha: An Illustrated LitRPG Military Fantasy Adventure (Nonstandard Progression Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kyo

    My first My first Liam book and I gotta say was never interested in his writing but this is one of the best by far KU fantasy stories I've read. Helluva twist at the end My first My first Liam book and I gotta say was never interested in his writing but this is one of the best by far KU fantasy stories I've read. Helluva twist at the end

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pieter

    Jerrell is a young teenager on the cusp of adulthood, ready to study at the university of magic and the military service afterward all the while looking for the perfect combination of motes (basic skill set such as for example the ability to cast elemental spells) to form a powerful and unique class. Things don't go as planned when his home town is destroyed in the war and he ends up with a combination of motes that does not work so well at a first glance and his girlfriend as a werewolf bound t Jerrell is a young teenager on the cusp of adulthood, ready to study at the university of magic and the military service afterward all the while looking for the perfect combination of motes (basic skill set such as for example the ability to cast elemental spells) to form a powerful and unique class. Things don't go as planned when his home town is destroyed in the war and he ends up with a combination of motes that does not work so well at a first glance and his girlfriend as a werewolf bound to him as a companion. Interesting world building, different and detailed enough to get my attention. Decent characters, especially for the genre. The game mechanics are original and interesting, mostly through showing a pattern of motes, each representing a set of abilities that interact with each other to create spells and powers. How the motes form is a bit arbitrary, and while what is created makes sense, at times it feels a bit like the ability comes just in time to save the day. Intriguing plot. There are a few minor nit picks, mostly the slow start, a few contradictions (e.g. no warmage joins unit X, and then one of the fellow trainees does join X) and some aspects are a bit predictable. It is a harem situation, but that should not come as a surprise (and it is not something I dislike automatically), and I have seen worse versions of the trope. Bonding suggests slavery and mind control, but that is not the case. It is very much a choice of all involved and there is no mind control. No my biggest issue is the "twist". It is done well in this novel, but it is a risky move and one that is to handle in such a way that it ruins my enjoyment of the story. It is mostly a personal dislike, since for me it tends to remove any sense of suspense and I have come across a couple of similar twists that just ended making the whole story feel meaningless. Still, I am likely to read the sequel. It has potential both as a good story or as one I will dislike. I will see...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nirah

    An interesting take It's not everyday you get a litRPG style story from the perspective of what we would view as an NPC. Especially one that takes the route this story did. I wasn't prepared for the amount of death despite the forward about the amount of military and war related activity that was researched. The side character were interesting, the world is interesting. Could use some editing. But I enjoyed it over all. On a completely separate note, given his story proclivities, I would pay good An interesting take It's not everyday you get a litRPG style story from the perspective of what we would view as an NPC. Especially one that takes the route this story did. I wasn't prepared for the amount of death despite the forward about the amount of military and war related activity that was researched. The side character were interesting, the world is interesting. Could use some editing. But I enjoyed it over all. On a completely separate note, given his story proclivities, I would pay good money to see if Lawson could write a polyam relationship without the aid of magical cultures to smooth the way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    William Howe

    Imaginative A very interesting system of magic. Could be fascinating to watch it develop further. Harem and some furry porn. Two scenes, as I recall. To be fair, the MC *is* a teenage (late teens) boy and the first werewolf he bonds was his girlfriend before she was infected, so... What I didn’t really like: one secondary character ‘knows’ it’s a game. And he references real-world stuff. His place in the narrative make a lot more sense at the end, but the references pulled me from the novel. Becaus Imaginative A very interesting system of magic. Could be fascinating to watch it develop further. Harem and some furry porn. Two scenes, as I recall. To be fair, the MC *is* a teenage (late teens) boy and the first werewolf he bonds was his girlfriend before she was infected, so... What I didn’t really like: one secondary character ‘knows’ it’s a game. And he references real-world stuff. His place in the narrative make a lot more sense at the end, but the references pulled me from the novel. Because his belief and knowledge isn’t really made clear until quite late in the book. I will likely get a sequel if/when it comes out. Some interesting stuff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marlon

    Yup Mr. Lawson has created an epic fantasy tale. Epic. The scope of this first entry is immense, we get detailed characters. All of whom are granted more than enough page time to become fully fleshed personalities. I loved the magic system, and the blend of Eastern and Western tropes to describe it to us. Plus the visuals were stunning. All the locations popped off the page and allowed you to immerse yourself. This novel impressed me as the level of writing has once again stepped up for Mr. Lawso Yup Mr. Lawson has created an epic fantasy tale. Epic. The scope of this first entry is immense, we get detailed characters. All of whom are granted more than enough page time to become fully fleshed personalities. I loved the magic system, and the blend of Eastern and Western tropes to describe it to us. Plus the visuals were stunning. All the locations popped off the page and allowed you to immerse yourself. This novel impressed me as the level of writing has once again stepped up for Mr. Lawson. Can't wait for another!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Star Dragon

    Great Beginning To A Great Series!!😁 Liam has always provided us readers with good stories, but his latest series has taken our reading his tales to a new level!😎 The characters, the plot twists, and his world buildings in this book forced, yes FORCED me to keep reading it from start to finish for a whole day and a half and at the end making me wish I came across this book after the second already came out to be read which I plan to do when it finally gets written!!😁😁 Well done Liam!!!😎😉🎖

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Carlon

    Mostly 5 stars For the most part this was an excellent book with a very creative and organic magic skill tree and very sympathetic and compelling characters. SPOILER ALERT!!! I found it jarring and broke immersion when the world was declared a programmed world and the characters were implied to be mostly sentient NPC's. One of the main characters made many references to "real world" authors, stories, computers, etc. I suppose it is a tribute to the skill of the author that I was immersed in this g Mostly 5 stars For the most part this was an excellent book with a very creative and organic magic skill tree and very sympathetic and compelling characters. SPOILER ALERT!!! I found it jarring and broke immersion when the world was declared a programmed world and the characters were implied to be mostly sentient NPC's. One of the main characters made many references to "real world" authors, stories, computers, etc. I suppose it is a tribute to the skill of the author that I was immersed in this game world that was portrayed as a fantasy litrpg world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Flores

    I quit. This one hurt. It was so good till it got lazy. The writing was good, the pacing on point. The MC kept trying, kept going forward. There were parts I hated, but it was content. I loved reading those parts, that is five star writing. Then. Then a session was added. The MC turned into a cheap harem anime trope. That is insulting to the reader and just shear lazy writing. Just shy of halfway I quit. If you don't want to put effort into writing, I don't want to put effort into reading. I quit. This one hurt. It was so good till it got lazy. The writing was good, the pacing on point. The MC kept trying, kept going forward. There were parts I hated, but it was content. I loved reading those parts, that is five star writing. Then. Then a session was added. The MC turned into a cheap harem anime trope. That is insulting to the reader and just shear lazy writing. Just shy of halfway I quit. If you don't want to put effort into writing, I don't want to put effort into reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Harriss

    Potential Mixed quality. Lots of good world building, politics, power systems, and relationship interactions. Some good side characters and set pieces. Some bad characters, annoying plot points, and tedious opening. The MC is a real issue, with a base personality of insecure failure mired in guilt, an artificial overlay of confidence and decisiveness, and a disgustingly powerful ability set that gets better the more he adds magical animal girls to his harem. I will give the sequel a chance but I ca Potential Mixed quality. Lots of good world building, politics, power systems, and relationship interactions. Some good side characters and set pieces. Some bad characters, annoying plot points, and tedious opening. The MC is a real issue, with a base personality of insecure failure mired in guilt, an artificial overlay of confidence and decisiveness, and a disgustingly powerful ability set that gets better the more he adds magical animal girls to his harem. I will give the sequel a chance but I cannot recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim Nielsen

    Hey will return cultivation novel with a twist This is the second book in the series and as the first it has lots of action and lots of fight scenes. The main character is still lacking confidence in himself but he is getting better and stronger as time goes along. And his harem is still alive and well and he has a new member which arguments his power even more and it does not distract away from the story. The story is rich in writing and the characters seem to come alive off the page or the Kind Hey will return cultivation novel with a twist This is the second book in the series and as the first it has lots of action and lots of fight scenes. The main character is still lacking confidence in himself but he is getting better and stronger as time goes along. And his harem is still alive and well and he has a new member which arguments his power even more and it does not distract away from the story. The story is rich in writing and the characters seem to come alive off the page or the Kindle app as this is what I'm reading on.

  11. 4 out of 5

    James Patterson

    Very strong first book I was almost put off by the ‘illustrated’ description, but there is very little illustration and it is simply very good litrpg. Some harem but adds to the storyline and isn’t overly intrusive which is a positive. Good idea, unusual use of powers and levelling making it slightly different to most litrpg and will be interesting to see where he takes the second book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Well written (a few minor grammar/homonym issues aside) and well paced. It's an enjoyable read, not to be taken too seriously, although I do have a few questions for the programmers of this particular game. The harem bits aren't overdone and the MC is pretty balanced, all things considered. Really, nothing that jumps out at me as a significant deficiency, so I'll definitely give the next one a try. Well written (a few minor grammar/homonym issues aside) and well paced. It's an enjoyable read, not to be taken too seriously, although I do have a few questions for the programmers of this particular game. The harem bits aren't overdone and the MC is pretty balanced, all things considered. Really, nothing that jumps out at me as a significant deficiency, so I'll definitely give the next one a try.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Bottom line up Front, Fun read, interesting story, intriguing world build and leveling system. Well worth your time. Looking Forward to Further Adventures of the Elemental Alpha. I enjoyed the story, interesting construction of the world and leveling system, good character development, and an intriguing twist on the LitRPG story line and hard to put down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    A good read. The writing is good and I liked the characters. The first half was good, but I did not get as much enjoyment from the 2nd half so I knocked off a star. There is, a twist, and it works well, but things seemed rushed near the end. Overall, I would recommend picking it up. I would like to see where the story goes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Hinsch

    Please Put Content Warnings Great story but needs to have content warnings in the description. Was excited to read the story since I didn’t see any explicit content warnings. Was very sad I needed to put the book down because I don’t read books with explicit sex in them. Can only give 3 stars because didn’t finish the book. Was shaping up to be a 5 star story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book one Mistakes: The sex added nothing to the story. Other than that I found nothing wrong with this book editing wise. Plot: Was kinda convoluted. Plot within plots. Not really very military either. Characters: Most are just there to die. Again such detailed sex wasn't needed and added nothing to the story. 5/10 Book one Mistakes: The sex added nothing to the story. Other than that I found nothing wrong with this book editing wise. Plot: Was kinda convoluted. Plot within plots. Not really very military either. Characters: Most are just there to die. Again such detailed sex wasn't needed and added nothing to the story. 5/10

  17. 5 out of 5

    gordon musgrave

    Wrong ratng It started good but changed to something stupid really fast!! Their should have been warnings about the pornography in this book!! Why add it ? It does nothing for the story at all!! .Who but a teenager wants to read porn? I do not recommend this book waste of time reading!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heath

    Enjoyed the story with the plot twists and how the story deviates from similar books I’ve read. The book’s end with wrapping up most of the plot threads to leave some plot to continue to the next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Such a good book and characters. Had be glued to my kindle reading waiting to know what happened next. And what I read was worth losing sleep over. A book I plan to read again and again. *I was given this free review copy ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andy Riedel

    Brilliant Liam steps up and puts his take on the LitRPG scene , he gives us a well developed world and an interesting magic system. The characters are likeable, the plot moves at a good pace and never slows and does offer some nice twists. Eagerly awaiting the next instalment!

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Sample

    Best book yet One of the things I love best about Lawson's books are the believable characters and his world building. This is his most ambitious book and it paid off in spades. I can't wait to read the next in the series and find out what new surprises are in store. Best book yet One of the things I love best about Lawson's books are the believable characters and his world building. This is his most ambitious book and it paid off in spades. I can't wait to read the next in the series and find out what new surprises are in store.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Loved it Ok so the story is fast paced in the beginning. Events seem to happen on top of each other but once it gets rolling at about half way though the book it drags you kicking and screaming to the end

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Patrick

    Nice I was so into this book that I started and finished it in one long long sitting. The only complaint I have is that I had to keep switching between my reading seats to stay comfortable .

  24. 4 out of 5

    william blake bozarth

    Great book and amazing start of a new story I really amazing story I really love this 1Just what I thought I knew who the bad guy is going to be but they're a left turn at me that twist really got me I will definitely buy the next book Great book and amazing start of a new story I really amazing story I really love this 1Just what I thought I knew who the bad guy is going to be but they're a left turn at me that twist really got me I will definitely buy the next book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justin Ortowski

    A fantastic read The story itself was brilliant, its pacing was excellent. The characters and abilities were also intriguing. Lastly, the relationships were organic and impactful. Overall, this book was a great read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Kelling

    Interesting and entertaining This was an interesting take on the genre and was quite enjoyable. It was well written and kept me up far later than it should have.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carl Kolvek

    Excellent!! Can not already wait for the next book! The twist near the end was fantastic and a new look at the tropes currently being written! Didn't want to say the spoilers! Excellent!! Can not already wait for the next book! The twist near the end was fantastic and a new look at the tropes currently being written! Didn't want to say the spoilers!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    New take on litrpg Fun and exciting are the words to describe this book. Loved the art work and the skill maps. Can't wait for book 2 New take on litrpg Fun and exciting are the words to describe this book. Loved the art work and the skill maps. Can't wait for book 2

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew J.

    Great job This was great book. I like the concept and the delivery. The MC was well done and the harem element was a nice slow build. Can’t wait fir the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Drew Clevenger

    Rape harem I hate harems, and this one has some blurred line rape. If you have sex with a slave, is it rape? How about someone you have legit magical control over?

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