12 Best Isekai Light Novels

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Top 12 Isekai Novels to Read

1) Mushoku Tensei

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Author:

Rifujin na Magonote

Marissa Gilbert will have you captivated with her story in the first chapter. It’s a unique storyline that has twists, turns, and cliffhangers at the end of the chapters that leave you on the edge of your seat. Never have I read a book that had me so entranced and made me feel different things. I was mad at times, too shocked, had some minor heart attacks along the way, and cried, and laughed. I absolutely love this book. She has a gift that leaves you wanting more. It is definitely worth reading. (from Goodreads)

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Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Mature, Romance, Seinen, Tragedy

Tags:

Appearance Different from Actual Age, Character Growth, Death of Loved Ones, Fantasy World, Reincarnated in Another World

Synopsis:

A 34-year-old NEET otaku, chased out from his house by his family, found that his life is reaching a dead end. He then recalled that his life could actually have been much better if he had made better choices in the past.

Just when he was at the point of regret, he saw a truck moving at fast speed, and three high schoolers in its path. Mustering all the strength he had, he tried to save them and ended up getting run over by the truck, quickly ending his life.

The next time he opened his eyes, he is reincarnated to a world of sword and magic as Rudeus Greyrat. Born to a new world, a new life, Rudeus decided, “This time, I’ll really live my life to the fullest with no rhttps://www.bookdepository.com/Mushoku-Tensei–Jobless-Reincarnation–Light-Novel–Vol–1/9781642751383egret!” Thus starts the journey of a man yearning to restart his life.

Note:-This novel has manga and anime too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– good world-building
– deep characters
– adventurous moments
– Interesting plot
– detailed fight scenes

Things I like about this novel:-
– slow-paced
– a lot of drama

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2) Fremd Torturchen

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Author:

Ayasato Keishi

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Fantasy, Horror, Mature, Psychological, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Tags:

Dark, Depictions of Cruelty, Gore, Serial Killers, Slow Romance, Torture, Tragic Past

Synopsis:

“I am ‘Torturchen’ Elisabeth Le Fanu, both a proud wolf and a lowly sow.”

After dying, Sena Kaito was reborn in another world and confronted with a peerless beauty, Elisabeth, who had appeared before his eyes. Introducing herself as “Torturchen,” she commanded Kaito to become her servant, but he refused on the spot. When Elisabeth presented Kaito with the choice of either torture or butler, he immediately submitted and began to serve at Elisabeth’s side, to accompany her until she completed her mission. Unbelievably, it turned out that Torturchen’s mission as a condemned sinner was to eliminate fourteen ranked demons and their contractors!

“Yes, indeed. I shall die, as lonely as a wolf and as pitifully as a sow.”

Ayasato Keishi x Ukai Saki! This awesome partnership offers a masterpiece of dark fantasy set in another world! Here begins the legend of world salvation, undertaken by the maiden who had been condemned by the world.

Note:-this novel has manga too. Moreover, it is completely translated.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Interesting plot
– deep characters
– evil mc
– super dark
– nice world-building


Things I like about this novel:-
– None

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3) Youjo senki / The Saga of Tanya the Evil

The Saga of Tanya the Evil

Author:

Carlo Zen

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Mature, Psychological, Supernatural

Tags:

Depictions of Cruelty, Evil Protagonist, Magic, Male to Female, Military, funny misunderstandings, Ruthless Protagonist, Wars

Synopsis:

On the front line of the war, there’s a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes, and porcelain white skin, she commands the army with a lisping voice.

Her name is Tanya Degurechaff.

But in reality, she is one of Japan’s most elite salarymen, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being X who calls himself “God.”

And this little girl, who prioritize over anything else efficiency and her own career, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army…

Note:-This novel has manga and anime too. On a side note, do watch anime it is quite good.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Cruel and Op MC
– Super antihero MC
– Quite a realistic plot
– awesome description of Wars

Things I like about this novel:-
– None

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4) From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World

From Common Job Class to the Strongest in the World

Author:

Chuuni Suki, Ryo Shirakome

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Mature

Tags:

Antihero Protagonist, Betrayal, Cute Children, Demi-Humans, Depictions of Cruelty, Game Elements, Multiple Transported Individuals, Sword And Magic, Transported To Another World, Underestimated Protagonist

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Hajime Nagumo is your average, everyday otaku. However, his simple life of pulling all-nighters and sleeping in school is suddenly turned upside down when he, along with the rest of his class, is summoned to a fantasy world!

They’re treated like heroes and tasked with the duty of saving the human race from utter extinction.

But what should have been any otaku’s wet dream quickly turns into Hajime’s nightmare? While the rest of his class are blessed with godlike powers, Hajime’s job, Synergist, only has a single transmutation skill. Ridiculed and bullied by his classmates for being weak, he soon finds himself in despair.

Will he be able to survive in this dangerous world of monsters and demons with only a glorified blacksmith’s level of strength?

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Op and cool Mc
– Interesting harem characters
– fluffy moments
– funny misunderstanding
– Interesting plot


Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– Mc power makes little sense


5) Overlord

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Author:

Maruyama Kugane

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mature, Psychological

Tags To watch Out For:

Antihero Protagonist, Evil Protagonist, Gore, OP Protagonist, Ruthless Protagonist, Secret Identity

Synopsis:

In the 21st century, the world entered a new stage of VR games…and “YGGDRASIL” is considered top of all MMORPG…but, After announcing that all its servers will be off, the internet game ‘Yggdrasil’ shut down…or so was supposed to happen, but for some reason, the player character did not log out sometime after the server was closed. NPCs start to become sentient.

A normal youth who loves gaming in the real world seemed to have been transported into an alternate world along with his guild, becoming the strongest mage with the appearance of a skeleton, Momonga. He leads his guild “Ainz Ooal Gown” towards an unprecedented legendary fantasy adventure!

Note:-This novel has anime and manga too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– a lot of details
kingdom building
– Schemes and conspiracies
– amazing world building
– well-developed characters
– evil OP MC

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– a lot of unnecessary info dumps


6) Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Author:

Kazuki Miya

Origin:

Japanese Web Novel

Genre:

Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Tags:

Child Protagonist, Genius Protagonist, Late Romance, Reincarnated in Another World, Weak Protagonist, Weak to Strong

Synopsis:

A bookworm who had finally found a job as a librarian at a university was sadly killed shortly after graduating from college.

She was reborn as Myne, the daughter of a soldier in a world where the literacy rate is low and books were scarce. No matter how much she wanted to read, there were no books around. What is a bookworm to do without any books? Make them, of course.

Her goal is to become a librarian! So that she may once again live surrounded by books, she must start by making them herself.

Note:- this novel has manga and anime too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Excellent world-building
– sweet MC
– Well developed characters
– nice balance of all genres


Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– get a little boring sometimes


7) Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki

Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki

Author:

Dojyomaru

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Romance

Tags:

Army Building, Management of Domestic Affairs, MC is king, Kingdom Building, Wars, Weak Protagonist

Synopsis:

“O, Hero!” With that cliched line, Kazuya Souma found himself summoned to another world, and his adventure–-did not begin.

After he presents his plan to strengthen the country economically and militarily, the king cedes the throne to him and Souma finds himself saddled with ruling the nation!

What’s more, he’s betrothed to the king’s daughter now…?!

In order to get the country back on its feet, Souma calls the wise, the talented, and the gifted to his side.

Five people gather before the newly crowned Souma. Just what are the many talents and abilities they possess…?!

What path will his outlook as a realist take Souma and the people of his country down?

A revolutionary transferred-to-another-world administrative fantasy series starts here!

Note:-This novel has manga too. Moreover, the anime of this novel is released as well.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Interesting plot
– healthy focus on political Affairs
– good kingdom Building
– easygoing
– a healthy amount of realism
– no OP MC


Things I like about this novel:-
– kind of childish
– a lot of usual JP trope
– somewhat lack Common Sense
– Unnecessary Harem


8) Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria

Author:

Mikage Eiji

Origin:

Light Novel

Genre:

Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Tags:

Dark, Non-linear Storytelling, Strategic Battles, Time Loop, Time Paradox, Tragic Past, Unreliable Narrator, Weak to Strong

Synopsis:

Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, or The Empty Box and The Zeroth Maria, tells the sinister story of Kazuki Hoshino, who is almost madly attached to his everyday life, and his antagonist Aya Otonashi, who suddenly transfers into his class—for the 13,118th time. She majestically announces to “break” him, without paying heed to anyone else around them.

This is but the start of a dark roller coaster ride that turns the two against themselves, the people around them, and the one who may be god. Read on as their relationship slowly changes as they go against their most basic values in their struggle against the world itself.

Note:- The novel has a heavy focus on Mystery.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– Very well written
– Interesting and deep Characters
– Superb character development
– Awesome plot

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– None


9) Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari

Author:

ANEKO Yusagi

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Harem, Romance

Tags:

Antihero Protagonist, Betrayal, Discrimination, Distrustful Protagonist, Hated Protagonist,

Synopsis:

Naofumi Iwatani, an uncharismatic Otaku who spends his days on games and manga, suddenly finds himself summoned to a parallel universe! He discovers he is one of four heroes equipped with legendary weapons and tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction.

As the Shield Hero, the weakest of the heroes, all is not as it seems. Naofumi is soon alone, penniless, and betrayed. With no one to turn to, and nowhere to run, he is left with only his shield. Now, Naofumi must rise to become the legendary Shield Hero and save the world!

Note:-This novel has both anime and manga.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– good character development
– well written
– Interesting plot
– Interesting characters
– politics, schemes, and conspiracies

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– lacking world building


10) Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?

Author:

Baba Okina

Origin:

Web Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Seinen

Tags:

Cannibalism, Fantasy World, Female Protagonist, Game Elements, demon king and Heroes, Multiple Reincarnated Individuals

Synopsis:

The world where the Hero and the Demon King continue to oppose each other. The grand magic from the Hero and the Demon King crossed over worlds and exploded in the classroom of a certain high school.

The students who died in the explosion will be reincarnated in a different world. The protagonist, who had the lowest reputation in the class, was reincarnated into a spider. Nevertheless, she adapted quickly to the present condition with strong willpower.

This is a story of a girl who has become a spider and her trying to do whatever she can to live.

Note:-This story has manga and anime too. Moreover, the story starts getting really good after chapter 250.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– loveable mc
– unpredictable plot
– unusual story settings
– unique story
– Lot of Schemes And Conspiracies
– deep character

Things I like about this novel:-
– a lot of monologues


11) The Evolution Fruit – Conquering Life Unknowingly

The Evolution Fruit – Conquering Life Unknowingly

Author:

Miku

Origin:

light novel

Genre:

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Tags:

Battle Academy, Anti-Magic, Betrayal, Bullying, Caring Protagonist, Discrimination, Fantasy World, Fat to Fit, Friendship, Game Elements, Human-Nonhuman Relationship, Magic, Magical Space, Multiple Transported Individuals, Slow Growth at Start, Spatial Manipulation, Transported to Another World

Synopsis:

Seiichi Hiiragi had such a terrible appearance that negative adjectives such as ugly, unpleasant, dirty, and smelly were thrown at him non-stop. Seiichi was constantly bullied at school, and every day he just waited to go back home. One day, all of a sudden a voice from the broadcast speaker said that he was to be transferred to a different world; the voice came from a God itself.

That would not concern Seiichi alone, but his whole school. They would go to a fantasy world where levels, standings, skills, and similar things existed, as if in a game. However, God wouldn’t do all of that of its own volition, but because people from the other world were performing summoning rituals in order to conjure brave men and women to their world. While all the classes were forming a group waiting to be transferred, of all of his classmates Seiichi alone was rejected and sent to a different place entirely. For the first time in his life, once reached his destination, he would eat the “Evolution Fruit”. That experience would drastically change Seiichi‘s life.

This story is about Seiichi being rejected by his classmates. At the end of the fairy tale his struggles are rewarded, he survives that new world, eventually proving to be a winner.

Note:- This novel has manga too.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– interesting characters
– Silly plot
– sweet romance
– funny moments

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– MC Cowarly nature


12) About the Reckless Girl Who Kept Challenging a Reborn Man Like Me

About the Reckless Girl Who Kept Challenging a Reborn Man Like Me

Author:

Kohigashi Nora

Origin:

Light Novel (Japanese)

Genre:

Romance, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life

Tags:

Clingy Lover, Heartwarming, Marriage, Tomboyish Female Lead

Synopsis:

“A prodigy at ten, a genius at fifteen, a common man past twenty.”

This is a story of the struggle of an ordinary guy like me who is a “reincarnator” and a reckless and promising girl who is a “genius”.

This story has one shot too. Moreover, this novel along with its one-shot is highly recommended. Believe me, you won’t regret reading it.

Opinion:-

Things I like about this novel:-
– a heartwarming and emotional story
– realistic plot
– well written

Things I Don’t like about this novel:-
– absolutely None


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