Best Non Human Protagonist Novels

A Dream of Wings & Flame by Cale Plaman

Trapped at the bottom of the hierarchy, kobolds scrape by in the harsh cavernous depths, learning to accept a life of squalor and fear. However, Samazzar is not like his fellow kobolds. He dreams of rising above his birth circumstances, propelled by the dragon’s blood coursing through his veins. His goals may seem insurmountable: evolving beyond the confines of his small, scaled form, facing the ridicule of his tribe, and navigating the hazardous subterranean world. But with undying determination, magic, and wit, Samazzar yearns to reach the sky and claim his rightful place in the world.

“A Dream of Wings & Flame” is an extraordinary journey woven by Cale Plamann that breathes new life into the LitRPG genre. At its heart is the remarkable Samazzar, a kobold with the audacious dream of becoming a dragon. Plamann’s deft storytelling skillfully depicts Samazzar’s path from the most ignoble of creatures to an aspirational figure, a testament to his narrative prowess. With its vividly detailed magic system and an underlying theme of resilience, this novel serves as a delightful reminder that our origins do not define our potential. Plamann’s tale of Samazzar is an inspiring story of determination, resilience, and personal evolution that will undoubtedly resonate with readers long after they’ve turned the final page.

Master of the Hoard by Lars Machmüller

In a realm brimming with sorcery and brutality, an ordinary construction supervisor named Carl gets the shock of his life – and death! Suffering from an unexpected heart attack, he leaves behind his ordinary existence only to reincarnate as a dragon in an unforgiving, magic-infused world. In a landscape where the fittest reigns supreme, Carl now stands at the top of the pyramid. However, he must navigate this new reality, figure out how magic operates, decide which monsters are safe to eat, and understand the significance of his hoard. Not to mention, rival dragons, inhospitable territories, and contenders eager to defeat a dragon all lurk around the corner. Ultimately, Carl must carve out a life worth living in a world ruled by power.

A promising plot underpins “Master of the Hoard”, offering a compelling yet simple narrative filled with consistent growth and development. The steady build-up of tension throughout the story ensures that it maintains its captivating charm. The book might leave readers wanting more from the base building aspects, but it nevertheless provides a meaningful narrative. The series might appear to have potential issues with its endgame, but the current narrative remains engaging enough to warrant binge-reading the next two installments over a weekend. To put it briefly, if you’re a fan of dragons, base building, and progression fantasy without being too complex, this book is worth a read.

A Goblin’s Tale (The Iron Teeth) by Scott Straughan

Embark on an extraordinary fantasy journey packed with magic, chaos, murder, and a wicked sense of humor. As an era of darkness emerges fueled by the greed of kings sparking a never-ending war, humanity grapples with untamed monsters ravaging the outskirts. Civilization retreats, abandoning villages and allowing fields to become barren. Bandits, the harbingers of murder, have claimed the barren lands as their own.

This all seems irrelevant to a nameless goblin slave whose only aspiration is to fill his belly with food unnoticed. Fate, however, has other plans. Whisked away to the remote Iron Teeth Mountains, the goblin must evolve beyond his lowly status to survive, forging a blood-soaked path through the northern forests.

But, the path to survival is steeped with challenges; firstly, he must overcome his crippling fear of trees. Living in a realm where everything perceives him as the perfect-sized snack, survival becomes a formidable task.

“A Goblin’s Tale” is a riveting narrative that makes a departure from typical fantasy tropes and delivers an engaging storyline from the underexplored perspective of a goblin. Blacknail, the goblin protagonist, brings to the fore a novel experience, with the narrative shining even in the most mundane scenarios. The book effectively encapsulates the goblin’s progression, dynamic action sequences, and its enthralling mysteries.

The character developments are meticulously carried out and the moral grayness of the characters adds an intricate layer to the story. The way the author handles the protagonists’ defeats is commendable and augments the realism of the narrative. The first book might feel a bit underwhelming compared to the subsequent installments but still warrants a five-star rating for its uniqueness and gripping content.

A minor downside is the red-haired city girl who is intrigued by danger yet is utterly incompetent, serving no substantial purpose in the storyline. It’s akin to a Jar Jar Binks sidekick, unnecessary and slightly annoying. Reading the next two books as web serials can be a tedious task and I found myself wishing for an upfront payment option to download and enjoy the books with ease. Nonetheless, the immersive storyline makes up for these shortcomings, making it a memorable read.

Threadbare by Andrew Seiple

Threadbare is a twelve-inch stuffed toy, magically brought to life but quickly deemed a failure and cast aside by his creator. Despite his initial ineptitude as a hero, he is taken in by a young girl facing her own difficulties. Even though he struggles to assist her, Threadbare is fast in making friends, acquiring abilities, increasing his levels, and miraculously surviving challenging situations. This is fortunate because his creator’s enemies are numerous and ruthless. This narrative includes strong language and violent themes.

Threadbare is an enchanting tale that marries whimsy with a nuanced exploration of character development. This initial book in the series perfectly captures Threadbare’s evolution from an almost nonsensical plush bear into a sophisticated and honorable creature. The charm of his companionship and subsequent bond with the household cat adds a delightful layer to the narrative. The LitRPG system employed in the book is impeccably executed, with Threadbare’s obliviousness leading to realistic consequences rather than exploiting loopholes or defying rules.

However, the series experiences a slight dip in its final book. The narrative’s focus shifts, overlooking our adorable bear of destruction to highlight an extensive range of secondary characters. While the story delves into fascinating concepts like golemisation, it unfortunately pulls away to spotlight the broader political tensions impacting the country. Despite the relevance, I found it hard to engage with these issues, yearning for the lens to return to Threadbare and his charmingly naive antics.

Nevertheless, Threadbare proved to be a captivating read, its engaging opening immediately drawing me into its magical world. It’s a potent blend of fantasy and adventure, seasoned with an endearing teddy bear protagonist, making it a highly recommended read for any fantasy enthusiast.

Curious Beginnings (Salvos, Book 1) by V.A. Lewis & Melas Delta

Embark on an extraordinary journey of survival in a mythical realm with Salvos, a unique newborn Demon girl. With a friendly demeanor and an instinctive knack for adaptation, Salvos faces the relentless challenges of the brutal Netherworld, gaining experiences and evolving alongside her sole companion.

However, when the life of her friend is endangered by an enigmatic Demon King, Salvos must take drastic measures, even if it means parting ways and landing in an alien world. In this world, she is surrounded by humans, otherworldly creatures, and an azure sky, her demonic origin a source of disdain. Despite the change of scenery, the principle of survival of the fittest remains constant, and Salvos is determined to survive, no matter the circumstance.

The narrative of ‘Curious Beginnings’ (Salvos, Book 1) may not revolutionize the genre, but it offers a charming respite from the typical adventure tales. MelasD brilliantly crafts an engaging tale about a friendly demon girl named Salvos, caught up in an epic quest of survival, friendship, and self-discovery.

Though the story commences on a dark note, it seamlessly transitions into an upbeat, sitcom-like journey filled with humorous interactions and surprising friendships. Salvos, with her quirky demeanor and infectious positivity, is the heart of the story, making her growth and evolution a delightful read. The author manages to introduce familiar tropes with clever variations, making the narrative feel fresh and invigorating.

The pacing is remarkably balanced, ensuring a smooth flow and progression of the plot. The characterization, although simple, is consistent and adds depth to the narrative. MelasD’s mastery of language, grammar, and storytelling shines throughout the book, maintaining reader interest and making the narrative compelling.

However, it’s the playful, light-hearted tone of the narrative that truly makes it a standout. The battles are engaging, the adventures exciting, but never morose, with Salvos’ jovial demeanor adding a pleasant layer of levity. If you seek a delightful escapade in the fantasy genre, ‘Curious Beginnings’ (Salvos, Book 1) is a charming gem well worth your time.

Dungeon Born (The Divine Dungeon Book 1) by Dakota Krout

A formidable dungeon pairs with an unlikely noble, a former sheep-herder, in their journey of power enhancement through cultivation. Dungeon conquering is an established route for adventurers to gain power. Yet, the presence of beasts in these dungeons complicates the process. Visitors to this unique power center have questions: Why am I being attacked by a cuddly bunny? From where do the ‘rewards’ of heavy gold coins, weapons, and armor originate? Why are there an excessive number of monsters?

All these ancient queries are answered by Cal, a Dungeon Core, who was unwillingly trapped in a magical stone. He uses his abilities to evolve a dungeon around him, attracting new power sources with the help of a lively ally. As a threat he can’t fully grasp exposes its fangs, Cal is adamant on surviving this life-threatening situation. To ensure his survival, he has no choice but to consume any adventurer who dares to enter his space.

“Dungeon Born” is a fresh take on the dungeon diving trope. It stands out with its unique concept: the dungeon itself as the protagonist. The plot takes us on an exhilarating journey where Cal, a Dungeon Core, navigates through the mysterious realm of dungeons and the threats they encompass. With the clever use of characters like Dale, the author manages to present both perspectives – the adventurer and the dungeon.

The balance between the characters’ development and the world-building is impeccably done, avoiding any information overload while keeping the readers engaged. The magic system devised in this book is exquisite and easy-to-understand, which adds to the allure of the story.

Though the initial pace may seem unhurried to some, the narrative soon gains momentum and pulls the reader into a riveting exploration of a dungeon’s life, filled with humor, suspense, and fascinating magical systems. Also, the book is refined to perfection and offers a high standard of writing, a rarity in this genre.

The cliffhanger ending may not be to everyone’s liking, but it succeeds in setting the stage for the sequel. The book is a worthy read for those who enjoy World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, or just the fantasy/dungeon diving genre. It is highly recommended for its creative concept, comprehensive world-building, and a captivating narrative. Looking forward to the second installment in the series.

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Moon, a shape-shifter with the power to morph into a winged creature, lives his life in hiding, disguising his true identity. Raised as an orphan, he only has vague memories of his own species, resulting in unsuccessful attempts to blend in with the tribes of his river valley. His life takes a turn when he is expelled from his adopted tribe and finds another shape-shifter like himself. He is promised acceptance in this newfound community, but is unaware of the implications of his presence. His unique lineage plays a vital role in the survival of the colony, who is threatened by the ruthless Fell. Now, Moon is compelled to overcome years of learned behavior to protect his own life and that of his newfound kin.

Martha Wells’ The Cloud Roads: Volume One of the Books of the Raksura takes readers on a fascinating journey of self-discovery, survival, and challenging societal norms. The protagonist, Moon, is a refreshing deviation from typical fantasy characters. His vulnerability and quest for identity is relatable and beautifully depicted. The society of the Raksura, the creatures Moon eventually identifies with, is notably well-constructed, illustrating a variety of social roles that are intriguingly non-anthropocentric.

However, the gem of this novel is arguably its world-building. The Three Kingdoms – inhabited by groundlings, skylings, and sea creatures – teem with various humanoid and non-humanoid species, each as vividly described as the last. Wells’ creativity truly shines in the alien species she introduces, transcending traditional genre tropes. The enemies, known as the Fell, are especially memorable for their evil ruthlessness and terrifying power dynamics.

Nonetheless, some aspects of the book might grate on particular readers. For instance, the use of terminology that seems too Earth-like can momentarily yank readers away from the book’s rich otherworldliness. The inconsistencies in the naming of certain creatures also come across as confusing, disrupting the otherwise seamless narrative flow.

Despite these minor drawbacks, Wells masterfully balances action, dialogue, and introspective thought, offering a story that is as thought-provoking as it is thrilling. The flying scenes are particularly noteworthy, evoking a sense of freedom and exhilaration that encapsulates the essence of Moon’s transformative journey. From start to finish, The Cloud Roads is an engaging exploration of identity, societal structures, and survival, leaving readers eagerly awaiting the subsequent volumes in the series.

Chrysalis: The Antventure Begins by RinoZ

Immerse yourself in the journey of Anthony, who is unexpectedly reborn in the captivating, game-like world of Pangera. Unsettling surprises await him, as his newfound abilities include skills such as ‘Bite’ and ‘Dig’. The shocking realization soon dawns upon him that he has reincarnated as an ant! Traverse through Anthony’s thrilling adventure as he grapples with survival and growth in his new life within a dungeon.

The Antventure Begins delivers a refreshing take on the genre of transmigration novels. The unconventional setting and the metamorphosis of the protagonist into an ant—far removed from the conventional human or humanoid forms—add an irresistible flavor of eccentricity. The author’s steadfastness in updating the story and evading a hiatus is commendable, contributing to the reader’s sustained interest and anticipation. Despite a seemingly linear plot and the primary character’s focus on physical evolution rather than emotional development, there’s an unmistakable charm that lures you in. Chrysalis is a delightful fusion of simplicity and novelty. It might not provide an immersive emotional journey, but it offers an enjoyable ride filled with cool evolutions, likable characters, and an ant’s struggle for community. It’s akin to relishing popcorn—uncomplicated, yet deeply satisfying. You may not get a grand feast, but it guarantees a delightful snack that keeps you wanting more. It’s indeed an Ant-venture worth embarking on!