Olgerd and his tribal NPC gang have finally discovered the Forbidden City. Problem is, they haven't found what they were looking for. The ancient maps are hopelessly out of date and the Ennan capital city is lying in ruins.
In the meantime, their enemies are closing in. Noctean hordes are arriving from the Silver Mountain Valley; the Dark army has already crossed the Back Stream, and the forces of Light have already entered the Icy Woods.
The magic protection sphere which Olgerd received from the city's invisible guardians is about to expire... The only way he can save the lives of his trusty NPC friends is by activating the Twilight Obelisk.
My Opinion: 435 pages, $5.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited
Full disclosure: I got an advanced copy for review. I purchased the novel when it was released.
This is an entertaining 4th book in the series. I particularly enjoy the pet raising and upgrades. There are the usual translation snags, odd phrases, and awkward phrases. Nothing that ruins the story but almost gives the novel an accent in places.
My favorite translation funny happens in a scene where Olgerd is fighting a villian from book 1 and he remembers what that guys father said about the jerk. Olgerd’s response is funny. At least to me.
“ ‘I’ve taught him never to bow his head to any Tom, Dick or Harry…’
Very well. I might be a regular Dick but I wasn’t going to run from him this time.”
Most of the novel is great fun and a coherent continuation of the books that came before it. However, the end of the novel has a twist that I’m not sure how to feel about. In a lot of ways it makes much of the plot of the story seem meaningless but it also wraps up the story.
The author had previously stated that this was going to be the last book in the series. He’s since changed his mind and intends to write more, but the end of this story feels like it’s informed by the idea that he’d intended it to be a last book. It didn’t ruin things for me but I found myself caring less towards the end of the story.
Overall, this is a good read for anyone that’s enjoyed the other 3 books in the series though the end may not be what they were hoping for.
Score: 7 out of 10.