Do you fear the darkness?
Do you fear the pain and terror within?
It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t mean to look for things I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t mean for death to come after me. I really didn’t.
But it still happened.
I’m Zoran and my name is the only thing I remember about myself; not why I woke up in a forest, not why I taste blood in my mouth, and certainly not why I see weird screens in front of me. Ever since I first woke, all I wanted to do was find out who I really was. But what I didn’t expect, was for my search to spark something that was never meant to happen.
It has started now. I can see it. Cities will burn and towers will fall. Chaos will descend the heavens and ravage the earth. The darkness is coming, and the world will tremble in its wake.
My Opinion: $3.99, 281 pages, Available on Kindle Unlimited
Zoran wakes up not knowing anything about his past or the world around him. Is killed by a pack of wolves and is surprised to wake up whole, only to discover he has the ‘resurrection’ ability that lets him come back to life after death, randomly teleported to a new location, and with a loss of XP as a penalty. Oh, and he suddenly starts to remember things about the game world: skills, races, how the game system works, etc. Just nothing about his past.
Things I liked:
There are some interesting game mechanics.
I like the premise of someone waking up in a game world and having to figure things out.
Things I didn’t like:
Everything is very convenient for the main character.
Fighting an Ogre more than 12 times his level? The MC just happens to remember a magic spell that obliterates him just before he’s going to get squashed.
About to be tortured by a evil mage? Don’t worry, the main character is conveniently be teleported away from any danger.
MC has a quest to find out more about his past and when he reaches the city where he’s supposed to search for answers, before he even steps foot in the city he’s conveniently found by a group that provides him the information that he’s an Eternal.
Loads of this kind of stuff: remembers skills, spells, gets over powered equipment for no good reason,
Game Mechanics presented don’t make sense or aren’t followed:
The MC level 11 finds himself surrounded by a group of well-armed enemies, each 17 levels. Including: At least men with swords and spears, archers, and a mage. Each of whom have an extra 24 stat points than the MC, higher health, stamina, and mana due to being higher level. Yet, at the last moment he magically remembers a weapon skill that lets you defeat most of them in a single action and the rest decide to teleport away.
Because the MC magically remembers information about everything he encounters there’s no sense of discovery for the reader, just a bunch of explanations.
The combat scenes are not exciting because you get to expect that the main character will magically find some way to win or be conveniently whisked away from danger.
This story isn’t particularly bad, it’s just not good either. It’s pretty meh.
Score: 5 out of 10