Virtual Dive technology is coming out of the workplace and into homes. Nigmus Online is the first MMO to use this new device. The only caveat to the game; there is no manual. The only instruction the player gets is how to interact with the user interface. That's it. Nobody is going to hold their hand or give out rare items. Players begin life as a level zero commoner. Its entirely up to them what class they become. Explore a world that spans five continents.
Liam is tricked into trying an expensive and innovative online MMO. On his first trip into the game he stumbles upon a hidden class. The Undead Necromancer. Intrigued by this turn in events he continues to explore this mysterious world.
In another part of the country Kathrine(Kat) suffers from a debilitating and paralyzing disease. Taking part in an experimental research could offer her a new lease on life (of a sort).
Even further afield Russia and China are undergoing a massive spike in suicide rate. What could be causing so many young adults to dire ends?
My Opinion: About 400 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
The first few pages of the story set my expectations high. Oh, zombies? Yes. Players fighting gun wielding dwarfs? Yes. A little bit of romance between the unholy paladin and the Necromancer? Sweet. Unfortunately, those expectations weren’t met until about 60% into the story. There are also many places I would have liked to get more information about how the game worked. This is in part due to the story being originally written on the royal road as a serial. The nature of the format means the story are written over the course years by amateur enthusiasts.
- There are some really cool moments in the story and the premise is very interesting. There are a slew of interesting classes like the Necromancer, Reaver, Unholy Paladin, and more. Later on in the story, there’s even guild versus guild combat and some kingdom building.
- The relationships between characters are well developed. There’s even a romance.
- The villains are very villainous. You can’t have a hero without some villains and the ones in this story are very unlikable.
- The main character Liam, goes from level 1 to 7 to 10 to 20 with only snippets of story in between. Main female character, Kat, does the same, but even more disappointing, she gets a race change and all the reader gets is the cliff notes version of the story.
- Any LitRPG necromancer story is going to be compared to Awaken Online. The game mechanics in this story aren’t nearly as detailed as they are in Awaken Online. The reader is mostly just told ‘this is what I decided to take when I reached level whatever’ then it’s used in battle.
Score: 6 out of 10