When Timothy finally found work as a tester for a popular online MMORPG, his lifelong dream was fulfilled. And now, he earns money (and pretty good money, at that) just for doing what he loves – playing a beautiful and realistic computer game. But he isn't some typical run-of-the-mill player, like the millions of others. Timothy is truly capable and talented, and stands out from the crowd. In fact, the faceless masses consider him far too lucky and successful. Many players dislike him for his achievements and hunt him down ruthlessly just because they feel envious or because he looks different. So, what is he to do now when the whole world is against him, and his only allies are his beloved sister and a few trusted friends? Make peace? Sink down to their level? Or just fly ever higher on the wings of success? It's all up to Timothy!
My Opinion: 545 pages, $5.99, Not available on Kindle Unlimited
Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy of the novel for review, but purchased it once it became available.
After losing the warg shapeshifters, Timothy /Amra posts videos of him getting his rare flying mount, not realizing the can of worms he’s unleashing. All manner of players start to complain that a newb like Arma got such a rare mount and they start to call for a boycott of the game. To pacify online mob, the game company arranges for a hunt of Arma in which an item may drop allowing the killer a chance at gaining control of the rare flying mount. However, if Arma can stay alive and keep the mount until the hunt is done, then he’ll get a permanent job and he can sell the mount for millions of credits. Let the great hunt begin!
Overall, this was a good read. The great hunt is a nice mechanic that forces Arma to explore the virtual world, including the high seas. The various changes of scenery added some variety to the story.
The novel introduced some really neat ways that the players try to hunt Arama down, including an innovative use of the mail system. I also liked how Arma/Timothy just didn’t accept the hunt but made the best use of it for his own benefit.
One of the few complaints I have with the story is the IRL twist with Jane. I thought she had great potential as a character and was built up as the secretary who secretly controls everything. Then her story ends with that dumb twist at the end. I won’t spoil it but it seemed like a waste to me.
Still, good story.
Score: 7 out of 10.