It has begun; conflict between factions, war between friends. Death and darkness will spread terror across the lands.
And here I am, trapped in the middle of it all.
My name is Zoran Diablo, and misfortune is toying with my life yet again. Three months have passed since I discovered who I really was, and in that time, weird things have happened. The monsters of the dark have grown stronger, more daring, and more organized. Towns have gone up in flames and cities have been razed to the ground. People are scared. They're confused, clueless about why this is happening. I know exactly what's going on, and yet it does me no good.
There is no stopping it anymore. It's too late. The moon will rise high, and darkness will flood the skies. Evil will rule the night, and death will seize its prize.
My Opinion: 379 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
Our hero, Zoran Diablo, now level 521 struggles to travel through the world as the Phantom Lord. After rescuing a village and becoming its master, Zoran rescues a kobold and suddenly finds that everyone and their mother seems to be trying to kidnap him for some reason. Will Zoran figure out what’s caused the Dark Alliance, the Luminous Knights, and the Light Alliance to attack his new village and why they keep taking his new kobold friend?
The action. There’s a lot of fighting in this novel. Which I’m a fan of. I’m also happy to see that there’s a bit more consistency in the game mechanics of the story. Limitations imposed on powers are followed. Even though Zoran is now level 521 his enemies have found ways to make trouble for him.
Zoran gains a village, Ikarius, which I would have liked to have seen more development of. There’s some town building game mechanics, which was a nice change of pace. However, the village that the MC gets is more of a place for things to occur in the story and not a community that Zoran is building.
Again, the biggest flaw in the story is the sheer amount of convenience that gets the main character out of trouble. Zorn finds himself in a fight against overwhelming odds? Don’t worry, Freya will save him. Up against any enemy more powerful than him? Oh, look he discovers a new power/gets a level boost that conveniently allows him to defeat the guy. How do the bad guys keep finding the kobold? The spirit of the dark lord tells them or they just happen to have a magic artifact. While the convenience is not nearly as bad as it was in book 1, it’s still an issue.
Overall, I liked the action-oriented nature of the novel. It starts off with a fight and there’s almost an unending series of them after. If you can ignore the many conveniences of the story, then you’ll probably enjoy reading about this overpowered hero who just gets more overpowered by the end of the story.
Score: 7 out of 10.