After experimenting with dark matter, Dr. Benny Aitken inadvertently opened a portal into another dimension. He found himself in a world called Rapto, a place where he was given magic powers, and killing stuff made him stronger.
A dark mage guild soon discovered the portal and found a way to get through it. Dr. Benny Aitken, self-proclaimed genius, had unwittingly visited a fantasy apocalypse upon earth.
It’s starting point? A small town called Pasture Downs.
In a fit of desperation Benny sends blue orbs back through the portal in the hope that a few heroic residents of earth would find them and absorb their powers, granting them magical skills that they can level up by killing things.
Who are these heroes of legend to be?
Unfortunately, one of them is Ash Hobbes, a conman and self-confessed ass. After stumbling on an orb he becomes a blood mage. Together with a companion called FF, who lives in his head, Ash must learn to stop being such an ass and find the strength to save the world as a blood mage.
My Opinion: 317 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
From the author of the dungeon LitRPG story Monster Spawn.
*Warning: There are fairly regular spelling and grammar errors in this story. If that bothers you please skip this story.*
I’m not sure if this is an anti-hero story or a reluctant hero story. Either way, Ash, the main character (MC) starts the story out as a total jerk con artist trying to escape from the small town he swindled. Then the magical RPG apocalypse starts and he finds this blue orb that makes him a blood mage (fuels spells with his own health points). In a weird change in personality, he returns to the town he just swindled to warn and help them out. He’s aided by other people with these RPG powers and together they try to help people and try to stop the bad inter-dimensional being from releasing more monsters.
Mostly, this is a series of action scenes strung together by a loose story that has fantasy monsters invading from another dimension and evil RPG interdimensional beings trying to take over the earth. The magical apocalypse has also knocked out all the electronics on earth, introducing a minor thread about survivalism.
Overall, a good story if you can ignore all the spelling and grammar errors. There’s a lot of action and interesting skill and magic ability increases. There’s not much else to it but it’s still a fun action fighting story.
Score: 7 out of 10