First Level (Replay Book 1)


It's his heaven and her hell.

Waking up in a strange place with no memory of who you are or how you got there is bad enough but when Lana finds out she's stuck with Peter, who seems overly excited by the prospect of an adventure, she starts to get a bad feeling. To make matters worse, Lana finds out she's dead, has no memory of the past, and all the talk of skills, leveling up and questing make her want to scream.

All Lana wants to do is find a way to get home, wherever that is, but Peter is more than content to stay and see what this strange world filled with merchant gnomes, Minotaur bartenders and angry house toughs have to offer.

My Opinion: 89 pages, $1.00, Available on Kindle Unlimited

On the RPG side, things are simplistic. The reader is shown Character Sheets exactly twice. Once at the beginning and once at the very end. All the other game aspects are described by the characters. They pick their classes and just know what their powers are. They eventually see skill trees and maps but don’t tell the reader what they see for skill trees, just the one they chose. Relatively minimal game details that don’t really feel like they impact the story sometimes.

Storywise, it’s transported to an RPG fantasy world. The two main characters (MCs) go on adventures, solve puzzles, get into fights, and learn about their new world. There are hints that there are bigger powers at play and that the cultures of the world view heroes like the two MCs as rare and potentially troublesome, but there is little world building in this short story to fill in the details as to why.

The one thing that stopped me from liking the story is one of the main characters. I just could not make myself like Lana. For most of the story she just whines continuously about not wanting to be in the world, she complains anytime the other MC does anything, and makes completely illogical choices that don’t fit her logical personality.

Overall, not a bad slice of life short story, but I didn’t enjoy myself because I didn’t like one of main characters.

Score: 6 out of 10

First Level (Replay Book 1)