Chase Berrymore dreams of adventure, excitement, and getting the heck out of her pastoral halven village. But when adventure finds her, she'll be scrambling to save her family and friends from a necromancer's wrath. Outmatched in almost every way, she'll have to use her wits, charisma, and a bit of divine favor to figure out the path to victory.
Even worse, she'll have to figure out ways to deal with the weird and nigh-immortal beings that call themselves "playas..." And she'll have to do it with the most powerful she has available: words.
Violence is not her forte, but cunning, deception, and careful negotiation with unstable and self-centered sociopaths might just win the day, and save herself and her family from this horrible situation which she is absolutely not to blame for in the slightest.
A LitRPG romp from an NPC's point of view!
My Opinion: 295 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited
A very entertaining LitRPG story set in the Threadbare Universe about a havlen (aka halfling/hobbit) girl who yearns for adventure when the rest of her town is content with a boring, slow paced life. Only, when she gets what she wishes for, things get complicated fast. There is good world building, action, and adventure.
Relating to the Threadbare series, if you’ve read that I think you’ll enjoy this story too. It just may take a little while. The story starts off a bit slow and doesn’t grab you right away like Threadbare does but the beginning section does do a good job of world building, RPGing the Havelen race, and developing background and motivation for the main character (MC). However, by the 16% mark the story really picks up and gets much more interesting and develops into something very entertaining. Additionally, there are also cross over story elements between the two series, though I’ll be upfront and say Threadbare does not show up in this story.
Game mechanic wise, this story shares the same RPG mechanics that Threadbare does including the very flexible job system. It does a consistent job of carrying over those game elements and making them part of the world culture.
Overall, I had a pretty good time with the novel once it got past the setup phase. The job system is great and allows for some really neat combo skills and multiclassing. The story also introduces some very cool story elements for the universe that have great storytelling potential.
Score: 7.4 out of 10