Barakdor, a virtual fantasyland packed with elves, dwarves, gnomes and trolls.
Barakdor, a world sliding helplessly to war.
Lincoln wanted to be a warrior, a rogue or a mage, but he'd made a promise to himself, so he chose builder. He wasn’t supposed to play the game on his own, but now he wanted to build a legacy for Joan, a sanctuary in a virtual world.
It was supposed to be a place where folk could come to get away from the terrors that the land held, a utopia he would create with his bare hands. It was supposed to be Joan’s legacy. But as the growling thunderheads of war gather, he begins to think it might be a last refuge. He begins to think it might be the land’s only hope.
Fantasy collides with LitRPG in this first novel from The Land of Barakdor.
My Opinion: 306 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
A pleasant surprise. The cover art is a little off putting but the story is good. The first half of the novel is a lot of introduction to the world, world building, character development. The main character (MC), Lincoln, is in a VR RPG game world and wants to found his own little kingdom. But first he has to find the place, attract some allies, and survive the adventures it will take to get there. The building part of the story doesn’t start until after the 50% mark of the story but the journey there is still fun and full of adventure.
The game mechanics in the story are standard. The MC gains experience points, levels, and can assign his stat points when he does. Skills and abilities can be taught or learned from practice but require earnest effort to train up. The town building stuff is more a matter of resource management and follows the path of an RTS. Yet, even once the kingdom building stuff starts, the story is still interesting and there are plenty of problems to solve for the MC, though they are more social quests.
While not an action oriented story, overall, a good read. Though if you don’t like a bunch of lore and world building info, the first half may be a bit of a drag for you.
Score: 7 out of 10.