Would you like to know what happened to some of the heroes of your favorite LitRPGs?
What about Gnat, the wayward hero of Reality Benders? Would he manage to return to Earth from his adventurous travels?
Would you like to go back to Barliona and take a peek at the game through the eyes of its new protagonists? Plenty of laughs and intrigue guaranteed!
Can you refuse the offer of completing a complex quest in Alterra? How do you feel about doing that?
Or going back to the Crystal Sphere, to face the chilling breath of a powerful Neuro and survive?
Also, don’t forget that Olgerd and his friends await you in Mirror World! They’re counting on your help.
All this and much more - tales from bestselling authors as well as LitRPG newcomers whose first books have already become Russia’ new sensations - in our latest anthology combining the best of our stories to date!
My Opinion: 365 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
Full Disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.
This is a collection of 8 short stories from russian authors translated into english by Magic Dome Books. Most the stories pull from an already established LitRPG series and either tell small stories about side characters or things that happen in between books. Whether you enjoy the story almost entirely depends on of you’re fan of the series it’s pulling from. There are two unassociated LitRPG short stories.
Archibald by Vasily Mahanenko (Dark Paladin series)
-An ok side story that gives you more detail about the third book in the series. Score: 6 out of 10.
The Dark Knight by Andrei Livadny (The Neuro series)
-White leveling and trying to find his daughter. In between story of books 2 and 3. Score: 6 out of 10
The Terror Slayer by Alexey Osadchuk (Mirror World)
-Anton, game designer. Adjusting int of mob Dwand. Meant to change from 9 to 6 but startled and accidentally changes to 66. Dwand gains sentience and starts to be able to see game notifications, gets skills, and xp. New player experience, except it’s an NPC monster. A good story that doesn’t depend on the bigger series to be enjoyable. Score: 7 out of 10.
Reality’s Edge by Pavel Kornev (Unassociated litrpg short story)
-This is either a super short story or tease for an upcoming book. Either way kind of meh. Score: 5 out of 10
Who fed the Troll by Andrew Novak (AlterGame series)
-Jack the Tramp side story where he has to deal with a well fed troll blocking the entrance to a quest. I liked it. Score: 7 out of 10.
Level Up - Fight Setup by Dan Sugralinov (upcoming Level Up series)
-Not so much a short short story as the first chapter of an upcoming LitRPG story. It mixes real life RPG with boxing. Enjoyable. Score: 7 out of 10.
The Khaki-Colored Noob by Vasily Mahanenko and Eugenia Dmitrieva (LitRPG short story set in Barliona)
-Soldier on leave. Convinced by his friends to play VRMMO Barliona. Starts out a bit slow, but good. You don’t have to have read the main series to enjoy it. Score: 7 out of 10.
Save the Dynasty by Michael Atamanov (Reality Benders series)
-Short story from the POV of the dark faction. Takes place after end of book 1. Dark faction is looking for retribution after their last loss. But there are also plans within plans afoot. Really good stuff and my favorite of the collection. However, you’ll be completely lost if you’ve not read book 1 in the series.
Score: 7 out of 10
Overall, I liked more of the stories than I didn’t. But if you’ve never read any of the main series the stories are pulling from, you’ll likely only enjoy a couple in this collection.
Score: 7 out of 10.