The second installment of Dakota Krout's best-selling Completionist Chronicles series!
After the encounter at the Mage's College, Joe's name has become well-known in Eternia. While the majority of his guild is ecstatic over the bonuses that he brings them, not everyone is pleased with his rising influence. In fact, someone has been spreading rumors that Joe is unbalanced, sacrificing comrades for personal power.
As a result, Joe is forced to recruit a team of misfits and discovers that their unique abilities complement his own. With their assistance, Joe moves forward with his plans to specialize into a more powerful version of his Ritualist class. But when the dust settles, he will be forced to ask himself a simple question: was it his actions that lit the fires of war?
My Opinion: 331 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased the novel when it became available.
This is a great novel. It starts out kinda slice of life, but gets more purposeful in the 2nd act. Joe, the main character (MC), puts together a new team of quirky players, his guild gets handed a complicated task that doesn’t go as planned, and of course the MC still has to make time to study and experiment with magic and rituals.
In addition to the good action and adventure in the story, I really liked the crafting and magical research elements. These elements are detailed without being monotonous. Even something as simple as scroll making is broke into pieces that allowed for logical progress. No magic button pressing here! I really like that feel that hard work pays off.
The game mechanics in the story are really detailed but also interesting. I really liked how the MC’s character progresses in the story and don’t want spoil things for other readers but I want to be a ritualist so much now!
There are a few small rough spots with the social dynamics of the new group, but that’s about the only thing in the story that I could find to even remotely complain about. Which tells you just how good the story is.
Overall, a great read. Especially if you like punny humor. I do and I found myself liking book 2 in this series even more than I did book 1. I can’t wait for book 3.
Score: 8 out of 10