LitRPG Podcast 134

 

LitRPG Podcast 134

Sept. 21st, 2018

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 8 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

Before we begin I want to give a shout out to our newest Patreon subscribers: Lachlan Franquemont, Halvor Haukvikand, and J.S. Grulke who are helping to keep the podcast free and ad free. Thank you Lachlan, Halvor, and J.S.

If you want to help support the podcast, consider doing so on Patreon: www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast


New Releases and Reviews:

First Login (The World Book 1) (13:05)

Mostly original, but does plagiarize from Ascend Online

Score: 4 out of 10.

https://amzn.to/2QvhweU

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (19:28)

Not a half bad detective story, just not really LitRPG

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4

Traveler's Zone: A LitRPG YA Fantasy (The Revelation

Chronicles Book 2) (22:46)

The best stuff from book 1 is gone, bored with what’s left

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xdfR4K

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (27:21)

Slow start as the MC politics around, good mid and end action.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2wMy8GV

The Wang is the Hardest Part (Caverns and Creatures) (30:28)

Funny

Score: 7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xorjvs

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2) (32:49)

Mostly slice of life adventuring, but good bard class development

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82

Shard Wraith: A LitRPG Novel (Crystal Shards Online Book 3) (36:16)

Few wand wavy moments, but good story mostly with resolution of several plot points.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2CywY7p

First Song, Book One (Anthem of Infinity 1) (39:42)

That 25% mark will make or break this for many readers.

Score: 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xnz048


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LitRPG News


Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes, is free until 9/23/18. https://amzn.to/2NpkP9y


Travis Bagwell, author of the Awaken Online series, is doing a giveaway. All you have to do is comment on the Facebook page for the contest (link in the shownotes) with with what race/class/build you would pick if you were to start playing AO. He’s giving away some nice concept art and some cool posters with original artwork he had commissioned.

https://www.facebook.com/da3strikes/photos/a.560250477513419/902160873322376/?type=3&theater



James A. Hunter, author of the Viridian Gate LitRPG series has started a Patreon page. Some of the rewards for supports include early access to writing, exclusive artwork, copies of the ebooks, posters, signed physical books, and more. So, if you’re a fan of his, go support him on Patreon folks.

https://www.patreon.com/JamesAHunter


Daniel Schinhofen, author of the Alpha World, Last Horizon, Binding Worlds, and Apocalypse Gate series, has finally joined the modern world and made a website. But he has nice commissioned artwork there as well as his blog and links to social media there.

http://schinhofenbooks.com/






Dakota Krout recently had the 2nd audiobook in his completionist chronicles released and it’s been doing really well. It hit #2 in Sci-fi and fantasy, #37 in ALL audio books, #1 in Epic fantasy, Science fiction, and Cyberpunk!  So congrats man on that.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155710182197703&set=pcb.10155710202862703&type=3&theater


Speaking of Dakota Krout. If you didn’t know, he’s not only one of the most popular LitRPG authors, but he also started his own publishing company. He recently released the list of the first titles to come out from that company, including the new Divine Dungeon novel. Woot!!


GameLit/LitRPG Titles


October 5th - Red Mage: Advent by Xander Boyce @Author Xander Boyce

October 12th - Pixel Dust: Party Hard by David Petrie (GameLit)

October 19th - A Touch of Power: Siphon by Jay Boyce Siphon - A Touch of Power Series

October 26th - Peaks of Power: Beginnings by Paul Campbell - Author

November 2nd - The Divine Dungeon: Dungeon Desolation by Dakota Krout

https://www.facebook.com/MountaindalePress/posts/465879460573456?__tn__=C-R




Last month, book 2 in the Aelterna Online series was published. Unfortunately, some readers reported that instead of getting book 2, then just got a copy of book 1. I reached out to the author for a comment and he was nice enough to respond.


Thanks for reaching out, it’s appreciated.

Yes, there was an issue. Due to an error, the original Goddess Watch manuscript was uploaded instead of the Faithful Defender manuscript. The error lasted approximately 36 hours, from September 9th to the evening of September 10th. My VA brought it to my attention and uploaded the correct file but the damage was done. I was camping at the time and had no idea anything had gone wrong, and my editor who had sent the new file in didn’t check my email. Mistakes that won’t happen again.

The correct version is live now, and I’d appreciate any mention you can make. I am very sorry that this happened to people. As I’m Canadian and the Amazon Canada site doesn’t allow gifting, I am limited in what I can do. I believe that if readers delete the book from their Kindle and then redownload it, they should get the correct version. Otherwise I think they would have to return the book and repurchase.

Thanks again for reaching out to me, and I am so sorry this happened to anyone. This is the nightmare scenario for any author, as I’m sure you know.

Sincerely,

Mitch



Out Now!   

Southern Kingdom: Evolution Online II

https://amzn.to/2pp9N5U



Cavern of Spirits: A LitRPG and GameLit Adventure (Stonehaven League Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2NnXgOk


Infinite Exodus: A SciFi LitRPG (Infinite Exodus Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2PQLWXV


Freehaven Online: Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2pq37Ep


The FPS Deity: A Fantasy LitRPG Series- Book 1

https://amzn.to/2NmjnVz



New LitRPG Audiobooks  



Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure: The Rogue Dungeon, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2poqcY4


Regicide: The Completionist Chronicles Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2DpQC5Z


Freehaven Online Dragonsbane: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2xoEL2j


The Right to Arm Bears - Threadbare, Book 3

https://amzn.to/2PUQEnN



Upcoming LitRPG:


Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi


Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4


Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj


Rebirth Online: A litRPG Adventure (Sept. 30th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xyH4z5


The Arena’s Call (Aventures on Brad: Book 4)

(Oct. 1st, 2018)



*****Red Mage: Advent (Oct. 5th, 2018)**********


Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca


Dan the Destroyer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 3) (Oct. 12th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xpl1vv


The Blades of the Borderlands (Epic LitRPG Adventure - Book 11) (Fayroll) (Oct. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2x8L0Xl


Random: The Chaos Of Lincoln Hart (Barakdor Book 6) (Oct. 14th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2pnPGFl


Siphon (A Touch of Power Book 1) (October 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xqkKZb


*********Peaks of Power: Beginnings (October 26th, 2018)******


BASE Status: Online: An Unlikely Hero's LitRPG Journey (Oct. 31st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB

*The description sounds cyberpunk, but the author says it’s LitRPG*


Neverfall: Mark of the Hero (Book 1): (A Gamelit Lit RPG Series)

(Nov. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs



*****Dungeon Desolation (Divine Dungeon book 4) (Nov. 2nd, 2018)*******


The Parallel: A SciFi LitRPG (Infinite Exodus Book 2) (Nov. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xz4uo4


Guardians Of The Round Table 3: Singed Feathers (Nov. 18th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xzTDdL


A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1


Island Kingdoms' War: Evolution Online III (A LitRPG) (Nov. 20th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xpCV1o


Hero (Level Up Book #2) LitRPG Series (Dec. 10th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xdfMhs


Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Jason and his friends are working to move their entire guild to Pro-Gamer status. Unlike the current line of MMORPGs and PVRMMORPG games on the market, FIVRMMORPG introduces a new gaming technology unlike anything experienced before.


Choosing a Nightmare start to get ahead of the wave of new players starting the game, Jason finds himself alone in the wilds tasked with saving a group of refugees from goblin invaders. Although he manages to save the survivors that is just the beginning of his trials as he desperately fights to bring them back from the edge of annihilation.


Jason is quickly swept up in the adventure as he struggles to build a home for his guildmates and the NPCs that he’s saved. As the trouble heats up, he quickly discovers that marauding goblins are the least of his concerns.


Warning: This story contains adult situations, foul language, MMORPG-style violence and other fun things. Read at your own risk.


My Opinion: 233 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


There’s a bit of controversy around this story. The author admits being inspired by the LitRPG story Ascend Online, but takes that inspiration a bit too far and actually word for word copies sentences from that story. This is mostly seen in the early part of the novel with the novel description, quests, the character creation section, and some plot points. Like being dropped into the game in the middle of a battle with some goblin raiders, saving some NPCs from that attack (literally the same quest dialogue), and being tasked with getting resources to rebuild that community (very similar quest dialogue). However, after reading the novel in full, most of it is still original. After the 50% mark of the story, it’s completely original. It’s just a shame that anything like this exists in the story. Copying and pasting from someone else’s work, even in minor instances is just not ok.


Now, on the review side of the story. It is well written. There are lots of gamer references. This novel is mostly setup for the series. With the early part establishing gamer cred and introducing the MC and his friends who you won’t see in-game in this novel. There’s a small story arc with a PK group and some dungeon crawling. The one complaint I’d have on the story side is that the MC is just over powered for his level. It’s supposed to be bonus from being a early adopter of the game but it honestly makes the fights feel a little cheaper. Still, fights are entertaining and the antagonists in the story are fun to root against.


The game mechanics are heavily inspired by Ascend Online but the main character (MC) takes a different spellsword path, choosing frost magic and eventually light magic. There are lots of numbers, character sheets, ability and skill descriptions.


Overall, if the author didn’t have those issues with copying someone else, this would have been a good read. But I just can’t support this. If the parts that are copied are changed, I’ll change my review.


But until then it gets a score: 4 out of 10.

First Login (The World Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2QvhweU


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Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery

Henry Gallagher used to be the best detective out there.


Now he's all washed up. Eburnean Passage is an MMO with deep pockets and a big tournament every year.


When the top player is killed right before the big payout, Henry gets one more chance to solve a case and make a comeback.


Problem: He's never played the game.


And worse: the person that hires him is the prime suspect, the new top player, a stunningly beautiful woman. Henry can't shake the feeling she's as good at playing him as she is at playing the game.


My Opinion: 290 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


There’s about 12% of the novel where the main character (MC) goes on quests and levels up. The scenes don’t matter to the story and feel like they’re there just to fulfill some requirement so the author can slap on LitRPG on the cover. The other 88% of the story is a mystery, where the MC searches for clue and learns about a VR game and tournament that ultimately doesn’t matter to the mystery either. It bothers me that the MC looks in the game for clues, it’s a cyberpunk trope that never works well. But overall the detective story isn’t half bad and strings the readers along with red herrings, false leads, and lots of speculation about who done it.


Overall though, as LitRPG, which is what I’m primarily judging this as, it just isn’t.


Score: 4 out of 10

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4


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Traveler's Zone: A LitRPG YA Fantasy (The Revelation Chronicles Book 2)

Chris Pavesic continues the amazing story of Cami Malifux with Book 2 of the Revelation Chronicles.


Escape from a world of darkness into a magical realm of limitless adventure.


In Starter Zone, Cami kept herself and her younger sister Alby alive in a post-apocalyptic world, facing starvation, violence, and death on a daily basis. Caught by the military and forcefully inscribed, Cami manages to scam the system and they enter the Realms, a Virtual Reality world, as privileged Players rather than slaves. They experience a world of safety, plenty, and magical adventure.


Indeed, magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as Cami continues her epic quest to navigate the Realms and build a better life for her family. But an intrusion from her old life threatens everything she has gained and imperils the entire virtual world.


Time to play the game.


My Opinion: 170 pages, $4.99, Not available on Kindle Unlimited


The best part of book 1 in the series was the post apocalyptic world where water itself was the enemy. Sure there were lots of  more traditional threats, but water was the new one. People were inscribed onto water to get them into wetware computer systems. But some systems broke and those now crazed minds joined the water cycle and would try to take over people if consumed. It was cool.


In book 2, that threat is nowhere to be seen. Instead it continues on in the idealism of the end of book 1.  The main character (MC), Cami, sends her sister and their pet to school and goes off to the next realm, the traveler zone. There she’s supposed to face greater challenges that shape her as a person and learn about her Fae magic for her race and class stuff. Only instead of facing any kind of challenge, she becomes this half baked pacifist and intentionally tries to avoid conflicts of any kind that might force her to kill NPCs or creatures that won’t respawn. There’s some travel scenes, but it’s mostly boring dialogue and a bunch of non-combat quests.


While there is a small story thread at the end that relates to the real world, it's more of a setup for the next book. Overall, I was just bored for most of this story.


Score: 5 out of 10

Traveler's Zone: A LitRPG YA Fantasy (The Revelation Chronicles Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2xdfR4K


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Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5)

Reluctant ruler of the settlements in British Columbia, John and his friends must now face even greater dangers as they seek to free other human settlements from Galactic control in North America. But John's enemies have begun to take notice of the burgeoning resistance and take steps to stop him and the human resistance including bringing in Master Class help. Can John navigate the treacherous waters of Galactic politics and human interests without compromising his beliefs or sacrificing his friends?


My Opinion: 346 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Book 5 in the series starts off with lots of talking. There’s less action in the beginning and more upkeep about how the main character (MC) is dealing with being a leader and the individual community needs versus his capacity to manage it all. More politics, alliance talking, maneuvering among factions. The MC is looking to free Canadian cities from aliens or make alliances against bigger galactic dominance. The big fights are scattered through the middle of the story with the really big ones at the end, much like other books in the series.


Overall, this is a fine book in an action focused series. It’s a bit slow towards the beginning with all the political maneuvering, but the large scale PvP like battles are good when it gets there.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5)

https://amzn.to/2wMy8GV


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The Wang is the Hardest Part (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2xorjvs

Funny


Score: 7 out of 10


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The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2)

After the events which caused Cadence to lose consciousness within Uniworld Online, she was now being monitored by the company in charge of the game – Unitech. This surveillance meant that the fledgling Song Maiden had to watch what abilities she used within the game, otherwise she might attract the wrong kind of attention and be accused of cheating or hacking.


Despite these setbacks, Cadence is joined once again by her friends Brendare and Wengla, as well as Mera – the grateful young woman they had narrowly saved from being sacrificed by Corrupted Druids. With new gear and a renewed drive to find and punish the player-killers who had killed Cadence, they journeyed onward, getting stronger and picking up allies along the way.


But danger is just around the corner as they learn that Brendare and the “mysterious Bard” are being hunted by guilds wanting to know the secret behind their winning dungeon run. And, when Cadence and her party are forced to quickly make their way toward Lightforge – the Human capital city – they are presented with a whole new challenge: crafting.


With everything going on within the game, Cadence is ecstatic because her body in the real world is also healing faster than her doctor had expected. In addition to her limbs recovering from the abuse they suffered at the hands of her attackers, something else is starting to heal which will change her life forever…



My Opinion: 253 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A good follow up to the first book. The story is still a nice slice of life adventure with the main character (MC) reacting to the various adventures she’s thrust into. Her RPG bard powers are getting a bit OP with the ability to switch subclasses, but it’s still a fun cute story. I did like the real world advancement with game company, though many readers will be frustrated by the cliffhanger ending. Overall, I had a fun time reading and that’s always the most important part.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82


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Shard Wraith: A LitRPG Novel (Crystal Shards Online Book 3)

"What darkness within the Labyrinth awaits?"


After defeating the Shadow King and opening the gateway to the mysterious Labyrinth of Onizoso, Reece's hopes are dashed when a surprise attack leaves his girlfriend's life hanging in the balance.


To save her, Reece and his friends must enter the labyrinth in hopes of finding the one person who may be able to bring her back to life...but in a place where players turn into Shard Wraiths, their hopes may already be lost.


Now Reece will have to navigate a strange new world fraught with dangers, while fending off a pursuing army and racing against the clock. And with his arch nemesis lurking just outside, the labyrinth might be only the start of his troubles.


To protect the ones he loves, Reece will have to challenge both his fears and principles, or risk losing everything and becoming a Shard Wraith himself.


But the Labyrinth holds many dark secrets and what he discovers within, may not only change the outcome of their mission, but redefine the very nature of the game world itself...


My Opinion: 439 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A good third book in the series, it has all the action and adventure that fans love and expect. However, you can tell the series is heading towards a conclusion because there are finally some good resolutions of some series conflicts, including emotional, political, and physical stuff. There are also some good callbacks to stuff from book 1 that I'd honestly forgotten about, that I feel like the author is trying to make sure gets tied up too.


Storywise, a good portion of the novel focuses on following through with the labyrinth storyline and finding someone to resurrect their fallen friend. But the story isn’t there the entire time, there is still the real world story with community the main character (MC) came from trying to decide what to do about their diminishing resources and hints at some political infighting.


Game mechanic wise, there are a couple wand wavy moments where the MC should have died, but he Neo’d (from the matrix) his way out of things. While this lessened my enjoyment of the novel a little, it’s still a good story and for the most part follows the rules it’s established.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Shard Wraith: A LitRPG Novel (Crystal Shards Online Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2CywY7p


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First Song, Book One (Anthem of Infinity 1)

It has been two years since the Shift—when most technology stopped working, and the laws of physics changed. Humanity has been brought to its knees. Like other survivors, Noah Henson has heard rumors of the Aelves. Among other guesses, predatory aliens seem as good as any other theory for what caused the Shift.


But for Noah, everything else takes second place to survival, sometimes even self-respect…or any sort of decency. Lawless, post-apocalypse America had forced Noah to make many difficult decisions, and he has never seemed to choose correctly. However, despite hating himself, he doesn’t have the strength or the courage to change.


He will get a lucky break in a big way, though—a mysterious orb with otherworldly power.


In time, perhaps Noah will find another path. And if he does die during the Shift, maybe it won’t be the end of his story.

Sometimes, another chance can be an opportunity for redemption.


My Opinion: 316 pages, $5.96, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A great novel that I almost stopped reading at the 25% mark. The twist there shifted the entire story into a different sub genre of LitRPG and the suddenness of the shift actually made me put the novel down. I had to talk to myself for a couple minutes and reassure myself that both authors are both good storytellers and to trust what they were trying to do here. Thankfully I'm good at talking myself into things cause the story after the 25% starts a little slow and almost feels like a new novel in some ways but builds into something great. Like really satisfyingly stuff. Without spoiling things for you I can assure you the story is LitRPG and eventually does reconnect with the first 25% of the novel.


Minor things to warn about, and the most frequent complaint in reviews online, is that the beginning of the story doesn't have a lot of LitRPG elements, those don't really show until after that 25% mark but after that they show up regularly. Also, in that early section the MC is a bit hard to root for, but it’s all setup for character development later, as is most of that section.


Score: 8 out of 10

First Song, Book One (Anthem of Infinity 1)

https://amzn.to/2xnz048



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Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/



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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

AleronPanels.jpg
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Michael Chatfield

 

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)

https://amzn.to/2ohnt27

 

 

Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2PNRkvZ

 

 

Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2ojtrQg

 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Adventures on Brad, Books 1 - 3 (A LitRPG Boxset)

https://amzn.to/2BWdYPF




 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2) (Sept. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82

 

 

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (Sept. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

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New Releases and Reviews

 

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Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

 

He's found his new home. Now he has to defend it.

Denel's goddess has granted him the title of Paladin, and with it, the responsibility of protecting the people of his village, both reptilian and otherwise. The threats facing the faithful of Goddess Watch are numerous, and the last thing Denel wants to do is sit and wait for the enemy to come to him. Isolated and far from player civilization, Denel must forge bonds and friendships with races that view his friends as nothing more than monsters to be culled. Unbeknownst to him, he's no longer the only digital resident of Aelterna Online, and the newcomers are out to destroy everything he's worked to create! What he's become is more than the system is prepared to accept; what will he be forced to do to survive?

 

My Opinion: 335 pg, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The cover art for this whole series does not do it justice, so please don’t judge it based on that. Book 1 did a good job of setting up a world in which the main character (MC) becomes the first digitized citizen of a fantasy VRMMORPG. It described not only an interesting magic and RPG system, but also did some good world building. Book 2 in the series builds and expands on that.

 

The scope of the story expands past the lizard person village the MC became apart of, to the larger game world. One of the things I like most about the series is the clear effort put into creating the cultures in the story. There are clear, distinctive, rules, social norms, rich histories for each race and community. It adds a subtle layer of depth to the world and an opportunity for some interesting storytelling.

 

There is still some good RPG progression and action too. In particular I liked how the MCs barrier magic is developing and how it was used in the story not just to protect but to give the MC an ability a story conflict could be shaped around. Crafting also returns in the story progresses in its own RPG way.

 

Overall, I had a good time reading the story and am always impressed by the author’s efforts to not only create rich characters but full cultures for them.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

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I Am Gamer

 

Lawrence is having a shitty day. His girlfriend is not only cheating on him but she’s cheating on him with his best friend. He had the added benefit of finding out about it firsthand. To make matters worse a legendary Native American God has sent him back to North America circa 1400 AD. What’s a Gamer to do?

 

From the creator of the hilarious Eryth Online and the action packed Warrior Academy series comes I AM GAMER!

 

This is the first book in a series that will span continents. Join our hero on his journey to unify the Americas and fight back against its foreign invaders. Using skills and knowledge from the future all revealed in a game type format, Lawrence Lawrence Wrath will save the world… or die trying…

Here is the attached musical playlist, it's available on Spotify and YouTube.

 

My Opinion: 406 pg, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

**Note: There are small uses of marijuana in two small parts of the story. It’s not used any differently than drinking alcohol is but I also understand that some folks don’t like it in the stories they read.**

 

The beginning is a good setup for slice of life alternate fantasy history story. It shifts a bit from what I expected. It’s a little awkward after the MC is transported to this meshed up past. The MC is definitely OP with scaling weapons, clothing, and a bag of holding. But once the MC reaches the Native American tribe the story finds its pace. This is mostly because you get to see the world building at that point, not as recalled histories but as more fleshed out cultures, myths, and traditions. The pace of the action also picks up about there too with the MC fighting a range of beasts from prehistory and monsters from Native American legend.

 

The game mechanics aren't great, but they’re not bad either. They’re going to be familiar to most LitRPG readers and are consistent throughout the story. The MC levels, gains stat points her assigns, and learns/ levels many skills and abilities. But the MC starts out overpowered and his stat increases aren't as impactful as they could be. There are also RTS and crafting elements as the MC uses his OP ‘Total Recall’ ability that lets him perfectly remember anything he’s learned from the modern world to advance the technological state of the tribal society he is in.

 

Overall, it’s a fun slice of life story that has a lot of potential. Of the works the author has published, this likely has the widest appeal. Good action, good adventure, good community building and crafting too.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

I Am Gamer

https://amzn.to/2NiOygf

 

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Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

 

When Simon immerses himself in the game world of Apex as Arheis the Guardian, he finds a living, breathing ecosystem that feels more real than anything he’s ever experienced before. The creatures that inhabit Apex are cunning, ferocious, and a massive challenge for even the most experienced hunter.

 

In order to rank up in the Hunters’ Guild and participate in the most prestigious hunts, Simon will have to slay increasingly more threatening creatures and use what he gathers to craft powerful armor and weapons.

 

But a fearsome beast stalks the jungle, untouchable even by the Guild. To have any hope of stopping her, Simon won’t just have to level up and hone his skills--he’ll have to put his trust in his fellow hunters.

 

And for a lifelong soloer, that’s no easy feat…

 

My Opinion: 357 pg, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy for review. I purchased the novel after it was released.

 

The novel is heavily inspired by the Monster Hunter video game franchise. It’s not a copy but you can tell the author has a great love of the video game series and puts a lot of effort into incorporating the aspects of that franchise that are interesting and beloved.

 

The game mechanics: There’s a familiar MMO character sheet, levels, stats, skills, and special abilities. The only stat that feels new is the morale stat, which is supposed to add an element of loss to player death. Morale lowers after a death and reduces health regen, skill growth, etc. It’s essentially a debuff that can only be removed by learning from the last death.

 

Other game mechanics that are imported from the Monster Hunter games include the emphasis on gathering monster parts for crafting powerful and sometimes very specific weapons and armor for more challenging hunts. Monsters require research and observation before the main character (MC) in the story can even learn the monster’s name, much less the monster’s weaknesses or particular behaviors that will allow for a successful hunt. Like the game it’s inspired by, if a hunter does not do their due diligence and research, hunting powerful monsters just leads to repeated deaths.

 

The story: After the brief real life setup of who the MC is and how he can play a video game long term, the rest of the story stays in the VRMMO. This is essentially a slice of life novel that focuses around a series of monster hunts where the MC learns a new class and comes to appreciate just how realistic the game world is. There’s just enough story to tie together all the action scenes, provide enough character development to make the reader care about the characters, and there’s even a minor romance arc. However, most of the novel revolves around the hunts, so it’s noticeably action focused.

 

Overall, this is a good, entertaining action LitRPG novel that lots of folks will enjoy. Though, fans of the Monster Hunter games will hopefully appreciate all many notes and references to that franchise in the story.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

https://amzn.to/2Nsbdac

 

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The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2)

 

When Erik and Rugrat entered the ten realms they didn’t know what was going on. They only knew that they had contracted the two week curse.

 

When entering the second realm they came to understand their character sheets, and part of the system that is called the ten realms. A place that the strong make the rules and the weak cling to them for protection and hope that they might be left in peace.

 

They passed through the trials of the Beast Mountain Dungeon, taking control of it and becoming the leader of nearly two hundred people.

 

Now in command of the Alva Dungeon and looking to forge a new future, they need more power, mana stones, dungeon cores, monster cores, if not then the Dungeon will stop functioning and they will need to relocate once again.

 

As they ascend to the second realm, Erik and Rugrat need to grow their skills, gain information and find a dungeon. It’s hardly ever that easy.

 

My Opinion: 696 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased it when it became available.

 

A good second book in the Ten Realms series. This culvivation portal fiction LitRPG emphasis crafting, action, adventure, and community building.

 

The early parts of the book 2 focus on crafting and personally I really enjoy the realistic crafting combined with fantasy magical theory. But I also know other reader don’t love crafting as much as me, but no worry, the action and adventure seriously pick up after that section.

 

There isn’t much that can be said about the plot, it’s mostly slice of life and follows multi narrative perspective of several groups. The community established in book 1 works hard to push their communities development, trade, training, and networks. Then the two main characters work to not only improve their respective crafting, but cultivate their bodies and mana systems and of course go on fun adventures and kill lots of stuff to level. The multi-narrative structure provides some nice diversions during some sometimes long scenes with the main characters.

 

Overall, this is a good novel. Though it does feel like a collected serial story, with book 2 almost feeling like a direct continuation of book 1. It’s has a great page count for the price and because of it’s slice of life format, is easy to pick up and put down, and enjoy the many small adventures in the novel.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2) (Aug. 30th, 2018)

https://www.kobo.com/lt/en/ebook/second-realm (UK)

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/second-realm (US)


 

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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

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 Panels for James A. Hunter

Panels for James A. Hunter

Michael Chatfield - Panels

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

 

Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series, and finalist for the Dragon Award for best fantasy series has modified his month long celebration giveaway. The original rules were meant to encourage voting in the Dragon Award. But some folks took it that Aleron was trying to buy votes and reported it to the Dragon Con officials.

Having asked Aleron about this he denies ever buying votes or making a vote for him a requirement of the contest. Personally I don’t think he’d ever meant to either but I also see how the wording of the posts might lead people to think so.

According to Aleron, the DragonCon officials and he talked and agreed that he hadn’t done anything to break the rules but that he’d modify the contest to a straight giveaway to remove any hint of an appearance of impropriety.  Aleron also asked that I note that because the awards are fan driven, the rules encourage author’s to get their fans to vote. Link for those rules are in the show notes.

http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/


 

Out Now!  

 

 

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

 

Bitter: Book Four

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

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Gaia's Gambit: Evolution Online I (A LitRPG)

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE

Special Thanks to Gene for catching this one.

 

 

World Keeper: Precursor (book 3)

https://amzn.to/2vUPe4O

Listed at 1769 pages, seems off. But still good length novel.

 

 

Keeper's World: Hell's Game

https://amzn.to/2MWt7l5


 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Warden: Nova Online, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2P1GUro

Our review of the ebook: 6 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/warden-nova-online-1

 

 

Time of Change - Emerilia, Book 7

https://amzn.to/2PxX7pe

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

 

 

Valley of Death: Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2MHuEib

Our review of the ebook: 7.4 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/7/5/valley-of-death-apocalypse-gates-authors-cut-book-2

 

 

New Eden Royale: An Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2wljo0G

Our review of the ebook: 5 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/1/new-eden-royale-an-apocalyptic-litrpg-series

 

 

Accidental Duelist: Accidental Champion Trilogy, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2OXXsk0

 

 

The Legacy Builder: The Chronicles of Lincoln Hart: Barakdor, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2o3ffdZ

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/the-legacy-builder-the-chronicles-of-lincoln-hart-book-1


 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2) (Aug. 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

I am gamer (Aug. 26th, 2018)

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (Aug. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (Aug. 28th, 2018)

 

 

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 1) (Aug. 30th, 2018)


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

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New Releases and Reviews

 

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The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

 

What Does A Girl Have To Do For A Drink?

 

Elite MMO Gamer Alex Mills Is About To Find Out.


 

When UC computer science student, Alex Mills, suggests in a class assignment a programming change to the Omniverse, the world's most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Network, her professor and co-founder of the Omniverse shocks her by agreeing to implement it. To beta-test the new program, he offers a quest for unprecedented wealth and power awards to Alex and ten other of the most elite gamers in the world.

 

The Ambrosia Quest is a five-stage competition that takes place in a virtual alternative version of the United States. The final stage consists of identifying and consuming a drink that will bestow millions of real-life dollars and godlike virtual powers within the Omniverse.

 

A serial killer practicing her dark arts within the virtual U.S. sidetracks Alex's quest. Soon, the game evolves beyond merely solving clues for money and virtual powers to a life and death struggle between her and a brilliant, sociopathic opponent, The Highwayman.

 

To win the Ambrosia Quest, Alex must defeat The Highwayman in virtual reality. To survive, she must defeat the deadly serial killer in the real world.

 

My Opinion: 441 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Author has lots of novels in a variety of genres. This one seems like an attempt to either to write to a market the author doesn’t understand or it’s just possibly innocently mismarketed. It might be considered VR suspense, but it is most definitely not LitRPG. Not even close.

 

There is a competitive VR combat game in the story but it’s not very game like, more realistic simulated combat with rankings. There is also a VR contest set in an alternate normal world where a small group of players have to travel around the US to solve clues, puzzles, and find items. However, no matter the setting there are no RPG mechanics or RPG progression. There are some brief poorly described sex scenes and some real life story with suspense elements. The main character Alex, is actually an interesting character but the story is just not LitRPG like it says it is.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MAGNFm  

 

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

 

Idon and his friends are in the adventure shop business—and business is terrible. The dungeon boom of decades past is sorely dead. The economy is in the outhouse. And the Guild has a stranglehold on any remaining riches to be gleaned from the tapped dungeons in the area.

 

They’ll be lucky to keep their heads above water for another week, and that’s only if the Guild doesn’t break their legs to recover mounting debts. Things are looking pretty bleak, when Idon finds a rather peculiar sword during a last ditch effort to scrounge up some valuable loot to sell.

 

Armed with a secret that could solve all their problems, the three friends know they can’t let anyone find out about the amazing new dungeon levels and the undiscovered loot therein.

 

But where there is loot…

 

There is always lurking death. Maybe the violent thugs from the Guild will end up being the least of their problems. Find out if they can live long enough to become the lords of loot!

 

My Opinion: 177 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Mostly just a dungeon dive story and a small plot that’s suppose to connect the next book. Good action, RPG leveling basic but consistent. A slice of life dungeon dive. An entertaining read for what it is.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MOGCGV

 

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

 

Enter to play, win to escape.

 

It seemed like harmless fun at first, when Justin entered the world of ERDE Inside. He quickly discovers that the real game is trying to save his own reality.

 

Justin Schwartz is obsessed with ERDE, one of the most popular franchises in the world. The most recent iteration of the game has been in development for a decade, and is called ERDE: Inside, a virtual world that lives and breaths independent of its creators.

 

As part of a massive PR campaign, OMEGA-DEGA starts a contest for people to join the open beta of ERDE: Inside. Obsessed with getting in, Justin exploits the system to win a slot in the beta, but his actions don't go unnoticed. A hacker called Pnutxebra spotted Justin's exploit and blackmails the leadership of OMEGA-DEGA. Either they allow Justin into the game and trap him there until he finishes the Son of Schwarzvald questline, or Pnutxebra destroys ERDE: Inside so thoroughly they can't recover a decade of work.

 

Let the game begin.

 

My Opinion: 323 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is technically a LitRPG novel. It is set in a game world, and there is a small amount of RPG progression. But those elements are relatively minor. If you want a crunchy RPG action story, this isn’t it. Instead, this is a novel with some interesting characters, pop culture world building, and lots of dialogue. There is a minor amount of action but the story is basically this big philosophical narrative about the nature of reality and what it means to be alive.

It's all couched in a very outlandish premise of forcing the main character (MC) to play a full immersion fantasy game and trapping him there unless he finishes this game scenario to become king. But within that are some interesting adventures, and a lot of talking.

 

That’s one thing that will either push readers away or delight them, the amount of talking in this story. The dialogue is humorous sometimes, but a lot of is in the form of philosophizing and debate. So, if you’re into that you’ll enjoy this story. If you aren’t or just want something more action oriented, this may not be a good fit for you.

 

Overall, even though the debating got to be a little repetitive for me sometimes, it was a good read. I appreciated the philosophical themes, the sense of humor, and the pop culture references.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

https://amzn.to/2wfh7nz


 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

 

The sequel to the bestselling LitRPG epic Barrow King.

 

“I cannot believe that idiotic plan worked.”

 

The only thing Gryph wanted when he entered the Realms was to find his missing sister. Then he pissed off a power-hungry god, got stuck in the undead hell dungeon known as the Barrow and nearly had his soul consumed.

 

Then things trended upwards, and with the help of a ragtag group of companions, Gryph escaped to a verdant paradise of magic and wonder. But when his exposed secrets lead to betrayal and murder, Gryph is forced to accept an insane quest or his new friends will face the headsman's axe.

 

Now, to stop a world-conquering zealot from capturing an ancient weapon of incredible power, Gryph must become the one thing he never wanted to be, a leader. Standing in his way are a group of crazed cultists, an army of deadly magical machines, and friends who no longer trust him.

 

And he is still no closer to saving his sister.

 

The Lost City, the sequel to the breakout hit Barrow King, is an overflowing cauldron of leveling, world building, humor, and action.

 

My Opinion: 616 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is the 2nd book for the main character (MC) and the 3rd book in the series, it starts just after the end of book 1.

 

The game mechanics in the story are the same as last time, though there are larger periods where the story feels more fantasy than litrpg, mostly outside combat. Books 1 and 2 of the series had lots of RPG goodness and while they started as trapped in the game, they shifted to transported to a fantasy world with RPG rules. Still, book 3, has the least game vibe with most of the RPG stuff seen during combat situations, quest notifications, and lulls where the MC or another character levels.

 

Fights in the story are wonderfully described and rather epic. But much like they were in book 1, they get a bit wand wavy, with the main character sometimes seeming to have a near infinite supply of mana, stamina, and health and having access to skills or knowledge never described before. He really should have died during some of the fights, but that would have derailed the storyline a bit.

 

Storywise, none of the trapped in the game or the save the sister storyline exists. Instead, the novel’s storyline seems to mesh The Fellowship of the Ring, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and some Cthulhu lore. There is some really good world building and epic struggles between the various forces in the story.

 

Overall, despite the few issues I had, this was a really good story that brought some epic scale to the series.

 

Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA


 

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

 

When all actions have repercussions, it isn't really a game.

Returning to Inadon, Mallory and her companions are determined to level up, gain better gear and learn new abilities. They soon discover it might be more difficult than they realise when they encounter members of the dark forces. Will their actions have the wrong consequences or will they have time to gain the experience points they need before they become a target of the dark forces?

This story was written by Australian authors using Australian spelling.

 

My Opinion: 244 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The novel is almost entirely slice of life adventuring. There’s not much else to it. Combat descriptions are mostly just ok. It’s fine if you just want something to pick up and put down. But I was a little disappointed that the big Guardians of the Roundtable thing wasn’t developed really at all, especially after all the time that went into that plotline at the end of book 1.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I


 

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

 

As Murmur reels in the wake of the secret her friends tried to keep, her grip on what is real and what is virtual begins to slip. What's more, she's no longer sure who she can trust.

 

Stalked across the continent by a rogue with a vendetta, Murmur is forced to dig deep and develop her abilities before she finds a knife in her back.

 

Suspicion surrounds the AIs as well. Their behaviors are too human, their reports too perfect. Shayla and Laria must uncover the truth before the system raises concerns and Murmur is lost forever.

 

My Opinion: 354 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about book 1 in the series but book 2 has lost me. It’s not a bad story, though there are noticeably more technical writing errors than in book 1.  There’s just a shift in the story that made it less interesting to me.

 

Book 2 makes the game and RPG progression feel like secondary or even tertiary concerns. You can tell this is the case because of a couple things: less leveling on the part of the  main character (MC), and the sheer number of POVs. In book 1, the MC and her group level like crazy, they earn about 17 of them. In book 2, the MC levels up 8 times. Some of that can be explained by levels being harder to get, but most of it is just that the author chose to spend less time on that aspect of the story. In book 1, there were some really neat flashbacks that helped build suspense and lead to a neat real world storyline. Now though, those flashbacks are replaced with numerous POV shifts between the MC, MC’s mom, MC’s friends, enemies, AI individually, AI together, and Game company people. The many POVs develop the new non-game oriented focuses on emotional exploration, intrigue, and cyber thriller elements.

 

The emotional exploration comes in the form of lots of talking and thinking from lots of characters. There really is a good portion of this done not only for the MC but what feels like most of the characters, through POV shifts. Cyber thriller elements include questions about  emerging AI, intrigue, questions about what the game developers are using the tech for, what is really happening with the MC, and the shady goals of the AI. There’s still some MMO action adventure, with the MCs group doing some leveling and class progression but not as much as was in book 1 and it definitely feels relegated to a less important place in the story.

 

Overall, I just didn’t have as good a time with book 2 as I did with book 1. I’m just not as into all that emotion, intrigue, or cyber-thriller stuff as I am into just good gaming stories with lots of action. I think folks that like those elements more, will actually like book 2 more.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu


 

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

 

Surviving Lord Darius's attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress's Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld.

 

There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

 

The Underworld is waiting...

 

My Opinion: 352 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

A good sequel to Level Up or Die, this time Elorion and the gang are on the run from a dangerous enemy that’s sending minion after minion to kill them. It’s action scene after action scene with good lulls in between for RPG leveling, magical theorizing, and a bit of character development. But let's be honest, the best thing about the series is the action and power leveling, which returns in spades. There’s even a little bit of dungeon creation this time to add a little variety.

 

Overall, a good action oriented LitRPG novel that flies by.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2L5OLS4  


 

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(Music 4)

 

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LitRPG Podcast 133

 

LitRPG Podcast 133

Sept. 14th, 2018

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 7 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

New Releases and Reviews:


Dead Gods (Land of Dreams Book 2)  (06:48)

A solid improvement over book 1. Good dungeon crawl.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2wL25ae

Galactic Badlands: A LitRPG Space Western (13:02)

Good parts, but I got bored.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2MQF8fN

Guild Master: A LitRPG adventure (Tower of Power Book 1) (15:34)

Familiar parts, but combined with a unique sense of humor and a few original game mechanics.

7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2wJnRdH

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1) (21:05)

Nice parts, but so many plot holes I couldn’t enjoy it.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (27:46)

Twinked MMO character, but still good story with lots of good action, and good RPG leveling.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

Tales And Schemes: L (33:43)

Wordy, too much dialogue, and meandering storyline.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2wPLh1T

A Demon Lord's Virtual [Magic Life]: Tutorial Zone (38:25)

If you can get past the many technical issues with the story and you already like RTS games, you might find the story entertaining.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2wOYIyu

(Play Music 2)


LitRPG News

(None)

Out Now!   

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82


Traveler's Zone: A LitRPG YA Fantasy (The Revelation Chronicles Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2xdfR4K



New LitRPG Audiobooks  


Cities in Chains - An Apocalyptic LitRPG (The System Apocalypse, Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2Of15ly


Fortress of Shadows: A LitRPG and GameLit Adventure

Stonehaven League Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2NCu9X2


Upcoming LitRPG:

The Revived: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 3) (Sept. 14th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NG2hBa

*Not reviewing*


First Song - Book 1 (Sept. 15th, 2018)



Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (Sept. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4


Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi


Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4


Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj


The Arena’s Call (Aventures on Brad: Book 4)

(Oct. 1st, 2018)


Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca


The Blades of the Borderlands (Epic LitRPG Adventure - Book 11) (Fayroll) (Oct. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2x8L0Xl


Neverfall: Mark of the Hero (Book 1): (A Gamelit Lit RPG Series)

(Nov. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs


A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1


Hero (Level Up Book #2) LitRPG Series (Dec. 10th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xdfMhs


Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)


Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)


New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

Dead Gods (Land of Dreams Book 2)

John is enslaved. Taken by the Valda—Dark Elves—and forced to fight for them with other slaves in dark dungeons on a hideously dangerous jungle island.


The island is a mystery, a two kilometer high stone tower of ancient dwarven make in the center. Overgrown with jungle, it’s infested with demonic creatures and filled with the ruins of dwarven facilities.


With his new friends—fellow slaves—he must fight and delve into the island’s secrets.


Dead Gods is a LitRPG/Gamelit novel. There are no harems in this book, and no sex.


My Opinion: 286 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review but purchased the novel when it became available.


Overall the writing and storytelling has improved over book 1. There’s action, adventure, good dialogue, banter, and some improved world building.  


The game mechanics however have retained the same issue from book 1. While there is consistent progression of both levels, stats, and improvement of magical abilities and spell, the game world feels more like portal fantasy with a decent helping of RPG. There’s still a feeling that even though on his character sheet, the MC is more powerful and improving his stats/powers, that growth isn’t always felt during the adventures. That’s mostly due to the lack of quantifiable connections to combat from the stats or skills since there are no damage notifications, levels for monsters, health pools, stamina pool, or mana pools. So there are no numeric points of reference.


The in-game story is essentially a long dungeon crawl, with some nice monsters to beat, and dungeon puzzles to solve. My favorite part of the dungeon crawl is likely the water level, because of the many gamer jokes about water levels. The IRL story steps away from the big need for the main character (MC) to earn a living, he literally forgets about an item worth $5K at one point, and instead focuses on beginning the reconciliation story between the MC and his comatose father. The use of VR for therapy is interesting, though I wish I could have read more about how that worked. Still, the author gives the MC a reason to continue gaming.


Overall, I had a good time going on a dungeon crawl with these characters and seeing how the real life storyline played out. Sure there are still flaws, but it’s an entertaining dungeon crawl.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Dead Gods (Land of Dreams Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2wL25ae


(Picture 2)

Galactic Badlands: A LitRPG Space Western

There are cowboy boots on his feet, pop-up hints appearing in his vision, and, oh yeah, there’s a mariachi band in his head.

The world's not going to slow down and let him catch up though, no, it's going to throw a chrome hover car at him and hope he gets the picture.

Charles isn't what you'd call inept though, and before long he's proving himself as a quick shooter, fast learner, and more than willing to immerse himself in his pseudo-digital reality full of cruel crimelords, dangerous wild animals, and all manner of fun allies in this, the first novel of the Galactic Badlands saga.


My Opinion: 209 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is basically a slice of life novel. The main character (MC) finds himself in a custom afterlife where he can’t die or he’ll go hell. So, like anyone else, he goes on life threatening adventures as a sci-fi cowboy collecting bounties, herding cattle, and building a team. That’s all there really is to the story, a string of adventures and lots of dialogue. Unfortunately, the adventures aren’t that good and there’s little direction to the story. A lot of the story is the MC wandering around.


The game mechanics in the story are very minimal and while the MC levels up, thus making the novel LitRPG technically, the RPG parts are really light and relative to the page count not a big part of the story.


Overall, even though there are some neat characters, the story was just kind of boring for me.


Score: 5 out of 10

Galactic Badlands: A LitRPG Space Western

https://amzn.to/2MQF8fN


(Picture 3)

Guild Master: A LitRPG adventure (Tower of Power Book 1)

A second chance at life on a new world.


Morgan used to be a pretty normal guy. He went to college by day and played online games by night, leading his guild into new conquests—until he got hit by a car, and a dude wearing a wetsuit appeared in front of him. The man offered him a new chance at life in a world that he had created, a world with similar rules to the games that Morgan loved to play. There is the promise of great rewards and power, he says, if Morgan manages to complete the Tower of Power. Stupid name, I know.


Morgan didn’t usually trust strangers who seem to have god complexes, but he was in a pinch. There’s a crazy-looking dude saying that he is technically not a god on one end of the tunnel, and a blinding light on the other end—and he was really not digging the light.


So he accepted the offer from the surfer god-not-god.


Getting dropped into a strange new world with no idea what the rules are was not something that Morgan was a fan of; and in this strange world, it seems like everything is out to eat his face. It was a good thing, then, that he stumbled onto two half-elf twins willing to help him get the hang of this strange new world.


Now, all he needs to do is survive long enough to reach this Tower.


My Opinion: 286 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


While initially skeptical of the novel with its Delvers LLC premise of a man that’s transported to a world with RPG mechanics to aid in some experimental testing, the novel proves to be sort of original and definitely entertaining. I say ‘sort of’ because every author is inspired by others and I can see influences from multiple popular LitRPG novels here. The premise from Delvers, the hot redhead companion and dungeon diving, and the town building/imminent raid aspect from Greystone Chronicles. However, the author pulls these aspects together and combines them with a unique sense of humor, a few original game mechanics, an unusual class for the MC to make something new-ish.


While most of the game mechanics are standard D&D stuff, there is the inclusion of multiclassing and an inherent need to kill monsters and consume a special crystal they drop to extend an adventurer’s (aspect’s) life. This adds a little variety and keeps the reader interested in how the classes develop. There’s lots of information that the author provides about all the game aspects and it’s relatively crunchy and thorough.


On the story side, it’s pretty simple. It’s a transported to fantasy game world story, a dungeon dive, and then kingdom building story. There’s good action and adventure, RPG progress, and town building.


Minor gripes would include a semi-forced relationship that feels like it will turn harem in book 2, and a unique sense of humor that won’t land with everyone. Additionally, for some reason in the middle of the story, the main character (MC) suddenly turns whiney and starts acting like a petulant child, even going so far as to start yelling randomly when he doesn’t get to get his revenge against someone that wronged him.  It may be an attempt at humor that I don’t get, but was a little odd and off putting. Thankfully, it’s mostly isolated to that section.


Overall, this is will feel familiar to LitRPG readers but it’s still  an entertaining and crunchy LitRPG story that many people will enjoy.


7.3 out of 10

Guild Master: A LitRPG adventure (Tower of Power Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2wJnRdH


(Picture 4)

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

To break free, you'll need to break the game

In the virtual realm of Honorus, Ronin Ironclad is a Paladin forced to fight for his real-world coalition. Drafted players are constantly summoned to battle in-game to resolve political disputes. This was meant as a safe way for the governments to settle their differences, but it's turned into a way to control the populace.


The wonder and magical beauty of Honorus has been consumed with pointless warring, destroying the true lore of the game.


Everything changes when Ronin joins a top-level clan that fights to return Honorus to the epic fantasy game that was meant to unify the world.


Abandoning his coalition puts his real-world life in danger, but what he learns about the game and this clan, exposes him to something much greater.


My Opinion: 341 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


OMG, this story doesn’t make any sense and there are plot holes large enough to drive a truck through. On the plus side, the combat scenes are well written and there are lots of nods to MMO’s of the past. Unfortunately, not only does the fundamental premise of the story not make sense the plot twists in the story are not setup at all and are wand wavy as all heck.


The premise of the story is that the main character (MC), Ronin, is recruited by the First Clan who want to return the game they all play to its original purpose, fun and sharing of ideas. How is the game currently used? To solve global conflicts without real life war and instead have virtual wars between nation and factions. Sure, the author makes the setup sound as unappealing as possible with mandatory drafts for players and financial penalties for losing battles, but seriously no more war? Why try to stop that? It just doesn’t make sense.


Added to that just about every single plot twist in the story just doesn’t make sense. How do any of these rebels stay off the entire world government’s radar? Oh, some mod has magic code that hides them, even though all draftees live at government facilities and use government controlled internet and VR rigs. How does this group plan to change the game? Stop every single battle between governments using never before seen spells and abilities with no setup in the story. The government’s response to this? Use never before seen or described spell that reset players to level 1 and then eventually unleash server wide demon hordes and permadeath. None of which would actually accomplish any kind of goal.


The description of the game world is good. Lots of MMO goodness here. Though actual leveling done by the MC has little impact on the story other than meeting prerequisites for some spells needed to advance the story. But most of the mechanics are going to be familiar to anyone that’s played an MMO and you can tell that the author has gaming experience.


While I can appreciate that some aspects of the story are written very well, like some world building, combat, MMO/gamer humor, and character relationships, there was just too much that didn’t make logical sense in the story for me to enjoy it.


Score: 6 out of 10

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo


(Picture 5)

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2)

I've managed to survive my first week in Euphoria Online. But I couldn't have done it without my new friends. Lotharia. Falkon. The Green Liver goblins.


But now Lotharia's gone missing. Swallowed by that nightmare keep. Lost to the darkness.


Everyone's telling me that going after her is madness. That I don't have a chance in hell.


But I'm not the kind of guy to turn my back on my friends.


Damn the odds.


I'm going to find her.


My Opinion: 265 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: The author sent me an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.


A good follow up to Death March, this novel focuses on the action adventure aspects of story. Not only does the main character (MC) and his fledgling group have to fight off a band of higher leveled player mercenaries, and a malevolent intelligence, but he has to deal with the machinations of a crazy ex-girlfriend.


The game mechanics are the same, with slightly more information about monsters and players since one of the secondary characters has the ability to read their levels. There’s also an added castle building aspect as the MC claims part of the keep and has his goblin allies rebuild them.


The only complaint I’d have is that the MC doesn’t really earn any of the wins he gets over his higher leveled opponents. Instead, he gets twinked out, or is given powerful gear from an outside source that lets him win his fights. It’s makes all the fights feel a little less fun when you know the MC has wand wavy magic gear like a sword that ignores the armor of his opponents. Especially since he didn’t earn any of that gear.


Overall, though is a good story with lots of good action, good RPG leveling, interesting builds, and finally some resolution with that ex-girlfriend.


Score: 7.3 out of 10

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE


(Picture 6)

Tales And Schemes: L

Goodmen, beware,


L is no hero. Some spun tales of his deeds benefiting one circle or another, but in the end, his actions benefit none but himself, for any particular occasion where his farce contributes something of substance, it would be nothing but a false, perpetual coincidence, hiding naught but the blatant desire of chaos and depravity. There is no heroism in his dark deeds, to his twisted lies and fabricated truths. We have seen his kind before, have felt the typhoons they are born within. He, through and through, to the smallest pieces of his wretched blood cells, is a lecherous entity which does not care for the world, his, ours, or the people that reside within it--if he even considers them to be so. My unreliable sources have shown otherwise.


This is not a heroic tale, yet I hesitate to deem it villainous either, for his intentions are incomprehensible. I retrieved his history from the fires he laid behind him, from the ruination of his tongue and sword, but his House is a subject in which even I do not dare to tread about. Let a different dolt ravage their mind in separating their fictions from their sins. I repeat, foolhardy learners, that this is a tragedy about an extremely patronizing human-like figure, who seems to account for naught but his own whimsical, impetuous, sinister desires; no matter the unfortunate outcome, for him, or for others.


Yet there, within the tribulations, lies a wicked lesson. It is hence I sacrificed my clear-mindedness in inscribing this, in an attempt to whisk the ramifications from the muck and excrement.


I have failed.


Goodmen, stay away, for insanity beckons his footsteps. They reside within his words, within his acts, and within his story. It is here, on these rotten pages in this very tome of misery.


Goodmen, I beg of you: Beware and begone.


My Opinion: 509 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Oh my gosh this is such a wordy story. The beginning has such long winded dialogue and monologues that it drove me a little crazy. I mean, do you really need to have 35 pages for character creation because you’re talking to the game A.I.? The rest of the novel suffers from similar issues. Anytime there’s any dialogue it seems like it lasts at least 5 pages per conversation.


The game mechanics in the story are fine, nothing fancy. The main character gets a unique race and title, and he learns lots of skills from experimentation and killing stuff. But there’s really no point to the story. The combat doesn’t start till sometime about the 20% or about 100 pages into the story, which is way too long. But from there on fights happen fairly regularly. But again, there’s just no reason for it, especially some of the darker scenes. They don’t add anything. Story-wise, there just isn’t one to speak of. There is some good dark humor and decent fights, but it all seemed without purpose.


Overall, I was generally just bored with the novel.


Score: 5 out of 10

Tales And Schemes: L

https://amzn.to/2wPLh1T


(Picture 7)

A Demon Lord's Virtual [Magic Life]: Tutorial Zone

This is the story of 20 year old Lucas Rollin. Orphaned at the young age of 10, his life is filled with struggles as a Superhuman, a genetically enhanced human. Living a life of poverty in the 23rd century, he could only barely sustain himself with his genetic differences compared to a normal human and survived by gaining money in virtual reality to pay for his food and survival.


Now his final break came with a less then popular game [Magic Life] which features a special auto character creation process. During this process, he ends up with the Race Demon Lord and the class of the same name. Follow him as he plays in the virtual world that changed his life as the Demon Lord Akor as he trains in the tutorial zone facing countless choices in his [Magic Life].


My Opinion: 208 pages, $4.40, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Warning: There are several issues including technical writing stuff that may make this story unenjoyable for some readers. This includes an abundance of tables (like one every other page), tense mixing, redundant sentences, and misspelled words. These are not rare issue, but occur on almost every page of the story.

Ie: “The current year was 2275.” “...they traveled to by space travel.” If either of those sentences bothers you, please don’t read this as it will likely drive you nuts. However, I’ll say that many of these issues become smaller after the 50% of the story.


This is a RTS LitRPG story with base building, town development, resource management, tech trees, and minor amounts of group combat. If you love games like Warcraft or Age of Empires, then you might enjoy this story. There’s lots of passages about the thought process of the main character (MC) and how he decides to develop his town. Which is interesting game theory. But there’s also a good portion of the novel that is the MC giving out orders for things to get done. Stuff like building farms, houses, or herding goats. Combined with the unusually large number of tables and info dumps in the early parts of the story, things can get a little tedious early on.


However, there’s loads of info for anyone that loves that kind of stuff. Lots of details about resource management, building upgrades, tech trees for combat, crafting, and culture and so much more. Minions and the MC all level and have upgradeable stats, which is where the RPG aspects come in. It’s actually a tactic the MC uses in the story, managing XP and leveling as a way to stop higher level players from invading his city by keeping it in the tutorial section. Rather smart game theorizing.


On the story side, it’s mostly focused on the RTS game aspects. Though there are minor story threads about the MC trying to make a living on gaming, the game company vying for control with the A.I., and some IRL interactions between the MC and other players. There are also a few fights in the story too. It’s enough to provide breaks from the RTS stuff, which admittedly can get a little tedious if it goes on for long stretches.


Overall, if you can get past the many technical issues with the story and you already like RTS games, you might find the story entertaining. I admittedly did.


Score: 7.1 out of 10

A Demon Lord's Virtual [Magic Life]: Tutorial Zone

https://amzn.to/2wOYIyu


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(Music 4)


Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

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Michael Chatfield

 

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)

https://amzn.to/2ohnt27

 

 

Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2PNRkvZ

 

 

Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2ojtrQg

 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Adventures on Brad, Books 1 - 3 (A LitRPG Boxset)

https://amzn.to/2BWdYPF




 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2) (Sept. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82

 

 

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (Sept. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

 

He's found his new home. Now he has to defend it.

Denel's goddess has granted him the title of Paladin, and with it, the responsibility of protecting the people of his village, both reptilian and otherwise. The threats facing the faithful of Goddess Watch are numerous, and the last thing Denel wants to do is sit and wait for the enemy to come to him. Isolated and far from player civilization, Denel must forge bonds and friendships with races that view his friends as nothing more than monsters to be culled. Unbeknownst to him, he's no longer the only digital resident of Aelterna Online, and the newcomers are out to destroy everything he's worked to create! What he's become is more than the system is prepared to accept; what will he be forced to do to survive?

 

My Opinion: 335 pg, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The cover art for this whole series does not do it justice, so please don’t judge it based on that. Book 1 did a good job of setting up a world in which the main character (MC) becomes the first digitized citizen of a fantasy VRMMORPG. It described not only an interesting magic and RPG system, but also did some good world building. Book 2 in the series builds and expands on that.

 

The scope of the story expands past the lizard person village the MC became apart of, to the larger game world. One of the things I like most about the series is the clear effort put into creating the cultures in the story. There are clear, distinctive, rules, social norms, rich histories for each race and community. It adds a subtle layer of depth to the world and an opportunity for some interesting storytelling.

 

There is still some good RPG progression and action too. In particular I liked how the MCs barrier magic is developing and how it was used in the story not just to protect but to give the MC an ability a story conflict could be shaped around. Crafting also returns in the story progresses in its own RPG way.

 

Overall, I had a good time reading the story and am always impressed by the author’s efforts to not only create rich characters but full cultures for them.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

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I Am Gamer

 

Lawrence is having a shitty day. His girlfriend is not only cheating on him but she’s cheating on him with his best friend. He had the added benefit of finding out about it firsthand. To make matters worse a legendary Native American God has sent him back to North America circa 1400 AD. What’s a Gamer to do?

 

From the creator of the hilarious Eryth Online and the action packed Warrior Academy series comes I AM GAMER!

 

This is the first book in a series that will span continents. Join our hero on his journey to unify the Americas and fight back against its foreign invaders. Using skills and knowledge from the future all revealed in a game type format, Lawrence Lawrence Wrath will save the world… or die trying…

Here is the attached musical playlist, it's available on Spotify and YouTube.

 

My Opinion: 406 pg, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

**Note: There are small uses of marijuana in two small parts of the story. It’s not used any differently than drinking alcohol is but I also understand that some folks don’t like it in the stories they read.**

 

The beginning is a good setup for slice of life alternate fantasy history story. It shifts a bit from what I expected. It’s a little awkward after the MC is transported to this meshed up past. The MC is definitely OP with scaling weapons, clothing, and a bag of holding. But once the MC reaches the Native American tribe the story finds its pace. This is mostly because you get to see the world building at that point, not as recalled histories but as more fleshed out cultures, myths, and traditions. The pace of the action also picks up about there too with the MC fighting a range of beasts from prehistory and monsters from Native American legend.

 

The game mechanics aren't great, but they’re not bad either. They’re going to be familiar to most LitRPG readers and are consistent throughout the story. The MC levels, gains stat points her assigns, and learns/ levels many skills and abilities. But the MC starts out overpowered and his stat increases aren't as impactful as they could be. There are also RTS and crafting elements as the MC uses his OP ‘Total Recall’ ability that lets him perfectly remember anything he’s learned from the modern world to advance the technological state of the tribal society he is in.

 

Overall, it’s a fun slice of life story that has a lot of potential. Of the works the author has published, this likely has the widest appeal. Good action, good adventure, good community building and crafting too.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

I Am Gamer

https://amzn.to/2NiOygf

 

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Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

 

When Simon immerses himself in the game world of Apex as Arheis the Guardian, he finds a living, breathing ecosystem that feels more real than anything he’s ever experienced before. The creatures that inhabit Apex are cunning, ferocious, and a massive challenge for even the most experienced hunter.

 

In order to rank up in the Hunters’ Guild and participate in the most prestigious hunts, Simon will have to slay increasingly more threatening creatures and use what he gathers to craft powerful armor and weapons.

 

But a fearsome beast stalks the jungle, untouchable even by the Guild. To have any hope of stopping her, Simon won’t just have to level up and hone his skills--he’ll have to put his trust in his fellow hunters.

 

And for a lifelong soloer, that’s no easy feat…

 

My Opinion: 357 pg, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy for review. I purchased the novel after it was released.

 

The novel is heavily inspired by the Monster Hunter video game franchise. It’s not a copy but you can tell the author has a great love of the video game series and puts a lot of effort into incorporating the aspects of that franchise that are interesting and beloved.

 

The game mechanics: There’s a familiar MMO character sheet, levels, stats, skills, and special abilities. The only stat that feels new is the morale stat, which is supposed to add an element of loss to player death. Morale lowers after a death and reduces health regen, skill growth, etc. It’s essentially a debuff that can only be removed by learning from the last death.

 

Other game mechanics that are imported from the Monster Hunter games include the emphasis on gathering monster parts for crafting powerful and sometimes very specific weapons and armor for more challenging hunts. Monsters require research and observation before the main character (MC) in the story can even learn the monster’s name, much less the monster’s weaknesses or particular behaviors that will allow for a successful hunt. Like the game it’s inspired by, if a hunter does not do their due diligence and research, hunting powerful monsters just leads to repeated deaths.

 

The story: After the brief real life setup of who the MC is and how he can play a video game long term, the rest of the story stays in the VRMMO. This is essentially a slice of life novel that focuses around a series of monster hunts where the MC learns a new class and comes to appreciate just how realistic the game world is. There’s just enough story to tie together all the action scenes, provide enough character development to make the reader care about the characters, and there’s even a minor romance arc. However, most of the novel revolves around the hunts, so it’s noticeably action focused.

 

Overall, this is a good, entertaining action LitRPG novel that lots of folks will enjoy. Though, fans of the Monster Hunter games will hopefully appreciate all many notes and references to that franchise in the story.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

https://amzn.to/2Nsbdac

 

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The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2)

 

When Erik and Rugrat entered the ten realms they didn’t know what was going on. They only knew that they had contracted the two week curse.

 

When entering the second realm they came to understand their character sheets, and part of the system that is called the ten realms. A place that the strong make the rules and the weak cling to them for protection and hope that they might be left in peace.

 

They passed through the trials of the Beast Mountain Dungeon, taking control of it and becoming the leader of nearly two hundred people.

 

Now in command of the Alva Dungeon and looking to forge a new future, they need more power, mana stones, dungeon cores, monster cores, if not then the Dungeon will stop functioning and they will need to relocate once again.

 

As they ascend to the second realm, Erik and Rugrat need to grow their skills, gain information and find a dungeon. It’s hardly ever that easy.

 

My Opinion: 696 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased it when it became available.

 

A good second book in the Ten Realms series. This culvivation portal fiction LitRPG emphasis crafting, action, adventure, and community building.

 

The early parts of the book 2 focus on crafting and personally I really enjoy the realistic crafting combined with fantasy magical theory. But I also know other reader don’t love crafting as much as me, but no worry, the action and adventure seriously pick up after that section.

 

There isn’t much that can be said about the plot, it’s mostly slice of life and follows multi narrative perspective of several groups. The community established in book 1 works hard to push their communities development, trade, training, and networks. Then the two main characters work to not only improve their respective crafting, but cultivate their bodies and mana systems and of course go on fun adventures and kill lots of stuff to level. The multi-narrative structure provides some nice diversions during some sometimes long scenes with the main characters.

 

Overall, this is a good novel. Though it does feel like a collected serial story, with book 2 almost feeling like a direct continuation of book 1. It’s has a great page count for the price and because of it’s slice of life format, is easy to pick up and put down, and enjoy the many small adventures in the novel.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2) (Aug. 30th, 2018)

https://www.kobo.com/lt/en/ebook/second-realm (UK)

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/second-realm (US)


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

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 Panels for James A. Hunter

Panels for James A. Hunter

Michael Chatfield - Panels

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

 

Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series, and finalist for the Dragon Award for best fantasy series has modified his month long celebration giveaway. The original rules were meant to encourage voting in the Dragon Award. But some folks took it that Aleron was trying to buy votes and reported it to the Dragon Con officials.

Having asked Aleron about this he denies ever buying votes or making a vote for him a requirement of the contest. Personally I don’t think he’d ever meant to either but I also see how the wording of the posts might lead people to think so.

According to Aleron, the DragonCon officials and he talked and agreed that he hadn’t done anything to break the rules but that he’d modify the contest to a straight giveaway to remove any hint of an appearance of impropriety.  Aleron also asked that I note that because the awards are fan driven, the rules encourage author’s to get their fans to vote. Link for those rules are in the show notes.

http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/


 

Out Now!  

 

 

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

 

Bitter: Book Four

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

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Gaia's Gambit: Evolution Online I (A LitRPG)

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE

Special Thanks to Gene for catching this one.

 

 

World Keeper: Precursor (book 3)

https://amzn.to/2vUPe4O

Listed at 1769 pages, seems off. But still good length novel.

 

 

Keeper's World: Hell's Game

https://amzn.to/2MWt7l5


 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Warden: Nova Online, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2P1GUro

Our review of the ebook: 6 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/warden-nova-online-1

 

 

Time of Change - Emerilia, Book 7

https://amzn.to/2PxX7pe

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

 

 

Valley of Death: Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2MHuEib

Our review of the ebook: 7.4 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/7/5/valley-of-death-apocalypse-gates-authors-cut-book-2

 

 

New Eden Royale: An Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2wljo0G

Our review of the ebook: 5 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/1/new-eden-royale-an-apocalyptic-litrpg-series

 

 

Accidental Duelist: Accidental Champion Trilogy, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2OXXsk0

 

 

The Legacy Builder: The Chronicles of Lincoln Hart: Barakdor, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2o3ffdZ

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/the-legacy-builder-the-chronicles-of-lincoln-hart-book-1


 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2) (Aug. 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

I am gamer (Aug. 26th, 2018)

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (Aug. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (Aug. 28th, 2018)

 

 

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 1) (Aug. 30th, 2018)


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

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New Releases and Reviews

 

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The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

 

What Does A Girl Have To Do For A Drink?

 

Elite MMO Gamer Alex Mills Is About To Find Out.


 

When UC computer science student, Alex Mills, suggests in a class assignment a programming change to the Omniverse, the world's most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Network, her professor and co-founder of the Omniverse shocks her by agreeing to implement it. To beta-test the new program, he offers a quest for unprecedented wealth and power awards to Alex and ten other of the most elite gamers in the world.

 

The Ambrosia Quest is a five-stage competition that takes place in a virtual alternative version of the United States. The final stage consists of identifying and consuming a drink that will bestow millions of real-life dollars and godlike virtual powers within the Omniverse.

 

A serial killer practicing her dark arts within the virtual U.S. sidetracks Alex's quest. Soon, the game evolves beyond merely solving clues for money and virtual powers to a life and death struggle between her and a brilliant, sociopathic opponent, The Highwayman.

 

To win the Ambrosia Quest, Alex must defeat The Highwayman in virtual reality. To survive, she must defeat the deadly serial killer in the real world.

 

My Opinion: 441 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Author has lots of novels in a variety of genres. This one seems like an attempt to either to write to a market the author doesn’t understand or it’s just possibly innocently mismarketed. It might be considered VR suspense, but it is most definitely not LitRPG. Not even close.

 

There is a competitive VR combat game in the story but it’s not very game like, more realistic simulated combat with rankings. There is also a VR contest set in an alternate normal world where a small group of players have to travel around the US to solve clues, puzzles, and find items. However, no matter the setting there are no RPG mechanics or RPG progression. There are some brief poorly described sex scenes and some real life story with suspense elements. The main character Alex, is actually an interesting character but the story is just not LitRPG like it says it is.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MAGNFm  

 

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

 

Idon and his friends are in the adventure shop business—and business is terrible. The dungeon boom of decades past is sorely dead. The economy is in the outhouse. And the Guild has a stranglehold on any remaining riches to be gleaned from the tapped dungeons in the area.

 

They’ll be lucky to keep their heads above water for another week, and that’s only if the Guild doesn’t break their legs to recover mounting debts. Things are looking pretty bleak, when Idon finds a rather peculiar sword during a last ditch effort to scrounge up some valuable loot to sell.

 

Armed with a secret that could solve all their problems, the three friends know they can’t let anyone find out about the amazing new dungeon levels and the undiscovered loot therein.

 

But where there is loot…

 

There is always lurking death. Maybe the violent thugs from the Guild will end up being the least of their problems. Find out if they can live long enough to become the lords of loot!

 

My Opinion: 177 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Mostly just a dungeon dive story and a small plot that’s suppose to connect the next book. Good action, RPG leveling basic but consistent. A slice of life dungeon dive. An entertaining read for what it is.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MOGCGV

 

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

 

Enter to play, win to escape.

 

It seemed like harmless fun at first, when Justin entered the world of ERDE Inside. He quickly discovers that the real game is trying to save his own reality.

 

Justin Schwartz is obsessed with ERDE, one of the most popular franchises in the world. The most recent iteration of the game has been in development for a decade, and is called ERDE: Inside, a virtual world that lives and breaths independent of its creators.

 

As part of a massive PR campaign, OMEGA-DEGA starts a contest for people to join the open beta of ERDE: Inside. Obsessed with getting in, Justin exploits the system to win a slot in the beta, but his actions don't go unnoticed. A hacker called Pnutxebra spotted Justin's exploit and blackmails the leadership of OMEGA-DEGA. Either they allow Justin into the game and trap him there until he finishes the Son of Schwarzvald questline, or Pnutxebra destroys ERDE: Inside so thoroughly they can't recover a decade of work.

 

Let the game begin.

 

My Opinion: 323 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is technically a LitRPG novel. It is set in a game world, and there is a small amount of RPG progression. But those elements are relatively minor. If you want a crunchy RPG action story, this isn’t it. Instead, this is a novel with some interesting characters, pop culture world building, and lots of dialogue. There is a minor amount of action but the story is basically this big philosophical narrative about the nature of reality and what it means to be alive.

It's all couched in a very outlandish premise of forcing the main character (MC) to play a full immersion fantasy game and trapping him there unless he finishes this game scenario to become king. But within that are some interesting adventures, and a lot of talking.

 

That’s one thing that will either push readers away or delight them, the amount of talking in this story. The dialogue is humorous sometimes, but a lot of is in the form of philosophizing and debate. So, if you’re into that you’ll enjoy this story. If you aren’t or just want something more action oriented, this may not be a good fit for you.

 

Overall, even though the debating got to be a little repetitive for me sometimes, it was a good read. I appreciated the philosophical themes, the sense of humor, and the pop culture references.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

https://amzn.to/2wfh7nz


 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

 

The sequel to the bestselling LitRPG epic Barrow King.

 

“I cannot believe that idiotic plan worked.”

 

The only thing Gryph wanted when he entered the Realms was to find his missing sister. Then he pissed off a power-hungry god, got stuck in the undead hell dungeon known as the Barrow and nearly had his soul consumed.

 

Then things trended upwards, and with the help of a ragtag group of companions, Gryph escaped to a verdant paradise of magic and wonder. But when his exposed secrets lead to betrayal and murder, Gryph is forced to accept an insane quest or his new friends will face the headsman's axe.

 

Now, to stop a world-conquering zealot from capturing an ancient weapon of incredible power, Gryph must become the one thing he never wanted to be, a leader. Standing in his way are a group of crazed cultists, an army of deadly magical machines, and friends who no longer trust him.

 

And he is still no closer to saving his sister.

 

The Lost City, the sequel to the breakout hit Barrow King, is an overflowing cauldron of leveling, world building, humor, and action.

 

My Opinion: 616 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is the 2nd book for the main character (MC) and the 3rd book in the series, it starts just after the end of book 1.

 

The game mechanics in the story are the same as last time, though there are larger periods where the story feels more fantasy than litrpg, mostly outside combat. Books 1 and 2 of the series had lots of RPG goodness and while they started as trapped in the game, they shifted to transported to a fantasy world with RPG rules. Still, book 3, has the least game vibe with most of the RPG stuff seen during combat situations, quest notifications, and lulls where the MC or another character levels.

 

Fights in the story are wonderfully described and rather epic. But much like they were in book 1, they get a bit wand wavy, with the main character sometimes seeming to have a near infinite supply of mana, stamina, and health and having access to skills or knowledge never described before. He really should have died during some of the fights, but that would have derailed the storyline a bit.

 

Storywise, none of the trapped in the game or the save the sister storyline exists. Instead, the novel’s storyline seems to mesh The Fellowship of the Ring, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and some Cthulhu lore. There is some really good world building and epic struggles between the various forces in the story.

 

Overall, despite the few issues I had, this was a really good story that brought some epic scale to the series.

 

Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA


 

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

 

When all actions have repercussions, it isn't really a game.

Returning to Inadon, Mallory and her companions are determined to level up, gain better gear and learn new abilities. They soon discover it might be more difficult than they realise when they encounter members of the dark forces. Will their actions have the wrong consequences or will they have time to gain the experience points they need before they become a target of the dark forces?

This story was written by Australian authors using Australian spelling.

 

My Opinion: 244 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The novel is almost entirely slice of life adventuring. There’s not much else to it. Combat descriptions are mostly just ok. It’s fine if you just want something to pick up and put down. But I was a little disappointed that the big Guardians of the Roundtable thing wasn’t developed really at all, especially after all the time that went into that plotline at the end of book 1.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I


 

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

 

As Murmur reels in the wake of the secret her friends tried to keep, her grip on what is real and what is virtual begins to slip. What's more, she's no longer sure who she can trust.

 

Stalked across the continent by a rogue with a vendetta, Murmur is forced to dig deep and develop her abilities before she finds a knife in her back.

 

Suspicion surrounds the AIs as well. Their behaviors are too human, their reports too perfect. Shayla and Laria must uncover the truth before the system raises concerns and Murmur is lost forever.

 

My Opinion: 354 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about book 1 in the series but book 2 has lost me. It’s not a bad story, though there are noticeably more technical writing errors than in book 1.  There’s just a shift in the story that made it less interesting to me.

 

Book 2 makes the game and RPG progression feel like secondary or even tertiary concerns. You can tell this is the case because of a couple things: less leveling on the part of the  main character (MC), and the sheer number of POVs. In book 1, the MC and her group level like crazy, they earn about 17 of them. In book 2, the MC levels up 8 times. Some of that can be explained by levels being harder to get, but most of it is just that the author chose to spend less time on that aspect of the story. In book 1, there were some really neat flashbacks that helped build suspense and lead to a neat real world storyline. Now though, those flashbacks are replaced with numerous POV shifts between the MC, MC’s mom, MC’s friends, enemies, AI individually, AI together, and Game company people. The many POVs develop the new non-game oriented focuses on emotional exploration, intrigue, and cyber thriller elements.

 

The emotional exploration comes in the form of lots of talking and thinking from lots of characters. There really is a good portion of this done not only for the MC but what feels like most of the characters, through POV shifts. Cyber thriller elements include questions about  emerging AI, intrigue, questions about what the game developers are using the tech for, what is really happening with the MC, and the shady goals of the AI. There’s still some MMO action adventure, with the MCs group doing some leveling and class progression but not as much as was in book 1 and it definitely feels relegated to a less important place in the story.

 

Overall, I just didn’t have as good a time with book 2 as I did with book 1. I’m just not as into all that emotion, intrigue, or cyber-thriller stuff as I am into just good gaming stories with lots of action. I think folks that like those elements more, will actually like book 2 more.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu


 

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

 

Surviving Lord Darius's attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress's Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld.

 

There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

 

The Underworld is waiting...

 

My Opinion: 352 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

A good sequel to Level Up or Die, this time Elorion and the gang are on the run from a dangerous enemy that’s sending minion after minion to kill them. It’s action scene after action scene with good lulls in between for RPG leveling, magical theorizing, and a bit of character development. But let's be honest, the best thing about the series is the action and power leveling, which returns in spades. There’s even a little bit of dungeon creation this time to add a little variety.

 

Overall, a good action oriented LitRPG novel that flies by.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2L5OLS4  


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 132

 

 

LitRPG Podcast 132

 

Sept. 7th, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 132 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-132

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 6 new LitRPG reviews just for you.


 

New Releases and Reviews:

 

  1. How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (08:00)

Fine Kaiju fights, but the game/LitRPG part was just boring.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

  1. Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)  (12:32)

Am NPC story just long enough to do a bit of world building and character development without being so long that it drags things out.

Score: 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ohnt27

 

  1. Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)  (17:09)

Another funny and inappropriate C&C short story

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2PNRkvZ

 

  1. Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel (18:39)

Frustrating dialogue and wand wavy powers over shadow the good parts.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ojtrQg

 

  1. The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14)  (25:01)

An interesting mix of sci-fi, hindu fantasy, and LitRPG MMO.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

  1. Office Wars: Lab Coats Optional (33:36)

The Office Wars part got a bit repetitive but the Office Space style humor and real world story twists make a nice conclusion for the arc.

Score: 7.1 out of 10  

https://amzn.to/2oHYjtJ

 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

To celebrate reaching 2000 reviews on Amazon for Chaos Seeds Book 1, Aleron Kong donated $1,000 to Wounded Warrior Project and will match the donations for up to an additional $1,000. So far litRPG fans have donated an additional $675.

https://www.facebook.com/LitRPGbooks/photos/a.214764818862862/745756299097042/?type=3&theater


 

 

 

Shemer Kuznits, author of the Life Reset series, recently received a 3D printed model of the MC for his series. He was nice enough to share pictures of the model and is even contemplating arranging for it to be made into a production model for fans to purchase. In the mean time, Jeff Hays took cosplaying to the next level and dressed up as the same character during DragonCon this year.

https://www.facebook.com/Liferesetlitrpg/posts/2486763188216738?__tn__=C-R

 

 

 

Rogue Dungeon was just selected by Audible editors for the BEST NEW RELEASE in FANTASY for September. The editors at audible only get to make one recommendation per category per month. So, Congrats to James Hunter.

https://www.audible.com/ep/s/sep18-editors-select?serial=&


 

 

The Votes are in! The people have spoken!

 

The Wizard and Warriors Choice Awards Winners

 

Wizard - Best LitRPG Series - Aleron Kong, The Chaos Seed series

Warrior - Best LitRPG Book -  Dakota Krout, Ritualist

Noob - Best New LitRPG Author -  Carrie Summers, Stonehaven League

https://www.facebook.com/LitRPGbooks/photos/p.744740265865312/744740265865312/?type=1&theater


 

 

DragonCon 2018 is over but I made a couple of videos showing off the highlights. Included is a recording for the Cyberpunk & Technology in YA panel, which had our very own Michael Chatfield and Aleron Kong on it.

 

The Trek to the LitRPG Booth https://youtu.be/VKsbnwQTLOY

DragonCon 2018 Highlights https://youtu.be/mMbVpHqteKo

Cyberpunk & Technology in YA panel https://youtu.be/VYBAH7g9zyU




 

Out Now!  

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

329 pages

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

246 pages

 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2wMy8GV

358 pages

 

 

Shard Wraith: A LitRPG Novel (Crystal Shards Online Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2CywY7p

439 pages


 

 

Galactic Badlands: A LitRPG Space Western

https://amzn.to/2MQF8fN

209 pages

 

 

Guild Master: A LitRPG adventure (Tower of Power Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2wJnRdH

286 pages


 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

265 pages

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

341 pages

 

 

1-7% Essentially this conversation between the AI and the MC about how he’s trying to get hidden abilities, classes, races, and titles and will spend hours and hours trying random requests just in the character creation section.

*Decent insight into MC mindset, but it does get tedious. Good way to see game details though.*

 

Tales And Schemes: L

https://amzn.to/2wPLh1T

509 pages

 

 

Lots of tables may make this a challenging read for some folks.

 

A Demon Lord's Virtual [Magic Life]: Tutorial Zone

https://amzn.to/2wOYIyu


 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Crafter's Passion

https://amzn.to/2LVn8vD

 

 

War Aeternus 3: The Culling

https://amzn.to/2NsHrWc

 

 

The Goblin Siege - Codename: Freedom, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2wMXuUc

 

 

Shadows of the Great Forest (Realm of Arkon - Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2M52yc1

 

 

The Slayer - A LitRPG Saga (Aether Gate Online, Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2NUmal2

 

 

Nightmare Keep

https://amzn.to/2wM2fNZ

 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2) (Sept. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82

 

 

Dead Gods (Land of Dreams Book 2) (Sept. 10th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2wL25ae



 

 

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (Sept. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca



 

 

A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

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How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1)

 

It's not a game...

 

It was supposed to be a new tool for anger management. The deal was, I help beta test their new video game and get a microchip implanted in my hand to monitor my responses, and I get out on early parole. I have anger issues. And now Mom's dying. Staying in prison, even if it's only for a few months, isn't an option when she's got so little time left.

 

But a lot of things don't make sense. For example, why is Dad, who ditched Mom for another woman only a few years after I was born, so keen to make me go to college? And why on earth is the mysterious company whose game I'm playing, willing to pay so much money as an incentive to attack certain targets in their game?

 

And the game? I've never played anything like it. I'm a kaiju, a giant monster, an avatar of destruction. It's immersive and empowering and it just might be my ticket to taking control of my life.

 

Until a kaiju shows up on campus and the entire world changes...

 

My Opinion: 273 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

An interesting Kaiju fight story, but the LitRPG/game parts aren’t good.

 

Gameplay feels like Rampage with levels, health bar, rage meter, stats, and special abilities. The focus of the ‘game’ is to crush and destroys buildings, cars, people, tanks, and then alien spaceships until till MC takes enough damage to die. Not bad the first time, but it gets very repetitive quickly. The actual RPG parts of the story are minimal at best and there are very few details about the game besides some summaries about the MC jumping levels from 4 to 10 to 14.

 

The story is a combination of a whiny main character who is forced to play this game. It’s supposed to be a story of redemption with the MC getting the opportunity to grow beyond the loser reputation he has, but the journey there is filled with whine. The MC complains about his bad circumstances, how his anger keeps getting him in trouble, and how everyone thinks he’s worthless. Even the secondary characters get whiny with his female cousin being a complete pain that hates her dad and her rich girl life for no discernible reason.

 

There are a few neat twists in the story near the end but overall, it’s just an excuse to see new Kaiju fights. If that’s all you want, then you’ll enjoy the story a bit more than I did.

 

Score: 5 out of 10

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

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Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)

 

Delmen MacDougall lived a relatively comfortable life compared to most. He had his enchanting shop, his flat above it, and his health. He even had a friend. Not everyone could make that claim. All he had to do was follow the mandates given to him by Governor Law, Steamtown's infamous steward. Non-citizens of Steamtown, called travelers, didn't make sticking to the mandates easy. They robbed him. They killed him, forcing him to resurrect. They hurled insults at him for being a dwarf or calling him an "NPC," whatever that was.

 

But when one traveler attacked his only friend in the world, Delmen eagerly abandoned his mandates and fought back. He earned himself a bounty that forced him to hide underground. Now a fugitive, Delmen must do everything in his power to gain his freedom again, and that means clearing his bounty by whatever means necessary. The alternative, being captured by the guards and locked up in Steamtown Stockades for the rest of his life, was not an option.

 

My Opinion: 104 pages, $1.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is an story told from the point of view of an NPC who goes beyond what he’s prescribed to do. His restrictions aren’t programed but social, and when he breaks them he is forced to become more than he thought he could be.

 

The game mechanics are going to be familiar with mechanics pulled from games like Thief and Elder Scrolls. There’s a little bit of crafting thrown in too. But where the novella shines is in the exploration of the main characters (MC) search for his missing friend and the gradual revelation of what the world really is and who he is. It’s done really well, but doesn’t ignore the action and adventure readers expect either.

 

Overall, this is one of my favorite reads of the week. Partially because I had almost no expectations going in, so all the good bits were surprising. But also because it’s just hits that sweet spot of being just long enough to do a bit of world building and character development without being so long that it drags things out.

 

Score: 8 out of 10

Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)

https://amzn.to/2ohnt27

 

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Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)

When Cooper wakes up with mysterious bumps on his taint, will he and the Caverns & Creatures gang be able to piece together enough of the previous night in time to stop the curse from spreading?

 

My Opinion: 50 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Another very funny and highly inappropriate short story from Robert Bevan. If you like the main Critical Failure series, these are always very funny side adventures those characters go on. Fair warning, there’s lots of cursing and potty humor.

 

Score: 7.3 out of 10

Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2PNRkvZ

 

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Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel

 

Even gods tremble.

 

After a lifetime of suffering and service toward his kingdom, Graldin was shattered as the wicked god, Bardos, killed what he most cared for. The princess.

 

Thrust into a fantastic new world, filled with monsters and new dangers around every corner, he was driven by grief and anger. Graldin denied Bardos the only thing powerful enough to rival his own, divine might out of spite, and became a thorn in the god's side. Bardos, in his fury, destroyed everything and anyone within his reach.

 

Graldin's life took a turn for the worse after getting conscripted by force, to stop an ancient evil that threatened to destroy the capital city of Nyttherion and what remained of the old civilizations. An all-out war between Bardos, with his armies of self-proclaimed light, and the struggling races is forced upon them.

 

Will anyone survive the oncoming war that would engulf all of the living and the undead, or would the slate be wiped clean and a new game of suffering put in progress?

 

My Opinion: 298 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

I thought I’d try out book 2 in the series, despite not enjoying book 1. The author mentioned he’d rewritten that novel after he and his co-writer parted ways. I’d genuinely hoped that book 2 would have addressed the issues I had with book 1 and become an amazing story. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

 

On a game mechanic level, things are about the same as they were in book 1. Generally familiar MMO concepts like character sheets, stats, levels, and classes, and damage notifications. They’re pretty consistently applied in the story, however there are other game mechanics are wand wavy as all heck. There are several times in the story where someone suddenly has a power or is transformed and there's no setup for it or a game mechanic to allow it. The author says at the beginning of the novel that the game world grows and changes around the characters but it really just feels like an excuse to wave away these frustrating inconsistencies.

 

Storywise, I unfortunately found it to be rather boring again. It felt like a level grind story with  main character (MC) here getting unique power to absorb fraction of power of those killed, mushed with this recurring emotional torture from the bad guy.

 

There are thing that have improved from book 1. Fight descriptions are visceral. There’s lots of emotional evocation. There are some good attempts at creating character background. Not just for the main character but secondary characters like then orcs and the countess. But it's ruined by the dialogue. No one has a unique voice. Everyone kinda sounds the same, even using the same modern American slang even though almost no one in this story is from America or even earth.

 

Overall, I found the story to be boring. It's really just this level grind mixed with a story about the MC being tested and tortured emotionally. But the dialogue and the frustratingly inconsistent game mechanics pushed this into dislike.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2ojtrQg

 

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The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14)

 

TRAPPED IN THE GAME

 

Vanitha is the world's greatest parahuman hacker, who can physically enter computer systems to control them from the inside. To relax, she's created a Hindu-themed multiplayer online role-playing-game called The Path. When a mystery presents itself, she goes to investigate the strange, new Malevolence.

 

It kills her.

 

She awakens inside the game as a new character, unable to use her parahuman powers to return to the real world. Nor can she access any of her administrative privileges. She can't even speak her own name. With no other options, she embarks upon a desperate quest to locate her body, a corpse run that may present her only chance to escape. All the while, the Malevolence is spreading like a cancer, rewriting and corrupting the game. It's a speedrun where failure will be lethal: get her body and her powers back before the Malevolence destroys the game and everything inside it-including her.

 

My Opinion: 237 pages, $4.99, Not available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This story is a mix of sci-fi, hindu fantasy, and LitRPG. It’s a bit overpriced at $4.99 for 237 pages and because it’s also not on KU, it’s less likely people will take a chance on this one. It’s by no means a perfect story but it is LitRPG and it has some interesting aspects that I think will intrigue some readers.

 

The most interesting aspect of the story, and what really sets it apart, is the inclusion of non-western influences in the MMO game world. The main character, Vanitha Bhat, is a Pakistani American parahuman with the ability to transform herself and enter and control computer systems. She creates an MMO that uses Hindu ideas for advancement. For example, in the game players need to earn Karma and Dharma to advance. Dharma earned from completing quests or tasks. Karma earned from acts with good intentions, selfless acts. Without enough of both, a player will be stuck at their current social class level and have limited job choices, levels, powers, and ways to advance.

 

When characters have enough Karma and Dharma they can reincarnate and create a new character with a higher threshold for Karma and Dharma points, thus potentially more powerful. Like increasing the level cap for a character. A player can reincarnate 4 times until they reach highest level Brahmin and become content creators for game.

 

There are still more traditional MMO aspects like character sheets, classes, XP, stats, and skills. Quest rewards include: Soma (rare health potions), XP, Rupees, and Dharma. XP can be used to upgrade skills, or stats. Or get new skills. Karma is not given as a quest reward though, and must be earned through acts. For example, early in the story the MC gives food to some street urchins to gain Karma.

 

Storywise, there is a kind of convoluted premise that doesn't make sense. The MC gets stuck in her own game by a mysterious force and is stripped of her admin and cyber powers and is sent off to a beta version of the game to start over. Oh, also, if she dies in the game, she dies permanently. It’s a bit frustrating but very in line with older cyberpunk concepts. To me, the entire ‘die in game die in real life’ is not a needed but understand why it’s there. To increase stakes. Every time I see it, I think it’s a lost opportunity to learn from death as a game mechanic.

 

Still, once the MC is in the game (7% mark), the story gets interesting. She has to power level through as much of the MMO as possible to get powerful enough to try and stop the mysterious force that’s destroying it. It’s a bit slice of life, in that you follower her as she creates a character, goes on some adventures/fights, reincarnates, and then creates another character with a completely different class. Then it cycles again. Each reincarnation is almost like a short story, with gradually revealed backstory for each new world, class, and adventure. Of course through each reincarnation, the MC is still working towards her main goal and more info is revealed about who/what the big bad guy is. Pretty neat, and it fits well with the reincarnation theme of the game world.

 

At the 80% mark, the story essentially abandons being LitRPG, and returns to the main series super hero thing or maybe just cyberpunk. It’s also kind of wand wavy how everything is resolved, but it likely fits with the larger series which I haven’t read.  

 

Overall, I like this story in spite of itself. Mostly because the author tried to do something different in mixing Hindu concepts with the game mechanics and the story world. You can tell that the author tried to straddle the line between creating a litRPG story and keeping it faithful to an existing series, but the game mechanics were consistently implemented and they mattered to the story. Yes, there are some flaws that will annoy LitRPG readers, but if you like the unusual or can appreciate it when someone is willing to try something different, you may like this story like I did.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

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Office Wars: Lab Coats Optional

 

Bran wakes in Neuroma, but has no idea what happened the previous night. He continues to progress through Office Wars while secrets start unraveling everything he thought he knew. Some secrets could destroy everything, while others open new paths. What future path will Bran's secrets reveal?

 

Vicky returns, but is she who Bran thought she was?

 

Plenty of laughs, more introspection, and a conclusion to this season of Office Wars inside. Do not worry, you will see Bran and friends in future series. All Odditek Online series operate in the same multiverse, you might even get a few hints at other stories that I'm writing or have written.

 

My Opinion: 295 pages, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This third book wraps up this arc in the series. There’s still the same good humor and dungeon crawl for the Office Wars game, but I’ll admit that the ‘Office Wars’ part got a little repetitive. I felt like I’d read about the mazes, traps, monsters, and bosses already in the other books. Thankfully, the Office Space style of humor eventually returns towards the end of the book. That and the other parts of the story, the sci-fi/cyberpunk parts that reveal the larger world felt fresh and the entire series wrapped up rather well.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10  

Office Wars: Lab Coats Optional

https://amzn.to/2oHYjtJ



 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


 

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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

AleronPanels.jpg
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Michael Chatfield

 

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)

https://amzn.to/2ohnt27

 

 

Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2PNRkvZ

 

 

Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2ojtrQg

 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Adventures on Brad, Books 1 - 3 (A LitRPG Boxset)

https://amzn.to/2BWdYPF




 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2) (Sept. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82

 

 

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (Sept. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

 

He's found his new home. Now he has to defend it.

Denel's goddess has granted him the title of Paladin, and with it, the responsibility of protecting the people of his village, both reptilian and otherwise. The threats facing the faithful of Goddess Watch are numerous, and the last thing Denel wants to do is sit and wait for the enemy to come to him. Isolated and far from player civilization, Denel must forge bonds and friendships with races that view his friends as nothing more than monsters to be culled. Unbeknownst to him, he's no longer the only digital resident of Aelterna Online, and the newcomers are out to destroy everything he's worked to create! What he's become is more than the system is prepared to accept; what will he be forced to do to survive?

 

My Opinion: 335 pg, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The cover art for this whole series does not do it justice, so please don’t judge it based on that. Book 1 did a good job of setting up a world in which the main character (MC) becomes the first digitized citizen of a fantasy VRMMORPG. It described not only an interesting magic and RPG system, but also did some good world building. Book 2 in the series builds and expands on that.

 

The scope of the story expands past the lizard person village the MC became apart of, to the larger game world. One of the things I like most about the series is the clear effort put into creating the cultures in the story. There are clear, distinctive, rules, social norms, rich histories for each race and community. It adds a subtle layer of depth to the world and an opportunity for some interesting storytelling.

 

There is still some good RPG progression and action too. In particular I liked how the MCs barrier magic is developing and how it was used in the story not just to protect but to give the MC an ability a story conflict could be shaped around. Crafting also returns in the story progresses in its own RPG way.

 

Overall, I had a good time reading the story and am always impressed by the author’s efforts to not only create rich characters but full cultures for them.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

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I Am Gamer

 

Lawrence is having a shitty day. His girlfriend is not only cheating on him but she’s cheating on him with his best friend. He had the added benefit of finding out about it firsthand. To make matters worse a legendary Native American God has sent him back to North America circa 1400 AD. What’s a Gamer to do?

 

From the creator of the hilarious Eryth Online and the action packed Warrior Academy series comes I AM GAMER!

 

This is the first book in a series that will span continents. Join our hero on his journey to unify the Americas and fight back against its foreign invaders. Using skills and knowledge from the future all revealed in a game type format, Lawrence Lawrence Wrath will save the world… or die trying…

Here is the attached musical playlist, it's available on Spotify and YouTube.

 

My Opinion: 406 pg, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

**Note: There are small uses of marijuana in two small parts of the story. It’s not used any differently than drinking alcohol is but I also understand that some folks don’t like it in the stories they read.**

 

The beginning is a good setup for slice of life alternate fantasy history story. It shifts a bit from what I expected. It’s a little awkward after the MC is transported to this meshed up past. The MC is definitely OP with scaling weapons, clothing, and a bag of holding. But once the MC reaches the Native American tribe the story finds its pace. This is mostly because you get to see the world building at that point, not as recalled histories but as more fleshed out cultures, myths, and traditions. The pace of the action also picks up about there too with the MC fighting a range of beasts from prehistory and monsters from Native American legend.

 

The game mechanics aren't great, but they’re not bad either. They’re going to be familiar to most LitRPG readers and are consistent throughout the story. The MC levels, gains stat points her assigns, and learns/ levels many skills and abilities. But the MC starts out overpowered and his stat increases aren't as impactful as they could be. There are also RTS and crafting elements as the MC uses his OP ‘Total Recall’ ability that lets him perfectly remember anything he’s learned from the modern world to advance the technological state of the tribal society he is in.

 

Overall, it’s a fun slice of life story that has a lot of potential. Of the works the author has published, this likely has the widest appeal. Good action, good adventure, good community building and crafting too.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

I Am Gamer

https://amzn.to/2NiOygf

 

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Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

 

When Simon immerses himself in the game world of Apex as Arheis the Guardian, he finds a living, breathing ecosystem that feels more real than anything he’s ever experienced before. The creatures that inhabit Apex are cunning, ferocious, and a massive challenge for even the most experienced hunter.

 

In order to rank up in the Hunters’ Guild and participate in the most prestigious hunts, Simon will have to slay increasingly more threatening creatures and use what he gathers to craft powerful armor and weapons.

 

But a fearsome beast stalks the jungle, untouchable even by the Guild. To have any hope of stopping her, Simon won’t just have to level up and hone his skills--he’ll have to put his trust in his fellow hunters.

 

And for a lifelong soloer, that’s no easy feat…

 

My Opinion: 357 pg, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy for review. I purchased the novel after it was released.

 

The novel is heavily inspired by the Monster Hunter video game franchise. It’s not a copy but you can tell the author has a great love of the video game series and puts a lot of effort into incorporating the aspects of that franchise that are interesting and beloved.

 

The game mechanics: There’s a familiar MMO character sheet, levels, stats, skills, and special abilities. The only stat that feels new is the morale stat, which is supposed to add an element of loss to player death. Morale lowers after a death and reduces health regen, skill growth, etc. It’s essentially a debuff that can only be removed by learning from the last death.

 

Other game mechanics that are imported from the Monster Hunter games include the emphasis on gathering monster parts for crafting powerful and sometimes very specific weapons and armor for more challenging hunts. Monsters require research and observation before the main character (MC) in the story can even learn the monster’s name, much less the monster’s weaknesses or particular behaviors that will allow for a successful hunt. Like the game it’s inspired by, if a hunter does not do their due diligence and research, hunting powerful monsters just leads to repeated deaths.

 

The story: After the brief real life setup of who the MC is and how he can play a video game long term, the rest of the story stays in the VRMMO. This is essentially a slice of life novel that focuses around a series of monster hunts where the MC learns a new class and comes to appreciate just how realistic the game world is. There’s just enough story to tie together all the action scenes, provide enough character development to make the reader care about the characters, and there’s even a minor romance arc. However, most of the novel revolves around the hunts, so it’s noticeably action focused.

 

Overall, this is a good, entertaining action LitRPG novel that lots of folks will enjoy. Though, fans of the Monster Hunter games will hopefully appreciate all many notes and references to that franchise in the story.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

https://amzn.to/2Nsbdac

 

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The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2)

 

When Erik and Rugrat entered the ten realms they didn’t know what was going on. They only knew that they had contracted the two week curse.

 

When entering the second realm they came to understand their character sheets, and part of the system that is called the ten realms. A place that the strong make the rules and the weak cling to them for protection and hope that they might be left in peace.

 

They passed through the trials of the Beast Mountain Dungeon, taking control of it and becoming the leader of nearly two hundred people.

 

Now in command of the Alva Dungeon and looking to forge a new future, they need more power, mana stones, dungeon cores, monster cores, if not then the Dungeon will stop functioning and they will need to relocate once again.

 

As they ascend to the second realm, Erik and Rugrat need to grow their skills, gain information and find a dungeon. It’s hardly ever that easy.

 

My Opinion: 696 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased it when it became available.

 

A good second book in the Ten Realms series. This culvivation portal fiction LitRPG emphasis crafting, action, adventure, and community building.

 

The early parts of the book 2 focus on crafting and personally I really enjoy the realistic crafting combined with fantasy magical theory. But I also know other reader don’t love crafting as much as me, but no worry, the action and adventure seriously pick up after that section.

 

There isn’t much that can be said about the plot, it’s mostly slice of life and follows multi narrative perspective of several groups. The community established in book 1 works hard to push their communities development, trade, training, and networks. Then the two main characters work to not only improve their respective crafting, but cultivate their bodies and mana systems and of course go on fun adventures and kill lots of stuff to level. The multi-narrative structure provides some nice diversions during some sometimes long scenes with the main characters.

 

Overall, this is a good novel. Though it does feel like a collected serial story, with book 2 almost feeling like a direct continuation of book 1. It’s has a great page count for the price and because of it’s slice of life format, is easy to pick up and put down, and enjoy the many small adventures in the novel.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2) (Aug. 30th, 2018)

https://www.kobo.com/lt/en/ebook/second-realm (UK)

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/second-realm (US)


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

AleronPanels.jpg
 Panels for James A. Hunter

Panels for James A. Hunter

Michael Chatfield - Panels

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

 

Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series, and finalist for the Dragon Award for best fantasy series has modified his month long celebration giveaway. The original rules were meant to encourage voting in the Dragon Award. But some folks took it that Aleron was trying to buy votes and reported it to the Dragon Con officials.

Having asked Aleron about this he denies ever buying votes or making a vote for him a requirement of the contest. Personally I don’t think he’d ever meant to either but I also see how the wording of the posts might lead people to think so.

According to Aleron, the DragonCon officials and he talked and agreed that he hadn’t done anything to break the rules but that he’d modify the contest to a straight giveaway to remove any hint of an appearance of impropriety.  Aleron also asked that I note that because the awards are fan driven, the rules encourage author’s to get their fans to vote. Link for those rules are in the show notes.

http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/


 

Out Now!  

 

 

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

 

Bitter: Book Four

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

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Gaia's Gambit: Evolution Online I (A LitRPG)

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE

Special Thanks to Gene for catching this one.

 

 

World Keeper: Precursor (book 3)

https://amzn.to/2vUPe4O

Listed at 1769 pages, seems off. But still good length novel.

 

 

Keeper's World: Hell's Game

https://amzn.to/2MWt7l5


 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Warden: Nova Online, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2P1GUro

Our review of the ebook: 6 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/warden-nova-online-1

 

 

Time of Change - Emerilia, Book 7

https://amzn.to/2PxX7pe

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

 

 

Valley of Death: Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2MHuEib

Our review of the ebook: 7.4 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/7/5/valley-of-death-apocalypse-gates-authors-cut-book-2

 

 

New Eden Royale: An Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2wljo0G

Our review of the ebook: 5 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/1/new-eden-royale-an-apocalyptic-litrpg-series

 

 

Accidental Duelist: Accidental Champion Trilogy, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2OXXsk0

 

 

The Legacy Builder: The Chronicles of Lincoln Hart: Barakdor, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2o3ffdZ

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/the-legacy-builder-the-chronicles-of-lincoln-hart-book-1


 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2) (Aug. 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

I am gamer (Aug. 26th, 2018)

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (Aug. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (Aug. 28th, 2018)

 

 

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 1) (Aug. 30th, 2018)


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

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The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

 

What Does A Girl Have To Do For A Drink?

 

Elite MMO Gamer Alex Mills Is About To Find Out.


 

When UC computer science student, Alex Mills, suggests in a class assignment a programming change to the Omniverse, the world's most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Network, her professor and co-founder of the Omniverse shocks her by agreeing to implement it. To beta-test the new program, he offers a quest for unprecedented wealth and power awards to Alex and ten other of the most elite gamers in the world.

 

The Ambrosia Quest is a five-stage competition that takes place in a virtual alternative version of the United States. The final stage consists of identifying and consuming a drink that will bestow millions of real-life dollars and godlike virtual powers within the Omniverse.

 

A serial killer practicing her dark arts within the virtual U.S. sidetracks Alex's quest. Soon, the game evolves beyond merely solving clues for money and virtual powers to a life and death struggle between her and a brilliant, sociopathic opponent, The Highwayman.

 

To win the Ambrosia Quest, Alex must defeat The Highwayman in virtual reality. To survive, she must defeat the deadly serial killer in the real world.

 

My Opinion: 441 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Author has lots of novels in a variety of genres. This one seems like an attempt to either to write to a market the author doesn’t understand or it’s just possibly innocently mismarketed. It might be considered VR suspense, but it is most definitely not LitRPG. Not even close.

 

There is a competitive VR combat game in the story but it’s not very game like, more realistic simulated combat with rankings. There is also a VR contest set in an alternate normal world where a small group of players have to travel around the US to solve clues, puzzles, and find items. However, no matter the setting there are no RPG mechanics or RPG progression. There are some brief poorly described sex scenes and some real life story with suspense elements. The main character Alex, is actually an interesting character but the story is just not LitRPG like it says it is.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MAGNFm  

 

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

 

Idon and his friends are in the adventure shop business—and business is terrible. The dungeon boom of decades past is sorely dead. The economy is in the outhouse. And the Guild has a stranglehold on any remaining riches to be gleaned from the tapped dungeons in the area.

 

They’ll be lucky to keep their heads above water for another week, and that’s only if the Guild doesn’t break their legs to recover mounting debts. Things are looking pretty bleak, when Idon finds a rather peculiar sword during a last ditch effort to scrounge up some valuable loot to sell.

 

Armed with a secret that could solve all their problems, the three friends know they can’t let anyone find out about the amazing new dungeon levels and the undiscovered loot therein.

 

But where there is loot…

 

There is always lurking death. Maybe the violent thugs from the Guild will end up being the least of their problems. Find out if they can live long enough to become the lords of loot!

 

My Opinion: 177 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Mostly just a dungeon dive story and a small plot that’s suppose to connect the next book. Good action, RPG leveling basic but consistent. A slice of life dungeon dive. An entertaining read for what it is.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MOGCGV

 

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

 

Enter to play, win to escape.

 

It seemed like harmless fun at first, when Justin entered the world of ERDE Inside. He quickly discovers that the real game is trying to save his own reality.

 

Justin Schwartz is obsessed with ERDE, one of the most popular franchises in the world. The most recent iteration of the game has been in development for a decade, and is called ERDE: Inside, a virtual world that lives and breaths independent of its creators.

 

As part of a massive PR campaign, OMEGA-DEGA starts a contest for people to join the open beta of ERDE: Inside. Obsessed with getting in, Justin exploits the system to win a slot in the beta, but his actions don't go unnoticed. A hacker called Pnutxebra spotted Justin's exploit and blackmails the leadership of OMEGA-DEGA. Either they allow Justin into the game and trap him there until he finishes the Son of Schwarzvald questline, or Pnutxebra destroys ERDE: Inside so thoroughly they can't recover a decade of work.

 

Let the game begin.

 

My Opinion: 323 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is technically a LitRPG novel. It is set in a game world, and there is a small amount of RPG progression. But those elements are relatively minor. If you want a crunchy RPG action story, this isn’t it. Instead, this is a novel with some interesting characters, pop culture world building, and lots of dialogue. There is a minor amount of action but the story is basically this big philosophical narrative about the nature of reality and what it means to be alive.

It's all couched in a very outlandish premise of forcing the main character (MC) to play a full immersion fantasy game and trapping him there unless he finishes this game scenario to become king. But within that are some interesting adventures, and a lot of talking.

 

That’s one thing that will either push readers away or delight them, the amount of talking in this story. The dialogue is humorous sometimes, but a lot of is in the form of philosophizing and debate. So, if you’re into that you’ll enjoy this story. If you aren’t or just want something more action oriented, this may not be a good fit for you.

 

Overall, even though the debating got to be a little repetitive for me sometimes, it was a good read. I appreciated the philosophical themes, the sense of humor, and the pop culture references.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

https://amzn.to/2wfh7nz


 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

 

The sequel to the bestselling LitRPG epic Barrow King.

 

“I cannot believe that idiotic plan worked.”

 

The only thing Gryph wanted when he entered the Realms was to find his missing sister. Then he pissed off a power-hungry god, got stuck in the undead hell dungeon known as the Barrow and nearly had his soul consumed.

 

Then things trended upwards, and with the help of a ragtag group of companions, Gryph escaped to a verdant paradise of magic and wonder. But when his exposed secrets lead to betrayal and murder, Gryph is forced to accept an insane quest or his new friends will face the headsman's axe.

 

Now, to stop a world-conquering zealot from capturing an ancient weapon of incredible power, Gryph must become the one thing he never wanted to be, a leader. Standing in his way are a group of crazed cultists, an army of deadly magical machines, and friends who no longer trust him.

 

And he is still no closer to saving his sister.

 

The Lost City, the sequel to the breakout hit Barrow King, is an overflowing cauldron of leveling, world building, humor, and action.

 

My Opinion: 616 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is the 2nd book for the main character (MC) and the 3rd book in the series, it starts just after the end of book 1.

 

The game mechanics in the story are the same as last time, though there are larger periods where the story feels more fantasy than litrpg, mostly outside combat. Books 1 and 2 of the series had lots of RPG goodness and while they started as trapped in the game, they shifted to transported to a fantasy world with RPG rules. Still, book 3, has the least game vibe with most of the RPG stuff seen during combat situations, quest notifications, and lulls where the MC or another character levels.

 

Fights in the story are wonderfully described and rather epic. But much like they were in book 1, they get a bit wand wavy, with the main character sometimes seeming to have a near infinite supply of mana, stamina, and health and having access to skills or knowledge never described before. He really should have died during some of the fights, but that would have derailed the storyline a bit.

 

Storywise, none of the trapped in the game or the save the sister storyline exists. Instead, the novel’s storyline seems to mesh The Fellowship of the Ring, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and some Cthulhu lore. There is some really good world building and epic struggles between the various forces in the story.

 

Overall, despite the few issues I had, this was a really good story that brought some epic scale to the series.

 

Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA


 

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

 

When all actions have repercussions, it isn't really a game.

Returning to Inadon, Mallory and her companions are determined to level up, gain better gear and learn new abilities. They soon discover it might be more difficult than they realise when they encounter members of the dark forces. Will their actions have the wrong consequences or will they have time to gain the experience points they need before they become a target of the dark forces?

This story was written by Australian authors using Australian spelling.

 

My Opinion: 244 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The novel is almost entirely slice of life adventuring. There’s not much else to it. Combat descriptions are mostly just ok. It’s fine if you just want something to pick up and put down. But I was a little disappointed that the big Guardians of the Roundtable thing wasn’t developed really at all, especially after all the time that went into that plotline at the end of book 1.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I


 

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

 

As Murmur reels in the wake of the secret her friends tried to keep, her grip on what is real and what is virtual begins to slip. What's more, she's no longer sure who she can trust.

 

Stalked across the continent by a rogue with a vendetta, Murmur is forced to dig deep and develop her abilities before she finds a knife in her back.

 

Suspicion surrounds the AIs as well. Their behaviors are too human, their reports too perfect. Shayla and Laria must uncover the truth before the system raises concerns and Murmur is lost forever.

 

My Opinion: 354 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about book 1 in the series but book 2 has lost me. It’s not a bad story, though there are noticeably more technical writing errors than in book 1.  There’s just a shift in the story that made it less interesting to me.

 

Book 2 makes the game and RPG progression feel like secondary or even tertiary concerns. You can tell this is the case because of a couple things: less leveling on the part of the  main character (MC), and the sheer number of POVs. In book 1, the MC and her group level like crazy, they earn about 17 of them. In book 2, the MC levels up 8 times. Some of that can be explained by levels being harder to get, but most of it is just that the author chose to spend less time on that aspect of the story. In book 1, there were some really neat flashbacks that helped build suspense and lead to a neat real world storyline. Now though, those flashbacks are replaced with numerous POV shifts between the MC, MC’s mom, MC’s friends, enemies, AI individually, AI together, and Game company people. The many POVs develop the new non-game oriented focuses on emotional exploration, intrigue, and cyber thriller elements.

 

The emotional exploration comes in the form of lots of talking and thinking from lots of characters. There really is a good portion of this done not only for the MC but what feels like most of the characters, through POV shifts. Cyber thriller elements include questions about  emerging AI, intrigue, questions about what the game developers are using the tech for, what is really happening with the MC, and the shady goals of the AI. There’s still some MMO action adventure, with the MCs group doing some leveling and class progression but not as much as was in book 1 and it definitely feels relegated to a less important place in the story.

 

Overall, I just didn’t have as good a time with book 2 as I did with book 1. I’m just not as into all that emotion, intrigue, or cyber-thriller stuff as I am into just good gaming stories with lots of action. I think folks that like those elements more, will actually like book 2 more.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu


 

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

 

Surviving Lord Darius's attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress's Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld.

 

There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

 

The Underworld is waiting...

 

My Opinion: 352 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

A good sequel to Level Up or Die, this time Elorion and the gang are on the run from a dangerous enemy that’s sending minion after minion to kill them. It’s action scene after action scene with good lulls in between for RPG leveling, magical theorizing, and a bit of character development. But let's be honest, the best thing about the series is the action and power leveling, which returns in spades. There’s even a little bit of dungeon creation this time to add a little variety.

 

Overall, a good action oriented LitRPG novel that flies by.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2L5OLS4  


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 131

 

 

LitRPG Podcast 131

 

Aug. 30th, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 131 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-131

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 4 new LitRPG reviews just for you. I want to give a quick shoutout to Justin Lincoln for becoming our latest patreon supporter. Thank you Justin and all the other patreon subscribers.

 

Now just as a heads up, I’m recording this a bit in advance so it’s a smaller episode. When most folks watch this, I’ll likely already be at DragonCon in Atlanta Ga. I’ll also be posting live videos from the LitRPG booth and the con floor, so keep an eye out for those on our facebook and twitter pages.

 

New Releases and Reviews:

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)  (12:03)

The good cultural and world building is a highlight of the series

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

I Am Gamer (16:15)

A good alternate history fantasy LitRPG story

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NiOygf

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (23:56)

Not a copy, but inspired by the Monster Hunter game series

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Nsbdac

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 1)  (30:12)

Crafting, adventure, cultivation, and portal LitRPG

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://www.kobo.com/lt/en/ebook/second-realm (UK)

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/second-realm (US)



 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

Jeffrey Falcon Logue has continued to work diligently on his game. There’s another update on the Slime Dungeon Chronicles side scroller. Now with a menu!

https://youtu.be/WuCMIgFUPg0

 

 

Sean Callahan from Game Reads chats with Matt Dinniman, author of Dominion of Blades and creator of cool cats with mustaches art!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn4_8g0K8DQ

 

 

The good folks at Soundbooth Theater have released the first chapter of the audiobook version of Monster Hunter NYC on YouTube. It’s a neat kind of sample because of the inclusion of all the neat background music. I believe the full audiobook will include original full length songs that were described in the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57FJX_yQwsQ&feature=youtu.be

 

 

If you’re at DragonCon, don’t forget to follow Jeff Sproul. He’s the author of Sigil Online, but more importantly, he’s the LitRPG Quest Giver at DragonCon. He’ll be tweeting through out the con where he’s at, giving quests for people, and handing out rewards to those that actually complete them.

https://twitter.com/Jeff_Sproul

 

 

Just as a quick reminder, Aleron Kong is hosting the 3rd annual LitRPG Gala during DragonCon. It’s a chance for fans of the genre to meet some of their favorite LitRPG authors.

Saturday, September 1 at 12 PM - 2 PM EDT

Sidebar

79 Poplar St NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303



 

Here is the schedule for author signings at the LitRPG booth.

LitRPGBoothSchedule.jpg


 

Some of the panels some authors with be on.

AleronPanels.jpg
JamesHunterPanels.jpg

Michael Chatfield

 

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Steamtown Chronicles 1: The Dark Market (An NPC Gamelit Novella)

https://amzn.to/2ohnt27

 

 

Taint Team (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2PNRkvZ

 

 

Maelstrom Book 2 - A Portal LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2ojtrQg

 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Adventures on Brad, Books 1 - 3 (A LitRPG Boxset)

https://amzn.to/2BWdYPF




 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

The Song Mistress: A LitRPG Journey (Uniworld Online Trilogy Book 2) (Sept. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MZFj82

 

 

Eburnean Passage: A LitRPG Mystery (Sept. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lvl4u4

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

A Song of Shadow (The Bard from Barliona Book #2) LitRPG series (Nov. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ph0Dn1

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

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Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

 

He's found his new home. Now he has to defend it.

Denel's goddess has granted him the title of Paladin, and with it, the responsibility of protecting the people of his village, both reptilian and otherwise. The threats facing the faithful of Goddess Watch are numerous, and the last thing Denel wants to do is sit and wait for the enemy to come to him. Isolated and far from player civilization, Denel must forge bonds and friendships with races that view his friends as nothing more than monsters to be culled. Unbeknownst to him, he's no longer the only digital resident of Aelterna Online, and the newcomers are out to destroy everything he's worked to create! What he's become is more than the system is prepared to accept; what will he be forced to do to survive?

 

My Opinion: 335 pg, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The cover art for this whole series does not do it justice, so please don’t judge it based on that. Book 1 did a good job of setting up a world in which the main character (MC) becomes the first digitized citizen of a fantasy VRMMORPG. It described not only an interesting magic and RPG system, but also did some good world building. Book 2 in the series builds and expands on that.

 

The scope of the story expands past the lizard person village the MC became apart of, to the larger game world. One of the things I like most about the series is the clear effort put into creating the cultures in the story. There are clear, distinctive, rules, social norms, rich histories for each race and community. It adds a subtle layer of depth to the world and an opportunity for some interesting storytelling.

 

There is still some good RPG progression and action too. In particular I liked how the MCs barrier magic is developing and how it was used in the story not just to protect but to give the MC an ability a story conflict could be shaped around. Crafting also returns in the story progresses in its own RPG way.

 

Overall, I had a good time reading the story and am always impressed by the author’s efforts to not only create rich characters but full cultures for them.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

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I Am Gamer

 

Lawrence is having a shitty day. His girlfriend is not only cheating on him but she’s cheating on him with his best friend. He had the added benefit of finding out about it firsthand. To make matters worse a legendary Native American God has sent him back to North America circa 1400 AD. What’s a Gamer to do?

 

From the creator of the hilarious Eryth Online and the action packed Warrior Academy series comes I AM GAMER!

 

This is the first book in a series that will span continents. Join our hero on his journey to unify the Americas and fight back against its foreign invaders. Using skills and knowledge from the future all revealed in a game type format, Lawrence Lawrence Wrath will save the world… or die trying…

Here is the attached musical playlist, it's available on Spotify and YouTube.

 

My Opinion: 406 pg, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

**Note: There are small uses of marijuana in two small parts of the story. It’s not used any differently than drinking alcohol is but I also understand that some folks don’t like it in the stories they read.**

 

The beginning is a good setup for slice of life alternate fantasy history story. It shifts a bit from what I expected. It’s a little awkward after the MC is transported to this meshed up past. The MC is definitely OP with scaling weapons, clothing, and a bag of holding. But once the MC reaches the Native American tribe the story finds its pace. This is mostly because you get to see the world building at that point, not as recalled histories but as more fleshed out cultures, myths, and traditions. The pace of the action also picks up about there too with the MC fighting a range of beasts from prehistory and monsters from Native American legend.

 

The game mechanics aren't great, but they’re not bad either. They’re going to be familiar to most LitRPG readers and are consistent throughout the story. The MC levels, gains stat points her assigns, and learns/ levels many skills and abilities. But the MC starts out overpowered and his stat increases aren't as impactful as they could be. There are also RTS and crafting elements as the MC uses his OP ‘Total Recall’ ability that lets him perfectly remember anything he’s learned from the modern world to advance the technological state of the tribal society he is in.

 

Overall, it’s a fun slice of life story that has a lot of potential. Of the works the author has published, this likely has the widest appeal. Good action, good adventure, good community building and crafting too.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

I Am Gamer

https://amzn.to/2NiOygf

 

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Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

 

When Simon immerses himself in the game world of Apex as Arheis the Guardian, he finds a living, breathing ecosystem that feels more real than anything he’s ever experienced before. The creatures that inhabit Apex are cunning, ferocious, and a massive challenge for even the most experienced hunter.

 

In order to rank up in the Hunters’ Guild and participate in the most prestigious hunts, Simon will have to slay increasingly more threatening creatures and use what he gathers to craft powerful armor and weapons.

 

But a fearsome beast stalks the jungle, untouchable even by the Guild. To have any hope of stopping her, Simon won’t just have to level up and hone his skills--he’ll have to put his trust in his fellow hunters.

 

And for a lifelong soloer, that’s no easy feat…

 

My Opinion: 357 pg, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy for review. I purchased the novel after it was released.

 

The novel is heavily inspired by the Monster Hunter video game franchise. It’s not a copy but you can tell the author has a great love of the video game series and puts a lot of effort into incorporating the aspects of that franchise that are interesting and beloved.

 

The game mechanics: There’s a familiar MMO character sheet, levels, stats, skills, and special abilities. The only stat that feels new is the morale stat, which is supposed to add an element of loss to player death. Morale lowers after a death and reduces health regen, skill growth, etc. It’s essentially a debuff that can only be removed by learning from the last death.

 

Other game mechanics that are imported from the Monster Hunter games include the emphasis on gathering monster parts for crafting powerful and sometimes very specific weapons and armor for more challenging hunts. Monsters require research and observation before the main character (MC) in the story can even learn the monster’s name, much less the monster’s weaknesses or particular behaviors that will allow for a successful hunt. Like the game it’s inspired by, if a hunter does not do their due diligence and research, hunting powerful monsters just leads to repeated deaths.

 

The story: After the brief real life setup of who the MC is and how he can play a video game long term, the rest of the story stays in the VRMMO. This is essentially a slice of life novel that focuses around a series of monster hunts where the MC learns a new class and comes to appreciate just how realistic the game world is. There’s just enough story to tie together all the action scenes, provide enough character development to make the reader care about the characters, and there’s even a minor romance arc. However, most of the novel revolves around the hunts, so it’s noticeably action focused.

 

Overall, this is a good, entertaining action LitRPG novel that lots of folks will enjoy. Though, fans of the Monster Hunter games will hopefully appreciate all many notes and references to that franchise in the story.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1

https://amzn.to/2Nsbdac

 

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The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2)

 

When Erik and Rugrat entered the ten realms they didn’t know what was going on. They only knew that they had contracted the two week curse.

 

When entering the second realm they came to understand their character sheets, and part of the system that is called the ten realms. A place that the strong make the rules and the weak cling to them for protection and hope that they might be left in peace.

 

They passed through the trials of the Beast Mountain Dungeon, taking control of it and becoming the leader of nearly two hundred people.

 

Now in command of the Alva Dungeon and looking to forge a new future, they need more power, mana stones, dungeon cores, monster cores, if not then the Dungeon will stop functioning and they will need to relocate once again.

 

As they ascend to the second realm, Erik and Rugrat need to grow their skills, gain information and find a dungeon. It’s hardly ever that easy.

 

My Opinion: 696 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased it when it became available.

 

A good second book in the Ten Realms series. This culvivation portal fiction LitRPG emphasis crafting, action, adventure, and community building.

 

The early parts of the book 2 focus on crafting and personally I really enjoy the realistic crafting combined with fantasy magical theory. But I also know other reader don’t love crafting as much as me, but no worry, the action and adventure seriously pick up after that section.

 

There isn’t much that can be said about the plot, it’s mostly slice of life and follows multi narrative perspective of several groups. The community established in book 1 works hard to push their communities development, trade, training, and networks. Then the two main characters work to not only improve their respective crafting, but cultivate their bodies and mana systems and of course go on fun adventures and kill lots of stuff to level. The multi-narrative structure provides some nice diversions during some sometimes long scenes with the main characters.

 

Overall, this is a good novel. Though it does feel like a collected serial story, with book 2 almost feeling like a direct continuation of book 1. It’s has a great page count for the price and because of it’s slice of life format, is easy to pick up and put down, and enjoy the many small adventures in the novel.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 2) (Aug. 30th, 2018)

https://www.kobo.com/lt/en/ebook/second-realm (UK)

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/second-realm (US)


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


 

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Some of the panels some authors with be on.

AleronPanels.jpg
 Panels for James A. Hunter

Panels for James A. Hunter

Michael Chatfield - Panels

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

 

Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series, and finalist for the Dragon Award for best fantasy series has modified his month long celebration giveaway. The original rules were meant to encourage voting in the Dragon Award. But some folks took it that Aleron was trying to buy votes and reported it to the Dragon Con officials.

Having asked Aleron about this he denies ever buying votes or making a vote for him a requirement of the contest. Personally I don’t think he’d ever meant to either but I also see how the wording of the posts might lead people to think so.

According to Aleron, the DragonCon officials and he talked and agreed that he hadn’t done anything to break the rules but that he’d modify the contest to a straight giveaway to remove any hint of an appearance of impropriety.  Aleron also asked that I note that because the awards are fan driven, the rules encourage author’s to get their fans to vote. Link for those rules are in the show notes.

http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/


 

Out Now!  

 

 

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

 

Bitter: Book Four

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

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Gaia's Gambit: Evolution Online I (A LitRPG)

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE

Special Thanks to Gene for catching this one.

 

 

World Keeper: Precursor (book 3)

https://amzn.to/2vUPe4O

Listed at 1769 pages, seems off. But still good length novel.

 

 

Keeper's World: Hell's Game

https://amzn.to/2MWt7l5


 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Warden: Nova Online, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2P1GUro

Our review of the ebook: 6 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/warden-nova-online-1

 

 

Time of Change - Emerilia, Book 7

https://amzn.to/2PxX7pe

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

 

 

Valley of Death: Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2MHuEib

Our review of the ebook: 7.4 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/7/5/valley-of-death-apocalypse-gates-authors-cut-book-2

 

 

New Eden Royale: An Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2wljo0G

Our review of the ebook: 5 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/1/new-eden-royale-an-apocalyptic-litrpg-series

 

 

Accidental Duelist: Accidental Champion Trilogy, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2OXXsk0

 

 

The Legacy Builder: The Chronicles of Lincoln Hart: Barakdor, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2o3ffdZ

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/the-legacy-builder-the-chronicles-of-lincoln-hart-book-1


 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2) (Aug. 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

I am gamer (Aug. 26th, 2018)

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (Aug. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (Aug. 28th, 2018)

 

 

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 1) (Aug. 30th, 2018)


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

 

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

 

What Does A Girl Have To Do For A Drink?

 

Elite MMO Gamer Alex Mills Is About To Find Out.


 

When UC computer science student, Alex Mills, suggests in a class assignment a programming change to the Omniverse, the world's most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Network, her professor and co-founder of the Omniverse shocks her by agreeing to implement it. To beta-test the new program, he offers a quest for unprecedented wealth and power awards to Alex and ten other of the most elite gamers in the world.

 

The Ambrosia Quest is a five-stage competition that takes place in a virtual alternative version of the United States. The final stage consists of identifying and consuming a drink that will bestow millions of real-life dollars and godlike virtual powers within the Omniverse.

 

A serial killer practicing her dark arts within the virtual U.S. sidetracks Alex's quest. Soon, the game evolves beyond merely solving clues for money and virtual powers to a life and death struggle between her and a brilliant, sociopathic opponent, The Highwayman.

 

To win the Ambrosia Quest, Alex must defeat The Highwayman in virtual reality. To survive, she must defeat the deadly serial killer in the real world.

 

My Opinion: 441 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Author has lots of novels in a variety of genres. This one seems like an attempt to either to write to a market the author doesn’t understand or it’s just possibly innocently mismarketed. It might be considered VR suspense, but it is most definitely not LitRPG. Not even close.

 

There is a competitive VR combat game in the story but it’s not very game like, more realistic simulated combat with rankings. There is also a VR contest set in an alternate normal world where a small group of players have to travel around the US to solve clues, puzzles, and find items. However, no matter the setting there are no RPG mechanics or RPG progression. There are some brief poorly described sex scenes and some real life story with suspense elements. The main character Alex, is actually an interesting character but the story is just not LitRPG like it says it is.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MAGNFm  

 

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

 

Idon and his friends are in the adventure shop business—and business is terrible. The dungeon boom of decades past is sorely dead. The economy is in the outhouse. And the Guild has a stranglehold on any remaining riches to be gleaned from the tapped dungeons in the area.

 

They’ll be lucky to keep their heads above water for another week, and that’s only if the Guild doesn’t break their legs to recover mounting debts. Things are looking pretty bleak, when Idon finds a rather peculiar sword during a last ditch effort to scrounge up some valuable loot to sell.

 

Armed with a secret that could solve all their problems, the three friends know they can’t let anyone find out about the amazing new dungeon levels and the undiscovered loot therein.

 

But where there is loot…

 

There is always lurking death. Maybe the violent thugs from the Guild will end up being the least of their problems. Find out if they can live long enough to become the lords of loot!

 

My Opinion: 177 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Mostly just a dungeon dive story and a small plot that’s suppose to connect the next book. Good action, RPG leveling basic but consistent. A slice of life dungeon dive. An entertaining read for what it is.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MOGCGV

 

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

 

Enter to play, win to escape.

 

It seemed like harmless fun at first, when Justin entered the world of ERDE Inside. He quickly discovers that the real game is trying to save his own reality.

 

Justin Schwartz is obsessed with ERDE, one of the most popular franchises in the world. The most recent iteration of the game has been in development for a decade, and is called ERDE: Inside, a virtual world that lives and breaths independent of its creators.

 

As part of a massive PR campaign, OMEGA-DEGA starts a contest for people to join the open beta of ERDE: Inside. Obsessed with getting in, Justin exploits the system to win a slot in the beta, but his actions don't go unnoticed. A hacker called Pnutxebra spotted Justin's exploit and blackmails the leadership of OMEGA-DEGA. Either they allow Justin into the game and trap him there until he finishes the Son of Schwarzvald questline, or Pnutxebra destroys ERDE: Inside so thoroughly they can't recover a decade of work.

 

Let the game begin.

 

My Opinion: 323 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is technically a LitRPG novel. It is set in a game world, and there is a small amount of RPG progression. But those elements are relatively minor. If you want a crunchy RPG action story, this isn’t it. Instead, this is a novel with some interesting characters, pop culture world building, and lots of dialogue. There is a minor amount of action but the story is basically this big philosophical narrative about the nature of reality and what it means to be alive.

It's all couched in a very outlandish premise of forcing the main character (MC) to play a full immersion fantasy game and trapping him there unless he finishes this game scenario to become king. But within that are some interesting adventures, and a lot of talking.

 

That’s one thing that will either push readers away or delight them, the amount of talking in this story. The dialogue is humorous sometimes, but a lot of is in the form of philosophizing and debate. So, if you’re into that you’ll enjoy this story. If you aren’t or just want something more action oriented, this may not be a good fit for you.

 

Overall, even though the debating got to be a little repetitive for me sometimes, it was a good read. I appreciated the philosophical themes, the sense of humor, and the pop culture references.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

https://amzn.to/2wfh7nz


 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

 

The sequel to the bestselling LitRPG epic Barrow King.

 

“I cannot believe that idiotic plan worked.”

 

The only thing Gryph wanted when he entered the Realms was to find his missing sister. Then he pissed off a power-hungry god, got stuck in the undead hell dungeon known as the Barrow and nearly had his soul consumed.

 

Then things trended upwards, and with the help of a ragtag group of companions, Gryph escaped to a verdant paradise of magic and wonder. But when his exposed secrets lead to betrayal and murder, Gryph is forced to accept an insane quest or his new friends will face the headsman's axe.

 

Now, to stop a world-conquering zealot from capturing an ancient weapon of incredible power, Gryph must become the one thing he never wanted to be, a leader. Standing in his way are a group of crazed cultists, an army of deadly magical machines, and friends who no longer trust him.

 

And he is still no closer to saving his sister.

 

The Lost City, the sequel to the breakout hit Barrow King, is an overflowing cauldron of leveling, world building, humor, and action.

 

My Opinion: 616 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is the 2nd book for the main character (MC) and the 3rd book in the series, it starts just after the end of book 1.

 

The game mechanics in the story are the same as last time, though there are larger periods where the story feels more fantasy than litrpg, mostly outside combat. Books 1 and 2 of the series had lots of RPG goodness and while they started as trapped in the game, they shifted to transported to a fantasy world with RPG rules. Still, book 3, has the least game vibe with most of the RPG stuff seen during combat situations, quest notifications, and lulls where the MC or another character levels.

 

Fights in the story are wonderfully described and rather epic. But much like they were in book 1, they get a bit wand wavy, with the main character sometimes seeming to have a near infinite supply of mana, stamina, and health and having access to skills or knowledge never described before. He really should have died during some of the fights, but that would have derailed the storyline a bit.

 

Storywise, none of the trapped in the game or the save the sister storyline exists. Instead, the novel’s storyline seems to mesh The Fellowship of the Ring, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and some Cthulhu lore. There is some really good world building and epic struggles between the various forces in the story.

 

Overall, despite the few issues I had, this was a really good story that brought some epic scale to the series.

 

Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA


 

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

 

When all actions have repercussions, it isn't really a game.

Returning to Inadon, Mallory and her companions are determined to level up, gain better gear and learn new abilities. They soon discover it might be more difficult than they realise when they encounter members of the dark forces. Will their actions have the wrong consequences or will they have time to gain the experience points they need before they become a target of the dark forces?

This story was written by Australian authors using Australian spelling.

 

My Opinion: 244 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The novel is almost entirely slice of life adventuring. There’s not much else to it. Combat descriptions are mostly just ok. It’s fine if you just want something to pick up and put down. But I was a little disappointed that the big Guardians of the Roundtable thing wasn’t developed really at all, especially after all the time that went into that plotline at the end of book 1.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I


 

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

 

As Murmur reels in the wake of the secret her friends tried to keep, her grip on what is real and what is virtual begins to slip. What's more, she's no longer sure who she can trust.

 

Stalked across the continent by a rogue with a vendetta, Murmur is forced to dig deep and develop her abilities before she finds a knife in her back.

 

Suspicion surrounds the AIs as well. Their behaviors are too human, their reports too perfect. Shayla and Laria must uncover the truth before the system raises concerns and Murmur is lost forever.

 

My Opinion: 354 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about book 1 in the series but book 2 has lost me. It’s not a bad story, though there are noticeably more technical writing errors than in book 1.  There’s just a shift in the story that made it less interesting to me.

 

Book 2 makes the game and RPG progression feel like secondary or even tertiary concerns. You can tell this is the case because of a couple things: less leveling on the part of the  main character (MC), and the sheer number of POVs. In book 1, the MC and her group level like crazy, they earn about 17 of them. In book 2, the MC levels up 8 times. Some of that can be explained by levels being harder to get, but most of it is just that the author chose to spend less time on that aspect of the story. In book 1, there were some really neat flashbacks that helped build suspense and lead to a neat real world storyline. Now though, those flashbacks are replaced with numerous POV shifts between the MC, MC’s mom, MC’s friends, enemies, AI individually, AI together, and Game company people. The many POVs develop the new non-game oriented focuses on emotional exploration, intrigue, and cyber thriller elements.

 

The emotional exploration comes in the form of lots of talking and thinking from lots of characters. There really is a good portion of this done not only for the MC but what feels like most of the characters, through POV shifts. Cyber thriller elements include questions about  emerging AI, intrigue, questions about what the game developers are using the tech for, what is really happening with the MC, and the shady goals of the AI. There’s still some MMO action adventure, with the MCs group doing some leveling and class progression but not as much as was in book 1 and it definitely feels relegated to a less important place in the story.

 

Overall, I just didn’t have as good a time with book 2 as I did with book 1. I’m just not as into all that emotion, intrigue, or cyber-thriller stuff as I am into just good gaming stories with lots of action. I think folks that like those elements more, will actually like book 2 more.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu


 

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

 

Surviving Lord Darius's attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress's Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld.

 

There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

 

The Underworld is waiting...

 

My Opinion: 352 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

A good sequel to Level Up or Die, this time Elorion and the gang are on the run from a dangerous enemy that’s sending minion after minion to kill them. It’s action scene after action scene with good lulls in between for RPG leveling, magical theorizing, and a bit of character development. But let's be honest, the best thing about the series is the action and power leveling, which returns in spades. There’s even a little bit of dungeon creation this time to add a little variety.

 

Overall, a good action oriented LitRPG novel that flies by.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2L5OLS4  


 

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LitRPG Podcast 130

 

LitRPG Podcast 130

 

Aug. 24th, 2018

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 7 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

 

New Releases and Reviews:

 

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MAGNFm  

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MOGCGV

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

https://amzn.to/2wfh7nz

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2L5OLS4  
 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

To help promoted the release of book 2 in the series, Apollos Thorne will have book 1 of the Underworld series on sale for 1.99 until Tuesday 8/28.

https://amzn.to/2MxlXI5  

 

 

C.E. Keene, author of the upcoming novel Hunter's Bond, is launching her novel in a very unique way. Because the novel is in part based on her love of the Monster Hunter franchise she’s hosting an online launch party from Aug. 28th - Sept 1, the same period that Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate comes out for the Nintendo Switch. The author will be hosting games for that as well as the PS4 version of Monster Hunter World. The Monster Hunter games are very much about co-op hunts and I think this is a neat and interesting way to promote a book.

https://www.facebook.com/events/294720504667130/


 

 

Here is the schedule for author signings at the LitRPG booth.

LitRPGBoothSchedule.jpg

Some of the panels some authors with be on.

AleronPanels.jpg
 Panels for James A. Hunter

Panels for James A. Hunter

Michael Chatfield - Panels

Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors

Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.

Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

 

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Title: Cyberpunk and Technology in YA

Description: Calling fans of "Ready Player One" and "Warcross"! Our panelists will be discussing their favorite YA featuring futuristic technology, hackers, video games, and cyberpunk worlds.

Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Aleron Kong, Michael Chatfield, Carole E Barrowman)



 

 

Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series, and finalist for the Dragon Award for best fantasy series has modified his month long celebration giveaway. The original rules were meant to encourage voting in the Dragon Award. But some folks took it that Aleron was trying to buy votes and reported it to the Dragon Con officials.

Having asked Aleron about this he denies ever buying votes or making a vote for him a requirement of the contest. Personally I don’t think he’d ever meant to either but I also see how the wording of the posts might lead people to think so.

According to Aleron, the DragonCon officials and he talked and agreed that he hadn’t done anything to break the rules but that he’d modify the contest to a straight giveaway to remove any hint of an appearance of impropriety.  Aleron also asked that I note that because the awards are fan driven, the rules encourage author’s to get their fans to vote. Link for those rules are in the show notes.

http://awards.dragoncon.org/faq/candidate-faq/


 

Out Now!  

 

 

Faithful Defender: A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure Novel (Aelterna Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N3y8sh

 

 

Bitter: Book Four

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

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Gaia's Gambit: Evolution Online I (A LitRPG)

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE

Special Thanks to Gene for catching this one.

 

 

World Keeper: Precursor (book 3)

https://amzn.to/2vUPe4O

Listed at 1769 pages, seems off. But still good length novel.

 

 

Keeper's World: Hell's Game

https://amzn.to/2MWt7l5


 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Warden: Nova Online, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2P1GUro

Our review of the ebook: 6 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/warden-nova-online-1

 

 

Time of Change - Emerilia, Book 7

https://amzn.to/2PxX7pe

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

 

 

Valley of Death: Apocalypse Gates Author's Cut, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2MHuEib

Our review of the ebook: 7.4 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/7/5/valley-of-death-apocalypse-gates-authors-cut-book-2

 

 

New Eden Royale: An Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2wljo0G

Our review of the ebook: 5 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/1/new-eden-royale-an-apocalyptic-litrpg-series

 

 

Accidental Duelist: Accidental Champion Trilogy, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2OXXsk0

 

 

The Legacy Builder: The Chronicles of Lincoln Hart: Barakdor, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2o3ffdZ

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/22/the-legacy-builder-the-chronicles-of-lincoln-hart-book-1


 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2) (Aug. 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

I am gamer (Aug. 26th, 2018)

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (Aug. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (Aug. 28th, 2018)

 

 

The Second Realm (Ten Realms Book 1) (Aug. 30th, 2018)


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

 

 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OJ9Tjn

 

 

Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online Book 2) (Sept. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2woHBmE

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

 

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

 

What Does A Girl Have To Do For A Drink?

 

Elite MMO Gamer Alex Mills Is About To Find Out.


 

When UC computer science student, Alex Mills, suggests in a class assignment a programming change to the Omniverse, the world's most popular Massively Multiplayer Online Network, her professor and co-founder of the Omniverse shocks her by agreeing to implement it. To beta-test the new program, he offers a quest for unprecedented wealth and power awards to Alex and ten other of the most elite gamers in the world.

 

The Ambrosia Quest is a five-stage competition that takes place in a virtual alternative version of the United States. The final stage consists of identifying and consuming a drink that will bestow millions of real-life dollars and godlike virtual powers within the Omniverse.

 

A serial killer practicing her dark arts within the virtual U.S. sidetracks Alex's quest. Soon, the game evolves beyond merely solving clues for money and virtual powers to a life and death struggle between her and a brilliant, sociopathic opponent, The Highwayman.

 

To win the Ambrosia Quest, Alex must defeat The Highwayman in virtual reality. To survive, she must defeat the deadly serial killer in the real world.

 

My Opinion: 441 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Author has lots of novels in a variety of genres. This one seems like an attempt to either to write to a market the author doesn’t understand or it’s just possibly innocently mismarketed. It might be considered VR suspense, but it is most definitely not LitRPG. Not even close.

 

There is a competitive VR combat game in the story but it’s not very game like, more realistic simulated combat with rankings. There is also a VR contest set in an alternate normal world where a small group of players have to travel around the US to solve clues, puzzles, and find items. However, no matter the setting there are no RPG mechanics or RPG progression. There are some brief poorly described sex scenes and some real life story with suspense elements. The main character Alex, is actually an interesting character but the story is just not LitRPG like it says it is.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

The Ambrosia Quest: A LitRPG Novel (Omniverse Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MAGNFm  

 

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

 

Idon and his friends are in the adventure shop business—and business is terrible. The dungeon boom of decades past is sorely dead. The economy is in the outhouse. And the Guild has a stranglehold on any remaining riches to be gleaned from the tapped dungeons in the area.

 

They’ll be lucky to keep their heads above water for another week, and that’s only if the Guild doesn’t break their legs to recover mounting debts. Things are looking pretty bleak, when Idon finds a rather peculiar sword during a last ditch effort to scrounge up some valuable loot to sell.

 

Armed with a secret that could solve all their problems, the three friends know they can’t let anyone find out about the amazing new dungeon levels and the undiscovered loot therein.

 

But where there is loot…

 

There is always lurking death. Maybe the violent thugs from the Guild will end up being the least of their problems. Find out if they can live long enough to become the lords of loot!

 

My Opinion: 177 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Mostly just a dungeon dive story and a small plot that’s suppose to connect the next book. Good action, RPG leveling basic but consistent. A slice of life dungeon dive. An entertaining read for what it is.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Loot Lord: A Gamelit Fantasy Novel (Dungeon Land Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MOGCGV

 

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

 

Enter to play, win to escape.

 

It seemed like harmless fun at first, when Justin entered the world of ERDE Inside. He quickly discovers that the real game is trying to save his own reality.

 

Justin Schwartz is obsessed with ERDE, one of the most popular franchises in the world. The most recent iteration of the game has been in development for a decade, and is called ERDE: Inside, a virtual world that lives and breaths independent of its creators.

 

As part of a massive PR campaign, OMEGA-DEGA starts a contest for people to join the open beta of ERDE: Inside. Obsessed with getting in, Justin exploits the system to win a slot in the beta, but his actions don't go unnoticed. A hacker called Pnutxebra spotted Justin's exploit and blackmails the leadership of OMEGA-DEGA. Either they allow Justin into the game and trap him there until he finishes the Son of Schwarzvald questline, or Pnutxebra destroys ERDE: Inside so thoroughly they can't recover a decade of work.

 

Let the game begin.

 

My Opinion: 323 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is technically a LitRPG novel. It is set in a game world, and there is a small amount of RPG progression. But those elements are relatively minor. If you want a crunchy RPG action story, this isn’t it. Instead, this is a novel with some interesting characters, pop culture world building, and lots of dialogue. There is a minor amount of action but the story is basically this big philosophical narrative about the nature of reality and what it means to be alive.

It's all couched in a very outlandish premise of forcing the main character (MC) to play a full immersion fantasy game and trapping him there unless he finishes this game scenario to become king. But within that are some interesting adventures, and a lot of talking.

 

That’s one thing that will either push readers away or delight them, the amount of talking in this story. The dialogue is humorous sometimes, but a lot of is in the form of philosophizing and debate. So, if you’re into that you’ll enjoy this story. If you aren’t or just want something more action oriented, this may not be a good fit for you.

 

Overall, even though the debating got to be a little repetitive for me sometimes, it was a good read. I appreciated the philosophical themes, the sense of humor, and the pop culture references.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel

https://amzn.to/2wfh7nz


 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

 

The sequel to the bestselling LitRPG epic Barrow King.

 

“I cannot believe that idiotic plan worked.”

 

The only thing Gryph wanted when he entered the Realms was to find his missing sister. Then he pissed off a power-hungry god, got stuck in the undead hell dungeon known as the Barrow and nearly had his soul consumed.

 

Then things trended upwards, and with the help of a ragtag group of companions, Gryph escaped to a verdant paradise of magic and wonder. But when his exposed secrets lead to betrayal and murder, Gryph is forced to accept an insane quest or his new friends will face the headsman's axe.

 

Now, to stop a world-conquering zealot from capturing an ancient weapon of incredible power, Gryph must become the one thing he never wanted to be, a leader. Standing in his way are a group of crazed cultists, an army of deadly magical machines, and friends who no longer trust him.

 

And he is still no closer to saving his sister.

 

The Lost City, the sequel to the breakout hit Barrow King, is an overflowing cauldron of leveling, world building, humor, and action.

 

My Opinion: 616 pages, $5.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is the 2nd book for the main character (MC) and the 3rd book in the series, it starts just after the end of book 1.

 

The game mechanics in the story are the same as last time, though there are larger periods where the story feels more fantasy than litrpg, mostly outside combat. Books 1 and 2 of the series had lots of RPG goodness and while they started as trapped in the game, they shifted to transported to a fantasy world with RPG rules. Still, book 3, has the least game vibe with most of the RPG stuff seen during combat situations, quest notifications, and lulls where the MC or another character levels.

 

Fights in the story are wonderfully described and rather epic. But much like they were in book 1, they get a bit wand wavy, with the main character sometimes seeming to have a near infinite supply of mana, stamina, and health and having access to skills or knowledge never described before. He really should have died during some of the fights, but that would have derailed the storyline a bit.

 

Storywise, none of the trapped in the game or the save the sister storyline exists. Instead, the novel’s storyline seems to mesh The Fellowship of the Ring, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and some Cthulhu lore. There is some really good world building and epic struggles between the various forces in the story.

 

Overall, despite the few issues I had, this was a really good story that brought some epic scale to the series.

 

Score: 7.6 out of 10

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA


 

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

 

When all actions have repercussions, it isn't really a game.

Returning to Inadon, Mallory and her companions are determined to level up, gain better gear and learn new abilities. They soon discover it might be more difficult than they realise when they encounter members of the dark forces. Will their actions have the wrong consequences or will they have time to gain the experience points they need before they become a target of the dark forces?

This story was written by Australian authors using Australian spelling.

 

My Opinion: 244 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The novel is almost entirely slice of life adventuring. There’s not much else to it. Combat descriptions are mostly just ok. It’s fine if you just want something to pick up and put down. But I was a little disappointed that the big Guardians of the Roundtable thing wasn’t developed really at all, especially after all the time that went into that plotline at the end of book 1.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I


 

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

 

As Murmur reels in the wake of the secret her friends tried to keep, her grip on what is real and what is virtual begins to slip. What's more, she's no longer sure who she can trust.

 

Stalked across the continent by a rogue with a vendetta, Murmur is forced to dig deep and develop her abilities before she finds a knife in her back.

 

Suspicion surrounds the AIs as well. Their behaviors are too human, their reports too perfect. Shayla and Laria must uncover the truth before the system raises concerns and Murmur is lost forever.

 

My Opinion: 354 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

There are a lot of things I enjoyed about book 1 in the series but book 2 has lost me. It’s not a bad story, though there are noticeably more technical writing errors than in book 1.  There’s just a shift in the story that made it less interesting to me.

 

Book 2 makes the game and RPG progression feel like secondary or even tertiary concerns. You can tell this is the case because of a couple things: less leveling on the part of the  main character (MC), and the sheer number of POVs. In book 1, the MC and her group level like crazy, they earn about 17 of them. In book 2, the MC levels up 8 times. Some of that can be explained by levels being harder to get, but most of it is just that the author chose to spend less time on that aspect of the story. In book 1, there were some really neat flashbacks that helped build suspense and lead to a neat real world storyline. Now though, those flashbacks are replaced with numerous POV shifts between the MC, MC’s mom, MC’s friends, enemies, AI individually, AI together, and Game company people. The many POVs develop the new non-game oriented focuses on emotional exploration, intrigue, and cyber thriller elements.

 

The emotional exploration comes in the form of lots of talking and thinking from lots of characters. There really is a good portion of this done not only for the MC but what feels like most of the characters, through POV shifts. Cyber thriller elements include questions about  emerging AI, intrigue, questions about what the game developers are using the tech for, what is really happening with the MC, and the shady goals of the AI. There’s still some MMO action adventure, with the MCs group doing some leveling and class progression but not as much as was in book 1 and it definitely feels relegated to a less important place in the story.

 

Overall, I just didn’t have as good a time with book 2 as I did with book 1. I’m just not as into all that emotion, intrigue, or cyber-thriller stuff as I am into just good gaming stories with lots of action. I think folks that like those elements more, will actually like book 2 more.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu


 

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

 

Surviving Lord Darius's attack has put Elorion's level over the top. He must soon leave the Mistress's Labyrinth for the unknown dangers of the Underworld.

 

There are three paths that stand before him. Should he absorb all the Blue Magic he can find, power level his fellow captives, or take on the bone palace alone?

 

The Underworld is waiting...

 

My Opinion: 352 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

A good sequel to Level Up or Die, this time Elorion and the gang are on the run from a dangerous enemy that’s sending minion after minion to kill them. It’s action scene after action scene with good lulls in between for RPG leveling, magical theorizing, and a bit of character development. But let's be honest, the best thing about the series is the action and power leveling, which returns in spades. There’s even a little bit of dungeon creation this time to add a little variety.

 

Overall, a good action oriented LitRPG novel that flies by.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2L5OLS4  


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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LitRPG Podcast 129

 

LitRPG Podcast 129

 

Aug. 17th, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 129 of the LitRPG podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 4 new LitRPG reviews just for you. Only 4? Yeah, not a lot of novels were published this last week so I had to go deep diving through Amazon to find these guys.

 

New Releases and Reviews:

Trial and Flame (Chronicle Book 2) (11:23)

Didn’t realize there was a book 2, but I liked it.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Mz5grB

Blood Eye (Land of Dreams Book 1) (25:21)

After the halfway mark, quiet good

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2MNEhbD

The Halfling Cleric: A LitRPG Adventure (41:36)

So many info dumps

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OItXCH

House Rules: a LitRPG novel (Metagamer Chronicles Book 2) (47:03)

Even better than book 1

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2wha1PJ



 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

 

I have some information about where the LitRPG booth with be at DragonCon this year. Sharing the booth will be Aleron Kong, Dakota Krout, Michael Chatfield, James Hunter, Jeffrey Falcon Logue, and myself. There will be lots of physical books to buy there and several scheduled book signings and several of the authors will also be on panels this year too. I’ll have more details on those schedules when I have them.

 

But the booth will be in AMERICASMART - BUILDING 2 - WEST WING - 2nd FLOOR

Booth Numbers: 2820/2822

http://www.dragoncon.org/pdfs/DC18-Americasmart_2WW_2nd_Floor.pdf

 

 

Daniel Schinhofen, author of the Apocalypse Gate and Alpha World series, has a new book out called Morrigan's Bidding. It’s not LitRPG but rather Celtic themed fantasy portal fiction but it’s really pretty good. Go check it out.

https://amzn.to/2OEfgQL


 

 

Aleron Kong is doing a daily give away until the end of August that he’s calling ‘The Road to Glory’, to celebrate being nominated as a finalist for Best Fantasy Novel for the Dragon Awards.

 

He’s giving away a bunch of prizes including t-shirts, signed books, audiobooks, and lots of merchandise. Check out the link to the facebook post for all the rules and prizes.

https://www.facebook.com/LitRPGbooks/photos/a.214764818862862.1073741829.212656989073645/729317594074246/?type=3&theater



 

 

This week Blaise Corvin, author of the Delvers LLC and Nora Hazard litRPG series, talked with Charles Dean on Serious Drinks With Charles.  Charles grilled Blaise about issues he had with the latest Nora Hazard novel, then the two got drunk and talked about knives.

https://youtu.be/vyxGlFz5Khc

 

 

Blaise Corvin, author of the Delvers LlC, Nora Hazard, and Secret of the Old Ones. Has launched http://gamelitrpg.com/ . Blaise plans to make it a community place where authors and readers can post, read stories, write reviews, hang out. Go check it out.

http://gamelitrpg.com/

 

 

Taj McCoy El talks with Sean Callahan at GameReads about Taj’s novel Ruins of Majesta: Blood & Cupcakes! They talk fandoms, writing, and strategy games. Fun stuff.

https://youtu.be/Ru3a_3LOoxs




 

 

An update to the Michael Scott Earle story. Previously banned Michael Scott Earle announced that Amazon would let him put his ebooks on the platform, but only if it was through a publisher.

 

From MSE:

 

Aug 7th- Publisher started uploading my books, and he got an automated email flagging them for copyright. He replied to the email giving them the licensing agreement.

 

Aug 8th- Publisher continued to upload my books. He got another email flagging books for copyright. He replied with the licensing agreement again.

 

Aug 9th- Publisher received an email terminating his account because Amazon thinks he is me. He called their phone number, talked to a live human who said the message was automated, but as long as he sends his proof of ownership of the company, the content team will review it and it should be okay. Should take 24-48 hours

 

Aug 10th- Publisher got an email from the content review team saying they got his personal/corporate info, and they would review it.

 

Aug 13th- Publisher received an email saying that since he's never replied to them with the licensing agreement for the copyrighted books- they are terminating the account.

 

Aug 15th - The publisher was on the phone twice with Amazon today for about an hour total. They assured him that the legal department was looking at his proof of ownership.

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B07G8JMGW9



 

Out Now!  

 

 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA (Aug. 17th)

 

 

Into the Black: Book XIII: Rebuild

https://amzn.to/2Mj3XA1



 

***Underworld - Through the Belly of the Beast (Underworld Book 2) (Aug. 17th, 2018)***





 

 

Anomaly (Somnia Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2MH4aKu

 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Barrow King - The Realms, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2KYn1Po

Our review of the ebook: Score 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/8/barrow-king-the-realms-book-one-a-litrpg-adventure

 

 

The Land of the Undying: Dark Elf Chronicles, Book 1  

https://amzn.to/2KV8nZl

Our review of the ebook: Score 8 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/3/29/the-land-of-the-undying-dark-elf-chronicles-book-one


 

 

The Last Warrior of Unigaea: Box Set

https://amzn.to/2OHcwCi

 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Guardians Of The Round Table 2: Goblin Boots (Aug. 18th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2vJD66I

 

 

Bitter: Book Four (Aug. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

 

 

Dan the Adventurer: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 2) (Aug. 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KXSEbE

 

 

How To Train Your Kaiju: A LitRPG Kaiju Thriller (Kaiju Wars Offline Book 1) (Aug. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KK1GJd

 

 

Hunter's Bond: Apex Chronicles Book 1 (Aug. 28th, 2018)


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc



 

Limitless (Project Chrysalis book 4) (Sept. 4th, 2018)




 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

Trial and Flame (Chronicle Book 2)

 

It’s easy to get swept up in the current—for the world to pass us by.

An extra 168 hours each day lets us take some of that time back—to do and see more.

Though the fresh time aids and liberates us, it also serves to free the hands of our adversaries.

 

Still relatively new to the world, Dakkon and Cline are small fish in a very big pond. While hunted for a mark on their heads, they must find a way to live and to grow.

 

My Opinion: 346 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The sequel to First Login (Chronicle Book 1), a novel I gave a 7 out of 10. When I first saw this story, I honestly didn’t realize it was part of the same series. The cover art style changed and the novel description doesn’t mention anything about a VR game or being litRPG. So many other people who liked the 1st  book might have also missed it.

 

The 2nd book in the series continues to be mostly slice of life adventuring. Everyone in the team comes back together to complete a couple of dungeon dives with some interesting monsters to beat and some puzzles to solve. There was a thread introduced at the end of book 1, the Tournament of the Gods, that’s explained a bit in book 2, but it’s disappointingly underdeveloped and turns into just an excuse for a small amount of PvP.

 

Game mechanic-wise, everything is basically the same, though you won’t get the same detailed mechanic explanation that you did in book 1. The most unique aspect here continues to be the ability for players to have multiple classes they can swap in and out and level, though there are power penalties.

 

The MC still has his unique class that stops him from switching out classes, but potentially eliminates the multiclass penalties. The story loses a little of the big thing I liked in book 1, taking seemingly weak class and making it powerful through hard work and experimentation. Instead the MCs new class feels more standard and predictably powerful.

 

I warn that the end has a bit of a cliffhanger and while it was genuinely surprising, it does feel like the setup for it was a little rushed.

 

Overall, I liked book 1 a bit more than this one. But it should be an entertaining read for anyone that liked the 1st book. Characters are interesting, the banter between group members is still a highlight, and there’s decent to good action.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Trial and Flame (Chronicle Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2Mz5grB

 

(Picture 2)

Blood Eye (Land of Dreams Book 1)

 

Life has been hard for John. Now he’s facing eviction and the loss of his precious freedom. If he can’t turn things around, he’ll be one of the have-nots living in the brutal Benefits Towers.

 

A friend gives him the opportunity to enter the fantastic Land of Dreams, a state of the art DreamStateVR game, and he jumps at the opportunity.

 

However, the idyllic village of Brunewood seems cursed. Innocent young girls are disappearing and the ill-fated conjunction of the three moons approaches—the Blood Eye. Dark magic will be unleashed, can John and his friends save the villagers from a horrible fate?

 

Blood Eye is a LitRPG/Gamelit novel. There’s no harems in this book, and no sex.

 

My Opinion: 224 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased a copy of the novel when it became available.

 

This is the author’s first published book and in many places you can tell. Reading it from beginning to end you can almost see the author finding their groove and becoming more comfortable creating their story. Unfortunately, what this means in a practical sense is that the beginning of the story is kind of rough.

 

The game mechanics in the story are pretty basic, though they get a bit of upgrade towards the 2nd half of the story. The game mechanics consist of a character sheet with three stats: Body, Mind, Spirit and places for skills or spells. Very simple. Progression is shown consistently throughout the novel with the MC getting XP, character, skill and magic levels. However, even though all those numbers go up, there’s less of a feeling that the main character is impacted by those gains. That’s mostly due to the lack of quantifiable connections to combat from the stats or skills since there are no damage notifications, levels for monsters, health pools, stamina pool, or mana pools. So there are no numeric points of reference.

 

The economics of the world also feels like a bit of a stretch. The reason the MC plays the game is to make money. In the game game currency can be traded in for real world money, and visa versa. The game is described as having a flood of rich people trying to buy their way to power in which case you’d think there would be severe inflation, reducing the worth of in game currency. But that’s not the case. As a starter character, the MC gets quests that net him tens of silver each, which is worth an in game value of about 100 meals (the MC pays a handful of coppers for his meals) or an exchange of 1 silver for 1 dollar. By the time he’s level 4 though, he’s getting quests worth gold, which equals hundreds of dollars. It just felt like a little bit of a stretch that a game company would give out those rich rewards to beginners. It kind of means that higher level players would be earning thousands and hundred of thousands of dollars per quest.

 

On the story side, I actually liked the real world development and the description of the increasingly automated world that pushes the MC into trying to make a living playing the game. It wasn’t the best motivation, and you can tell as the story continues that even the author thought so because they added more motivation with additional real world problems.

 

In-game, there is a larger plotline that’s fleshed out and resolved by the end of the novel, but most of the story ( like 65% of it) is just dungeon dives. They aren’t bad but there's a distinct lack of world building and character development until after the 50% mark that makes the first half drag a little. But after the 50% mark, things markedly improve. In particular, I really liked the in-game cutscene overlay with a certain king, prince, and god influences. I thought it was a great way to add backstory and world build without making the MC leave the game or watch a movie. It added some much needed depth to the game world. Additionally, after the 50% mark, combat descriptions improve a lot too.

 

There is a last minute cliffhanger I thought was annoying but it is meant to hook you into getting the next book, which is apparently already written and just needs some editing and polishing.

 

Overall, I liked the last half of the novel. There’s a noticeable improvement in the writing, world building, combat description, and even some added game mechanics. But the first half is going to be hard to get through for some people and in several place I thought it was boring. So I’ll split the difference between a 7 for the last half and a 5 for the first half and give the novel a 6. Though I do plan to read the next book and have high hopes for the series.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Blood Eye (Land of Dreams Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MNEhbD

 

(Picture 3)

The Halfling Cleric: A LitRPG Adventure

 

When firefighter, Rob Saunders, is called to the scene of a raging fire and the floor beneath him collapses, he’s severely injured and rushed to the nearest hospital.

 

Luckily, the doctors manage to stabilize and ultimately save him. And so begins his slow rehabilitation. But with third-degree burns all over his body, Rob is in constant pain. He has trouble even functioning because of his injuries. That’s when he’s offered a spot in an experimental program that aims to provide relief through immersion in a VRMMORPG.

Rob accepts the proposal and discovers a wonderful world where not only he can find a new purpose in his life but also feel at peace.

 

However, not all patients using this technology share the same laudable goals. As Rob will quickly realize, the testing is also opened to people from other units…. Units where the disorder that is under treatment is of a psychiatric nature. Soon, Rob—as his in-game avatar Tolsar—will have to deal with griefers set on hurting others and destroying that amazing world.

 

My Opinion: 272 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The entire story is one info dump after another. Everything from backstory, to family issues, to character creation info and game mechanics is just told to the reader or paragraphs of description with the main character doing little to nothing. There are some fights, but they are bland. It was so hard to get through the entire story. There are a few good moments but they’re rare and not only was I bored most of the story I was actively annoyed by the sheer amount of info dumps.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

The Halfling Cleric: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2OItXCH

 

(Picture 4)

House Rules: a LitRPG novel (Metagamer Chronicles Book 2)

 

Games were made to be broken.

 

Gary Burns has been kidnapped, thrown in a dungeon, and tortured for information. Worst of all, he’s been separated from his friends, so no one even knows where to look for him. Cut off from his support network, Gary uses the only tools at his disposal: a silver tongue and an insider’s knowledge of the game world that’s second to none.

 

With a makeshift party of former foes, Gary must not only escape his captor but plan for payback. Because nothing passes the time in a dank, lightless prison cell like plotting revenge. And when your adversary is a centuries-old lich with the might of an army at his disposal, death is a starting point, not a victory.

 

My Opinion: 234 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The story starts off following up the cliff hanger from book 1, with the main character (MC) kidnapped and imprisoned by someone seeking information about the nature of this game world. The MC, being a weak squishy bard, has to really think (and charisma check) his way out of the problem. It gets kind of meta but it’s a very smart story. The dialogue, and banter, and humor improves since someone else gets to be from our world too.

 

Game mechanic-wise, it’s the same as book 1. Standard stats, XP, levels, etc. No health or mana info. Nice weighty feeling dice rolls and formulas showing how the math works out with the rolls.

 

Overall, good stuff. I like book 2 more than book 1 and I think adding a 2nd character from our world who is aware of the game stuff was a great choice.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

House Rules: a LitRPG novel (Metagamer Chronicles Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2wha1PJ


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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LitRPG Podcast 128

 

 

LitRPG Podcast 128

 

Aug. 10th, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 128 of the LitRPG podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 8 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

 

New Releases and Reviews:

 

  1. Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3) (11:12)

Beginning a bit tough to get through, but it won me back by the end.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2MuZ7vW

  1. Glitch Book Two (The Glitch Series 2) (15:03)

I got bored with it

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2nd7XUv

  1. Death March (Euphoria Online Book 1) (18:40)

Issues with the RPG mechanics and the premise, I liked the good storytelling once it got into the game part.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OcFt8W

  1. Hero-Slayer: A LitRPG Saga (Hero-Slayer Series Book 1)  (32:03)

Just a meh story that didn’t make sense to me.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2AMcDdL

  1. Dan the Barbarian: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 1) (35:30)

It’s an entertaining, light hearted, funny read with quite of bit of sex.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OV5aMj

  1. Wizard Lords: Legend of Legends: A LitRPG fantasy (Wizard Lord Book 1) (38:47)

Not LitRPG

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LmagCp

  1. Limitless Lands: Book 1 (40:33)

A bit to much like military fiction for me. Not my thing.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OMKTZt

  1. The Wandering Inn: Volume 1 (49:72)

Not only is this novel a huge value for the page count, it’s engaging enough to keep you reading late into the night for multiple days. It’s light LitRPG, but truly a great read.

Score: 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2AJ12w2


 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

Jeffrey Falcon Logue, author of the Slime Dungeon Chronicles, has an updated boss fight for his side scroller Slime Dungeon game. It looks pretty neat, though I feel like it’s missing an evil boss laugh somewhere in there.

https://youtu.be/CDpv2h98UHM

 

 

Author Vasily Mahanenko, author of the Way of the Shaman series, announced this week that he’s finished the 2nd book in the Galactogon series, his Sci-Fi LitRPG. The series had been on hiatus for a few years. Now we only have to wait till Feb/March 2019 for it to be translated and edited into English.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1939053146181097&set=gm.854179194777769&type=3&theater  

 

 

Andrew Seiple, author of the Threadbare series, was interviewed on the GameReads podcast. So, go check that out.

https://youtu.be/wsb6oIdg5O8




 

 

The 3rd annual Wizards and Warriors awards for best LitRPG are awards nominated and voted on by fans of the the genre and members of the LitRPG Facebook group. This years polls to nominate are available, so go nominate and vote for your favorite authors and series.

 

Noob Award - the best NEW LitRPG Author

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/permalink/2049086535122714/

 

Wizard Award - the best LitRPG Series

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/permalink/2049094628455238/

 

Warrior Award - the best LitRPG book (released Sept 2017-August 2018)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/permalink/2049089538455747/



 

 

An update to the Michael Scott Earle story. Previously banned Michael Scott Earle announced that Amazon would let him put his ebooks on the platform, but only if it was through a publisher.

 

While that’s an interesting decision, Amazon has yet to explain to MSE what policy or rule he broke in the first place. But at least he’ll have his works available for his fans. As of now, his ebooks are slowly being put back up on Amazon and he has plans to publish new content very soon.

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B07G8JMGW9


 

Dem Mikhaylov, author of the World of Valdira (Way of the Clan series), has been hit with the Amazon ban hammer or at least his ebooks have been taken down from Amazon. Some of the audioboks and physical books are still there though.

https://www.amazon.com/Dem-Mikhaylov/e/B00K1YXM00/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1533804709&sr=1-1


 

Out Now!  

 

(none)



 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Death March (Euphoria Online Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2MffMXU  

 

 

Fractured Spirit - Alpha World, Book 5

https://amzn.to/2ORn4j4

Our review of the ebook - Score: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/3/fractured-spirit-alpha-world-book-5



 

 

Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest)

https://amzn.to/2vvltrl

Our review of the ebook - Score: 7.7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/8/2/awaken-online-apathy-side-quest

 

 

War God's Mantle: Descent

A litRPG Harem Adventure (The War God Saga, Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2vya2yZ

Our review of the ebook - 7.2 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/6/14/war-gods-mantle-descent-a-litrpg-harem-adventure-the-war-god-saga-book-2

 

 

Goblin King

A LitRPG/GameLit Adventure (Monster Slayer Online, Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2nqBfPS

Our review of the ebook - 7.2 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/31/goblin-king-a-litrpggamelit-adventure-monster-slayer-online-book-1


 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

The Lost City: The Realms Book Two (An Epic LitRPG Adventure) (Aug. 17th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2vtKoLA

 

 

Bitter: Book Four (Aug. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF


 

 

Coast on Fire (The System Apocalypse Book 5) (Sept. 1st, 2018)

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

The author says it’s LitRPG.

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

 

Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3)

 

Wake up, Sagie…

 

Have you heard about what happened at Castle Airis five years ago? Don’t talk too loud, it's dangerous right now. They’re still looking for that certain wanderer. If you have any information, please, let us know.

 

How difficult is it to survive the human world, full of people hellbent on destruction, as a poor cat?

 

"People = danger," LJ knows that for sure. But maintaining a distance is not that easy when the home you care about is becoming an epicenter of a demon invasion. He has to be strong and know right from wrong, no matter what the voices whisper to him in his bloody and restless dreams.

 

Five peaceful years have passed since the war with the undead ended. Respite is over now. A war has raised it’s demonic sword. New, talented, and tricky high-level wanderers are ready to confront the threat or to cause even more destruction.

 

“Sleeping Player” is the third installment in the LitRPG series Project Chrysalis by John Gold. This story is far from its end. No wanderer has been able to reach Crossroads of Worlds yet, no matter how skillful and masterful they were. The gods are still afraid and filled with fear after what happened in Castle Airis, while officers of Chrysalis keep looking for pretenders.

 

It is time to wake up.

 

My Opinion: 362 pages, $6.95, Not on Kindle Unlimited

 

The third book in the Project Chrysalis series almost lost me.

 

The beginning of the novel doesn’t even really feel like a LitRPG story, or at least not like one in the the same series. It starts with the main character, LJ the boy who thinks he’s a cat, and his adventures. Even though the story reconnects with the main character from the first two books, this section still feels like a different series because there’s a significant 5 year time jump between books 2 and 3. There’s an all new settings, new characters, and the pacing of the story shifts slows down too. For me, the early part of the story just wasn’t that interesting and there were several times I considered just putting it down.

 

Then, I got to the halfway mark and BOOM, the story just exploded back to the things I liked about books 1 and 2. Wonderful fights, old interesting characters return, and the quest for revenge actually makes some progress. The pace picks up significantly and boy is that ending epic. By the end of the story I was cheering for our hero and the novel had won me over again.

 

Overall, I still had a good time with the story, though the beginning is a little tough to get through.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2MuZ7vW

 

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Glitch Book Two (The Glitch Series 2)

 

Max, a rather plain guy, finds himself inside a post-apocalyptic survival roleplaying videogame. He has no idea how he has ended up in the virtual reality or how to quit it. He has no choice but to play the game.

 

Shortly afterward, he learns that the game is quite harsh and cruel. Max finds out that in order to survive he has to scavenge, gather various resources, craft warm clothes and armor, upgrade weapons and vehicles, and so on.

 

Moreover, the entire game world is a full-on PvP zone. So Max has to not only fight brutal mutants but also protect himself against gamers who have teamed up in order to ratchet up their chances of survival as well as against high-leveled players who take great pleasure in murdering newbies.

 

And all the while Max has been trying to find out what has befallen him, how he has gotten in the videogame, and whether or not there is any chance of exiting the game. Bit by bit he gleans more and more information about the game. He finds out that the game is full of bugs. Later on he also learns that he himself is a some kind of a glitch. Unlike all the other players, he feels pain in the game and can interact with some game objects while all the other players cannot…

 

My Opinion: 116 pages, $1.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Book 1 in the series introduced some potentially interesting concepts into a fallout like post apocalyptic setting: crafting, pvp, monster zones, and quests. Unfortunately, book 2 doesn’t really develop most of that. Instead, it focuses on PvP combat almost exclusively with a small bit of monster wave survival at the end. There’s not really any story progression towards a goals. The main character just kind of exists. Overall it just fell flat for me.

 

Score: 5 out of 10

Glitch Book Two (The Glitch Series 2)

https://amzn.to/2nd7XUv

 

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Death March (Euphoria Online Book 1)

 

I sacrificed everything for my family. It wasn't enough. I lost my mother, and now I'm about to lose my brother.

 

I've got only one thing left to gamble: my life. Which is why I'm willing to play Euphoria Online in Death March mode.

 

If I survive six months in-game against a lethal array of wyverns, ogres, necromancers, and more, I'll earn my brother a pardon.

 

If I lose?

 

Well. I'm done with losing.

 

My Opinion: 300 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy of the novel for review. I purchased a copy when it became available.

 

The premise of the story is that the main character (MC), Chris, trusts his super evil ex girlfriend and takes a weekend pass to the latest and greatest full immersion VRMMO game. He plans to put the game on Death March mode, which if he survives for 6 in-game months, will grant him just about any wish he wants including a pardon for his brother who might soon be on death row for salvaging in underwater buildings. The only snag? If he dies in the game, he dies in real life.

 

The author has written over 15 other novels, many of which are traditional epic fantasy. He raised over $13,000 on Kickstarter to write the this LitRPG story, create a hardcover edition with extra artwork, and an audiobook. All that from fans who already know they like the author’s writing. This is his first LitRPG story and sometimes it feels more like a fantasy story, which might be for his existing reader base.

 

The short review, is that despite the issues I have with the RPG game mechanics and the premise, I liked the story. The characters are well developed, there’s good tension, and the fantasy action adventure storytelling is entertaining.

 

Continue reading for a more thorough review:

 

The game mechanics in the story are relatively light, are grouped together in summarizes after fights and in sections where the players talk to each other, and they sometimes feel less important than the ‘story’.

 

Game mechanics include traditional character sheets (only a few though), stats, descriptions of new abilities, and spells. Players earn XP and can spend it to purchase these new abilities and spells. At the same time, the amount of XP the characters earn gets them new levels and predetermined increases in their stats. You can tell the author choose to forgo anything that would require heavy math tracking and formulas. There are no health bars, stamina bars, damage notifications, or any UI interface with the game. Combat is always described in fantasy terms with XP handed out after an encounter is finished with sometimes inconsistent XP rewards.  Additionally, the MC seems to often win or gain power through some lucky outside influence or wand wavy circumstance that prioritize the story over the game rules. Like the MC gets saved by someone never before seen before, or the MC just happens to find a magic stone that doubles his small mana capacity just before a big fight in which he’ll need to use a lot of spells. Overall, not bad game stuff. What’s there is used consistently throughout the story, but it’s also not a particularly deep system.

 

Storywise, this novel has one of the most confusing premises I’ve ever come across. Not only does it make sense on a story level, it doesn’t make sense on a math level. Ok, here are the many issues I had with the premise:

  • The game uses time dilation to let players stay in the game longer. Unfortunately the time dilation is not consistently described. Three sets of numbers are given in the story: 18 to 1, 45 to 1, and 80 to 1 (given as 18 min irl being equal to 1 day in game). Now, even at the most extreme one 80:1 for a weekend pass that means the MC will be in game for 160 days or 5.3 months making it impossible for him to survive for the required 6 months to win the big reward. So, broken premise right off the bat.

 

  • The motivation for pushing the MC to go in game and risk his life, stretches believability a bit. His brother is charged with a capital crime for salvaging? Even though there are other circumstances, the case hasn’t even gone to trail yet.

 

  • Also, why would you ever trust your evil, evil, ex-girlfriend?

 

  • Also, why would there be a voluntary death game in a normal MMORPG? I understand adding the ‘die in the game die in real life’ feels like it fits if you’ve seen Sword Art Online and is supposed to raise the stakes. But for me, all it did was tell me that the MC would never die or even fail in the story. While this is the default setting for normal novels, it’s not in a LitRPG story. Dying while playing video games is part of the learning experience and fun. Die, respawn/reload, and learn till you get good enough to not die.

 

  • It’s also just a big stretch of the imagination to believe that the MC wouldn’t even come close to dying once, facing an entire zone of monsters 20-30 times his level.


 

Storywise, once the main character is actually in the game, it’s an enjoyable slice of life action adventure experience. Just ignore why the MC is there, cause if your goal is to survive for 6 months without dying, risking your life all the time trying to level is a contradictory act. Combat is very well described and I enjoyed every visceral fight, it’s just often described in fantasy terms and not gamer terms. There’s good character and story development. You can see by the end of the story where some story threads are being laid for the longer series. Good storytelling.

 

Overall, even though I had issues with the premise and light RPG stuff, it’s a good entertaining story.

 

Score: 7.2 out of 10

Death March (Euphoria Online Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2OcFt8W

 

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Hero-Slayer: A LitRPG Saga (Hero-Slayer Series Book 1)

 

This is the legend of the Hero-Slayer, who had sold his soul for magic most vile, who would attack heroes at their weakest and destroy everything they held dear. Rumors had it that none of those who attacked him ever lived to tell the tale. It was said that he had the power to take down thousands without lifting a finger.

 

Others speculated that he dwelt in a secret place filled with long-lost magic and magical creatures protected his secret lair. Stories said that if you rang a bell at the seventh hour on the seventh day, your body would never again be found for that was the hour that the Hero-Slayer walked through the dark, taking souls to feed his power.

 

Needless to say he was the Villain, The Boogeyman, The Big Bad. The Dragon who defeated the Knight and killed the princess. This is his story. The story in which the dark side won.

 

Forced to leave planet earth, Bobby enters a new world, and he journeys from wannabe villain to hero-slayer.

 

My Opinion: 60 pages, $2.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

At 60 pages or almost $0.05 per page, this novel is too expensive for the page count. Plus the last 25% is a sample for something else, so there’s not actually even 60 pages for this story. There are also issues with the writing itself, very awkward phrasing and mixed tenses. There are RPG mechanics but they don't make sense.

 

The story is honestly just confusing. The earth hit the apocalypse but aliens save people, and the MC and his grandma get into a pod and for no real reason the alien world they are on has RPG game mechanics and an odd PvP challenger system?There’s attempts at world building and character development but it’s such a mixed bag nothing feels fleshed out.

 

Overall, just a meh story that didn’t make sense to me.

 

Score: 5 out of 10

Hero-Slayer: A LitRPG Saga (Hero-Slayer Series Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2AMcDdL

 

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Dan the Barbarian: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 1)

 

When college sophomore Dan Marshall's life morphs into a hybrid of Penn State and a homebrew tabletop RPG adventure, he grabs his talking two-handed sword and hits campus, seeking gold, girls, and glory.

 

But even with two beautiful bad-ass women at his side, how can a low-level barbarian survive when he’s pitted against a fraternity of gnolls, a dungeon full of nightmares, and an apocalyptic death cult bent on destroying the whole world?

 

Warning: Dan the Barbarian is an over-the-top adventure novel intended for readers 18 and older. It includes explicit sex, graphic violence, a harem of gorgeous ass-kicking girls, and a foul-mouthed two-handed sword. Read at your own risk.

 

My Opinion: 336 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

*Warning: There are graphic sex scenes in this story.*

 

Even though it has GameLit in the title it’s also LitRPG. It has tabletop character sheets, stats, and leveling. The story portion is wish fulfillment harem.

 

The main character, Dan, wishes for his life to be like the fantasy tabletop game he plays with his friends, full of action, adventure, and busty women that  want him. Only when he does get his wish and becomes a level 1 barbarian, he finds the normal world and all the people he knew have merged with the rules of the fantasy tabletop game. That hot girl down the hall, is now even hotter and a druid. The MC goes on adventures, becoming the adventure seeking person he always wanted to be and having lots of sex along the way.

 

Overall, it’s an entertaining, light hearted, funny read. There is quite of bit of sex, which I skipped over, but even ignoring that, it’s kind of just a fun story.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Dan the Barbarian: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2OV5aMj

 

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Wizard Lords: Legend of Legends: A LitRPG fantasy (Wizard Lord Book 1)

 

Legend of Zelda meets The Matrix

 

save the queen

kill the wizard

become the legend of legends

 

Meet Twenty year old Pete Adams a lonely dishwasher with no luck with the ladies.

That is until he finds out Sophia his high school crush is the number one player in the Full immersion V.R. RPG game Wizard Lords. Now he is determined to win her heart by getting the most sought after prize, the sword of swords with a real world worth of $50 million.

but the young man is in a deadly race against thousands of other players with armies and magic.

All Pete's got is a stupid name and a hell of a lot of guts!

 

My Opinion: 45 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Not only is this severely overpriced at $2.99 for 45 pages, there are noticeable technical writing issues, and it’s not actually LitRPG.

 

The story mentions levels a few times, but no one actually does any of that. The novel describes itself as Legend of Zelda meets The Matrix, neither of which are RPG games or concepts so that really should have been my first clue. There is a ‘save the princess’ aspects to the story but no RPG mechanics.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

Wizard Lords: Legend of Legends: A LitRPG fantasy (Wizard Lord Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2LmagCp

 

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Limitless Lands: Book 1

 

Colonel James Raytak is about to die. The 93-year-old combat veteran is living his last days in a nursing home; his only hope for survival is an experimental Medpod life support system controlled by an Artificial Intelligence.

Co-developed by the world’s largest gaming company, Qualitranos the Artificial Intelligence will also control the soon to be released game Limitless Lands. Without its creator’s knowledge, the Artificial Intelligence decides the best course of treatment is to import its patient’s consciousness directly into the game.

Colonel Raytak must dust off his military training and lead his virtual troops in a fight to repair his broken body and mind while exploring the Limitless Lands.

 

My Opinion: 227 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The story has an unique setting, starting with a very succinct explanation of the tech that allows for full immersion as well as a little world building for the modern world that would combine VR, an aging military population, and medical pods that allow for full immersion and long term care. The main character (MC), James Raytak, is a military veteran at the end of his life. His son, and employe of the top VR gaming company creates a medical pod that will not only provide life support, but medical care and he’s the MC is the 1st test subject.

 

The main character (MC) is in the game by the 11% mark. Once in the game world, the MC gets a unique class based on his military experience, Commander, which lets him order the troops assigned to him during a fight and provide some troop wide buffs. The downside, is that he can only earn XP from his soldiers victories or from quests. The other game mechanic aspects of the story are fairly standard: Character sheets, stats, quest notifications, XP, etc. There are also very minor town building and PvP aspects to the story.

 

The story itself isn’t complicated and amounts to travel, some world building, setup for future storylines, and a good bit of fighting. Unfortunately, the combat in the story was a bit meh for me. There are some visceral description, but much of it and the game world storyline is described as military fiction. Calling out formations, command structure, military lingo, chain of command issues, giving and taking orders. That kind of stuff. The story is supposed to be set in a fantasy RPG world, and the faction the MC chooses is based on the Roman army, but there’s so much modern military lingo and organization structure that it just felt off.

 

Another thing that just bothered me is that the MC gets a unique class of commander and multiple platoons of soldiers to command the first day he plays the game and at level 1. For me, it felt like the MC was just given this OP class and a bunch of power when he never did anything in game to earn it. The same thing goes for his troops. Outside of combat they’re described as green recruits just out of boot camp, but in combat they work like a well oiled machine performing complex formations and maneuvers that the reader was never shown they trained to learn or even practiced. The reader is told the soldiers practiced, but it’s never shown. So it feels like they get a bunch of skills and military proficiencies they didn’t earn.

 

Overall, the story just didn’t land for me. Part of that are the issues I mentioned, but another part is that military fiction just isn’t my thing. However, if you really like military fiction you might like the story more than I did.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Limitless Lands: Book 1

https://amzn.to/2OMKTZt

 

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The Wandering Inn: Volume 1

 

(This novel is the e-book version of the free web serial. You may read the entire ongoing story at wanderinginn.com free of charge.)


 

“No killing Goblins.”

 

So reads the sign outside of The Wandering Inn, a small building run by a young woman named Erin Solstice. She serves pasta with sausage, blue fruit juice, and dead acid flies on request. And she comes from another world. Ours.

 

It’s a bad day when Erin finds herself transported to a fantastical world and nearly gets eaten by a Dragon. She doesn’t belong in a place where monster attacks are a fact of life, and where Humans are one species among many. But she must adapt to her new life. Or die.

 

In a dangerous world where magic is real and people can level up and gain classes, Erin Solstice must battle somewhat evil Goblins, deadly Rock Crabs, and hungry [Necromancers]. She is no warrior, no mage. Erin Solstice runs an inn.

 

She’s an [Innkeeper].

 

My Opinion: 1158 pages, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

There’s no real way to summarize the massive 1st volume of this ongoing story that online is already up to volume 5. It’s a serial story, that’s been written over the last couple of years and continues to grow weekly.

 

It’s essentially a slice of life LitRPG story that in this volume is a bit light on the RPG stuff. Characters level, magic and skills exist in the world but it’s more part of the cultural aspect of the world than anything pointedly game oriented.

 

If you’re bothered by light RPG mechanics, don’t be, the story more than makes up for that. The story follows two humans (hints at more) that were transported to a fantasy world where RPG mechanics are apart of the world. One gets the Innkeeper class when she stumbles into an abandoned inn and struggles to survive. The other becomes a runner, a on foot package delivery person, because she loves to run and be free. While neither story sounds compelling, they are.

 

Though the start of the novel is a bit slow, things pick up by the 5% and the story explodes with world building, progression, character growth, and even some comedy. It’s a slice of life story, which means you follow the two characters as they just do things daily in this new world but it’s still very interesting. I personally loved the thought and time the author put into developing the unique cultures of the monster races. The insect people were different from the lizard people and the gnolls. Each felt like they had a distinct culture and outlook on the world.

 

And that end, woah, was that an amazing action fest.

 

Not only is this novel a huge value for the page count, it’s engaging enough to keep you reading late into the night for multiple days. I just couldn’t put the thing down. It’s light LitRPG, but truly a great read.

 

Score: 8 out of 10

The Wandering Inn: Volume 1

https://amzn.to/2AJ12w2


 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 127

 

LitRPG Podcast 127

 

Aug. 3rd, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 127 of the LitRPG podcast.


 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 8 new LitRPG reviews just for you, including a few missed short stories that I found delving Amazon’s search results.

 

But before we begin I want to give a shout out to CharPe, who is are latest Patreon supporter. Thank you CharPe for helping us keep the podcast going and ad free. If you’re listening and watching and you want to help support the podcast, you can find out all the ways to help at www.litrpgpodcast.com/support  or you can support us on Patreon like CharPe.

https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast

 

New Releases and Reviews:

  1. Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest) (18:13)

Good origin story for Eliza and could be a stand alone novel in the AO universe.

Score: 7.7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2K0oK6o

  1. The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: World Tree Online: 1st Dive  (22:31)

Good balanced game mechanics, lots of training, good story

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Nc9DJG

  1. Welcome to Abarrane: Part 1 (31:01)

Interesting ideas, but not developed enough to entertain

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2M198RW

  1. The Glass Bard (36:04)

A good short KU read

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NXhhHH

  1. AngelTaker: A LitRPG Series (Gamer of Thrones Serials Book 1) (38:35)

Not actually LitRPG

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2AtPZqq

  1. Asperia Online: A LITRPG Saga (The Asperia Series Book 1) (43:02)

Who wouldn’t want to be dragon?

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2O116ch

  1. Providence Online: A LitRPG Saga (47:23)

Scattered, confusing story. Got bored quickly.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2AvxphA

  1. Competitive Advantage (Nora Hazard Book 2) (52:19)

Such good action!

Score: 7.7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2vnkad0  



 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

Travis Bagwell, author of the Awaken Online series, and his narrator David Stifel talked with Audiobook Reviewer about LitRPG and the Awaken Online series.

https://audiobookreviewer.com/featured/video-interview-talking-litrpg-and-gamelit-with-travis-bagwell-and-david-stifel/

 

 

Michael Chatfield, author of the Emerilia and Ten Realms LitRPG series, is looking for some help from the fans in deciding who to pick for his next narrator. He’s already trimmed down the 30 or so applicants to 5, but loves them all so much he can’t decide. He’s looking for fans of audiobook and LitRPG to help him in deciding who makes it into the top three. Go listen to the samples he has on Soundcloud for each narrator and either vote on his Patreon page or his website at, michaelchatfield.com

 

Auditions: https://soundcloud.com/michael-chatfield-697662689/sets/ten-realms-auditions

I can't make a poll with more than 2 answers on facebook, so please vote on:

Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20372815

or my website:

http://michaelchatfield.com/2018/07/28/ten-realms-narrator-contest/


 

 

Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seed series, has revealed the location for the 3rd annual LitRPG Gala. It’ll be at the Sidebar in Atlanta GA on Saturday Sept. 1st, from 12-2pm. That’s the same weekend that DragonCon is in the area so if you’re going to be in the area come and stop on by. Last year, it was a great event with fans getting a chance to meet some of their favorite LitRPG authors. I’ll be there, so we can all hang out.

https://www.facebook.com/events/272317720222268/

 

 

This week on a live stream, Aleron Kong announced that he was nominated for a Dragon Award for Best Fantasy! The Dragon Awards are a completely fan based nomination and award that are handed out during DragonCon. So, go vote for your favorite authors.

 

It’s a slightly complicated system, you have to sign up to vote. Then they’ll e-mail you a ballot and you vote for 1 of the nominees in each category. Please be sure to only vote for 1 in each category though. Per the rules, if you vote for more than one nominee in each category, all your votes may be invalidated.

http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_signup.php


 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the Michael Scott Earle (MSE) getting suspended from Amazon and all his ebooks being taken down from the platform.

 

Since then, there have been several new developments.

 

On July 26th, 2018: MSE shared a letter from Amazon telling him that there were permanently closing his amazon author account and that he would not be allowed to make a new one to continue to sell his work. No reason was given in the brief email from Amazon as to why his account was being terminated. Oddly his audible audiobooks stayed up.

 

Now MSE fans went crazy hearing this and immediately started to email and call Amazon customer support to demand to know why their favorite author was being banned. Some responses from Amazon:

 

  • ‘We’re sorry you’re upset, here is a $5 credit for your next ebook purchase’

  • ‘I don’t know, I’ll send this up the chain and get back to you’

  • ‘There’s a quality issue with the text, I’m sure this is just temporary.’

  • The weirdest response by far was:

  • ‘the author chose to remove his work from the platform voluntarily’

 

On July 27th, 2018: In an last ditch effort, MSE sent an e-mail asking if there was any way to appeal the ban. Surprisingly, he got a response that yes, they would review it and actually reinstated his access to his author publishing account. None of his books were made available again, but he had access to all his author reports.

 

As of this recording/post, there are no further updates from Amazon as to whether MSE’s ebooks will be put back up or if he’ll be allowed to publish on Amazon’s platform through a publisher.

 

However, I had a chance to talk to the author today and he assures me he will continue writing and publishing regardless of what Amazon decides. Some of his non Amazon exclusive writings are on other platforms like Apple’s ibooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo, and other places. Additionally, he’s thought about starting a Patreon so that readers can support him directly. However, as of today, he’s waiting for any word from Amazon either way before he moves forward.

 

It’s a very tough situation and when I asked the author how people can support him, he suggested to sign up for his newsletter or his facebook group so that he could let them know what he’s going to do and where next they’ll be able to find his work.

 

Storyteller Michael-Scott Earle's cool club for cool people:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562248853809471/

Michael-Scott Earle website

http://www.michaelscottearle.com/



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Deeper Down: A Monster MC LitRPG (Kobold's Quest Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2mZgZoc

-I don’t plan to read it since I gave book one a 4 out of 10 but if you liked it, book 2 in the series is out.

 

 

Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2MuZ7vW



 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Initializing - Somnia Online, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2AAd9vr

Our review of the ebook: Score 7.4 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/17/initializing-somnia-online-book-1

 

 

God Mode: AlterGame Series, Book 3

https://amzn.to/2n3AA6q

 

 

Glitch Hunter

https://amzn.to/2n7xrml

Our review of the ebook: Score 7.8 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/31/glitch-hunter



 

Upcoming LitRPG:

 

 

Death March (Euphoria Online - Book 1) (Aug. 7th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2AzoETD

 

 

Wizard Lords: Legend of Legends: A LitRPG fantasy (Wizard Lord Book 1) (Aug. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LmagCp

 

 

Bitter: Book Four (Aug. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

 

 

The Path (Just Cause Universe Book 14) (Sept. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LHHGwc

The author says it’s LitRPG.

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

A Clan's Honor: A LitRPG Adventure (Rogue Realms Book 1)

(Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2K93VWo

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

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Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest)

 

A side quest adventure in the best-selling world of Awaken Online!

 

Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take extra courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned out.

 

Which is why she leaps at the chance to escape into a new virtual reality game, Awaken Online. What she wasn't expecting was to encounter a capricious god and his loyal "pet." Or to be chosen as this god's "avatar" within the game and forced to tackle a series of asinine quests.

 

Yet, she just can't shake the feeling that there is more to the irritating god than first meets the eye.

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(This story is intended to be "Book 5" in the Awaken Online series. It should be read after Awaken Online: Evolution.)

 

My Opinion: 276 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is a good side novel for a character, Eliza, introduced in Awaken Online: Evolution. You get her origin story and all the adventures she went on right up until the time she’s introduced to the main series. The story is strong enough that it can be read as a stand alone and you don’t technically have to have read any of the other Awaken Online novels to enjoy it. But if you have read the other novels, you get a little bit of extra enjoyment from some details.

 

I really enjoyed the novel, and like Eliza so much more now. When she was introduced in AO Evolution, she seemed overpowered and it was hard to connect with her because you don’t get to know her very well in that story. But now, she’s a favorite character of mine in the series. I liked all the scientific research and experimentation she does to improve her powers and create interesting combinations between her water magic and alchemy. It felt like each new spell combo was earned with lots of hard work.

 

Story wise, this is an origin story for the character and thus can’t get too epic. But the slice of life adventuring and crafting are still entertaining and as is the author’s usual style the best most exciting part is saved for the last 15% of the story.

 

Overall, a good read.

 

Score: 7. 7 out of 10

Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest)

https://amzn.to/2K0oK6o

 

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The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: World Tree Online: 1st Dive

 

In the future, androids have taken over most jobs, leaving humans with little to do and even less to motivate them. Enter the World Tree Online, a fully immersive virtual reality experience. Join Byron in his first 30 days of a non-stop fantasy adventure in the cursed province of Hurlig Ridge, a land filled with monsters, mysteries, murderers and treasure. The people of the province have been tormented for centuries by a pack of voracious wolves. Now, with the arrival of the adventurers, dark forces have begun to stir, accelerating their dark plans. Can Byron unravel the mystery of this curse before it’s too late?


 

My Opinion: 595 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased the novel when it became available.

 

The first 35% of this novel is rather impressive for the author’s first full published novel. From the very first pages you can feel the gamer excitement exuded by the MC as he waits for his pod to get installed and explains how the VR tech works. The main character (MC), Byron is in the game by the 2% mark and takes the game name Bye-Bye Jacko. I was genuinely impressed by the amount of interesting detail and balance the author added to not only the game mechanics, but the game world’s lore and history.

 

On the game mechanic side, while there is leveling and a familiar stat and skill system, the game relies on training to improve stats. So, no free stat points when a character levels. This leads to a lot of training scenes. Alot, alot.

 

Additionally, Even though the MC and his group get unique and power abilities, they’re never overpowered. Every bonus is well balanced by a detriment or a condition that limits that power. The author did a wonderful job of thinking through his game system and balancing things out.  

 

Storywise, the novel is mostly slice of life adventure but there are a couple of interesting story threads that give the story a bit of direction. One thread, revolves around PKers and PvP, and while the story thread is highlighted in the first third of the story, it unfortunately dies off as a major plotline. The 2nd big story thread, starts out rather small as a mystery and who-done-it but grows to be quit epic. I really enjoyed how this storyline was developed overall.

 

However, the momentum built by these two threads slows down after the 35% mark in the story and the middle of the story is almost entirely slice of life adventuring and lots and lots of training. There’s some added character development as the MC finds his group during this section. This isn't  a bad section of the novel. I was still entertained, but it is slow compared to the pace of the first and last third of the story where things pick up again.

 

Additionally, some of the relationships in the story feel a little forced. New people just kind of pop up and within minutes seem to join the MCs inner circle and learn all his secrets. A small thing most people won’t care about but it made those relationships feel less special and earned to me.

 

Overall, I liked the story. It was a good read with lots of action, adventure, and some unique powers and RPG progression. Again, I was also very impressed with how much work went into creating a balance in the game mechanics of the story.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: World Tree Online: 1st Dive  

https://amzn.to/2Nc9DJG

 

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Welcome to Abarrane: Part 1

 

Fresh out of prison Mr. Abbott has chosen to abandon the real world and enter a fantasy realm where the wealthy and dying have gone to live forever or so they thought. Will Mr. Abbott find a purpose and trustworthy allies in this new reality? Or will magic, deception, and other’s greed end him before he gets the chance? Welcome to Abarrane.

 

My Opinion: 82 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased the novel when it became available.

 

There are story ideas in this that I really like. The big villain introduced is very interesting and I liked that the game world allowed for people to be evil. Unfortunately, none of those good story ideas are really developed fully. Instead, the story shifts from idea to idea and it makes for an unfocused story.

 

Game mechanic wise, there’s lots of information given. Damage notifications, character sheets, stats are shown. However, with two exceptions, nothing here is special. Exception one: players get to be monster races and have unique features like eating humans regenerates health, or a compulsion to read every book. Exception two: Stats act like qualifiers, determining what a player can do. Like needing a five in intelligence to speak properly or a perception of five to even have a chance to see traps.

 

Story-wise, it’s unfocused. It starts out as a kind of trapped in the game story with a neat twist, then becomes dungeon dive, then it moves into world exploration. However, the thing that really drags the story down for me is that none of the story conflicts have resolutions. By conflicts, I don’t mean the fights, those are fine. The big story troubles that are introduced and setup in the story just don’t get resolved. The author may intend to resolve these conflicts in another books in the series, but because it’s not resolved here the story left me unsatisfied.

 

Overall, I think the series may have potential. But in this novella, the story is unfocused, and the major conflicts are left unresolved. So it just wasn’t a satisfying read. Though I’ll likely give book 2 a chance because of some of the interesting ideas introduced in the story.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Welcome to Abarrane: Part 1

https://amzn.to/2M198RW

 

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The Glass Bard

 

The last thing Jack Daw remembers is falling asleep at his desk. When he awakens, he is trapped in the procedurally generated open world of a computer role playing game. Befriended by the beautiful runaway slave girl Sai, Jack must use his ability scores, the luck of the dice and his knowledge of every video gaming trope and exploit he's ever encountered to beat the game. If only he hadn't rolled a bard.

 

My Opinion: 44 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Short story, published in 2017. Found it through Ray and the LitRPG Audiobook Podcast. Apparently someone published an audiobook version of this 44 page story.

 

It’s very over priced at $2.99 for 44 pages but makes a good kindle unlimited read. It starts out a little esoteric but quickly shifts to the introduction of a RPG game. There’s a good bit of action, gamer jokes, and banter with the tutorial AI. Most of the story is slice of life but it’s still entertaining. The RPG mechanics are somewhere between a MMO and table top RPG and you see more of them towards the end of the story.

 

It’s a cute story and the end was entertaining. I can't ask for more from a short story.

 

Score: 7.2 out of 10

The Glass Bard

https://amzn.to/2NXhhHH

 

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AngelTaker: A LitRPG Series (Gamer of Thrones Serials Book 1)

 

In the AngelRealm everyone dies. Not me though. Not today.

 

The virtual world of AngelRealm is a global phenomenon – a way to escape the drudgery of the real world. Everyone is given one free play-token at birth, their shot at glory and riches. I’m Harvey Nobody. I entered the AngelRealm to save my town from total destruction in real life. But when the GameMakers give me an incredible power, the GodAngel – the bloodthirsty AI ruler of the AngelRealm – cannot afford to let me live.

 

Because the AngelRealm was meant to be ruled by two Gods. The GodAngel fears I’m the player destined to find the legendary lost AngelThrone and end her total control. Now her Angels are hunting me down. In order to survive, I’m going to have to tame them and bind their powers to me. No matter what it takes.

 

Because the price for failure is death. Real death.

 

My Opinion: 68 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The novel advertises as LitRPG and while part of the story is set in a game of some kind, there are no RPG elements in the story. The closest that it gets is using XP as a kind of currency. The main character gets XP fines and can potentially use XP he gets to buy more lives. You could replace the words XP with gold or dollars and the story wouldn’t change and it actually make more sense.

 

Outside the issue of the story not actually being LitRPG, it’s kind of a mess on its own. There are some attempts to pull from Ready Player One and other cyberpunk influences by having a evil game corporation set to ruin and destroy the main character (MC) home and the only way to stop them is in the game somehow. But nothing in the story really makes sense. Not the premise, which just doesn’t have enough development to feel believable. Nor anything that happens in the game world. This is a short story, so I get that there are constraints on how much info can be given, but I read this and found myself time and again scratching my head thinking that what was written just didn’t make sense or could use more explanation.

 

The series may clarify things in future entries, but for now I do not like it. It’s not LitRPG like it claims and it’s a mess storywise.

 

Score: 4 out of 10

AngelTaker: A LitRPG Series (Gamer of Thrones Serials Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2AtPZqq

 

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Asperia Online: A LITRPG Saga (The Asperia Series Book 1)

 

 

If you could shed your limited human body and then take to the skies? If you could become a beast of legends, the apex, the top of the line, largest monster in the world, predator to all and prey to none?

 

Would you take this opportunity at the drop of a hat in sacrifice of your humanity?

 

Or would you prefer that you never lost your basic human comforts?

 

Well, what if you didn't have a choice in the matter?


 

A young man from earth finds himself in the scales and hide of a mythical beast, and then has no choice but to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, with the aid of a tiny magical companion, and a whole lot of fire - he forges a path forward with flair and flourish.

 

Will he decide to remain as a beast that roams the sky?

 

Or will he instead choose to walk on two feet as a man that conquers the land?

 

My Opinion: 65 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Too highly priced for the page count, this is still a good Kindle Unlimited read.

 

The main character (MC), is reincarnated as a dragon on a world with RPG game mechanics. He takes the terrifying dragon name, Timothy, and begins his quest to understand this new world and of course level up.

 

For a first entry into a short story series, this is pretty good. The MC is in the game world from the first page and there are plenty of RPG mechanics that readers will be familiar with. Something that I liked in particular is the the choose your own adventure story choses the MC gets. ‘Do you A: or B: or C:’ kind of thing. It adds another layer of game stuff that I liked.

 

Storywise, this just has a little bit of action but serves as a setup novel. It sets up the game mechanics, the world building, and future stories potentially. Still, it’s interesting and entertaining enough for me to want to pick up the next short story in the series.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Asperia Online: A LITRPG Saga (The Asperia Series Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2O116ch

 

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Providence Online: A LitRPG Saga

 

Transported to a foreign world against his will, a young man enters a deadly game orchestrated by forces far beyond his comprehension, for reasons far beyond his understanding. Time and space is rendered meaningless in a world where only the strongest survive, and where the grand prize is unspeakable riches or a leap into the future.

 

The words of the mysterious GM rings out -

 

"Players! The Realm of Meliora is yours to explore, to either build or destroy as you see fit. It is yours to set your rules and your destinies, your villains and your heroes, your monsters and your gods. How you advance is entirely of your own making, and from this point on, the game has begun."

 

"Win or lose. Live or die. The choice is yours."

 

My Opinion: 120 pages, $3.99, Not available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This feels like a collected serial story that was written over a couple of years. Each chapter seems to skip significant amounts of time ranging from days to months, which makes the chapters feel disconnected from each other because the skipped time is barely filled in.

 

The RPG game mechanics exists and there is technically some progress since the main character (MC) gains levels and skills. However, there’s no depth to the system and there’s very little detail about how the MC levels, it’s just summaries that he did.

 

Storywise, it’s scattered. It starts with an ill explained transported to a game world contest with people from various time periods. If they beat the simulation they either go back home or to the future. There’s also some odd thread about the players being pulled from future descendents DNA. It’s again, not clear. Then the story just becomes some slice of life thing with the MC and his friend in various situations that they overcome by chance or with a little fighting. But each chapter skips time with the MC becoming more powerful, but the reader not ever seeing how.

 

For me, the story got boring since none of the stuff I really love about LitRPG showed up. No deep game mechanics or engaging story.

 

Score: 5 out of 10

Providence Online: A LitRPG Saga

https://amzn.to/2AvxphA

 

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Competitive Advantage (Nora Hazard Book 2)

 

*Nora Hazard's story began prior to the events of Delvers LLC: Welcome to Ludus.*

 

Nobody likes an escort mission. Nobody.

 

Unfortunately for Nora, she'll be stuck travelling with Jessica, an American gamer, and Christopher, a Filipino man with a mysterious past. Somehow, the former Jackals gang leader must keep the two Terrans alive while heading south for Enheduanna’s new, insane mission.

 

Nora will have no time to prepare, or even to stay in Soron to enjoy her unexpected celebrity status. Instead, she will need to leave for Tolstey after healing from injuries sustained in battle, wounded while protecting Soron.

 

Despite what some may say about her now, Nora knows she is no hero. People expecting too much from her will probably be disappointed. But with the help of some new weapons and greater orb-Bonded power, surviving her new, suicidal quest might be merely improbable, not impossible.

 

One thing is for sure: Regardless of what happens—whether fulfilling her mission or learning to trust again—Nora will do things her own way, on her own terms.

 

My Opinion: 232 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The Nora Hazard series is a really good action adventure LitRPG series. Each novel amps up the action and this is a prime example of why people like the author’s work. Good characters, good power progression, and some really good action. Heck the entire last 25% of the story is just a series of kick ass action scenes.

 

Of all the new powers and abilities I have to say PewPew is my favorite. It’s just fun to point your finger and say ‘PewPew’. Try it, you’ll see. Additionally, you can see the author building the framework for an eventual tie in to the Delvers LLC series with cameos and special quests.

 

But what I really liked about the story is the development of Nora this time. She not only continues to prove she’s a badass military woman, but there are a couple touching moments that showed her vulnerabilities too. I can’t wait to read the next one.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

Competitive Advantage (Nora Hazard Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2vnkad0




 

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Music Credits

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LitRPG Podcast 126

 

 

LitRPG Podcast 126

 

July 27th, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 126 of the LitRPG podcast.  I hope you like my new ghost shirt, it gives me a +3 to concealment.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 5 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

 

Before we begin I want to give a shout out to Apollos Thorne for becoming a Pateron supporter. It’s thanks to him and the many supporters that this podcast is able to continue, ad free. Thanks Apollos. If you want to become a patreon supporter too, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast

 

New Releases and Reviews:

 

External Threat (Reality Benders Book #2) LitRPG Series (08:41)

Lots of interesting space adventuring, good RPG progression.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2KA1Jsf

Deadhead: A Zombie Apocalypse LitRPG Novella (13:13)

Good middle section set in the game, however the poor beginning and end stopped me from enjoying the story as a whole.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NxkDk6

The Apprentice of Arabella (19:35)

I almost like the in-game story but the ultimately meaningless real life storyline just made the story less enjoyable.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LEZ014

World-Tree Online (29:39)

Not a boring story but as LitRPG it just didn’t do it for me.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2mCBkPR

Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon Book 1) (39:37)

A good combination of portal fiction, dungeon master (no core), re: Monster, and slice of life litRPG.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Lt98cY


 

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LitRPG News

 

 

GameReads host Sean Callahan interviews Eric Nylund, the

author of the Hero of Thera series.

https://youtu.be/WoeTGW05FAY

 

 

Tao Wong is the author of the LitRPG series: System Apocolypse, and Adventures on Brad, and A Gamer’s Wish. He recently launched a Patreon page for people that want to support his writing on that platform. Rewards include:

 

$1/month - Thank you.

$5/month - Free copy of the latest ebook, access to chapters of the latest story as it’s being written, and short stories exclusives.

$10/month - Influence the stories with suggestions, and vote on which series the author works on next.

$20/month - Free Audiobooks, chance to name and describe some races in the story.

$50/month - Get to see the novel outlines

$100/month - Get to see author’s personal notes

https://www.patreon.com/taowong


 

 

Michael Chatfield, author of the Emerialia series, is selling merch for his series now. At least he’s trying it out. He posted recently on Facebook that he’s testing out a new merchandising option from Amazon called Merch by Amazon. According to amazon’s page on the service:

 

Simply upload your artwork, choose a product type and color, set your price, and add a product description. We'll create a product page on Amazon.com and when customers buy your product, we'll handle production, shipping, and customer service — all with no upfront costs.

 

Still, if I can get a t-shirt that says: “I was trapped in Emerilia and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.”  I’m all for this!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FKFVS8C

https://merch.amazon.com/landing



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Raven Vex: A LitRPG Saga (The Binding Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2sPdcfF

Originally scheduled for release on Aug. 30th, 2018, but it’s out now instead.



 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Shard Warrior: Crystal Shards Online, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2LMfe8p

Our review of the ebook: 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/4/5/shard-warrior-a-litrpg-novel-crystal-shards-online-book-2

 

 

Respawn: An Epic Fantasy LitRPG

Killstreak, Book One

https://amzn.to/2NI4jgE

Our review of the ebook: Score 6 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/6/21/killstreak-book-one-respawn-an-epic-fantasy-litrpg


 

Upcoming LitRPG:


 

 

Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3) (July 31st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MuZ7vW


 

Welcome to Abarrane (Aug. 1st, 2018)


 

 

Wizard Lords: Legend of Legends: A LitRPG fantasy (Wizard Lord Book 1) (Aug. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LmagCp

 

 

The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: World Tree Online: 1st Dive  (Aug. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Nc9DJG

 

 

Death March (Euphoria Online - Book 1) (Aug. 7th, 2018)

 

 

Bitter: Book Four (Aug. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

 

 

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (Sept. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (Sept. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

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New Releases and Reviews

 

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External Threat (Reality Benders Book #2) LitRPG Series

 

The countdown timer continues to tick, but Earth is still not ready to repel an invasion from space. Gnat is on his voyage with the Shiamiru, all the while trying to find backup for humanity among the great spacefaring races. After all, based on what he’s already seen, he knows not to count on the good sense of his own kind. Even facing an external threat, the people of our Earth cannot see past their internal squabbles and come together to fight as one. Gnat does not expect gratitude from his leaders for taking such matters into his own hands, but when have laws and rules ever stopped our intrepid hero before?!

 

My Opinion: 429 pages, $5.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

*Funny note: The publishers mentioned that the lady with the bow on the cover isn’t actually in the story but that the cover artist just went ahead and added her cause they thought it was cool. Lol. It explains why she’s the only one without a level.*

 

This is a continuation of the slice of life sci-fi LitRPG. This time a heavy portion of the story takes place in the far reaches of space as our intrepid hero is taken on as a prospector for an alien mining crew. Gnat, the main character (MC), gets into fights, levels up his skills, and even develops some of the hidden talents hinted at in book 1. New alien cultures and characters are introduced and it was interesting to see how the MC used his brain to navigate the delicate waters of alien social structure and customs. The story takes several unexpected turns and I really liked how it developed. It didn’t go the direction I thought it would, but it was always fun.

 

If you enjoyed book 1, you’ll like book 2.

 

Score: 7.6 out of 10

External Threat (Reality Benders Book #2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2KA1Jsf

 

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Deadhead: A Zombie Apocalypse LitRPG Novella

 

Addicted to gaming and looking for his next fix, Joe Denver hears rumours of illegal underground gaming dens run by the mob. Using technology stolen from the government they have created ultra-realistic 'pain-games', the most popular of which is the zombie apocalypse game known as 'Deadhead', with a one million dollar prize. But Joe is about to get a lot more than he bargained for.

Contains swearing, violence and gore.

 

My Opinion: 86 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The beginning of the story is mostly a waste of time, it’s included a gamer addicts diatribe about how he knows he’s an addict but likes it anyway.  Then onto meeting one old friend and then another who tell him about an illegal full immersion game run by the mob. It’s a convoluted way to get the main character (MC) into the game and full of people that don’t matter to the rest of the story.

 

However, at the 23% the MC is in the game and it’s a pretty good story. The game mechanics are part normal RPG with stats and character sheets, but also part Choose Your Own Adventure system where elements are decided by a roll of the die. It’s an interesting choice. The zombie apocalypse portion of the game world is handled well and I liked each scene set in the game world.

 

Unfortunately, the story abruptly stops. Really, it’s in the middle of an exciting fight scene and the MC is pulled out of the game, there’s some weak justification and the story just gets a THE END. It’s kind of frustrating.

 

Overall, while I liked the middle section set in the game, the poor beginning and end stopped me from enjoying the story as a whole.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

Deadhead: A Zombie Apocalypse LitRPG Novella

https://amzn.to/2NxkDk6


 

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The Apprentice of Arabella

 

When his home and livelihood are ripped away, artist James Wulf must struggle against an oppressive government to survive the journey from Fox Valley to Old Atlanta, where he hopes to start a new life. All things are possible in Arabella online.

 

My Opinion: 173 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

* The story has technical writing issues that may bother some people. There are frequent missing words, punctuations, and unclear sentences. An early example: “He had angry and frustrated as she and her partner had shown up at the crack of dawn to serve their warrant.” *

 

The story can be divided into two parts, the real life story and the in game story.

 

The real life story setups a future dystopian world where the government makes anyone it considers a dissident disappear or kills them. The main character, James, has his home seized but escaped arrest because the authorities couldn’t find a pretense to arrest him on. He flees and ends up finding work playing a VRMMO where he plans to make enough money to flee the country. There’s actually some pretty good world building done here that paints a picture of future I wouldn’t want to live it.

 

There story regularly switches back to this real life story line but mostly focuses on vague hints about the government seeing the MC as a major threat that they will do anything to put down. No reason is ever revealed why and few personal details about the MC are given as hints. At most, the MC had read a lot of banned material on free speech, spiritualism, history and had experience making things. Ultimately, even though the author spends a significant amount of time trying to build some sense of tension, mystery, and conspiracy in this dystopian world, the real life story doesn’t end up mattering.

 

In-game, the story is just a pretty good slice of life LitRPG adventure with fighting, leveling, and crafting. There are few small arcs with PKers and a story thread about trapped gamers but that ends up being utterly disappointing and resolved in two paragraphs at the end of the novel. Crafting becomes a good portion of the in-game story and is nicely detailed. However, it gets too overpowered too quickly. After only a few days learning the basics of smithing for example, the MC is making tons of exotic weapons and using advanced smithing techniques there’s no prior setup that he should know. The MC isn’t a smith in real life and appears to, at most, have academic knowledge of crafting. Still, not bad stuff, the progression just gets too advance too quickly to feel reasonable. The rest of the game mechanics aren’t anything special but nor are they bad. Standard character sheets, classes, and leveling stuff.

 

There are also some  inconsistencies in the story that bugged me.

-MC states doesn’t know much about gaming, and his house is filled with books and low tech stuff. Even has such a low tech presence in world, the game AI initially thinks he has a corrupted online profile. Yet, he also also thinks and talks like a gamer, using gamer terms and using references only gamers would get. Including immediate understanding of RPG system and how to min max his character.

- Lots of people seem interested in the MC but no explanations as to why, it’s kind of annoying. Especially considering that the game portion is just slice of life leveling and crafting. No cohesiveness between in-game and IRL storylines.

-MC is sneaky and distrusting enough to have a go-bag ready when the government  shows up to seize his land randomly. He also has contacts prepared to make him a false identity and wants to flee the country. Yet he also just reveals all his in-game secrets to random strangers he meets?

 

Overall, I almost like the in-game story. The MC goes on some decent adventures and I’m a fan of the crafting. However, the in-game story doesn’t go anywhere despite the MCs clearly stated goals.  That combined with the unfocused, convoluted, and ultimately meaningless real life storyline just made the story less enjoyable. Not boring but not good either.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

The Apprentice of Arabella

https://amzn.to/2LEZ014

 

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World-Tree Online

 

When an update traps millions of players in the most advanced VR game ever made, one man discovers an exploit that might just take him to the top of the World-Tree.~~

 

In 2056, the world’s most powerful AI System, ARKUS, comes online. Created to extend human lifespans, it quickly designs new kinds of nanomachine therapies, in addition to making world-changing discoveries in health science. It also develops an advanced VR headset that uses consumable nanomachines to allow users to experience time faster in virtual worlds.

 

Two years later, ARKUS releases World-Tree Online. The game’s time-dilation makes it so that one hour of playtime feels like one month to those in-game, allowing humans to live extended, virtual lives that feel real.

 

However, shortly after an old gamer named Vincent joins World-Tree Online, an update begins that stretches the time-dilation to one year for every five seconds. Players are unable to exit the game during the update—with an estimated wait time of three hundred sixty years.

 

While trapped in the game, Vincent discovers an exploit in the physics that might take him higher up the World-Tree than he ever expected. Unfortunately, he crosses paths with the last moderator in the game, a young man named Lucas that uses his mod abilities to torture and subjugate other players.

 

Lucas is willing to abuse his power to conquer the World-Tree, but Vincent’s exploit might just be the key to stopping him.

 

My Opinion: 524 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

This is a novel that while nothing in the novel description says it is LitRPG, has been advertised in several LitRPG Facebook groups as the author’s first LitRPG novel.

 

The novel on the whole, while technically LitRPG, often feels more like a fantasy story with cyberpunk elements or a veneer of RPG. While the game mechanics exist and RPG progress is made, there’s not a whole lot of depth to them. Certain elements, especially the rune system, are used as wand wavy catch-alls to create everything from enhanced armor to self replicating cat food to television. There are really only 4-5 powers players have with a bunch of variation. The main characters powers, both Vincent and Lucas, are not grounded in any game mechanic and might as well be spells from a normal fantasy story. As I continued to read more of the story, more and more of it was explained in terms better fitting a fantasy story with a decent magic system. Now, this may not bother every reader but it contributed to the story not really scratching that LitRPG itch.

 

The story premise also doesn’t make sense, at least to me. The story starts with a 70 year old main character, Vincent, who decides to try the latest full immersion VR game. The game’s big feature, time dilation of 270: 1 or 1 month in game is the same as 1 hour of real world time. That the level of time dilation wouldn’t break people’s mind stretches the realm of believability. However, it’s stretched even further when for no ever explained reason the ruling AI traps everyone in the game by taking out all pain filters and increasing the time dilation to 6,307,200: 1, or 1 year in game is 5 seconds real world time.

 

The other parts of the story are actually fine. The narrative structure is divided between power hungry Lucas, the last moderator, and Vincent, the hero who just happens to have a unique not well explained spell that isn't really grounded in the described game mechanics. Lucas is a good villain, irritating and unlikable. Vincent’s story arc is mostly slice of life adventuring till the two opposites eventually collide, but not before the story makes several time skips of years or even decades. Something else that bothered me since the time jumps also made the characters stats and powers increase without any shown work or hardship, which made them feel unearned.

 

The big finale was satisfying but it didn’t make up for the other parts of the story that just didn’t resonate with me or really feel like a litRPG story. Not a boring story and if I just looked at as a general fantasy story or not caring about the game stuff, it would actually be good. But as LitRPG it just didn’t do it for me.

 

Score: 6 out of 10

World-Tree Online

https://amzn.to/2mCBkPR

 

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Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon Book 1)

 

Roark von Graf—hedge mage and lesser noble of Traisbin—is one of only a handful of Freedom fighters left, and he knows the Resistance’s days are numbered. Unless they do something drastic…

 

But when a daring plan to unseat the Tyrant King goes awry, Roark finds himself on the run through an interdimensional portal, which strands him in a very unexpected location: an ultra-immersive fantasy video game called Hearthworld. He can’t log out, his magic is on the fritz, and worst of all, he’s not even human. He’s a low-class, run-of-the-mill Dungeon monster. Some disgusting, blue-skinned creature called a Troll. At least there’s one small silver lining—Roark managed to grab a powerful magic artifact on his way through the portal, and with it he might just be able to save his world after all.

 

Unless, of course, the Tyrant King gets to him first …

 

From James A. Hunter, author of the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online, and eden Hudson, author of Legend of the Treesinger and the Jubal Van Zandt Series, comes an exciting new litRPG, dungeon-core adventure you won’t want to put down!

 

My Opinion: 236 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Priced a little high for page count, but this novel is a very entertaining read. It incorporates a combination of several other sub genres including: portal fiction, dungeon master (no core), re: Monster, and slice of life litRPG.

 

The novel starts off with the main character (MC), Roark, in a traditional fantasy world with a writing based magic system. He’s part of a rebellion against the cruel and evil Tyrant King. Though mishap, instead of deposing the King, the MC uses an unstable portal and ends up in an alternate dimension, a VRMMORPG. The discovery portion of the game mechanics is in line with the MCs understanding of magical principles. He never speaks in terms of the world being a game, because to him, it’s just another strange world with specific rules.

 

Game mechanic wise, the story combines a traditional MMO stat and level system with the  unique quality that the MC comes into this world as a monster. He gets the capacity to evolve like he would in a Re: Monster kind of story and regular player’s abilities. The dungeon master mechanics don’t show up till late in the story and are really only 10% of the novel. Still, it’s an interesting combination and the game mechanics are well detailed.  

 

Storywise, once the MC is in the game world (by the 11% mark), it’s pretty slice of life. The MC and a collection of allies fight against players that come to raid the dungeon. There’s a nice progression of increasingly difficult fights. There’s a bit of local world exploration and insight into the monster culture. But that’s it. Sure, there may be long term plans for the story that relate to the MC’s original world, after all you don’t do that much writing and world building about it without planning something. However, in this novel it’s mostly fast paced action, adventure, leveling, and a bit of dungeon building.

 

Even though the end is a bit wand wavy in several respects, overall, the story it quite good.

 

Score: 7.5 out of 10

Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Lt98cY



 

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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

"Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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LitRPG Podcast 125

 

 

LitRPG Podcast 125

 

July 20th, 2018

 

Hello everyone, welcome to episode 125 of the LitRPG podcast.

 

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 6 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

 

New Releases and Reviews:

  1. Call of Carrethen: A LitRPG and GameLit novel (Wellspring Book 1) (12:02)

Some issues, but it won me over by the end.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Nvdy3P

  1. The Station Core: A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores Book 1) (20:32)

1st half, kinda boring. 2nd half of the story is good.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2L4o6Wy

  1. Warrior Academy: A Tournament of Hiroes Part 2 - Episode 4 (28:35)

Lots of action and a cook off. Good playlist too.

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2uLnmi9

  1. Regicide (The Completionist Chronicles Book 2)  (32:17)

Even better than book 1. Action. Crafting. Magical research. Yaay.

Score: 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2tYThw0

  1. War Aeternus 3: The Culling (37:14)

Darker story but still has good humorous moments.

Score: 7.7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2LtuA1L

  1. Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player) (New Era Online Book 2) (43:14)

Everything I liked from book 1, only more refined.

Score: 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2u9PNqB



 

(Play Music 2)

 

LitRPG News

 

 

Blaise Corvin (author of the Delvers LLC series, Nora Hazard, and Secret of the Old Ones) revealed the cover for a new LitRPG series he’s writing with Outspan Foster (Slime Gods, Branded) that is titled First Song. Blaise also mentioned in the same post that he hopes to have this novel available in September.

 

Blaise also mentioned he’s looking to publish Nora Hazard book 2 in August and a secret project he’s working on with William Arand in October.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2118094201848711&set=gm.1724692807628973&type=3&theater


 

 

An interview I did with Game Reads was published recently. Come listen/watch me talk about LitRPG and the stuff I write. There may have been a neat story about me driving a 1,000 miles for a doughnut too.

https://youtu.be/9ieF9XZQUCc

 

 

Also have the first episode of the LitRPG Audiobook Podcast that’s come out. It’s a weekly LitRPG Audiobook review show hosted by Ray, an audiobook fanatic.

https://youtu.be/cejUMoZUGU8  


 

 

Dakota Krout’s latest novel, Regicide (The Completionist Chronicles Book 2), released earlier week and hit it out of the park. On the novels 1st day of release it shot all the way up the top 100 list to #24 of ALL books on Amazon and hit the #1 spot in many categories as a best seller. Days later it is still in the top 100. Congratulations man, I’m super proud of you.

https://amzn.to/2LqPTUA




 

 

Michael Scott Earl is the author of over 65 books, including several LitRPG series. This week he was hit with the suspension hammer from Amazon.

 

Currently (07/18/18), Amazon only shows his audiobooks available for purchase. None of his ebooks or print copies are available. (https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B019QSNVA2 )

 

Thousands of his fans are writing to Jeff Bezos and Amazon customer support complaining about their favorite author having his ebooks removed. Fans have posted Amazon’s responses to their questions on the author’s reader page. Responses range from free ebook credits to assurances that the author hasn’t actually been suspended but rather that there is a content issue with his novels. All include some statement that the issue will be sent up the investigations chain.  

 

Responses from the Jeff Bezos emails have usually had the same one sentence response, “this issue will be amicably settled soon.”

 

Michael-Scott Earle explained his position in a statement:

 

“...I've got nothing from Amazon, but I've sent them a few emails.

 

Other authors are scratching their heads, I wasn't stuffing, so the only other things that could have caused it was paying click farms to push my books, or formatting. I didn't pay for click farming (but maybe I was set up), and my formatting is the same as other authors...

 

...If they decide to ban me, I'm pretty much done. The other ebook distro sites don't have enough traffic to pay my bills, and Pateron is fueled by traffic from people picking up books through Amazon- so I'd never be able to grow it past the people that are in this group. Even the best paid authors on Pateron don't make a living wage.

 

TL;DR version- Please email jeff@amazon.com. You don't have to be rude or threaten, you can just say that you love my work and you really want me to re-instated. From what people have said, my account is still up in the air, so your help could ensure that I come back.”

 

There is also an online petition for both Michael-Scott Earle and J.A. Cipriano to be have their accounts reinstated.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/672/842/958/demand-amazon-reinstate-jason-cipriano-and-michael-scott-earle-immediately/



 

Out Now!  

 

 

Lewd Kingdoms: Fallen Throne: A High Fantasy Digital Adventure

https://amzn.to/2Nmi1Wc

 

 

Monster Hunt NYC 2

https://amzn.to/2O4PWUD

 

New LitRPG Audiobooks  

 

 

Martyrs: Legends of the Great Savanna, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2O2nGlu

Our review of the ebook: Score 7.2 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/31/martyrs-litrpg-book-1-legends-of-the-great-savanna


 

 

Temple of Sorrow (Stonehaven League, Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2uxu508

Our review of ebook: Score 7 out of 10

http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/3/temple-of-sorrow-a-litrpg-and-gamelit-adventure-stonehaven-league-book-1

 

Upcoming LitRPG:


 

 

External Threat (Reality Benders Book #2) LitRPG Series (July 23rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2KA1Jsf

 

 

Rogue Dungeon: A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon Book 1) (July 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Lt98cY

 

 

Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3) (July 31st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2MuZ7vW

 

 

Wizard Lords: Legend of Legends: A LitRPG fantasy (Wizard Lord Book 1) (Aug. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2LmagCp

 

 

The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: World Tree Online: 1st Dive  (Aug. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Nc9DJG

 

 

Death March (Euphoria Online - Book 1) (Aug. 7th, 2018)

 

 

Bitter: Book Four (Aug. 24th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2O1gaaF

 

 

Raven Vex: A LitRPG Saga (The Binding Book 2)

(Aug. 30th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2sPdcfF

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades (Book 2)

(Sept. 26, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ID8Kq4

 

 

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (Oct. 8th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca

 

 

Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Nov. 21st, 2108)

 

Onto New Releases and Reviews

 

(Play Music 3)

 

New Releases and Reviews

 

(Picture 1)

 

Call of Carrethen: (Wellspring Book 1)

 

Call of Carrethen,the world’s first real Virtual Reality game, powered by the Wellspring device. Growing up broke in The Sprawl, I knew I could never afford one. But then I won a contest and the next thing I knew, I was diving into the most incredible world living out my wildest fantasies.

 

But now I’m being held hostage with no ability to log out, and the penalty for in-game death? Brain death. My soul will be lost forever in the “electronic void.”

 

The world has been taken over by a black knight calling himself The Ripper. I don’t know him—but he definitely knows me. He turned the entire server red and returned everyone to level 1. Everyone but me.

 

He’s gifted me 20 levels—with one single, deadly caveat: anyone who manages to kill me gets a free ride home.

 

I'm a marked man. In order to survive and to get back to my family, I have to level up and defeat The Ripper. But with more than half the server out to get me, that’s not going to be easy...

 

My Opinion: 437 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full Disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review. I purchased the novel when it became available.

 

The story takes the Sword Art Online premise of ‘trapped in the game’ and ‘die in the game, die in real life’ and adds a bit of a twist. In addition to beating the big evil max level bad guy to get free, another way one of the many trapped players can get out of the game is by killing the main character, Jack. To make it a challenge for the other players, they’re all reset to level 1 and the MC is bumped up to level 20. This incorporates a race between the MC and the rest of the server to level up. It’s good motivation for everyone to continue risking their lives playing this game.

 

I was a little disappointed at how little progress the MC had made with a two week time skip forward, but understand that the author had to give the other characters a chance to catch up some. From there on it’s a story about how far the MC is being pushed to kill the other players to protect his friends and the guild that helped him out. There are many discussions about the morality of the subject, and while some people will find the MCs point of view to come off a bit whiney (i did), it’s the challenge he has to overcome by the end of the story.

 

On the game mechanic side, the author says he based the story and the game mechanics on Asheron’s Call. He even gives the game a nod in the story. There’s loads of detail about skills and how players can create truly unique builds. Most of this detail is front loaded in the story and as it goes on much of that variety and detail is minimized as the story shifts its focus to the PvP and PK combat. Crafting does happen in the story, but you don’t get much detail since it’s not the main character doing any of it.

 

Combat is good, mostly. There are several fights where things feel fixed or wand wavy and where the MC or more of his friends should have died. But overall, the descriptions are well done and there is a variety of combat scenes that kept me interested.

 

The things I liked:

 

In a story where death is permanent, the author was not afraid to kill off characters. Don’t be surprised if some characters you like end up dead.

 

The addition of the plot point that a player could get free if they killed the MC was a nice twist on what is otherwise a standard premise.

 

The twists at the end were foreshadowed but still came as a neat surprise.

 

The resolution was satisfying.

 

Game mechanics had good depth in principle and I could imagine many of the builds possible.

 

Running gag where one character quotes movies constantly. Good personality trait.


 

The things that bugged me:

 

Combat got a bit wand wavy sometimes. There were several fights where the MC or his group would fight characters 10-20 levels higher than them and struggled until the MC used a particular magic spell and then suddenly they just won. The math on the spell just didn’t seem like it would have made that big of a difference.

 

Crafting felt wand wavy. Most game mechanics are setup to let crafters make things that are just a bit better than what they could get from loot drops. But here, the crafters seemed to make items that made players 10 levels more powerful. Sometimes doubling or tripling the power of an already above high level item. All while the crafter themselves was 10-30 levels lower than the min requirements to even wield that weapon.

 

Why weren’t there any healers in the story? No one with a resurrection spell? In Sword Art Online, this is explained because there is no magic in the game. But here, healing exists, but no one decides to focus on it and get a simple resurrection spell to save people?

 

There’s just this dissonance in the MCs motivations and how he treats death. The MC cares enough about his survival to flee from everyone, so he clearly has survival instinct for self preservation. So much so that he jumps off a cliff and trusts that his friend is right about an exploit will save him. But when faced with men that are clearly described as remorseless murderers, who have clear intent to murder him, that same instinct disappears. Instead he has the presence of mind to whine about not wanting to be a murderer even though he knows these same guys killed people he cared about and will kill many more.

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Overall, despite some of the issues in the story, I ended up liking it. The twists and resolution at the end was satisfying enough to just push it over into the 7 out of 10 range. But it was a close one.

 

Score: 7.1 out of 10

Call of Carrethen: A LitRPG and GameLit novel (Wellspring Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Nvdy3P

 

(Picture 2)

The Station Core: A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores Book 1)

 

Milton Frederick was arguably the best player of Crowned Lieges of Destiny in the entire world. As the strategy coordinator for one of the top guilds, he was beginning to actually make a living from it. That was, until he was abducted by aliens.

 

Instead of your stereotypical grey aliens with big black eyes who like to perform anal probes upon unsuspecting victims for unknown reasons, The Collective had a more altruistic purpose. Sure, kidnapping 100 humans from Earth, ripping them away from their lives and families, and erasing their memories doesn’t sound great – but the way they saw it, the benefits would far outweigh these side-effects. Seriously, who wouldn’t want their consciousness trapped in a Station Core, subjected to the whims of a collection of alien races, and then ordered to defend against other hostile aliens for all eternity? They’d be immortal – so…bonus!

 

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), the Station Core now known as Milton never arrived at his destination. Severely damaged and confused about what happened to him, he woke up to find himself trapped inside a massive chicken egg on a strange, primitive world filled with curious – and deadly – creatures.

 

Now, in order to survive the harsh environment, Milton has to rely on a snarky, foul-mouthed AI guide to show him what it means to be a Station Core. With her help, he might just live long enough to figure out a way to get off the planet – if only he wasn’t so afraid of squirrels…


 

The Station Core contains elements of LitRPG including level progression and experience, optional tables, and a heavy Dungeon Core emphasis.

 

Contains foul language that might not be suitable for young readers.

 

My Opinion: 345 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

**Warning: There is a lot of cursing in the story. Mostly from the fairy guide AI.**

 

This is a slice of life LitRPG story that tries to do a few new things with the dungeon core genre. Some work. Some don’t. At least for me.

 

The game mechanics in the story have good details. There are detailed character sheets, tables listing upgrades, lists of creatable creatures, and more. However, the author has chosen to hide a good portion of those detail. There are still some quest notifications but the stat pages with loads of detailed numbers and tables are all hidden away in the back the novel as an appendix. So to see them, you tap an appendix note, which takes you to the back of the novel and then press another note to go back to the story. It’s awkward. But I understand the author's desire to balance showing these details. It just didn't work for me. I would have preferred to see those details in the story.

 

----Spoilers ahead----

 

Storywise, the 1st 10% of the novel has a good setup even if part of it ultimately doesn't matter to the story. By the 6% mark you have your sentient dungeon core and explanations about the possible progression for the story.

 

Then, there’s a huge swath of the story where the main character (MC) builds a primitive dungeon and fends off animals. It’s honestly kind of boring. Mostly because the dungeon never felt like it was in any danger and the opponents and progress felt limited. I really thought about putting the novel down at this point.

 

At the 50% mark, the story gets so much better. It introduces a sentient race of people with their own culture based on fighting monsters. I don't want to spoil it but it’s a much more interesting story once people come into the picture. The story gets emotional, has interesting characters, and it still connects to the dungeon. It finally feels like there is some purpose for the dungeon existing in the story.

 

I’d easily give the last half of the story a 7 out of 10. But the 1st half really dragged for me. Outside that first intro section, it would get a 5 out of 10. So, I’ll split the difference and give the story:

 

Score: 6 out of 10

The Station Core: A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2L4o6Wy

 

(Picture 3)

Warrior Academy: A Tournament of Hiroes Part 2 - Episode 4

 

 

The MOB Hunt is on. The other schools are here and the battles ensue.

 

After the world is destroyed humanities survivors start anew. Now in a world forever changed, a place where magic is real, and monsters have come to life. A place where magic and science blend with pop culture… Welcome to Warrior Academy.

 

Welcome back to Warrior Academy. Rejoin Hiro and friends as they continue their journey. Meet new friends and enemies. More food, fighting, and music.

 

If you like video games, music, anime, and just pop culture in general… you will love Warrior Academy. Its Harry Potter meets Naruto with a little Dragon Ball Z and Dungeons and Dragons thrown in for fun, oh and don’t forget a smattering of High School Musical…

 

This is the fourth episode in a 13 episode series.

 

My Opinion: 383 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

The story begins with the epic level boss fight that was started in part 1, it then continues the MOB hunt and tournament. There are also two flashback storylines, which make for good breaks in the almost non stop action of the MOB hunt and tournament.

 

I’ll admit, my absolute favorite part of the story this time is the the Shokugeki fight and I got really hungry after reading it. I always appreciate that the author is never afraid to pull from recent anime and pop culture as influences in his stories.

 

Of course there’s also a playlist that provides a theme music for each chapter. This time my favorite new songs are At Your Funeral by Saves the Day, and Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.

 

Good stuff all around if you like the series.

 

Score: 7.4 out of 10

Warrior Academy: A Tournament of Hiroes Part 2 - Episode 4

https://amzn.to/2uLnmi9

 

(Picture 4)

Regicide (The Completionist Chronicles Book 2)

 

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

Regicide (The Completionist Chronicles Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2tYThw0

 

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War Aeternus 3: The Culling

 

Struggling to recover from his losses in Kirshtein, Lee is swept back into the fray when a dangerous new Herald sets her sights on him. Hell-bent on reshaping the world in her own image and with her own ideals, she is willing to commit even the most immoral acts in her pursuit of righteousness. At risk of losing everything he has worked so hard to create, Lee has to find a way to defend the weak against a madwoman whose deranged sense of justice has twisted the limits of the game.

 

To make matters even more difficult, Lee is forced to face these problems while dealing with an increasingly erratic system he doesn't understand and the Goddess of Blood's own strong-willed Herald.

 

My Opinion: 428 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review and did light beta reading on the novel. I purchased it when it became available.

 

This is a good series that only gets better with each new book. The action is always visceral. The plots are interesting and never simple. It’s one of the few series where the IRL story is interesting and I enjoy reading about it.

 

Each book in the series, has done a really good job with a character development arc and this one is no different. The main character (MC) gets pushed harder by this villain than any he’s met in the past and it’s an interesting read to see just how far the MC is willing to go to win. The character is definitely shifting a little  toward the dark side and I’m curious if he’ll go full Sith at some point in the series.

 

Even though the story lost some characters last time, there are new interesting characters introduced in the story that I think may become fan favorites. Especially the Goddess of Blood's Herald that’s introduced. I can’t tell you how much I like that character. Some of the dark moments are nicely but balanced out with some very funny moments from this character.

 

The only thing that I think could have been developed a little better, is the villain. While she is a doer of bad things and some people may hate her for the philosophies she espouses, I personally neither hated her nor empathized with her sad backstory. Still, she does push the MC towards the dark side which is something that’s interesting for his character development.

 

Overall, I liked the story and had a good time reading it. Some of the twists were very unexpected and I liked the addition of town building mechanics in the story.

 

Score: 7.7 out of 10

War Aeternus 3: The Culling

https://amzn.to/2LtuA1L

 

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Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player) (New Era Online Book 2)

 

After defeating the hobgoblin threat, Oren is now faced with an even more tenacious enemy: the players themselves.

His old guild have discovered his village's location and a deadly strike force is closing in. With time running out, Oren must build up his clan and recruit an army of monsters if he's to have any hope of withstanding the coming attack.

 

My Opinion: 794 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited

 

Most of the story is still slice of life, with the main character (MC) switching between town building, level grinding, and crafting. I personally, love to read about town building, crafting, and action adventure. This has all that in spades.

 

In addition, the novel introduces a couple new elements. One, new beta players join the goblin village and they get their own adventures. Two, there’s a mystery who-done-it subplot where the MC tries to track down a saboteur. Both are good added elements that help break up the longer chunks of crafting and town building.

 

The last 25% though could easily be its own stand alone novel, there’s a full plot arc and lots of purposeful action with a great story climax.

 

Overall, the story maintains all the elements I enjoyed from book 1, refines them, and even adds in some new interesting ones. It took a while to finish this massive novel, but I  had a great time doing so.

 

Score: 8 out of 10

Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player) (New Era Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2u9PNqB


 

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