LitRPG Podcast 141

 


LitRPG Podcast 141


Nov. 10th, 2018


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 141 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:


World Tree Online: The Duchess of Hammers: 2nd Dive Begins (09:37)

It captures all the adventure from book 1 and kicks it up a notch with better pacing.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ABx3UI


Neverfall: Mark of the Hero (Book 1): (A Gamelit Lit RPG Series) (12:46)

There are hints at a good novel here but as LitRPG it was supremely disappointing and frustrating.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs


Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3) (22:38)

It lost me when the MC rapes his companion

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2SaWhzW


Sorcerer's Quest: A LitRPG Adventure (29:03)

Good aspects, but lost me at the end when it becomes more fantasy than LitRPG.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2D3Xiph   


Death Awoken: A GameLit Series (Death God System - Book #1) (37:07)

Has flaws but entertaining slice of life cultivation LitRPG.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2DfbStX


Cursemancer: BlackFlame Online Book 1 (LitRpg Adventure) (44:14)

I fell asleep reading this, twice.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OhbrR3


Super Sales on Super Heroes 3 (50:43)

No review, just a note about it.

https://amzn.to/2DdiOry


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LitRPG News


Dave Wilmarth had a video promotion for The Dark Elf Chronicles book 2 made. Give it a watch.

https://youtu.be/yUqi7gVqqUo


Dungeon Desolation (The Divine Dungeon Book 4) came out recently and did amazingly well. On launch day it hit the #15 spot on all of amazon and make #1 in like seven genre categories. The novel even temporarily displaced big names like Brandon Sanderson or JK Rowling in some categories. So congrats to Dakota Krout for writing such a good book and having such a great launch.

https://amzn.to/2qFD4K7


Lastly, I went to a writers conference in Las Vegas this week, which is why the podcast is out a little later than normal. I learned a few things there about marketing and analytics. But I met up with some wonderful LitRPG authors while I was there including: Matt Dinniman, Thom Hansen, Chris Carney, Dakota Krout, Rory Stathos, Daniel Schinhofen, Kevin McLaughlin, James Baldwin, and more. It turned into a kind of impromptu LitRPG meetup and I just wanted to thank everyone I met for being so cool. We have amazing people in our genre.



Out Now!


HereAfter: Dragons Rising

https://amzn.to/2SWaVvr



Fragments (Somnia Online Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2FgfSwg


6d6 (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2Fh5mF0


The Goat King's Wives Online

https://amzn.to/2T2pWvO


New LitRPG Audiobooks


The Lost City: An Epic LitRPG Adventure: The Realms Series, Book Two

https://amzn.to/2Dv8N9i


The Long Road to Karn (Realm of Arkon, Book 5)

https://amzn.to/2qDORsB


The Merchant of Tiqpa - The Bathrobe Knight, Book 4

https://amzn.to/2AYIrKt


How to Train Your Kaiju - Kaiju Wars Offline, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2FoCf2O


The Planet: A Futuristic Dungeon Core

https://amzn.to/2FoQR1M




Upcoming LitRPG:



The Third Realm (Ten Realms Book 3) (Nov. 13th, 2018)


Apotheosis Boom (The Feedback Loop Book 8) (Nov. 14th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2JTMH0F  


For A Few Minutes More: A Book of Cerulea (Sam's Song 2)

(Nov. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2JXiqhG



Steel Soul: Yevelia Book 1  (Nov. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2RnWsGU


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


Fate of Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 4)

(Nov. 22nd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2D566LD


Limitless Lands Book 2: Conquest (A LitRPG Adventure) (Nov. 23rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2RHpeCo



Civil War: A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon Book 2) (Nov. 27th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2RNKyq2


Eden's Gate: The Omen: A LitRPG Adventure (Nov. 30th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2CSgBl5


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

https://amzn.to/2xdfMhs


Redemption (The Rise Of Resurgence #3) (Dec. 15th, 2018)


Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh


Dungeon Mauling - A LitRPG GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 3) (Dec. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2EIDYPP


Level Up: The Knockout (Book #1) LitRPG Series (Jan. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2CSZ6RV

*A side story set in the same Level Up universe, different MC*



Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)


New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

World Tree Online: The Duchess of Hammers: 2nd Dive Begins

Bye-bye is back! Just a week since the 1st Dive came to an end, Bye-bye and his friends find themselves in Root City, a city built-up around the World Tree itself. This sprawling metropolis is filled with potential and danger in equal measure.


Barely logged in and just starting to put plans in place for the month-long dive into the World Tree Online, they are quickly entangled in a quest with far-reaching consequences should they fail. Charged with ensuring Duchess of Hammerton survives the next week to make it home. Standing in their way, a love cult bound and determined to kidnap her. If that wasn’t enough, there are those who plot in the dark places hidden just under the surface of Root City.


Can Bye-bye and his friends survive the aptly nicknamed Duchess of Hammers and the trouble that follows her?


My Opinion: 483 pages, $3.49, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A fine sequel. It captures all the adventure from book 1 and kicks it up a notch with better pacing. The storytelling in book 2 is much tighter and though the plot arc sometimes gets a little twisty as you follow the characters on their many side quests, the path always leads you back to the main storyline. There’s good level and skill training, good group banter, and of course good LitRPG action-adventure.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

World Tree Online: The Duchess of Hammers: 2nd Dive Begins

https://amzn.to/2ABx3UI


(Picture 2)

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

Four friends go on a quest to save players trapped in Neverfall Online, a virtual reality MMORPG, in this multi-book adventure saga.


Luke Stephens’ three best friends are leaving their hometown for college, but he must stay home to care for his mother, who is dying of cancer.


He has accepted his fate, but just as in the video games they love, Luke and his friends are given a real-life quest that changes their lives forever. Dr. Armitage, a secretive man linked with an immersive fantasy roleplaying technology, has tracked Luke down to give him a dangerous mission: to rescue the several-hundred beta testers who cannot log out of the cyber world, and believe that their in-game lives are real.


Luke’s companions won’t let him go alone. All four students are assured that they will be transported into the game at the highest level so they can easily defeat the Dark Lord and reset the world of Neverfall.


But when they enter the game, Luke and his friends all begin at Level 1: defenseless, poor, and powerless. The party must level up as though their lives depend on it, for it’s not just a game.


Luke, Cassie, Mack, and Christopher must stay alive because though the world is virtual, the deaths are very real…


My Opinion: 369 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


There are hints at a good novel here but as LitRPG it was supremely disappointing and frustrating. The best parts of the story are the character developments moments. Especially the relationship between the main character (MC) and his mom at the beginning. Unfortunately, most of the other characters in the story come off as flat and two-dimensional.


Most of the novel however is just frustrating, mostly because you can almost see that it could have been good. The premise of the story is one that I’ve read at least a dozen times this year, and like most of those times, it’s not done well. People are trapped in a full immersion game and if they die in the game they die in real life. The only person able to save them is the MC. Why? Cause it’s suddenly discovered his dad is the CEO of the company and coded his only recently discovered son’s DNA into the game to give him access. Oh, the MCs dad is also trapped in the game and thinks he’s his character, a bad guy fantasy version of Darth Vader. Oh, also the only way to save everyone is to defeat his father, which for no explained reason ever, is supposed to reset the game. Yeah, that old premise. Also, the fact that the MC is named Luke and the dad thinks he’s a fantasy version of Darth Vader make their interaction pretty predictable. The added twist with Darth Vader dad aside, the premise doesn’t work and only serves to setup the fact that no one in the main cast is ever going to die because if they did, they’d die in real life.


The game mechanics in the story are shown throughout with character sheets, stats, HP, mana, and even damage notifications. However, they don’t really matter to the story. Time and again, the rules established are broken to stop someone from dying, or just cause it makes a fight more exciting. The MC is given gear that power levels him for fights he should never win, or in one particularly bad example, the MC just seems to fire off an stream of fireball spells when the reader was just shown he should only be able to fire off 3 at most according to spell cost and mana supply. Other squishy characters should die in several places but are saved because of conveniently missing damage notifications and a magically infinite healing mana supply from the healer.


Ultimately, as the story goes on, the part that made me actively dislike the story is that all the game stuff that was written just doesn’t matter and is basically filler. The MC discovers ‘Matrix’ like powers that let him create spells, portals, and other effects that have no basis in the game mechanics and that’s how he solves all the conflicts by the end. Also, the only real progress on the main arc of the story, confronting Darth Vader Dad, is accomplished with these sci-fi powers and have nothing to do with the RPG game. You could literally skip from the 35% mark (which is when the game stuff starts) to that point and the story would be the same. The adventuring game stuff before and after that point just seem to be there to fill space.


Overall, while I liked the character development of several characters the rest of the story was actively frustrating since the game stuff didn’t matter.


Score: 4 out of 10

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

https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs


(Picture 3)

Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3)

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question that Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.


Things are far less jovial for the one under Tom's 'care,' however. Stuck in the monster-infested wilderness, lacking the usual backup, hunted by the Empire's top brass and tasked with an incredibly vague and obtuse Quest, Boxxy will face a world of uncertainty and adversity. However, this is nothing new. Pain, suffering and loss are things that have been commonplace since day one, and Boxxy is not only entirely undaunted, but also eager to share those valuable lessons with its new 'companion.' With things both shiny and tasty on the line, the crafty killer has every intention of showing that lich who's boss.


Assuming Boxxy manages to find it, of course.


CONTENT WARNING: Profanity, gore, violence, explicit adult content


My Opinion: 444 pages, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


Note: Lots of violence, but also graphic sex and rape.


I’m afraid I’m going to have to drop this series. I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel when it was just Boxxy and the gnome tinker-paladin, Fizzy. But once Boxxy got his warlock class back and summoned his demons the sex started back up, I just lost interest. Add into that the rape that is added to the story and it really lost me. The slice of life adventuring and is still going to be enjoyable for most people, but the novel lost me with the graphic sex and rape by the MC.


The author in the back of the novel says that he had Fizzy get raped by the MC so that she could become a better character. “I grew a bit attached and wanted to keep her around, but to do that she had to undergo some...unpleasantness.” “I did my best to make her transition from wimpy tinkerer to heavy metal badass as believable as possible.” This true for the story. The rape is an inciting incident for that character’s development. But there were a lot of ways that could have been done and for me it was such a turn off that I’m dropping the entire series.


Score: 4 out of 10

Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3)

https://amzn.to/2SaWhzW


(Picture 4)

Sorcerer's Quest: A LitRPG Adventure

With the real world in ruins, Arantor is the place of refuge: A virtual game world set in fantasy that anyone can play, but not everyone is equal. Jane has played for years but by no fault of her own is hamstrung compared to other players. All she wanted was to not be a burden on her friends. One day a glitch changes everything, but her new found power comes with a price, and soon Jane finds that there are plenty of guilds and players that will try to use her for their own gain.


Follow Jane as she navigates - and tries to avoid - the world of guild politics, and as she quests to the far ends of Arantor, to places where the rules of the game can change.


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


This story has a rough start but I ended up enjoying the first part more than I thought I would. Unfortunately, it lost me near the end when it becomes more fantasy than LitRPG.


This is a LitRPG story with a strong female lead. The main character (MC) and most of the world plays a FIVR game because the world in ruins. She has played for years and never been able to do well though because of an issue with her low alignment, a game mechanic that is frustratingly ill defined but serves the purpose of creating a flaw beyond her control. When an update seems to reset her character with a good looking avatar and a new rare class, she becomes in demand. Most of the first part of the story is about her dealing with this change in dynamics. It has a definite “She’s all that” kind of vibe where the MC was ugly and underpowered and a sudden reversal in that changes her life. She has to deal with the emotional developments that brings her as well as the new attention from competitive guilds including a Mean Girl type guild.


The game mechanics in the story are mostly solid. The MMO world that the story takes place in is detailed and the MCs character is well balanced with detriments that balance out her classes potential power. There is also lots of details about player behaviors, guild tricks, and gamer culture that shows the author has real experience with MMOs and guild politics. The few issues I noticed are that the XP calculations are off for companion leveling, and the alignment mechanic is so frustratingly vague and contradictory I almost put the novel down at one point.


I will note that while the story does a good job detailing RPG stuff, that’s not the focus of development. The story is mostly about the MCs emotional, personal growth, and some minor romance threads. There are lots of fights and XP grinds but the action is never well described, the majority of the fights are summarized, and there are several big level jumps without any details.


Additionally, the story takes a hard turn into a fantasy chosen one plot after the 60% mark. It’s all very much in line with the story and is foreshadowed, but it loses me because all the powers, including ones used to advance to plot, are suddenly wand wavy fantasy and have more to do with feeling the magic and imagination than anything game related. Additionally multiple story threads, prominent characters, and romantic interests from the first half the novel are just abandoned after the 50% mark.


Overall, this was almost a good story. Though RPG stuff isn’t as important as I’d like it to be, the character development and plot lines with the guilds almost made up for it. However, a definite lack of any well described action and the fantasy turn at the end stopped me from enjoying as much as I could have. However, if you don’t care as much about those issues or you just want a story focused primarily on character development, you might enjoy this more than I did.


Score: 6 out of 10

Sorcerer's Quest: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2D3Xiph


(Picture 5)

Death Awoken: A GameLit Series (Death God System - Book #1)

On a small planet, an unknown presence was stirring.


With no physical body, all of its previous memories messed up and without a clear name, our MC starts his journey. Fused on its soul a strange System that will help him be stronger on this strange unknown new world.


To claim back all that has been stripped away, he must first generate a body. For this, the system reveals that it needs to collect sufficient XP points by absorbing forces, death auras, regaining fundamental skills like talking and weapon wielding to go on dangerous missions. One kill equals one death point.


Name: Unknown XP: 0 Death points: 0


The more quests he goes on, and the strong beasts and humans slew – the more the Death Core whispers in his ear and torments his soul.


The child, still without a name, falls into the company of Demon Ye (Ye Qing). He was a raging executioner, who tragically lost control when the family he loved were killed. Ye Qing names him Ye Bai, much the Death God’s annoyance, but no matter the trial or task at hand, the child’s thoughts don’t stray far from the next kill. Once down Hell’s Path, it drives his soul to the brink of insanity, and he’s not sure he can restrain himself from earning another XP point.


“I know one thing, Death brings me peace.”


This tale is a GameLit adventure that will have you rolling over the pages to see what consequences lie ahead! It is not for the fainthearted, it requires a steady hand, a strategic mind – and a strong stomach.


My Opinion: 388 pages, $2.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


Note: There are noticeable technical writing issues that are mostly seen in the beginning and end of the novel. Issues: tense mixing, missing or misspelled words being the most common. It’s not a huge issue but it will bug some people.


This is an OP reincarnation slice of life story with a cultivation power progression system. You still see lots of notifications though. The story starts off a bit differently than most reincarnation with the main character (MC) being an amorphous ball of energy for the first 12% and figuring out the RPG progression system and you can tell that the author was trying to figure out the kind of story he wanted to tell. But once it hits the 12% mark the MC gets a human body and it becomes a more familiar cultivation story with a wider look at the world and some human characters to interact with. The MC has some OP skills and most of the story from there on is about him traveling, adventuring, training, and doing slice of life stuff. No real plot or save the world stuff here.


On the game mechanics side, though it’s cultivation based there are lots of familiar notifications that give it a regular game vibe. There’s an XP system the MC can use to advance his various death themed powers and to cultivate Qi and Body aspects. There’s a whole well described cultivation ranking system and it’s a well thought out progression system. It’s neat.


Overall, I enjoyed the story. The story isn’t perfect. It loses some enjoyment because of the technical writing issues, that it gets a bit repetitive in the middle a bit, and that  ends on a rather odd note. But if you’re in the mood for a slice of life cultivation story with an OP main character, this is something I think you’ll enjoy.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Death Awoken: A GameLit Series (Death God System - Book #1)

https://amzn.to/2DfbStX


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Cursemancer: BlackFlame Online Book 1 (LitRpg Adventure)

What would you do if you woke from a magical coma and found out you’d lost forty years of your memories?


Noah woke from a magical coma, losing 40 years of his memories. Even his body is not up to coping with this, so his only choice is to live in a VR-MMORPG game that would heal his brain and mind and help him recover his memories.


He accepts reality and decides to enter the game, but instead of a lush, beautiful human town, Noah is thrown into a cursed demon town.


Now every demon wants to kill him. There is no going back or hope of re-spawn in a human town. His starting location is fixed, and he has to somehow make his way through the nasty demon towns that sprawl between the cursed demon town and the nearest human city.


Join Noah in his epic adventure in BlackFlame Online.


My Opinion: 203 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Note: Technical writing issues. Nothing too bad but stilted, awkward phrasing, missing words, spelling errors. Stuff that may throw you off because it does appear semi-regularly.


This is a slice of life, trapped in the game story. Huge emphasis on the slice of life element. It starts out with an odd premise and then kind of devolves into a slice of life story without any real purpose or direction.


The main character wakes, chained up and imprisoned. He’s told he’s been in a coma for 40 years after he went crazy in this magical world and started flinging magic killing his fellow researchers. He’s then thrown in a fantasy VR game and told to play it until his memories come back. Only something goes wrong and he ends up on the demon side of the world. He has to take a new class of cursemancer and side with the demons or he’ll feel the pain of death for eternity. The rest of the story is him adventuring, talking to demon residents, and XP grinding.


On the game mechanic side, things aren’t bad. There are lots of regular notifications that show the MCs RPG progress. His cursemancer class has some interesting features like turning opponent’s attacks into curses to be used later.


However, the really big issue with the story is that it’s frankly boring. The writing style is really dry and it put me to sleep, twice. The premise, while unique, doesn’t make sense. In a world of magic and technology why would dropping someone in a VR game restore their memory? Also, why would you make a game with fantasy magic when the real world has real magic? There’s not really a plot since it’s a slice of life story. Which is not necessarily bad, but if there’s no plot to keep readers interested then there is usually great world building, action, or character development to give the reader a reason to stick with the story.         None of that happens here. All the characters are rather flat and lack personality and I was never given a reason to care about any of them. Both the game and real world feel empty. Action is ok but not good enough to carry the story on its own.


Overall, though there are a couple of good aspects to the story, I was mostly just bored reading it.


Score: 5 out of 10

Cursemancer: BlackFlame Online Book 1 (LitRpg Adventure)

https://amzn.to/2OhbrR3


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Super Sales on Super Heroes 3


My Opinion:


I could not finish this story, I was just so confused all the time about who everyone was, why there was such huge time jumps. Several other reviews mentioned that you’ll only really understand what is going on in you’ve read the all the author’s other novels, including the ones that he writes under a different pen name.


This is apparently a huge cross-over that requires that you've read about 6-7 other novels to understand what's happening and who everyone is. I hadn’t so I was just lost. Especially since it didn’t really feel like a Super Sales on Super Heroes novel either.


No real review since I didn’t finish the novel but just a heads up.


Super Sales on Super Heroes 3

https://amzn.to/2DdiOry






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(Music 4)


Music Credits

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

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LitRPG Podcast 140

 


LitRPG Podcast 140


Nov. 2nd, 2018


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 140 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-140


I want to give a quick shout out to Michael Nicholas for his donation to the podcast via Paypal. Thanks Michael.


I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 9 new LitRPG reviews just for you.



New Releases and Reviews:

Dungeon Desolation (Divine Dungeon book 4) (06:14)

The story is filled with punny humor, adventure, cultivation, and some pretty awesome battles.

Score: 7.8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x


Dark Elf Chronicles Book Two: Survivors (10:06)

There are lots of new characters in both the IRL and game storyline, lots of adventures, and even a bit of sadness.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Pt8K3y


Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) (13:17)

Overall, while there were some marked improvements made to the story from early drafts, it still has pacing and storytelling problems.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NyRREt


Monster Core (28:37)

Overall, the story has good action and dungeon creation.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Rm9cOt


Warlock: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel (33:14)

Overall, it is a pretty decent action adventure story with some good storytelling.

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2CE3bs3


ZOMBIE SLAYER!!: A LitRPG Apocalypse  (36:44)

It’s basically more of an XP grind than a proper tense zombie apocalypse story.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2yvZFNO


Necromancer System: A Dark Fantasy LitRPG (Book 1) (39:00)

Dark and brutal story, but it was the rape scenes that made me dislike it.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2CFf1T1


BASE Status: Online: An Unlikely Hero's LitRPG Journey (44:42)

As a cyber thriller, this isn’t bad. As LitRPG, it’s not good since the RPG game stuff doesn’t matter to the story.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB


Murderworld: A LITRPG Novel (50:50)

There is a cyberpunk competitive fighting game in the story but there are absolutely no RPG mechanics anywhere.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2qnuTSO


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LitRPG News


This week Blaise Corvin shared some cover art for his super secret collaborative project he’s been working on with William D. Arand. No details on what the project is about, but Blaise did write that it will be launched early December.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGsociety/permalink/1873858019379117/?__tn__=-UC-R


Kevin McLaughlin, author of the LitRPG series Valhalla Online and over 40 other novels, was interviewed about his book on writing called on “You Must Write”. It’s an interesting interview with some good advice about being a professional writer.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/blackbird-publishing/interview-kevin-mclaughlin-on-you-must-write/2113316672032856/?__tn__=H-R



The Land - Predators (Chaos Seeds Book 7) has been nominated in the category for Best Fantasy novel of  2018 on Good Reads. The novel is going up against some pretty big names and if you want to vote we have a link directly there.

https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2018





Out Now!


Super Sales on Super Heroes 3

https://amzn.to/2DdiOry


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

https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs


Sorcerer's Quest: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2D3Xiph


Visaria Online: Odyssey: A litRPG Fantasy Adventure Book 3

https://amzn.to/2qb2YoX


Seeker of Secrets: The Search for Heroes (A LitRPG Gamelit Series)

https://amzn.to/2QaMvfQ


Death Awoken: A GameLit Series (Death God System - Book #1)

https://amzn.to/2DfbStX


Breaking Bard: Serenade: A LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles of Rithmarck Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Q95zLy


New LitRPG Audiobooks



Competitive Advantage - Nora Hazard Series, Book 2

https://www.audible.com/pd/Competitive-Advantage-Audiobook/1977377416


The Renegades

Bard from Barliona, Book 1

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Renegades-Audiobook/1541444213  


The Dead Rogue

An NPC’s Path, Book 1

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Dead-Rogue-Audiobook/1541448715


Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

https://www.audible.com/pd/Vortena-Everybody-Loves-Large-Chests-Volume-3-Audiobook/B07JZHCMSJ


Upcoming LitRPG:


World Tree Online: The Duchess of Hammers: 2nd Dive Begins (Nov. 3rd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2ABx3UI


Cursemancer: BlackFlame Online Book 1 (LitRpg Adventure)

(Nov. 4th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2OhbrR3



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

https://amzn.to/2xz4uo4






***Feedback Loop book 8 (Nov. 15th, 2018)


Steel Soul: Yevelia Book 1  (Nov. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2RnWsGU


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


Fate of Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 4)

(Nov. 22nd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2D566LD


Eden's Gate: The Omen: A LitRPG Adventure (Nov. 30th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2CSgBl5


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

https://amzn.to/2xdfMhs


Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh


Dungeon Mauling - A LitRPG GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 3) (Dec. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2EIDYPP


Level Up: The Knockout (Book #1) LitRPG Series (Jan. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2CSZ6RV

*A side story set in the same Level Up universe, different MC*


Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)


New Releases and Reviews


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Dungeon Desolation (Divine Dungeon book 4)

The necromantic armies are on the warpath and nowhere is safe. Even the presumed sanctuary of the floating dungeon controlled by Cal is threatened! The leadership of nearly all the sentient monarchies has been wiped out, and only the races most suited to repelling the advancing darkness have an intact chain of command.


Cal learns quickly that the most pressing threat is not the far-off war, but is instead those entrusted with the general population’s protection. As it turns out, the idea of having a flying dungeon for your people is very tempting indeed…


Dale has been facing his trials and tribulations better than anyone else could have hoped for, but when the war takes a turn for the worse, his duties are forcibly assumed by another. Since his only chance at survival is painful and rigorous advancement, Dale must learn if his strength of will can develop into strength alone. If not, the world itself may be at risk.


My Opinion: 317 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


The next exciting entry in the Divine Dungeon series does not disappoint. The story is filled with punny humor, adventure, cultivation, and some pretty awesome battles. There are some genuinely surprising story twist that I won’t spoil, but think most fans will be pleased with.


Score: 7.8 out of 10

Dungeon Desolation (Divine Dungeon book 4) https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x


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Dark Elf Chronicles Book Two: Survivors

Mace and Shari continue their search for survivors among the undead even as they struggle to stay alive themselves.


While working to raise their sync levels with the game, the new couple pursue the quests they’ve picked up, explore a dungeon or two, and work to stabilize the game world they hope to live in.


With the undead world above closing in, will they have the time to figure out how to save themselves and other survivors?


My Opinion: 364 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


A fine addition to the series. There are lots of new characters in both the IRL and game storyline, lots of adventures, and even a bit of sadness. Though the story is getting a little crowded, it’s a fun adventure. I’d tell you more but don’t want to ruin the fun of reading it.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Dark Elf Chronicles Book Two: Survivors

https://amzn.to/2Pt8K3y


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Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1)

There’s always somewhere to go, someone to defeat! At least that’s what Ryan believed until he ran out of challenges, adventures, and stories. Bored with his life as a casual player, he slipped easily into the lifestyle of a professional gamer.


After reaching the pinnacle of success, an email arrived from the mysterious Beta Academy. With his best friend and self-proclaimed bodyguard, Dimitri, he decides to take a chance and accept the strange offer contained within. Overconfident in his skills, Ryan thinks he’ll defeat this game as easily as every other, but that confidence is shaken and shattered within the first fifteen minutes. This wasn’t a standard game with haptic chairs or gloves; this was the real thing.


Ryan and Dimitri must learn the heights of the Peaks of Power… and what it will take to achieve their summit.


My Opinion: 360 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


This is a review of the updated version of the novel. So if you pre-ordered you may have to redownload to get the new version of the story. The original review pointed out many inconsistencies in the plot and game mechanics which were fixed.


Storywise this turns out to be setup for character development, a ton of training, and a tournament that loses its purpose for existing.  While I’d say much of the story isn’t bad, it is predictable and some parts are heavy handed.


The beginning of the story was originally one of the hardest parts of the story to get through. After the setup where the main characters (MCs), Ryan and Dimitri, are in-game, Ryan is just written so unlikably that he almost becomes a caricature of a super flawed person. He full of bravado, overconfidence, he challenges everyone, is constantly rude, gets angry over everything, and is really a jerk to everyone including his best friend. While I understand that the character is intentionally written this way to give him something to fix and improve on as the story goes on, he’s such a jerk that he’s hard to like at all and he isn’t written with any redeeming qualities.


However, after the original review, the angry caricature version of Ryan got some nice revisions and while he’s still a jerk there are small hints at reasons for him to act that way and there’s enough character development between Ryan and Dimitri to make Ryan’s personality shift at the 28% mark feel more natural. It may be enough to create some level of empathy for Ryan that was almost impossible before. So, if you can stick it out, you may eventually even like the character.


There is also a ton of training in the story. It’s probably the best thing about the story and has lots of detail about special martial arts techniques, skills, and magic. But something like 50% of the story is just training and little else. I mean there is some character development but it’s mostly a big block of training in both combat and magic, smack dab in the middle of the story. I would have loved to have seen some of this training broken up by some small adventures or even some fighting with monsters to show just how that training was paying off gradually. Instead, you get a ton of training, then a tournament where the MCs are so overpowered that it takes the fun out of it all. Especially with the villains suddenly introduced so late in the story and the tournament itself no longer seeming to have any real purpose other than to resolve some minor conflicts introduced with those villains.


Now, the game mechanics in the story were originally much worse and had many inconsistencies. Though the inconsistencies have been corrected, there are still issues and the game mechanics are still one of the weaker elements of the story.  


  • Readers aren’t shown a character sheet, instead there are a handful of times that the characters tell each other what there stats are but not reference points about whether what they have is a lot or a little.


  • Characters learn skills and magic, but even though you see notifications and skill increases they don’t seem to mean much and some skills you never see increase even though they’re constantly practiced.


  • Magic, though a big part of the story, feels less game like and more fantasy or possibly cultivation oriented. Additionally, there are a couple of scenes where you can tell the author was watching a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender while he was writing.


  • The characters level, but it’s a system that seems to change mid story. At the beginning, someone levels and they get 10 free stat points to distribute. Then about midway through they level and just get a blanket +5 to all stats. Which is equal to 20 stat points.

    • In the latest edition, this shift in leveling is explained much earlier in the story as something that is going to happen so it feels less awkward when it does happen. However, there is never a real explanation as to why the shift happens.


  • Ultimately, neither levels or stats mean anything though.

    • There no shown XP in the novel and levels seem to be arbitrary given as the character accomplish something whether fighting or training or just attending a lecture.


    • When stats increase, there is usually some description of the characters feeling stronger, faster, smarter, etc., but stats lose meaning because there is no quantified increase in damage/stamina/hp because none of those exist in the story.


    • So even though the MC’s strength may increase from 20 to 25, his punch is still described pretty much the same. Really high stats are eventually just used to kind of justify how OP the characters eventually get.


Overall, while there were some marked improvements made to the story from early drafts, it still has pacing and storytelling problems. The middle of the story lacks variety since it’s almost all training and the end didn’t feel like it meant anything other than a place to show off how OP the characters got. The writing isn’t bad on a technical level and the fights are actually well written. However, most of the story just didn’t work for me. If you can overlook the issues mentioned or just really really love blocks of long training, you may like this story more than me.


Score: 6 out of 10

Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2NyRREt


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Monster Core

Dominic Thompson becomes an infernal dungeon core and is given one task: make his dungeon renowned throughout the world by killing adventurers in the most gruesome ways possible.


With this new power, he infuses his soul with a Tainted Elf avatar so he can walk among mortals. To become the greatest, he must make the other dungeon cores submit to him. And that means shattering their jeweled hearts.


Or seducing their avatars.


Lucky for Dom, the dungeon’s avatars are beautiful monster girls. But they’re also the fiercest warriors in the realms, and there’s a fine line between murder and seduction.


This dungeon core story contains light LitRPG and harem elements.


My Opinion: 343 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The actual dungeon building portion of the story doesn’t appear until after the 30% mark, but once it does it’s pretty well done. The story is pretty basic: Dungeon builds and designs traps, someone dungeon dives, and repeat. The dungeon grows in complexity and minion variety and the people that come through are harder to kill. Simple, yet good action.


On the game mechanic side things are pretty basic, if intentionally skewed by the author. Collect resources from the mountain, or from killing creatures to fuel the creation of traps and monsters. The variety of traps and monsters isn’t that great, but they do their job. I did like that the dungeon mixed and matched schematic elements as he absorbed new weapons from fallen enemies. However, the dungeon system has an inherent exploit where the dungeon would create monsters then kill them for more essence than he put into their creation. It’s a lazy and intentional game flaw to create infinite resources so that the dungeon doesn’t have to actually take the time to gather them. There are a couple other places where suddenly introduced mechanics boost someone's power, just so they pose a challenge or become more powerful without real work put into it.


Overall, the story has good action and dungeon creation. It’s not a perfect story and is rigged a bit in the dungeon’s favor. But still fun. The only part that dragged down my enjoyment is the harem aspects and the one graphic sex scene. It seemed out of place and only added for advertising purposes.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Monster Core

https://amzn.to/2Rm9cOt


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Warlock: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel

Swords, Spells, Stats and Slaughter


Mark’s life of forklifts, forms, debts and divorce is gone. Now he’s a Warlock in an RPG called Reign of Blood.


Through dark forests, rugged mountains and ancient ruins, Mark will fight against slavers, savage creatures and the forces of insidious corruption. He will master magical tomes, cast spells of fire and fear, imbue his weapons with arcane might and seep through walls like mist. Quest by quest, level by level, Mark will find purpose, power, people to live and laugh with, and perhaps even a little love.


Mark has been given a second chance at life and he’s going to die as many times as it takes to keep it.


My Opinion: 234 pages, $5.34, Not available on Kindle Unlimited


The novel description doesn’t really do a good job of explaining the plot or the story. The main character (MC), Mark, is a transported to a fantasy RPG world where he alone seems to have the power to respawn after dying. He uses this unique ability along with the magic and sword fighting skills of his Warlock class to help a peace loving town against an invading group of slavers.


Game mechanic-wise there is nothing revolutionary here. It has fairly standard XP and leveling mechanics. Though the MC gets to choose between some interesting spells when he levels. The most unique thing is probably the classes people have, like the mage-fighter build of the Warlock or the flesh bender-healer class of the Figurist.


Storywise, it’s a decent combination of slice of life and chosen one. The combat is good. A few of the characters are two-dimensional but the world building is done well enough that the conflict between the two nations in the story has some depth. I think the best part of the storytelling is that it's done mainly through 3 points of view, 1 actually eventually being one of the bad guys.


Overall, it is a pretty decent action adventure story with some good storytelling. It’s priced a little high for me but was entertaining.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

Warlock: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2CE3bs3


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ZOMBIE SLAYER!!: A LitRPG Apocalypse

The rules of reality have changed.


All types of zombies have appeared with only one goal. Kill the living.


Eric and his schoolmates must survive by adapting and growing stronger, but that's easier said than done.


The undead get stronger with every passing day, and that's not even mentioning the blood moons.


Even worse, the military and police seem to have disappeared.


How will they acquire food? How will they survive?


My Opinion: 263 pages, $??, Not available on Kindle Unlimited


The author might have already pulled the story, but the short version of the review is that this is kinda boring and repetitive. It’s basically more of an XP grind than a proper tense zombie apocalypse story.


Score: 5 out of 10

ZOMBIE SLAYER!!: A LitRPG Apocalypse  

https://amzn.to/2yvZFNO


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Necromancer System: A Dark Fantasy LitRPG (Book 1)

On the Continent of Skyhaven, there are only two paths in which a sorcerer could embark on, namely; The path of Light and The path of Darkness.


In a world filled with heroes and villains, the most nefarious practitioner of The path of Darkness was ambushed by more than a thousand sorcerers of the Path of Light.


after a thrilling battle that lasted for more than thirty days, the sorcerers of The path of Light triumphed in the end.

At the moment of his death, a blinding grey object exited his body, before disappearing into the void.


Ten thousand years later, a young boy from a war torn country is reincarnated into the body of a young sorcerer from the continent of Skyhaven.


At that same moment, he suddenly heard a strange sound, followed by the words.

-Ding-

Welcome Earthling!

Congratulations on inheriting the Necromancer System.

Do you wish to begin your journey?

-Ding-


The MC is an evil protagonist/Anti hero.


My Opinion: 457 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


-Technical writing issues. I’m not sure if this is actual translation issues or it’s just not written by someone whose first language is english. Most of the reviews mention that the story needs major editing.

-This is also a very dark story with scenes of extreme violence, graphic sex (in four places), and even rape.


This is a reincarnated into an RPG world story where the main character (MC) is put not in a newborn body but in a dead one. One that belonged to a nobleman that had just happened to murder by his siblings because he might have gotten the throne. The MC gets necromancer system powers and uses this familiar RPG system to level up by absorbing death energy from people he’s killed, mounds of the undead, and other methods he invents. The MC is faced with a family full of people that are intent on backstabbing, poisoning, or murdering him to become the family heir. So of course he has to get them, before they get him by being as dark and conniving as possible.


This is really a dark story where everyone is pretty brutal and evil. There’s lots of intrigue, exposition, and brutality. The RPG mechanics are relatively uncomplex and are shown when the MC gets some XP, levels, and gains stats. But the system is shown throughout the novel consistently and there are a couple of neat uses of spells to kind of auto-gather XP using necromancy.


Overall, for me the story didn’t work for a couple of reason: 1) The many technical writing issues. There are errors in almost every paragraph in the story. 2) I’m not a big fan of intrigue and eventually that aspect of the story just became less entertaining. 3) Two of the four graphic sex scenes just seemed so random and unimportant to the story that they were distracting. The last two, while part of the story, are rape. This is the one that put it into dislike for me.


However, if you can get past those issues or you are a big fan of intrigue and dark stories where there is no hero, then you might enjoy this more than I did.


Score: 4 out of 10

Necromancer System: A Dark Fantasy LitRPG (Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2CFf1T1


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BASE Status: Online: An Unlikely Hero's LitRPG Journey

Helheim Fallen Online, the next generation VRMMORPG will be released on 2042-04-02!

Sign up NOW to win a chance to be a beta tester!


Willow's life hasn't been easy. She's autistic, living in a community closed off from the rest of the world 'for her own safety', and the only way she gets to interact with anyone is by logging in to the BASE (Bioelectrical Augmented Synapse Enhancement) platform and play videogames.

Her life revolves around playing VRMMORPGs with her close friends and making a little extra money on the side by trading items in the games so that she can buy pizza or new games when they come out.


The game she’s saving up for right now? Helheim Fallen Online, a Norse mythology inspired game, said to be changing the landscape of gaming forever.

Only, there are rumours going around that some people who get the beta invite for the game are going missing. It’s just a rumour, until her best friend Violet wins one of the beta keys and disappears, all traces of her gone, like she was never even there.


Now Willow is fighting against the clock to not only find out where Violet went, but why more people are going missing every day, and the only way to do that is by illegally getting into Helheim Fallen Online, play the game, and expose whoever is making people disappear.

And, above all, make sure she doesn’t get caught in the meantime and disappears herself.

She has ten days to pull it off.


My Opinion: 442 pages, $2.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is more cyber thriller set in VR than LitRPG. Yes, there is a VRMMORPG in the story and the MC spends a decent amount of time there and kills monsters and even levels up. But in the plot, the game mechanics and RPG stuff don’t matter one bit. Instead, for some reason the main character (MC) has to go into a VR game to solve the mystery of why people’s avatars are being deleted and they are being disconnected from the computer systems that control everyday life. It’s a premise I’ve seen tried a lot and it never works. As is often the case with this premise, the story focuses on the cyber thriller aspects and reduces the RPG aspects to side elements that don’t actually have any bearing on the story and either are used as filler or are inserted just to check a LitRPG box.


As a cyber thriller, this isn’t bad. There’s a good deal of real world tech and social development that is done to justify why being disconnected from an integrated computer system can be deadly. As LitRPG, this is not good. There is little to no world building in-game, and there are some huge level jumps for the character which again shows just how little it really means to the story. I did not like this at all as LitRPG.


Score: 4 out of 10

BASE Status: Online: An Unlikely Hero's LitRPG Journey

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB


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Murderworld: A LITRPG Novel

Perry Dunne, San Francisco corporate lawyer, is forced by his bullying boss to play the world's most popular game, the vast, ultra-real, blood-drenched simulation MURDERWORLD. His task: enhance his legal firm's prestige by earning five kills during the current tournament—or get fired.


When Perry crosses paths with homicide virtuoso Mari Night, he seizes the chance to hire her as his mentor, not realizing her game persona hides the identity of precocious 12-year-old Korean schoolgirl, Chun Soo-yun.


As both traverse a freakish gamer underbelly seething with kill-crazy players, they're soon ensnared in an epic power struggle against formidable foes within a world where violence is always the solution.


And where murder is no longer merely a game.


My Opinion: 398 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This feels more like the author mislabeling his story more than anything, but it’s not LitRPG. There is a cyberpunk competitive fighting game in the story but there are absolutely no RPG mechanics anywhere. Action isn’t bad, but personally I thought the cyberpunk elements were overdone and boring, and that the ending was just frustrating.


Score: 4 out of 10

Murderworld: A LITRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2qnuTSO





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

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LitRPG Podcast 139

 

LitRPG Podcast 139

Oct. 26th, 2018

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.



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Hey, Real Quick. I wrote a story and it’s out now on Amazon. Please check it out. This is a sci-fi survival story with augmented reality, a snarky AI, upgrade mechanics, resource gathering, crafting, alien creatures, and space pirates.

After spending months on an alien world for work, all John Espinoza just wants to do is get home to his wife and daughter. Unfortunately, the transport ship he chose is attacked by pirates and he ends up stranded on an unknown planet where the very air is toxic to him. Now John has to team up with the ship’s AI and the two have to survive on this hostile alien world and figure out some way to get off the planet or get a message out for help. Can they overcome their dwindling resources, alien life forms, and hostile space forces? Or will they die together, planet bound?

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JL9PQX2

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JL9PQX2

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JL9PQX2

Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JL9PQX2




New Releases and Reviews:

Hero Time: a LitRPG novel (Metagamer Chronicles Book 3) (11:05)

Wraps up the series nicely.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2PuVN5O



The Arena’s Call (Aventures on Brad: Book 4) (14:32)

Good old slice of life LitRPG

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xFpVoo



Arcane Kingdom Online: The Chosen (A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1) (16:15)

Was really disappointed

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NLMEEA



Heir Today Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 2)  (24:42)

Such a good series

Score: 7.8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2IqA6Be



Respawn: Lovers Lost (Respawn LitRPG series Book 2) (28:12)

Groundhog Day RPG Apocalypse. Slow start but gets better

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2pJGco4



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LitRPG News


Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) was supposed to be out this week, but issues arose that may either delay release or require those that pre-ordered to download the latest edition. The publishers, MountainDale Press, say they’re working on getting everything straightened out asap and apologize for any issues.


It’s that time of the year folks. The GameLit Society is running their annual charity drive and in only a few days has already made to their goal of sending $2000 to Shriner Hospitals for Kids. Please give if you can, and if you can’t, please share the post and spread the news of the charity drive. There will be a few gifts donated by LitRPG and GameLit authors including signed books, but we do this for the children. Think of the Children!

https://www.gofundme.com/gamelit-society-philanthropy-pt-2



Last episode before halloween and I figured I’d put together a little list of scary LitRPG horror stories. At least these ones creeped me out when I read them.

The Nightmare Game: Slayers

-Slasher film +RPG mechanics

https://amzn.to/2Sp4SiK



Digital Shadows

-Horror game gets too real

https://amzn.to/2D2BWsc



Darkworlds London: A Cthulhu LitRPG

-Cthulhu madness

http://amzn.to/2wXG4mD



Out Now!

Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests (Vol.3)

https://amzn.to/2SaWhzW

The Realms Omnibus Volume 1

The three current books in the series and a bonus short story.

https://amzn.to/2JefvRl

Warlock: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2CE3bs3

Necromancer System: A Dark Fantasy LitRPG (Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2CFf1T1

ZOMBIE SLAYER!!: A LitRPG Apocalypse  

https://amzn.to/2yvZFNO

Crafter's Heart

https://amzn.to/2EMaUap




New LitRPG Audiobooks

Obliteration Unbound Deathlord, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2qcRzF8

Our review score for the ebook: 7 out of 10

Succubus - Succubus, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2ELp3EK

World Keeper: Precursor - World Keeper Series, Book 3

https://amzn.to/2qcrzti

Limitless Lands: The Commander's Tale, a LitRPG adventure

Limitless Lands Series, Book 1

https://amzn.to/2EJ9bTd

Beyond All Expectations - Emerilia, Book 8

https://amzn.to/2D4rLn0




Upcoming LitRPG:


The Quizard Mountains: A Dungeon Core Epic (Station Cores Book 2) (Oct. 28th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2yysjxz




Survivors (Dark Elf Chronicles book 2) (Oct. 30th, 2018)





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

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB




Super Sales on Super Heroes 3 (Nov. 1st, 2018)




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

(Nov. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs




Sorcerer's Quest: A LitRPG Adventure (Nov. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2D3Xiph




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

https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x




Visaria Online: Odyssey: A litRPG Fantasy Adventure Book 3

(Nov. 2nd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2qb2YoX




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

https://amzn.to/2xz4uo4







***Feedback Loop book 8 (Nov. 15th, 2018)







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




Fate of Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 4)

(Nov. 22nd, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2D566LD




Eden's Gate: The Omen: A LitRPG Adventure (Nov. 30th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2CSgBl5




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

https://amzn.to/2xdfMhs




Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh




Dungeon Mauling - A LitRPG GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 3) (Dec. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2EIDYPP




Level Up: The Knockout (Book #1) LitRPG Series (Jan. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2CSZ6RV

*A side story set in the same Level Up universe, different MC*



Onto New Releases and Reviews



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New Releases and Reviews



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Hero Time: a LitRPG novel (Metagamer Chronicles Book 3)


The difference between a hero and a tyrant is charisma.



Fresh off their defeat of the lich’s army, Gary and his friends find themselves preparing for an even larger threat. While unlocking elder magic gave them the juice they needed to turn aside one foe, it unstoppered the bottle holding back an ancient evil. Gary knows what’s coming because he wrote it.



Now, with political responsibilities crushing him from one side and a demonic army looming on the other, Gary must balance the necessity of victory with the means to achieve it.



After all, what good is saving a kingdom only to become the villain?



My Opinion: 175 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited



While the story is rushed in places and I thought a few of the time jumps were a little annoying, this is what I’d always wanted from the series. In book 1, Gary, the main character (MC), was too passive and alone. In book 2, he finally has someone from our world to talk gaming with but the story is relatively small still.

Finally, the MC) and all his friends are all finally aware they’re in their tabletop game and it’s so much more fun. There’s plenty of meta gaming, exploitation of GM knowledge, banter, and the end is very touching and totally wraps up the series. Really good stuff.



Score: 7.6 out of 10

Hero Time: a LitRPG novel (Metagamer Chronicles Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2PuVN5O



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


As Advanced Adventurers, Daniel and his friends journey to Silverholt to attempt larger and more dangerous Dungeons. But just because they've graduated from Beginner Dungeons doesn't mean they'll get any more respect from the experienced Adventurers that make up their new city. They'll have to train, struggle and take part in an arena battle to win a chance at to enter the new Dungeon and some respect.



The Adventures of Brad series is a traditional fantasy story with LitRPG elements and features a Catkin, a Healer and an enthusiastic barbarian.



My Opinion: 147 pages, $3.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited



Another good action filled entry in the Adventures on Brad series. There is good dungeon diving and a tournament for our heroes to fight in and some developments relating to Daniels healing powers. Fun stuff.



Score: 7.4 out of 10

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

https://amzn.to/2xFpVoo



Arcane Kingdom Online: The Chosen (A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1)


Log-in or die.



Those are the only choices left for Clay Hopewell. Infected with the ZERO virus, he has less than twenty-four hours before he bites the dust. With no cure available, there’s only one option left: digitally reincarnate himself in the most advanced virtual reality game ever, the mysterious and newly released Arcane Kingdom Online.



But cheating death and gaining immortality isn’t that easy. If Clay survives the risky cognitive upload process, he’ll still have to contend with a fantasy world teetering on the brink of crisis. Worse, a quarter of the in-game population hates his starting race, he can’t unlock the mage class he wants, and a malevolent glitch threatens to upend the very existence of his new reality.



If Clay doesn’t learn the rules of his new surroundings quickly, his second chance at life will be a lot worse than his first.



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My Opinion: 232 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited



The first 10% is annoying as it sets up a zombie apocalypse virus in the world as a reason for the main character (MC) to get his mind uploaded and then it’s only mentioned again once at the end and doesn’t impact the story. The in-game story starts out kind of promising with the spawning initially captured by some rat people. He has to make his escape and fight his way out with the help of another NPC prisoner. There are some good game mechanics shown here and I thought for a moment that the story was going to be good. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong with the first few fights. The rest of the story is pretty much power leveling and some magic unlocking until the MC deals with the major plot point.



Another reviewer mentioned that the in game story was a rip off of .hack//sign and to a degree I can see where that statement is coming from. This story does seem to borrow a major plot element from that series, one where corrupted monsters with jumbled names appear and can permanently delete players. Only the MC seems to hear the voice of a girl and has the power to stop the monsters because somehow he himself became corrupted or gained some control of the game. Yeah, it’s a bit familiar to .hack//sign in that major plot arc. But the world is original, the characters are mostly original, and the remaining game mechanics, while not wholly original are different from that anime.



Game mechanic wise, there’s a good amount of detail given. Character sheets, item descriptions, game notifications, skill gains, damage notifications, and more. Unfortunately, the author doesn’t really follow his own rules and twists the story so that his characters are saved again and again, either by omitting information (like monster levels or being saved by characters with unrevealed levels) or by conveniently creating mechanics to save them.



The biggest culprit of plot armor game mechanics is that when someone levels, all injuries are healed, HP and MP are restored, and all status ailments and debuffs are removed. Now, I don’t necessarily have a problem with that mechanic in itself, though it’s severely OP. I do have a problem when it’s used no less than 4 times in the first 25% of the story to miraculously save the MC from death because the NPC (who is only level 1 like the MC) he’s grouped with just happens to kill enough monsters out of sight to get the MC a new level. The rest of the story follows the same wand wavy combat situations. The MC should really have died more than once in the story because he regularly fights monsters 3-5 times his level and only survives because information about damage suddenly disappears and the reader is told he scores a series of critical hits until the monster is dead or he’s saved by that plot armor.



Overall, while the initial in-game story showed promise, it quickly became a disappointment when I recognized the .hack//sign plot and the MC turned out to have so much plot armor.



Score: 6 out of 10

Arcane Kingdom Online: The Chosen (A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2NLMEEA




Heir Today Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 2)


Montana’s new life in Vuldranni, the medieval fantasy game world he lucked into, isn’t quite the tranquil extended fishing trip he’d been hoping for. But you gotta admit, he’s doing pretty well for himself. Now he’s Montana Coggeshall, heir to a dukedom. If he can get his crew to Osterstadt and claim it in time.



Heir Today, Pawn Tomorrow is a heart-pounding adventure through uncharted territory. Montana and the party must cross WarWaters, a lake that offers everything but a pleasure cruise, and then race through a dense, forbidden forest full of hungry beasts, unfriendly races, and a few cocky nobles. If you’re ready for an epic quest full of hellbeasts, ghost royals, and wyrm guts, this is the book for you.



My Opinion: 252 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited



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



Such a good story. The series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It has this nice mix of fantasy descriptions with LitRPG. Game mechanics are regular and detailed. More importantly, the main character acts like a gamer who's been transported to a world ruled by RPG mechanics. Characters are well written, the action and adventure is really good, and the story takes some good twists. I finished this in a single sitting.



Score: 7.8 out of 10

Heir Today Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2IqA6Be



Respawn: Lovers Lost (Respawn LitRPG series Book 2)


The System is generous. Not with presents, but with predicaments.

Cheater now has a straightforward goal, or so it seems to him. To everyone else, his endeavor sounds suicidal for a high-level veteran, never mind a newcomer whose intellect is still shackled by the System.

Cheater sees only one way forward: develop his skills, conquer monsters, and become stronger, faster, wiser, and more fearsome with each passing day. Until he makes progress on his own capabilities, he cannot hope to achieve anything else.

But the System has intentions of its own. Namely, to hit Cheater every step of the way with unforeseen, unpleasant refutations of his noble plans.



My Opinion: 244 pages, $4.99, Not available on Kindle Unlimited



It took me awhile to recall the premise of the story. The main character (MC) is in a Groundhog Day like RPG apocalypse where every time he dies he's reset to right before the apocalypse happens: people start turning into zombies, monsters appear, electronics and cars stop working. He and other players get to respawn a certain number of times and level from killing creatures and each other. Higher levels, more stats and other game like bonuses. But all players get reduced intellect and wiped memories till level 10. The main character is only level 4 and on his 6th respawn.



Book 2 in the series continues on from the end of book 1, and essentially resets things. The MC wakes up, newly respawned, and uses the stuff he learned in book 1 to start gathering resources and trying to figure out ways to level up. His goal is to find Kitty, the woman he partnered with in book 1, even though she may be far far away. So that’s what the story is, that journey to level and travel. It’s basically a bunch of fights, survival stuff, traveling, with the MC always trying to figure out a way to exploit the system to reach his goals faster. Very slice of life. There are some interesting characters and more PvP, but that’s it in nutshell.



Overall, though the first 30% of the story is rather slow since it repeats a lot of the basic survival stuff, after that things are pretty exciting. A fun story if you like zombie apocalypse style stories with survivalist stuff and RPG mechanics all mixed together.



Score: 7.2 out of 10

Respawn: Lovers Lost (Respawn LitRPG series Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2pJGco4





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LitRPG Podcast 138

 


LitRPG Podcast 138


Oct. 19th, 2018


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 138 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-138


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:


Siphon (A Touch of Power Book 1)  (05:47)

There are some world building flaw, but the main character is one that you want to root for.

Score: 7.2 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xqkKZb


The Idle System: The New Journey (14:38)

The unique Idle System game mechanic will appeal to micromanaging gamers.

Score: 7.4 out 10

https://amzn.to/2Oeb79D


Changing World: The Beginning (19:41)

Translation issues may bother some, but the slice of life story was entertaining.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ILmi4D


RiftWorlds Online: Book 1 - Space Opera Insertion (23:47)

While the story is never boring and the action is well written, the issues with the premise and the predictability of the story reduced my enjoyment.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2zW6sRJ


High School Dungeon Crawl: Level 1 (30:49)

Not particularly entertaining.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2pUeGUJ


Rank Zero: A Sci-Fi LitRPG (Cyberlinks Book 1) (Cyberlinks Trilogy) (33:04)

Not bad cyberpunk, but not good LitRPG.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2pQnU4B


The Realm Between: The Curse: A LitRPG Saga (Book 1) (39:01)

Novel blurb over hypes it. It’s neither epic, or filled with nightmarish monsters. It’s slice of life and the MC fights pixies and goblins.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2CmTT3M


Viridian Gate Online: Side Quest: A litRPG Anthology (47:22)

While I didn’t love every story, I had a good time reading most.

Score: 7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2IZCRtG


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LitRPG News


Life Reset was listed in Audibles Five Star Faves in Fanstasy and Science fiction this month. Congrats to Shemer (Sh-eh-mare).!

https://www.audible.com/ep/FSF_SFF_OCT18?fbclid=IwAR3xWoV4MIeg61h0h573JmbQMfpAbU6Ux42O0xLr3vkFj_B5hR8id7-NWjs


Aleron Kong, author of the Chaos Seeds series, is giving away 10 signed copies of his books. You can enter at the link below or find book 1 in the series on Goodreads to enter. The contest will take entries until Oct. 31st, 2018.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/285069-the-land-founding


Out Now!   


Mechs and Violence: (Infinite Lives Online Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2xWyXxx


Random: The Chaos Of Lincoln Hart (Barakdor Book 6)

https://amzn.to/2pnPGFl


The Blades of the Borderlands (Epic LitRPG Adventure - Book 11) (Fayroll)

https://amzn.to/2x8L0Xl


Cross My Fart and Hope to Die (Caverns and Creatures)

https://amzn.to/2RTu5RW


Arcane Kingdom Online: The Chosen (A LitRPG Adventure, Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2NLMEEA



New LitRPG Audiobooks


External Threat: Reality Benders Series, Book 2

https://amzn.to/2CSM0nC


Accidental Raider: A LitRPG Swashbuckler (Accidental Champion Trilogy, Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2NOXtFG



Upcoming LitRPG:


Respawn: Lovers Lost (Respawn LitRPG series Book 2) (Oct. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2pJGco4


Heir Today Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 2) (Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2IqA6Be


Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) (October 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NyRREt


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

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB



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)

https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x


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


Eden's Gate: The Omen: A LitRPG Adventure (Nov. 30th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2CSgBl5


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

https://amzn.to/2xdfMhs


Freehaven Online:  Winter Dungeonland (Book 3) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh


Level Up: The Knockout (Book #1) LitRPG Series (Jan. 9th, 2019)

https://amzn.to/2CSZ6RV

*A side story set in the same Level Up universe, different MC*


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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Siphon (A Touch of Power Book 1)

Jade has spent her life fighting boredom in the terminally ill ward. Surfing the net or reading, she always envied the ability of others to go out and experience the world. She knew her wish to live a normal life was far beyond her reach, but after waking up one morning without the sounds of her life support, she opens her eyes and finds herself with a weak but healthy body in a magical world.


As blue game-like system notifications fill her vision, she knows that she'll have to adapt quickly in order to survive… but this is all she ever dreamed of, so Jade is up to the challenge. She will soon realize that you need to be careful what you wish for.


This is Andara, where her true adventure finally begins.


My Opinion: 272 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review but purchased a copy of the novel when it came out.


This is a transported to a RPG fantasy world, but turns into something like a cross over between the Princess Diaries and a magical academy story.


Jade, the main character (MC), wakes up to find herself, not bedridden and dying, but in a fantasy RPG world where she has an RPG profile page listing her stats, name, age, and her one special ability: Siphon. Siphon will let her grow both physically and magically, but at the cost of a major appetite and if overused, great physical pain. The MC explores this new fantasy city, meeting new friends, learning about magic, applying for school, and doing all the things she couldn’t when she was on earth. Mixed in with this is a comedic element where she goes around pushing boundaries, yelling and intimidating the nobility, and charming the royal family. Eventually, there’s some action, but only a couple scenes. The MC insists that she doesn't want to fight and instead wants to re-invent things from our world and make life better for people. Most of the story just follows the MC on her rambunctious adventures surprising everyone with her spunky attitude, her huge appetite, and tendency to find trouble in the most unlikely of places. It’s a cute, non-action focused, slice of life kind of story.


Game mechanic wise, this is pretty light. The only place you see them is when the MC uses her Siphon ability which gives her a snapshot of someone else's profile to see what skills/stats they have that she can take. You also see the mechanics whenever the MC looks at her own profile (aka character sheet). The profiles are detailed with lots of numbers for stats and skills. As the stats increase there are physical changes to the MC. But the same can’t be said for the skills. Even though those numbers increase, there isn’t a noticeable change to what the MC can do. That is unfortunately because both the magic and skill systems in the novel don’t seem to have rules of any kind. Magic doesn’t seem to have a cost, beyond making the MC tired in vague terms. Magic is described as the MC imaging something happening or willing it to, and then it happening. That’s it. No incantations, no special gestures, no weaving together elemental streams. The MC doesn’t even need training as she discovers several forms of magic all on her own. For skills, it’s even less defined, and there’s no correlation between what’s listed and anything that happens in the story.


There are a couple things early that bothered me. 1) When people, who are from another world who have no connection to our modern world, use our modern slang. 2) Though the MC is supposed to be 18, early speech patterns and use of child like incomplete sentences make her sound like she’s 10. 3) A magic and skill system without rules. It feels odd for a LitRPG story that quantifies stats and skills to not have any rules for it’s magic system. 4) In the early parts of the story, the MC comes off as entitled and demanding. She appears in this new world, no money, or knowledge then declares the room she finds herself hers, eats massive amounts of the place’s food, and demands they give her special objects and do her favors. All without ever offering compensation and rarely even saying thank you. This attitude mellows out a bit after the 30% mark when she starts to make money on her own though. She even starts to thank people for helping and supporting her goals. The pushy, overly confident, sharp tongued attitude even becomes charming when the MC wields it against social bullies and not just against normal people trying to do their jobs.  


Overall, despite the few things that bothered me, I liked the story. The MC becomes a charming, go getter, who doesn’t let anyone stand in the way of her goals. She’s determined to live life to the fullest because before she was transported to this RPG world, she wasn’t expected to live. That dichotomy creates a character you just can’t help but root for.


Score: 7.2 out of 10

Siphon (A Touch of Power Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2xqkKZb


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The Idle System: The New Journey

After an unexpected death, John wakes up in another world where a system guides him along.

In this world he is known as a Sider, someone who has reincarnated from Earth. In the beginning, John’s only aim is to survive, but as his journey unfolds he discovers something else to fight for.

His new goal has a time limit, but the stakes are high. If John fails to make it in time, his one and only chance at a new life will be over.

Unbeknownst to our hero, there are even larger forces at play. A seemingly harmless individual turns out to be a member of royalty, and their family has use for a Sider like John. If this royal family plays their cards right, the kingdom will fall victim to the reign of a new king with an iron grip.

Will the royal family succeed in using John for their own power-hungry purposes? Or will he discover their scheme and put an end to their tyranny?

Scroll up to buy this book and start reading today!


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


**Tag unarmed fighting and martial arts and Over Powered**


This is slice of life, transported to a game world story, that by the halfway mark turns into an overpowered main character (MC) story. You follow the MC as he arrives a new world and has to figure out the game system that will define his new life. He fights loads of monsters, and has some cool adventures. The most interesting part of the story and the thing that separates it from other slice of life stories, is definitely the game mechanic, the idle system.


In addition to the normal HP and Stamina counters, the MC has a finite number of idle counters that he can assign to skills, abilities, and attacks. The more idle counters he assigns, the faster a skill will auto level. The MC is initially presented with a set skill group, including making more idle counters, but discovers new skills all through the story. There is eventually, even a kind of cultivation aspect that’s incorporated as he improves specific parts of body at a time. A good part of the story becomes about time and resource management. A lot of time is spent looking at lists of skills and thinking about ways to maximize growth using the idle system. It’s fun if you’re into numbers and figuring out the how you’d maximize your RPG character.


There are a few flaws in the novel. It has a few plot holes, some annoying time jumps (years sometimes), too many info dumps, and some semi-regular technical writing issues. Nothing major, just things like missing words, mixed tenses, and other grammar mistakes. These mistakes occur every couple of pages and while it didn’t bother me, it will bother others.


Overall, a fun action oriented story with a unique game mechanic.


Score: 7.4 out 10

The Idle System: The New Journey

https://amzn.to/2Oeb79D


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Changing World: The Beginning

The game world was beautiful and realistic, but something went wrong from the very start... How was a new character supposed to choose a class? How was he supposed to survive? Just one wrong step could mean imminent death.


My Opinion: 362 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


*Note: There are translation issues with the story. Some phrases don’t translate well, the word Ability is replaced with the word Agility for some reason, and dialogue is missing quotation marks and instead dashes are used. Ie: -Oh look, an apple.- He said


While the story puts the main character (MC) playing an VRMMO, it feels more like a transported to a game world story since the MC never leaves the game and the non-player characters act like normal people with personalities, deep histories, and unique cultures.


On the game mechanic side, this has a skill based system. There are no levels with automatic increases in attributes or stat points to distribute. Instead, everything is earned through practice, experimentation, or being taught. Skills are discovered and increase through use. Stats increase through training or use in combat. So there are loads of notifications for these kinds of increases and their associated bonuses.


Storywise, though there are a couple of major story/quest arcs, this is a slice of life story. You just follow the MC as he fumbles his way through the the world and figures out how everything works, then goes on some really neat and exciting adventures. Personally, the beginning drew me in the most. The MC makes a mistake and misses out out on the tutorial section and has to figure out how the game works while surviving and exploring the forest he’s in. It mixed RPG exploration with survival and discovery elements which was fun.


I will note that the last 5% of the story is a bit annoying because it comes out of nowhere and forces the story into a cliff hanger rather than wrap it up nicely. It’s going to bother some readers.


Overall, I really enjoyed this slice of life story. It was neat to discover how the game world worked as the MC did and how his initial detriment became an asset to him. He worked hard for every bit of progress.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

Changing World: The Beginning

https://amzn.to/2ILmi4D


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RiftWorlds Online: Book 1 - Space Opera Insertion

RiftWorlds Online is an action-packed LitRPG ride that combines Escape from New York and Tron in an epic adventure spanning worlds of Space Opera, Fantasy, the Old West, and more.


In 2028 RiftWorlds Online is the most popular virtual reality MMORPG game ever. A week after its release, millions are playing in a game that spans seven unique universes. But now people can’t log out. And when they die in the game, they die in real life.


In prison for manipulating real-world currency through VR-MMORPGs, gamer Rick Danburg just wants to serve out his sentence in peace. But the President’s daughter is trapped in the game. Secret Service agents drag Rick before the President who offers him a deal: a full pardon for finding her and keeping her alive until people on the outside get RiftWorlds back under control.


That will be much harder than he is prepared for.


My Opinion: 215 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A decent enough adventure. The game mechanics are shown throughout the the story constantly. It’s very SciFi RPG throughout with cyborgs, laser guns, spaceships, and space pirates and more. Though the setup for the game universe pushes a multiverse with game worlds for:  Western, Post Apocalypse, Fantasy, Space Opera, Superhero, Cyberpunk, and Steampunk. So don’t expect the SciFi stuff to continue into the second book. The action in the story is good, but because of the premise of the story, you know the MC is never going to die and true to form, he’s miraculously saved from death many times.


The premise of the story is probably the part I have the most issue with. It’s trapped in the game, die in the game die in real life. Only it’s a voluntary situation the MC goes into. He’s supposed to find and protect a girl in exchange for a pardon. But the setup doesn’t make sense, since any gamer worth their salt would never expect not to die at least once in a game they’ve never even heard of. Still, it is what it is.


The die in the game, die in real life aspect is a premise that’s semi-popular in LitRPG since people have watched Sword Art Online. But very few have really used that premise it well. In that anime the players are trapped in the situation against their will, but given a chance at freeing everyone if they risk their lives and meet a particular goal. Most people in that anime react like you’d think they would and no longer adventure, instead sticking to safe zones where they can’t be harmed. Only a relatively few continue in an attempt to free everyone.


None of that exists in this story. Instead PvP continues on without players even blinking. Every player continues to adventure for no real reason even though they know dying means permadeath. Additionally, the premise informs the reader that no matter what happens, the MC is just not going to die and that’s what ends up happening. Every time the MC is near death, he miraculously avoids it or the story is crafted so that the bad guy kind of stands there and dies instead of defending himself because it would mean the MC’s death.   


Beyond that, the part of the premise where the MC is supposed to be tracking down this girl to protect her also has huge plot holes. In a MMO where there are literally tens of thousands of planets spread out over 7 full universes, the MC is able to pick up the girl’s trail on the very starter planet he begins on? Additionally, there’s very little advancement that the MC does to that plot line to track the girl on his own. Instead, he lands on a planet, picks a faction, does some quests and lets that faction do all the work of finding leads on the girl. Then moves to the next planet and repeats the act. After the first 30% of the story, it honestly makes the story pretty predictable.


Overall, while the story is never boring and the action is well written, the issues with the premise and the predictability of the story reduced my enjoyment. If you’ve never seen or read Sword Art Online or just have a need for a SciFi LitRP, this might work for you better than it did me.


Score: 6 out of 10

RiftWorlds Online: Book 1 - Space Opera Insertion

https://amzn.to/2zW6sRJ



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High School Dungeon Crawl: Level 1

The first day of high school is never fun. There's the new campus, classmates, and teachers. It's an entirely new world. Literally. Everything has changed. People are turning into heroes and monsters. Classrooms have become entire levels of unexplored danger.


All Mason has to do is level up enough to survive the sprawling dungeon and get home. As long as home is still there.


My Opinion: 71 pages, $1.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is an RPG apocalypse story set in a high school. The main character (MC) is a new kid that gets to be level 0, ordinary. He finds some allies, fights some monsters, levels, and that’s kind of it. There’s an additional attempt at horror of some kind but it just doesn’t work at all.


There are lots of small technical writing errors and the writing is awkward. Combat isn’t well described, nor does it make RPG sense. The MC is almost killed by the monster worth 10 XP, but easily beats the one worth 300 XP, and breezes through a fight with a monster worth 3000 XP without being hurt. The rest of the game mechanics, while appearing throughout the short story, also don’t always make sense.


Overall, this wasn’t particularly entertaining.


Score: 5 out of 10

High School Dungeon Crawl: Level 1

https://amzn.to/2pUeGUJ


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Rank Zero: A Sci-Fi LitRPG (Cyberlinks Book 1) (Cyberlinks Trilogy)

It’s only a game until your life depends on it.


Beaten into debt by failure, Alec takes up an offer to reset his VR game character in hopes of restoring his bank account. When those past failures catch up with him, he has to choose between protecting his new friends, or becoming trapped on a poverty-stricken world.


If you’re looking for an action packed LitRPG, but need a break from high fantasy, then you’ve found the right book. Buy Rank Zero today and enjoy the grit only cyberpunk can bring.


My Opinion: 200 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The long and short of the review is that while this isn’t a bad cyberpunk novel it’s not good LitRPG. While there are regular skill increases and XP given in the story as the MC plays a VR game, fundamentally, the game mechanics in the story don’t matter and don’t even follow their own rules. Additionally, the very premise of the story has a whole big enough to ruin the entire story.


After the MC restarts his character, it’s shown that skills must be purchased with Cert Points which are bought with XP. He purchases some skills and then only a few paragraphs later uses weapons that he does not have the skills to use and not only uses it, but seems to be an expert almost one shotting a powerful enemy. Additionally, he instantly levels up skills he doesn’t even have. Further on in the story the MC constantly does things that he shouldn’t according to the shown game skill set he has, which tells me that the game mechanics in the story don’t really matter.


The big reason the MC plays the game is that he has this goal to take a ship in real life, off mars and start over on earth. He needs $100K. It’s revealed about the 17% mark, that he already has $83K but wants an extra $50K for seed money to start over. Fine. But it was revealed earlier in the story, that game money can be converted into real money at a ratio of 10:1, and that the MC started the story with $500,000 in game and that before he started the first mission had an additional $500,000. So, all along he’d always had enough to accomplish his goal and had no reason to continue playing this game.


Overall, this isn’t a bad cyberpunk story. The action is good. But the real world and VR world bleed into each other so much that it sometimes feels like this is cyberpunk story that was modified to be LitRPG. As LitRPG, the game mechanics were bad and this story didn’t work for me.


Score: 6 out of 10

Rank Zero: A Sci-Fi LitRPG (Cyberlinks Book 1) (Cyberlinks Trilogy)

https://amzn.to/2pQnU4B


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The Realm Between: The Curse: A LitRPG Saga (Book 1)

An epic LitRPG saga for fans of The Lord of The Rings, Grimgar, and Dungeons and Dragons.


Will refused to admit to the HR lady at Radical Interactive that he’d never played their debut virtual reality MMORPG The Realm. From what he’d seen in videos and heard from reviewers, the game sucked. With the company’s failed attempt at entering the gaming industry, they switched their sights to focus on smaller scale educational programs.


Being a beta tester for Radical Interactive was not the dream job that Will had envisioned, but he had hoped it would get his foot in the door to one day becoming a graphic designer for the company. As he filled out his new hire paperwork, he never realized that he was literally signing his life away.


Now a phenomenally successful company, Radical Interactive was secretly working on something behind closed doors that would change both the medical and gaming industries forever. The Realm was reborn. The only problem was that it wasn’t a game—at least not to those trapped inside.


Dumped into a fantasy world filled with nightmarish monsters, awe-inspiring magic, and way more walking than Will thought he was physically capable of as a nerdy desk jockey, he has to navigate the perils of The Realm and unravel the mystery of how he came to be here and how to get out. Fantasy meets real-life consequences in a game that could mean the difference between life and death. But first, Will must get over being a noob…


My Opinion: 259 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The blurb over-hypes this story. It’s neither epic, or filled with nightmarish monsters. It’s slice of life and the MC fights pixies and goblins.


The story is about 10% woe is me, then he’s stuck in the game , he has to figure out the game rules, get a bit of training, and goes on some slice of life adventures. There are goals the MC has, but it’s mostly him following others as they deal with dark happenings on their island. There is some semi regular action, but there’s more talking and describing of stuff than anything. After the 75% mark, the story takes a turn for the boring. After that point, there’s no further action, instead there's a lot of talking and planning on doing stuff, but very little actually happens and it serves as more of a setup for what’s supposed to occur in the next book.


The RPG mechanics are seen throughout the story, but there is nothing new there either. Stat sheet, skills, item descriptions, etc. There’s not a lot of combat in the story and it can be a bit wand wavy sometimes. For example, the MC one shots a boar a couple levels higher than himself with a single shot from a bow and arrow. Even assuming added sneak attack damage (only 1% extra damage), nothing in the game mechanics says this should be possible. The weapon he uses is a starter bow. He hit the boars side, so not a critical hit. Only a chapter before, he’d struggled to kill dark pixies his level.


Where the story stands out is in character development. The characters in the story, whether the MC or the friends he makes are well fleshed out, have clear points of view but are not just all good or all bad. Character’s relationships with each other are complicated and the world building, at least on a social level, is richly described.


Overall, nothing in the game mechanics, the action, or the quests the MC goes on are special. I thought the characters were well written characters. However, the story just turned boring after the 75% mark and it lost me.


Score: 6 out of 10

The Realm Between: The Curse: A LitRPG Saga (Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2CmTT3M


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Viridian Gate Online: Side Quest: A litRPG Anthology

The End is Coming.


An extinction-level asteroid is cannonballing toward Earth. In humanity’s final hours, a lucky few earn a one-way ticket to the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. Making that leap of faith might mean survival, but it comes with a steep price tag: “Travelers” will forever be stranded as digital avatars inside a fantastical world filled with vicious monsters, all-powerful AIs, and cutthroat players. Let the games begin …


Six amazing authors. Six incredible new tales. All set in the best-selling Viridian Gate Online Universe. Side Quests is an anthology for fans, by the fans!


My Opinion: 257 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


In an anthology like this each story is written by a different person and some will appeal to a reader, while others won’t. I try to judge each separately.



“A Gentleman’s Work” by James A. Hunter

When an Imperial Inquisitor captures a Thieves Guild Operative, Cutter must undertake a deadly rescue mission while using every grift in the book to stay one step ahead of a Headsman’s Blade. And the prize for this extraordinary quest? Nothing short of the keys to the Rowanheath Thieves Guild. Deception, subterfuge, and heavy drinking—all in a day’s work for a Gentleman …


The longest of the short stories in the collection, it comes in at about 33% of the total page count. This one is written by the author of the Viridian Gate Online series and is unsurprisingly the one most fans came for. It focuses on Cutter, the NPC companion of main character in VGO, and if you like that character or just like a good break in story, you’ll enjoy this. While it was nice to get some background on Cutter, he is not my favorite character and it didn’t quite hit the spot for me. Good writing, good action-heist thing, but couldn’t get into it.


Score: 6.9 out of 10

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“The Funeral Parlor” by Raymond Johnson

A young spiderling is stranded in an alien land, surrounded by hostile creatures. Forced to fight for her life in a bid to find her way home, she must transform into the predator she is destined to become or die alone and forgotten, trapped in a dark world know as the Shadowverse.


Really nice, simple, and short story. It comes in at about 8% of the total word count. The story is told from the monsters point of view, and while I would have liked to have seen more RPG evolutions, it was a good story with action and accurate arachnid anatomy.


Score: 7.3 out of 10

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“The Raiding of Rowanheath” by J.D. Astra

The Crimson Alliance has breached the walls of Rowanheath, inciting Aleixo Carrera’s rage. Now Abby and her rag-tag invasion crew must reach the keep’s Command Center before the defending troops mobilize and shut down the takeover, else they’ll lose the battle and the war for Eldgard’s freedom.


Even though it makes up 11% of the total word count, it felt longer. This is one of those stories that tells the events of something you’ve already read about, only from some other point of view. The writing isn’t bad, I just got bored with it since it takes place during an event I’ve read about before.


Score: 5 out of 10

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“The Ballad of Jaro Edgewalker” by N.H. Paxton

Jaro is an assassin, and he’s good at it. But when he finds a foe that is insurmountable by normal means and uncovers a plot to destroy everything he loves, Jaro has to balance his morality with his love for his friends and make an incredibly difficult decision.


One of my favorite short stories in the anthology, it comes in at 14% of the total page count. This one is definitely one of the best planned of these short stories. It has good original characters with a solid well told ending that still ties to VGO universe.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

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“Buried Alive” by Nicholas Reid

Carlos Vega thinks he’s escaping certain death by entering the virtual world of V.G.O., but instead he’s swallowed alive by the deadly Barren Sands. He’ll have to overcome the riddles and horrors of a long-forgotten temple in order to escape, but can he do it before the evil sealed there centuries ago finds him?


This is an ok short story, that feels distanced from the VGO universe. It sort of feels like VGO - Ancient Egyptian edition. It’s 15% of the total page count.


Score: 6 out of 10

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“A Final Kindness” by D.J. Bodden

Alan Campbell was a talker, not a fighter, until someone murdered his girl. He’d almost given up on finding the killers; now he’s got a fresh lead, a trio of mercenaries who outclass him in every way but his wits. He’ll cheat, bluff, and steal to get his revenge, and as one of V.G.O.’s immortal travelers, he’s willing to die trying.


This is without a doubt, my favorite short story in the anthology. It’s the 2nd longest at 19% of the total page count, but it goes by quickly because of the great pacing, mysteriously unraveled plot, and well done character development. The story is the most removed from the VGO universe and has the least game mechanics of any of the short stories. But, it has the most heart and the cut always gave great backstory for the characters.


Score: 7.8 out of 10


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Overall, I think the anthology does a good job of highlighting all the different types of stories that can be created within the same universe. While I didn’t love every story, I had a good time reading most.


Score: 7 out of 10

Viridian Gate Online: Side Quest: A litRPG Anthology

https://amzn.to/2IZCRtG





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LitRPG Podcast 137

 

LitRPG Podcast 137

Oct. 12th, 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.

It seems like Amazon implemented a change in their search engine and it feels like it’s harder to find LitRPG. Several of the titles on the upcoming list or shown last week don’t show on a search for ‘LitRPG’, so you might have to adjust your searches. I found more of the missing ones using ‘LitRPG Books’ as a search term.

New Releases and Reviews:

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series (12:15)

The story is not perfect but there’s lots of good action, interesting RPG power developments, and some good twists to the story.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca


Grum: Suburban Sunderer (Savage Legends Book 2) (17:17)

Grum is without a doubt my favorite RPG Barbarian. Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2zZPH8o


Deadwater: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 2) (20:35)

I was disappointed that with the setup for the 1980’s real world and the multiverse weren’t better used. Lost interest fairly quickly.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2QzAQXJ


First Level (Replay Book 1) (24:09)

Not a bad , if simple, story but I really disliked one of the main characters.

https://amzn.to/2IAX9to


Seasoned Adventurer (29:22)

I genuinely liked the Gourmand aspect I was really disappointed it wasn’t used more and most of the story just felt inconsistently built. The harem aspect also felt out of place and poorly done.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OwWJd0


Beastmaster: Symbiosis: A harem LitRPG science fantasy adventure (Beastmasters Book 1) (36:31)

There are some interesting and well developed aspects of the story and some decent to good combat, as LitRPG it just didn’t work for me

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2C7s8vH


Infinite Lives: (Infinite Lives Online Book 1)  (44:29)

If the humor lands for you, you may like this one more than I did.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xLr8KH


NuLife: A LitRPG Adventure (50:16)

Not LitRPG.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2pNuQiw


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LitRPG News


Matt Dinniman, author of the Dominion of Blades series, posted pictures of a plush version of Alice the hippocorn from his LitRPG series. It was made by the wonderful Anneliese Rennie who sent it to the author as a gift. Personally, I’d buy plushies of my favorite LitRPG characters, how about you?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/540394709678045/permalink/706018916448956/?__tn__=-UC-R




Audiobook narrator and owner of Soundbooth Theater, Jeff Hays, has reported several complaints and even bad reviews being given for both Life Reset 2 and The Wayward Bard. Apparently, there is some issue where the audiobooks start somewhere in the middle instead of Chapter 1. This is an error with the download of the book, not the actual composition. It’s also easy to fix, just delete and redownload the book.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1822629184684006/permalink/2172592126354375/?__tn__=-UC-R


Gabriel Rathweg, author of several other LitRPG series, has decided to narrate his own audiobook for his I Am Gamer novel. In his own words:


Decided to do it myself, I'm going to release 2 chapters, maybe 3 a day, on my Podbean site, then when I'm all done, take it down and submit to ACX. Let me know if it's any good. LOL, or if it sucks.

https://glrathweg.podbean.com/#.W750-GqkpqM.facebook


Out Now!   


PSA

Reborn Online - Dark Souls Book 1: A LitRPG Adventure

-The author clearly states this but in case you didn’t see it.

**Previously published as ERDE ONLINE - INSIDE: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel**


A Mage Rising: (The Chronicles of Herst 2: A LitRPG Saga)

https://amzn.to/2pKHZZU


Rank Zero: A Sci-Fi LitRPG (Cyberlinks Book 1) (Cyberlinks Trilogy)

https://amzn.to/2pQnU4B


Ruins of Rimnir: The Alchemist: (A LitRPG Series)

https://amzn.to/2y8rYS6


Changing World: The Beginning

https://amzn.to/2ILmi4D

Translated from Russia. Dialogue doesn’t use quotations, instead uses dashes (-It’s a great day outside-He said.) The story definitely has some translation issues.


Glitch Book Four (The Glitch Series 4)

https://amzn.to/2PsiI1E


Cloud Dungeon: Winter Wonderland

https://amzn.to/2RDTijb


Endless Online: Oblivion's Peril: A LitRPG Adventure - Book 4

https://amzn.to/2A4jXz1


New LitRPG Audiobooks  


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Upcoming LitRPG:


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

https://amzn.to/2pnPGFl


RiftWorlds Online: Book 1 - Space Opera Insertion (Oct. 15th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2zW6sRJ  


Mechs and Violence: (Infinite Lives Online Book 2) (Oct. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xWyXxx


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

https://amzn.to/2x8L0Xl


Viridian Gate Online: Side Quest: A litRPG Anthology (Oct. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2E3sPsB

**Note: Our very own Ray Johnson, host of the Litrpg Audiobook Podcast has a short story in this collection.**


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

https://amzn.to/2xqkKZb


Respawn: Lovers Lost (Respawn LitRPG series Book 2) (Oct. 19th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2pJGco4


Heir Today Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 2) (Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2IqA6Be


Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) (October 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NyRREt


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

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB



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)

https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x


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) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh


Onto New Releases and Reviews


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New Releases and Reviews


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Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series

What could be worse that getting stuck in a virtual world? Instead of enjoying the game, I found myself trapped inside my character’s dead body. Now the only way I can save myself is by procuring the Scroll of Rebirth. The problem is, my chances of getting it are slim. I’m an undead: an outlaw with no friends, only fickle allies, and plenty of enemies. Who are only waiting for their chance to strike.


My undead hangman character has to tread a razor’s edge, with only the support of his fellow players preventing his imminent plunge into the abyss. But are they who they claim they are? In a game, there’s nothing easier than assuming another person’s identity.


My Opinion: 523 pages, $5.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


Apparently, this it. The translators/english publishers mentioned that this is basically the end of the series. Though there's a small short story that details the afterward, but they're not sure it will get translated. But heck, it’s a good way to go out.


I’ll admit, the story is not perfect. There are plenty of places where the story is forced into certain outcomes, the villians in the story seem like copies of each other, and though the end resolves many of the big plot points it leaves some holes too. But despite those issues, I had a good time with the story. I did. There’s lots of good action, interesting RPG power developments, and some good twists to the story. The story pace is pretty fast and through there’s a good bit of action, it’s never repetitive.


Score: 7.1 out of 10

Kingdom of the Dead (An NPC's Path Book #2) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2NMOPca


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Grum: Suburban Sunderer (Savage Legends Book 2)

Savage Legends: Book 2


Two weeks after being transplanted to our world, Grum, a level-99 barbarian finds himself banished to his boss Eli’s suburban rental property with a laundry list of chores—and nothing to kill, except time.


But when Grum meets a crafty little girl named Romy, he learns of a hidden kingdom nestled in the woods at the end of Juniper Street. A kingdom that Romy insists is ripe for the taking—so long as Grum does exactly what she says.


WARNING: Contains 60% more BARBARIAN!, stat blocks, gamer jokes, drug use, sexual references, crude humor, idiocy, battle-axes, magic items and experience points.


My Opinion: 84 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Grum is without a doubt my favorite RPG Barbarian. In book 1, he was transported from his RPG world to our mundane one and had to master the art of being a barista. In book 2, he has to deal with becoming a renter. No Grum can’t just build himself a home from the bones of his enemies, instead his boss Eli lets him rent his old condo. With that comes a quest notification for Grum to find his place in our world.


This is an adorable story about being an outsider and finding a place in a strange world, ours. There are minor adult themes like a single scene with recreational drug use and an implied sex scene (super fade to black). Even with those parts, the story is cute, innocent, funny, and has a little action.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Grum: Suburban Sunderer (Savage Legends Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2zZPH8o


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Deadwater: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 2)

Book 2 of The Wayfarers, a series of LitRPG novellas.


Alex McLeod is broke again. A teenager from Earth, Alex discovered a mysterious old game called Wayfarer, which transported him to the fantasy world of Borealis. There, he and the beautiful elven thief Cerissa embarked on a career of crime, stealing the gold that they need to buy new powers and skills under the rules of Wayfarer. But the money's run out, their exploits have caught up with them, and their friend Bell is in mortal danger.


Now Alex and Cerissa must slip Bell out of the city, up the river, and out to freedom on the open sea. But their enemy's power reaches further than they thought, and hanging over everything is the threat of the terrible prison known as Deadwater...


My Opinion: 65 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Not a bad short story but the game parts are minimized a bit and it feels more like a fantasy story. I was disappointed that with the setup for the 1980’s real world and the multiverse weren’t better used. Lost interest fairly quickly with the jailbreak plot.


Score: 6 out of 10

Deadwater: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2QzAQXJ


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First Level (Replay Book 1)

It's his heaven and her hell.


Waking up in a strange place with no memory of who you are or how you got there is bad enough but when Lana finds out she's stuck with Peter, who seems overly excited by the prospect of an adventure, she starts to get a bad feeling. To make matters worse, Lana finds out she's dead, has no memory of the past, and all the talk of skills, leveling up and questing make her want to scream.


All Lana wants to do is find a way to get home, wherever that is, but Peter is more than content to stay and see what this strange world filled with merchant gnomes, Minotaur bartenders and angry house toughs have to offer.


My Opinion: 89 pages, $1.00, Available on Kindle Unlimited


On the RPG side, things are simplistic. The reader is shown Character Sheets exactly twice. Once at the beginning and once at the very end. All the other game aspects are described by the characters. They pick their classes and just know what their powers are. They eventually see skill trees and maps but don’t tell the reader what they see for skill trees, just the one they chose. Relatively minimal game details that don’t really feel like they impact the story sometimes.


Storywise, it’s transported to an RPG fantasy world. The two main characters (MCs) go on adventures, solve puzzles, get into fights, and learn about their new world. There are hints that there are bigger powers at play and that the cultures of the world view heroes like the two MCs as rare and potentially troublesome, but there is little world building in this short story to fill in the details as to why.


The one thing that stopped me from liking the story is one of the main characters. I just could not make myself like Lana. For most of the story she just whines continuously about not wanting to be in the world, she complains anytime the other MC does anything, and makes completely illogical choices that don’t fit her logical personality.


Overall, not a bad slice of life short story, but I didn’t enjoy myself because I didn’t like one of main characters.


Score: 6 out of 10

First Level (Replay Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2IAX9to


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Seasoned Adventurer

Alex's biggest worry in life was his job as a chef, cooking for people that otherwise wouldn't know he existed. That, and getting a date with the server he had a crush on. But when he finds himself thrown into another world, one with elements for too similar to video games he had played in the past, his only concern was survival. And maybe coming out of his shell for once.


Backed by internet trivia and video game lore, and armed with a strange magical ability that allows him to harness the power of his foes by literally devouring part of their essence, Alex isn't the hero he dreamed he would be. But maybe he's the hero that can save his new friends and a village that could be his new home.


(This book contains some adult themes and profanity.)


My Opinion: 104 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A chef is transported to an RPG game world, fights some monsters, makes some friends, and has some adventures. The game mechanics in the story are technically LitRPG. The main character (MC), Alex, has a stat page and those stats increase as he adventures and he gains some abilities as he fights. However, the RPG aspect is pretty superficial and the most interesting aspect, his innate ability Gourmand, which lets him gain stats, skills, and abilities from cooking and eating the flesh of his slain enemies, is only used twice in the story.


Storywise, the action is decently written but just about everything else in the story feels very forced and inconsistent. The MC is initially presented as a shy, meek, chef but within hours is transformed into a warrior-mage with enough charm and cunning to fool the locals into thinking he’s a new lord. Only none of the game mechanics supports this, he has terrible charisma, strength, and agility scores. Then he just happens upon several woman that just have to make him their husband and don’t mind sharing and the story turns into a harem aspect with badly described sex scenes. The main characters personality flips back and forth between unbeatable warrior and self pitying flop. Additionally, most of the action, though not badly written is forced and there really isn’t any explanation for most of it.


Overall, though I genuinely liked the Gourmand aspect I was really disappointed it wasn’t used more and most of the story just felt inconsistently built. The harem aspect also felt out of place and poorly done.


Score: 4 out of 10

Seasoned Adventurer

https://amzn.to/2OwWJd0


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Beastmaster: Symbiosis: A harem LitRPG science fantasy adventure (Beastmasters Book 1)

An alien cat turned me into a superweapon.


I was homeless on the streets of Third York when it happened. Then the military arrived and gave me a choice. Enlist or die.


The next thing I knew, I was fighting giant robots at the Xenoforce Academy's boot camp. Figuring out superpowers and energy levels was hard enough, but I had to deal with a mind-reading alien princess, a team of gorgeous women, and a femme fatale in charge of the whole operation.


Oh, and a galactic conspiracy is threatening all of humanity.


It's up to me and my new feline friend to set things right. A civil war's brewing on the homeworld of our allies from space, and hidden traitors are sabotaging Earth's defenses. We'll have to gain the trust of my hot teammates and —


Did I mention how tight their bodysuits are?


Warning: May not be suitable for all audiences. This book contains sensual and comedic adult scenes of questionable taste, anime-style harem situations, and gamelit/litrpg mechanics.


My Opinion: 204 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Asked to review novel by author. Says it is light LitRPG with a unique mechanic. The main character (MC) bonds with alien cat creature and is thus pulled into an galactic conflict. Merging with creature gives MC access to powers with an energy cost. The MC fights other beast masters while training at this academy and the bond with the alien cat evolves (no explanation of how that happens or what that means) but it unlocks new abilities and energy pool the MC uses gets bigger. So, technically there is a clear form of gamified progress for the powers in this universe, which makes it LitRPG. However, as a LitRPG story, it’s not particularly satisfying. The RPG aspect is very very light and doesn’t have much depth. It boils down to the MC choosing between 2-3 new powers every evolution. The other aspects of the story are more fleshed out and interesting.


The other aspects: combat, the sci-fi concepts, academy training, and the thriller elements at the end are more interesting. The combat is the big focus of the story with fights happening every few pages sometimes. Fights between training beastmasters, fights against machines, fights with bad guys. Lots of fights. There was much more effort put into creating a backstory for why the alien Chimeria, including a class system and uprising. The thriller aspects while not prominent in the beginning part of the story, are decent too.


The author writes that they intended to bring Anime style harem into the story but that doesn't come through in the story. That kind of harem involves multiple women being attracted to an MC and pursuing him romantically, no sex usually. In this story the MC is surrounded by female beastmasters but none seem to be interested romantically in him. They just exist around him and eventually fight with him as friends and comrades. There’s a minor amount of comedic moments as the MC just gets aroused alot, but that’s kind of it. So, if you’re expecting graphic sex scenes because the author used the tag ‘harem’ this doesn’t have them.


Overall, while there are some interesting and well developed aspects of the story and some decent to good combat, as LitRPG it just didn’t work for me.


Score: 6 out of 10

Beastmaster: Symbiosis: A harem LitRPG science fantasy adventure (Beastmasters Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2C7s8vH


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Infinite Lives: (Infinite Lives Online Book 1)

Winter is coming, is it? Well, if my shrivelled-up little energy bar is anything to go by, I’d argue that it's already f***ing here.


Trust me, the infinite lives hack seemed like a good idea at the time.


Welcome to Infinitus, an exciting new MMORPG where you can make friends and mutilate people, without the complications that often arise from the latter. If you fancy having your digitized soul stuffed into a Wizard, an Elf, or one of any number of fantasy bodies, then this is the fully immersive gaming experience for you. Magic, melees, and if you play your cards right, adventurer-on-adventurer action await.


Or at least, that’s what the sons of glitches on the commercial promised me.


What I got was the Lord of the Rings on bloody amphetamines. A glitching garbage-fire of a game. As I write this, I’m trapped in a Red Zone, with a horde of unstoppable murder fiends, a clingy nemesis, and a pack of players who couldn’t give two tugs of a Donkey Kong’s you-know-what whether I live or die. The wrong end of my flaming sword keeps catching fire. The only NPCs who want to have sex with me are members of the Gnome community. And to make matters worse, I can’t log out.


Um, I did mention the tank full of heavily armed soldiers in mech suits who just arrived, right?


I am so screwed…


Warning: “Infinite lives” contains swearing, stats and violence, the FPS occupation of a fantasy MMORPG, a hung-over gamer girl in a mech suit, a chainsaw wielding Amazon, sleazy Zombies, an evil Necromancer, the most pointless artifact ever, characters with unbelievably inappropriate avatars, an ad-saturated cyberpunk future, an excessively violent horde, inappropriate workplace behaviour, a drunk Wizard with a ring fetish, weaponized Gnomes, non-PC NPCs, and possibly a melee et trois.


More swearing than Ready Player One. Less words than Lord of the Rings…


My Opinion: 295 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a story that is filled with cursing, bravado, pop culture and geek gamer jokes. Parody and satire are big parts of the story. The humor landing will determine if you like this because there’s not much going on with the story beyond the humor. Like really, in the first 20% of the novel, the main character (MC) talks to a zombie, kills a goblin, and gets into a bar. That’s it. Yeah, there are other POVs shown and setups for lots of jokes, but in that space the MC mostly talks, jokes, and monologues. That’s what the story is, lots of humor mixed in with awkward situations, sub plots about rogue AI, hacking,gaming gone wrong, and a minor amount of fighting.


Overall, while I appreciated all the jokes, and some of the long game setups for some, the humor didn’t land with me. Which made the first part of the story kind of boring. Thankfully the mid story picked up the pacing a bit, but the story never got good for me because the humor didn’t land with me. This not a badly written story and I think if the humor lands with you, you’ll like it a lot more than I did.


Score: 6 out of 10

Infinite Lives: (Infinite Lives Online Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2xLr8KH


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NuLife: A LitRPG Adventure

As the top detective in her small Alaskan town, Claire Darrow has seen her fair share of cases. But when a distraught widow comes to Claire with the suspicious details of her husband’s death, Claire is forced into new territory—virtual reality gaming territory.


Following the trail set for her by billionaire playboy, Seth Channing (the owner of NuLife, an exclusive VR gaming company), Claire goes on the adventure of a lifetime into the Viking world of Valhalla.


Caught in a web of secrets, lies, attraction, and skeletons from her own closet, Claire heads into a world she never knew existed. Braving treacherous quests, handsome kings, and dangerous computer-generated characters is only half the battle as she sets out to collect the details of the case to decipher whether NuLife is really behind not one, but three murders.


While Claire uncovers more and more layers of the mystery, she begins to wonder if she’s actually playing the game… or if she’s the one being played.


My Opinion: 274 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Not LitRPG. It’s a story that starts out with the main character Claire, a detective investigating some deaths associated with playing a VR game. She goes into the game, experiences fantasy action, flirts with some strong warriors, and leaves. The entire detective aspect isn’t advanced and while there are a hand full of notifications, they don’t mean anything in the story, and don’t have an impact on it. There’s no RPG progression, just some informational notifications that feel like they were inserted after the story was already written.


This is more of a romance story set in VR. Which fits in with the author’s other series.


Score: 4 out of 10

NuLife: A LitRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2pNuQiw



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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.

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/


 

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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LitRPG Podcast 136

 



LitRPG Podcast 136


Oct. 5th, 2018


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 136 of the LitRPG podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews.  I have 9 new LitRPG reviews just for you.

Before we begin, I just want to thank a recent supporter that made a generous donation via Paypal to the podcast. They requested to remain anonymous, so no names. But thank you.

https://litrpgpodcast.com/support



New Releases and Reviews:

Advent (Red Mage Book 1) (11:00)

LitRPG apocalypse story that that hits all the right action adventure buttons for me.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Ihl40D


Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound (19:16)

Depends too heavily on nostalgia, parody, and satire.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj


One More Last Time: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 1) (24:49)

A surprisingly good slice of life, action-adventure story with some gritty medieval realism.

Score: 7.7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2RdLJ2m


Roguelock: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 1)  (29:32)

Short story. 1980s storyline has more potential than the fantasy one.

Score: 7.1 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2OjTHse


Rebirth Online: A litRPG Adventure (32:44)

The novel doesn’t do either LitRPG or Harem particularly well.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xyH4z5


The Hall: Book 1 of the Muraglen Saga (36:14)

Story doesn’t start to get decent till you’re 70% into it.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2R1M1JC


Phoenix World: Beta Test Zone 5 (41:42)

Technical writing issues. The author hates quotation marks.

Score: 4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Ocqhwj


The Arena (The Adventures of Horc Book 2)  (46:16)

Lost me in book 2.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2zxruGl


The Path to Peace (Alpha World Book 6)  (49:35)

This feels like a transition or setup novel, but is still entertaining.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2xPEHJq



(Play Music 2)


LitRPG News


Michael Chatfield, author of the Emerilia and Ten Realms series will be doing an AMA on Facebook Live on Oct. 10th, 7pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). I plan to watch, just to see if he grew back his beard yet.

https://www.facebook.com/michaelchatfieldsbooks/


Dakota Krout, author of the Divine Dungeon and Completionist series, started his own publishing company (Mountaindale press) and this week marks the first of their new LitRPG titles. To help promote the company and their many upcoming titles, Mountaindale press is running a month long contest giving away full physical book sets, ebooks, t-shirts, mugs, artwork.


The rules according to Dakota:


“Every Friday for the next 4 weeks I'll post about a new GameLit or LitRPG book that was released that day by my company and if you comment with a screenshot of you purchasing or reading the book or, heck, even commenting with your favorite non-spoilery quote, you'll be entered to win the following.”


For the full details and lists of prizes check out the link to the Facebook post.

https://www.facebook.com/TheDivineDungeon/posts/1920634381564351?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARC-yXbnen0jrHOwcXdScBskCyMLQrqUf5vOU_dUkAUMHTJN86sRGh4OELOuRzZSu1X_pztmVklv83CFfS8_PLRMPN33yveLFgpRYIrdPxFHWnCzzLbdZjeasebBwo9NCzneJ5aWUYr8fkvxWgGOkzyALk1piqiumyFJjKOme0_8Ad4CwsUb&__tn__=C-R



Out Now!   


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

https://amzn.to/2xFpVoo


Infinite Lives: (Infinite Lives Online Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2xLr8KH


Ghosts of Smoke: A LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2xVLilu


First Level (Replay Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2IAX9to


Alternative Reality Vol 1; Part 4

https://amzn.to/2IAgzhW


Killer Dungeon (Euphoria Online Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2QtPf7P


Succubus 4 (Gnome Place Like Home): A LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2DX92uQ


Seasoned Adventurer

https://amzn.to/2OwWJd0


New LitRPG Audiobooks  



Killer Dungeon

https://amzn.to/2E7286D


Anomaly: Somnia Online, Book 2

We gave the ebook version a 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NlyNo4


The Wayward Bard: World of Chains, Book 1

We gave the ebook version a 7 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2Nmfxqq



Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player): New Era Online Series, Book 2

We gave the ebook version a 8 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2QnIyE4


Starter Zone -The Revelation Chronicles, Book 1

We gave the ebook version a score of 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2yb3FC7




Upcoming LitRPG:


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


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

https://amzn.to/2pnPGFl


Mechs and Violence: (Infinite Lives Online Book 2) (Oct. 16th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xWyXxx


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

https://amzn.to/2x8L0Xl


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

https://amzn.to/2xqkKZb


Heir Today Pawn Tomorrow: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 2) (Oct. 25th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2IqA6Be


Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) (October 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NyRREt


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

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB



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)

https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x


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) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh


Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)


New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)

Advent (Red Mage Book 1)

Drew Michalik was working in a top-secret facility in Washington, D.C. when the Advent began. As all electronics in the world simply ceased to work, blue screens filled with information appeared before him.


Drew was given access to a mana interface and a limited number of reality-altering crystals called Xatherite. Following the instructions on his vision-impairing screens, he ‘slotted’ his Xatherite and changed his fate: he gained the ability to cast spells. Now alone in the dark, he must battle through the government bunker-turned-dungeon in a desperate bid for survival.


Escape is only the beginning, the first of his many problems in the changed world. Drew will be tasked to not only survive… but to guide the rest of humanity safely through the anarchy.


My Opinion: 332 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 an LitRPG apocalypse story that is heavy on the combat. It does a good job of explaining what game rules apply to the world and there are lots of neat powers. The very beginning is a little rough but once the story got out of the first dungeon things became more enjoyable. That first dungeon just felt off with it’s monster selection. Once he leaves that dungeon, things expand well. You get to see how the larger world is dealing with the RPG apocalypse, you get a much larger cast of people, more zoned monsters, info about the inter dimensional galactic aspects, hints about some intrigue, and good combat.


Game mechanics: This story has RPG game mechanics but establishes early on that the world hasn’t become some video game. There are no HP or MP bars. People do earn levels, but no XP is ever shown. People have set number of power slots and the types they can have are also fixed. There’s a well explained power system based on different colored crystals that can be looted from certain monsters. These powers advance in their own level system the more they’re used, becoming more powerful and combining with other powers for new combination powers. So, lots of good RPG progression.


Story: Mostly an RPG apocalypse story that is heavily focused on action. Fight various monsters with powers, upgrade powers, fight some more. Repeat. There’s some nice character development and world building but action is the emphasis. There is another story thread that includes an inter dimensional galactic organization but it’s mostly setup for future stories. There is a disappointingly minor amount of survivalist stuff that mostly amounts to looting vending machines and other food locations. There’s really no struggle for food, shelter, or water which seems weird considering how many people are in the story and how all the monsters still need to eat.


The few things that bothered me: the MC is a bit overpowered the MC is and his powers progress a bit too quickly in comparison to the other people in the story. Sure, I get that he’s the MC and hero, but some other people’s powers seem intentionally underdeveloped to make him look good. I mean if you have the ability to create permanent walls and modify them at will, that really lends itself to creating amazing defensive structures and traps. But that’s not utilized during most of the fights. Additionally, there were also a few times the MC seemed to have foreknowledge about small things he shouldn’t know.


Overall, it’s a good story that hits all the right action adventure buttons for me.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Advent (Red Mage Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2Ihl40D


Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound

You know those times when you’re surrounded by a squadron of blood-thirsty ninjas, your back is to the wall, you’re down to your last heart container, and all hope seems lost? In situations like that, it’s important not to panic, to take a deep breath, and to remember that even if you do shuffle off this mortal coil, by the laws of Etheria you’ll shuffle right back on it again.


Meet Tasha, a couch potato with no accomplishments to her name. That all changes one fateful day when she gets sucked into the world of Etheria. Here, in this world of adventure, she can become the strong person she’s always wanted to be.


After rescuing a princess from ninjas, one thing leads to another, and before she knows it, she’s drawn into a massive quest to save Etheria. With friends by her side, Tasha must figure out who she really is.


My Opinion: 496 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is transported to a game world story that depends heavily on nostalgia, parody, and satire.


Game mechanic wise, most readers will feel a familiarity with the mash of mechanics pulled from video game franchises. The game world is a mash up of older games like Zelda, Mario Bro, Final Fantasy, and some D&D. The main character (MC) Tasha, has a normal character sheet and she levels as she fights. However, instead of HP, the MC has hearts, and magic containers to fuel spells. Her unique class of ‘Couch Potato’ is interesting and requires her to regularly entertain herself to get bonuses and unique skill opportunities. It’s actually a very fun over powered class, but is utilized for comedic purposes in the story more than anything.


Story wise, the novel depends on gamer jokes and parody references. The humor is either going to land with you or it isn’t. For me, all the video game parody was entertaining at first but by the 15% mark it got tiring. Additionally there’s not much of a plot as much as there’s a series of fights and sometimes very silly adventures. Some of those adventures are fun and interesting, but many feel like filler.


Overall, I appreciated the nostalgia pulls, heavy parody, and satire. That aspect stopped being funny after a while and I wanted more original world building or a story interesting enough to keep me hooked.  This just didn’t do that for me.


Score: 6 out of 10

Couch Potato Chaos - Gamebound

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj


One More Last Time: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 1)

A ruined life.


A broken heart.


He thought it was the end, and his gun sat ready to make sure.


But an oddball offer from his last friend comes at the literal last second. Curiosity gets the best of him, and he finds himself sucked into iNcarn8, a game claiming to be a whole new life. Now as Montana, the larger-than-life tank warrior, he has one more last time to get his life right.


One More Last time is the first book in The Good Guys, a LitRPG GameLit series. If you like fast-paced adventure, RPG mechanics, and sweet level progression with a deep magic and game system, this book is for you. It has notes of The Land and classic Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, and stars a lovable idiot of a main character who can’t seem to shake his dark past and find the quiet life he so wants.



My Opinion:  299 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A surprisingly good slice of life, action-adventure story. The main character (MC), Montana, is transported to a medieval world with RPG rules. He has to learn how all the game stuff works along the local cultures, languages, and why people are always trying to stab him. The world has a gritty realism that is interesting and there’s enough world building to make the world feel fleshed out without bogging you down with too much lore. There’s both stat and personality progression for the MC and I personally enjoyed the themes of self improvement and second chances.


The RPG game mechanics are familiar: Character sheets, levels, XP, stats, skills, magic spells. The MC increases skills and stats through use and training as well as through levels. The MC has couple potentially OP traits but it’s balanced well in the story.


Overall, this is a very entertaining read. I was never bored, though I will admit I do like a nice slice of life adventure.


Score: 7.7 out of 10

One More Last Time: A LitRPG/GameLit Novel (The Good Guys Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2RdLJ2m



Roguelock: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 1)

Book 1 of The Wayfarers, a series of LitRPG novellas.


The year is 1984, and Alex McLeod's dad has been missing for more than half his life. When Alex inherits a mysterious game called Wayfarer-- a game that should not exist-- he is drawn into a fantasy world of criminal intrigue. Accompanied by a disembodied daemon and an elf who is not all she seems, Alex must chase his father's legacy while finding a way to earn gold and experience points without getting himself killed in the process.


Roguelock is inspired by old-school tabletop roleplaying games and heist movies.


My Opinion: 70 pages, $0.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This short story the start this a 1980’s nostalgia story that turns into a transported to a game world RPG heist story. The game mechanics are based on custom D&D rules but after the initial info dump and character creation, they fade into the background and only really show up for fights and save throws.


I actually liked the 1980s storyline a lot more than the fantasy one. It felt like there was a chance the story was going to use RPG rules in that normal world, like the MC was going make a saving roll to get the hot girl or something. Instead, it turned into a more standard RPG fantasy story. Not bad, but not particularly innovative either. I’ll give the 2nd short story a chance and hope for something better.


Score: 7.1 out of 10

Roguelock: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2OjTHse


Rebirth Online: A litRPG Adventure

Sam Sullivan has spent the last year of his life paralyzed. Unable to afford the state of the art surgery needed to repair his spinal cord, Sam has lost all hope. But when the first fully immersive virtual reality game goes live, Sam is given a second chance at life.


Rebirth Online offers players action, adventure, and a chance at real world riches. If Sam can rise through the ranks and claim his kingdom, he just might be able to earn enough money to afford the surgery he so badly needs.


Sam enters Rebirth Online excited to begin his adventure, but within fifteen minutes of spawning in the game, he is robbed, beaten, and left for dead.


He wakes to find himself in the care of Anna, a beautiful elf healer. Together they discover that he has an unbelievable special ability, one that allows him to instantly level. To use it, he must grind - literally - with the girls in his guild.


The only problem - A twelve hour cool down.


As Sam’s guild grows, he and Anna are joined by a beautiful human warrior, a feisty drow assassin, and a flighty female Furry. But when a run-in with a high level player named Kincaid ends with Anna’s kidnapping, Sam and his girls must pull all the punches to get their guild mate back. In the process, they uncover a secret with the potential to bring the entire game crashing down.


My Opinion: 190 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is annoying mesh of LitRPG and harem. The main character is in an RPG game permanently but has the unique ability to level by having sex. So that’s kind of all he does. After the initial character creation scene and some disappointing fights, he meets some female players that he has sex with, they all level up, he gets some new spells, some more fights, and repeat. That’s what this is. Unfortunately, the RPG parts are surface deep and the fights aren’t particularly good. Not bad, but just sort of meh. The sex scenes range from fade to black to mildly graphic and are usually only a couple sentences long.


Overall, the novel doesn’t do either LitRPG or Harem particularly well.


Score: 5 out of 10

Rebirth Online: A litRPG Adventure

https://amzn.to/2xyH4z5


The Hall: Book 1 of the Muraglen Saga

What traits define you?

What would you do if you had to start over?


When Faust Swift is thrown into a world of monsters, quests and mysteries he must use his wits and returning memories to overcome adversity and grow stronger. He will meet plenty of enemies and hopefully an ally here or there. Join him as the Universe throws him from Realm to Realm and he finds what he is truly made of.


My Opinion: 258 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This feels like someones first novel. And I don’t necessarily mean anything negative by that, but you can tell that the start was going to be something very different than what the rest of the story turned out to be.


The first 10% of the story is just odd. The main character wanders this kind of dream space where all the stuff he wishes for just comes true, then he meets these girls that give him coins that transform into weapons, and he fights squirrels. There’s no RPG system yet, it’s just kind of this odd section. That then turns into a fantasy slice of life LitRPG story, where the MC wanders around, fights a lot, eventually kind of makes friends, and has some adventures. There’s a familiar RPG system with levels, stats,and skills. But even then, the beginning part of that slice of life adventure is just awkward and meanders a lot. It’s not really until about 70% into the story that it feels like the author start so plan things out and finds his footing in this world. It’s at that point, the MC learns he can do magic and a pretty well thought out cultivation like magic system unfolds. There’s also character development, and a little bit of world building. It’s only really after that point that it feels like like a proper story with direction, and characters get sort of fleshed out.


Unfortunately, the journey to being a pretty decent story just takes too long. I don’t know that most people will even make it through the first 10%.


Score: 6 out of 10

The Hall: Book 1 of the Muraglen Saga

https://amzn.to/2R1M1JC



Phoenix World: Beta Test Zone 5

Will Smith was living a great life! A wonderful wife, two awesome kids, a job he liked and a stable pay check. That all ended one summer evening when driving back to his house after a weekend of camping. A semi-truck veered into his lane and hit his SUV killing his entire family in a single stroke.


He survived if you can call it surviving. He only had the use of his right arm and he could move his neck and head. He would be bed ridden the rest of his life. He ended up meeting some great people that got him into a MMORPG that was about to be 100% virtual, full immersion and for a guy who could no longer walk or doing anything except lie in a bed this was the escape he needed!


He meets a God, gets mind blowing loot, forms a guild, makes friends..... And then dies in real life.



This is his story, please join Will and his friends for this adventure!!


My Opinion: 306 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited



*Warning, this story has many technical writing issues. Mostly with mixed tenses and awkward phrasing. Generally Bad formatting and punctuations.*


The story itself, once the MC gets in the game, isn't horrible. It's just a slice of life description of the MC fighting mostly, getting new items, skills, magic, and adventuring. Though the revenge stuff at the end feels a bit out of place.The RPG stuff is all there with quest, item, and skill descriptions and damage notifications. Overall, the game stuff feels balanced.


However, because of the technical writing issues, reading the story became a chore. The biggest culprit, the one I just couldn't ignore, is that 90% of the story is exposition. Author tells you what someone says instead of actually having dialogue. “I asked where the last boss was...Albert said he suspected the giant mound in the middle is hiding the last boss...” That aspect of the writing was just too much for me.


Score: 4 out of 10

Phoenix World: Beta Test Zone 5

https://amzn.to/2Ocqhwj


The Arena (The Adventures of Horc Book 2)

Never Split the Party!

All he wanted was a bit of quiet time and some extra cash for beta testing the new game, what Alan Gosling got was so much more when disaster strikes, trapping him in the VR game.

Although he’s still stuck in the MMORPG of Halfworld, Horc must turn his efforts to rescuing his friends when they split the party.

Even though he has to be careful not to die, Horc isn’t holding back when it comes to saving his friends.

As the game’s AI starts acting peculiar, Horc and his party find almost everything in the game is fighting against them.

Their biggest challenge awaits them in the Lone Palm Arena where they must fight and kill their friends to save them.

Is Horc up to the challenge that goes against everything he believes in?

Can he save his friends before he loses himself in the game?

With new friends and bigger challenges than before, Horc will do everything he can to fight and stay alive in a game that is nearly as real as the everyday life he was hoping to escape.


My Opinion: 156 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


The next string of adventures in this series was just meh. The combat and questlines weren’t bad but for some reason the dialogue felt more stilted this time. Additionally, nothing really got me excited to read the story. I mean, sure the danger the rogue AI was a decent twist but even with that I never felt a sense of excitement because I knew the MC would never be in any danger.


Score: 6 out of 10

The Arena (The Adventures of Horc Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2zxruGl



The Path to Peace (Alpha World Book 6)

Life in Alpha World has been a blessing for Alburet, more then he had ever thought it could be, and still more then he thinks he deserves at times. With allies and friends all around him, and the love of three beautiful, unique women he knows that this might be the best life has to offer.


But all of life has complications and his are many and varied. A quest from the Overlord, that requires he level as quickly as he can for the ‘End Game’ or risk losing all the happiness he has found.


While that is difficult enough more issues keep showing up. The open-ended contract by the Assassins’ Guild on any member of Alpha Company is testing the bonds of those who have joined. Add in the background movements of the Noble Houses to that list to make things even more annoying, but that is still not the end of the troubles. Not the least issue seems to be, the machinations of the vague old evil that is stirring again, with its own plans.


With all these issues starting to bear down on Alburet and Alpha Company, he must fight to accomplish the goals needed to keep his loves, all while dealing with his own mental issues.


Welcome back to Alpha World


My Opinion: 416 pages, $4.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


One of the more XP grinding entries in the series, Alburet and the gang need to hit level 80 to move onto the next big quest arc. They’ll visit a bunch of zones they’d missed on their epic quest and learn new strategies as they face various monsters. There’s still some really nice emotional development, and the thing with the Assassins is handled. However, the main feature of the story is the character developments, the interactions between Alburet and his wives.


Overall, though this feels like a transition novel, it is still entertaining.


Score: 7.3 out of 10

The Path to Peace (Alpha World Book 6)

https://amzn.to/2xPEHJq



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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
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

 

(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

 

(Picture 2)

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

 

(Picture 3)

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

 

(Picture 4)

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

 

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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"

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LitRPG Podcast 135

 



LitRPG Podcast 135


Sept. 28th, 2018


Hello everyone, welcome to episode 135 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-135


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. The FPS Deity: A Fantasy LitRPG Series- Book 1 (06:55)

Good concept, but the final execution doesn’t work for me.

Score: 5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NmjnVz


  1. Bunker Core (Core Control Book 1) (12:51)

A good dungeon core story with lots of places for the story to go.

Score: 7.5 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2QPeDFZ


  1. Infinite Exodus: A SciFi LitRPG (Infinite Exodus Book 1) (17:44)

As LitRPG it left something to be desired

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2PQLWXV


  1. Gaia's Gambit: Evolution Online I (A LitRPG)  (24:18)

This came out a while ago but I’m glad I went back and read it

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE


  1. Lord of the Flame: A LitRPG novel (Call of Carrethen Book 2) (29:19)

Too much wandy waviness and inconsistent world rules for me to really enjoy the story.

Score: 6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2N45l65


  1. Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series (42:15)

This is one of the series that I always know that I’ll enjoy.

Score: 7.4 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi


  1. Cavern of Spirits: A LitRPG and GameLit Adventure (Stonehaven League Book 3) (44:48)

Book 3 in the series continues the LitRPG goodness that the come before it.

Score: 7.6 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2NnXgOk


  1. Freehaven Online: Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades: A LitRPG Adventure (Freehaven Online-Book 2) (48:03)

This is a streamlined and solid improvement over book 1.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

https://amzn.to/2pq37Ep



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LitRPG News


To help promote the recently released 3rd book in the series, author Domino Finn has put book the first book in the series on sale on Amazon for $0.99 until 9/30/18.

https://amzn.to/2Qbv2mY


Jeffrey Falcon Logue has posted an update on the Slime Dungeon side scroller he’s making. He’s finished the first boss encounter and it looks really good.

https://youtu.be/XtQXG8oEKdg



Out Now!   


Trojan: An Epic LitRPG Adventure (Afterlife Online Book 3)

https://amzn.to/2Idy9YX


The Arena (The Adventures of Horc Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2zxruGl


The Hall: Book 1 of the Muraglen Saga

https://amzn.to/2R1M1JC


The Idle System: The New Journey

https://amzn.to/2Oeb79D


Phoenix World: Beta Test Zone 5

https://amzn.to/2Ocqhwj


Roguelock: A LitRPG Adventure (The Wayfarers Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2OjTHse


New LitRPG Audiobooks  


Axillon99: A LitRPG Novel

https://amzn.to/2OfPZQs


Upcoming LitRPG:



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

https://amzn.to/2uEJ4Fj


Black Flame in the Barren Steppe (Realm of Arkon Book 8)

(Sept. 29th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2DwcFYJ


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

https://amzn.to/2xyH4z5


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

(Oct. 1st, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2xFpVoo


Advent (Red Mage Book 1) (Oct. 5th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2Ihl40D


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


Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) (October 26th, 2018)

https://amzn.to/2NyRREt


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

https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB



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) (Dec. 16th, 2108)

https://amzn.to/2Ime5nh


Onto New Releases and Reviews


(Play Music 3)


New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)


The FPS Deity: A Fantasy LitRPG Series- Book 1

By the age of 80, General Gama Feihren has long since retired and is now on the last days of his life, spending most of it time on a virtual first-person shooter game he truly loves and enjoys: Gaia's Paradox.


Reminiscing about the days of his former military glory as his real is nearing death's door— Follow the adventure of Feihren as he ventures into this new world he suddenly transmigrated in, New World: Nuwiell


(A Fantasy LitRPG series with a touch of Transmigration/Reincarnation novel troupe.)


My Opinion: 447 pages, $2.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a webnovel serial that has been collected as a novel. The story concept of this is interesting but the actual storytelling and writing is bad. It almost feels like the novel is translated from another language or that the English just isn’t the author’s native language. Either way, there are loads of spelling and grammar errors. The structure of the story is just off, and the constant shifts between characters viewpoints is jarring and confusing.


This is mostly a slice of life novel that has a transported to a game world through transmigration setup. The main character, Gama Feihren, in his retirement, is an avid Sci-fi RPG MMO player. He’s maxed out his character and is now trying to complete a rare and challenging quest. But when he beats it, he’s transported to an RPG fantasy world. He’s regained his youth, but more importantly he also has his maxed out levels and customized high tier armor and weapons.  With all that, he’s definitely overpowered in this new world of swords and sorcery. He really just explores, goes on adventures, and kills anything that dares to attack him or his new friends. There is still some RPG advancement as the MC gets general XP he can use to gain skills more in line with the fantasy RPG world. I think the thing that doesn’t work for me story wise is that there’s just never any challenge for this OP character, so even though he gets in lots of fights, there’s never any real risk and the story just gets a boring sometimes because of it.


Again, good concept, but the final execution doesn’t work for me.


Score: 5 out of 10

The FPS Deity: A Fantasy LitRPG Series- Book 1

https://amzn.to/2NmjnVz


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Bunker Core (Core Control Book 1)

Wynne might have been human once. It's hard to say.

Now he's a bunker core, a nanomachine controller responsible for an entire complex.

Of course, the place is a bit wrecked. And the world outside is ruins. And he's pretty sure that whoever put him here is going to come looking for him at some point. And then there's the raiders...

Dungeon Core, Post-apocalyptic style. Come for the mutants, stay for the dystopian adventure!


My Opinion: 244 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


A good new dungeon core story with all the traps, minions, and tech trees you’d expect. The LitRPG elements are on the lighter side but still exists as Wynne, the dungeon, upgrades and explores as he defends himself in this post apocalyptic world. In addition to being a dungeon core viewpoint, there are other points of view that shed light on the larger world world building and setup storylines for the rest of the series.


While the story doesn’t do anything particularly innovative with the dungeon core genre and thematically reminds me of The Laboratory: A Futuristic Dungeon Core, it’s a good story with lots of room to move in interesting directions.


Score: 7.5 out of 10

Bunker Core (Core Control Book 1)

https://amzn.to/2QPeDFZ


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

Locked inside an unreleased game awaits a world of untapped possibility--and consequences.


Gerard is a would-be scientist, not a soldier, but his father is nowhere near fit for the open-ended rescue mission into the Parallel, a hyperrealistic VR world that was stolen for government applications from genius game developer Ned Dixon. As a fan of Dixon's immersive and often twisted worlds, Gerard thinks he knows what he's getting himself into by taking his father's place, but within the Parallel awaits an infinite number of sinister surprises.


The mission is simple: Play through the deadly game's storyline to save the living researchers trapped within. Not so simple? Dealing with a snarky A.I. who knows Gerard doesn't belong and fending off the monstrous angels Dixon programmed to make the crew's job as difficult as possible.


My Opinion: 239 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is technically LitRPG. It’s a sci-fi story that by the 16% mark is in the Infinite Reality full immersion game. The setup is overly complicated but does a good job at world building. Most of that goes to waste since the majority of the story takes place in-game, but the game does have RPG mechanics, sort ot. The main character (MC) and his team level up as the story goes on. There are also several looks at character sheets, item descriptions, and monsters with levels and HP. However, outside those informational aspects, there’s no other actual game mechanics of any kind. The story on the whole, feels more like a space sci-fi story with maybe a trapped in the game theme. This is especially the case after the 70% mark when even that game aspect disappears for the most part.


Storywise, it’s trapped in the game with a chosen one aspect. The MC joins this advanced game and must complete this escort mission with the military or hundreds of people trapped in the game will die. More importantly, the game is supposed to be the key to finding a new place for humanity to live. But it really turns into a series of semi-connected adventures, some decent fights with only a couple kinds of enemies, and some sci-fi exploration with A.I.


Overall, it’s an ok story. There are some good moments and I really liked the world building at the beginning. But as LitRPG, it left something to be desired. The game stuff feels surface level and even though there are stats, they don’t have an impact on the story.


Score: 6 out of 10

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

https://amzn.to/2PQLWXV


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

The end of the world had come, and humanity was in danger of extinction, but it would survive. Had survived, as far as Jason knew.

Jason lived the last millennia in a virtual utopia, which was slowly driving him insane. His mind suspended in a computer matrix, an ark of sorts, until they could grow new bodies and rejoin the real world, to rebuild. It would be a long time before the Earth recovered. Only four million out of billions had been saved in such a fashion, he was one of the lucky ones.

At least, he’d been in a utopia until that morning, when he woke up in a new world on a bed of moss in the middle of a forest glade. Alone. No breakfast, no coffee, and no bacon. He wasn’t sure what to do, but he didn’t really have a choice but to move forward, it was either that or starve himself to death over and over. Not really a choice at all. Well, either that or be killed by monsters.

He just wished he knew what the hell Gaia was thinking. Elves, dwarves, evil races, magic, swords, and bows? The A.I. must have lost her mind…


My Opinion: 294 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


This was recommended to me by someone. I’d missed it when it first came out and hadn’t found the time to read it till now. I’m glad I did, it’s quiet good.


The premise is interesting with earth as we know it gone and the remnants of humanity living as digitized beings for 15,000 years. When the ruling AI notices some people going crazy from all the perfection, she changes things into a RPG fantasy world where people can be challenged, feel pain, and grow again. Jason, the MC, chooses to be a mage type and finds a player like himself Gwen, and together they survive and even thrive in this new world. The story is really slice of life, with the MC figuring out the game system, contemplating magical theory to maximize his power and progress, finding companions, going on adventures, and fighting.  


Game mechanic wise, it’s pretty good. There are regular character sheets, damage numbers, XP, skills, stats, and the magical theory is well thought out and flexible. The RPG game world has hard limits on how powerful skills and magic can be so that players have to make hard choices about their progress and I personally enjoyed all the insights into how the MC thought and why he made his game progression choices.


Overall, I’m really glad I went back to read this. The writing can be a little dry sometimes and combat isn’t the most visceral but it is very tactical and interesting. But the biggest appeal to me is the intelligent way the main character acts, plans, and progresses as a caster. That and all the good game/magical theory details.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

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

https://amzn.to/2ORpSvE


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Lord of the Flame: A LitRPG novel (Call of Carrethen Book 2)

**if you haven't read Call of Carrethen Book 1, there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead in the novel description below for that novel!! **






The Ripper is dead. I know--I killed him.


Jack is dead and so are all my friends. Or at least that's what I thought. An artificial intelligence named Wintermute created a backup world of to save those who died in Carrethen, and I've been sent in to get them out. But this isn't the Carrethen I once knew.


The world is decayed, corrupted and twisted, filled with things that should not be possible: twisted mutated monsters, shattered landscapes and Sunken, players who have died so many times they've lost their minds and identity, reduced to creatures fueled by nothing but pure rage. They call it The Dark World.


I spawned naked and alone and I managed to survive, but there's just one problem. My special powers of restoration aren't working, I can't contact Wintermute and I have no idea where to find my friends. Are they scattered across the realm with the Unchained? Have they become one of the mindless horde of the Sunken? Or worse, are they trapped in Sheol, the cavern prison at the center of the world, guarded by a max-level boss, the Lord of the Flame?


No one has ever come close to defeating him, but if it's the only way to rescue Jack, my friends, and the rest of the players trapped in this terrible realm, I'll be the first one to do it.


My Opinion: 440 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


While on a technical level, the novel isn’t poorly written and the action scenes are rather visceral, I couldn’t enjoy the story. The 2nd novel in the series honestly feels like a less polished version of the 1st novel. The outline of the story is the same: intro to the world, setup the bad guy, then a huge middle section that advances the plot slightly but is mostly level grinding and then a resolution with a twist at the very end. The themes are the same too. The stakes are set so that death feels permanent, and thus no matter what happens the main character won’t ever die.  Which brings me to the biggest problem with the story, it has all the issues that brought down my enjoyment of the first story but none of the originality that made up for it.


There were multiple instances this time of the rules of the RPG suddenly changing or just being inconsistent. Take death for example,  with in the first 15% of the novel, the rules about death in the story change three times. First it’s die in the game, die in real life. Then it’s die in the game, respawn without your memories until you turn into a mindless mob forever (not setup and doesn’t really make sense). Then it shifts again, to one special player having the power to permanently kill these mindless beings called, the Sunken. Oh, then of course the MC just happens to be given (not earned in anyway) the one power to reverse this loss of memory. Oh, also, turns out some players aren’t killed after all but turn into random monsters. Again and again these changes keep taking place, either to save the MC from some imminent death, or to add some new thread to the story that really doesn’t make sense. Any obvious inconsistencies are waved away by the characters as ‘Oh, this new broken dark world is just weird like that.’


The fights in the story still have good action descriptions, but they often end up with either the MC feeling overpowered because she has a bunch of levels she didn’t earn and is facing low leveled mobs, or the MC losing all but a ‘tiny sliver of health’ but being miraculously saved.  Even worse, there are multiple places where the MC should have clearly died but didn’t. For example, in the first few pages of the novel the MC faces off against multiple monsters that should have killed her. I mean really, one of them is over 100 levels higher than the MC but she somehow survives the fight despite starting it at less than 25% health, having no armor, no weapons, and having just fell 200 feet off of a cliff.


Overall, while there are interesting aspect of the story, there’s just too much wandy waviness and inconsistent world rules for me to really enjoy the story.


Score: 6 out of 10

Lord of the Flame: A LitRPG novel (Call of Carrethen Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2N45l65



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Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series

A war has broken out in the Galaxy! The great spacefaring races are all entangled in the fight and, even at the very edge of the known Universe, humanity can hear the echoes of its distant bloody battles. Our suzerains and defenders the Geckho are also caught up in this all-encompassing conflict. Is that a good thing for humanity or not? The answer is up for debate. On the one hand, the Geckho will no longer take the trouble to defend a planet inhabited by people, which is worrying. But on the other, might humanity have the chance to make a name for themselves and take a more active role in interstellar politics?


Gnat is with the Shiamiru crew on the front lines. He’s just changed class to Listener and his friends find themselves right in the thick of this grand interstellar war...


My Opinion: 306 pages, $5.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


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


This is one of the series that I always know that I’ll enjoy. It’s a slice of life sci-fi Litrpg. In book 3, in game - the story takes place entirely off earth. There are space battles, aliens, faction maneuvering, and advancement of the main character's new class. There’s lots of adventures, fighting, and some very interesting twists in the story. Good stuff all around.


Score: 7.4 out of 10

Game Changer (Reality Benders Book #3) LitRPG Series

https://amzn.to/2uMPCSi


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

Devon has faced off with half-mad zombie frogmen, a demon war priestess, and a thousand-year-old curse.


But can she survive another attempt to cook dinner?


You know, sometimes it would be nice to catch a break. Devon, a professional gamer, has a settlement to grow into a city, a character she'd love to focus on leveling, and some kitchen cabinets that really need restocking.


Unfortunately, the fate of the Relic Online game world is at stake, torn asunder by battling creator AIs. Demons rise through planar rifts, rampaging across the physical realm. The ancient city of Ishildar holds power that might turn the tide. If only Devon, the brave heroine chosen as the city's champion, could finish her epic quest line to gain control of the place.



The in-game events would be challenge enough if she weren't confronted with disasters in the real world. After a horrifying mountain bike crash, Devon's friend, Tamara, needs her support. Emerson, a programmer from the gaming company, can't unravel the troubling actions of the demonic AI, Zaa, without Devon's help.


And yeah, there's the little problem of a raid force of anarchist players coming to demolish Stonehaven, the only true home Devon has ever known.


No problem, right?


My Opinion: 318 pages, $4.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited


Book 3 in the series continues the LitRPG goodness that the come before it. There’s all the expected town building, adventuring, character development, quirky sub stories, and leveling readers have come to expect. Additionally, there is some genuine progress with the real life cyber thriller aspects that I thought was really well done.


Overall, a good read. The author has found her format and continues to produce entertaining and interesting stories.


Score: 7.6 out of 10

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

https://amzn.to/2NnXgOk


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Freehaven Online: Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades: A LitRPG Adventure (Freehaven Online-Book 2)

Still stranded in the virtual world of Freehaven Online, the Toxic Muffins, lead by Justine, are given new hope after a beloved guild member died upon failing digitization.


Mirae has come online.


No one can message her, but they have a quest leading them into the depths of Hades, an underworld that serves two planes of mortal existence, to retrieve a lost soul and escort it back to the living. They hope that's what Mirae is.


For mortals, entering the underworld is no easy task. There's no respawn within Hades and resurrection spells now have a lengthy cool down. Justine's party will face monsters, ghosts, and even deities in their journey. To make matters worse, Hades doesn't release souls easily, and getting back may be just as testing.


Justine needs to forge a rock solid adventure party to find the gates of the underworld, locate Mirae, and bring her home to safety, because if she doesn't Mirae could be lost to both the real and digital worlds forever.


My Opinion: 661 pages, $5.99, Not Available on Kindle Unlimited


This is a solid improvement over book 1, just about all the issues I had with that novel don’t exist here. This is a solid LitRPG adventure story that takes the characters from the series into the bowels of Hades. They go on some quirky Greek mythology themed adventures (like finding new books for Cheron to read), and setup some storylines for book 3. The setup for getting the main character into the adventure is much simpler and overall the novel is streamlined.


There are two negatives that are worth mentioning: 1) One of the big emotional moments in book 1 is undone. 2) The author doesn’t do a good job of either summarizing the events of book 1 or re-introducing readers to the world, game mechanics, or premise of the series. Which will make the novel harder for new readers to understand or connect with. You sort of have to read book 1 to understand who everyone is and what’s happening.


Overall, I ended up liking the book 2 in the series more than book 1 and appreciate the effort the author put into improving the storytelling.


Score: 7.3 out of 10

Freehaven Online: Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades: A LitRPG Adventure (Freehaven Online-Book 2)

https://amzn.to/2pq37Ep




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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.

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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(Music 4)

 

Music Credits

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

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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


(Play Music 2)


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


(Play Music 3)


New Releases and Reviews


(Picture 1)


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


(Picture 2)

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

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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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(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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 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.


 

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