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With regenerative abilities, a badass tail and the potential to evolve his body, how could Art resist choosing a lizard man as his avatar? All’s well until he accidentally joins forces with an acid-spitting, enemy-consuming shadow-bound grub, causing his light-bound guild members turn against him, and a deadly fire mage to wage a vendetta against him. 

Venturing through enchanted forests, into mage enclaves atop ice-capped mountains, through thief-ridden sewers and into ancient temples, Art must defeat the Legendary Beasts and claim their gems of power before his enemies can stop him. 

With the odds stacked against him, it’s time for Art to undergo some dangerous and unique training. 

It’s time for him to evolve!

©2020 R.P. Jones (P)2020 Portal Books

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MC annoying for me

I found the mc annoying like when he's being attacked and he says stupid things like what are you doing or stop it lol.
He's supposed to have been playing games for awhile but he sounds like a newbie a lot lol, good concept for a story but to much of a pacifist mc for me especially with some of the course language was just expecting a more hardened mc lol

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Awesome

What makes this story stand out for me is the fluid character development, and a realistic player development system that doesn't flood me with boring stat updates every 2 chapters like so many others I've listened to. The only part I disliked was when Venom visited Maxis's geode. It didn't make sense at all given their levels and circumstances. Travis Baldree is always an amazing voice, and he didn't fail here.

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Brilliance from conception!

R.p Jones is an absolute legend. I have high hopes for his future! Well done and keep up the amazing work!

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good book

quite a good story different from others I have come across, not many notifications and seems to get on with story quite quick.

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very enjoyable litrpg

really fun litrpg adventure with unique races and skills as well as quests! amazing narration brings the characters and story to life in a deep and immersive way

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  • Timothy Dove
  • 09-10-2020

There’s a lot of racism

This book is really cool on how the world works in the system they use the only issue I have with it is the racism. I’ve read books that had racism in it but it’s a different story when literally everyone that looks different from you is racist towards you. I didn’t like the side character because she’s way too greedy and he doesn’t seem to care that she’s way too greedy.To give you example when they finally decide to team up after she robbed him after he saved her. They were talking about the cut of the loot where she’s getting 90% of everything they gane. It’s just some thing about the characters in the story that just rub me the wrong way.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-10-2020

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The story is an excellent concept. The execution by the author is rather poor. The main character comes off as mentally damaged or retarded. The main character also comes off as extremely arrogant and stuck up in "his" field of expertise. The other characters are likewise one-dimensional. The main character ends up taking a second character role in "his" own story. The main character within the first few chapters immediately switches to the "female" Thief . The story is written as though the author is an SJW with gender pronoun dysphoria. Many of the "he" and "hers" have been replaced with them and they. I do not find this to be a very good story overall.

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  • Stephanie Nemeth
  • 11-10-2020

Baldree’s Brilliance

From the first five minutes I was sucked into the story with the excellent character voices Mr. Baldree produces. I felt like I could actually see them, simply from how detailed and varied he made each character sound. I was immersed from the beginning until the end. I will definitely be listening to EVERY audiobook I can find from this outstanding narrator!

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  • SoManyBooks
  • 10-10-2020

Unique and captivating

A smoothly written and fast-moving journey with unique elements and creative twists in the mix. A great balance of action and emotion and character growth. Fantastic, vivid narration!

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  • Louise
  • 09-10-2020

Fantastic - bugtastic

This was a brilliant, different kind of story. It was really well written and the narration by Travis Baldree was fantastic - he was full of character and brought the book to life for me. Plus, he had to sing a lot, which was brilliant (and the songs added to the already cool world of beasts and animalistic players).

I really loved the lizard MC and the fact that he and his bug beast companion weren't OP. They had to work as a team to come up with clever tactics, rather than just running in and slashing. They also evolve, which changed the games and battles regularly and was really unique.

I also appreciate that the MC and their teammate (a thief with a giant spider) were a bit different to the norm. They were clever and even kind at times, their reactions and emotions felt genuine, and their dynamic worked well. The only niggle for me is I'd like even more of the teammate, Nux, as she's so cool and has so much potential! I was glad to see a well developed female character. Maybe we'll find out more about her in the future? Can't wait for book 2!

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  • Jozif
  • 10-10-2020

Amazing read

Loved it and cant wait for the next one. The ending had me on edge the whole time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-10-2020

Lame MC

I couldn't really find the MC likeable he was just so dumb and arrogant that I just had to stop

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  • Danny Moody
  • 23-10-2020

Really cool game concept

Really cool game world. I like that every character gets a beast and that is a main part of the game. The game world is very well thought out and seems like it would be a legitimately fun game. The characters are well established through their interaction in the book. Travis Baldree does an awesome job with his narration. That guy can sing, too!

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  • Jennifer C.
  • 17-10-2020

Great novel and narration!

I truly enjoyed this novel. Art's use of a non-traditional species for his character, as well as his choice of companion, was an interesting deviation for this genre. The author did a wonderful job of character development, for both the character inside the game and outside the game, while his world-building did a good job of providing information while also raiding questions that forwarded the story.

I look forward the next book in the series, to see what happens to both our main characters as well as the antagonists (both major and minor) set up in this novel.

If you enjoy litrpg novels, you will not be disappointed. If you enjoy fantasy, but have never read litrpg novels, give this one a shot; you will not be disappointed.

I will also add that Travis Baldree did a wonderful job with his narration. His voice was engaging and made it easy for me to keep my focus on the novel (which I sometimes struggle with on audio books).

For transparency: I was provided a free copy of this audio book for a true and accurate review of it.

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  • Rick
  • 29-10-2020

great story with bonded pets

the book was great and used many aspects that are not used in other litrpg. I lived how there was bonded pets and how the main character was an unusual race. the book also suprised me on how it ended as well.

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  • Rob
  • 09-10-2020

excellent prose!

lots to like in here! the poems and songs are a real standout. the author shows a command of language and it would be cool to see a bard MC written by him

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  • Jonny
  • 25-10-2020

A hiddem gemofpower

Was like listening to a feature length RPG movie, but with the action, quests and character/world building to keep entertained throughout. The narrator was the cherry on the cake, top tier narration really well suited to the main character especially, but doing a great range of voices that were all enjoyable.

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  • JMcL
  • 09-10-2020

Loved it!

A really fun and exciting story with some great character development. The narration from Travis was excellent (as ever!) and he really brought the world, and the beasts who live in it, to life for me. Definitely worth a listen!

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  • Jonathan Whitlock
  • 08-02-2021

Good idea, slow moving at times

The concept of the novel was good! I enjoyed the character (and pet) progression. I saw how it aimed to be more realistic - MC is not super overpowered however at time I felt this was taken too far and I felt like he came across a lot weaker than others. I enjoyed the action parts however felt they were few and far between long filler parts and slightly awkward relationship scenes.

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  • Adam
  • 08-01-2021

Surprised me

Really enjoyed the world for this book and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-2020

fantastic

great little listen fast progression never a full moment !
looking forward to book two!!!!

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  • David
  • 15-10-2020

wish I could get my time back

Main character is a a complete moron who's decisions are cringe worthy throughout, wish I could get the time I wasted listening to this back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-2021

Too much convenience

Blunt TL;DR
Main character felt bland and too much of a Mary Sue, going along with little to no obstacles.
Feels like a faceless grunt, who's getting power-leveled by plot convenience.

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"Art" doesn't encounter anything that he has to come back to or can't complete, thanks to whatever conveniently perfect skill/thing he got the previous chapter.
Example:
-An old and mundane song book, found in a completely random and unrelated mine turns out to be the perfect thing to make the bard ignore the incredibly steep price for the info they needed to get into the mages guild.
-Conveniently gets a passive charm ability, right before they need to go back to the town they were chased out from. Where they also need to sweet talk their way into the thieves guild.

The story is getting Hard Carried by the narrator, who I already love to death from previous works. But I'm repeatedly broken out of immersion by how whenever they come to any pause because of an issue, they just power through. "Art" even gets a few moments of doubt which could be a great way to flesh out the character, but end up brushing it aside as if it never happened.

Seems like an inexperienced writer or an early work. Wouldn't recommend to anyone for other reasons than to learn how important struggles and setbacks are for character building.

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