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Fateseal

Deck of Souls, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
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Gods, demons, and heroes. Standard MMO fare - or so Cerys Collins thought.

As a long-time gamer and guild leader, Cerys has always wondered what it would be like to live in virtual reality. When her guild members convince her to try a new VRMMO, she discovers reality is far more complex than she knew. Chosen by the gods of another world, Cerys finds herself trapped between warring factions: a tyrannical human empire and an oppressed kingdom of demons.

When she discovers her best friend has been dragged into this new world as well, Cerys is forced to choose between saving her friend or looking at the bigger picture. If Cerys is to be anything more than a pawn in the gods' game, she'll have to leverage everything she's learned on her home world and in past games, before it's too late. With a cocky incubus king vying for more than her loyalty, her quest won’t be an easy one.

The Deck of Souls series contains some dark themes, profanity, violence, and adult relationships.

The Soundbooth Theater Crew for this production:   

  • Annie Ellicott - Narration
  • Jeff Hays - Idris Bloodsong
  • Justin Thomas James - Emrys, Meical, and the rest of the male cast 
  • Laurie Catherine Winkel - Corlyotir, Drysi, and the rest of the female cast
  • Griffin Malnar - Editing, Mastering, Sound Design
  • Ahmed Mahmoud - Music
  • Dalton Lynne - Project Manager, Proofing
  • Bonnie L. Price - Proofing
©2018 Bonnie L. Price (P)2019 Bonnie L. Price

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Way Better Than I Expected!

The title, generic cover and description had me overlook this audiobook many times thinking it's be generic garbage. However, I was VERY Wrong. I only got the book on a whim because of Laurie and Jeff Hays, and I'm glad I did. The production value is great as expected from the team. However, the story is way better than I could have hoped for. The protagonist feels deep and human and very relatable..The antagonists are your typical evil that's commonplace, but with some.nice twists.

This book's greatest strength is definitely its characters, narrators and production value. I highly recommend everyone who's enjoyed Soundbooth Theatre's previous works or fans of deep characters give this a read.

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Awesome just down right awesome

the characters are amazing the voice acting is fantastic I want book 2 now. you won't be disappointed with this book.

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  • Robert Pio
  • 20-06-2019

This is a boring romantic fantasy

After 10hrs into this book I returned it for a credit because there was no action or anything really. Just a character holding back sexual impulses towards a demon king for 10hrs. I got this book because I love all the narrators for this book, but the story wasn't for me.

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  • Max R
  • 10-07-2019

Book 2 better get here soon!

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book, full stop...

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I would be remiss if I didn't say that the book that I got was not the book that I thought it would be. What I thought I was getting myself into was your standard LitRPG with funny characters, ridiculous situations, with a little bit of stat crunch thrown in. This book has all of that in it, as any good LitRPG should, but at its core, this book is really about the growing relationship of the two MCs. It's kind of like if you threw half of a romance novel and a really good game-lit book in a blender and pushed the puree button. The result is something that could go HORRIBLY WRONG, but the care that Bonnie Price put into the mixture made it come out smooth and tasty. Make no mistake about it, this book IS LitRPG. Characters in the book have stat progressions, questing (of a sort), and guild drama. Unlike books such as The Land or War Aeternus, where these elements are front and center to the story, in Fateseal they function much more on the periphery.

Five things I liked about the book:
1. Super-interesting world with great world building.
2. Cool abilities and classes that offer a bit of a unique spin on the standard classes (warrior, mage, priest, rogue, ranger, etc)
3. The demons are the "good guys" as it relates to the story.
4. The relationship building between Seres and Idris after about the half-way point of the book.
5. The fantastic cadre of secondary characters in the demon lands (not even going to try to spell it out correctly).

Five things that I didn't care for as much (note, I did not say BAD):
1. Pretty much the whole time Idris goes back to Earth with Seres. It almost felt like a completely different book.
2. Not much time was spent on a few "core" mechanics like coinage and crafting.
3. I feel like the preparations for the impending Outworlder "invasion" could have done with more time
4. I wanted to know more about what Seres told Ebonwing to do before she left to become the demon champion. Did they follow her orders? Is it working? We got a little bit of this info, but I was craving more.
5. Bonnie Price writes combat scenes so well, it's a shame there weren't more occasions for her to flex those particular writing muscles.

This book is setting us up for a fantastic LitRPG series. One that I hope will be a long one, because I am now invested. I didn't think I would be if you would have asked me at the end of chapter 20 or so, but I definitely am having now finished the story. There is a TON of groundwork that needed to be laid down to get you to care about the characters (and their relationship) at the end of the book and Bonnie Price does an outstanding job giving us what we need to get there.

This is one that is absolutely worth giving your time and attention. For some, there will be times where you question your choice... stick with it. It pays off big time.

Last thing... How good is Soundbooth Theater? The crew did such an amazing job with the narration of this book. Every decision they made was a good one. I just love it when they do LitRPG. Very few are able to equal the quality of their productions.

It's another book for the "would recommend to friends list" from me.

**Note: I was given a promotional copy of this book by the author at my request in exchange for the honest review above**

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-06-2019

Romance with gaming elements

So to clarify this book is a high fantasy romance book that takes place in a "game world" with no mechanics of gaming. There's nothing wrong with that it is a good book for the most part. Great job on the Narration. I can honestly say i would've been less committed to finishing if the narrators were so damn good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2019

Mildly infuriating, moderately disappointing.

I can’t speak for the entire book, I’m not finished, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to.

This appears to be a Romance novel with Fantasy elements more than the reverse. Be warned.
Super awesome deadly girl/renowned Gamer & guild leader meets super Handsome well endowed Demon King. She’s incredibly unique and charming, he immediately falls for her. She’s so not into him because he’s so handsome and charming and like, totally infuriating.

I liked the first bit, with Litrpg/fantastic elements and I’m hoping to get back to that at some point. Out of the Five hours I’ve listened to so far, I would skip 4 of them.

Great performances by the way, a great cast of voice actors.

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  • B Brown
  • 08-07-2019

A very wonderful book.

I loved the story from the moment they started the interactions between the protagonist and the King.

the narrators are amazing in the ways they portray the inflection in everyone's voices and just the entire atmosphere created.

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  • KC
  • 04-07-2019

Romance book with some litrpg

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Like others have said lots of romance ,not much fighting/grinding/game mechanics. Nor is there much justification or explanation for why the world is the way it is. I love all the narrators for this book they did an excellent job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-06-2019

Well written, good story, great narration. But.

anyone who is going to purchase should know what they are getting into. this book is 80% relationship growth and 50% of that is flirting. The rest is mild action. the writer excels in human interaction in a "perfect world". But that isn't a bad thing. Afterall, why would you read a fantasy litrpg book and expect reality? knowing all of this, it was a great listen and I encourage anyone with a lack of the feminine view point of idealism ( at least to some women I imagine) should take a look at this book for pointers.

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  • donald williamson
  • 21-06-2019

Waste of time with good narrators

I was hoping for a good litrpg with a female as the main character. What i got was a romance novel that started of interesting then went no were. The Publisher's Summary covers the good part of the book. after several hours i just put it down. The ideas in the book are interesting the writing flows well but the story just becomes stupid.

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  • Franklin
  • 17-06-2019

wasted potential

The story has a awesome premise and great narration. The expectation was something akin to The Land meets a bad ass heroine like Selana Sardothian. It starts off that way a little but end up with this over emotional, continuously whiny main character. She isnt stubborn and resolute she is just constantly whining. Eventually it just got annoying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2019

*Sigh*

If you are looking for a barely passable romance novel this book is for you... it’s got some litrpg elements to it but the story is basically forcing two very attractive people together. I was looking for a litrpg novel not this. Voice acting is pretty good though.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 15-08-2019

Why did it take me this long to pick this up??!!??

This is a masterpiece of a Audio book!
Bonnie have written an absolutely thrilling and engaging story dragging you in with great characters and a better world, but the Audio Cast drags this great story kicking and screaming into the real of absolute masterpiece!
I cannot recommend this audio book enough!
So stop reading and get to listening

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  • O. J-kahn
  • 26-06-2019

DNF

Starting with the positive. I really enjoyed the production by sound booth theater. They sometimes undermine their voice work with annoying sound effects and out of place music, but I didn't feel that way here.

I also like the premise for the story and appreciate that the author didn't waste time pretending the game was just a game and made the MC an actual character with a backstory and personality instead of just a generic self insert gamer.

The final positive was that the reveal of what the villains were up to was suitably shocking, unfortunately that is also where the criticisms start. It didn't really make much sense as an evil plan. It's the kind of plan that only makes sense if you're prioritizing dastardliness over practicality. I was willing to suspend disbelief and just accept it as a way of setting tone and character, but there are a lot of instances of characters not behaving logically* and the story didn't even seem willing to follow through with the tone it had set.

After making the choice mentioned in the blurb Cerys is quickly told that it may not come to that after all, and no one holds anything against her. Multiple characters comment on how ridiculous this is but that doesn't make it any less so. It really felt like the author didn't want to write about Cerys coming to terms with the fallout of her decision. It still seems like the bad stuff may happen, but our hero gets to continue her adventure without worrying about it for now. I honestly don't understand why there was such a horrible set up if the story wasn't going to follow through with it.

The behaviour of Idris Bloodsong was also so insufferable it was immersion breaking. There's really serious things happening but he can't stay focused on anything for more than a few seconds without switching to hitting on Cerys. Maybe I'm not giving the fact that he's an incubus enough weight, but how does this guy run a kingdom?

Maybe it's not Idris's fault because everyone thinks only about Cerys. Even a reunion between a son and the father he thought was dead ends up being about her.

///SPOILERS///

* E.g. Cerys's family are crazy cultists hell bent on bringing her back by any means necessary. More importantly though, Cerys wants a nice spot to watch the stars so goes and parks her car on the edge of their land.

"It's safe because it's night time and they'll all be asleep", she says.

What do you think happens?