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Oathbreaker: An Epic Fantasy LitRPG

Realm Online, Book 1
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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From the international best-selling author of Killstreak, The Goblin Wars, The Umbral Blade, and many others... 

Steve's just an accountant with a serious MMO addiction. 

In the game, the people of Tamernil live under the harsh rule of a vile bureaucrat, and Bokta - an outcast blood witch practicing forbidden magic - has a bold plan to save them all. She'll need to summon a powerful demon, one she's been watching through a scrying mirror for years.  

There's just one hitch: the mighty demon she's been watching isn't real. He's a character in Realm of Crafted War, and the man behind the keyboard is a far cry from a savior. 

Violently dragged into the world of Realm Online, Steve will have to learn how the hell he's going to survive, all while masquerading as Maxkrannar, the demon Oathbreaker he's supposed to be. 

Stuart Thaman writes best-selling epic fantasy and LitRPG with plenty of adventure, lots of action, and characters you'll love. Check out more at stuartthamanbooks.com. 

©2019 Stuart Thaman (P)2019 Stuart Thaman

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 21-11-2019

Keep your promises!

I’ve really thought about this one for a while, and debated back and forth on my thoughts with this book. There were several things that I liked, some that I didn’t, and others that really didn’t thrill me one way or the other. The first thing I’m getting out of the way is that in spite of what you see on the cover, this is not in any way a harem book. I didn’t think that it was, but I know how people are, you see two women and your mind automatically goes into harem mode. This is not remotely the case, so if you were wondering, now you know. Secondly, I like the whole sucked into the game via a summoning spell aspect. That was fun, and happens right away so no spoilers, but it set me up for some expectations, and I found the book slowed down right after the big entrance. I mean it slowed down a lot. I think a lot of it was the whole no class not lit stuff for a while, hell just leveling takes like 2/3rds of the book I think. That said I think there are reasons that necessitate the lack of lit elements for awhile so it’s a tough call. Thirdly, I do like how the MC, Steve, isn’t perfect morally or physically. He’s not a gung ho hero nor is he built like Charles Atlas. He’s more like Charles Alas. So, Steve is not readily likable, although I must say that my son found the cats funny. Of course, he’s just a few bad grades from identifying as a cat lady. One thing I thought was funny was that even though it isn’t a harem Steve spoke incessantly about how sweetly hot and sassy his ladies were. Still there was no action. I think the biggest issues were that there were times that Steve was a D-bag, and the lit elements didn’t pop up until too late in the story. J. Scott Bennett narrates, and I have said for the longest time that I think he is one of the bestest narrators out there. He is a fave of mine. He can have real fun with the right story. He does his utmost to keep this tale going but even he couldn’t get it to pick up the pace of the story. He does individualize each character, but again, he can’t make you like a character if their actions put you off. Bennett does a great job and doesn’t let the story spiral like a lesser narrator could have. Final Score? 7 stars, its pacing was too slow and it lacked some much needed litrpg aspects earlier in the story. Still, there is world building that does go on and will probably make the next book run a little smoother.

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  • Kenny ray
  • 29-07-2019

Dont sleep with a siren

Your average joe or should i say Steve in this case. Is your average hardcore gamer, with his crappy job and apartment. All he wants to do is play his favorite mmorpg with his friends after work. Little does he know thats exactly whats hes going to get; Just not how hes use too. This first book doesn't jump right into action, not saying that thats a bad thing. I like the building on the mc, his companions, and the world. I like the litrpg twist that the mc isn't given skills or abilities off the bat or much help in that regard. unsure if the new world is really his beloved game or not the mc has to figure it out for himself. This book really gets you interested in its world. Seeing the differences that the mc notices from the game he use to play with his computer and now the one with his life is a fun element. Especially when the mc gets a little full of him self because its the only thing he has going for him.  I enjoyed this book by Stuart Thaman. Its funny, the mc's distractions in the middle of danger adds depth to the book making it feel realistic from a mans pov with beautiful women around him. Also cats. How can you go wrong with cats. The narrator does a great job. I really like how he does the mc.

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  • Tammy M Cameron
  • 13-06-2019

MMORPG

Fun lit RPG story, good character building and light romance. Great YA book for adventurers with lively narration. Felt like i was listening to a movie.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 28-05-2019

Unusual mix of reality and game world

The story premise was interesting, a game character summoning a person into their realm/game because they think they are the battle demon the person plays in an online game, but what the summoner gets is an overweight accountant with no combat skills at all. The story is quite slow in the beginning and really doesn’t get near to being LitRPG until well into the story. The main character is not very likable and he definitely makes some morally questionable decisions, but despite this I did find the story entertaining. I liked the humour and sarcasm the author slipped in, the “real world’ twists and I especially liked the cats. The narration in the audiobook was great, he made the story entertaining and his pace was just right. I will be interested to see how this story plays out in the next audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2019

the main character is a piece of garbage

the voiving is good but the story is bad and the main character is unlikable

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  • Fischer, Nelson
  • 29-04-2019

meh

the writing and performance are good. the main characters very douchy. It's a villain story.

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  • Ashanti
  • 12-02-2020

An Good LitRPG That Avoids Many LitRPG Clichés.

Oathbreaker is a LitRPG story about a serious gamer named Steve, who is summoned into an online game by Bakta, a blood witch from the game. Using her magical abilities, Bakta had, somehow, been watching Steve's adventures while he was online in his gaming persona. Through her observations, she had determined Steve was a demon she could subjugate. Her goal was to have Steve help defeat a tyrannical ruler. Bakta performed a summoning ritual that somehow sucked Steve from actual reality and landed him in the online game. Only, Steve comes through as himself and not as his super powered, highly leveled up, player persona. Because of this, Steve is just an ordinary guy trying to survive in a world filled with fantasy characters that wield great power. Oathbreaker does suffer from its pace in my opinion. After the summoning, the story spends a little too much time doing nothing exciting. On the other hand, Oathbreaker also avoids the harem cliché even though the story quickly presents us with two beautiful, sexy female characters. Instead, author, Stuart Thaman decides to add some depth to what could have been a more simplistic story. He really does a good job of not taking the easy way out. Also, narrator, J. Scott Bennett does his usual excellent job. In all honesty, I don't particularly like Mr. Bennett's voice, but I have to admit he is such a good narrator that I eventually get past my dislike. The bottom line. "Oathbreaker" is a good story that manages to tell its tale without some of the usual LitRPG tropes we have come to expect from the genre. Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Forest Getter
  • 31-12-2019

great series

I really enjoy this book can't wait for the nest in the series. This is going to be one I listen to again

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  • Manuel
  • 13-12-2019

Good listen

the story took a bit to pick up, but I loved it, once the book picked up I was hooked, can't wait to continue the series, defenetly resonates with me as an rpg player. it was fun and exiting, left you wanting more.

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  • Deedra
  • 07-07-2019

Oathbreaker bk1

A fun romp through a realm where life is gamelike.Our hero doesnt know how to be.His friends aren't all that friendly.Even his cats spell doom in a way.It's fun and fantasy,with real life crap tossed in. J. Scott Bennet does a fine job with narration. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • kharnynb
  • 29-01-2020

decent performance, very unlikable main character

The idea of a player being transported into a game is a decent idea, especially since it turns out the player only gets his own "powers" not the character's. Sadly this is let down by the main persona being a stereotype lecherous "gamerdude" that has no actual good sides. Narration isn't bad, but the book is just not going anywhere fast except for trying to fill a bingo card of "dumb gamer no-lifer" tropes.

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  • Peter Karlsson
  • 02-05-2019

I liked it.

I almost dropped this book, because thru half the book, it is about the MC whining about things and things does not become interessting nor rpg-ish until the second half of the book. After I have now listened to the second half of the book, I can say that I am waiting for the second book in this series.