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Explore! Level up! Take over an entire planet, and take out anyone that gets in your way!

Against all odds, Val and his men have survived a savage assault initiated by a ruthless foe. But Val was forced to pay a steep price after taking out the enemy commander, a retributive curse that has every living Jordian eager to claim his scalp, including his own allies! 

Only Julia, a Terran half-blood like him, is immune, and there is only one way to break the curse. 

They have to charge into enemy territory, sneak past countless troops, and somehow defeat an entire clan of Highlords hungry for their heads. 

For Val, it’s not just about survival. 

It’s about revenge.

He is determined to take out the bastards who thought they could enslave his entire planet under the guise of a virtual reality game. And what better way to accomplish this than by seizing control of the very world spearheading the invasion of Earth! 

Val better act fast, using strategies no one ever sees coming, because the entire corrupt council of Jordian Highlords will stop at nothing to destroy the Terran gamer who dares to walk the Path of Kings!

©2019 M.H. Johnson (P)2019 M.H. Johnson

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  • Brian M. Jeffries
  • 10-11-2019

Author uses folly way way WAY too much

This series isn’t a bad series, as long as you can handle extremely repetitive flowery descriptions of every single action anyone takes. The words folly and oblivion seem like they are used in almost every single sentence.

Also I would be quite ambivalent if Julia was just killed off already.

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  • Jason
  • 11-11-2019

Great Series - Julia Is the 'Worst' Character

I loved all 5 of these books so far, but reaching this point I'm really starting to roll my eyes every time I know that Julia will be a part of a scene. Mostly because, since book 1, they all go something like this.

"Julia shouts, Julia cries, Julia sobs, Julia weeps"

I mean I know she's supposed to be the damsel in distress and all, but can she stop being so predictably distressing? I mean every scene with her is like nails on a chalkboard. Boo hoo. (not referring to the voice actress)

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  • Ed willson
  • 27-10-2019

Going Strong

The series is still on a great arc. I like the buildup so far from a player to world builder. it really is a great accomplishment for a first series. keep them coming!

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  • Randy Smith
  • 05-02-2020

Please just let this MC die!

I’ve come to truly hate this book. The main character goes to such torture and agony over and over. Makes me begin to believe that the author is a true masochist or maybe a sadist. For only someone like that would come to love to write books like this series. Each book in this series tries to outdo each other in how much torture pain and death it can introduce on the main character. The sad part about all of this is that the author is actually quite good at weaving words into a story, it is just too bad the story is so horrific.

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  • Peter
  • 26-12-2019

Pronunciation

Narrator doesn’t know how to say reddit or gryphon, don’t know how nobody caught that in post production

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  • Dshoayo
  • 25-08-2021

dense, twisting, logical. among best SciFi series

I can't wait for book 6. the ending is absolutely nuts and well planned out. really well plotted. can't praise it enough.

I wished the author would stop torturing the MC, and I agree with the 1 star guy who complains about that. it was the reason I had to listen to this with long pauses cause it's just a bit much sometimes.

but: he gets through all the crazy schemes and comes out ahead. it's just so stressful and catastrophe seems an eye blink away all the time.

I truly wished the author would slow down sometimes, remain in one location, and do some more world building and minor tasks or issues that don't matter much so the reader can breathe. -- and not try to push the stakes to 11 every minute. it's just a bit much. in both his series.

but considering most books are utterly boring with nothing happening besides rehashed tropes, I'm fine with too much happening that's all inherently logical...

I disagree with the guy who complains about Julia crying 'too much'... the horror that's happening is enough to make anyone worry or cry out. and she is, as stated numerous times in every book, a *former drone slave* with heavy penalties to her phsyche. so let her worry sometimes for her husband. it's human.

while nothing horrific happens to her, she understands what the MC is going through. that means she is a believable and realistic character, not some TV reality heartless alpha female with no soul or emotions.

Wayne Mitchell has more great and distinct voices than any other narrator I've listened to, and I've listened to over 300 books by now. he's the best in the business. I like a lot of narrators, but no one has his range, and few with narrow range could be as creepy and alien as his 'Illuminous'. there are so many characters in this series, and all get unique voices and credible ones at that.

the garbage bin narrators like Luke Daniels don't do voices, they do accents. the bad guy will be vaguely Russian or Eastern European sounding, the arrogant guy gets a vague British accent and so forth. And Mr. Daniels manages to make everyone sound like a dumb idiot to boot. why this man and the likes of him have jobs is beyond me.

accents aren't voices or characters. Wayne Mitchell does accents when it's clear the author intends it or when it fits: e.g. the eastern European bad guys in book 1 sound like that.

Lisa Aust should narrate more books. her females are likeable and relatable. every female narrator can do sexy. but many can't do likeable -- for some reason. there's a weird edge to them and they come across as either completely artificial or arrogant and dishonest.
Lisa Aust doesn't have that problem. she does arrogant when the character is. and that's it. all her characters have depth.

also read the author's other series, Silver Fox and the Western hero, a mix of SciFi, litrpg, Asian folklore, Western fantasy and M.H. Johnson's unique worlds of self determination, probability, gods, monsters and breaking every limitation that the world puts on you. it's a cultivation novel with ascension as the main driver of the story, but as action packed as this series and just as insane.

I want to recommend my other favorite series, Michael Atamanov's Reality Benders, the first being Countdown. it has already 7 books in the series and is, to me at least, in spirit and scope very similar, but completely different in almost every regard otherwise.
but just as good. both authors seem to like the simulation hypothesis and have the rare gift of being able to convey scope and depth of worlds where almost every other author fails at.
both can craft incredibly intricate plots with nonstop surprises. I wish there were more like that.

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  • Garrett tanner
  • 21-10-2020

Great story arc and character development

Love this series vals character has great depth and perseverance. I’m excited for the next book! Been waiting a year for it! Hopefully the author will announce if there will be a next one?

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  • nicholas keller
  • 20-10-2020

word overused but it fits this story is EPIC!

To often in stories there seems to be some misconception that those with honor have to be saints some palidin of light but reality is not so black and white I'd this stories main character is the perfect blend of noble honor for those he cares for or protects and ruthless darkness for those who stand against him. it is well written, complex enough to force your attention and draw you in at the same time filling you with desperate urge to stand and fight with val I absolutely love this story and will be a favorite for the rest of my life!

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  • Joeseph Baxter
  • 18-08-2020

great series

I loved this series, great gamelit, fantasy, litrpg book.
if you are into steam punk / fantasy, books you'll love this series .

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  • Robert M
  • 14-08-2020

Over sexualized harem fantasy

As the series has advanced the amount of focus on female characters infatuation with the main character has developed. Most of their scenes revolve around wanting to pleasure or otherwise thinking about him. Sex is also the focus of many non main characters and rape and can't let a female prisoner or captive go w/o rape and or torture.

It's a shame their is such a focus on damsels and being owed affection, the setting is great and the overall story is fun. I can not continue with the series tho, it puts women, or girls as the author tends to describe, into such a background or sexual focused niche.

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  • Hoby
  • 29-04-2020

Pure love for the series

I can't express how much I love this series, All I can say there is only say there is only one character I really can't stand and that 's ok. I don't want to spoil anything for you all I can say is if you have like the series so far then you will like this one. Keep up the good work M.H Johnson

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  • Dingo 883
  • 22-01-2020

Great story, challenging narrative

Listening to this is like swimming through syrup. The heavy, molasses-like narrative can be a challenge to listen to. It can become so thick and hammy at times. The information dumps are also painful, like the worst anime over-explanation for every little skill and character motivation is just tedious. Characters will go off on a tangent of congratulatory back-slapping and flattery in a clumsy attempt to explain another character's powers. Then there's the passive writing. It's like the author deliberately goes out of his way to avoid active statements. Wayne does a good job narrating, as usual, but the mispronunciations are pretty common. Pronouncing scintillating as skin-til-ay-ting is like nails on a chalkboard, and it he does it a lot. There are other, semi-frequent mispronunciations, but that one is extra jarring.

So why have I gone on through 5 books and will continue to listen if I'm just going to bitch and nit pick? Because it's a damn good story. The author does a great job of creating a MC with exceptional power but also vulnerabilities to keep him from being able to simply crush all before him. Having delved this deep into the story, there's no way I won't see it through to the end and be glad for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-2019

good

everything is in the extreme. nothing is nuanced. everything is commented on in the same over explicit way. and eveyone talks the same way. the different voices def help out in a major way.

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