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Ritualist

Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves. 

In his pursuit of power, Joe fights alongside his team, completes quests, and delves into the mysteries of his class, which he quickly discovers can be practiced only in secret. Ultimately, his goal is to complete every mission, master every ability, and learn all of the world's secrets. All he has to do is survive long enough to make that happen.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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Dead world

This book has a great levelling up and skill system which is not glossed over like so many other litRPG series out there. However, when I read a litRPG the "game" world is usually rich with lore and interesting locations with developed characters that insist their realism. This book fell well below average is this aspect.
You start in a city that has hostile rabbits around it, then as you go further out you find Foxes that are eating the rabbits, then wolves that are eating the foxes. This aspect is completely stupid and not at all how I imagine a ultra advanced game world. also nothing like an actual ecosystem

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I enjoyed the story, even though it was cheesy

surely no one wanted to hear stat changes in such detail? some fun characters, but even they were light on detail. I know more about Joe's character sheet than any character in this book

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awesome

this book is up there with the best litrpg I've read and I've read everything thank you for making me really enjoy listening to this the narrator well way can o say awesome awesome and awesome well read just pre ordered book 2 I can't wait

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Dakota Krazy!

Dakota really knows how to blow people away with fantastic endings, I love how the different game and novel elements blend with each other and dakota' s inspiration in using them in New and interesting ways. A great listen, can't wait for the best one.

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It's OK....

The book is OK, oddly, I am still listening to it even thought I don't find it the best written or engaging story. The sound quality is good, and the story has some level of depth, but in other terms its so surface level and so hard to listen to. Despite this, I am finding that I have almost finished the book with only 30 minutes left to go...

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Amazing narrator, cool adventure,terrible prologue

Prologue with the terrible Elon Musk references almost made me refund the book right there. Just... why? It was cringy as heck. Couldn't you have just made up your own tech tycoon without really weird references?

It's like the author was learning to write and the skill only reached a reasonable level a couple of chapters in. But then it gets good, so I'm happy with my purchase after all. It's a fun adventure full of surprises and ridiculous turns of events.

I absolutely love the narrator and I really wish he was the one narrating the whole series. His voices are so awesome I miss them already...

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Great story of magic and adventure

Joe, our protagonist, is an army medic who became disabled in the line of duty. He joins an immersive online game and has an exciting adventure. Despite my bland description, it was hard to put down, always wanting to find out what happens next.

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Mindblowing

The main character was incredibly well done, interesting, and easy to root for. Some really great concepts in this book, there is definitely a lot to enjoy and think about. Really addictive and engaging read, I wanted to keep reading it after it was finished.

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Just as good as divine dungeon

I was incredibly sad when I ran out of divine Dungeon, but this made an amazing substitute. I really love this author/narrator combo.

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decent read for the genre

plenty of nods to previous works and things taken or learned from the dungeon series. possibly even incorporated into a combined universe, its a fun book bases around playing a vr mmorpg. usual broken class and hilarity ensues

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 18-05-2018

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

I really did not want to like this book. I wanted Dakota Krout to keep putting out his Divine Dungeon series until it was finished. Now, I'm torn. I still want the Divine Dungeon series, but now I also want MORE Ritualist. Krout is an incredible writer, and you get sucked into the story immediately. I appreciate how he gets the character of Joe into the game quickly and doesn't really screw around with all the usual angst or cognitive dissonance most MC's display when they are about to go into a virtual world permanently. Nope, we go straight into the game, and we are better for it.

I really appreciate that Joe gets a secret class, with special skills, and that he works for a hidden god. It's fun watching him try to keep things straight, because once the cat is out of the bag then he loses all kinds of benefits. And he has some sweet skills. The only thing that really throws me off is that the MC, Joe, enters the VR permanently because he is a quadrapalegic, and still opts to get a body that will be winded from walking to fast and can be beheaded from a paper cut. You would expect him to take a healthy vibrant body, but I will say his choice does make sense if you consider that he is in it for the long haul. He has a long distance perspective that few others have. Additionally, Krout is about the only dude I know that can make a healer not only exciting but totally a bad grass mamajamma. Most people go swordsman, rogue, or wizard. Dakota manages to make the cleric interesting. Plus the ritual stuff and the occultist proffesion suck you in.

Vikas Adams had me waaaaay back with the Divine Dungeon number one, Dungeon Born. I loved his characterizations and the humor he injects with his voice. There are few narrators who are as skilled as he is, and he really moves the story along at his pace. The man is a pleasure to listen to, and his female voices are just as good as his male ones.

I gove Krout points for including a nod to my beloved Dungeon, Cal, in this book and can see the similarities in attitudes. Both are fair, easily annoyed, and ready to dole out proper punishments and rewards. Can we see a nod to everyone's favorite wisp in the next book, Dakota?

I loved the cover, the wolfman looks awesome, and we get to see Joe right in the middle of a ritual. It looks slick, and you know that this book is going to feature some hardcore monsters and some deadly magic. Lava Worms, anyone? Joe is a fun character, and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Now, we just need to get the Divine Dungeon series caught up and I'll be satisfied. YOU will be satisfied if you get this book. This is, without question, one of the best LitRPG/GameLit books I've ever read! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Clayton Guerry
  • 26-05-2018

Masterpiece

Dakota Krout, as always, delivers a phenomenal story. I thought it would be hard for him to top his Dungeon Born series, yet he managed to pull of an amazing new story. I'm fully hooked, eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

The Ritualist is one of the most interesting takes on LitRPG I've had the pleasure of hearing. He doesn't turn his main character into a "Mary Sue", making him fight for every bit of progress.

Do NOT skip this, it's definitely worth the listen. Vikas Adam delivers a strong performance, combining with Krouts great story for a delightful listen.

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  • J. Larson
  • 22-07-2019

Fabulous - love the scholar path

I wasn't going to write a review, just give it five stars and then I glanced over the negative reviews. They make no sense! One person dismissed this as good for teens only. This 38 year old high school physics teacher/optometrist/gamer loved it!

I really liked the intro to Joe and the way he enters the game (the other prologue was a bit opaque and wasn't at all needed, I'll grant you that). Joe is a very likable and believable character. Not everyone wants to be a mindless barbarian! Some of us revel in our nerdiness and I LOVE that his skills in life actually translate into his skill in the game.

I found the pacing to be very good and I liked that the story wasn't linear. This world is open ended and so the story has multiple threads going at once which gave it a sense of realism and longevity. Awesome litRPG. I found Joe to be a more sympathetic and believable character than those in the Divine Dungeon series (which I also liked, but they were much more linear and less interesting especially the irritating wisp).

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  • Dustin Leonard
  • 19-07-2019

Awesome book all around

Loved this book amazing all around best of Mr dakota so far keep going please

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  • Rickey
  • 02-07-2019

Damn you Dakota!

I want to say that I hated this book oh, I want to say this series needs to end, but I cannot.

I am a huge fan of the Dungeon Norn series therefore I was reluctant to even start this series because it felt like promoting it would take away from any further entries for Dungeon Born, but screw it because this book was good!

Maybe the main character was a little bit too much of the quintessential hero we find the most modern day media, but to be honest it's written in such a way that it does not feel so campy / taboo. I genuinely enjoy the world that is being built, and can't wait to see what happens in it.

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  • Andrew
  • 25-05-2018

Really enjoyable read

One Part Dungeonborn
One Part Sword Art Online
One Part Elon Musk fan fiction.

sold!

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  • N. Davenport
  • 05-08-2019

Hold your breath

I almost gave up on this book in the first 10 minutes due to some truly horrific attempts at cleverness. If those attempts had paid off later in the book, I might even forgive them, but it really was just the author's own little inside joke. It would be like having a well-endowed blond hairdresser character who everyone calls Dolly and who is at one point encouraged to "part on". That's about the level of cleverness we're talking about here. But it only lasts a while, so if you can get past the first couple chapters (which also include some truly distasteful representations of soldiers and veterans), you may actually enjoy the rest. It's the classic "RPG in real life" genre that seems to have emerged recently, and it's a solid addition to that area.

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  • Inks
  • 24-07-2019

Wow

This was simply amazing. It has me wanting to go play a variety of mmo's and/or table top RPGs. I look forward to listening to the second book once I am able!! It had me laughing out loud at work and visibly reacting to the story. I probably looked like a crazy person but it was well worth it.

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  • Itchetiky
  • 18-07-2019

Holy cow!

This. Was. Awesome!

The narrator was awesome!
The author was awesome!

Where’s the rest?

Fortunately the author and narrator have already made a good collection of audiobook‘s.

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  • Chris
  • 16-07-2019

Phenomenal book, 10/10 would recommend.

The story got through the setup quickly which I enjoyed and then progressed extremely well. Loved the way the main character has OP skills that actually take effort to gain while being physically frail, felt very balanced. I found myself getting emotionally invested in the supporting characters as well as the main. The author is very talented and I can't wait to read more of their work.

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  • The Keyboard
  • 08-10-2019

Great story if you like the narrator.

As far as LitRPG / gamelit goes this is a great title.The book was an intelligent take on a 'joe-everyman' character. The unusual class was a refreshing change and as always, Mr. Krout deserves a standing ovation for his worldbuilding and subtle humor.

The book was predominantly slice of life, which is something of a disappointment. It read almost as serialised, with the author unable to go back and update earlier sections to make a more intricate story. The 'big' plot twist at the end of the story had some minor foreshadowing, but for the most part the character just went from quest to quest, solving one then the other without a clear direction or hints at a larger story (except for a goal to 'complete everything the game can offer,' which feels to me a bit generic). I would have loved a clear goal for the character at the start, and the bad guy the MC ultimately defeats to have made a show in the beginning, not at 70%. There was also the occasional bout of head hopping, not that this was too big an issue.

I do have some reservations about the narrator. Many of the voices tended to blend together, except for one side character that sounded like she had a speech impediment and a system message accent that I wasn't a fan of. Audiobook production itself was similarly lacking - this is a bare bones narration, don't go expecting sound effects. The narrator even says things like 'cough' instead of just acting it out.

All of this said, there's still a reason this book is rated so highly. Within this genre at least, it's one of the better books out there, and a thoroughly pleasurable read... or listen.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 01-02-2019

Middling writing, story, narration but great MC

The writing is a bit stilted at times as is the narration. Vikas has enough good voices that I've added him to narrators I like, but there's room for improvement. Sometimes he over-enunciates words and it feels clipped and stilted. Some character voices are great and natural, other sound stilted . The plot wasn't much. Evil archmage, but that's not until the end. Something about wolf people, but it doesn't go much into it. What really had me eager for my next listening section was the MC and his ritualist talent. It was interesting and the character well developed.

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  • Edward
  • 01-10-2018

Well worth listening to

I’ve tried a few of these lit RPG type books and I was surprised by just how refreshing this one was.

The characters were funny and realistic and the hero really made me laugh in places.

I debated whether or not to listen to this one and I am so glad I did.

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  • Mauritz Krylander
  • 06-11-2019

Masterpiece

This sets a new standard for litrpg, truly brilliant.

I weirdly loveable mc with a intresting background.
A game that leaves plenty of space for progression.
if you want to try the litrpg genre then this is the best your gonna find.
a series which keeps bring stories

Buy it already

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2019

enjoyable listening

enjoyed this story very much and will be looking to get the 2nd book in the series, likeable characters and excellent narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-2019

2 time i hear this,

So as the above text said i really like this series.
The authors fantasy books are great.
Only complaint is The slower than hell book to audiobook making. Thought the nairator is worth the wait If its him.
There is 2 audible bok but book 2.5, 3 have existed for over a year now. 🤔
The dungeon series is a bit faster just a few months.

The ritual stuff was a nice fresh thing to hear about.

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  • Morten
  • 08-07-2019

I an in love with the series.

I loved it. Good pacing. Story line is fun. I need more asap.
The main character is lineable and well written.
And the humor is quirky but relatable for a game.
I have read and listened to a lot of litrpg. And this one is one of the Best.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-05-2019

Really addictive

I really loved IT. Having little bit problems with all the status informaation, since I'm not a Gamer, but otherwise really great story.

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  • j
  • 15-03-2019

really good start

took me ages to pick this one up out of my recommendations really glad I did it in the end because it turned out to be a really good litrpg. not sure if I'll read any of krout's other series, as I'm not a fan of the dungeon core subgenre, but I've already bout this books sequel and if it continues at this quality I'll keep buying them.

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  • Morris
  • 02-09-2018

must read!!

as usual Dakota's books are amazing. this is a litrpg like no other. amazing plot funny and great characters.