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The first book in a new fantasy LitRPG series has arrived.  

A Goddess is stirring up trouble, and Arthur happens to be the one caught up in the action. After an unfortunate encounter, Arthur is given a second chance in a new world. To his surprise, this new world has mechanics that remind him of role-playing games from Earth. 

He has been given a simple directive from the Goddess, to help the people of the world and spread her name. He quickly discovers this will not be an easy task. The world has been overrun with bandits, who work for the lords of the land and cause all the denizens to live in abject ruin. Can Arthur tame Dravincia and push back against these forces or is he destined to fail spectacularly and have to hope for another try?

©2019 Blake D Severson (P)2020 Spectrum Audiobooks

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Production value detracts from an... ok ... story.

Warning to listeners. Be patient. For some reason the producers or author decided to fill the audiobook with unnecessary and disruptive noises and fanfare blasts that go on WAY too long. Felt bad for the MC. If he has to put up with those lengthy fanfares I’m sure he’s be tempted to find a large animal to eat him to put him out of his misery. Unfortunately for him, he’s a character who is narrated through “tell”, not “show”. So it’s unlikely he would be allowed to decide his fate. Motivations are created from nothing to drive the narrative and the MC consistently make illogical emotional and narrative leaps simply to push the story forward. That’s fine once or twice, but the story right now doesn’t assess his decisions at all beyond a cursory “he knew”. A lot of the inconsequential actions are overplayed and become repetitive... stuff like: “He was surprised to see a fist fly at his head. He wasn’t that surprised as he’d just seen him strike an unarmed woman...” Whu?!? Well that’s awkward as hell. He was surprised but not surprised? Maybe he was as confused as I am? Book needed a solid edit, followed by multiple re-reads or re-edits... at least. Awesome premise and workable plot, but this definitely needs a deep review into motivations and character emotions to be a great or even good book. Hopefully the author reads this and is willing to take the time to turn this uncut gem into something awesome. As it stands I recommend this if you’re a hardcore litrpg fan and have read everything else.

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  • Andrew
  • 28-05-2020

Not good. At all.

The book is pretty bad. The MC is a misogynist, the characters are paper thin and the female characters were all written to have sex with that MC. The “romance” and “sex” scenes were really cringy. Really it was just the author playing out unrealistic fantasies. All that aside, the book is like a dollar store knock off of The Land. The main difference is that this one is slow and hard to get through. Also, the sound effects and chapter transitions are extremely annoying and don’t usually fit the mood which further throws of the story. I wish I hadn’t wasted 15 hours of my life on this.

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  • P. G. McFinnigan
  • 10-05-2020

bad

this person should never try a female voice again, and the main character is stupid enough to ruin the story.

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  • jeff
  • 10-05-2020

Okay

i personally found it mediocre at best. The writing is okay and i like the premise, but overall theres a lot here holding it back imo. Some of my critiques some people may enjoy, but to each their own. first off, this is an overpwered mc but in kind of a lame way imo. Hes just naturally good at everything. He immediately learns every skill and is effortlessly better at it than virtually anyone else. it just makes for a boring character progression and character arc and overall story imo. the mc is just able to do whatever he wants amd theres just no real tension in the story even though theres this very clear threat that you know is coming. every other character is paper thin and exists only to show how amazing the mc is. and that doesnt even mention that the mc is himself not a very interesting character. i dont mind op main characters if its done well, but i dont think it is here. secondly the "romance" interest and interactions are super cringy. again, every other character is paper thin and exists only to show how cool the mc is, including the very few female characters. Lastly, while i think the narrator's performance itself is good, there are a few moments where theres music playing in the background that doesnt match the scene or just overall detracts from the scene itself, not to mention some weird sound effects.

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  • Erich Glogau
  • 06-05-2020

Don't waste your credits

This title is so bad I had to write something. This is one of the worst litrpg/gamelit books I have ever listened to. I usually like stuff most people don't like because I have a very open mind and try to support artist. I have no idea how this book got approved. No, I am not saying I could do better myself..but this book is just kindergarten time compared to 99% of the writers that do litrpg. It's a Kong ripoff with none of the fun. The MC checks his stats WAY too much. The story is so slow and boring. Your going to make me sit through 15 hours of audio..and the most impressive thing is the MC killed a couple goblin? I have over 250 litrpg titles listened to..yeah I have problems with the Russian misoginy..but this book/listen was a waste of my credit and time. Please learn your audience.

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  • david sue
  • 26-05-2020

Mary Sue

Main character is a Mary Sue that succeeds at literally everything. A lot of the book is spent on power leveling, which is probably the most boring part of any rpg.

I received a free copy of this book and am leaving an honest review of my own volition.

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  • TrustedReviewerFTW
  • 29-04-2020

Epic story and Great Production!

This story is definitely worth your credit or money -- 16 hours of epic litrpg entertainment. Blake Severson is a new author and one to follow. He wove an intriguing fantasy tale that had me consumed the entire time. This is my first audiobook from PJ Ochlan. I love discovering new narrators. PJ is really good in this book. The publisher, Spectrum Audiobooks, has really been producing good content. This audiobook was no exception! The music and sound effects added to the story I thought. I can't wait for the next entry in the series. Keep them coming!

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 25-04-2020

Great start to a new series!

Good story and narration!

Arthur dies and gets sent to another world by a mysterious goddess. His mission: help the people of the world and spread the name of his new goddess. After leveling for a while in a forest, he stumbles across a small town in dire straits, and decides that it is a great place to start. What could possibly go wrong?

P.J. does a solid job on the narration.

Spectrum Audio experiments with some sound effects in this audiobook - namely a sound at the end of each chapter, and a few quiet musical scores behind the narration throughout the book. In my opinion, while it doesn't really add a whole lot to the book, it doesn't detract from it either.

I enjoyed this story and can't wait to find out what happens next.

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  • Hunter
  • 02-05-2020

Top tier gamelit

This book was fun, it may not be a masterpiece but it knows exactly the kind if book it is and what it needs to do to be entertaining.

it has just a bit of the harem, and some of the irrationally amoral enemies tropes. but otherwise there isn't much to turn off a listener who likes gamelit.

The main character Arthur actually makes smart decisions, if I found myself in a gamelit universe most of the broad strokes to the plans he makes are similar to what I would do.

Arthur is a bit of a mary sue but not badly, and a is likely to become overpowered as the story progresses. He also has an irrational hatred of rodents for some reason.

The best part of this series is the cast they are diverse and fun if a bit stereotypical in places. They have some fun dialogue and fair amount of character development for a book 1.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes .

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  • DJ
  • 30-04-2020

My goodness this was simply amazing

Book received for free

For a new series, this book was incredibly solid. The MC carries a secret even he doesn't understand, the goddess is interesting and actually helpful, but without being overly in the way.

The village building is slow at first but picks up pace as our MC brings in more resources, and learns new magic. The MC starts off with small quests that eventually pile up to bigger and more interesting quests and rewards. He doesn't forget his background and uses his knowledge in a very useful and realistic fashion.

The skills described and they're uses are very accurate but aren't overly detailed or gory. Foul language is used very little and the MC is very intelligent, a nice change of pace to most MC heroes you read about these days.

I will say some of the SFX goes a bit overboard especially the new chapter effect it's overly dramatic for every chapter in the book. I would like to see it used only in the more exciting chapters and maybe have a more relaxed SFX for the rest of the chapters. But overall I really did enjoy the SFX used in this book, I found it fairly well done.

As for the narrator P.J. Ochlan, this was a well-considered choice in narrators. He was easy to understand and even easier to listen too. I thought his voice sounded familiar and it turns out he's done work for Harmon Cooper on his Cherry Blossom series. But to add to that he has an incredible portfolio of work and I feel that he was the correct choice for this series. I really hope to see him back for the rest of the series.

All in all, this was a great opener to a brand new series and I would highly recommend this book to all. It's got some limited sex scenes and cursing but they're not overly descriptive and are used appropriately. So if you're looking for a great new very solid series with a great narrator, I can not recommend this one enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-2021

Soft core Porn writer tries hand at LitRPG

first, I like the premise, even if it is the usual tropes, however almost every lady the MC interacts with is "stunningly beautiful", and blushes when he flirts with them. One of them holds off a group of goblins with her fire magic, but then when she is sexualy assaulted by a brigantine, she freezes and does nothing...authors description of a woman's body is overly done like a 12 year old that's never seen a asked girl in his life
....as to performance....at every chapter there is 10 seconds of annoying droning sounds to mark the start of the chapter

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  • J. A. N.
  • 25-06-2020

Good story ruined by atrocious writing

The story is good, the setting interesting and the protagonist likeable, but every positive aspect of the book is overshadowed by torturously bad writing.

The language the author uses is at a level of thirteen year old, and I doubt he used a single synonym in the entire novel. The dialogues have not been written at all, but rather carved with a blunt spoon by by a beginner carpenter suffering from bends. If this book has been used in warfare, it would be banned under the Geneva convention.

And yet there is something that made me keep the stuff upper lip and listen to the end and will probably make me buy the next part. Although it might be just Stockholm syndrome...

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  • kharnynb
  • 07-11-2020

Nice litrpg book with decent narration.

a new author and new series, so some minor hiccups are to be expected, but very nicely done anyway. The story is pretty "standard" with some minor 18+ elements, but nothing to graphic or excessive.

my only real issue was with the chapter changes, the "music" inbetween was too long and not needed, especially since some chapter changes are in the middle of combat, breaking the flow too much.
might grow into a decent series.

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  • Ian
  • 23-10-2020

Not to shabby

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.
The story is good, a nice pace and well balanced. the characters are likeable and have depth to them.
Good amount of detail along with good world building.
the narration is really good, brings the characters to life.
the background sound effects are apt, they don't over power the narration.
I'd definitely recommend this book.

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  • Ben Marshall
  • 20-08-2020

Great start but some audio issues

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great premise and a fun twist on the typical litrpg formula, even the level-ups have witty nods to some of the achievements tracked both in-game and on platforms like Steam for reaching the milestones. What kept me from rating this higher is that Ochlan, for all his talents at the voices, possesses a very...incompatible I guess is the right word, voice for the narrator role. Whether this is due to the flow of the writing, his accent, or a conscious choice on his part, the switch between the speech and the narrative is frequently very jarring.

I can't assign blame for this upon either Ochlan or Severson, and my opinion doesn't change that both are very talented individuals. I just feel that in this instance it would have been a better listening experience if Ochlan had maintained the voice of the speaking character until completing the "Arthur said" ending to whatever Arthur (in this example) was saying. Alternatively, Severson could maybe have phrased the passages better, however with multiple characters to cover options are limited in that regard. A little artistic licence to maintain the voice for a smoother transition would be the simplest option, and as the one bringing the story to audible life I feel the narrator had this choice.

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  • Sarah Burton
  • 02-07-2020

Lv up, exp, congratulations

I liked the story, just wished there was more of it. It felt liked half of the book was "Congratulations you have gained exp" ect. If that's your thing great, but I prefer more story and character time.
I liked the magic leveling system just wish it was more streamlined.
But I did like characters and the base building.

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  • S. Reid
  • 13-06-2020

Very Exciting Series

The first of a new series is always a gamble but i was very happy when i listened to this audio. The author is new to me but i liked the cover and sound of it ,and i was impressed that the usual first foray into a new world was given some love and attention. The characters stand out as does the catch with impressive language skills and luck the expected quick levels up work quite well.
A special mention to Ochlan who is quite good on other works i have came across ,shines especially well on this audio as the usual level up comments and sound effects were done exceedingly well. A certain character has a remarkable voice like a certain Scottish spy called 00' ' and gives some light relief which im sure will be great in further adventures.
So in summary a new author to follow and a new series to add to my bugeoning must have list.
I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts for everyone.

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  • Paul
  • 08-06-2020

endless stat sheets

Sounds like a phone book for the most part. In between there's some generic fighting and settlement building, which is not much better. the sound effects are a bit annoying too, though I could live with them if the story was any better.

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  • Deldon
  • 09-05-2020

good book

not a heavy read but worth listening to. I liked the characters. looking forward to hearing the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2020

cannot wait for the next one

keep up the good work really enjoyed this not bad performace will keep my eye out for the next one

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  • Charlton
  • 03-05-2020

A very solid start to a new story.

The only negative to this book is the over the top stats the author goes into. I am a big fan of Litrpg, but the level of detail was a bit much for me. The author should condense them into a few chapters through out the book so people have the option to skip if they want. apart from that, bring on book 2!

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