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Publisher's Summary

Viridian Gate Online is more than just a game...and now, it's Alan Campbell's whole world.

Recently deceased and squishy as hell, Alan, a newly minted Illusionist, is forced to flee for his life. He needs time to deal with his loss, both in-game and IRL, but first he'll have to escape his crazy ex, the treacherous Firebrand, Thalia Daceran.

On his way to safety and revenge, he'll team up with Titus, the Imperial spymaster, as well as a crew of pirates, commandos, and even a shapeshifting Mimic with a taste for blood. His path leads to Wyrdtide, a gaslit city hidden in mists and governed by dark demigods.

But even with Alan dead, the world marches on. Will the government seize control of V.G.O.? Did Horace, the blind beggar, really die? And whatever happened to Jeff? Find answers, new purpose, and the machinations of the gods in this action-packed continuation of the Illusionist series.

©2019 James A. Hunter and Shadow Alley Press, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Angela
  • 10-01-2021

Boring and spends too little time following player

The book is kind of boring and spends too little time following the actual player in this litrpg. But then he is kind of a boring character now that he is fully in the game, so I guess they had to do something.

Almost everything interesting from the first book was dropped to focus on NPCs and their idiotic choices. I don't care about these NPCs as most have little to like about them. I also find it hard to care about the actual player character. I am sad the series went from straight fantasy litrpg to a weak steampunk hybred. I find those elements rather pointless, I mean you are already in a virtual world where "real" creatures can be summoned why do the gods need to make "clockwork" versions? I slugged through the last 4 hours at increased speed in hopes of more of the interesting stuff from the first book but there was little there. I just don't think I can manage another in this series.

Slight spoilers for the other series.
1. Original series started good and about 4th book it went to super OP steampunk and stupid decisions and became annoying

2. Firebrand series did no favors for the Abby character. It showed her as everything except what grimjack said she was and by end of second book it's clear why Sophia would dump her as a champion (yeah I know at the end they try to make Sophia say she will do something else important but I wont know what it is as I wont be listening more).

3. This illusionist series is the most annoying of the 3 series I have listened too with the most uninteresting MC. (and on a side note this series makes Sophia look as bad as Abby in Firebrand). To make up for the lacking MC there is too much focus on unimportant and not particularly likeable NPCs.

I think I am done with all of Viridian Gate online. Maybe, maybe if the rest are free someday like the first 3 and the 2 firebrand I may speed though the books to see the interesting stuff, but there has to be better series out there to spend my time on.

Oh and the narrator is fine.

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  • Kyle
  • 22-12-2019

needs a sound effect for swapping character dialog

so, I really enjoyed the book. but all to often I listen to a new book and get really frustrated when there a is a character swap and there is no foretelling to let me know, just need a small noise that maybe flutters for bgm effect. but that is only a gripe. the only other thing I was irritated about was the less use of outside characters from outside the game. but I understand. this is a book about Alan. and not vgo and the work arounds characters

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  • xander
  • 16-09-2021

AI vs Gods

Anyway, let me get down to the brass tacks, this side series continues to be among my favorites I’ve read, beating out the main series due entirely due to its content lining up closer to myself than due to any problems with the origonal series. I just see more of myself in these charecters.
This second book head a lot of interesting exploration of the world through new charecters, characters that I can’t talk about outside of spoilers but each bring something new to the lore, or at least reaffirm it.
Several new settings are introduced and leave me speechless, and of course there is more lore reguarding the overminds. I continue to think I could do an entire video essay series on AI vs gods…

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  • Thomas Young
  • 08-09-2021

10 out of 10 will listen again

I have listened to all of these available so far. and subscribed to the news letter for the next.

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  • Clark
  • 25-08-2021

Set up for Book 3

Really enjoyed Book 1. The premise and "goings on" in the game and in the real world were well done and interesting. Got Book 2.

Book 2 only mentions the real-world a few times. Most of if is spread between our Protagonist and 2 other main characters (from Book 1). This results in Book 2 becoming a normal LitRPG tale, Protag doing stuff and leveling up.

The story was pretty good, but because it spends so little time with the real world, it felt like a "bait-n-switch" in the story line. Our Protag deals with challenges a little too easily, but the story does introduce a new overall concept that was interesting.

When I finished, my impression is that Book 2 is a "filler book" and set up for Book 3. I hope Book 3 closes the over-all story in an interesting way, especially the ramifications of real-world stuff.

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  • Daryl
  • 22-10-2020

Pretty Good Book

I enjoyed the book. I really enjoyed the character progression. I thought the first book took too long in the progression and it was nice to see the main character finally come into his own in this book. However, I was unsatisfied with the ending of the book. I won't go into spoilers, I will just say I don't like how the main character's nemesis was handled in the end of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2020

one to keep

the book was great, although the performer who was reading the story tended to have a lot of voices that whispered... being older and hard-of-hearing... and listening to it while driving back and forth from work bites... I wish that he would have been more choosy and actually spoke at the same level when doing his"whisper voice"....
but overall it's hard to fault the story for that.

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  • Clinton Bruce
  • 03-05-2020

A good continuance.

I love how these books just flow together. Another great addition to the VGO universe. Love the characters and the way the narrator brings them to life. Looking forward to the last installment.

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  • Tim
  • 30-04-2020

Point of view

I was hoping it was just the first book in the series but the point of view changes throughout the book can be very confusing. New character perspectives were introduced very late in the book which at times was interesting but at other times was confusing or frustrating. I do like the overall story but the issues I mentioned can make it difficult to keep up with which is why I only gave it three stars for the story. The viridian gate online is still an interesting world and I like the main character so it certainly has some redeeming qualities.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-01-2020

Another Solid Addition

A wonderful performance by Daniel. Bodden and Hunter's addition to the story of VGO and Alan are interesting and I am looking forward to showing how Alan's current actions affect what comes after the other characters join the world. Looking forward to the third novel in the series.

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  • james pearce
  • 20-01-2020

Superb

The begging was hard to follow but worth the struggle and or wait. great read on to book 3. keep em coming please!

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