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The Founders were the first Marked, and they used those powers to build kingdoms, subjugate the land, and enrich themselves. And they will not suffer another to join their ranks. Lost in a world with Levels, stats, and monsters, Hal fights to survive in an unforgiving land and escape execution from its rulers. Ingenuity and courage won’t be enough. With Marked powers he does The Founders were the first Marked, and they used those powers to build kingdoms, subjugate the land, and enrich themselves. And they will not suffer another to join their ranks. Lost in a world with Levels, stats, and monsters, Hal fights to survive in an unforgiving land and escape execution from its rulers. Ingenuity and courage won’t be enough. With Marked powers he doesn’t understand, he’s easy prey for all the goblins, bandits, aberrations, and foul monsters that plague the realm. He’ll need to abandon his humanity by embracing the beast within. To fight monsters, one has to risk becoming a monster. If he can survive long enough to Level Up. Freedom and safety cannot be achieved alone. Only by forging bonds with fellow adventurers and monsters alike does Hal and his would-be-kingdom have any chance of surviving the hazardous realm.


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The Founders were the first Marked, and they used those powers to build kingdoms, subjugate the land, and enrich themselves. And they will not suffer another to join their ranks. Lost in a world with Levels, stats, and monsters, Hal fights to survive in an unforgiving land and escape execution from its rulers. Ingenuity and courage won’t be enough. With Marked powers he does The Founders were the first Marked, and they used those powers to build kingdoms, subjugate the land, and enrich themselves. And they will not suffer another to join their ranks. Lost in a world with Levels, stats, and monsters, Hal fights to survive in an unforgiving land and escape execution from its rulers. Ingenuity and courage won’t be enough. With Marked powers he doesn’t understand, he’s easy prey for all the goblins, bandits, aberrations, and foul monsters that plague the realm. He’ll need to abandon his humanity by embracing the beast within. To fight monsters, one has to risk becoming a monster. If he can survive long enough to Level Up. Freedom and safety cannot be achieved alone. Only by forging bonds with fellow adventurers and monsters alike does Hal and his would-be-kingdom have any chance of surviving the hazardous realm.

30 review for Beastborne: Mark of the Founder: An Epic Portal Fantasy LitRPG Saga (Beastborne Chronicles, Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Brandon

    One of my favorite books in recent memory. This thing was amazing. I immediately went on to his patreon page and read all of the next book. I am only sad that I have caught up to the author. I'll read this for however long he writes it. I saw a few negative reviews on royal road. The author has noted that a metric ton of editing/additions/and subtractions have occurred since whatever was posted there. I thought it was great. The MC was very enjoyable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Flores

    Horrible world building with no attempt at consistency. This was bad from start to the point I have up trying to read it. The stats are pointless and arbitrary. There is no consideration to any actions consequence. This was a anime written out by some one who did not bother with an outline.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    I would love to give this a better rating, because it was a really entertaining read. But for all the interesting concepts and likeable characters, there were simply too many things that bothered me. First of all, there is a bit of a harem type situation going on. Almost all characters of any importance are female, main character aside of course, and they adore the MC to varying degrees. The saving grace it that this adoration is not explicitly romantic, and the all across the board gorgeous wom I would love to give this a better rating, because it was a really entertaining read. But for all the interesting concepts and likeable characters, there were simply too many things that bothered me. First of all, there is a bit of a harem type situation going on. Almost all characters of any importance are female, main character aside of course, and they adore the MC to varying degrees. The saving grace it that this adoration is not explicitly romantic, and the all across the board gorgeous women are only a little sexualized (and are also all adults, yay). They often read as actual people rather than character props with large breasts. So even though harem stuff is usually a big no-no for me, I found it bearable here. Another thing that bothered me, a thing that I feel is a common theme in these types of books, is the way our MC and the author himself treat the monster races, or non-human races in general. They a coddled, bereft of agency. They always need a human saviour and barely do anything on their on volition. Same here. There's some saving going on, lot's of adoration towards the MC and then nothing. The happy little monsters exist somewhere while the MC does stuff for them, without them (while he's surrounded by various human recolour women, such as sexy elves). That aside, I just felt like the story could've done more. Not necessarily by adding plot, but by going deeper into some of the plot points. Many things are merely touched upon and only scarcely explained. Here and there I had trouble following what the author tried to convey because the writing tends to be muddled and confused. Not to a great extend, but enough to be noticeable. Maybe the problem is actually that the author tried to do too much, by mixing too many genres and ideas, leaving some of the elements half-baked and unsatisfying. For example there is a bit that touched upon eldritch horror, but that part never felt scary or well fleshed out. I never got that "mind-bending thing from beyond the stars" feeling. Instead I got a pop culture reference that didn't fit. There were so many interesting little things that were thrown in but then never extended upon, so many questions that were posed but then never answered, that by the end of the book I was left severely unsatisfied. Also on a personal note, I kinda hated the cosmology. I'm simply not a fan of active gods, interdimensional travellers, single planet focused dimensions and the like. Also, fuck the language filter running-gag. Despite all it's flaws, I do have to say that it was a good book. I liked the character for the most part, the plot was interesting and engaging, and the language was enjoyable. I was entertained, so 3 stars (maybe 3,5) for that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jacob T

    Great read If you love web novels this is a great read and if you don’t but enjoy LitRPG or fantasy it is still a great read. Loved the characters the twists kept me on my toes and I am excited for the next installment

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    One of the best litRPGs I've read in a good while! Before I found this book, I had gone through a string of so-so litRPGs. This one though was so refreshing! It had all the things I could ask for - solid magic system, underdog with a well-rounded character, and a party of awesome dynamic characters that kick ash! (Gotta say that the"built-in filter" for cussing was kinda annoying, but it had me chuckling at times). So the main character (MC) basically sucked out of his normal, boring life and sen One of the best litRPGs I've read in a good while! Before I found this book, I had gone through a string of so-so litRPGs. This one though was so refreshing! It had all the things I could ask for - solid magic system, underdog with a well-rounded character, and a party of awesome dynamic characters that kick ash! (Gotta say that the"built-in filter" for cussing was kinda annoying, but it had me chuckling at times). So the main character (MC) basically sucked out of his normal, boring life and sent into a (parallel plane or existence/different world), as a level one noob with a glowing tattoo/sigil on his arm and no comprehension of the native language. Starts out with a string of bad luck, but finds someone to help him and realizes that his new mark makes him a bit of a person of interest and everyone wants a piece of him, some for good, but most... Not so good. The journey only gets more interesting from there - interesting chance encounters, quests, and a unique spin on the class system! I think the thing that really kept me turning the pages (really, unable to put the book down) was that this book has this an actual plot (!!!) - a definable goal that the party is driving towards. And they make understandable decisions based on this goal. A lot of litRPGs are all about power levelling the MC, but he really doesn't get overpowered and though he manages some crazy stuff, it's mostly through a bit of planning rather than stupid luck, which I appreciate. And the koblins!!! Aaahhh! Love them. So anyway, you should totally read the book! I certainly can't wait to figure out where our MC and his party will go next, and what else we learn about this world!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wolkenfels

    MC is send to a fantasy world and gets a mark that makes him rival to the founder - the ruling person on that world. During reading i never had the feeling this is a consistent world - it is more like the author discovers it while writing. Nevertheless the litrpg system is fun - even if i lost overview about all the skills and perks and stuff early. The book would really gain from loosing some weight. Saying that i mean it could be better with some serious editing that involves shortening or eve MC is send to a fantasy world and gets a mark that makes him rival to the founder - the ruling person on that world. During reading i never had the feeling this is a consistent world - it is more like the author discovers it while writing. Nevertheless the litrpg system is fun - even if i lost overview about all the skills and perks and stuff early. The book would really gain from loosing some weight. Saying that i mean it could be better with some serious editing that involves shortening or even ripping out some parts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Sorensen

    Pretty good! Nice length. A nice application of the (annoying, imo) litrpg stat blocks. They played a role, but were not the determining factor in most fights. Things I like about Beastborne: - decent characters, and a variety - manages to, at times, tap into the spirit of adventuring and exploration - while it would be a nightmare to listen to stat blocks on audible, skipping through is easy - we don't spend eons debating pros and cons of choosing stats, or discussing anything, really (looking at you Pretty good! Nice length. A nice application of the (annoying, imo) litrpg stat blocks. They played a role, but were not the determining factor in most fights. Things I like about Beastborne: - decent characters, and a variety - manages to, at times, tap into the spirit of adventuring and exploration - while it would be a nightmare to listen to stat blocks on audible, skipping through is easy - we don't spend eons debating pros and cons of choosing stats, or discussing anything, really (looking at you The Land) - the story moves at a decent pace Beastborne cons: - My biggest 'complaint' is that i personally don't like the constant threat of Rinbast. This really kills the atmosphere and sucks away Hal's ability (and ours) to explore and enjoy the world. It can also cause tension fatigue. Some tension is good, too much is... tiring. - earlier on, it was difficult to follow the action or understand the physical setting/positioning - some misplaced or missing commas made some sentences difficult to read, but not really an issue - the forced love of the koblins. it felt weird. while i do like them, their place as an unknown in the world somewhat doesn't make sense I'm a bit of a negative nancy, but I would recommend this book to others as well as wish Callum luck in his writings. 4.5/5, rounding up for the sake of a newer author. Writing is a daunting challenge.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Russell Gray

    I only managed to get 3% in according to my Kindle (about 30ish pages considering the 1,000+ page count) before throwing in the towel. While I suppose I'm glad the litrpg community is thriving enough to give a story like this an audience, I'm also pained because it shows how low the standards are. The writing was lacking nearly every fundamental skill that makes prose readable. Surprisingly, I encountered few misspellings, but the sentence structure was horrible, words were misused, subjects and I only managed to get 3% in according to my Kindle (about 30ish pages considering the 1,000+ page count) before throwing in the towel. While I suppose I'm glad the litrpg community is thriving enough to give a story like this an audience, I'm also pained because it shows how low the standards are. The writing was lacking nearly every fundamental skill that makes prose readable. Surprisingly, I encountered few misspellings, but the sentence structure was horrible, words were misused, subjects and verbs disagreed, etc. I legitimately didn't want to read further and risk adjusting to it because who knows how long it would take me to get those brain cells firing properly again. If you are an experienced reader, particularly of books outside the litrpg genre, you probably won't be able to stomach this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clint Young

    Alert First, my review: “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Over the past year it has become apparent that my reviews are somewhat antagonistic and I apologize to those of you that have taken offense. I think I had hoped to change peoples’ minds about reviewing works of art and that seems to have backfired spectacularly. However, I am still going to be true to myself and write what I believe. To the author: Thank you for this chance to escape reality and enjoy t Alert First, my review: “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Over the past year it has become apparent that my reviews are somewhat antagonistic and I apologize to those of you that have taken offense. I think I had hoped to change peoples’ minds about reviewing works of art and that seems to have backfired spectacularly. However, I am still going to be true to myself and write what I believe. To the author: Thank you for this chance to escape reality and enjoy the world you created! Keep up the good work. To my fellow reviewers: Messaging me and reviewing my reviews is as productive as trying to shovel water out of the ocean. Stop. I get it. Let’s just all live peacefully. To potential readers: Art needs to be experienced at an individual level. You are the only one that can determine what you like and don’t like. Don’t let others make that decision for you. You should definitely read the book and completely ignore all of the reviews. You are a much better judge of what you will like than anyone here. Cheers

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lurino

    A wonderful page turner This story was reminiscent of Michael Chatfield’s start of Emerilia series: the Trapped Mind Project. It’s written just as good, with a diverse cast of characters that add to the story instead of distracting from it. The story has a distinct Middle Earth feel to it, a light sense of humour, and a rich high fantasy world to discover. Hypothetically speaking, with a better developed magic system to replace the LitRPG elements, this story would be an interesting high fantasy A wonderful page turner This story was reminiscent of Michael Chatfield’s start of Emerilia series: the Trapped Mind Project. It’s written just as good, with a diverse cast of characters that add to the story instead of distracting from it. The story has a distinct Middle Earth feel to it, a light sense of humour, and a rich high fantasy world to discover. Hypothetically speaking, with a better developed magic system to replace the LitRPG elements, this story would be an interesting high fantasy story, well crafted from various LitRPG tropes. The only drawback was that some parts grew overly long for expositions of the world, and how things work. There were also some unnecessarily lengthy descriptions of what’s going on in combat scenes, but it’s a minor bumps in an otherwise smooth journey across the whole novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    4.8 A really good read. Unique take on our main characters class and some common yet different species. I would say my only real complaint (minor spoiler) was that near the beginning we were told our main character was going to be building a settlement, but even after 1,000 pages (which is roughly 2-3 books in the genre) he still doesn't get there. Don't get me wrong, there's good reason and a wonderfully crafted world, I'm just very interested in where this all goes! Also found myself avoiding fi 4.8 A really good read. Unique take on our main characters class and some common yet different species. I would say my only real complaint (minor spoiler) was that near the beginning we were told our main character was going to be building a settlement, but even after 1,000 pages (which is roughly 2-3 books in the genre) he still doesn't get there. Don't get me wrong, there's good reason and a wonderfully crafted world, I'm just very interested in where this all goes! Also found myself avoiding finishing the book the longer I read, I just didn't want it to end!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    It has one of the most interesting worlds in fantasy books in general, certainly in the litrpg genre. The characters are good, the flow and pacing very well done, especially considering the length of the book. It could use some polishing, with frequent spelling and grammatical errors. Each time I encountered one, it brought me out of the fantasy world. Some of the grammatical errors were consistent and I got used to, as it seemed to be a reflection of the way the writers mind worked, and gave a It has one of the most interesting worlds in fantasy books in general, certainly in the litrpg genre. The characters are good, the flow and pacing very well done, especially considering the length of the book. It could use some polishing, with frequent spelling and grammatical errors. Each time I encountered one, it brought me out of the fantasy world. Some of the grammatical errors were consistent and I got used to, as it seemed to be a reflection of the way the writers mind worked, and gave a more unique voice to the narration. Others, not so much. I did really appreciate how the main character crossed over to the fantasy world without the standard VR trope. I look forward to the next book :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trushfornmu.Edu

    Amazing! This book is possibly the best entry in the litrpg book category I have ever read. It doesn't suffer from the same errors that other books in its category have. And I absolutely love the list of characters, beasts, skills, and a bunch of a other useful info at the end of the book. Its definitely spoliers, but it's almost like a little refresher for when the next book comes out. You can read all of his skills and how they work and not be confused later. Definitely can't wait for the secon Amazing! This book is possibly the best entry in the litrpg book category I have ever read. It doesn't suffer from the same errors that other books in its category have. And I absolutely love the list of characters, beasts, skills, and a bunch of a other useful info at the end of the book. Its definitely spoliers, but it's almost like a little refresher for when the next book comes out. You can read all of his skills and how they work and not be confused later. Definitely can't wait for the second book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mahesh Nakka

    Slow at first but picks up the pace after 300+page. A great concept. Would have worked wonders if author edited this to make sure to novel size instead of web serial.

  15. 5 out of 5

    robert vig

    Awesome fun litrpg An amazing book very well-written easy to read and follow and very fun read I enjoyed the book from start to finish a few dark twist and turns but many outstanding encounters and discoveries as the book continues definite mostly read for any litrpg or fantasy fan that likes book of Adventure and discovery was definitely litrpg elements that are fun and exciting definite promising series with much more to look forward to in the future I definitely will be reading all the books a Awesome fun litrpg An amazing book very well-written easy to read and follow and very fun read I enjoyed the book from start to finish a few dark twist and turns but many outstanding encounters and discoveries as the book continues definite mostly read for any litrpg or fantasy fan that likes book of Adventure and discovery was definitely litrpg elements that are fun and exciting definite promising series with much more to look forward to in the future I definitely will be reading all the books and probably purchasing them to an amazing book well written and Fun

  16. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book one Mistakes: The only mistake I found was a character leaning on a spear after it was lost. Plot: Lots of adventure, monsters, more monsters, quest, and more monsters. Some of them very likable. No town building in this book though. Characters: Some really good characters in this book. 8/10 I look forward to seeing more in this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Romanticfae

    Worth the read So good I can’t wait for the next one and I would also love to hear this on audio book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Austin McCutcheon

    Someone find me a Koblin Okay.. it’s a great book. Really. But now I want a koblin buddy and to be transported over. Yup. Okay read the real review. Despite cheesy beginnings and a murder scene to start us off, Mark of the Founder is an amazing read with unique world building. Great action packed battles and plot twists. The author does a great job of utilizing LitRPG cliches and making them feel new. I mean look at the “every man’s worst enemy is himself” arc. Who doesn’t see that battle shaving Someone find me a Koblin Okay.. it’s a great book. Really. But now I want a koblin buddy and to be transported over. Yup. Okay read the real review. Despite cheesy beginnings and a murder scene to start us off, Mark of the Founder is an amazing read with unique world building. Great action packed battles and plot twists. The author does a great job of utilizing LitRPG cliches and making them feel new. I mean look at the “every man’s worst enemy is himself” arc. Who doesn’t see that battle shaving each morning and sweating out a few bullets during the day instead of sitting back on the couch. I love this book because of the many relationships our MC builds. I wish he would have struggled more to gain them as they all seem to fall to his glorious charisma but it’s not done blatantly and the story progresses well with all of the various characters. Don’t hide it under the passive of “friends” it was just a bit lazy but didn’t detract from the story as a whole. What can sell you on this book is the arcs I keep mentioning. While many LitRPGs sell their grand storyline and just throw in fight scene and training scenes this story has more. It’s showing the development of H and hinting at the over-arc. Instead you get minor arcs that I don’t want to give away but I will say a few have you at the edge of your seat (or curled up in bed holding the phone two inches from your face I won’t judge). The koblins arc and the 37 story arc finale with the photo… mwuah! Perfect. I can’t wait for more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Although this was a rather long entry into the LitRPG genre, I found it to be a fairly good one. The main character starts out lost and alone, but quicly builds friendships, gathers followers, and sets out to build their own settlement. Of course, there's tons of obstacles thrown in the way, and the tight nit group our main character has works through them all, although certainly without loss and danger. It's rather similar to many books in the genre, but I really like the way this one is handle Although this was a rather long entry into the LitRPG genre, I found it to be a fairly good one. The main character starts out lost and alone, but quicly builds friendships, gathers followers, and sets out to build their own settlement. Of course, there's tons of obstacles thrown in the way, and the tight nit group our main character has works through them all, although certainly without loss and danger. It's rather similar to many books in the genre, but I really like the way this one is handled. It touches a bit on alternate universes, which is something I've pondered writing myself, so this was particularly interesting. Often times I found myself asking why the main character didn't do things differently, but that's typically how a story goes for me anyway, so nothing new there. I liked the wide array of skills in the story, as well as the class system. Again, it's not new in it's implementation, but I thought the way it was put together made a lot of sence. I suspect the second book will have lots of building, and that's one of my favorite parts of LitRPG, so I'm sure keeping an eye out for that one, it should be lots of fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    My most enjoyable read of 2020 First off I want to say that I read a lot of books - avg 180 a year. This means that I’m widely exposed to many new authors as they begin their journeys to writing greatness. This book has been my favorite of the 110+ that I have read this year. Each character is built out with just the right amount of backstory and personality that leaves you wanting to learn more. The title character and the reader experience the gain of knowledge about their purpose and goal as e My most enjoyable read of 2020 First off I want to say that I read a lot of books - avg 180 a year. This means that I’m widely exposed to many new authors as they begin their journeys to writing greatness. This book has been my favorite of the 110+ that I have read this year. Each character is built out with just the right amount of backstory and personality that leaves you wanting to learn more. The title character and the reader experience the gain of knowledge about their purpose and goal as each chapter progresses. The story progresses at an appropriate pace and the stats tied to genre of LitRPG are exceptionally slipped into the beginning of chapters as needed. Many authors within this genre can go overboard with providing the reader a daunting amount of descriptions and stats for each item or level. James maintains the delicate balance of providing just what an avid gamer is looking for without overloading the casual readers. 11/10 would recommend to all of my fellow readers. I can’t wait for the remaining books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Utopicdrow

    Hands down one of the best litRPGs I've ever read. Meaningful stats that actually impact conflict and damage, solid progression with levels and skills, reputation gains for factions and monsters, and fleshed out characters that actually go through character development. All of these meaty system mechanics are wrapped up in a story with one of the most intriguing mage classes I’ve seen, which shares a strong resemblance to Blue Mage from Final Fantasy. Full review coming soon. In the mean time, I Hands down one of the best litRPGs I've ever read. Meaningful stats that actually impact conflict and damage, solid progression with levels and skills, reputation gains for factions and monsters, and fleshed out characters that actually go through character development. All of these meaty system mechanics are wrapped up in a story with one of the most intriguing mage classes I’ve seen, which shares a strong resemblance to Blue Mage from Final Fantasy. Full review coming soon. In the mean time, I cannot understate just how much you’d be missing out if you don’t give this amazing litRPG a read. I can't wait to read anything else from this author!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Artur Serra-Salvat

    It seems I rate books with 5 starts simply when I enjoy them, (meaning that not all of them are at the same level). I will try to explain why I feel Beastborne has been special. To begin with I love the amount of things that happen in the book. The author has no problem to develop the scenes. At the same time it doesn't look like just a compilation of histories. It evolves. Like a lot of fantasy books this one is also about the use and abuse of power, freedom, corruption and evil. However the boo It seems I rate books with 5 starts simply when I enjoy them, (meaning that not all of them are at the same level). I will try to explain why I feel Beastborne has been special. To begin with I love the amount of things that happen in the book. The author has no problem to develop the scenes. At the same time it doesn't look like just a compilation of histories. It evolves. Like a lot of fantasy books this one is also about the use and abuse of power, freedom, corruption and evil. However the book is not a thesis on the topic. These topics become a way to give depth to the story. Finally I like the nerdiness of the book, with references to games and other fantasy related things.

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

    Good first book I enjoyed this book. The rpg elements are well thought out and different. Triple classing for all. This can lead to some very stat heavy people and our MR is not one of them yet. His progression is good but A tad OP. The story charts out a large progressive goal so I look forward to much fun. There is no romance in this book though the MC is swimming in ladies so I hope there is something on that front as it seems to put of place if there is none. No crafting but it has been hinte Good first book I enjoyed this book. The rpg elements are well thought out and different. Triple classing for all. This can lead to some very stat heavy people and our MR is not one of them yet. His progression is good but A tad OP. The story charts out a large progressive goal so I look forward to much fun. There is no romance in this book though the MC is swimming in ladies so I hope there is something on that front as it seems to put of place if there is none. No crafting but it has been hinted at so there is hope in future books. So will see how long to wait until next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Dart

    Very Good Start This was a great opening novel to a series. I've ready plenty of web novels, most of which halt the story and plot for more words. This is not like that at all. Mr. Callum knows how to write good dialogue, knows how to set the scene with words alone, and had excellent character development. As you read this, you'll find yourself smiling at some of the characters antics, chewing your fingernails during battle scenes, as well as feeling the emotional loss of characters. All in all I Very Good Start This was a great opening novel to a series. I've ready plenty of web novels, most of which halt the story and plot for more words. This is not like that at all. Mr. Callum knows how to write good dialogue, knows how to set the scene with words alone, and had excellent character development. As you read this, you'll find yourself smiling at some of the characters antics, chewing your fingernails during battle scenes, as well as feeling the emotional loss of characters. All in all I'm a big fan, and cannot wait to read the further adventures.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joe Mathews

    A captivating LITRPG story. This is quite a good book, especially for a debut novel from an indie author. While there is a single story line, it is an intricate one. Lots of detail provided. Lots of stats for the gamers but the story can be read without spending a lot of time on them if the reader prefers. The world building was well done, although there were some elements I didn't understand. Given this is the first book in a series I'm expecting those holes to be filled in. This is a long book A captivating LITRPG story. This is quite a good book, especially for a debut novel from an indie author. While there is a single story line, it is an intricate one. Lots of detail provided. Lots of stats for the gamers but the story can be read without spending a lot of time on them if the reader prefers. The world building was well done, although there were some elements I didn't understand. Given this is the first book in a series I'm expecting those holes to be filled in. This is a long book so set aside several hours to enjoy it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Boehm

    Impressive LitRPG I was so disappointed when I finished this book, and the sequel hasn't been released yet. That said this book grabbed me early and didn't really let go. I frequently considered what I might do in the protagonists shoes, (always a good sign). My only real criticism is that of pacing, some chapters felt rushed, one event to the next and others carry so much introspection that it slows down the story. That said I have high hopes for the future installments. I expect this author and Impressive LitRPG I was so disappointed when I finished this book, and the sequel hasn't been released yet. That said this book grabbed me early and didn't really let go. I frequently considered what I might do in the protagonists shoes, (always a good sign). My only real criticism is that of pacing, some chapters felt rushed, one event to the next and others carry so much introspection that it slows down the story. That said I have high hopes for the future installments. I expect this author and this series will only get better over time. ... no pressure. 😉

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lee Weaver

    What a find! Must read for litrpg lovers This was a wild ride from the very beginning. The world is well thought-out, and stunningly displayed to you through the author's words. The book is long not like most in this genra, it will take you a bit to consume and you will be left wanting more, luckily for us more is in the works! Action, adventure, adventure, character growth, exploration, all of the good parts of a great litrpg rolled into this great fantasy! I loved every minute and can't wait fo What a find! Must read for litrpg lovers This was a wild ride from the very beginning. The world is well thought-out, and stunningly displayed to you through the author's words. The book is long not like most in this genra, it will take you a bit to consume and you will be left wanting more, luckily for us more is in the works! Action, adventure, adventure, character growth, exploration, all of the good parts of a great litrpg rolled into this great fantasy! I loved every minute and can't wait for the next book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wesley

    Out-friggin-standing Here is a novel that defines its genre. I shall be throwing my hat in with the author, Mr. Callum, in the form of my very first patreon. Unique and strangely familiar all at once. Engrossing story telling, character depth, world building, magic (or level up, if you like) systems. I laughed, i teared up, i strained my eyes reading much longer than is recommended. With over 300 like minded individuals singing his praises, mine own are just a drop in the bucket but i couldnt hel Out-friggin-standing Here is a novel that defines its genre. I shall be throwing my hat in with the author, Mr. Callum, in the form of my very first patreon. Unique and strangely familiar all at once. Engrossing story telling, character depth, world building, magic (or level up, if you like) systems. I laughed, i teared up, i strained my eyes reading much longer than is recommended. With over 300 like minded individuals singing his praises, mine own are just a drop in the bucket but i couldnt help myself. This book is worth that much, at the very least. Enjoy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    Super impressed and refreshing read A damn fine book with the length and content of two books. It took me a little bit to make my way to this novel and longer than usual to read through it. But this read was very good and refreshing to get something with a good world building and plot line and abilities. Many new authors can fall flat but James has made a solid start to this new epic that has enough fleshing of abilities and mechanics to keep you riveted. Some new ideas that I look forward to see Super impressed and refreshing read A damn fine book with the length and content of two books. It took me a little bit to make my way to this novel and longer than usual to read through it. But this read was very good and refreshing to get something with a good world building and plot line and abilities. Many new authors can fall flat but James has made a solid start to this new epic that has enough fleshing of abilities and mechanics to keep you riveted. Some new ideas that I look forward to seeing in the next book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nathanael Keeler

    Brilliant Love this story. This is a web serial Gamelit with 1000 pages to keep you going. Certainly a longer story arc than you get in regular novels but I found it to be well paced with action and narrative nicely balanced. Mainly sticks with the MC as the focus of action with a decent amount of stats but not so much that it is unwieldy. No cliffhanger ending with the first arc resolving story lines, but raising new teasers. I am desperate to read more.

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