Serial Saturday: Arcane Emperor Chapters 33-39 by Aternus

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with more in Rainer’s journey. It’s Arcane Emperor Chapters 33-39 by Aternus!

Plot Synopsis: Having ranked up to the second tier and become an Archon, Rainer is now much more powerful than before, and just in time as Kara and Gunthar were being attacked by Fae assassin’s sent by Luna’s mother to retrieve her….

Plot: This is an excellent set of chapters. I could say more, but that would be so spoilerific that it’d be a shame for those who have yet to read this series.

Characters: We get to meet quite a few new characters, but my favorite is probably Theodore. And that’s not just because he shares the same name as my favorite historical president.

Overall: An incredibly solid set of chapters. If you haven’t started reading this series, you ought to do so.

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Bookish Wednesday: Desire by Cameron Milan

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got another LitRPG. It’s Desire by Cameron Milan!

Plot Synopsis: An all powerful entity bestows individuals with a powerful brand in the form of a tattoo. Using the system that is controlled by the tattoo, you can learn supernatural abilities, acquire knowledge unknown to man, and acquire objects that would only be found in fiction. The world is changing… and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, have been chosen. Ace lives for physical improvement. He loves the feeling of breaking his records and growing stronger. Unfortunately, he has plateaued in recent months, discouraging him greatly. Vincent is plagued by little to no desire in anything he does. Good grades? Successful life? He feels nothing. Except, perhaps, the feeling of pain and fear. Sadly for him, modern day society is a peaceful one.

Plot: The plot isn’t that amazing, in fact it’s a bit stereotypical. That being said it’s helped by the fact that Vincent is a lot more cynical than Ace. That being said it’s not a bad story, but it could probably go through a couple revisions of editing to get some kinks out.

Characters: Ace and Vincent are the main characters, but the entire cast is pretty interesting, but not entirely original.

Overall: A quick, but fun read. That being said if you are looking for originality you will be disappointed somewhat.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Magic, LitRPGs, Drama, Action, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

 

Bookish Wednesday: Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach

Happy Independence Day for those American readers, I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a LitRPG from an author I’ve reviewed for before. It’s Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach!

Plot Synopsis: In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she’s Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he’s famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever…

Plot: The plot is pretty good, with most of the story alternating between Tina and James points of views. It’s an interesting take on the genre of Isekai and games turning real. Honestly it makes me appreciate that I don’t treat NPCs like shit like most people would. That being said there are some huge influences from games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. In fact WoW is a signifcant influence from my impressions of the book.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, with Tina being one of my least favorite characters. She is incredibly single minded and it leads to her taking actions that to a reader look really stupid. James on the other hand is an amazing character in that he grows over the course of the book incredibly. Tina doesn’t do that. My favorite side character is probably Fangs though.

Overall: A fun read, and an fresh take on the genres.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Space Knight by Michael-Scott Earle

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another series from an author I covered a couple weeks ago. It’s Space Knight by Michael-Scott Earle!

Plot Synopsis:In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret.

Plot: I couldn’t stand this book, and I actually enjoy most of the author’s series that I’ve read thus far. The problem lies with Nick as a character more than the plot itself. The plot is okay, but the way that Nick interacts with the plot is just so stupid that I wished I could strangle the character.

Characters: Like I said above, Nick is a huge problem with the series. Honestly he’s a huge dumbass, who willingly signs himself up on a ship with the supposed worst reputation because he is under the mistaken belief that his father wants to find traitors. A fact that is blatantly a load of bull and incredibly obvious to the reader. Honestly I hated Nick, he’s probably one of the dumbest characters I’ve ever read and that’s truly saying something.  The fact that he is even torn over some decisions is so unbelievable that I couldn’t continue listening to the book after more than 6 hours.

Overall: Skip this book and read one of the author’s other and much better works.

For those who like: Terrible Books.

Not for those who have: A standard of quality they’d like to uphold.

Bookish Wednesday: Ritualist by Dakota Krout

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRGP. It’s Ritualist, Book 01 of the Completionist Chronicles, by Dakota Krout!

Plot Synopsis: 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….

Plot: The plot is pretty good, but it’s not absolutely amazing and I could see some of the plot twists coming from miles away. However there have been worse books I’ve read and for a LitRPG in a genre that is quickly becoming stuffed with plenty of poor attempts at writing, Ritualist is actually pretty decent.

Characters: Joe is a pretty decent main character, he’s neither stupid nor arrogant which is a nice reprieve from some of the stuff I’ve been reading recently. I might have done some things very differently though if I were in his place. Some of the things that occur would make any gamer worth their salt know how to react instantly. The fact that some of the cast are supposedly said gamers is just a bit annoying.

Overall: A decent read, and a fairly good LitRPG. It’s not the best, but it’s better than a lot of the crap that is online now.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Decent Plot, Good Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Awakening by Dhayaa Anbajagane

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s The Eternal: Awakening by Dhayaa Anbajagane!

Plot Synopsis: It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t mean to look for things I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t mean for death to come after me. I really didn’t. But it still happened. I’m Zoran and my name is the only thing I remember about myself. I don’t know why I woke up in a forest, why I taste blood in my mouth, and why I see weird screens in front of me. From the time I first woke up, all I wanted was to find out who I was. But what I didn’t expect was for my search to spark something that was never meant to happen.

Plot: This is an okay series, but honestly it’s rather lackluster. It’s not inventive nor is it revolutionary. It’s good for wasting time, but that’s about it. If you want a better LitRPG you’d be better off listening to the Emerilia series.

Characters: Zoran is an okay main character, but incredibly mediocre. The rest of the cast is no better, in fact I can’t remember the names of the other characters, which is never a good sign for me. That is always a possibility when you have thousands upon thousands of stories stuck in your head, but I tend to at least remember some important character names, this series though? Not a one.

Overall: Skip it, it’s not really worth your time unless you need some sort of LitRPG to waste time on.

For those who like: LitRPGs, GameLit, Action, Adventure, Drama.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Mediocrity.

Serial Saturday: Our Chaoz Chapters 48-67 by SlyOkami

This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with more chapters in Kyle’s adventures. It’s Our Chaoz Chapters 48-67 by SlyOkami!

Plot Synopsis: Having come to the decision to attempt to negotiate with the Dezol legions, the Blood Pack Mercenaries are now dealing with the aftermath of the attack of the Demon Prince and a new recruit to the guild. But how much will change with their changing allegiances? How will forces from both the Divine and Mortal worlds will react to this sudden change?…

Plot: This is probably one of the bigger turning points in the series, and this entire set of chapters really reflects that. It’s a fun ride as well.

Characters: We get to meet a ton of new people, but mostly it’s still focused on those we know. Sparta is a great new addition to the cast though.

Overall: A solid set of chapters that comes right after one of the more bizarre plot twists I’ve ever seen.