Challenge When virtual reality becomes real enough that people feel as if they re being transported to another world Valia Online arrives A man running from his past joins the game to forget it all Calling him

  • Title: Challenge
  • Author: EdwardCastle
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When virtual reality becomes real enough that people feel as if they re being transported to another world, Valia Online arrives.A man running from his past joins the game to forget it all Calling himself Jack Thorn, he chooses an undead race, Deathlord.A mage by choice, and a swordsman by necessity, he soon finds out that he ll need to use much than magic and steelWhen virtual reality becomes real enough that people feel as if they re being transported to another world, Valia Online arrives.A man running from his past joins the game to forget it all Calling himself Jack Thorn, he chooses an undead race, Deathlord.A mage by choice, and a swordsman by necessity, he soon finds out that he ll need to use much than magic and steel to survive strategy, creativity, and carefully chosen words can often accomplish what simple attacks can t.As the game becomes too real and touches a part of him that he d rather leave buried, he is faced with two questions Who is he, really And who should he become

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    1. In the interest of full disclosure, I am the editor credited above. I did my work on the book pro bono, so I'm certainly not being paid for this review.Since I was the one who primarily wrote the blurb in the description above I don't think I could do any better here. So let me just say that I really enjoyed the book a lot. As someone who has read most of the currently published LitRPGs, I really felt this story brought a good number of new ideas to the table, and furthermore the author is a gre [...]

    2. My original Challenge audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.“Challenge” is the first book in the “Unbound Deathlord” series.  The book is authored by Edward Castle and the audiobook’s narration is expertly performed by, as usual, Jeff Hays.  In the very crowded Literary Role Playing Game (LitRPG) genre, this book sets itself apart by approaching the story from the perspective of a more evil or dark character (a deathlord) instead of your usual paladin or [...]

    3. Absolutely Fantastic New LitRPG Book!Wow! I'm not quite sure where exactly to start with how good this book was. I'm floored that this was a first novel for the author because it is so well done, definitely felt like a book from a veteran author.This is Fantasy LitRPG at its best, with a very interesting (and well integrated) real world component as well which I won't go into so as not to introduce any spoilers into this review.Great Main Character who I cheered for and whose cheekiness I laughe [...]

    4. This book does a few things really right:a) first the author used a bit of creativity and did NOT make the MC a paladin. Holy crap, everyone else seems to. I think it's because they are trying to ramp up dramatic tension by having the MC get wounded and then need them to be able to heal up. If I had a nickle for every LitRPG book that had a paladin MC, I'd have a shitload of nickles. b) the MC has a messed up but interesting back story. It's not the usual crap that a couple minutes in makes you [...]

    5. It is a solid 4 star book.I have seen some errors about the words and grammar, phrasing etc but i was curious enough to get those behind me and keep reading. If some little mistakes makes you frustrated, maybe wait. Probably there will be another editor or anyone who will read this through, looking for errors. After that you can enjoy it.Well, as much as you can enjoy a selfish prick with hard childhood going wherever he wants and doesn't look at anybody and what they may want or need. By that i [...]

    6. Really goodI really enjoyed this book. Great opening to a series. Can't wait for book 2. Keep up the good work.

    7. Wonderful LitRPGWonderful book! I enjoyed this book greatly. Great leveling and magic systems. I wouldn't want to get on Jack's bad side! Lol

    8. Big boom!Started this around noon. 13 hours later I'm champing at the bit for the next one. Big explosion big fun. Smart NASA's NASA's 1

    9. Definitely a stand out book in the genre. It's fun and clever. The MC haves layers of good and evil which makes him more believable. He's also a clever guy who sometimes lets his emotions do somewhat stupid things but he mostly relies on his determination and intelligence to get by. This is a clear contrast to most books where the MC is usually an idiot who gets lucky breaks all the time.

    10. This is the first time I've read a book in this genre and I LOVE it! It gave me the same feeling of when I watch a friend play a game while still giving me the more engaging feeling of reading a book. This was also quite funny and just all around well done, especially for a first book from this author. I will definitely be back to read the rest of the series when it's out.

    11. Terrible cover, but a reasonably good book. Not all of the NPC actions made sense to me, and it did seem a bit overly convoluted, but I mostly enjoyed the game, so I have no regrets. I'm curious to see what happens next :)

    12. Deathlord is a pretty standard, 'not stuck in the game' LitRPG. Castle does break the mold somewhat in his race selection and location, but not by a lot. Instead of Human, Pointy Eared human, short bearded human, and very short human he has Undead Human (several types), Zombie Human, Ghost human, Dark Pointy Eared human, and Dark Short Bearded Human. It's something at least. The setting is an underworld one (deep underground, not afterlife) so at least it's different.What brings this story up fr [...]

    13. Very enjoyable storyEnjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to the next one the ending was probably one of the best cliffhangers I've come across in a long time.

    14. Good Read. A LitRPG story. A story of a dark (evil type) character of the underground world. The history of the main character with a big revile at the end. Enjoyed the story.

    15. Very interestingA very impressive first novel. Very much DnD as played by cold war spies and professional paranoiacs.I can't wait to read the next book.

    16. Fun book!A LitRPG without spelling and grammar issues? Unreal. Jack Thorn is fun and smart. Spend some time with him and see what I mean.

    17. Great Read!A great central character with a well constructed world. Fun and easy read with intriguing depth for an anti hero type experience. Highly Recommended.

    18. Very EntertainingThis had me surprised, confused, and had me thinking the entire time. I loved it. I can not wait for #2

    19. 13.1.2018 - 3*Musím říct, že autor je ambiciózní. Konec? Konec byl na 5*, kdyby byla celá kniha napsaná tak dobře a měla stejnou atmosféru, nejspíše bych se rozplývala blahem. Problém je, že čtyři pětiny knihy pro mě hodnocení oscilovalo mezi 1* a 2*. Donutila jsem se přes to prokousat pouze proto, že jsem nechtěla nechat další knihu rozečtenou.Co mi vadilo:- iracionální chování charakterů. I NPC, které v podstatě vždy mají nějaký smysl. Většinu času neby [...]

    20. Edward Castle seems to have a lot of potential as a writer. His style is enjoyable to listen to and seems to maintain a good balance between story progression and detail. The main character is a bit emotionally immature, but believably so given the explained circumstances. The main plot points that I find myself disliking are actually real-life irritations like political corruption and leveraging. Especially since this written to be a bit more realistic of a world and anything that the developer [...]

    21. Summary for my own Memory:A darker take on the lit-rpg genre.The hero takes a form of an undead deathknight in the underdark, trying to find his way with dark vision and 0 friends.His prowess comes from his upbringing, a boy taught the secrets of power and manipulation with every breath.He unwillingly uses these skills to kill and dominate whatever enemy is put before him.The most annoying feature of the book is in the end of each chapter there is a text with all his accuired stats and skills. I [...]

    22. A good book.It is like most other LitRPG's in how the world works, so lets leave it at that. The plot however is different, and while there were parts I didn't like (and SO much that is left unanswered), it was very refreshing. The characters are Varied. Some are a bit boring, but others are very interesting, and not what you expect at first glance.So, all in all: Go read it if you like the genre, and don't mind a book that is a bit harsh (violence and slavery fx).

    23. BY FAR the best litrpg book I've read so far! This story focuses more on the story, while piling on plenty of the elements of the rpg stuff we've come to love in litrpg's. With that said, I was really glad the author didn't bore me completely with the nit and grit of the story's game system, but had the right amount of lore and game lingo to keep it interesting. I couldn't put this book down and now I'm eager to know what happens next!Highly recommend, well done!

    24. Great storyGreat story telling and world building went into this book. There were some editing errors but they weren't to bad and didn't detract from the story just some misused words occasionally and sometimes "on." Was used instead of "in." When the latter was the appropriate word and vice versa. Besides that, over all a great litrpg. Want to see some more actually active abilities/spells gained next book but man what a ride. Can't wait for the next

    25. Main character is obnoxious, the rpg system is very interesting but also super complex. If you like lit rpg there is a lot to like except for the main character. So you have to decide how you weight those two aspects.

    26. If Awaken Online and Chaos Seed had a baby. Can't wait for the next book in the series! Challenge was just like an amazing prologue that gets a reader pumped and wanting to read the coming first chapter. But now it's the end of the book with the second book not yet out.

    27. My favourite litrpgIt's the best litrpg and has excellent characters, an incredible game system , a thrilling mystery, a funny badass MC and a huge game world. It's a must read

    28. This was an excellent read with an interesting and complex main character and story. Started off as a pretty standard litRPG novel but the ending introduced an intriguing plot in both the game and real world and I'm really looking forward to reading more.

    29. Awesome This book has so turns you feel like you are flying by the pants of your seat. It's got enough of the real world to actually help a few people learn something but it's engaging in the game so it's like you are jack thorn.

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