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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 more 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?
Challenge is book one of the Unbound Deathlord series, a LitRPG saga.
©2016 Edward Castle (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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By Jeffrey A. Blowers on 08-20-17

Impressive

Full character development, interesting plot hooks and intrigue to keep you riveted to the story.

Narrator is Jeff Hays, and as per usual, perfection. I don't know how he does it.

Can't wait for the next book in the series to hit audible.

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By Cody on 08-21-17

A new take to the typical litrpg

I really really like it.

You get the feeling right off the bat that this "Jack" isn't your straightforward protagonist. While trying to follow his instincts to help/loot he's also a Jackass, Non apologetic, clever, and dark.

His upbringing and background paint a picture of pain, anger, self destructiveness, confusion, and a deep deception.

That same upbringing allows a different angle to the typical Litrpg. Most Litrpg's I listen to have me wishing right off the bat for it to focus exclusively on the game. This one however, gives me nibbles and clues about the bigger picture and draw me into the outer story just as much as the inner, if not more.

By the time the last chapter rolls around I'm at the edge of my seat to see what "Jack" will do.

The 17 hour read time is also a great seller. A lot of other Litrpg's are less than half as good, half the time, and at a similar price.

I can't tell you how disappointed I was that there wasn't a second book on Audible yet.

The only complaint I have is that every single chapter the status is read. That by itself is fine except for the mile long list of traits by the end of the book. I'd much rather hear them say, "Traits Minimized" or just mention the important ones. A minor complaint, but a common one among Litrpg's.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By JP OK on 08-22-17

One of the best in its genre

One of the best LitRPG around, up there with awaken online. Definitely worth a listen to.

Really looking forward to getting stuck into the second book!

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By Ivan Fodor on 10-24-17

Good

good for litrpg. who likes the world of games will enjoy it. aiting for next one.

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By Anonymous User on 12-05-17

Jack Thorne, what a legend.

This story is funny, very well told and I hate that I have to wait for the next part. I laughed a lot during this book and felt like I was apart of the quest line.

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By Damien on 10-29-17

Felt like I was playing

While it was set up in an odd way and the main character was a little more than a jack-ass, it all pushed the story along and was never not an engaging story. All in all I'm looking forward to the next one

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