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Maddie and friends return for the third installation of this sandblown serial. No spoilers, but we do kind of get to see what Alex's final fate is, and we get to see (as I sort of suspected) why Maddie isn't just any NPC.
This book has a very different feel than the first two books, and not in a bad way. There are real elements that made me think of the Dark Tower, but considering that Maddie's world is a Virtual one it amped up the coolness of it all. The end battle between Maddie and the big bad was too brief for my taste, I really wanted to see her give it to him just a bit more, but the end result was most satisfying. I really do not want to give away anything, but the story rocks and pops, has the proper dash of mystery (what is up with Alex?), and leaves the door open for the next chapter.
Some things to look out for are the Tromoal, Karma and character sheets, and the proper way to do some stacking. A lot of things are answered, some left for later, and more mysteries sprout up.Chapman does a great job completing one plotline, continuing another, and starting something new in just a few spaces. I think she is getting really comfortable with Maddie now, and has a sense of who she is (because Maddie told her), making writing her all the easier now.
Andrea Parsneau has cemented her place in my parthenon of narration. She really plays the characters like a fine violin, and helps make the setting all the more real.
I can't wait to see more of the Desert's Daughter, Maddie, in action.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
As with the other books in this series – I’m hooked. Chapman writes of a world that I would both want to live and play in. That’s pretty great for a LitRPG series.
Desert Storm – aka Puatera Online Book 3 – continues the story from the first two. Maddie is performing unlike any NPC anyone has ever seen or played with and must continue to make the hard decisions to keep the players (visitors), other NPCs, and maybe even the whole world from collapsing.
Desert Storm wasn’t as emotional as book two was but it was a close second. There were a few scenes (post-portal for example) that were just absolutely heart wrenching. Chapman has my emotions all tied up in this series and I’ve heard that it’s going to take an interesting turn in book 4.
Maddie is such an interesting character (the play on words intended). She finds out a lot about herself in this chapter and it’s been fun watching her grow and become her own in the three storylines. Her arc has been one of the more enjoyable ones in the LitRPG stories I’ve read so far.
I can’t imagine what will continue to happen, but I’m sure that Chapman is hard at work trying to make this world come alive even more. I can’t wait for it. I’ve really enjoyed the first three books.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Man I was sure this is a trilogy, now I absolutely know it's not which is good and bad.
Good because it's an awesome story!
Bad because I want to know how it ends.
Yes this is one of those creation that grabs you from the beginning and that you can't wait to finish it, but when you do you get sad because you want more, in short which ever it goes it always suck :-).
I truly love this series as you can already tell.
Hoping that number four is on its way, beside a great story, all those twists and turns blow my mind away, which is a great part of why I love this series especially on this third book which totally twisted me around all the way to the last minute !
There is nothing else you can ask from an author, a good story which you can't predict or know where it's heading is magic which only a few authors have mastered accomplishing it !
As is with the first two books, performances is perfect on this one to.
There is absolutely no way that I can find not to recommend this book or the entire series.
I can't see anyone not liking it so I'm not worried recommending it, I truly can't see how anyone won't enjoy this series it's absolutely impossible!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This was the third book of a really great series. I found that I enjoyed this book just as much as the first 2. The action was great and the narration was entertaining. My only wish was that they were longer so I could enjoy more from this author and narrator. Here's to hoping for more in the series.