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I really did not want to like this book. I wanted Dakota Krout to keep putting out his Divine Dungeon series until it was finished. Now, I'm torn. I still want the Divine Dungeon series, but now I also want MORE Ritualist. Krout is an incredible writer, and you get sucked into the story immediately. I appreciate how he gets the character of Joe into the game quickly and doesn't really screw around with all the usual angst or cognitive dissonance most MC's display when they are about to go into a virtual world permanently. Nope, we go straight into the game, and we are better for it.
I really appreciate that Joe gets a secret class, with special skills, and that he works for a hidden god. It's fun watching him try to keep things straight, because once the cat is out of the bag then he loses all kinds of benefits. And he has some sweet skills. The only thing that really throws me off is that the MC, Joe, enters the VR permanently because he is a quadrapalegic, and still opts to get a body that will be winded from walking to fast and can be beheaded from a paper cut. You would expect him to take a healthy vibrant body, but I will say his choice does make sense if you consider that he is in it for the long haul. He has a long distance perspective that few others have. Additionally, Krout is about the only dude I know that can make a healer not only exciting but totally a bad grass mamajamma. Most people go swordsman, rogue, or wizard. Dakota manages to make the cleric interesting. Plus the ritual stuff and the occultist proffesion suck you in.
Vikas Adams had me waaaaay back with the Divine Dungeon number one, Dungeon Born. I loved his characterizations and the humor he injects with his voice. There are few narrators who are as skilled as he is, and he really moves the story along at his pace. The man is a pleasure to listen to, and his female voices are just as good as his male ones.
I gove Krout points for including a nod to my beloved Dungeon, Cal, in this book and can see the similarities in attitudes. Both are fair, easily annoyed, and ready to dole out proper punishments and rewards. Can we see a nod to everyone's favorite wisp in the next book, Dakota?
I loved the cover, the wolfman looks awesome, and we get to see Joe right in the middle of a ritual. It looks slick, and you know that this book is going to feature some hardcore monsters and some deadly magic. Lava Worms, anyone? Joe is a fun character, and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Now, we just need to get the Divine Dungeon series caught up and I'll be satisfied. YOU will be satisfied if you get this book. This is, without question, one of the best LitRPG/GameLit books I've ever read! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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Started this book with some hesitation because of experiences in the past where an authors previous series were one hit wonders. After The Dungeonborn series, which I thoroughly enjoyed and is firmly within my top ten series list, I couldn't resist giving this one a go. My doubts were swiftly evaporated as I became entranced by the familiar writing style, deliciously memorable characters and perfectly paced progression. A very enjoyable take on the 'person living in a VR world' genre.
Really enjoyed the previous series 'Divine Dungeon' and was hesitant about this book when I first saw it on Amazon. Fortunately, my hesitance was completely misplaced. Vikas Adams did a great job and the book was very well written.
I hope that in the future the audiobook is released at the same time as the paperback/kindle version and I look forward to the follow-up!
I'm torn, lost or at the very least upset.
How am I supposed to wait for book 2 or am I waiting for the next in the Devine dungeon series .... Aaahhh
Seriously though the story was throughly engaging and my only comment for improvement would be greater side character background, this is reinforced by hearing Hanse's (Devine dungeon - and sorry if I spelt that wrong) constantly due to the brilliant Vikas Adam.
On that Vikas has done another lovely job with the voice acting adding subtlety and depth at the perfect points.
If you've read the DD series you'll love the subtle .... Or not so subtle references but if not a: I highly recommend them that are so much fun b: it won't make a difference as this is an awesome story none the less.
Best enjoyed with red wine or scotch and a solid serving of relaxation.
I've found a trend in litRPG where it seems all litRPG stories seem to start slow and you don't really get invested until you've read the first several chapters. Then there was this little story. This book made me laugh lightheartedly as it lightly poked fun at and paid homage to a great innovators of our age for the first chapter then before without warning it immediately grabbing me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me on an adventure that left me begging for only one thing at the end of EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER...