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A corrupt server, a murderous NPC, and an impossible quest: Save the game. At all costs. 
Coral joined the immersive virtual reality video game Travail Online because her waitressing job, like so many other jobs, was automated by a growing robot workforce. She starts as a Seamstress, hoping to craft useful clothing in-game to sell for real life cash. The game, however, has other ideas. She soon discovers a knack for peeling the skins off creatures she never thought she'd lay hands on and crafting grotesque wearables from them instead. 
What starts off as job replacement quickly launches an adventure of epic proportions through a virtual reality world filled with magic, intrigue, and betrayal. Can she and her new friends rescue the MMORPG world of Travail from death and defeat before it comes crashing down, taking the world economy with it?
©2017 Brian Simons (P)2017 Brian Simons
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-10-18

Wonky but intersting

I'm going to get all the bad out of the way. I always ask if the game in a LitRPG is plausible, i.e. would I play it if it were real? The answer here is probably not. Mechanics seemed to bounce around, what is gold to the real world worth? Do I want to lose all my cash that I carry if I die? I used to play Everquest, and I quit that game because if you dies you lost XP I lost three levels in one area trying to retrieve my corpse. I solo all those MMO games, and that was weeks of play eliminated in 1/2 hour. So, if I read a book that I think would never be as popular or played as much as an author says then it distracts me from the story. This is the biggest issue for me. Plus, it takes about a third of the book to get fully into the RPG world.

Now for the good. The story does have a wonky start, but it picks up its pace, and takes off. I like the unique/non-standard class used, and enjoyed the interaction between the 4 friends. At times it does seem like a bit of a ramble for them, but it is still enjoyable. I think Simons really found his footing, and ended on a strong note.

What really elevates this tale is the narration by Andrea Parsneau.. She is a favorite vocal artist of mine, and she takes a hold of this story and pulls it into the heavens. She always boosts whatever novel she narrates, but here she really out does herself. Great job, Andrea!!

This is a good start, and I will get the next book.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cory on 12-29-17

more please

hopefully this will stay as consistent in the next book it says something for people who like crafting and fighting a promising start to a new Dynamic series

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5 out of 5 stars
By Morgan Searle on 01-17-18

Well-Paced and Full of Adventure!

I really enjoyed this one. The story itself was very well put together, with just the right amount of status screens not to clutter, well-thought-out characters, and a fair amount of behind-the-scenes worldbuilding for both the real and virtual worlds.
I especially enjoyed when I reached a certain juncture in the story, that, hopefully without spoiling anything, encouraged a bit of a split to the party, and contrary to my expectations, we just continued.
I was 100% certain we'd need one, maybe two books to find out what happened next, and yet there's no break in the story whatsoever. Something which flies in the face of rather a few other series in this genre that certainly seem to be pacing themselves to hit book #29 by next year, and something I definitely appreciated. Despite including so much in just this first book, there's still enough to make me eagerly await the sequel.

As for the narrator, I felt she did a great job. Going so far as to use a slightly different tone for the neutral voice depending on POV character and perfectly enunciating some puns that, whilst excellently written, would make a lot more sense to read than be read to, both are wonderful little touches that make the experience really feel polished and like a labour of love.

Overall, a great addition to the genre, and I hope to hear more from both Brian Simons and Andrea Parsneau as soon as feasibly possible :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aslanenlisted on 01-10-18

Fabulous!

This is a brilliant fast paced story. The narrator does a fantastic job breathing even more life into the characters. The characters are endearing and have impressive arcs and depth. My only complaint is how short the story is.

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