Vasily Mahanenko
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Vasily Mahanenko

Vasily Mahanenko is a fantasy and sci fi author and one of the original founding fathers of the new genre of LitRPG - the MMO-based fantasy and sci fi. His debut novel The Way of the Shaman series took Russian literature by storm in 2012.

Vasily dipped into his college-days insider knowledge as a hardcore gamer in order to create a believable world of the virtual-reality MMO game. His bestselling series combines fiction and video games, telling the story of Shaman and his friends stuck in the ruthless reality of Barliona. He used his more than ten years' experience as an ERP implementation project manager to approach his writing in a well-organized manner, working to a strict schedule, a set of deadlines and even a budget. At the moment, the series boasts six novels with the seventh one in the works - this time the author expands on stories of Shaman's companions and those who helped and supported him in his trials and tribulations.

The English translation of The Way of the Shaman series is now available to the English-language reader in its entirety. So is his other LitRPG series, The Dark Paladin. Vasily's latest project to date is also set in the world of Barliona: The Renegades (The Bard from Barliona Book #1) LitRPG Series, co-written with another popular Russian author, Eugenia Dmitrieva.

Vasily's other passion is space exploration which is why he now works on a follow-up LitRPG series entitled Galactogon. Set in a space-simulator based world, the first book of the series, Start the Game! is already available in English on Amazon.

He's also released a graphic novel based on his bestselling series: The Way of the Shaman comic book. Its English translation is available here: https://www.comixology.com/The-Way-of-the-Shaman/comics-series/90505 Alternatively, check the book on the author's site: http://mahanenko.ru/en/Comics-1.

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Best Sellers

    • Survival Quest

    • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,573
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,344
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

    Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Guilty pleasure

    • By Daniel on 12-18-16

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Clans War

    • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 7
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,028
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

    Not long ago, Daniel Mahan, known to everyone as Shaman Mahan, thought that he had taken his sixth and final step in the Barliona gameworld. Yet life has other ideas....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series

    • By Dewey Gough on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Secret of the Dark Forest

    • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 3
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,554
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551

    The virtual world of Barliona is a place of rest and entertainment - but not for everyone. It has become a survival arena for Daniel Mahan after he was sentenced to eight years....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best LITRPG

    • By Don Gilbert on 12-13-16

    Regular price: $30.09

    • The Kartoss Gambit

    • Way of the Shaman, Book 2
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,195
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,991
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985

    A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Narrator sets the Tone

    • By Don Gilbert on 05-18-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Karmadont Chess Set

    • Way of the Shaman, Book 5
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,827
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

    Mahan's ready for new adventures - just as the gaming world of Barliona thought it was about to reenter its old comfortable rut....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pissed Off!!! (5 stars)

    • By Parker on 05-22-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Shaman's Revenge

    • Way of the Shaman, Book 6
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,675
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

    Daniel Mahan, the legendary Shaman of the Barliona game world, has served his sentence in virtual reality. Eleven months of adventures and battles in exchange for eight years in prison....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally Redeemed!

    • By Josh Hennesey on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Phantom Castle

    • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 4
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,003
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

    High Shaman Mahan accepts an offer from the Emperor and the Dark Lord to vanquish the army of Phantoms that has inhabited Altameda, the phantom castle....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This book was a little disapoiting

    • By Tyre Miller on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $30.09

    • The Renegades

    • Bard from Barliona, Book 1
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko, Eugenia Dmitrieva, Boris Smirnov - translator
    • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    What would happen if a professional rock musician joined a virtual MMO in search of inspiration among its game world? What would happen if she decided to play as a biota bard, a brand-new race of humanoid flora as well as a new class? Whatever would happen, it would surely be fun....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slow start to series

    • By E. Mata on 11-03-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Quest

    • Dark Paladin, Book 2
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kraft
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245

    Surviving in a tough situation is not always the best option; sometimes dying is much better than staying alive....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • bad translation

    • By D.B. Cooper on 08-23-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Beginning

    • Dark Paladin Series, Book 1
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kraft
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 483
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 455
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 455

    Is it easy to survive in the game world? You could say yes, if you didn't know what the additional conditions were....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Some good parts, but mostly depressing unenjoyable

    • By Chris Vernon on 04-06-17

    Regular price: $34.99

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