Arcane Kingdom Online: The Chosen

LitRPG Adventure Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan Burke
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Log-in or die.

Those are the only choices left for Clay Hopewell. Infected with the ZERO virus, he has less than 24 hours before he bites the dust. With no cure available, there's only one option left: digitally reincarnate himself in the most advanced virtual reality game ever, the mysterious and newly released Arcane Kingdom Online.

But cheating death and gaining immortality isn't that easy. If Clay survives the risky cognitive upload process, he'll still have to contend with a fantasy world teetering on the brink of crisis. Worse, a quarter of the in-game population hates his starting race, he can't unlock the mage class he wants, and a malevolent glitch threatens to upend the very existence of his new reality.

If Clay doesn't learn the rules of his new surroundings quickly, his second chance at life will be a lot worse than his first.

©2018 Jakob Tanner (P)2019 Tantor

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eh...<br />

The beginning plot is something i have seen in atleast 4 other lit's so nothing new there.

I thought I would enjoy it anyways but the plot armor is way to strong in this one, the moment he is about to die his companion kills a mob the very last moment and he levels up to full hp this happened several times.

then he blushes like a 12 year old seing something naked for the first time when talks to friend despite his personality beign nothing close to it so it just dosnt make sense that he blushes while the bookworm dosnt..

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I only got to chapter 9

this book didn't pull me in and by chapter 9 I lost interest.
The game world mechanics in the "the most advanced virtual reality game ever" are just bad, one example being where stabbing someone in the head twice with a sword and brain matter coming out while not dying just being odd.

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H....u....d

Book follows the zombie doom so upload my brain in to vr template. The natator says h..u..d instead of saying HUD like a normal person, which annoyed me. Otherwise good work all around.

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Bad Production, Ok book, Ends well

I don't know who the producer was but they have no idea how gamers actually say terms. HUD is said as Hud. not H U D. ATKP is said Attack Power not as its acronym. It is like nails on a chalk board when the narrator says these things because it just sounds so dumb. The Narrator did a good performance but who was producing it really messed up and probably never played an online MRPG in their lives and it shows. The book is self is just OK, not horrible but not overly interesting. The end was cool though and so the second book seems like it could get a lot better now that the MC is integrated into their world and the beginnings of the mystery has been revealed and there seems to be an end goal. I will be giving the second book a chance.

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dont waste your time or money

the author knows nothing about RPGs. also who pronounces every letter in acronyms!!!! horrible. the character development is lack luster as well but honestly what kills it for me is HUD or ATK smdh

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Unlikely to get the next book

Too much inexplicable success for the MC makes it hard to suspend disbelief. The tactics used by the MC would immediately be caught on to by the community and would make the game trivially easy. This would be fixed extremely early in development. Since this game has been around for years, all such exploits would have been fixed. In addition levels seem to be largely irrelevant. Level 1 vs 5 or 10 vs 30? Not even really a challenge.

On the positive side. The quality of the actual writing is solid. You don't really see too much unexplained standing around in combat while one or two characters fight. In addition some of the concepts introduced in book one are interesting and unique (I have not seen similar in other LitRPGs.)

Overall the book isn't bad, it just didn't hold my interest as I was constantly distracted by how easy things are for the MC. If the MC is going to succeed in a seemingly unwinnable scenario, there needs to be a really solid reason for it. In this book most conflicts should be unwinnable, and the MC just kind of wins for no particular reason.

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for the love of God

listen i need for the narrator to stop spelling acronyms and just say physical or magical attack.

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good story, bad story teller

liked the story, a bit short, but okay.
The narrator pronouncing H.U.D, instead of hud, every chapter killed it, along with using the little used pronunciation of fungi as fuhn-jahy instead of common fuhng-gahy was jarring. reading ATK P, instead of attack power, or M ATK P instead of magic attack power, just like having daggers shoved in my ears, every time the MC got a piece of gear

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fun & fast.

the book is very good so far in transitioning and what a lot of the elements of it would be like.

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not great just mediocre

book was ok reminded me alot of the .hack anime which helped me get through it but was pretty obvious the narrator was not familiar with the source material every time he said h.u.d. I swear my eye would twitch from my blood pressure spiking

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  • Angrenades
  • 06-16-20

A great book

I have not read any of Jakob’s books before, so this is an honest first-time reader review.

This is a great start to a series. You can relate to the main character, Clay and there is a familiar end of the world storyline that gently pulls you through a world which includes horrors and wonders.

Clay uploads his consciousness to an MMO when he becomes infected with a deadly plague in the real world. Unfortunately, it is not all sunshine and lollypops in the game either. He is thrown into an area that is not a starting area and is in way over his head and he struggles to survive. He teams up with an NPC thief, a human girl he knew from the real world and a few other strange characters.
I liked the detail put into the levelling experience for the new players as it gave them a fighting chance of surviving.

A classic LitRPG which flows nicely and a great start to a series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-19

decent story if average narration

It was an easy listen although there seemed a lack of originality when compared to other Litrpg books.

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  • Ian
  • 06-22-19

very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book, the characters are very likeable, it's very well written. I'd recommendations to any one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Promising start

I enjoyed this book. Though a little short for my taste, I look forward to reading the next one in the series. The world and game mechanics are decent, and the characters are fun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-20

Excellent Story

Interesting twists not as predictable as other litrpgs if you listen to enough. Buying book 2 now.

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  • Jason B
  • 09-22-19

A bit of a slow start but awesome start to a great series

The premise is interesting and though it is a slow start it is a good start to what I think will be a great series. The narrator has a great voice and is easy to listen to. Well worth a listen for fans of lit-rpg.