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Battle Spire: A Crafting LitRPG Book

Hundred Kingdoms, 1
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (380 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Kross only wanted to play the game. Now he’s fighting for his life.
 

When a mysterious hacker takes control of Hundred Kingdoms, Jack is trapped inside the fantasy VR world along with millions of other players. But Jack is in a worse predicament. He’s cornered in the very tower the terrorists have taken as their base; the only free player left within its walls. Even worse, in the real world, his body lies in a sweltering room with no hope of relief.
 

Playing the profession-based Scavenger class, and at a low level, Jack’s prospects of fighting his way out are next to impossible. Crafting gear, traps, and weapons, allying with a deadly dungeon master and an AI he can’t fully trust, Jack is in a race against time to save not just himself but the millions of players held hostage.
 

Battle Spire is a meeting of World of Warcraft and Die Hard, using crunchy LitRPG mechanics with a heavy focus on crafting. Listeners can expect to find in depth item and spell descriptions, along with stat tables and profession recipes.
 

Note: strong language is used throughout.

©2019 Michael Robert Miller (P)2019 Michael Miller

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  • Randy
  • 225257th Ave. S #201 Des Moines, WA 98198
  • 05-16-19

Feeling Crafty

This is a fun read with excellent writing and great narration. Mr. Miller takes a self-centered individual and moves him towards "other-focused," outlook on life. The great thing is he did it in a fun and exciting way. I was disappointed book 2 was not already available when I finished Battle Spire.

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A Surprise and Treat

A hidden jewel for now at least. I missed out on the reddit giveaway but bought it anyway and boy am I glad I did. The action is fantastically well done and the character went in a direction I wasn’t expecting. He managed to come up with many exploits, items and abilities that were realistic to an RPG yet interesting and new. There were a few moments when the plot was pushed in a particular direction that stretched my suspension of belief in order to shoehorn in more drama but the redeeming qualities of the rest of the story far outweighed this. I’m personally looking forward to how this author develops in the future because I can see him having a AAA release in the near future if he continues to hone his craft. It also has great voice acting and sound design.

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  • DJ
  • 06-17-19

Excellent

I had a hard time at the beginning of the book. The character just annoyed me to no end. It was after he got trapped in the spire that this book really takes off. I highly recommend it and would enjoy revisiting this world again.

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  • Jd
  • 06-13-19

stand alone

I like long books. hate waiting for "next release"

this was a nice resolved story.

please, more shorts, that resolve.

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Simply Enthralling

I was skeptical at first not being a gamer myself, but found myself drawn in by the sample offered on audible.
I found myself lost in the story each time I listened! It was wonderfully performed with different voices and sound effects. The unique plot was also a plus!

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surprisingly good

about halfway through I stopped and started it over to pick up detail I had not paid attention to thinking it was just more of the same will definitely get next book hope he's not a One-Shot

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Fully enjoyed

I enjoyed the crafting angle this book took but the overall adventure was solid. The narration was excellent.

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Read this book now

One of the best litrpgs I've had the pleasure to read it your trying to be into this type of book Battle Slide is a grate way to start.

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awesome

I really liked it good story and descriptions.
actually explains what the characters are doing why they are doing it and how much damage it will do.

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Simple but extremely entertaining

Apart from a nod to the usual sections that make something litrpg, this book is extremely well done and well executed. It manages level ups, Crafting, beating op players in a versitile and very original way. Although the story is left open for a sequel, I am unsure how it could be topped with this novel. As someone who has read many lit rpg novels, please give this one the benefit of the doubt and get it. It is worth your while.

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  • sam
  • 05-19-19

Imagine Home Alone meets Die Hard, in litrpg form.

If you are looking for a main character (MC) with overpowered abilities taking down giant monsters and armies of mobs and creatures... This isn't for you.

If your looking for a powerless MC relying on his creativity, ingenuity and a few hobbled together tools and shenanigans, to overcome impossible odds...this is more your cup of tea.

It is so refreshing to see a litrpg hitting all the right marks; good world building, an MC with human flaws, game mechanics with well defined limitations and last but not least. No harems, not even a shoe horned romantic interest.

Also thanks to the quality voice acting at sound booth, each character has their own feel and personality. The voices were very expressive and natural in a way that just let you immerse your self in the story.

I am hard to disappoint, and easily pleased so please take my positive review with a grain of salt. if you do not like litrpg, or are unfamiliar with the genre. The game like nature may be off putting for you.

I was lucky enough to get this book for free through a promotion, but this review was made off my own initiative As thanks for receiving such an enjoyable experience without being asked for anything in return.

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  • Mr. M. C. Hackett
  • 05-27-19

straight into my top 5

excelent story, possibly a unique style, and the audio really benefits from the range of narration.

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  • Neil Maxwell
  • 05-09-19

Simply Excellent

First I'd like to say thank you to Michael R. Miller for a beautiful story and the team at Soundbooth Theater (Justin Thomas James, Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott ) for a fantastic performance.
I've listened to alot of litrpg over the years and played many MMO's and this book is a true gem of the genre :)

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  • Maks
  • 06-11-19

Simply amazing!

At first I wasn’t sure I liked this book, because the main character acted like a wimp but with time I listen as Jack grows up and solves his issues and it was really pulling me in. Overall this was a great LitRPG and recommend it to anyone that likes the genre.

It’s also worth mentioning that people from soundbooth did a great job. This was my first book with Justin but Jeff is my favourite narrator and Annie is close behind.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-19

well done !!!

Great Character development and growth

An intelligent Mc that makes reasonable and practical decisions.

High quality voice acting.

Definitely one of the best lit dogs I've read in a while.

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  • S Larcher
  • 05-17-19

A refreshing and enjoyable take on LitRPG

All too often in these sorts of stories the main character ignores the crafting/profession elements of the game they are in as a distraction for their questing/levelling or the author does as a distraction from the plot, but this went the other way. The main character chose a class that is mostly ignored by others as worthless or no fun and found a way to make it work. It was fun to read how he crafted his way out of or around problems and made for a refreshing change.
There were all the elements you expect in a LitRPG story, with stats, character sheets and quests but without going over the top. The writing style was relaxed and reading it flowed easily, drawing me into the story until I frequently realised I had been reading far longer than I had intended!
Here's hoping for a sequel about the further exploits of Zoran...
The performances were excellent imbuing the dialog with real emotion that can sometimes not come across all that well when reading. The narration was crisp and clear, summarising stats etc for some of the game elements that people can sometimes complain about in LitRPG audible stories.
Highly recommend