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Charlie Naylor is a good guy, but he's never been great at multi-tasking. When Larynk, the god of corn, sends Charlie into a fantasy game, he just can't help himself trying. By combining his love of daggers, magic, and animals, he becomes the Blademage Beastmaster. 

With a dangerous new pet, a deadly selection of daggers, and some awesome spells, he must make allies and kill monsters as he walks his path to glory. If he can do that, then he might just create a legacy for himself. 

He used to work in an office where he pushed paper, filled in spreadsheets, and made coffee. Now, he casts, conjures, stabs, and tames.

©2018 Deck Davis (P)2018 Deck Davis

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Grinding away with a beast and a blade

First, I have to say that I got this book solely because J. Scott Bennett was narrating. He is a go to narrator for me, and the genre (LitRPG) is my genre. Bennett has never let me down before, and I appreciate his choice of books that he narrates. If you ever want to listen to him do some amazing stuff check out Brother Bones. As it stands, he does his usual job of making me want to listen to until the story is completed. I love how he embodies each character, fills them with personality and makes them endearing in a matter of moments. Plus, he really nails the comedic timing here. The book is funny, but is not a funny book, and he really plays out the jokes that are here like he had written them. He adds flair and emotion into every scene, and he paces the story like a tiger that is ready to pounce. He not only does the fun, but he also brings in the danger and action like a blind ninja on fire wielding a sword in each hand. I told you he was versatile. Give him a good hard listen, he's one of the best in the business.

I am on the fence about the cover. It has no action, show no particular scene, there is no beast, and it looks like the figure is holding a staff. With a title like Blademage Beastmaster I's expect a blade and maybe a beast. Also, the artwork is not what I would call wall worthy in my house. It is decent, but nothing I would hang up. I do not detract points for covers, but a cover should show a scene from the book, show some action, and be eye catching. It should make you want to read the book. I might have been interested from the title, but certainly not from the cover.

The story is decent, I mean where else do you get a god of corn tricking another god into taking a mere mortal into a fantasy land? The bad news is that for all the good stuff, the world, the characters, the magic, etc there is no real danger in my eyes. The protagonist could die and respawn, but he never does that even once. Basically, it is just about him running around the countryside grinding away to earn XP. And I mean grind as in just killing stuff to level up. That is pretty much the whole book. That isn't to say that the story isn't interesting, it is, but you need to know there is a lot of grinding in the story. It works as it is, but I can see where some people might feel like there was something lacking.

I, for one, will stick around for part two in the series; it has a tone of potential and I can see big things growing out of this series. I think this is a fun series in spite of the few flaws that it has, and look forward for what is to come. 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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Warning Spoilers.

Over all I like this book, the game rules, the class, the class skills and the pet all good. but there’s one thing that bothers me. his biggest problem in the book is trying to have the people in the town he lives in not kill his pet. but giving the other towns he’s been two seam to have no problems with the kind of beast his pet is, y docent he just leave? He docent even really build a friendship on his end in the town simply “buying” the friendship of the first npc he met. After him having the pet and living in the town becomes a problem they start to be friends, the logical solution at the beginning of his problem would have simply been to move on to a different town he is living in what seams to be the one town where people treat him like shit and are suspicious of him and want to kill his pet. It just docent make sense to me, maybe I missed something .

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Book 1

. The author portrays the MC as a quirky, irreverent guy who is learning new life lessons Not preachy at all, but it still has something to say.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 05-20-18

Entertaining story

This is a light, entertaining story. It has a good mix of characters, creatures, and action. The story flowed along, and I went along for the ride. The narrator did a good job with the characters without intruding on the story. The first book of a series.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 06-13-18

Reality game in a whole other level!

So, nothing like being sucked into a video game. This happens to Charlie when the 'god of corn' is trying to make a point and win at a completely different game. The story left a lot of questions asking 'why', but, over all, I really enjoyed the book. The ending didn't leave a cliffhanger, but did allow for the story to continue. Prefer that over cliff hangers, any day of the week.
Scott Bennett is the narrator and DEFINITELY one of my favorite narrators. His cadence and flow of the narrations and the character voices allow for the listener to know the story and who the characters are. There is zero doubt who is talking based on the voice alone.
I am looking forward to book 2. After all, I need some questions answered! haha

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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So fun

Great narration made this awesome story very enjoyable. I am looking forward to more adventures in this series.

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Great thrill ride

This story really grabs you and brings you along with it. The author does a good job of going into good detail about the RPG part but isn’t overbearing. He establishes a backstory of all the different characters and locations. Easy listening.

The author does a great job of having different voices and he is easy to listen to.

I am highly interested in the rest of the series.

I was able to get this book for free through a Facebook page Audible Books for Free and I am writing this review willingly.

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LITRPG strikes again. Gamer heaven

If you haven’t yet entered the LITRPG then staring here is a great way to get your feet wet. If you are a gamer, fan of rpg, d&d or anything of the sort than the LITRPG universe is for you. In this tale a young gamer is immersed into a game that will force him to create his own future. All paths are not already divined and your character and class are defined by your actions and choices. Our hero becomes, as the title indicates, a blademage beastmaster. Just what is that and how is it achieved and to what purposes will his skills be put? Listen along and find out. As always an incredible well written tale with an amazing narrator who can truly carry you away into the tale. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Good Read, Entertaining. Not A Masterpiece Though.

Just as the title of this review says, this was a good, solid, and entertaining LIT RPG Story. I really enjoyed the book, though there were parts where it was painfully YA, and other parts where it strayed into more adult tones. The clashing of YA and a more adult tone was at times jarring, but in the ends it only added to the charm of this book.

Would recommend to everyone. Though perhaps not those under say... 12? Maybe 10?

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Great listen, good story telling

Wonderful imagination with fleshed out characters. Honestly a game idea I want to be real. Can't wait to finish the rest.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • deafmick
  • 06-26-18

This is one of best audio book i got this year it good all round i give it 95%

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-19-18

I. Do. Not. Have. A. Big. Nose.

Whilst Charlie Mailer, a rather unprepossessing office worker, is saying the final goodbye to his beloved dog of 16 years, he finds himself transported into a fantasy world - the subject of a bet made by the bored God of Corn in his attempt to get a better job. Surprised and confused, Charlie sets out into an alien world of weird creatures, confrontations, new friends and the need to increase his ratings in this virtual environment. Why? He didn't know. Despite everything, he found he enjoyed it much better than the life he'd left behind. But things will beome much darker...
I.Scott Bennett narrates this charming, comedic story with warmth and a touch of the sinister. The reading is clear and well intonated, the individual characters seperately voiced. A fine performance.

Blademage Beastmaster is a gentle, fun LitRPG story suitable for younger readers, with enough intrigue and acton to maintain interest.

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  • J
  • 06-14-18

was just bleh

Characters didn't make sense why would someone with no common sense be accepted into a village that been at war for generations, that is just 1 of a few examples of why?