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Publisher's Summary

For those who reside in the outer regions of Aleria, the day of bestowal is what determines their destiny. 

It is the holy day of the Goddess. The day that allows those of age to step forward and receive their blessing, to embark on the path that she has chosen for them. To receive their Classification, which dictates their strength and ability. For those people, the holy day of bestowal represents fate itself. 

For Dante, it represents salvation. 

Years have past since he found himself abandoned without memories: years of hunger, ostracization, and solitude on the streets of Alazel without any hope of reprieve; of entrapment at the hands of the creatures that roamed the wilds beyond the city walls that made leaving impossible. 

Now, there is a chance for everything to change. 

In a cruel world where power could be gained through slaughter, strength meant everything. For Dante, that meant that the last his hopes lay in the Goddess' blessing. A combat Classification would be a lifeline, a way for him to escape the hell he had been living in. Anything else would only mean death. 

This is a fantasy story that is heavily influence by LitRPG elements, which include: classes, status screens, skills, leveling, and a form of experience gain, among other things.

©2018 Antonio Terzini (P)2018 Jeff Hays

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An Amazing story that sucks you in in seconds

This is one of those books where I sincerely believe that it could have worked better without the LitRPG elements. This isn't to say that the LitRPG doesn't work. It is cool as hell, but I think that this would have actually been more powerful as a straight up fantasy novel. It is one heck of a magic system. The world is built with precision and purpose, and is one of the best fantasy settings I have ever read. The characters that fill it all seem to be major S.O.B.s, though, lol. This is moste certainly a place where you can trust no one. Everyone has an ulterior motive, and is out to remove you from their way or see what they can get from you.

There are some really scary things here, such as wraith collars and predatory dungeons. Sincerely, this world is a character unto itself, and Dante is just an intriguing character. I have to say that this book does one thing right comparede to 99% of all other books and that is the layout of the nemesis and the fate of said nemesis. It is handled the way any inteliigent person would, and when it happened I shouted out "YES!!!" Terzini knows how to put you in the car, strap you in, hit the buttons, send you up the hill, and just before you go over the top scream at you that the rollercoaster has no brakes!!!!! The ride requires very little set up, and once the story starts going it never stops. There are parts that are just heartwrenching, and others where you cheer and shout for joy! I loved every minute with Dante and want more right now.

Jeff Hays is on point narrating, and dang if this doesn't seem to be his best work. I mean you could just feel Dante's suffering in his voice, and the growl from his anger put off heat. You ever see the movie Dune? Where they have the weirding modules thatallow a person's voice to set fires, rend flesh, and shatter stone? Yeah? Well, I think Jeff is about to lose the need for a weirding module. His vocal powers are legendary, but here he just stomped Zeus into the dirt leaving godhood behind and becoming a full fledged Titan. He just brought this book home in a solid gold limousine. I don't know how he does this everytime, but he is continually improving and getting stronger. Rock Solid narration. Nuff said. 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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66 of 73 people found this review helpful

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Wow...

I expected a decent book based on reviews but this book was AMAZING! I have hundreds of sci-fi and fantasy books in my library and most of the recent ones are litrpg, this is easily one of the best books I own! Please deliver more books asap.

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  • Michael
  • fremont, OH, United States
  • 05-30-18

I listen to it twice

This book was a pleasant surprise. I did not think I was going to like orwould anticipate the next book in the series as much as I do. My only complaint is I wasn't able to find a website to see how the next book is coming.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed it well enough

I enjoyed it well enough, No where close to loving it but I liked it enough. Not sure Ill enjoy the future books if its combat scenes dont improve.

In this installment however combat plays a pretty small part. And at first it was ok. Basic tactics and strategy was used and it was all written well enough. But as the book progressed, fights have become more and more just lopsided affairs. Either the main character just uses his basic and overpowered attacks and wins or they are ineffective and he loses. And he has too many deux ex machinas attached to him for my taste.

As for the politics that are central to the story. They are too amoral for my tastes. The main character did one particularily immoral act of cold blooded killing. And though the author tried to make it look absolutely essential, the reasons given were rather weak. Triply so in hindsight.

But at least the author tried with him. The nobles in the book are generally completely amoral. Not immoral, but insteD completely without conscience or a sense of right or wrong or duty or anything. They dont even have some sort of greater good in mind. Its all straight power grabbing for the sake of power itself.

The first bad noble in the book, Gregory. Is actually the most likable noble in the book to me, because at least he seemed to have an axis his decisions were based upon. Even if it was a cartoonishly exaggerated sense of self worth

The result is the book is filled with what should be interesting and complex political machinations hampered by a complete lack of moral reasoning behind them, good or bad reasoning.

But despite all that, I still found it written well enough to earn a tentative 4 stars in hopes of later improvement.

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This book was amazing. I want book 2 now.

The story was Soo good I finished the book in one day. I really really really want book 2 to be done soon so I can buy it as well.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Yesss

I was surprised with this book. It was good, like really good and it's different. Hard to put in words what I wanna say but it's basically like a new style of everything that I like and I enjoyed all of it.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

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An engaging read, but why are game stats involved?

This is a good book, that kept me listening far later than I should have stayed awake. The writing is solid, and all around impressive for a debut novel. If you like Fantasy or LitRPG you won't regret your purchase of this title. I'd recommend it most for fantasy readers who have some experience with RPGs. I will certainly listen to the sequel if one is written.

THIS IS A GOOD BOOK, but, there were two glaring plot holes that made me batty. I don't want readers to get the wrong impression when I unpack them here. The goodness more than outweighs the problems. I would have given it 5 stars all around except for two major world building/storytelling issues.

#1 - It reads like a fantasy novel with game elements imposed on it. I get that that's what most LitRPGs are, but there's literally no explanation for why people level up, have skills, and attribute points to spend. Usually in LitRPGs there's a foundation of "We're playing a game, and this is your life now." or "You've been kidnapped by an evil overlord with a fondness for RPGs and has warped your perception of the world to resemble one."

Is this a game or not? Why not just make it a fantasy novel where characters are imbued with branches of magic (classes) and advance their abilities via practice and experimentation?

The characters certainly don't act like they are playing a game - they're afraid of death, grieve for friends who have fallen, and there don't appear to be any respawns. Dante doesn't seem to have any memories outside of living in the world we're introduced to and yet... Every so often people stop to spend points based on their experience to level up their skills. Where is this coming from?

We are often told that the protagonist is selecting tabs, and using some kind of interface, but we're never told how he interacts with it. Does he have a little tablet like an iPad? Is it an illusory manifestation that hangs in the air like laser light? Does he close his eyes, and just picture this in his mind? I have no idea because it's never described.

A lot of times we hear about instances where people are decapitated or cut in half, but there's a distinct lack of description of gore. No blood spatters, no entrails spilling all over the place that someone will have to clean up (in the case of the arena). I can't tell if this is because they weren't there (as with most video games), or because the author didn't want to describe them. Sometimes people are killed with painful ease (again, the same as in a game), but I've also read fantasy novels that weren't LitRPGs where people die with very small effort made by the protagonist.

All of this leaves me confused.

#2 - The author goes to great lengths to detail how Dante's glove absorbs his enemies' classifications after every fight. At first it seemed like this was going to be a story of an OP protagonist that has an artifact that allows him access to every class in the game, but that's not the case. Someone dies, the glove "absorbs the classification" then... what? Nothing. There doesn't seem to be any point. He doesn't seem to gain any benefits from doing this, so I'm not sure why there's so much time devoted to explaining that stuff's being absorbed.

I also wish that the title had more to do with the story. Yes the story is about Dante, but the concept of immortality doesn't even enter the story.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorite already.

I don't know why I liked this book so much. There is not a boring point in the book and the book rolls along a path that is entertaining if not complicated. I think this will be in my list to re read and definitely look for book 2.

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I was Disappointed....

Based on reviews, I was hyped! There are some great LitRPG books out there and with a 4.8 star rating I was expecting this to be one!

Wow I was disappointed! (very light spoilers ahead)
"Dante's Immortality" is a mediocre book at best that I believe has fallen victim to lazy writing and poor narration. This story tells you it's plot from start to finish with 2d characters and paragraphs of "despite dante's hesitation, he went for it" "Dante decided to go left this time" "Dante mused" "Dante was confused".

You'll find no secrets in this book. Everything, including the worlds ridiculous cultural norms, is handed to you on a silver platter and explained in length once it's brought up as an important point to the plot. Rarely do I feel like knowing as much as God is a good thing, and in this story, knowing a bunch of useless or boring characters and ALL of their secrets (if it affects Dante) is a BAD thing.

Dante himself in unispired. He's the classic oblivious type that is handed incredible potential and decides to hide it all while going through the usual school power-up arc around beautiful and sexually aggressive women. Despite rarely picking up obvious social cues and constantly needing to be told "this is how the world works," he gets bouts of genius where he understands concepts he has no right to. The intricacies of space and time "just make sense" to Dante who spent his whole childhood on the streets being scorned by everyone? I'm sorry, no.

I hate writing so this is the end. A little about me, I'm a salesman and storyteller. I have a favorite audio book from every major genre listed on Audible. I love good stories with complex characters and find neither in this book. I hope this review will balance out the 4.9 stars and raving fans that have posted a plethora of 5 star reviews.

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Okay.

Story-wise it was ok, there was a lot of thinking went into the world poor Dante hails from and it's fleshed out pretty well structure wise but I find that all he ever does is fight with no break in between, it's just fighting 'ok won that', then fight again, rinse repeat. The performance was amazing and really made up for this in my opinion.

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  • Niall B.
  • 04-30-18

Really Enjoyed

Jeff hays was great as always. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Interesting plot. Book only started to drag in the last 1 hour.

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  • Morris
  • 09-07-18

simply amazing

It's all about survival. by any means necessary. be warned the weak die and the strong survive

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-18

Well i like it.

Was an easy book to follow a long. Intresting skill system look forward to The next one.

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  • m case
  • 10-03-18

Simply amazing

After starting this book I couldn’t stop one of the best books I’ve read in ages. If you are a fan of aleron kongs books or the kdt series then you will enjoy this brilliant can’t wait for the next book

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  • Jamie
  • 09-05-18

Really enjoyed this book

At first I was a bit reluctant to try this book after reading some of the reviews but glad I did I really enjoyed the story and will definitely be getting the next book which I hope won’t be to long before it’s released as I really want to know how the story progresses. Also I was surprised to find out that this is the authors first book which is very impressive. The narrator was superb and watching him read the book live as on his YouTube channel was very interesting and entertaining I will be keeping an eye out for this author and narrator. My only criticism is the main characters choice of skills but that’s just my bias towards mele fighting styles as I usually prefer magical orientated stories but still enjoyed this book which suprised me and is a testament to the authors skill highly recommend

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  • Mauritz Krylander
  • 08-17-18

Amazing

I don't write reviews but this was just to good to not do so it is the best fantasy book I have had the pleasure of reading.
It's grity reality in a game like world Is captivating, furthermore the main character is realistic and respondes to the situation around him, something which many authors struggle with and end up going for a perfect hero cutting off any development before the book begins not this book though. The seamless integration of the game world allows for brilliant world building and immersion. I often find that narrators take time to get used to but Jeff Hays is excellent and provides the right pace for the reading allowing the reader to jump in with out discomfort(in my case any way). well done to Antonio Terzini! :)

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  • Helen Winkworth
  • 08-09-18

Great LitRPG

Fun easy listening book well presented and interesting story. If you like classic D&D worth a listen.

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  • Aaron W
  • 07-26-18

Brilliant book

I enjoyed the book. Not to many notifications in the story which was good as I don't like the constant interruptions notifications bring.

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  • Jamie
  • 07-15-18

A hidden gem

This is an absolutely gripping story from start to finish, I honestly couldn’t put it down and used my whole day off to listen to this book. Eagerly anticipating more from this author.

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  • James Mckee
  • 06-26-18

Great lit RPG

I loved this book and it’s far more my style than other lit RPG. I like the fact it’s not a virtual reality game but just a real( fantasy) world. Makes it more fantasy than science fiction which I enjoy.

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  • Xravia
  • 07-20-18

Potato chip novel

While the themes and various world elements are great, the moment any of the elements get engaging, it switches out for something else, by the end you will feel like 'where did all the chips go?'

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bradley
  • 07-30-18

Great story

Grate story a, new and different RPG that is really good I'd love to know when the next book is out

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 06-19-18

loved it

not my usual style but i couldnt stop listening...and now im left hanging for the next book....its worth stepping awzy from the usual fantasy books for this one.