• Defender of Gallowind

  • Shyft, Book 1
  • By: J. Donald, M. Kraus
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)
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Defender of Gallowind

By: J. Donald,M. Kraus
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
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When's the last time a game started with a real-life gunfight?

In the industrial wasteland of future America, Solomon Herrick spends his days wandering the streets and getting into trouble. Staying one step ahead of the local PD, his life is mostly spent immersed in history or aimless exploring - until Shyft comes along.

Whether that's a good thing or not is still up in the air.

Shyft 2.0, an immersive, open-world RPG, just entered beta, and though Solomon Herrick wasn't on the list, his friends knew a guy who could get them in. A chase and a gunfight later, Sol is deposited into the world with nothing but a few rags on his back and a nearby stick to defend himself.

With his friends gone, no knowledge of the game world, and zero guidance available, Solomon will have to rely on his ability to learn fast if he wants to not only figure out how to play the game but also figure out how to get out - if he even can.

Shyft is a new Gamelit / LitRPG series created by Mike Kraus and Justin Bell, writing under the M Kraus and J Donald pen names. Defenders of Gallowind is the first in a three-book, crunchy LitRPG series in the world of Shyft. Though, two more shorts exist and a range of soft and crunchy stories are already planned for this vast, varied, and complex universe.

©2019 Muonic Press Inc (P)2019 Muonic Press Inc

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Couldn't finish

I had to stop three hours in. For me to really get into a litrpg I need to love the protagonist.

Solomon... is not that protagonist.

The story begins by trying to set him up as some kind of badass, sitting atop a fence, his face shrouded in a hood and his body covered by a long coat, flapping in the wind.

Then stuff happens and he's transported into the game world where he proceeds to act hysterically about every little thing (he freaks out at the prospect of sleeping outdoors, for example). He's also incredibly annoying, constantly firing out idioms he knows no one would understand, and complaining about everything around him, as if he were a Valley Girl who somehow found herself unsuspectingly deposited in the outback (like omg, dirt, bugs no footpaths. like, ew etc and so on).

The relationship between him and his first companion also develops way too quickly and unnaturally. The author went for a buddy cop thing but it's nowhere near earned.

hard no from me.

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Bad and Just Gets Worse

Normally I don't write a review of a book regardless of whether or not I like or dislike the book, but I just couldn't help myself with this one. The story never really drew me in. The main character was incredibly bland. Nothing about him screamed Main Character of a Story. I liked his rabbit companion better than the MC.

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One of his best friends is gunned down in front of him and it takes Solomon a scant 5 minutes to effectively forget about him. He meets up with some of his friends in game and they don't even really talk about it. Next, what is happening in the real world?!? These kids broke into the testing facility and hooked themselves into an experimental full body immersion unit to play a next gen virtual reality game. What happened to the father of 2 of the kids who broke in? One of them died and the other is forever lost within the game. The book does not address these issues. I could understand if the author wanted to have his characters move on from their old life and start building a new one in the game. However, the kids completely fail to acknowledge that Shyft 2.0 is their new reality despite the MC knowing the facility caught fire and their bodies in the real world are likely incinerated. They only think of this as a well designed game. Every time they think or express, "Wow this XXX is amazing..." they always follow up with "for ones and zeroes". This happens at about a dozen different times throughout the book.

The only time I genuinely thought the characters were expressing some form of legitimate emotion was when Solomon died. He respawned, but the other characters don't find that out until later. Besides all of this, the plot was incredibly straight forward. There was zero intrigue or suspense. Whenever the characters were presented with a problem, I was able to predict the solution or outcome before it actually occurred.

Final thought I am going to give on this review, because my complaints are enough to create a short story all on their own, is that I thought the cover of the book is incredibly misleading. It shows a person with what looks like a Wolf companion. You can't get a good idea of who the person is because of the cloak and the fact that they are facing away, but as a potential reader I thought that the Wolf would be the MC companion or at the very least the Main heroine's companion. It is neither and turns out to be the companion of a sub-character who is not even in 1/2 of the book.

The narrator did a great job for what he was working with. I have no actual complaints against him, but I could only give a 3 star performance because of how terrible the characters themselves were.

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Not Bad But Not For Me

It's an OK story. But, pretty weak overall. In my opinion this should be described as a YA LitRPG. I would not recommend it to anyone that is really into the LitRPG genre. It's just too bland.

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Mehhh

The stat call outs were too frequent and there were many times I wanted to stop listening just from lack of caring or connection to the character. Towards the end it got a bit better and I'll probably listen to the next book once it comes out. Not as riveting as The Land series.

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hard to like such a selfish and self centered MC.

you ant fix stupid, but you can teach the ignorant. at least if they let you. everything the CM does seams to be for one thing, himself. even when he is in a life or death battle the first thing he can think about is kill-stealing then making himself look like a hero. then that doesn't work out in one of the worst ways only for him to try to do it again later. then instead of trying to better himself, he continues to complain about the penalties for his actions, even to the point he barely acknowledged the success of the others in his party.

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Catagory changed to youth

This book should be changed to youth or young adult. I don't know of anyone over 18 who could finish this book.

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a good read

it is a good read, I enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the characterization and the sheer fact that the main character did not level up exceedingly quickly and seems that this will be a slow grow type of book

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it's bad

you should have had the main character have that wolf get rid of the whole book series is back
stupid Megan stupid

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decent

I was not pulled in until the end of the book. But this enemy sounds interesting so I will continue with it.

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Shyft 1

So the story is good, even if it is a bit lax on giving a good reason for the MC and others to be in the game, in my opinion.

The performance is good, but I marked it down as there is a place in the audio that is messed up and I paid for a product that is flawed and messes up the performance. While also, calling the reading a performance is a bit lack luster in and of itself. Pavi, does a decent read, but there is no real performance involved, with little voice change and little inflection.

Overall a 5 but not the best in the LitRPG genre by any means. Which is a bit sad, because for some reason I just expected more.

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