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Publisher's Summary

My name is Eve Redding, and I am the new god.

They captured me in a dirty alley and injected me with a virtual reality chip, a GPS tracker, and my first Seed. They made me a Player. At first, I loved the miraculous ability to level up anything about myself.

Then they yanked me off my world for the first time and sent me to fight for my life on a vicious alien planet where the other Players are just as dangerous as the monsters, and if you can’t level up, you die. But I’m the type to cling to life by the tips of my bloody fingernails. And I hate it when people try to control me.

Gods of Blood and Bone is the first book in the Seeds of Chaos series, a LitRPG/GameLit book that combines science fiction and game elements. Fans of Ready Player One, Red Rising, and The Hunger Games will likely enjoy this series.

©2015 Seladore Publishing (P)2018 Seladore Publishing

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Story fell apart a bit

Ellis’ story had a really good beginning. It was creepy and scary. I felt for the characters and the horrors they were going through. I was never sure what was going to happen and I was honestly scared for them. It seemed like all would be lost! But then about halfway through the novel changed and it became more about the bigger picture/greater unknown person to fear. It was pretty weird how it shifted. I don’t think there was a good transition and there wasn’t enough explanation of all the horrors going on after that point either. The characters themselves were interesting and felt realistic, I just wish I had seen more than been told in the novel. So for me I’m giving it about a 3/5 stars.

The narration by Duke is great! I loved her voice and all the little things she did to distinguish the characters. The bickering between the siblings felt natural as well. She has good pacing and studio production seems to be great as well. It was the narration that kept me hooked into the novel even when I felt the storyline seemed to fall apart a bit. I just really enjoyed listening to her and would definitely listen to another audiobook by her in the future! 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Azalea Ellis. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Awe/mazing book worthy of becoming a movie.

This author reminds me of Stephen King. I sincerely hope this author becomes as prolific as Mr. King because this book is that good.

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Initially Great, Sort of Ran Out of Steam for Me

Small Suggestion: Listen at 1.1x Speed. Seems to flow better, and makes the back and forth seem more natural.

tl;dr: I liked some parts of it, but it began to run out of steam.


So... yeah. Just some impressions, as I have discovered I'm utter rubbish at writing coherently about book. (How /did/ I ever pass High School English?)

-- Minor spoilers. --

The first trials the main character is forced into is actually terrifying. I found myself sitting with baited breath, nervous about what might happen.

The trials themselves (at least initially) really convey the sheer horror of what the MC is going through. They are brutal, bloody things, and this coming from me who was raised on a steady diet of 1980s action movies and horror films. Not to say that they are cinematic or what have you. The better ones have a sort of... dread to them. That sort of 'locked in a leaking box, tossed into the ocean' sort of feeling. The pressure of the situation pushing down on you, unable to breathe, trapped.

I think where the book began to fall apart for me is when the author started to move away from that. The trials became less terrifying and more... just sort of there. Near the end, they began to be skipped entirely ('oh, a trial happened'). When that started, some of the emotional impetus for the attempts to get away sort of fizzled out. However, I can see what the author was trying to do there. The author makes wonderful use of fear of the unknown, but you can't dwell in the mystery box too long. (In his house at R'lyeh dread JJ Abrams waits dreaming.)

However, after the abduction/torture fear stopped, I started to notice some plot holes, or started finding some of the directions the characters took as not understandable. Maybe it was because during the terrifying first part of the book, I was 'in the car', so to speak. "Yep, totally ok to do what you need to, to get out of this situation." After, what the actions they took didn't have the same weight. For me, I think it was the shift in focus from a personal horror to a broader, nebulous threat. Author tried to switch Fear of the Unknown with Fear of the Other, near the end. It didn't quite... work for me.

P.S.: Great interaction between siblings. It felt natural; full of the strange 'I'll pull your hair out but will do anything for you' dynamic a loving brother and sister will sometimes have.

Again, I apologize if this is disjointed. Like I said, I'm horrible at this. Give the book a try, it might work for you much better than it did for me. :)

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Walking the line between litrpg and teen fiction.

The plot's interesting and I enjoyed the quick pace of the storyline, but for a book based on the premise of this alien game, I feel like the stats and level progression of the characters aren't very well explained. That quantifiable measure of a character's strength and personal growth is a keystone for the litrpg genre, and this series definitely under utilizes that aspect. So, while this technically fits the genre, expect something more like the Hunger Games with a UI.

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Supposed to be LitRPG but its not.

The book was written well, story grabs you and sucks you in, you want to know what is going to happen next but....
I bought this to listen to a LitRBG I like this type of story and the structures that are based around that type of story. There is a leveling system of sorts in the story so there is that, but when a story goes off into a Horror type structure I feel that is breaking the LitRPG genera. In the book I got as far as the 1st Trial. It was not based on standard leveling development and growth but a game of control death and horror for the people FORCED to comply. If you didn't play you died (permanently and horribly) if you were not fast enough to get away you died from one bite knowing you were being converted to a mindless beast that in turn became part of the game and preyed on the rest of the players as the game continued. Physiologically the monster / man / ass-hole controlling the game made it more about control and abuse not about trying to conquer a puzzle dungeon or boss. It was constant fear for the poor girl dragged into this and forced to participate. LitRPG to me is all about choices of overcoming and growth. Not about being controlled and abused with choice taken away from you. So after the 1st trial in this book I give it a FAIL and am returning it.

If you want a LitRPG (sort of) based on suspense, control, physiological abuse, fear and perma death then you will enjoy this book after all the author is good (a little sick in the mental department but perhaps all horror writers are) but I would never listen to a horror book and this is just too close to that type of story for me.

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Good Story

I was a little disappointed by the complete lack of status updates. The main character starts at level 1 and you don’t get an update until a few hours before the book ends. Only vague explanations of “I gained a few levels here or a few stat points there”.

Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book in its entirety. I grew to love all of the characters and the fear felt so real. Other reviews have mentioned the first half of the book being better than the second but I don’t agree. If you are considering reading this book, do it!

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Only Read If You Are a 13 Year Old Girl

This is not a great book. It is filled with teen anxiety and immature characters. The characters are literally more concerned with each others feelings than the horrible things being done to them.

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Decent Story, not a litrpg!

The story was decent but dragged at alot of points. Hints and foreshadowing but little conclusions. The main character is impossibly stupid as well. If you are looking for a litrpg look somewhere else. Little is done with leveling up or stats and that which has been done was not done well. Stats and leveling does not match the characters and it felt like the author only has it in here to get into the genre.

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Gods of Blood and Bone

What a new and exciting idea! I don’t want to give to much away from this book. Like most books I have been listening to lately I can’t say much. You really need to listen to it for yourself. I was getting vibes of the Hunger Games and Ready Player One. So if you are a fan of those books you will love this one. This is also the first LitRPG book I have ever read.

This is the first book I have heard Natalie Duke read. She was a joy to listen to. I started off listening to this book at x1.70 speed then slowly increased. I was able to get to x2.90 speed. I like to listen at high speed. I don’t have trouble understanding Natalie at the top speed. She didn’t sound like a chipmunk. There were a few different accents that Natalie put on. I have to say she was good at one of them. When it came to the British male accent I have to say it sounded a bit odd.

The production of this audiobook was top notch. Unlike the last audiobook that I read there was no awkward pauses or inconsistent in the sounds as a whole. I would really recommend this book in audio format to everyone.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Azalea Ellis. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • adam
  • DAYTON, TEXAS, United States
  • 11-04-18

Amazing! Except for the end.

I started this book with really low expectations but the "trials" sucked me in. I couldn't put this book down for the first 3/4ths of the book and its 16 hours long! The last 1/4ths to 1/8th of the book is where some of that glamour fades. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad but it is average.

*Don't read on if you don't want SPOILERS!!!!*

The story changed from fighting to survive in every trial to not being to concerned about the next one. In fact the last one was barely mentioned and was summarized as something along the lines of "we went to a trial testing strength and agility and now we are back." That's a drastic change in tone. Every trial was an almost literal death trap which not only tested the applicants against the environment but against each other too. To just barely mention the last trial when almost every other trial resulted in at minimum 50% casualties knocked me out of my immersion. In addition they break into their nemesis's stronghold and get everything they want with what felt like very little struggle. The last 30 minutes of the book felt like a big data dump which removed a lot of that terrifying mystery I loved in the first half as their main "nemesis" explains the reasons for everything they did.

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  • Phil K.
  • 09-14-18

Teenage TV series in book form.

Seems like the author is hoping for a TV deal, no one can blame them, for it to be made into a series that will run and run.
ok I guess but I'm not from that age group.
Narrator does a fine job.