Guild Master

A LitRPG Adventure (Tower of Power, Book 1)
By: Ivan Kal
Narrated by: Ryan Burke
Series: Tower of Power Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (847 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Morgan used to be a pretty normal guy. He went to college by day and played online games by night, leading his guild into new conquests - until he got hit by a car and a dude wearing a wet suit appeared in front of him. The man offered him a new chance at life in a world he had created, a world with similar rules to the games Morgan loved to play. There is the promise of great rewards and power, he says, if Morgan manages to complete the Tower of Power. Stupid name, I know.  

Morgan didn't usually trust strangers who seem to have god complexes, but he was in a pinch. There's a crazy-looking dude saying he is technically not a god on one end of the tunnel and a blinding light on the other end - and he was really not digging the light.   

So he accepted the offer from the surfer god-not-god.  

Getting dropped into a strange new world with no idea what the rules are was not something Morgan was a fan of; and in this strange world, it seems like everything is out to eat his face. It was a good thing, then, that he stumbled onto two half-elf twins willing to help him get the hang of this strange new world.   

Now, all he needs to do is survive long enough to reach this tower.

©2018 Ivan Kal (P)2019 Tantor

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Fine time filler if you can shut your brain off.

The overall story idea for this book is not new, but that is not a bad thing. Someone dies, god-like figure offers an alternative, queue western isekai story. The concept of the new world is interesting. A bit of a different take on how things work, and how the game-like elements fit into the setting. Good stuff so far. The overall plot is honestly pretty good as well, if not a bit predictable. The thing that kills everything for me is the characters and their interactions. There is no effort at all put into the characters. The main character is about as cardboard cut-out 'nice guy power fantasy' as you can get, and the rest of the characters in the book exist to make him look better. Literally the first woman he meets in the book is bombshell that throws herself at him. The other male party member is a voice of dissent that always talks up against the main character right before the main character is proven right. None of this is wrong I suppose, but there is nothing to digest with this story. The best attempt at character building I can remember was a hamfisted approach to hinting at a 'dark past' and 'repressed memories' of the main character. Now when I say hamfisted, I mean the whole story comes to a halt for a bit while the author sits there with a megaphone and whispers that the main character is bottling up his old memories. As cringe-worthy as that was to sit through, it literally gets brought to the surface and resolved like 1 chapter after it is first 'hinted' at. Like what was the point. I might be being a bit harsh on this book, but it was just tough to get through for me. If I had to summarize the overall 'feel' I got from the book, it would be 'store brand Emerilia'. If that is what you are looking for right now, this might just be the book for you.

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worth the credit.

definitely worth the credit. only complaint is that for the story arc it borrowed elements form other stories. i.e The Land series and Two Week Curse.

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lacks the umph and intrigue.

I can't help but feel the story was written simply because they could. All of the characters lack significant development and depth. including the MC. makes it difficult to relate to any of the decisions being made throughout the story since the whole story fills like it you are just getting the surface. also it feels like alot of content has been removed. hate when books do that. not sure if they are purposefully trying to reduce listen times. which is a bad goal. longer books are better.

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Loved the story line

I really enjoyed the storyline and how the RPG gaming comes together. Can’t wait for more of the story!

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A bit of a rough start but now my favorite!

I have to admit that I almost returned this books a few chapters in but so glad I did not. This is now my all time favorite audio book. The first few chapters where rough and like Stephen R. Donaldson's Lord Foul's Bane's Thomas Covenant character I did not like this stories protagonist at first. But Mr. Kal adds a great supporting cast and fortunately you get to see the main character mature. I have been an avid reader, table top game player, and MMO fan for a very long time and have ready many books from this new LitRPG genre. Frankly a lot of them leave me wanting and feeling cheated but something about this story and the way it plays out really grabbed hold of me and won't let go. I have listened to this story 6 times now and have already purchased the kindle version of the next book in the series and pre ordered the audible edition. The author's approach to game theory and how magic might work has been very interesting as well as refreshing. Now to be fair and honest a few areas do draw some fair criticism but I as can see improvement as this story arc develops. I am so enthused about this author that I am even checking out his original sci fi works and hope to see more from him. The Narrator does a fantastic job as well and was an excellent choice for this story.

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slow start.

Good start to the series. There was some nice character growth. Most people seemed very naive.

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Teenagers, Why

OMG Why is the main character a 22 year old teenager. The story revolves around teenage innocence and stupidity. I could not finish it.

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A poor report of a lucky simpleton

I did not like the report of this story. The main character was an simpleton, and most events were an uninspired list of actions sprinkled with internal dialog. The narrator did well given the material. Perhaps this is an ok story for a fan of the genre, but not the best execution of LitRPG by far. I hope the author keeps trying, because the universe had potential.

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Great overall

loved it. finished in two setting and enjoyed not only the performance but the story as well.

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YA novel

22 y/o male who thinks and acts like a 15 y/o + copy paste senario's from other litrpg books I wish ratings still mattered

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  • Rebecca
  • 09-18-20

Good listen

I’m not a fan of stats read out but the rest of this story was pretty great plenty of action and characters are all quite colourful.

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  • Stu
  • 07-18-19

great story well read

I have dropped a star because I felt it was a bit short, otherwise I would thoroughly recommend if you like this fantasy genre.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

Loved it

this is a brilliant story and narration my favourite audiobook by far quickly got 2nd book

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  • scobie
  • 03-15-19

Guild Master

what excellence start from this authors first book in this series looking forward to the next

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  • Reuben schoneveld
  • 03-19-20

Story was good

I enjoyed it. Bit short only 8 hours still a simple enjoyment out of an easy listening story