Regular price: $24.95

Membership details Membership details
  • 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.
  • After trial, you'll get 3 titles each month: 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals of your choice.
  • Don't like your audiobook? Swap it for free.
  • Cancel anytime and keep your audiobooks.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
  • Get access to the Member Daily Deal
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

After being approached by the military with a contract he couldn't refuse, James winds up uploaded into a virtual-reality game as a beta tester. Waking up in the Great Savanna, James struggles with a less-than-useful interface before he comes across two creatures locked in battle. The shoulder-high grass allows him glimpses of a lionesque creature fending off a torrent of scales and claws. Sneaking up to steal a better look at the surreal situation, James discovers two things:

  1. Getting hurt in the game...well, hurts!   
  2. This noble race of lion-men, named Martyrs, has almost been decimated by the scaled lizard creatures. 

By unwillingly saving the life of a Martyr cub, James is adopted into their village. He grows to love the beauty of the Great Savanna and his adopted game brother, whose life he saved.... That is until Patrick arrives and the tranquility of the game is shattered.  

James embarks on a mission for answers to his steadily increasing list of questions. On the top of that list, "What the hell happened to the human race, and where is my damn brother?"  

LitRPG categories: Town building and MOBA.

©2018 Justin Lincoln (P)2018 Justin Lincoln

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    36
  • 3 Stars
    16
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    4

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    69
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    4
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

MY NEW FAVORITE SERIES

I’m so obsessed with this book! I followed the author on RoyalRoad and am already loving the chapters he’s posted for the sequel! This book is very well crafted, with the right mix or story and RPG elements. The character and plot development are well orchestrated, and while James is the main character, Torunn is hands down my favorite! The author does use the character names a lot when he could easily say he or she.

The narrator was decent. He had a very nice voice, but he sometimes inflected odd parts of sentences. Some parts of the story I was very into it, and some parts it felt like the narrator was just reading a script.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I love this book.

It's well written and a good read very exciting story line i will read it again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

You'll Enjoy

I definitely loved this story and the characters and want to say to the author, very well done. Good storyline makes you keep listening to, have to see what’s going to happen next. So, you’ll keep yourself in this story till the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A very good story!

This is a very good book. It has an excellent plot and a great direction and I am very interested in where it will lead. Good characters with great potential!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Unique litrpg setting & fun story

I don't think there has been a litrpg set in a savanna yet. It kind if reminded me if the barrens from WOW but funner.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

True LitRPG

I've been sick of a lot of the books popping up lately that claim to be LitRPG, but are just convoluted messes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I liked it

Another good book in the Lit RPG genre. An entertaining story and a solid performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Cool concept

Martyrs is a book I would readily recommend to a few types of listeners, those who are new to the genre, young adults, or families looking to listen to something together that’s light and fun. The book is not overly heavy on the numbers, and is most certainly meant for a younger audience with references to characters like Lion Dude. Well, I should say that it starts off stat lite and works it way into the numbers and game info at around the 30% mark of the book.

James, the MC, wakes up and finds himself in game. His mission, as far as he knows is to take six months and figure out what he can about the game. He arrives in the camp of the Martyrs, a group of lion folk, and settles in with them for a bit. The mechanics of the game do work pretty well, and one aspect that I liked was how the game gradually altered as he learned about how to play. I enjoyed the town building aspect a lot, but the one thing that did throw me was the sort of game within the game, that got played out like Tower Defense. I could have done without that bit altogether. Still, it is nice to see a new fantasy race, and not your standard elves, orcs, dwarves, and goblins as the MC’s best pal.

One thing that really bothered me was the way the Martyrs were handled. They were on their last legs as a species so to speak, and yet they continually do nothing to stop the rapid decline of their numbers. At the end all I could think of was here is a pretty neat new race, and they are doomed to extinction because of poor decisions and lackluster defense. Another thing that bugged me was the way that the MC and pals behaved. I have five and seven year olds who act more mature and consider their actions better than James. I find it ironic, too, because at the beginning of the book he is mistaken for a human child because of his size. I just wish that he had acting more like a grown up (I hate that term), rather than a child.

In spite of this the book does hold your interest and has some solid moments that keep you hooked, it is certainly worth the time that you put into it, and like I say this is some good family fare, and if you have ever listened to me you know that I love family books because then I can listen to a book while I drive and get the added bonus of the kids keeping their yaps shut for a few hours. I really didn’t mean that. Much.

Matthew Broadhead has become kind of hit or miss with me. He was great in the Bathrobe Knight series by Charles Dean and the Artificer by James Hunter, but then he tanks hard in Warscapia by Garrett Boggs. Here, he kinda hits the middle of the road, not bad, but not amazing either. I’d say he was solid, but did not stand out. I really think for him it is the material. If he doesn’t have a strong connection then he doesn’t pop as much as he should. Here he seems almost languid in his approach to reading this, and I know I have said there were times that I wanted to slow down my narration speed because the action was so hot, here I wanted to speed it up. I didn’t but I should have. It might have helped. Either way he was just a 5 or a 6 on the narration scale. This saddens me because I think he was the first narrator that we found who was for the whole family, that even my wife enjoyed.

There were some issues, so I’m going to give this a 7.5 stars. Honestly, the game within a game bit just made no sense other than to throw it in just because, and the narration choked the book a little as well. It is a fun slice of life styled book, and I think it only struggles when it gets away from that aspect.


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. 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.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

As seen on the LITRPG AUDIOBOOK PODCAST, please check it out on Youtube.com

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good book

I greatly enjoyed this book its well written and well recorded. I’m not going to lie Given the cover I expected the main character to choose a non human race. I was very disappointed that the main character is a human... personally greatly dislike the human race to put it lightly but that is my personal opinion and has no effect on weather the book is good or not.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Liked it

I really enjoyed the tale of James and the Martyrs. For me it was the story flowed pretty well through most of the book. The game procedure swung together well and I liked having the game adjust as the player knew more. The people parts of the story were well done and I'm happy for my time with the humans and the Martyrs. I highly recommend this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful