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Mask of the Template: A Monster Girl Harem Fantasy

Celestine Chronicles Series, Book 1
By: Cebelius
Narrated by: Tess Irondale
Series: Celestine Chronicles Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,326 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Not all heroes go to heaven.

Terrence Mack was born poor, grew up tough, and died hard. Waking up in a sea cave with nothing but the clothes on his back and a new bullet scar was enough to convince him that wherever his death had brought him, it wasn't paradise.

His new world quickly proves to be a place of danger, magic, monsters, and - for Terry at least - women.

Known on Celestine as a template, Terry's genes are key to the survival of the eldritch races. But the fiercely competitive eldritch don't typically leave their lovers alive long, and aren't accustomed to taking 'no' for an answer.

The average life expectancy of a template on Celestine? Three days.

A city boy with no survival skills to speak of, Terry sets out in a desperate bid to gather allies. With the help of a lonely dryad, a mixed-up minotress, and a misguided party of dungeon delvers, he must be brave, cunning, and good with the ladies to have any hope of living through the month.

All the while an ancient evil bent on the destruction of Celestine exists in the north, and templates are the key to its southern expansion....

Warning: This book does not pan to waving curtains and fade to black. Those uninterested or under the age of 18 are strongly warned of explicit content.

©2018 Cebelius (P)2018 Cebelius

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Unexpectedly superb

I honestly have zero expectations for what I consider books near the end of the mainstream "litrpg" genre, perhaps this book doesn't fit in that category, but nonetheless that's how I came upon this book. It was spectacular, and it is rare that I binge on books here, and even rarer to deem a book review worthy. This was so well done that it deserves at least a paragraph or two.

First off the story is excellent, believe it. Simple MC,while NOT a total and utter helpless fool. Decisive and not OP imo. Didn't even realize this was a "harem" genre novel when I purchased it, just chose a book with good reviews on my recommended list... Honestly I think the story is great, and Tess Irondale is one of my new favorite narrators. This deserves a 5/5 and you will not regret giving this a listen.

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Great story with a great narrator

Terry is a deeply scared man who will sacrifice anything to help his family and loved ones. Unlike most harem stories each character possess fears and goals and feel real. Tess Irondale was just icing on top of a very suculent cake.
Hoping we get the other books

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Sit down! And have some food Ready!

This Book Is Going To Take You On One Hell Of Ride! From beginning to End! I mean, the first five minutes had me sitting up in my seat, putting the tv on mute and staring up at the ceiling as the MC, his situation, his feelings and his experience had me literally visualising exactly what was going on! This book! This Story! This imaginative movie! Had my head spinning! Its like... ...street fighter meets wonder land meets dungeon diving meets harem with a real world feel, if you had just woken up in a strange place with GREAT SELF PRESERVATION SKILLS! lol with no outdoor skills lol. I can not wait to buy the next book! SH*T just got real in the end and I have a feeling, a scary feeling, that although the struggle is real already, its about to get really real!

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So happy to see this on Audible!!

I can't describe how elated I was to see this available as an Audible.

In a review sense for the author, the story is well paced and highly enjoyable. The characters had also been well written and had a life all of their own. I will be looking forward to adding the next instead to my ever growing library.

Now for the Narrator, I so hope you continue narrating this series. Great job and I look forward to hearing other series you've narrated.

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Monster girls and so much more.

My complements to the Author someone who I recognize has professional during these dark times of Political Correctness n.p.c. assimilation and corruption. Cebelius knows what he wants to write who his real audience is and delivers has far has I can tell.

There is a good story and characters and character progression in the 3 books that are out and I'm looking forward to the fourth one when it comes out.

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now that's the way adult fantasy should be done

I downloaded this story on a lark, and man i was pleasantly surprised. well done.

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Best Fantasy Harem Title

This book is by far the best fantasy adventure harem book I’ve ever experienced. The story is sexually engaging but even though I’m not big on n romance, the romantic dialogue is very touching and grows on you. The creatures he meets are very well developed and the narrator did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life. I also must add that she’s probably the best female narrator I’ve heard who can juggle voices of both sexes.

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Loved it!

a friend suggested this book to me and it wasn't a genre I was familiar with but gave it a shot. I absolutely loved it best book I've listened to. action packed from start to finish

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book 2 needs to be available

a very intriguing story. I wish the second book was available. good job though I stand ready for the next one.

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super good

I really loved this book, it had good action, a good storyline, and interesting character development.

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  • scobie
  • 05-16-19

a monster girl

a good first book let's see if you can keep it up for the next one

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  • janet smith
  • 05-03-19

I was not expecting this

So I didn't pay attention to the "Monster girl Harem fantasy" part of the title, I almost stopped listening, it is puerile in places, a bit 'Mary Sue' the sex is somewhat silly and predictable but, you know what, I really enjoyed it!
Word of advise, if you blush easily, do not listen to this on a bus or standing in a shop... It is in essence D&D male chauvinistic porn, if this sounds interesting give it a go. I have enjoy high brow serious fiction far less and the concept is well developed. The reader does a seriously excellent job, preventing it from becoming comical or sleazy. I have purchased the other books in this series and have not been disappointed.

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  • Tobias N. Svendsen
  • 04-04-19

Not just porn

surpringly this book has plotlines and a interesting take on things... it is not just... though there is quite a bit of that too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-19

Brilliantly crafted with amazing narration

if you're a prude that doesn't like detailed sex scenes that accompany a fantastic story read by an amazing narrator then this isn't for you.. however, if you enjoy a superbly written book with characters that fill your mind and a narrator giving life to words like I've never heard before, this is for you.. now bugger off so I can download the next one ✌️

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  • John
  • 10-29-18

Mask of the Template 5 stars

Cebelius shows us all that he is a talented author. I already got this book from Kindle and gave it 5 stars but with the talented voice actress of Tess Irondale as the narrator it give it a hole new experience Tess is one of my favorite female narrator's

If I was true with myself I would have gave this book a better rating then 5 stars . it's more like a 10 stars great Story great Author and great Narrator a must to buy and own......! ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆.

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