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The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves. 

In his pursuit of power, Joe fights alongside his team, completes quests, and delves into the mysteries of his class, which he quickly discovers can be practiced only in secret. Ultimately, his goal is to complete every mission, master every ability, and learn all of the world's secrets. All he has to do is survive long enough to make that happen.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

I really did not want to like this book. I wanted Dakota Krout to keep putting out his Divine Dungeon series until it was finished. Now, I'm torn. I still want the Divine Dungeon series, but now I also want MORE Ritualist. Krout is an incredible writer, and you get sucked into the story immediately. I appreciate how he gets the character of Joe into the game quickly and doesn't really screw around with all the usual angst or cognitive dissonance most MC's display when they are about to go into a virtual world permanently. Nope, we go straight into the game, and we are better for it.

I really appreciate that Joe gets a secret class, with special skills, and that he works for a hidden god. It's fun watching him try to keep things straight, because once the cat is out of the bag then he loses all kinds of benefits. And he has some sweet skills. The only thing that really throws me off is that the MC, Joe, enters the VR permanently because he is a quadrapalegic, and still opts to get a body that will be winded from walking to fast and can be beheaded from a paper cut. You would expect him to take a healthy vibrant body, but I will say his choice does make sense if you consider that he is in it for the long haul. He has a long distance perspective that few others have. Additionally, Krout is about the only dude I know that can make a healer not only exciting but totally a bad grass mamajamma. Most people go swordsman, rogue, or wizard. Dakota manages to make the cleric interesting. Plus the ritual stuff and the occultist proffesion suck you in.

Vikas Adams had me waaaaay back with the Divine Dungeon number one, Dungeon Born. I loved his characterizations and the humor he injects with his voice. There are few narrators who are as skilled as he is, and he really moves the story along at his pace. The man is a pleasure to listen to, and his female voices are just as good as his male ones.

I gove Krout points for including a nod to my beloved Dungeon, Cal, in this book and can see the similarities in attitudes. Both are fair, easily annoyed, and ready to dole out proper punishments and rewards. Can we see a nod to everyone's favorite wisp in the next book, Dakota?

I loved the cover, the wolfman looks awesome, and we get to see Joe right in the middle of a ritual. It looks slick, and you know that this book is going to feature some hardcore monsters and some deadly magic. Lava Worms, anyone? Joe is a fun character, and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Now, we just need to get the Divine Dungeon series caught up and I'll be satisfied. YOU will be satisfied if you get this book. This is, without question, one of the best LitRPG/GameLit books I've ever read! 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. In fact, 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.

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Masterpiece

Dakota Krout, as always, delivers a phenomenal story. I thought it would be hard for him to top his Dungeon Born series, yet he managed to pull of an amazing new story. I'm fully hooked, eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

The Ritualist is one of the most interesting takes on LitRPG I've had the pleasure of hearing. He doesn't turn his main character into a "Mary Sue", making him fight for every bit of progress.

Do NOT skip this, it's definitely worth the listen. Vikas Adam delivers a strong performance, combining with Krouts great story for a delightful listen.

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Really enjoyable read

One Part Dungeonborn
One Part Sword Art Online
One Part Elon Musk fan fiction.

sold!

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Another great book from this duo.

If you are new to Krout works, this is a great book to start. YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ HIS OTHER WORKS TO PICK THIS UP. If you are a long time reader/listener it has a lot of hidden jokes for you as well.

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Excellent Book and Start of a New Series

The book is excellent. I enjoyed his other series (hopefully more to come!) and I am always leery to move laterally in an author's works in case they are a one-trick pony. But rest assured, if you liked the Divine Dungeon, you'll enjoy this one, too. If you like any litRPG, you'll like this one. If you've never read any litRPG, there's still a good chance you'd find this enjoyable; it'd be an excellent soft intro to the genre.

(Dakota Krout is starting to focus on his writing full-time, so here's hoping he can start cranking out books even faster! I mean, it's not like he's a certain authoR.R. who takes forever to write a new book, but when the books are as great and enjoyable as his are, loyal fans - like me - don't want to wait any longer than we must! Start listening to - or reading - Krout now and say you knew him back when!)

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audio levels go up and down...<br />

story line is great and im looking forward to the release of the next book in the series!

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Good overall

It's definitely worth read overall. Though you aren't going to miss the author's politics over the course of the book.

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I have read over 200 books and this is in my top 5

I have read and listened to over 200 books, by big name famous authors, and this is one of my top 5 favorites of all time. I have even read the entire works of and Tolkien, ans Sanderson to just say a couple big fantasy names.

Now for some specifics on the book.
The main character is intelligent and highly relatable. I could put myself in his shoes, but he has enough character that he isn't just a self-insert placeholder like a lot of sci-fi protagonist.

The author also doesn't start him off at already highly skilled level, like a lot of book series do with their protagonists, nor is it the hero's journey formula of: unskilled protagonist insert a few training montage scenes, now he's skilled. You actually get to see him struggle and grow, but it is so fun and rewarding to listen to! Dakota is definitively the best writer at writing character skill development. He measures out the character's growth for you as Joe grows and it is done in a way that is intuitively grasp-able by the listener and it flows with the pacing. The book is in the LitRPG subgenre but skill measuring is not arbitrary numbers.

The protagonist is intelligent but not a super genius. He will not leave you pulling your hair out shouting "why did/didn't you do that." Nor does he fall into the reverse trap of having Batman like contingencies, plans, and deductive leaps. He is an intelligent person not a caricature. Dakota's books never have characters seeming to succeed or fail "as plot demands" like the pulp genre, they stay true to the character, yet he still weaves a masterful story about them and a world that will leave you wanting to turn over every rock looking for all the hidden gems. If you have ever played any game and explored to find all the hidden content, and cool secrets, then this book is for you!

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Great Book

Can't wait for the next book in the series. I'm really enjoying Dakota Krout's worlds.

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Another great book!

I loved the dungeon series, saw this and decided to pre order it. Finished it within 3 days, and now I can't wait for something new by Dakota. Love the story and so happy he kept Vikas as the narrator.

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  • Sam
  • 10-09-18

Disappointing all round

Very cheesey writing and narration from the start. Particularly the voice of Liona. A very bad Irish impersonation drifting into bad Jamaican, Indian and various American. Hard to listen to without cringing.

Lots of missed opportunities with the characters. They were all flat as pancakes. Even the game itself didn't sound like fun to play.

It has got me interested in the genre. I just wished this had turned out better all round.

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  • Edward
  • 10-01-18

Well worth listening to

I’ve tried a few of these lit RPG type books and I was surprised by just how refreshing this one was.

The characters were funny and realistic and the hero really made me laugh in places.

I debated whether or not to listen to this one and I am so glad I did.

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  • Morris
  • 09-02-18

must read!!

as usual Dakota's books are amazing. this is a litrpg like no other. amazing plot funny and great characters.

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  • WarwickStudent
  • 08-29-18

Good but not groundbreaking.

Don't worry about the first 2-3 chapters, they are just generic set-up and the story isn't similar to those.

I think this book, like many in its genre, is not suited well to the audiobook format. There are lots of stat sheets and percentage modifiers which would be easily and quickly digestible as a table or grid on the page but when being read to you they quickly becomes gibberishy.

The other problem is that this is set in an open world sandbox game environment where the player has lots of opportunities to expand and explore and it is quite frustrating to follow a linear path. This would make a better game than a story.

Other than that it is ok. You won't be bowled over by the plot but it has a beginning, middle and end and is engaging. If you like MMORPGs then this might be a good book for you.

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  • ChristopherHart
  • 08-20-18

Really great book!

would highly recommend this book! extremely good writing, can't wait to find out what happens in the next book

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  • AJA
  • 08-17-18

Interesting take on the genre

A romping read with well thought out plot and narrative - i listened to the whole thing in under 24 hours... it must be good!

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  • James Dick
  • 07-22-18

Soo good.

Having not read anything by Dakota Krout before I wasn’t sure what I was going to encounter but I ourchased the book on recommendations. The book was outstanding the story compelling and the narration really was enjoyable too. I’m so glad I threw my money at it. Just about to start book two.

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  • Peter Szegedi
  • 06-04-18

A good story

A bit too much like the Divine Dungeon series, but otherwise a decent listen. I am getting confident in my theory that the author has something against rabbits. I will definitely buy the 2nd book.

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  • crag
  • 05-24-18

Solidified status as a Dakota Krout fan.

Started this book with some hesitation because of experiences in the past where an authors previous series were one hit wonders. After The Dungeonborn series, which I thoroughly enjoyed and is firmly within my top ten series list, I couldn't resist giving this one a go. My doubts were swiftly evaporated as I became entranced by the familiar writing style, deliciously memorable characters and perfectly paced progression. A very enjoyable take on the 'person living in a VR world' genre.

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  • Mahmood
  • 05-17-18

Excellent!

Really enjoyed the previous series 'Divine Dungeon' and was hesitant about this book when I first saw it on Amazon. Fortunately, my hesitance was completely misplaced. Vikas Adams did a great job and the book was very well written.

I hope that in the future the audiobook is released at the same time as the paperback/kindle version and I look forward to the follow-up!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-18

I enjoyed the story, even though it was cheesy

surely no one wanted to hear stat changes in such detail? some fun characters, but even they were light on detail. I know more about Joe's character sheet than any character in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

awesome

this book is up there with the best litrpg I've read and I've read everything thank you for making me really enjoy listening to this the narrator well way can o say awesome awesome and awesome well read just pre ordered book 2 I can't wait

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  • Doug
  • 10-18-18

A great tale of the underdog overcoming challenge

Wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book, the story starts with the protagonist in what seems like a less than opportune situation.

No Spoilers of course, but it kept me on the edge of my seat listening to how he used the skills he had to think and get out of difficult situations. The story pays respect to someone who observes the world and uses strategy to overcome adversity.

The narrator has a great deal of pitch and range making each character seem unique

A great story and highly recommended

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  • Xravia
  • 07-25-18

Dakota Krazy!

Dakota really knows how to blow people away with fantastic endings, I love how the different game and novel elements blend with each other and dakota' s inspiration in using them in New and interesting ways. A great listen, can't wait for the best one.

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  • Richard McKenna
  • 07-25-18

It's OK....

The book is OK, oddly, I am still listening to it even thought I don't find it the best written or engaging story. The sound quality is good, and the story has some level of depth, but in other terms its so surface level and so hard to listen to. Despite this, I am finding that I have almost finished the book with only 30 minutes left to go...

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  • Embrakh
  • 07-21-18

Absolutely Amazing.

I delayed purchase of this book because of the cover.
Similar to this author's other series Divine Dungeon. I thought it would be decent but not my style. I was wrong. The story is great, especially for the LitRPG genre. The narrator is honestly amazing too and is what makes these books so enjoyable. I'll defiantly be purchasing the next confirmed audiobook once it's released.

The book is amazing, give it a shot and just refund it after an hour or so in if you're not hooked.

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  • Jamahl
  • 06-05-18

WTF

I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed this book!!! Looking forward to the next one!!!!!

The rest of the comment I’ll save for some snarky over ego super computer(?) to point out all my flaws and really kick me low :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-18

amazing!

can't wait till the next book!!! story is really captivating and a true litrpg, good work Dakota!

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  • Matthew
  • 05-22-18

Dakota you've done it again

I'm torn, lost or at the very least upset.

How am I supposed to wait for book 2 or am I waiting for the next in the Devine dungeon series .... Aaahhh

Seriously though the story was throughly engaging and my only comment for improvement would be greater side character background, this is reinforced by hearing Hanse's (Devine dungeon - and sorry if I spelt that wrong) constantly due to the brilliant Vikas Adam.

On that Vikas has done another lovely job with the voice acting adding subtlety and depth at the perfect points.

If you've read the DD series you'll love the subtle .... Or not so subtle references but if not a: I highly recommend them that are so much fun b: it won't make a difference as this is an awesome story none the less.

Best enjoyed with red wine or scotch and a solid serving of relaxation.

Cheers all,
Macca

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-22-18

Wow ! Nailed it.

I've found a trend in litRPG where it seems all litRPG stories seem to start slow and you don't really get invested until you've read the first several chapters. Then there was this little story. This book made me laugh lightheartedly as it lightly poked fun at and paid homage to a great innovators of our age for the first chapter then before without warning it immediately grabbing me by the scruff of the neck and dragged me on an adventure that left me begging for only one thing at the end of EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER...
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