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Is it easy to survive in the game world? You could say yes, if you didn't know what the additional conditions were. They are unusual: it's the real world in which you have lived all your life. The enemy, craving to destroy you. Your own class who couldn't care less about you. Are you still sure that survival is easy? Then welcome to The Game! It will prove you wrong.

©2017 V. Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2017 by Alexandra Tussing (P)2017 Tantor

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The only bad Mahanenko book

Unlike the author's other works, this book is exceedingly gritty, graphic, and dull. The narrator isn't nearly as good as his past works, and the mechanics of this LitRPG universe are fairly wonky and technical.

Warning for younger/impressionable readers:
The book contains some extremely graphic incidents of violence right from the beginning. Expect bloody description of people being blown to bits and tearing out someone's throat to drink their blood. Expect explicit sexual references, which are far stronger than the author's other books.

Most, but not all of the curse words have been edited out in translation.

If that wasn't bad enough, the plot really struggles at some moments and the book feels about 5 hours too long.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not for kids

Finally a book that's not all about feelings. The characters do what they have to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Some good parts, but mostly depressing unenjoyable

the first few hours of story plot is just painful and disinteresting. As a reader you are struggling to understand the motives or working of this world. Compared to the "Way of the Shaman" books, this serie is not nearly as well written to thought out... this version of the Beginning: Dark Paladin is a rough draft... I can not recommend this series as it is now

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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plot holes... plot holes every where...

the world lacks in gaming-logic. too many plot f#ck ups calling it the game don't make it one...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As flat as the narrators voice

The worst litrpg to date, and I've listened to quite a few. Uninteresting plot, stale characters, and poor translation from Russian to English. I've liked other books from this author in the past but this one is just plain boring and bad. The narrator doesn't help by narrating with all the emotional depth of Mr. Data.
Save your money on this one folks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but tiring.

This series shows some excellent promise, building a perfect grimdark setting where only enemies can be trusted, and only then to be your enemy.

This however leads to a tiring Rollercoaster ride of rampant protagonist success followed by betrayal, the reader feels the descent of the protagonist forcing them to actively listen to the whole book. Not a casual read.

For a nice counterbalance read, the path of the shaman by the same author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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a bit grim and unnatural but otherwise good

i find the setting unnaturaly grim...
this author also kind of goes off on a female betrayer theme... well and betrayal all over...

still very good and looking forward to more

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Premise, Terrible Execution

A very promising addition to the lit RPG genre with an interesting story line and premise, however it seems the author decided to publish the first draft of the book with no further editing or "clean up." Seriously, it was extremely difficult to listen to. Simplest way to put it...it was as though I wrote it and I'm not an author, which is very disappointing, frustrating and curious considering how entertaining the authors other works are. The book needs a rewrite all together. And the narrator did okay with what he had to work with; perhaps some problem lies in the translation from Russian to English who knows.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Freel
  • New York
  • 04-02-17

Solid LitRPG

Interesting story takes a different approach than the standard litrpg. Well worth the credit. Moves fast for a longer book.

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Stupid on every level

1) No consistence with characters' actions, history, or personality (seriously Judge??, for a life long gamer with no predilection to that profession, it seems so weird. What happened to wanting to earn money or travel to gain knowledge? He knows all the limitations and restrictions, including never being able to truly have friends since you will have to judge them too.)

2) there are holes in the game/story that can be confusing if you don't choose to ignore them.

3) can be slow at times. Just get through it. Often I would have to set the speed at 1.25.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 12-04-17

Shaman Chronicals

I really liked the authors other work, and after the Shamon Chronicals was expecting more or less the same plot line with different characters.

So many authors find a formula that works for them and stick to it..

Gee this book surprised me, pleasantly.

I was so different to all the other works by the author.. And it was brilliant.