Shard Wraith

Crystal Shards Online, Book 3
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: Crystal Shards Online, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
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“What darkness within the Labyrinth awaits?”

After defeating the Shadow King and opening the gateway to the mysterious Labyrinth of Onizoso, Reece's hopes are dashed when a surprise attack leaves his girlfriend's life hanging in the balance.

To save her, Reece and his friends must enter the labyrinth in hopes of finding the one person who may be able to bring her back to life...but in a place where players turn into Shard Wraiths, their hopes may already be lost.

Now Reece will have to navigate a strange new world fraught with dangers, while fending off a pursuing army and racing against the clock. And with his arch nemesis lurking just outside, the labyrinth might be only the start of his troubles.

To protect the ones he loves, Reece will have to challenge both his fears and principles, or risk losing everything and becoming a Shard Wraith himself.

But the Labyrinth holds many dark secrets, and what he discovers within may not only change the outcome of their mission, but redefine the very nature of the game world itself.

©2018 Rick Scott (P)2018 Podium Publishing
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Good book but

Good writing good story, but I don’t like books that treat a tangent as the whole story. We really didn’t need to sit in a winter camp that has almost nothing to do with the story for 7 hours? We could have accomplished the same in 2 or less. Thanks for a good read though

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The end of the ride for me.

Everyone has somehow become really annoying in this book. The story goes out of it's way to create artificial drama and tons of filler.

Reese has become hot headed, irrational, and bipolar. There are many parts that are cringeworthy. I loved the previous books but this is where I stop.

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Good but not great

I’ve enjoyed this series so far. It has an interesting premise and plot, but the MC is a bit “slow”, the other characters a bit shallow, and the relationships between them are a bit juvenile.

There are a few instances of repeated alerts, sometimes eight or nine times, I.e. “you have picked up a copper coin, you have picked up a copper coin....” instead of “8 copper coins.”

These books could use some better editing and the narrator stumbles a little, but overall, the story is quite intriguing. It’s like a LitRPG version of Red Rising as far as the base poly goes.

Again it’s not the best LitRPG out there but imo worth the credits. I’ll be staying with the series.

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3.5/5 More repetitive than the first two books

Several parts have been so repetitive, especially the keep. I must have skipped 15-20min worth of the narrator summing up the resources/wall %


Again, following my review of the first two books, there will be spoilers ahead.

After defeating the Shadow King, the MC and his party were ambushed at the end chapter of the 2nd book by the mad human king. With the only healer fallen, no rez "resurrection" spell could be utilized to bring the dead party member back. Panic ensues as the MC wrestles with regret and hatred.

They have no other choice but to jump through the portal (opened after Shadow King's defeat) to find and bring Becky (a really close friend to Val and sister to Icko) back as promised. With Becky being a healer, the MC renewed his focus/concentration in the task at hand in finding Becky. Then have her bring back his girlfriend and not have her suffer/stay in the "nightmare world" (no spoiler for this but this is one of the major plotlines in this book and partially the 2nd book).

While all this is going on, the people in Citadel has little over 4 months or so before the shortage. We get more perspective from the CEO/chairman and how he is trying to handle the executive board of Citadel, the "search team" conditions and death of his daughter. The story starts to intertwine just a bit between Bruce (CEO/chairman) and MC as they both try to understand what is going on.

As the reader, we still only get a partial understanding of the mechanics of the world and how it relates to the 'nightmare world".
However, there are hints scattered in several chapters that seemed to point out aliens, or some other space (outer space) anomaly, that could be doing all this.

During the mid parts of the story (still the labyrinth or slightly after), we get a sense that the party's goals are still far from over, with only 1/4 of special mechanic(s) unlocked/corrected. They later half of the story goes into some defensive keep building, leading up to a siege of the said keep.

I found that the latter half was quite boring in terms of actually learning/understanding more about the mechanics. We did see the new special mechanic at work. But I got more questions after the labyrinth scenes that were not addressed. Hopefully, the next book can address some of my questions as the party now sets out to "Old London" to fill in the missing gap of their knowledge and perhaps locate Citadel before all hope is lost.
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Everything is great except...

The author should really condense stuff...
Saying 5 times "you have gained a level" is just painful to read or hear

Other than that it's a really interesting story.

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Surprised and delighted

This series got a whole lot better with the addition of this book. This was unexpectedly entertaining and enjoyable, and it left me wanting more. And I don't even particularly care for LitRPG honestly. But this series and Dakota Kraut, I'll vouch for that.

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awesome series

Good look awesome series really enjoyed or sync I wanna hear the next installment ASAP

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awesome

really enjoyed the continuation of the story. makes me sad that the next installment will be so long in coming.

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drag on and repeat

I don't think I'll be getting the next book as I'm getting tired of the repeating stat ,exp and logs that if cut out of the book you could cut an hour or two from the book and are done very poorly in audio format as well as the pointless added drama or what feels like filler.

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over too soon

okay, book was great buuuttt the ending with so much going on is aggervating lol. lets pump out the next book. keep them coming. thanks!

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  • Mr. Liam Kilcoyne
  • 02-03-19

Love the story, sometimes hate the repetition.

I think the story is amazing, it keeps you on your toes and even now still guessing what is to come, my only gripe is the repetition of the ‘in game’ stats.
I think if I were reading the book I don’t think I’d mind as much, but when listening to the audiobook hearing it say
‘...hits for 230 damage, ... hits for 231 damage,... hits for 229 damage...,’ becomes a bit boring to listen too. A better way would be ‘ ... hit three times for 690 damage!’ As I say. This is only a thing wrong during listening and I doubt it is as bad as reading.
I can make a bet that almost an hour can be lost in this story for this reason.

As I’ve said I love everything about this story and where it is going so I would still recommend to everyone I know, keep up the good work!

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  • Ian
  • 01-22-20

The 3rd book

Again I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's continues from the 2nd book in the serise, picking up were book 2 finished.
It's a great serise so far.

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  • Jordan
  • 09-30-19

The world and characters are great.. But

My personal issue with this otherwise decent Isekai style litRpg is Rick Scott.
He himself has made a great world and based his world off a great game and style, as a final fantasy XIV player I can see parallels all over the place and I approve its good stuff. But there are frustrations here for me as I may be slightly older than the target audience for this.

See one thing that Mr Scott has done here is take (maybe not intentionally) some cues from the Japanese style of story progression -

Thing happens
Characters stop to gawk at things happen.
Characters mental thought process stops everything for a solid minute+ of reading from Mr Summerer

Character is reminded that timing is crucial
Character reminds self
Character re-reminds self that he needs to act now.
Character acts.
And it's always In this order. Each section suffers from this. For me, this is annoying because he also overexplains & oversimplifies them.
By this point in the story Rhys(Reece) has seen so much suffering and pain and yet he still repeats all the same mistakes.
The same panics for things he's done hundreds of times before.
The same child like gawk at things being new, the same forgetting who and what he is despite being near death at all times and the worst part for me, is that he's already done all this and more for 2 books.

You have felt and dealt with the stakes already. Why are you shocked and EVERYTHING, STILL!
It doesn't make sense to me that a character is unable to actually "grow" in any meaningful way, but because he's the main character, continues to succeed regardless.

As it is Reece is my least favourite thing about these books, which is made more annoying because he's the main bloody character.

So why 4 Stars?

Because everything else is damn good, interesting characters, particularly back in the "real world" and Reeces companions are also great, my personal favourite being Rembrand, followed by Ico and Maxis.
I'm curious with the next book (which I shall listen too) how Val Helena will be handled.

Im writing this review at nearly 4 hours into the book and so I may add comments or updates after I finish, but based on other reviews, the book doesn't get amazing AFTER the first half.

We shall see.

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  • Darren Waring
  • 09-14-19

Better and Better

After listening to the first 2 audio books, I couldn't imaging how this one could be any better, but boy was I wrong.

First the whole area of the Labyrinth of Onisozo, just so great, the fact that the area itself is like a whole new world is amazing and they that it's described is spectacular, leaving not a lot to the imagination yet so much to imagine.

After they are out of there, the book goes from showing how powerful the group is to showing how equally weak they are depending on the circumstances.

Again just an amazing story and cannot wait to start the next one

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  • Chris parry
  • 02-22-19

Droned on a bit

Droned on a bit and was a bit lacking in excitement in places but I want to see the end now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-19

Next plz!

Fun one, This book does well with The thrill of almost a team wipe. 🤔

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  • G T.
  • 12-12-18

good story

another good book in the shares series, I can't wait for the next book now

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  • Jake Parker-Bocking
  • 12-20-18

Incredibly boring and uninteresting

really disappointed, enjoyed the last one but this just goes no where fast, and in all honesty I think it is really hindered by the "swearing" in it "something massive goes down and the party is in trouble" and you just here "what the frick" and it really minimises the gravity and the tension of the situation I like the over arching theme of the plot but the important small parts really let it down