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"Raise your blade. Take up the mantle of Slayer." 

Adam’s life was anything but easy. With people at both school and home eager to make his life a living hell, the only place he felt like himself was in the virtual world. At least there he had some control.  

When the newest VRMMORPG title gets announced, Adam and his best friend, Max, are more than ready to dive in. Launch day arrives quickly, and Adam is plunged into a world that’s more immersive than anything he’s experienced before. Although the game offers a bevy of character choices, Adam quickly chooses the title of Slayer, a class that specializes in taking down stronger, more difficult opponents.  

Adam begins his adventure, but it's not long before he realizes there’s much more at stake when taking a life in this new game. The pain is very real, and death...is permanent. Now, trapped in a virtual world, Adam must take the mantle of Zander Darkblade and brave the dangers of the Aether Gate.  

It is a world of mighty creatures and fallen gods. A world where powerful familiars bond with their masters, granting them extraordinary powers they wield with uncanny force...and as Adam and the others will soon discover, it is a world of secrets that have lain hidden for far too long.... 

Welcome to Aether Gate Online. 

Disclaimer: This novel is a LitRPG/gamelit title. Its contents include various role-playing game stats and video game references.

©2018 Darren Hultberg Jr (P)2018 Darren Hultberg Jr

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Another LITRPG all star story

Yet another in a long line of great stories and story lines. This one introduces the class of slayer to the series. The sheer amount of skills and attributes that appear in these books truly takes you back to the basement and comic book store games of My youth. The characters and plot lines are amazing the narration is fabulous. The new age of fantasy stories. These are the dragon lance stories of this generation. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 09-30-18

A new twist for this genre

I am not a gamer, but I have found that I am really enjoying this new genre of writing. This story, however, has a different twist to the usual storyline. THIS story is truly life and death, good vs evil, the end is the end of the game. Want to know what I'm talking about? Read the book, because there is no end game or escape in the normal sense of the word. But, believe me, you want to read to the end...
I listened to the audio book version of this book. Scott Bennett is one of my favorite narrators. I love the smoothness of his story telling. He is able to find the heart of the characters and bring them out in their voice and the sense of their actions are felt in the hearing of their expressions.
I highly recommend this book and this narrator!

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 09-12-18

A kinder, gentler VRMMORPG

Welcome to the opener of a new LitRPG series. This one is a much more “friendly” or “tamer” version of the LitRPGs that have been coming out of late. A usual plot line will be found; a gamer wanting a better life inside a VRMMORPG. Although this one does have some issues with game mechanics; such as skills and spells crossing character classes, levels did not seem to scale up, and attribute stats which seem to be MIA. Of interest: a warrior executed a shield bash without equipping a shield, all characters had access to a familiar, Other than that it maintains a decent story and characters to go with it. I enjoyed the story although Darren needs to ruminate over MMORPGs. Three.point.five. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Book one

Very easy listening . I love how I was immediately drawn into the story as if I were a fly on the wall. the narrator was really good and ive listened to bad ones. cant wat for the next volume

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the slayer was a good book

if you have played games on a gaming system. You will enjoy the book. I understood the book quite well. the author and narrator did a great job. would read again

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Great book.

This is a great story and is well written and narrated, Kept me engaged from start to finish.

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uninspired generic elementry school YA trash

I enjoy YA when done well like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Dante's Immortality, and others. This book though is like a rushed check list of ideas with some action scenes that are so generic it's pitiful. Hardly any to no character development so you kinda don't care if the characters live or die. This really takes the suspense out of the action scenes. The confused and near rip off idea of how they came to be in the virtual reality. Rips off Viridian Gate and Eden's Gate. Then rushes the character from one action scene to another leaving no time to develope relationships between the characters or build the world or character in any way. Overall this book fails to be entertaining at the most basic level. Maybe 3rd graders would like this but I don't see many high school students loving the crap out of this trash.

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:D

This book in my option is on par with Ready Player One. The themes are similar (vr game). But it also has something new and interesting to offer. Give it a try!! I was given this book as a review copy.

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RPG story a great intro and sets stage for series

This was a new genre for me, but easily fell into line with the sci/if fantasy side of my interests. I will say upfront, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I do have a few observations. There was a noticeable lack of backstory for Zander’s earth-based personality, Adam. If he had such a desire to go home, why? Just to see his father? It just seemed like there was an opportunity to fill out that part of the background, creating more reason for returning home. “Tempest” please find another word for whirling winds. It became very noticeable.

Again, excellent story and I am looking forward to following the saga. Narration was excellent as usual and well delivered.

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not bad but...

spoilers everytime the MC had an issue all of a sudden he would get a new power and overcome. additional almost every fight it was teased that the MC would die

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  • Lee
  • 10-02-18

A Very Good Read

This is a typical LitRPG, it isn't anything groundbreaking but it is a good solid read with very good narration that when it ends, leaves you with a bit of a cliffhanger which is just enough for you to be wanting more.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.