The Way of the Shaman

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 16,421 ratings

Survival Quest Publisher's Summary

Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief. The only rule that attempted to regulate the game demanded that no player be allowed to feel actual pain. But there's an exception to every rule. For a certain bunch of players, Barliona has become their personal hell. They are criminals sent to Barliona to serve their time. They aren't in it for the dragons' gold or the abundant loot. All they want is to survive the virtual inferno. They face the ultimate survival quest.

©2015 V. Mahanenko. English translation copyright 2015 by Natalia Nikitin (P)2016 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Survival Quest

    • Way of the Shaman Series # 1
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,575
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342

    Barliona: a virtual world jam-packed with monsters, battles - and, predictably, players. Millions of them come to Barliona, looking forward to the things they can't get in real life: elves and magic, dragons and princesses, and unforgettable combat. The game has become so popular that players now choose to spend months online without returning home. In Barliona, anything goes: You can assault fellow players, level up, become a mythical hero, a wizard, or a legendary thief.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Liked it alright, but I'm a forgiving guy

    • By Benjamin on 05-27-17

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 2

    • The Kartoss Gambit

    • Way of the Shaman, Book 2
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,199
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,996
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989

    A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's virtual mines.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Narrator sets the Tone

    • By Don Gilbert on 05-18-16

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 3

    • The Secret of the Dark Forest

    • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 3
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,556
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553

    The virtual world of Barliona is a place of rest and entertainment - but not for everyone. It has become a survival arena for Daniel Mahan after he was sentenced to eight years in its virtual jail. Mahan has been through it all: the back-breaking work in the mines, betrayal by other prisoners, and finally, the retrial which has released him into Barliona's common world. What more could one want? Mahan could have kept a low profile and enjoyed relative freedom while serving the rest of his time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best LITRPG

    • By Don Gilbert on 12-13-16

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 4

    • The Phantom Castle

    • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 4
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,006
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

    What can a game clan accomplish without a castle? The answer is obvious: nothing. Therefore, the main objective of any leader in a game world is to acquire a base of operations. Finding himself in exactly this position, High Shaman Mahan, leader of the Legends of Barliona, accepts an offer from the Emperor and the Dark Lord to vanquish the army of Phantoms that has inhabited Altameda, the phantom castle.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This book was a little disapoiting

    • By Tyre Miller on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 5

    • The Karmadont Chess Set

    • Way of the Shaman, Book 5
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,828
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824

    Mahan's ready for new adventures - just as the gaming world of Barliona thought it was about to reenter its old comfortable rut. The winds of the Dark Forest have finally died down; Altameda has recognized its new owner while Geranika is nursing new schemes of global destruction. Would Mahan be happy with this predictable old life? We think not!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pissed Off!!! (5 stars)

    • By Parker on 05-22-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 5.5

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  • Book 6

    • Shaman's Revenge

    • Way of the Shaman, Book 6
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,678
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

    Daniel Mahan, the legendary Shaman of the Barliona game world, has served his sentence in virtual reality. Eleven months of adventures and battles in exchange for eight years in prison isn't a bad trade-off. And yet Barliona refuses to relinquish its grip on the Shaman so easily, erasing the boundary between his two realities. It turns out that it's not so simple to leave the capsule - the Way must be completed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally Redeemed!

    • By Josh Hennesey on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 7

    • Clans War

    • Way of the Shaman Series, Book 7
    • By: Vasily Mahanenko
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,028
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

    Not long ago, Daniel Mahan, known to everyone as Shaman Mahan, thought that he had taken his sixth and final step in the Barliona gameworld. Yet life has other ideas. The Corporation decides to resurrect the Lord of Shadow and his entire host. The Corporation's CEO personally pushes the reset button. Geranika and his Dragon of Shadow spring back to life as, meanwhile, the Corporation makes an offer the Shaman can't refuse. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love the series

    • By Dewey Gough on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $20.99