AudioBook Review – Ascend Online

Finally this got out of ‘being pending’ on audible –

Ascend Online: Ascend Online, Book 1 | [Luke Chmilenko]

“Great listen! more please!” 

Concept/world-building – 4
Plot – 4
Character – 5
Dialogue – 5
Prose – 5
Conflict/resolution – 4
Overall rating 4.5

I picked this up as Luke’s highly recommended in the litrpg Facebook groups. So, when the audio was put up for pre-order with Luke Daniels as the narrator I nabbed it quick.

It’s a long listen, so it did take me a while. But it was well worth it.

Plot

For me, the start of anything takes a while, and I do admit this was a little slower for me than usual, but it’s more than worth it.

Where the world that Marcus actually lives in, isn’t very well defined or spoken about much. The interaction with his friends at the start and then into the game is. I enjoyed all that each character brought to the story, and more from the NPC’s.

Once the story really does start to move forwards, you get the experience of Luke’s gaming and background as the world of Ascend Online develops, bits of history and information are peppered in just the right places so not to feel like too much of an info dump and you are as excited as the players for the challenges they’re about to face.

It’s got enough crafting, fighting and loot to make all the gamers want more, and the stats read out aren’t as heavy as some other litrpg books. It doesn’t slow the pacing at all, and Luke does a great job with reading them so they’re also not just hard core skill lists. The story telling around these alone helps make this a book to remember.

Character

There wasn’t quite enough of the ‘real’ world for me. I would have wanted some more interaction with it through Marcus, even if it meant he had to log off once. However, each of the characters that Marcus/Lyrian enter the game with are well defined enough once he meets back up with them in the game.

As for them being supporting characters, they’re pretty great all by themselves. As for a fav one, I’d have to say Natasha has a spot, but defo Amaranth has the biggest. (sp)

Dialogue

I thought all the characters had decent dialogue. And also with Luke narrating, they were a breeze to listen to, each with their own personalities which really shined through. Luke did a great job with the ladies in the group and also with the demons and other worldly creatures. I did, however, think that the two overlords of the game were brother and sister at first, till I realised they were sisters.

Graves’ character drawl was also really good to listen to. Awesome job from both narrator and writer in design of the bad guys and in the way he really stood out in the narration.

Conflict/Resolution

I think because this has so much scope for the series, that there’s always going to be underlying threads we don’t see tied up. But the overall conflict in this book was left with a satisfying ending. Even if I did want more of the book and story world.
You can’t expect me to listen to almost 18 hours of something and not come away with a book hangover! Omg give me more!

I am glad I picked this up. And I really do look forward to more in this series from both Lukes’

REVIEW- WRITING COACH-BRIDGE TO STORY

Awesome review for my writing coach 🙂 EJ Runyon. If you want to help improve yourself as a writer at any level… get her booked!

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For some time I had been wanting to have a coaching session with E J Runyon at Bridge to Story. One of my writing buddies had been coached by EJ while writing her debut novel, and told me how much the coaching had helped develop her work. I checked out the Bridge to Story website, and tried out a few of the writing exercises, which I found helpful.

Me being me, I kept dithering about it. I either didn’t have funds, or I’d get worried about having my work dissected and judged. Plus the added anxiety of having to Skype. I hate having my photo taken, or speaking on the phone. Having face to face video chat with another human being is a whole other level of awkward.

Then I was lucky enough to win a free coaching session. I took the opportunity to give it a go, hoping…

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AudioBook Review – Delvers LLC – 2

Obligations Incurred: Delvers LLC, Book 2 | [Blaise Corvin]

“not too bad at all :)”

I have to admit this one took me a little longer to pick back up than some other second books have. And I really wasn’t sure why. I think the characters in the beginning of this and the situation they find themselves in just didn’t grab me as much as the MC’s being stranded on Ludus in the first book.

However it did pick up, and I was glad that I stuck around.

The POV switches were handled a lot better in this book, considering there were only a couple of changes in the first, this had a lot more balance in it, and because I’d gotten to know the others, it was good to get inside their heads a little more.

I’ve seen some of the other reviews and comments about Thirsty as a character, and I have to admit, I loved him/her. I think this is exactly the kind of situation and personal event that would happen. It wasn’t his fault he ended up on Ludus anymore than it was for Henry and Jason, and Jeff’s characterisation of him/her both were fab. I really enjoyed the performance and the person underneath it. Thirsty plays a great and integral part in this book and I hope that we do see more of her 🙂

Overall, this book did seem to take on a life of its own, there was the onset of their journey and then it was taken over by having to defend against a horrific attack. I thought it all came together really well. And Jason was just fab. No spoilers, but the ending, brilliant.

It may have seemed a little on the short side, but only because we know that although this was a novel and story on it’s own that there’s a lot of setting up and more adventures to have.

I kinda think this would be the series for me that I’d binge listen to, one after the other because that would make this much more fun. Waiting on the next one is hard…

Come on Blaise and Jeff. More!!!

New Release – DragonBlood Throne – Tom Fallwell

                                             

BLURB

Orphaned as a young child and growing up alone in the forest, Delina lives a life of isolation; her only companion a saber-toothed panther. Her strange eyes frighten those she occasionally encounters, so she keeps to herself, until a young, wounded warrior ends up at her doorstep. As she nurses him back to health, she discovers she is more than just a young woman with unusual eyes, she is a dragonblood, destined to become the ruler of Almar.

 

Now hunted by the dark sorcerer who murdered her father, usurped his throne, and killed all her kin, she must find out how she can release the essence of the dragon inside her to defeat him. Everything depends upon her willingness to embrace her legacy and reclaim the Dragon Throne.

Excerpt from Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, by Tom Fallwell

Copyright © 2017 by Tom Fallwell – All Rights Reserved

Ignoring the two scribes fidgeting nervously behind him, Kargoth anxiously watched the cosmic tableau of the moons unfold in the darkened sky from his balcony. The rare, lunar eclipse was only moments away from its apex, the new moon phase of Tibel almost centered within the bright ring of Sianor behind it.

While he would never admit it, not even to himself, Kargoth was fearful as he waited to see if the prophecy was true, if there would be a sign indicating a dragonblood still lived in Almar. The words of that prophecy played continually in his mind as he waited with bated breath.

Ring of the heavens,

Ring shining bright.

Darkness the lesser

Than greater moon’s light.

When the ring glows bright

As the moons above turn,

Blood shows the sign

Of the dragons return.

A dragon reborn

From an innocent child.

The power will grow

As emotions run wild.

The dragon will rise

When all hope seems lost.

All evil will pay

The dragonblood’s cost.

The dragonblood comes,

The darkness will die.

The dragon wings spread

And the dragon will fly.

“Here it comes,” Kargoth said, never removing his gaze from the moons. “Now we’ll see if there is any truth to this prophecy.”

The scribes trembled, fearing their High Lord’s wrath, as Tibel firmly centered itself in front of Sianor. The light in the night lessened momentarily as Tibel covered much of Sianor’s full and bright splendor.

The slim circle of light around Tibel began to burn brightly, becoming a brilliant glowing ring in the night sky. For a moment, the scholars hoped that perhaps the prophecy was false, but a red glow began to fill the darkness of Tibel. It was as if some celestial being had poured a bowl of blood into the mold of the darkened Tibel, now glowing with a red, unearthly light. The eclipse became a white circle filled with a blood-red glow.

The prophecy was true! It was a sign of blood! Of dragonblood!

The scribes slowly backed away from the balcony in fear, anticipating the wrath of their lord. They could almost hear Kargoth’s rage brewing inside him as he suddenly turned on them, his steel eyes boring into their souls.

“It’s true! That beast, Jeraldin, had another child!” His anger turned on the two robed figures. “You should have known this sooner! You impotent cretins!”

He raised both hands in front of him, palms outward. The terrified scribes turned to run, but it was too late. A dark fiery energy streamed from both his hands, as jets of black, searing flame engulfed the two men. Their horrifying screams of agony echoed throughout the chamber and into the halls beyond as their bodies were consumed by the deadly power Kargoth had loosed upon them. Within seconds, only smoldering piles of ash remained on the floor.

Dropping his hands in frustration, a deep and tortured frown peeked from the shadows of his hood. Kargoth stormed toward the throne room door. “Guards! Guards! Get my generals! Now!”

Whoever this dragonblood was, Kargoth had to make sure they never lived long enough to be a threat to his power. He would scour the entire kingdom and find this dragonblood. He couldn’t allow one of their kind to live.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

   

 

Early in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom’s imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called ‘Chainmail’, by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. ‘Chainmail’ evolved into ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for other players to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.

Website: http://tomfallwell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTomFallwell

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Fallwell/e/B00IV2JSJI

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11303749.Tom_Fallwell

Rangers of Laerean Series: https://www.facebook.com/RangersofLaerean

Dragonblood Throne Series: https://www.facebook.com/DragonbloodThrone

Where to buy

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SYDP68


Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/735008

Squee! Launch Day!!!! Hilarious story! I loved it. :)

 

I was very honoured to get an ARC copy of this, and it’s been one of the funniest stories I’ve read in a long time. Most people know me, know I’m not really a funny kinda person, but with CT Phipps showing me how much snark and comedy can make a difference in your life. I actually found that this novel has a very special place in my heart.

Adam is just superb, the writing is so well done. I can’t praise Stephen Morse enough on this. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to like it. There were a couple of topics that were so out there, that I already knew of, that I came into this book a little sceptical. I have to admit, I was wrong and I really shouldn’t have.

Overall Adam, Ted and Alice have such an adventure and as readers we are swept up in the whole affair. For anyone who loves superhero’s, fun, and sarcasm this is defo the book for you.

Full review to follow – 5 stars from me…. all round solid book! the audio will rock with the right narrator behind it.

 

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Genre: Superhero comedy


Blurb

 

When you’ve seen as many catastrophes as I have, “disaster” becomes a relative term. But when disaster hits, feel free to do what I do—hang your head while waiting for the tight-wearing crowd to arrive. That only works if your super power is the same one I have though. I’m an immortal walking magnet for superpowered problems.

This new guy, Ted—a fake part-time villain who’s in it for the ratings and excitement—wants me to be a field correspondent for his news blog, and his offer sounds good. If I can’t beat ’em, expose ’em. The problem is he has no idea what my daily life is like. No one really does—but they’ll learn.

 

Excerpt from Part III Interview Questionnaires Should Be True/False

 

“Your power attracts other powers. Why is that?” Ted asked again as if driving home a point.

“I’m one of God’s favorite children.” I upped my sarcasm.

“God didn’t make you a negative person. He places the challenges, and it’s up to us to rise to them.” Ted activated an evangelical-style accent, his voice raised at the end as though giving a sermon.

I rolled my eyes while I considered how to separate myself from Ted. The conversation was rapidly wearing down my remaining sanity.

“Don’t believe me? Time tells all. Anyway, if we can explore the limits of your power, we can figure out how to work that to our advantage,” he said.

We were speeding along the highway way too fast for my liking. We were blazing past the people next to us. They honked, flipped us off, and yelled out their windows as the Stingray drove through.

“They already did tests,” I said while looking around. Our speed had passed standard and moved on to breakneck.

“Adam, my boy, you’ve lived with your ability for so long, but it sounds like you know nothing about it.” Ted cranked up the engine again.

For a modified pile of dirt, we got incredible speed. Having the top down made it more obvious as the wind whipped furiously.

“Because it’s brought me such unquestionable joy over the years.”

“Adam.” Ted looked away from the road at me.

We sped up a curve that traveled toward a bridge that extended high in the air over a huge river.

“Ted?” My hands gripped the seat. This wasn’t the kind of ride to town I’d expected.

“I hate sarcasm.”

He didn’t turn with the road. Didn’t follow the dotted lines. A kindergartner understood coloring inside the borders. Ted broke those rules, sending us careening through a thick layer of asphalt and over the edge.

And for a moment, it seemed as though we might take off into the sky. Until gravity caught up with us, as it does to everything.

We fell. My stomach lifted up past the lungs. I wanted to scream, but air zipped by. Behind us, cars hit brakes; horns honked. Metal crashed. None of it mattered as the front of Ted’s dirt-made Stingray oriented down and took us with it.

Ted unbuckled his belt. One hand was already yanking out a glowing red orb from the dashboard. Almost immediately, the car started crumbling back to its earthen roots.

Clods of dirt around me. Falling. No more seat belt. A wall of water below that would break bones and possibly kill us. We were two hundred feet up, traveling in excess of eighty miles per hour. I’d never made it to higher math, but something about those numbers felt deadly.

“Geronimo!” Ted yelled gleefully in his high-pitched TeleGraph tones.

As my mouth opened, I noticed a figure swinging in through the air. The jarring sight was just enough to regain my sanity and remember that I’d survive this too. Blue-and-yellow clothes that were nearly form-fitting on a younger body. Ted’s arms windmilled. I relaxed as best I could.

The figure slammed into us and took our deadly fall and violently shifted it in another direction. My head nearly whipped completely around.

About Stephan Morse

 

Stephan Morse was born the year 1983 in San Diego. The next fifteen years were spent slowly escaping California and surviving a public education system. Thus far he’s made it to the Seattle (WA) region with little desire to go further. When not trying to shove words together into sentences Stephan spends time reading, catching up on sleep, and otherwise living a mundane life.

 

Social Media Links and Purchase Link

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrustratedEgo/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrustratedEgo

Website: https://frustratedego.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Stephan-Morse/e/B016RBSS8G/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14680878.Stephan_Morse
Email: frustratedwriting@gmail.com

 

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