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Summary

The Earth on the brink of destruction. A new world of magic and danger! Can Phil stay alive long enough to enjoy his escape from destruction?

The world is ending.

Yet in the midst of its destruction, there's Haven, an escape from the pending doom. Unfortunately, this doesn't include Phil. After losing his sister, he's miserable and just looking to survive. When he illegally finds a way into Haven, he discovers it's a world that's unlike anything he's seen before. Haven is alluring and constantly changing. But it's also dangerous, and Phil soon realizes there's someone who wants him dead.

In exchange for his safety, Phil makes a bargain to retrieve a magical item located somewhere in a deep forgotten forest. But time is running out, and if he doesn't find it in time, his death is guaranteed.

©2020 Timothy McGowen (P)2020 Timothy McGowen

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A very promising start.

I was provided a copyof this book freeof charge by the Narrator in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Timothy McGowen and I'm pleased to say it won't be my last.

What started as a really morose and depressing tale never really rose above this was was a 'nice' change for a pseudo-Litrpg book as generally they're either anime-style ultraviolence of comical but this maintained a sense of a man who was struggling with both a sense of loss and hope. The story itself is very much a tale of one man and his droid (copyright Mastertronic 1985) and the relationship that grows between this unlikely matchup is really interesting and enjoyable. Never did I feel that the golem was overpowered (as it would be easy to do) nor is Phil the whiny type that often arises in this type of tale. In fact, the characters were very likeable and all given a real sense of individuality by the narration that kept my interest throughout.

While I did enjoy the story, and look forward to the next, there are a few problems. For one the action isn;t particularly exciting and feels a little bland, even the final battle of the book fell flat for me. The other niggle is that there is some annoying repetition of terms. One particular sentence had the words Die or Died repeated 4 times? A minor thing but I had to rewind and check if I was mishearing.

These small issues aren't enough to dissuade me though as the characters are interesting and the world and magic system pretty original so I am certainly looking forward to the next in the series.

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Very good book of a new world of magic and danger

How brilliantly the first book lays out the new world of Haven and the characters of the series narration was very good

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A great book.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

I completely enjoyed this book, it drew me in very quickly. the detailing is superb as is the depth. The characters are great fitting in perfectly with the story being told. its a great adventure.
The narration is great, making the experience all the more enjoyable.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.

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Good but something missing

I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

As far as the narration of this book goes it was great, I really enjoyed it and would happily listen to more.
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Well I really did enjoy this book, it drew me in from the get go and as a first book in a series it left me eager for the next. It has a great consent and the main character is quite likeable.
HOWEVER, while I was left wanting more (which typically is a good thing in a series) I wanted too much. There were so many opportunities to expand in this new world that has been created by the author and I wanted to know all about it. I think a bit more context of who others are, what their world is and what has happened was needed. The whole book glossed over so many golden opportunities to enrich the story with details of this new and different world in which we are exploring in this book. It made the book feel a bit rushed and somewhat bland when I thought about all that lost potential. I am hoping there is a lot more exploration of these things in the next book. There was a full world being created which much have taken a whole lot of work and I appreciate it.

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Love the story! The narrator...not so much.

As is said, i love the story.

I enjoied following the development of the MC through the book, and the story in general left med hungery for more.

I was not a huge fan of the narrator, mainly because All the female characters sounds Like they have a cold. Through after lisentning a few hours i kinda got used to it.

All in All I look forward to the the rest of the series and will recomend to anyone who needs a little fantasy in there life.

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  • Danny Moody
  • 16-10-20

Solid real and game world story

I appreciated the time and effort spent in developing the real world setting. I feel like a lot of books in this genre try to get to the game world as quickly as possible. The game world her is quite unique and light on the crunch. I am interested in seeing what happens next in this series. The narration was very well done. Reimer does an excellent job giving the characters a voice.

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  • Patrick
  • 29-08-21

better than what I expected

I love medieval times books. When this book first started it did not sound like it would be in that time period. However that quickly changed not too far in and I was hooked from that point on. the narrator did the book justice and it was over before I expected it to be. I do not know when the next books will come out but I definitely will get them when they do

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  • Tavish T.
  • 09-03-21

Amazing.

This book was a little slow to start, but didn't take long to have me completely wrapped.

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  • M. Knight
  • 22-10-20

Hated the MC.

I wanted to love this book but I find that I am conflicted because I didn’t like the MC. Overall, the book was entertaining. But the dang MC is not very likable. This is my opinions.

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  • Anon
  • 22-07-22

Did not meet expectations

Warning, minor SPOILERS. Read only the TLDR if you want to avoid them.

TLDR:
Pretty unremarkable all around. Few good concepts/ideas. "Game World" doesn't feel like a game world (no stat screens, menus, inventory, etc.). In hindsight, not worth the credit.

SPOILERS below, read at your own risk!

Only on Chapter 25 and felt like I had to leave a review now. If anything wildly significant changes, I'll change my review and rating (thought I doubt that will happen). Between the pretty slick cover, the exciting summary, and all of the glowing reviews I was excited to check this out.

THE GOOD:

I enjoyed the extra time spent in the real world at the beginning, as a lot of books in this genre (or anime in the somewhat similar isekai genre) tend to rush to the game/alternate world and forget/neglect the real world entirely.

I enjoyed that even though it's a VRMMO-style world, the MC has to gain entry to the world through unconventional means.

I enjoyed that the MC (so far) is pretty balanced (well okay, actually incredibly weak at the beginning, though he has grown some so far) and NOT instantly "The Chosen One" overpowered self-insert titan with no effort.

I enjoyed that (so far) there has NOT been any ham-fisted or lewd romance, or that female characters fall head-over-heel at the mere presence of the MC.

I enjoyed that, as far as I have noticed while passively listening so far, the author does not fluff his word count by repeating the same concept in a different way multiple times or bring up the same description every other chapter.

THE BAD:

Like another reviewer mentioned, it felt like the narrator was just going through the motions and somewhat speed-running the book. There were a few good voices that they did, but otherwise the performance fell mostly flat. They were clear and easy to understand, however, and I have no complaints regarding sound quality or sound levels. They sounded consistent throughout what I've listened to so far.

Unfortunately, the story does not seem to have a whole lot of structure. We start with the MC losing his sister to an illness, and we find out they had, along with a group of others, been planning to hack their way into this "game world" because the world was about to end from an incoming meteor. As far as we know, (so far), only the MC makes it into the "game world" despite various roadbumps/conflicts along the way. As soon as he is in the "game world" though, the people who were originally pursuing the MC is never heard from again.

I have been putting "game world" in quotes because (so far) there has not really been much at all in the way of showing that this is a virtual world. No stats. No menu screens. No Graphic User Interface of any kind. Abilities/Special Attacks don't have proper names. No experience points. No inter-dimensional inventory. None of it. I would say this feels more like a portal fantasy, but with how readily the MC adapts to the new world and how little the real world is even mentioned, this could easily be a generic fantasy.

Next, by the time I was halfway through the book I found I was asking myself, "Why is the MC doing any of this? What is the end-goal?". There is no real video game-like quest system in place, so that's not driving the character. The motivation, as far as I can recall from the beginning of the book, was simply to *get into* the game, but not a whole lot beyond that. Basically events happen which force the MC to sort of go along for the ride (so sort of a lack of agency). There is a sort of turning point where the character chooses all on their own a plan of action with no prompting, nudging, or outside force telling them to do so, but it takes forever to get there. Even then however, the goal the MC goes after is a fairly immediate small-picture goal.

CONCLUSIONS:

To the author and narrator: I don't mean to be overly harsh with my criticism, but hopefully it can be used to help you reflect and consider including some practices to improve your craft. With some more practice, experience, and refining, I'm sure the both of you can produce much greater quality work.

To readers considering this book. If you're looking for a typical LitRPG, I would say avoid this title for now, but keep an eye on this author. If you just want a fairly basic fantasy, if it's on sale, go for it.

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  • Jasalyn
  • 21-07-22

so so

Narrator seemed to have no life in him while narrating story It was as if he was just going through the motions of reading the words. The MC is just an idiot, Constantly going on about how he can't trust anybody baby doesn't know anything but makes no effort to learn anything. His companion obviously has obviously has duality in his purpose yet the MC is too blind to see it. Refuses refuses to listen to his "master" Whom he sought out for training But will trust some unknown wizard or no wizard or whatever the hell he is since since titles and descriptions keep changing constantly. There's no question what's the weather about anything he does blindly accept it yet yet then complains he doesn't know who to trust or what he should do. Even the so called wizard has obvious duplicity that causes the MC to hesitate and yet still the MC just follows him blindly.

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  • Gary Thomson
  • 30-08-21

Looking forward to book 2

I enjoyed this book, it drew me in very quickly. the detailing is superb as is the depth. The characters are great fitting in perfectly with the story being told. its a great adventure.
The narration is great, making the experience all the more enjoyable.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.

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  • DDJTJ
  • 02-06-21

GOOD START TO A SERIES.CANT WAIT TO READ MORE!

ELDRITCH KNIGHT BY TIMOTHY MCGOWEN AND NARRATED BY MICHAEL REIMER is the first in the Haven Chronicles.

If you are into the medieval/fantasy/genre the Haven Chronicles are for you.
Phil has not only just lost his sister,but Earth is on the brink of being destroyed. Phil, wanting to get away from Earth is "transported" to Haven and Haven aint all its cracked up to be! Phil lands into medieval times and is forced to become a knight , a terrible knight. He is set upon a quest and must learn not only to conform to the time and place but to battle evil beasts and retrieve a magical item.

Not bad for the start of a series. I do like the characters Phil comes across. Mr.McGowen has put together a world that could , given more development of the characters,become a must read series.
I listened to the audio version and the narration by Michael Reimer is really good a helps make the story

I recieved this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jason Prunty
  • 09-04-21

Read it!

An amazing, but different take on magic and adventure! I highly recommend giving it a read!

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  • Gavin
  • 10-03-21

Great story! Gut wrenching character development.

This was quite the story. I was expecting a bit more human sacrifice, but was pleasantly surprised. I’d like more details on how the magic functions, but that’s what future books are for!!!

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