Books ๐Ÿ“š

  • Finished reading: In Clawed Grasp by Seth Richter ๐Ÿ“š
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    I went into this not expecting much but wow, was I surprised: this book was great. The “leveling system” is both more and less well-defined than many other books in the LitRPG genre, which is awesome. I can’t wait for the second one! ๐Ÿ˜„

    A book cover with stylized text 'In Clawed Grasp' and the author name 'Seth Richter' features a dark circle with an orange halo and a silhouetted bat-like creature (a gargoyle)
  • Finished reading: Resistance Above Magic by B.T. Narro ๐Ÿ“š
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    I wouldn’t call it “great literature” but it was a fun read, very much reminding me of my time playing WoW, with all the talk about skill trees, leveling, & stat bonuses from gear. ๐ŸŽฎ

    A person in red cape and medieval attire is floating above a fantasy landscape with castles. Text reads 'RESISTANCE ABOVE MAGIC A LITRPG ADVENTURE B.T. Narro Beatrix Grinn'.
  • Finished reading: Rune Seeker 2 by J.M. Clarke & C.J. Thompson ๐Ÿ“š
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    The second book of the series, this follows up directly to the ending of the last one…and boy, does it deliver. This one couldn’t exist without the first but it’s much better; we finally get some (fascinating) backstory. ๐Ÿ—ก๏ธ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

    A robed figure wields a sword, with a glowing ring above; amidst a brilliant explosion of light; the book cover reads 'RUNE SEEKER 2' by J.M. CLARKE & C.J. THOMPSON.
  • Finished reading: Path of Stars by David North ๐Ÿ“š
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    My least favorite of the series since book one, I finished this last night. The one places more emphasis on the main character, which is good but abandons almost all the other ones. It’s also a bit…meandering. Still, excited for the next one.

    A book cover displays 'PATH OF STARS' in large letters with the author's name 'David North' below. Three moons, a compass rose, and celestial elements set against a starry sky above classical columns.
  • Finished reading: Astral Threads by David North ๐Ÿ“š
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    I finished reading this last night (woke up with the kindle on my chest)… ๐Ÿคญ It’s the fourth of the series and progresses nicely but leaves you with a giant cliffhanger. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ That said, each book is better than the previous.

    Book cover for Moonlight Relic.
  • Year In Books - 2023

    I didn’t get nearly as much reading done in 2023 as I’d planned but that’s just the way the cookies crumble. I plan to do more reading in 2024 and spend some of my reading time focusing on books outside the fantasy / sci-fi genre. Note: I only started using โ€ฆ read more

  • Finished reading: Moonlight Relic by David North ๐Ÿ“š
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    In third of the series, the main character (Sam) really starts coming into his ownโ€ฆwith a remarkable and rather unbelivable number of twists. Parts of the story are rather predictable but others, you never see them coming. ๐Ÿคฃ

    Book cover for Moonlight Relic.
  • Finished reading: Aster Fall by David North ๐Ÿ“š
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    The second of the series, this picks up right after the first and the main character (and secondary ones) progresses (it is LitRPG after all) nicely, setting the stage for bigger progression in the next book.

    Book cover for Aster Fall.
  • Finished reading: Battlefield Reclaimer by David North ๐Ÿ“š
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    This book, a re-read for me, is the first book of the Guardian of Aster Fall series and in my opinion, sets up the universe for said series rather nicely. The character development is decent and the RPG improvement system is very cool.

    Book cover for Battlefield Reclaimer
  • Finished reading: Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan ๐Ÿ“š
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    This was a re-read, from many years ago (it was one of the first e-books I bought, this story is light and fluffy with a predictable ending…and an adorable puppy. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Book cover art for Second Hand.

  • Finished reading: The Unlikely Heir by Jax Calder ๐Ÿ“š
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    Fun, light, fluffy…with just a hint of substance, this book was a fun read. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

    Book cover for The Unlikely Heir
  • Finished reading: Dead Tired by Ravens Dagger ๐Ÿ“š
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    A fun, if silly read, with a lot of puns. ๐Ÿ˜† It presents an interesting intersection between science and magic but I wish there was a little more details into the magic system.

    Cover art for Dead Tired
  • Finished reading: Imperial Wizard: Ambitions by J Parsons ๐Ÿ“š
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    Somewhat predictable, the second book in the series continues right where the first left off. Events turn out for the best but more than a few questions are raised about how things will go in the future. ๐Ÿคญ

    Cover art for Imperial Wizard: Ambitions
  • Finished reading: Imperial Wizard by J Parsons ๐Ÿ“š
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    This was a fun read, a magic users sleeps through what seems to be many cataclysms, awaking to a changed world, one where no one else knows how to use his type of magic.

    Book cover for Imperial Wizard
  • Finished reading: Weeping Of Willows by Brandon Cook ๐Ÿ“š
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    The second book of the series, I thought this was going to be predictable but it took some interesting and unexpected turns. I’m excited for the next book in the series (I really hate having to wait for “next books” ๐Ÿ˜†).

    Book cover for Weeping Of Willows