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Another great entry into the series. Enjoy how the author bounces around, applying the LitRPG lens to some good old-fashioned military strategy gaming in many different situations. The pace is well-done, incorporating lots of adventures without making the protagonist too powerful too quickly. Looking forward to more.
This entire series has been amazingly interesting and a unique take on LitRPG. I find myself really getting into the story to follow the main character. Not being a god character has been pretty interesting and I find the mechanics to blend well instead of being clunky as many other books in the genre end up.
I've knocked a star off for this book because I don't care for the side chapters with the other characters but the scenes with Raytak were fantastic overall.
I look forward to picking up the next book in summer 2020.
The story continues and the legion kicks butt and get its butt kicked. There are good moments when the book touches the hearts strings. ( it’s super effective against Dads) I give the book a 5 stars. It flows well. It’s written well and I am cheering for the main characters.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe story hurtles towards a dramatic conclusion
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2019
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Another interesting instalment in the Raytak saga! I enjoy the way the story involves and the lack of stereotypes - evil elves, good ogres. I did feel the battles were a little rushed but perhaps that just me reading them too quickly! I know every story has to end but its disappointing to read that the series finishes in book 5 - any chance of seeing Raytak 'doing a Ty' and logging in with VR gear to expand the Imperium into new zones??
This entry is a unification by military conquest storyline. Raytak and the legion spend most of the book in the field marching from one engagement to another. Some can be swayed by diplomacy and trade but others are only fit for the sword. As Raytak's character build is the commander's trak he isn't much of a combatant. His build is that of a leader. His abilities and achievments are won through the men and auxiliaries he commands. I enjoyed the story and the supporting characters were interesting. Some reveals as the medpod experiment reaches it's objectives. Looking forward to the conclusion.
Book 4 starts out differently as we see Narbo and his dire rats in a new location. That quickly segues into Raytak and his soldiers adding new locations around Holdfast and Hayden's crossing as part of a quest, where they find new adversaries and adventure.
In general, this book felt better rounded after book 3, which almost entirely focused on the arena. The contest between the students is resolved, and the real life story line was meaningful while also remaining short.
The last third of the book revolves around the Goreax ogres and the Ikbore elves. The battle scenes are intense, but I found them less interesting just because there are less military formations used in the battle and more siege equipment. There is one flanking motion during the penultimate battle, and that's it.
On the plus side, Wrendo was a nice addition and it was good to see him lead his group from the previous book as the defended the Eastern transition point. It's a great battle, and reminded me a bit of the Battle of Helm's Deep, although Gandalf is replaced by Raytak.
The notifications are regular and consistent. I did notice a few editing problems, but none were significant enough to take me out of the story.
Overall, I would place this book as better than book 2 but not as good as book 3. My order would go: 1, 3, 4, 2. A lot is made of Narbo's invasion for book 5, but I would like to see something different. IMO, having the same conflict for 5 books is just too long to keep my interest. It would be far more fun to have Raytak and the legion explore the unknown areas that have never been conquered, while adding more allies along the way.
The blend of military action and litrpg conventions works, somehow. Every character, whether player or npc or monster will respawn, so Raytak's application of level acquired abilities and greater numbers are the interesting variables. His forces are now around one thousand, and the Ikbose elves plus Darkfallow's human fighters are the evil opponents he must contend with. Raytak experiences some medical ups and downs outside the game, and has a few memories come back. This is a good book in a good series.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat installment in the series!
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
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We’re back to what the first two books were mainly focused on in this book. There’s tons of action and development and litrpg content (quest updates and such).
It’s very well written and contains very very errors. The author has gotten even better at his craft and it shows in this book. I binged it in one day and look forward to reading it again soon. Absolutely give it a read.
Another fun read, though I am not sure what the end goal is. Will he finally pass away and be permanently uploaded to the game? Also many of the NPCs are very "real", very much like fantasy characters and less like nameless NPCs. Not a bad thing, it just makes it hard to remember it's only a game haha