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Publisher's Summary

For thousands of years, there has been a cycle: a Demon King rises and conquers, and a Hero is reborn a hundred years later to defeat him. Each time, civilizations are ground to dust beneath the Demon King's hordes, but humanity has remained secure in the belief that a Hero of legend will always save them. There's just one slight problem. It's only been 23 years since the Demon King's latest rise, and this time, he's already conquered more than half the world. If humanity simply waits for the Hero's return, there may be no world left for him to save.

And so, Yui Shaw sets out with an ambitious plan. A 10-step plan.

She'll find a way to obtain the Hero's legendary sword. She'll earn obscure classes, gain levels, and increase her skills. She'll travel to the meticulously-crafted dungeons that seem designed for one specific Hero to complete. And, if she's truly (un)fortunate, she might even find a fairy.

She might not be a Hero - but if she can fake it long enough, she might still be able to save the world.

©2020 Andrew Rowe (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

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This book was Hilarious

To start I'm going to say that I love Andrew Rowe's writing. Also to note that I am a very big fan of Suzy Jacksons narration, I have several books she's done as well and greatly enjoyed them all. Rowe has a great sense of humor and great story telling abilities. This book is more RPG-ish then the Arcane Ascension series and spin offs, but it's still very easy to follow and very well told.

I hope there are more of this series to come. It's a great little 5 hour book.

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A fun story

Fun to listen to. Great for any fantasy lover. I want more by this author.

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Amusing

An amusing twist on a favourite video game with some witty one-liners, but regrettably predictable in the end.

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Eat your Zelda Hearts Out 💕

Satirical and witty, this. Is the perfect RPGLit! It's also a must read for Zelda fans! It's a quick easy read, friendly to preteens, and a testament to Rowe's imagination.

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A fanfiction

was just a legend of zelda ocarina of time fanfiction. much worse then the rest of his works. very little originality. good performance from the reader though.

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Easy Entertaining Fun

Great story and performance. Nice quick and easy listen. New to Rowe and LitRPGs, but loved this book. Can't wait to check out his other works.

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HHHYYYYYIIIAAAAAA!!!!!!

an interesting twist on an established video game classic. good listen, held my interest well enough.
could have used more depth but wouldn't say it was bad by any means.

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Good, but short

I was expecting better based on the reviews. It's still good though, using stereotypes and making a satyre out of it.

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An enjoyable take on life in a videogame world

It's an enjoyable conceit, cleverly and enjoyably developed. While no world shaking truths of the human condition may lurk here there's an interesting, and amusingly unsubtle story to keep you amused, and enough cleverness to satisfy.

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Nice

Short listen that's good, light fun. Some of it seems predictable, but its delivered with humor and worth the listen.

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  • Heather I
  • 2020-05-01

The Best Audible Original Book I've Heard

The book is a hilarious commentary on the tropes and peculiarities of video games and LitRPG in general. The book has an overall very light feel, although there are moments of seriousness. I was wary of two narrators at first, but it is executed perfectly. Steve West only narrates level ups and Suzy Jackson does all the other prose. The editing is perfection. This light novel is well worth picking up, and if you're like me, devouring. 5 stars.

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  • Phx17
  • 2020-05-07

Lisa Simpson explains how she leveled up

As a free Audible listen, I set my expectations pretty low. It just need to be somewhat interesting to feel worth it. I listened to the whole thing, expecting it to get better. Never happened.

The entire book felt like a twelve year old telling me, in tedious detail over the course of five hours, how she leveled up her warrior skills so she could defeat a supposedly evil enemy. The main character, Yui, sounds like Lisa Simpson and, like the cartoon character Is drawn, Yui is just as flat and two dimensional.

There’s no character development. Other than telling you how she moved a rock a hundred times to level up her bag skills and killed slugs to level up, and killed skeletons to level up, I couldn’t tell you anything else about Yui - not what she looks like, what type of personality she has, or her motivations for embarking on this quest. Same goes for her companion Ken, the fairy Vex, and, well, everyone.

There’s no world development. We’re simply told there’s a demon king who’s ravaging the lands... but we don’t get any details about what he’s done, we never see a single destroyed village, or witness any loss.

Thus, in the final hour of the book, when Yui confronts the Demon King, there’s no sense of peril and no doubt about Yui prevailing.

I get that this is YA fiction, but that’s no excuse for giving us a magical game instruction manual instead of a story we could care about.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-04-30

Fun Story in a Familiar World

A lighthearted story that mixes elements of Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest. Even if you aren't familiar with those properties you'll find something to love in this somewhat short romp through through this world of magic, heroes, and the demons they fight.

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  • 2020-05-01

Adored it in every way

First off, I am incredibly picky about audiobook narrators, and this was one of my favorites, ever.
The story is charming and hilarious, with just the right splash of feeling amidst the self-awareness. It's very apparent the author loves the source material, and it made for a nostalgic, yet refreshing fantasy romp.

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  • jeremie
  • 2020-05-01

Zelda fan fiction

this is a love letter to the legend of Zelda this book is adorable I love the MC Outlook on the rules of this world and her creative thinking

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  • Gregory Rivera
  • 2020-04-30

this guy can really write some good books

I'm only about halfway through I just found it this morning on my way to work looking through new releases. I'm a big fan of Arcane Ascension and six sacred swords so as soon as I saw it I said I would take a shot glad I did picks up easy and so far has been just fantastic

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  • kas
  • 2020-05-01

bahahaha gamers delight!

if you don't know what inspired this novella then you need to be hit in the face with a fish!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-02

Surprised

This book was very enjoyable, good for all ages.
Definitely download this book for your free monthly selection.

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  • Greg
  • 2020-05-01

Absolutely recommend!

This narration was one of the best performances I’ve heard on audible! And I absolutely loved the story as well - pretty lighthearted, but with a depth to the world and the characters that really draws the reader in. The straightforward quest layout with the twist of having a main character that is always questioning everything and creating unorthodox workarounds and schemes was highly entertaining! Thanks to all who helped create it, and I hope all you future readers enjoyed it as much as I did!

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  • Michael
  • 2020-05-01

Fantastic!

This was a fantastic novella! It was clever and sweet, it was like breath of fun fresh air.

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  • Chaumette H.
  • 2020-05-06

Amazing book we want more!

Absolutely amazing job, it was funny, well researched , full of excellent references and really well written!
Can’t wait for the next!