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Into the Light

Axe Druid, Book 1
Written by: Christopher Johns
Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
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A tight-knit group of buddy gamers. A relentless galactic conqueror. One big ol' ax and a whole bag of magic.

Chris and his friends had been hearing voices begging for help, but aren’t dreams supposed to stay dreams? When they finally answer the call, they’re pulled into a fantastic world with themes similar to modern role-playing games. The world of Brindolla. This is what every gamer has always wanted...right? 

There's one major problem: War. The big baddie of the universe has come to collect another planet for his relentless march. The Brindollan Gods have the power to hold him back only for a short while, which they can only hope will be long enough to give Chris and his buddies a fighting chance. Either this team gets rid of War’s vanguard of minions and generals, giving the Gods a chance to keep him out for good...or War comes for Earth.

The group is ready to dive into combat, magic, and any other obstacles that come their way. No matter what needs to be done, Chris and his buddies will always do it together.

Warning: This book contains profanity.

©2019 Mountaindale Press (P)2019 Mountaindale Press

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  • jordon
  • 2019-06-27

i passed over way to many times

the cover and sample made me pass over this book way way to long this book was amazing and the story even better B.J. Harrison was fantastic and Chris please hurry up with the next book in this series you have me hooked :) have an amazing day reading

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  • Mitchell D.
  • 2019-07-08

Familiar and fresh

This book is a fun ride. The races are innovative/hybrids. The main character is a Kitsune (as opposed to most other main characters who mostly just choose humans or some form of elf, so that the character looks like themselves or somewhat similar). There are also other races like Fae Orc and I think a dark elf dragonkin monk. The story is semi basic as portal fantasy gamelit goes, but it's all pretty great. Later on they go to the Fae dimension, which I don't think I've seen in any books I've read. This isn't a lone wolf mc. he is with a lot of his buddies. Pretty fresh. Go for it.

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  • steven
  • 2019-07-06

Honest Review

I received a code for an honest review and I have to say an interesting concept turned into a very delightful first book.

The author made so many different fantasies come to a story and in such a fluid way every chapter flew together as a interesting and wonderful listen it kept me going from chapter to chapter until the end. I didnt put this book down until it was over and I was stuck wishing I had the next one already in hand.

I enjoyed the narrator doing what he has I do wish the feminine voices were a bit better but as a deep voiced man I understand this would be difficult.

all in all 10/10 for me.

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  • Brandon C. Vola
  • 2019-06-27

Implausible

I read/listen to a lot of LitRPG and fantasy. I’m a fan of the genre but I had a number of problems with this one. I only made it through about 4 hours and returned it. I found the main character’s reactions to just about everything completely unnatural, unbelievable and unrelatable. When your mentor asks you to kill them because they’re being corrupted by a source you’re aware of, you don’t just respond with “ok”. You go to the source of the corruption and try to save them... or you AT LEAST argue about it first. And then when you do kill them, you don’t take their skin and go make armor out of it!! Also the liberal use of “bro” “broseph” “broski” etc was a general turn off for me. Just the general banter between characters was annoying to me.

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  • Dylon
  • 2019-07-13

Awesome Book

Author had me laughing throughout the book. I had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

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  • Paul Guilford
  • 2019-07-09

engaging and well read.

i will be reading the next book in the series. the story worked well and was put together in a fun and engaging fashion.

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  • Whitney Teamer
  • 2019-07-03

wholesome

A lit rpg story without too much (relative to the genre) edginess. I really liked the Narrator, suits the story and sounded like I was being read to by Matthew Mcconaughey's younger brother. Characters are friends who love each other and are Bros who don't have to prove there machoness.

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  • Dale Yates
  • 2019-06-21

Loved it.

Story and Performance make for a fast listen and bring a bit if grit to Lit

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  • CL
  • 2019-05-30

Axe Druid scores a critical hit!

I very much enjoyed this audiobook. Into the Light is the first entry for the Axe Druid series and it has done a number of things very well. The main character and his gaming buddies have been pulled into another realm that utilizes role playing game mechanics as physical law. Their quest is to save the realm from destruction, no pressure right? Christopher Johns has done a great job developing the main characters. Although we follow a main character who is occasionally solo, I find emotional buy in with the rest of the team through the story. Each character felt unique and it was fun to listen to the group antics as they worked towards their goal. I'll also say here that there is copious cursing throughout the book, but it seemed appropriate to the scenes and characters when and where it was used, though some people may find it a turn off.
I liked the level of 'game' content, it was well balanced for my taste. I've enjoyed series with a lot more stat blocks and character sheet reading, and ones with less. At no point was I considering skipping forward to get through data table narration. Yet there was enough of that content to maintain the game experience. The characters get gear and abilities that sound awesome, are impactful to the story, and leave you wishing you could play a game with that content.
If I were to offer some constructive criticism for the story, it would have to be about the pacing. I feel like there are portions of the book that we could've pumped the brakes and spent a little more time on that content. The end result is that when killer gear or boons are bestowed it hardly seems they've used the previous stuff before getting upgraded. I say that slightly flippantly because the scenes where gear and power are bestowed is good dialogue and character building. I would merely suggest that the scenes between major character upgrades feel like they go quick.
I'd also like to praise the voice actor and narrator B J Harrison, he killed it. He did a great job with accents and voices. His range added to the experience tremendously.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book!

Mountaindale Press gave me this audible title in exchange for an honest review.

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  • mlp02692008-1608
  • 2019-06-28

Great story but...

I loved the story and the performance, but many parts of the book skipped and stuttered so badly I wanted to uninstall the book and try downloading it again. I am uncertain if the playback issues are because of the app, my phone, or if it was caused during the download process, so my rating is only based on what I thought of the actual story and the narrator.

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