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Publisher's Summary

A new Founder marked with otherworldly power. An epic quest to build a sanctum settlement. A fabled class that wields monstrous magic.

The Founders were the first marked, and they used those powers to build kingdoms, subjugate the land, and enrich themselves. They will not suffer another to join their ranks.

Lost in a world with levels, stats, and monsters, Hal fights to survive in an unforgiving land, and to escape execution from its rulers. Ingenuity and courage won’t be enough. With marked powers he doesn’t understand, he’s easy prey for all the goblins, bandits, aberrations, and foul monsters that plague the realm. He’ll need to abandon his humanity by embracing the beast within. To fight monsters, one has to risk becoming a monster...if he can survive long enough to level up.

Freedom and safety cannot be achieved alone. Only by forging bonds with fellow adventurers and monsters alike do Hal and his would-be kingdom have any chance of surviving the hazardous realm. 

Beastborne in an isekai litRPG adventure series full of dungeon crawling, spell-slinging action, and deep magic systems.

©2020 James T. Callum (P)2021 Podium Audio

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dissapointed

a hodgepodge of fantastical events jammed into a very long book that somehow dont fit together...this book could have been a hit but the author just shoved so many events, powers and different side characters in a small timeframe.

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excellent first book

really enjoyed this book and would easily recommend it to anyone. Great book in general not just as a LitRPG

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Junk food

I was expecting more from story but I was disappointed. Story wasn't bad but wasn't great either, story was okay for wasting time that’s about it. It's not story you would read or listen to again. It's the junk food of written stories. Narrator did a okay job but my bar for narrator been set up quite high thanks to few amazing narrators. So far this narrator does his job well but I won't go to out of my to get a book he's in unlike a few other narrators overall is it's good enough but was a let down for me

I only Could only recommend you try this book if you really like this genre or need a time waster or you got a free credit.

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Long winded.

it starts to bog down mid book with allot of powers and some other notes I won't spoil. you'll need more patience then I have. this books plot gets more complicated then I like. it's not bad it's just allot of backstory and some other things come to light about the mc that make him more complicated but less interesting in my opinion.

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  • Anthony
  • 2021-03-17

One of the better litrpgs Iv heard this year.

Not your cheap romp and stomp litrpg. MC is not an idiot running around making dumb mistakes because the author is to lazy to write him competent. Side characters have the amount of depth you would expect in a first book but you can tell they will be expanded on in the next one. A very nice balance of action and story progression.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-19

good story

i liked the story ..a thought tho ...id venture to bet ..anyone that likes this type of story ..understands the mechanics of leveling up
id spend less time on detailing understood stats and static ones ...as one author to another...

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  • Rick Masters
  • 2021-04-27

Poorly paced, disjointed, and shallow

The main character is told very early on that is special and the savior of all. That sets the tone for the rest of the book, and that's how the other characters and universe treat him. The entire book is a running "Dumb-Luck" trope from the very start, so the MC doesn't ever actually accomplish anything, he just stumbles into whatever benefits he gets. As an example, he gets a special "forgotten" class quest for not mindlessly murdering the creature he was stuck in a cage with. The MC is such a caricature of a particular kind of person that I'm almost convinced it's supposed to be satirical.

Supporting characters are shallow and empty. The first two main supporting characters are written as shallow, stereotypical, and emotionally weak. Almost everything in the book is a reference to some other game or book. Supporting characters are either named directly as races from another game, or are heavily implied. A significant chunk of the book is dedicated to a race that are clearly the goblins from Final Fantasy XIV, they even talk the same. It could be cool referencing those, but the books over-reliance on already existing things becomes distracting and boring very quickly.

Part of it might be the narration, but the book seems poorly written and paced. The book bogs you down in extreme details in what should be a fast-paced event, while character defining moments are just glossed over with a single sentence. Other characters in the world interact with the MC in ways that they just wouldn't given the circumstances. The whole book is disjointed and inconsistent, too black and white, and ultimately too shallow.

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  • Dezmon Smith
  • 2021-03-30

dont bother

this is not a good buy the mc is such a bad character it hurts my brain. it is a basic lost in a new world and got lucky but I am an moron story.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2021-04-01

I hate the MC

If you like your MC of a story being a bit slow and pathetic then on top of that a world with a profanity filter then this might be for you.
If you refer more intelligent MC with a strong will this isn't for him.

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  • Occasionallyclassy
  • 2021-03-18

Good but poor pacing

Beastbourne is well written and adequately narrated. The books isn’t boring but it’s too long. There’s plenty of action but not enough plot development. But if you’re in it for the character development, you’ll enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-22

Not worth it.

Having a main character that is pathetic can only work for so long before it gets annoying.

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  • CDM860
  • 2021-03-22

Not bad ...cud be better, but still enjoyable

MC is not a complete idiot, magic system is pretty vanilla, world building is good ...lots of potential, author does drag on at times tho ...needs an editor who's not afraid to cut out unnecessary scenes.
Even still ...I'll probably keep goin with the series.

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  • Adrian Clark Tangen
  • 2021-05-18

Doomguy has more personality

The World building is good and interesting but the characters are bland at best and mary sues at worst. Not sure if I am too harsh on the narrator, but when a mimic monster pet is more interesting then the main character, you've got problems that no actor can fix.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-09

Had potential, ruined by poor MC

*minor spoilers*





Enjoyable to begin with, then quickly fell flat because of the characters. Got 9 hours in and couldn't continue, MC had potential to be fairly decent and likable. Quickly got annoying, because he gets upset when he doesn't get his way, or isn't agreed with automatically, and none of the other characters seem to care, they just go with it.

The supporting characters latch onto him far too quickly with too little effort on MC's part, and don't seem to have much personality. The "resistance" is poorly planned out, despite years of work all they've done is save money and spend it on supplies to build a city for the maybe, eventually possible right person to fall out of the sky and they can build him a city all his own.

Overall the story was interesting to catch my interest, just to have it deminished by the MC,. If you can get past that, more power to you. I imagine the story rounds out better later on, I just won't be there to see it.

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