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Mask of the Template: A Monster Girl Harem Fantasy

Celestine Chronicles Series, Book 1
Written by: Cebelius
Narrated by: Tess Irondale
Series: Celestine Chronicles Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Not all heroes go to heaven.

Terrence Mack was born poor, grew up tough, and died hard. Waking up in a sea cave with nothing but the clothes on his back and a new bullet scar was enough to convince him that wherever his death had brought him, it wasn't paradise.

His new world quickly proves to be a place of danger, magic, monsters, and - for Terry at least - women.

Known on Celestine as a template, Terry's genes are key to the survival of the eldritch races. But the fiercely competitive eldritch don't typically leave their lovers alive long, and aren't accustomed to taking 'no' for an answer.

The average life expectancy of a template on Celestine? Three days.

A city boy with no survival skills to speak of, Terry sets out in a desperate bid to gather allies. With the help of a lonely dryad, a mixed-up minotress, and a misguided party of dungeon delvers, he must be brave, cunning, and good with the ladies to have any hope of living through the month.

All the while an ancient evil bent on the destruction of Celestine exists in the north, and templates are the key to its southern expansion....

Warning: This book does not pan to waving curtains and fade to black. Those uninterested or under the age of 18 are strongly warned of explicit content.

©2018 Cebelius (P)2018 Cebelius

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Greatly surprised

This was my first introduction to the MG harem genre and it was great! Cebelius' usage of the "transported to another world" motif worked well and he did a great job building the characters and the world. Also, Tess Irondale was an absolute delight to listen to (up there with greats like Kate Reading, in my humble opinion). This combination left me wanting to hear more or just start it over... again and again!

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  • thomas
  • 2019-02-19

Unexpectedly superb

I honestly have zero expectations for what I consider books near the end of the mainstream "litrpg" genre, perhaps this book doesn't fit in that category, but nonetheless that's how I came upon this book. It was spectacular, and it is rare that I binge on books here, and even rarer to deem a book review worthy. This was so well done that it deserves at least a paragraph or two.

First off the story is excellent, believe it. Simple MC,while NOT a total and utter helpless fool. Decisive and not OP imo. Didn't even realize this was a "harem" genre novel when I purchased it, just chose a book with good reviews on my recommended list... Honestly I think the story is great, and Tess Irondale is one of my new favorite narrators. This deserves a 5/5 and you will not regret giving this a listen.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 2018-11-15

fun - you will have a hard time putting it down

Whisked away to another world where women will get super powers if they sleep with you. What could go wrong? Hijinks ensue in an entertaining manner.

Is this the best book ever written?

No, but it is fun and if you have bothered to read this review you will enjoy it. Worth a credit or the purchase price. (also it is well narrated)

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  • Joao Sousa Pereira
  • 2018-10-26

Great story with a great narrator

Terry is a deeply scared man who will sacrifice anything to help his family and loved ones. Unlike most harem stories each character possess fears and goals and feel real. Tess Irondale was just icing on top of a very suculent cake.
Hoping we get the other books

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  • Joshua C.
  • 2018-12-06

Loved it!

a friend suggested this book to me and it wasn't a genre I was familiar with but gave it a shot. I absolutely loved it best book I've listened to. action packed from start to finish

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-11-18

Sit down! And have some food Ready!

This Book Is Going To Take You On One Hell Of Ride! From beginning to End! I mean, the first five minutes had me sitting up in my seat, putting the tv on mute and staring up at the ceiling as the MC, his situation, his feelings and his experience had me literally visualising exactly what was going on! This book! This Story! This imaginative movie! Had my head spinning! Its like... ...street fighter meets wonder land meets dungeon diving meets harem with a real world feel, if you had just woken up in a strange place with GREAT SELF PRESERVATION SKILLS! lol with no outdoor skills lol. I can not wait to buy the next book! SH*T just got real in the end and I have a feeling, a scary feeling, that although the struggle is real already, its about to get really real!

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  • Dakota Murphy George
  • 2018-10-27

So happy to see this on Audible!!

I can't describe how elated I was to see this available as an Audible.

In a review sense for the author, the story is well paced and highly enjoyable. The characters had also been well written and had a life all of their own. I will be looking forward to adding the next instead to my ever growing library.

Now for the Narrator, I so hope you continue narrating this series. Great job and I look forward to hearing other series you've narrated.

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  • Summer
  • 2019-04-16

Surprised by a Plot and Good Sex Scenes

I was happy to get a plot but even more surprised by the thoughtful world building. The female characters aren’t all simpering idiots nor are they looking for a rescue. The big quest was introduced early on and the sexy parts lead us forward on the quest instead of being distractions. The end isn’t a huge cliffhanger gimmick but it does invite you to read the next book for more. I will finish this series.

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  • 2019-03-04

now that's the way adult fantasy should be done

I downloaded this story on a lark, and man i was pleasantly surprised. well done.

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  • David
  • 2019-01-28

Very good enjoyed it.

Unlike a lot of harem fantasys out there this one does not sacrifice plot for hot. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of very hot scenes in here but all of it is with non humans so if that is a turn off then this will not be for you. The plot is interesting enough, action scenes are fun and entertaining, humor is funny, and romance scenes are hot. All in all it hits all the points it strived to. The only reason why I didn't give it five stars is because I reserve those for the best books I've ever read. This one does not make that mark but is still a great book.

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  • visionaryprism2
  • 2018-12-18

Best Fantasy Harem Title

This book is by far the best fantasy adventure harem book I’ve ever experienced. The story is sexually engaging but even though I’m not big on n romance, the romantic dialogue is very touching and grows on you. The creatures he meets are very well developed and the narrator did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life. I also must add that she’s probably the best female narrator I’ve heard who can juggle voices of both sexes.

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