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Ritualist

Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: Dakota Krout
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves. 

In his pursuit of power, Joe fights alongside his team, completes quests, and delves into the mysteries of his class, which he quickly discovers can be practiced only in secret. Ultimately, his goal is to complete every mission, master every ability, and learn all of the world's secrets. All he has to do is survive long enough to make that happen.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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Book 2 Please

I want it now. I've listened to a lot of mmorpg or litrpg audiobooks and this one is at the top of my list.

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Genus! Joe is Great and I cannot wait for more.

This is a fantastic LitRPG or GameLit or whatever... 10 out of 10 Do recommend. Vikas is also well worth your time... his range is astonishing.

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very enjoyable lit rpg

the 1st chapter is a bit of a slog but well worth it. the story is engrossing and does a great job of building a world with interesting mechanics. There is a little unfocused feel throughout but it is a very enjoyable story

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Love everything about it

Love the story and the narration of the it all, looking forward to getting the next book A.S.A.P

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Great book in this genre.

I really enjoyed this. The plot, characters, game elements, and unique features of the setting were all interesting and enhanced the story. There were good development moments and some semi unfortunate silly mistakes, but the good far outweighed the sins. Overall an easy recommendation if you are interested in the genre.

The summary for the book was a little lacking, so I didn't get it immediately when looking at the genre. I was pleasantly surprised when I got into the book and almost slammed it in one sitting. Luckily work allows me to enjoy my audiobooks with only limited interruptions. I guess my point here was that if you are hesitant about the description trying to sell the book to you; don't be. As long as the genre interests you, you should find something to enjoy in this book.

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Painfully awesome

This is one of those rare books whose ending I started to mourn even before I reached the halfway point. I was constantly checking the time to see how long I had left until the inevitable post-masterpiece void.

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I'm completely hooked.

it's not often a book leaves me this wanting. I eagerly await what is to come in the future of this series.

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Good Start to a series, but..

I really have enjoyed the world building and such, however the MC's party drives me crazy, a whiny tank and a party leader that would of made me walk long ago (perhaps even ghosted altogether). Stopping mid battle to have a conversation check, zero spatial and or tactical awareness check, shrill annoying voice: check; taking unnecessary risks due to poor planning check, not actually checking that the party is on the same page, and referring a wiki to explain world mechanics that the reader is left ignorant of... perhaps this is just me wanting something vaguely rpg like, perhaps i would of responded better i could listen to the party leaders voice actor and no want to grind my teeth, perhaps it would of been better if the MC was not entirely ignorant of basic game mechanics in general (not just mmorpg, but gaming basics) so he would be able to leave this dumpster fire of a party alone and get on with the point of the story

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  • IAN
  • 2018-05-18

The book was Amazing

the book was great other than having waaaaaayy too many numbers to remember it was a great experience. keep up the great work guys!

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Enjoyed it

I thought the first few chapters were a little weak and the middle dragged on. However, the character is really unique and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him grow. The ending was really good.

The narration was top notch and I am looking forward to listening to the next book.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 2018-05-18

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

I really did not want to like this book. I wanted Dakota Krout to keep putting out his Divine Dungeon series until it was finished. Now, I'm torn. I still want the Divine Dungeon series, but now I also want MORE Ritualist. Krout is an incredible writer, and you get sucked into the story immediately. I appreciate how he gets the character of Joe into the game quickly and doesn't really screw around with all the usual angst or cognitive dissonance most MC's display when they are about to go into a virtual world permanently. Nope, we go straight into the game, and we are better for it.

I really appreciate that Joe gets a secret class, with special skills, and that he works for a hidden god. It's fun watching him try to keep things straight, because once the cat is out of the bag then he loses all kinds of benefits. And he has some sweet skills. The only thing that really throws me off is that the MC, Joe, enters the VR permanently because he is a quadrapalegic, and still opts to get a body that will be winded from walking to fast and can be beheaded from a paper cut. You would expect him to take a healthy vibrant body, but I will say his choice does make sense if you consider that he is in it for the long haul. He has a long distance perspective that few others have. Additionally, Krout is about the only dude I know that can make a healer not only exciting but totally a bad grass mamajamma. Most people go swordsman, rogue, or wizard. Dakota manages to make the cleric interesting. Plus the ritual stuff and the occultist proffesion suck you in.

Vikas Adams had me waaaaay back with the Divine Dungeon number one, Dungeon Born. I loved his characterizations and the humor he injects with his voice. There are few narrators who are as skilled as he is, and he really moves the story along at his pace. The man is a pleasure to listen to, and his female voices are just as good as his male ones.

I gove Krout points for including a nod to my beloved Dungeon, Cal, in this book and can see the similarities in attitudes. Both are fair, easily annoyed, and ready to dole out proper punishments and rewards. Can we see a nod to everyone's favorite wisp in the next book, Dakota?

I loved the cover, the wolfman looks awesome, and we get to see Joe right in the middle of a ritual. It looks slick, and you know that this book is going to feature some hardcore monsters and some deadly magic. Lava Worms, anyone? Joe is a fun character, and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Now, we just need to get the Divine Dungeon series caught up and I'll be satisfied. YOU will be satisfied if you get this book. This is, without question, one of the best LitRPG/GameLit books I've ever read! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-29

Why Elon Musk?

The story is really great but, the vague references to Elon Musk soon turn into him being an actual backing character. Everytime he's mentioned it just pulls be out of the story and back to reality making the book less enjoyable than it would be.
It was kind of funny the first time but quickly got annoying.

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  • Clayton Guerry
  • 2018-05-26

Masterpiece

Dakota Krout, as always, delivers a phenomenal story. I thought it would be hard for him to top his Dungeon Born series, yet he managed to pull of an amazing new story. I'm fully hooked, eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

The Ritualist is one of the most interesting takes on LitRPG I've had the pleasure of hearing. He doesn't turn his main character into a "Mary Sue", making him fight for every bit of progress.

Do NOT skip this, it's definitely worth the listen. Vikas Adam delivers a strong performance, combining with Krouts great story for a delightful listen.

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  • Rickey
  • 2019-07-02

Damn you Dakota!

I want to say that I hated this book oh, I want to say this series needs to end, but I cannot.

I am a huge fan of the Dungeon Norn series therefore I was reluctant to even start this series because it felt like promoting it would take away from any further entries for Dungeon Born, but screw it because this book was good!

Maybe the main character was a little bit too much of the quintessential hero we find the most modern day media, but to be honest it's written in such a way that it does not feel so campy / taboo. I genuinely enjoy the world that is being built, and can't wait to see what happens in it.

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  • Randy
  • 2019-06-27

This is Isekai gold. Ignore the misleading sample

NO SPOILERS
I wish Audible chose a better section for the sample because it's like someone only letting you taste the plate part of a steak dinner.
If you love isekai, which refers to a genre of anime where the character is "from another world", just stop now and buy this book it has everything you love from the interesting character/class and setting, to the lovable supporting cast.
I love the game world Dakota sets up, filled with lore and characters who really seem to be alive in every sense of the word. And though I I think Vikas gives all the characters a distinct voice and personality, I especially LOVE the way he reads the text pop-ups and all of the accompanying flavor text.
To reiterate I loved this book, so much so that I bought the sequel when there were still four chapters left.

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  • N. Davenport
  • 2019-08-05

Hold your breath

I almost gave up on this book in the first 10 minutes due to some truly horrific attempts at cleverness. If those attempts had paid off later in the book, I might even forgive them, but it really was just the author's own little inside joke. It would be like having a well-endowed blond hairdresser character who everyone calls Dolly and who is at one point encouraged to "part on". That's about the level of cleverness we're talking about here. But it only lasts a while, so if you can get past the first couple chapters (which also include some truly distasteful representations of soldiers and veterans), you may actually enjoy the rest. It's the classic "RPG in real life" genre that seems to have emerged recently, and it's a solid addition to that area.

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  • Andrew
  • 2018-05-25

Really enjoyable read

One Part Dungeonborn
One Part Sword Art Online
One Part Elon Musk fan fiction.

sold!

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  • Aiqun Li
  • 2019-06-18

One of my favs

Captivating story. I honestly don't know what else to say about it. You won't regret picking this up.

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  • Scoutxx
  • 2018-11-19

It took a sec but you have my attention for book 2

Slow start, roll playing format, by the end I was ready for book two so I’m rolling with it 😉

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-01-05

It is meh.

The overall story is ok, but very basic with the author hitting you in the face with every cliche in the book, and not in a fun way. I have read worse books for all that says about this one.

The narrator was ok but sounds like he is just starting out. There seemed to be emphasis in weird spots. He also seemed to try to be acting for some of the reading which is appreciated, but was poorly done and flat.

All in all, ok if your under 16 and new to the genre.

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