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Sky Realms Online: Grayhold: A LitRPG Adventure

Sky Realms Online, Book 1
Written by: Troy Osgood
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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Trapped in the game. Forced back to level 1. What's next, permadeath?

Sky Realms Online is the largest and most popular Virtual Reality MMORPG ever made. Set amongst the mystical, floating islands of Hankarth, it's played and enjoyed by millions every hour. 

Until something goes wrong. 

Unable to log out, players find themselves reduced to level one, and in the starting zones. They receive a cryptic message from the developers stating that for unknown reasons, they are trapped in the game and may have to live out their lives within the virtual world. 

Hall is one of the those trapped in the game. He’s been playing Sky Realms Online as a spear-wielding Skirmisher ever since the beta. And instead of panicking as many do, he decides to make the most of it; to play the game and live his new life, all while quietly hoping the developers will find a fix. 

It doesn’t take Hall long to find out that, while some aspects of the game are the same, the difficulty level is beyond anything he's ever experienced. 

Together, with a new party of trapped players and NPCs with canned answers, Hall will find out just how different Sky Realms Online has become, and how playing a game is different from living the game....

Experience the start of this unforgettable LitRPG Adventure today! It's perfect for fans of J.A. Hunter, Dakota Krout, and Edward Brody.

Performed by Pavi Proczko, narrator of Eden's Gate and Continue Online.

©2019 Aethon Books (P)2019 Aethon Audio

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narrator makes this even more boring

I will forever avoid this narrator...this guy just puts you to sleep. story itself is sub par I regret buying it. story is dull and boring what little action there is is unrewarding and anti climatic. the mc talks about how he never liked min maxing and the game has changed so much yet still uses the same old boring skills nty not for me.
all in all I think I'm done with the litrpg genre for now...the past 5 books have been incredibly disappointing and I fear I have read all the decent ones the others are all either too short to be worth a token or written& narrated by god awful narrators back to regular fantasy for this guy!

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  • Mike
  • 2019-08-17

Sky Realms Review

Great otherworld book with a lot of details for the game they're stuck inside of. The narrator did a good job seperating characters with his voice.

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  • Jeff M.
  • 2019-09-26

Really enjoyed this book

I haven't really listened to LitRPG before, though I enjoy RPG games and thus wanted to try the genre out finally. I might have just gotten lucky, getting such a good one on my first outing, not sure. But I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book. It was very immersive and I had a hard time turning it off. The characters were interesting, and the narrator was top-notch. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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  • Colton
  • 2019-09-16

Solid Litrpg

I have read a ton of Litrpg as a lot of people have. If you like the leveling and statistics this book will not disappoint. Slow leveling that the mc and group have to work for.

A few attractive elements includes thought out characters with reactions to them stuck in the game. Also the story wasn’t everywhere. Sure some events will unfold in future books but, completing the quests that drove the story kept me reading and satisfied.

The ending wrapped it up nicely and the epilogue will definitely bring me back for book 2.

Of course I got it on audible. The narrator did very well bringing the characters alive. Well worth a credit to chance on for a month or buying that tempting 3 credit deal. Win in my opinion.

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  • Holly
  • 2019-08-31

Perhaps the most compelling lead of a LitRPG novel

Hall is a hugely compelling main character, and is supported by very believable and well-drawn characters, including a wonderful NPC, all coping as best they can in challenging and very new circumstances...even the NPC who doesn't have their problems is venturing into the unknown and quite worried about it.

Honestly, I adjusted my life to keep reading this, got a lot of decluttering done while I listened to the excellent narration of Pavi Proczko. I loved this book and look forward to the sequels. Excellent writing, Troy Osgood! Each character was given their own unique and belieavable life through Troy Osgood and Pavi Proczko.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-31

Fun new LitRPG series.

Sky Realms Online: Grayhold, the first book in the Sky Realms Online series, is a fun new LitRPG novel. As someone who loves novels and loves gaming (have been gaming since the 70s...dang I'm old, lol) with RPG being my favorite genre, I've been a diehard fan of the LitRPG genre for quite a while now. And I am always thrilled to find a new series. Sky Realms does a good job of hitting most of the appropriate tropes readers have come to love and expect from the genre. It features a diverse set of well fleshed out characters, and especially the support animals! How often do you see a cow fighting as part of a party? As a gamer I felt the RPG/game elements were well implemented. If there is a weak aspect to this one, it's the story. Now don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the story and thought the action was well done, but with most books you have an idea somewhat early on what the goal of the hero/heroes is. And that wasn't the case with this book. We learn early on that something has happened and a number of characters are trapped within the game, it's their new reality, but from there it wasn't as if there was a known goal for the rest of the story. There was no well defined focus such as: kill the dragon, save the princess, as anything like that. Yes there does end up being a kind of end quest or at least a boss battle, but it wasn't really one you saw coming, no real build up where you knew it was coming. And in a way, I think that is one of the things made this game feel more like a real MMORPG than any other book I've read or listened to before. Having played a number of them, the early portions of many MMORPG is random quests with little direction or any major story until much later when more structured questlines come into play. So while I did enjoy the story, I'm just more used to their being a more focused story. That being said, I enjoyed this book enough that I listened to the entire thing in just over a day, and must say the ending does a great job of foreshadowing things to come. If you're a fan of the LitRPG genre, this definitely a series you might want to try. The book is narrated by Pavi Proczko, who is a narrator I wasn't familiar with, but I have to say he did a great job and I'll definitely check out more of his work in the future.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Unknown
  • 2019-10-30

please release more

Thank you for giving us a great novel to listen to keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to seeing more novels written by you.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 2019-10-09

Great RPG Online Fantasy

I got this book for my son because he has gotten into D&D and other RPG. He's already listened to it twice. The story is a about a 30 yr old guy who was one of the original beta testers for an online fantasy roleplaying game. There is an update that somehow pulls the consciousness of the players into the game, resets them to level one and traps them. So the players have to work to level up to keep themselves safer while the game developers are working to get them out. It's a pretty fast-paced story with lots of action and lots of questions to figure out as they play and try to stay alive. On a morality note, I would say probably PG13, there is some language but no f-bombs, and there is the normal action violence but nothing too descriptive. The narrator did a great job with the acting, voices and made it even more entertaining to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-29

Sky Realms Online

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I looked at my phone with 1.5 hours to go and was sad that it was almost over! I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't perfect, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of bouncing POVs but once I relaxed a little bit it was really a pleasure to listen to. I can't wait to listen to book 2!

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  • Joe
  • 2019-08-19

True LITRPG

This was a good book with true LITRPG elements. It includes player stats, weapon stats, etc. Some books have a hard time reading them out, but this book did a good job with them. I enjoyed the story, but would have liked to find out what is actually going on with their bodies. Maybe the next book will go more into their circumstances. Narration was great, each character had their own voice and was easy to understand. I received this book for free for my honest review.

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  • Logan
  • 2019-09-04

Ready for book 2

My first book in the fantasy Lit RPG genre. The story is well told and I really enjoyed it. The details are incredible and the story moves at a very good pace. I do wish the book touched on more about the origins of how this happen so we could see an end game. Otherwise bring on book 2!!!

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