What can a game clan accomplish without a castle? The answer is obvious: nothing. Therefore, the main objective of any leader in a game world is to acquire a base of operations. Finding himself in exactly this position, High Shaman Mahan, leader of the Legends of Barliona, accepts an offer from the Emperor and the Dark Lord to vanquish the army of Phantoms that has inhabited Altameda, the phantom castle. However, this seemingly ordinary quest sets in motion such a momentous chain of events that the Shaman can do nothing but resort to his intuition and act on instinct. After all, a player who is being hunted by the three top clans of the continent at once can do little else....
©2016 V. Mahanenko; English translation copyright 2016 by Boris Smirnov (P)2017 Tantor
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"Fantastic, cannot wait for the fifth book."
Great addition to the series. Nothings never as it seems in these books which makes them hard to put down. Perfomance was great as usual, really adds personality to the characters.
"19 hours of filler"
Book is okay...but it's mostly 19 hours of filler, for presumably the 5th book. The previous books where much better, with a more satisfying story arc and ending. I keep waiting for an explanation on why the main character gets so many freebies/perks, but the hints we got in the first and bit in the second book were completely gone in this one. Also, the inconsistency of the main character is getting frustrating to listen to. In one book, he's a brilliant strategist that fights back the hordes in an epic battle. In this book, he has a difficult time understanding dungeon raiding tactics.
"Swing and a miss..."
I like the series so far, but this book was about 16 hours of filler and then it ends on a cliffhanger, but none of it was really all that interesting and the main character is a moron throughout the story.
"so happy for a part four"
pretty much like the title says can't wait for part five 😊😎😇🤓 one of the best litrpg series with audiobooks
"All the plot for the book was in the last 30 pages"
This book didn't have plot so much as a large number of unrelated vignettes.
The first 3 books were solidly mediocre. Not great but something to listen to while you waited for better things to come out, but at least it told a coherent story. This book just meandered all over the place and then only advanced the plot in the last chapter. The plot advancement was based around the incompetence of the characters. I am not a fan of manufacturing issues by having characters make stupid decisions that run contrary to their character development.
Yen does good work. This is no different.
I would have cut the entire book and divided it up between the 3rd book and the 5th book. There was really nothing in here that needed to be here.
"Mahan and his Ego"
This entire book seemed more filler than anything else, along with Mahan's (lvl 103 ish ) huge ego. He has turned into a moron throughout the story. Very disappointed.
"Good book in a great series."
This book, while weakest in series so far, was good. What I particularly liked was how they showed the grind aspect of running guild and how tedious those elements can be. For those of us who played MMO's, like Everquest for example, can completely understand. Yen does marvelous job of narrating again and story had some great moments and twists. I really enjoyed the ending. Their were some transition lapses how some events went from A to B which kind of made things confusing. I don't want too many spoilers but their were 2 events were things were skipped and wonder how it got to that point. Still overall, it definitely worth listening to and reading.
An exciting ride even if it spent a bit too much time on in game mysticism.
"Why must I wait"
Such an amazing series. I cannot wait for book 5. Book 4 exceeded my expectation.
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