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Advent

Red Mage, Book 1
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)
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Summary

Drew Michalik was working in a top-secret facility in Washington, DC, when the Advent began. As all electronics in the world simply ceased to work, blue screens filled with information appeared before him.  

Drew was given access to a mana interface and a limited number of reality-altering crystals called Xatherite. Following the instructions on his vision-impairing screens, he "slotted" his Xatherite and changed his fate: He gained the ability to cast spells. Now alone in the dark, he must battle through the government bunker turned dungeon in a desperate bid for survival.   

Escape is only the beginning, the first of his many problems in the changed world. Drew will be tasked to not only survive...but to guide the rest of humanity safely through the anarchy.

©2018 Mountaindale Press (P)2018 Mountaindale Press

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Kept me engaged.

Easy to listen to and kept me engaged from start to finish, characters weren't too deep but neither were they one dimensional. Good amount of action that didn't drag on like some books can end up doing and the leveling/magic system is simple enough to follow without being droll, all in all a fun enjoyable book.
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Another unique premise well-executed

I like it when I'm surprised by a book, and this one did. I didn't red or don't recall reading the premise. Instead of being being in a simulator/VR game, we're brought to a multiverse where earth is thrown into chaos. Monsters abound and regular people get magical abilities. The magic system is quite unusual and a bit complex, but it works well. I'm invested in the story and characters and look forward to the next book.

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  • Randy
  • 10-01-19

Kona Blend

Like a marvelous blend of Kona coffee, Zander has blended SciFi with Litrpg. Drew is an excellent hero and unlike many Litrpg protagonists, he is intellegent and learns quickly and responds to situations. Drew also avoids most of the disbelief and denial throes most heros seem to go through. Zander has created a believable post apocolypse world. He skillfully intertwines the Greek Pantheon into the story, but does not let them overwhelm the tale. A must read for the LitRPG genre.

Also, Luke Daniels as always delivers an excellent narrative. He is one of if not my favoritive story teller. He brings the characters to life and makes the scenes believable, interesting and makes me want to keep listening. I hope Zander and Luke Daniels continue collaborating together.

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  • Casey
  • 08-01-19

Good Read

Reminds me of Daniel Black series without the harem aspect, straight forward action and world building in this book hoping for more in the next book

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  • CL
  • 13-01-19

Excellent start to a series I'll follow!

Advent starts abruptly for the main character, Drew Michalik, as he awakens after a reality-altering event. The human populations seems largely reduced and the power grid is dead. Thankfully, the vending machine contents are still edible! Drew takes it upon himself to find and save other survivors from giant spiders, trolls, and other dangerous monsters.

Characters gain access to magical powers using crystalline objects, xatherite, which can be absorbed into their own personal skill tree. This gaming mechanic reminded me of Final Fantasy games where characters equipped materia to gain new spells and abilities. We find out early in the story that everyone has different types of xatherite they can use and in various quantities. Other characters seem to have mostly utilitarian spells, to begin with, while Drew has access to powerful offensive magic. This difference is part of an important plotline which develops as Drew learns more about his reality. A character's physical capabilities, however, seem to still be rooted in reality. Unless they have a spell to alter them.

The time spent on character stats seems shorter than other titles I have listened to. Some other series have exceptionally verbose leveling descriptions. Xander does a great job showing us growth in the character and his spells while not becoming repetitive. I am eager to see where this story goes in future books and look forward to following it.

I was given a credit to purchase and review this title. Thank you Mountaindale Press!

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  • Justin
  • 06-01-19

It's grrrreeat

The best part of this book is that there are zero herams. Excellent story and wellness rated as always. It has an unique and interesting magic system.

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  • Michael
  • 10-01-19

Excellent start

This book is one of the best LITRPGs I've read in the last few months, and I can't wait until the next book.
As a big fan of LITRPG, I struggle sometime with the quality of the story and the writing, this was not a problem for Advent. The Writing was solid and paced pretty well, characters felt well thought out. The game elements are interesting and I'm excited to see what happens next.

Of course Luke Daniels did a fabulous job as always.

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  • Sean
  • 08-01-19

Definately a way to enjoy a book

Luke Daniels did a good job. I only had a slight problem understanding him when he did the voice of the orc. Looking forward to book 2

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-01-19

a nice surprise

a nice find, fun and well written. like dose a great job as always. well worth a credit

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  • Kyle Scarbrough
  • 24-01-19

Great start to a new series

Great book and great performance. Seems to be setting up for a 3+ book series(hopefully!) Can't wait for the next one!

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  • jkeaves
  • 24-01-19

One of the best LITRPGs

One of the best of LITRPG! The main character, Drew, is our everyman thrust into unknown, but certain, danger. The general thread of the plot echoes back to old tropes, such as the Sword in the Stone, in which the hero suddenly finds him or herself thrust in a new and magical world. In this case, Drew, wakes to find himself in a world in which a highly technologically and magically superior people split Earth into a new dimension to use it as a combat training area. Though the plot trope might be familiar, the magic, the people, and world building are unique and well-developed. I mean who would have thought a Coastie would be a hero? (Sorry, ex-Army showing some love to my US Coast Guard family.) Also, keep an eye out for easter-eggs/references to contemporary sci-fi and fantasy shows and authors, such as Firefly, Stargate, Robert Jordan, Dakota Krout, Brandon Sanderson, and more!

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  • S.Sliger
  • 23-01-19

beautiful

loved it. nice litrpg elements mixed with military, survival, and a touch of space. really excited for the next book

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