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The first entry in an epic multi-system LitRPG / GameLit series set in a vast cyberpunk world. Follow the brute Black Knight on a dark adventure into a violent digital hellscape where he must fight to escape and get back home!

When death came knocking, the Black Knight wasn't ready...

It didn't matter how strong or fierce he was, Crinnan Jamiso couldn't escape the inevitability of his demise. It descended upon him quickly and unexpectedly, and before he knew it he found himself ascending into the sky, finally free of the chains of life. Little did he know, the afterlife had chains of its own.

Heaven cast him out. The fires of the Hells, however, do not discriminate. When Crinnan finds himself ripped free of his flesh and burning in the unending inferno of the Hells, he quickly realizes that the subjugation he fought in life was nothing compared to the torment that the demons below had in store for him.

Empowered by an unknown virus and guided by faceless voices, Crinnan embarks on a quest to return to his life back in the real world. He quickly discovers that the demons that seek to stop him are the citizens of the very Empire he fought against back home. To survive, Crinnan must play their game. He must use the skills he learned while alive, learn to embrace the help of others, and overcome his greatest fears if he has any hope of returning home.

Does Crinnan have what it takes to endure the greatest and most difficult challenge of his life? Can he learn to trust those that guide him and turn the cyber-hell on its back? Or will he succumb and ultimately fall to the madness that oh so eagerly calls his name...

©2021 Christian J. Gilliland (P)2021 Christian J. Gilliland

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  • 11-04-21

Loved it

Loved this book. Started off a little weird, but soon picked up the pace and got into some wonderful story telling. I say that it was weird in that the book had a very interesting take on the whole trapped in a game narrative. I don't do spoilers but it is the most surprising plot i have read (listened to) in a good long while. Really well done and thought out. Narrators sounded good and flowed well together. Does not read like any other book in the genre i can think of. Although it takes a bit to get into the story, once you do, you are hooked. Look forward to the next.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-04-21

To Pete repeat for me.

I struggled with this book, to me there was a lot of redundancy with the characters repeating and saying the same thing over and over.

I did like the Narration of the audio book.

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  • Rellim
  • 19-04-21

What a fun listen!

First, if you’re one of those folks who is (understandably) leery of books narrated by the author – don’t be here! Christian J. Gilliland’s writing is wonderful, but the narration is fantastic. More on that later…

I’m still kind of new to LitRPG/GamerLit – but as an avid reader/listener & gamer mom, I’m finding it a fun genre to experience. While this is the first book launching a series and the ending definitely leaves open many more adventures to come – it doesn’t feel like a cliffhanger. It’s very much like a video game in that there are multiple quests all tied together to accomplish a larger goal combined with the epic fantasy elements of something like Lord of the Rings. Gilliland has created a dynamic world and a vast cast of characters. He also has a terrific sense of humor. Crinnan’s interactions with Dali were particularly hysterical. And the usernames. Spit. my. coffee.

CW: It’s listed as “dark” though nothing really caught me by surprise. I guess because it really is like so many of the games I enjoy with our kids – there’s battles, death, & some gore. Cursing pretty consistent with any discord server. There is mention of off page sexual assault, but I felt it made up a fairly small part of the story.

I’m looking forward to more of this series when it’s released.

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This is a duet narration with Gilliland and Dansare Marks. Both were new to me – but I was blown away by this production. Not only in how many different voices & personalities both narrators performed, but also in the subtle use of sound effects. Nothing that overpowered the story, but it definitely lent it some added depth. It was a truly enjoyable experience. I would also love to check out more work by both of them.

While I own the ebook, I did receive a free copy of the audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • nohulohe
  • 13-04-21

another manchild "warrior" story

MC is a hormone drven pathetic, tempertantrum prone manchild "warrior" with nothing but baseless provado.