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Bushido Online

Friends and Foes
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Series: Bushido Online, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Summary

Now a Level 10 ronin, Seiki is slowly coming to terms with the death of Master Tsujihara and his new life in Shinshioka.

Spending his days in the Wilderness, he’s venting his remaining frustrations while staying away from the city drama and those griefers, like the Rogami Clan, who had made his in-game experience so challenging thus far. He has even taken up a trade skill. 

But when he’s presented with an offer he can’t refuse and accepts a simple mission to deliver a message to Kano Castle, he quickly finds his troubles are only just beginning. Caught in an imbroglio that will only get worse the more he tries to do well, Seiki will set off a series of events that will lead to chaos, death, and the eventual destruction of an entire territory. 

Surrounded by betrayal, hidden agendas, and people looking to take advantage of him, who can Seiki really trust? 

When everything is not what it seems, it can be impossible to differentiate between friends and foes. 

Bushido Online: Friends and Foes is the second book in the Bushido Online series, a work of litRPG fiction.

©2018 LitRPG Freaks (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I want more!!<br />

got hooked to this story, and now I want more, please do another book to this!

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  • farmer john
  • 18-10-18

exemplary

absolutely wonderful book and narrator does an excellent job keeping you engaged and wanting more!! can't wait for the next book!!!

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  • Joseph
  • 04-06-19

unlikable protagonist

It's really a shame how little I liked these two books, and while I could write an essay saying why, I just don't think it's worth my time.

The main issue is one of stakes. There are none. Bushido online is a gamey ass game. Uninspired save for the Japanese setting, but largely uninteresting.

The story tries to tell a tale of a young man in crisis, but nothing is ever at stake. The only thing that matters is his ability to play, and that is never at risk. When viewed through this lens, the entire story is hilariously ludicrous. It's basically like any other mmo guild drama, except it's played serious and i don't understand how anyone can enjoy it or take it seriously.

Oh no, X killed Y... oh wait, they just respawned.

Oh no, Guild X attacked Guild Y... oh wait, it's just a game and no one lost anything.

Then the main character just inexplicably inserts himself into others' business for no reason. Any drama you try to drum up is pointless, he can literally log off, make a new character, walk v away, whatever. He has no personal stake with what happens in book 2 yet he keeps inserting himself in the plot because... reasons?

The mechanics also make for a terrible LitRPG but I won't get into that.

I was glad when it was over. I'm done with this series.

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  • KyuuketsukiKun
  • 17-10-18

Just as great as the first book

I like how they made the mystery solvable but not obvious, and I really like the the growth of Seki as a character. Only complaint is that there isnt a third book yet but that’s just me being impatient.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-18

Light and fun book.

Enjoyed this book from start to finish. I would absolutely recommend it to fans of the lit RPG genre!

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  • Sheldon "Tech"
  • 19-06-18

Great feel for period, but forced plot progression

So the good and bad. The tldr version: loved the game mechanics, some of the complexity of plot and heavy action of the book. Did not like the heavy-handed approach to plot development. Also, the narrator did a great job.

I loved the world. Well developed and kept in theme with its intrigue and shadow plots as well as a fair amount of decent people. But way more shady people (in terms of NPC’s). The combat system was well described as well and progressed with each addition of growth in a fully “game mechanic” sort of way. Meaning, the present encounter is difficult, but mainly because of his level and need to master a new skill, but as he better grasps it, the encounter becomes more manageable. Also, the MC’s friends have a lot more potential but they were kind of glossed over.

And the bad... for me, personally, there were a lot of situations that were “forced”. Everything from making the MC not be able to figure anything out even after getting force feed all previous points just so he can ask a question and the author can fully explain some point or other. Ignorance is normal, every MC is ignorant of something’s, but don’t make them ignorant just because of sloppy plot progression. Also, most of the issues the MC is in is because of sloppy-plot-progression decisions and actions forced into place. Like, the MC could have gotten away, but instead just stands there through an entire dialogue swoop then gets scared when they point him out. Forcing a story where Everyone is after one low-level toon... they are so forced it breaks the immersion. This point is one of the reasons why I’m beginning to despise PVP heavy stories.

The narrator did a great job bring everything together, really put a better spin on a decent story.

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  • Benjamin
  • 04-11-19

this story is garbage.

the mc keeps getting griefed and harrassed ingame which is the plot of the story. meanwhile he's only like level 10 and can reroll his character or create a second account whenever he wants. there isn't even an end game to this story its literally just him getting harrassed the entire book. The first one was ok so I bought this one but I wouldnt recommend this at all.

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  • Mike H
  • 11-10-19

the world deepens

i can't wait for more. the layers are interesting and i enjoy the characters. the real world is looming but i enjoy ingame more ty

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-07-19

Best LIT RPG I have heard

This book has all the standard trappings of a LIT RPG. What it DOES NOT DO is make the entire world revolve around the main character making the world about him. Instead he gets caught up in clan machinations of both the good and bad kind. The overarching theme of a man overcoming his own real world challenges through the lessons and practice time in game add a layer that is enjoyable without being overbearing. This is my second listen, which I almost never do, and it is just as enjoyable the second time.

I just wish the third book was on audible. Instead I bought a kindle edition so I can continue the story!

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  • Celsus
  • 10-07-19

Great series, definitely a good read

I love these two books and looking forward to war, but they build a sense of dread for real-world events that happen and never really do anything with it. But other than that it's perfect.

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  • FOSTERBDAV66
  • 06-07-19

Problem with chapters

The book is good, but the chapters are not lined up properly in the Audible version. For example, at just over six minutes to the end of "chapter 4" according to the screen the audio states that chapter six has begun. There are other instances as well. This needs to be corrected. Showing chapter 5 but actually being in chapter 4 is normal. This is not the same.