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Gods of Blood and Bone: A GameLit Novel

Seeds of Chaos, Volume 1
Narrated by: Natalie Duke
Series: Seeds of Chaos, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

Leveling up would be amazing... 

... if it weren't so deadly. 

They injected me with a VR chip, a GPS tracker, and my first Seed. They gave me unbelievable powers.

Then they sent me to fight.

The monsters here are alien and vicious. There is a second moon in the sky. I watched a tree start moving and kill someone. And the other Players...? 

They're even worse. 

I’m alone. I’m weak. And I’m scared. But I will cling to life by the tips of my bloody fingernails. 

Who is behind this twisted game? Where are they sending us? Is there anyone I can trust? 

If I want to survive, I have to get stronger. But can I do it before the Game kills me?

Gods of Blood and Bone is the first book in a dark and deliciously violent adventure series that combines science fiction, fantasy, and game elements. You'll love Gods of Blood and Bone because of the electrifying action, flawed characters, and kick-ass heroine.  

Buy Gods of Blood and Bone and start the series that will keep you up all night listening.

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We grow strong or we die.

On her way to school, teenager Eve Redding responds to an appeal for help from a youth in an alley and is instantly overpowered by a man and a woman, who inject her in the back of her neck and leave her, unconscious, to make her own way home. The school contacts her mother about her non presence that day and Eve is examined by a doctor and put to bed. Three days later, when she fully regains consciousness, Eve discovers that she has been recruited as a player in a game, but must tell no one about it, and she must fulfil certain tasks set by her handler, a male voice in her head calling himself Bunny. Success with these brings attractive prizes. But there is also a downside: periodically group texts are initiated, nasty and brutal. And to fail in them is to die.Sent

Sent in a non specified future time and location, the book has hints of the Hunger Games in the brutality of some of the tasks. And it is not really LitRPG, given that the events are occurring in real life with the appropriate consequences resulting from failure (and success). But there are all of the gaming elements with different attributes and levelling up, etc. As the book develops, the character of the main protagonist, who is also telling the story from her own point of view in first person present, also changes in response to the situations encountered. It is unfortunate that she is an unlikable character from the beginning and most others are giving very little character dspth. The world building for the sets of the trials is good, but that of the home town background is somewhat sparse, leaving big gaps in credibility such as how can numerous children become part of the game without their absence or distress becoming increasingly obvious?

A fascinating beginning which, although remaining exciting, turned into a more conventional fighting and survival gore fest as the novel proceeds, with too much self pitying justification. Shorter would have been better. However, the narration was excellent, with Natalie Duke giving distinctive and separate voice to all of the numerous protagonists as well as infusing the text with emotion, where appropriate. Her reading was clear, well paced and intoned, her voice pleasant to hear. A fine performance that certainly assisted the ongoing of the novel.

I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Gods of Blood and Bone by the rights holder, after I requested it via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I did enjoy the book, for the most part, and am curious to discover what will happen in book two, Gods of Rust and Ruin. The mix of S.F., fantasy and a small helping of horror made for an intriguing story even if it did seem overly long and characterisation under achievsd. But i would happily recommend this for the young adult audience and think it would also make an exciting film.

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Game lit for Hungar Games Fans

Other reviews complain that it loses its way but I enjoyed this story from start to finish the trails are grueling and help move the plot along in interesting ways but the author manages to balance action mainly, the trails with drama between characters. I enjoyed the main characters struggle between maintaing her family relationships with her new life. I enjoyed the character development of the whole cast and the author doesn't inflict long lists of stats and numbers when a character levels so it's easier to listen to than others of this genre. The narrator makes the story a pleasure to listen to. I cannot recommend this book more for the new girls to the gamelit genre.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Teenage TV series in book form.

Seems like the author is hoping for a TV deal, no one can blame them, for it to be made into a series that will run and run.
ok I guess but I'm not from that age group.
Narrator does a fine job.

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  • BookAddict'sReviews
  • 14-10-18

Story fell apart a bit

Ellis’ story had a really good beginning. It was creepy and scary. I felt for the characters and the horrors they were going through. I was never sure what was going to happen and I was honestly scared for them. It seemed like all would be lost! But then about halfway through the novel changed and it became more about the bigger picture/greater unknown person to fear. It was pretty weird how it shifted. I don’t think there was a good transition and there wasn’t enough explanation of all the horrors going on after that point either. The characters themselves were interesting and felt realistic, I just wish I had seen more than been told in the novel. So for me I’m giving it about a 3/5 stars.

The narration by Duke is great! I loved her voice and all the little things she did to distinguish the characters. The bickering between the siblings felt natural as well. She has good pacing and studio production seems to be great as well. It was the narration that kept me hooked into the novel even when I felt the storyline seemed to fall apart a bit. I just really enjoyed listening to her and would definitely listen to another audiobook by her in the future! 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Azalea Ellis. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Danielle Skears
  • 14-09-18

Walking the line between litrpg and teen fiction.

The plot's interesting and I enjoyed the quick pace of the storyline, but for a book based on the premise of this alien game, I feel like the stats and level progression of the characters aren't very well explained. That quantifiable measure of a character's strength and personal growth is a keystone for the litrpg genre, and this series definitely under utilizes that aspect. So, while this technically fits the genre, expect something more like the Hunger Games with a UI.

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  • Derek Heard
  • 08-11-18

Only Read If You Are a 13 Year Old Girl

This is not a great book. It is filled with teen anxiety and immature characters. The characters are literally more concerned with each others feelings than the horrible things being done to them.

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  • Jason
  • 05-10-18

Initially Great, Sort of Ran Out of Steam for Me

Small Suggestion: Listen at 1.1x Speed. Seems to flow better, and makes the back and forth seem more natural.

tl;dr: I liked some parts of it, but it began to run out of steam.


So... yeah. Just some impressions, as I have discovered I'm utter rubbish at writing coherently about book. (How /did/ I ever pass High School English?)

-- Minor spoilers. --

The first trials the main character is forced into is actually terrifying. I found myself sitting with baited breath, nervous about what might happen.

The trials themselves (at least initially) really convey the sheer horror of what the MC is going through. They are brutal, bloody things, and this coming from me who was raised on a steady diet of 1980s action movies and horror films. Not to say that they are cinematic or what have you. The better ones have a sort of... dread to them. That sort of 'locked in a leaking box, tossed into the ocean' sort of feeling. The pressure of the situation pushing down on you, unable to breathe, trapped.

I think where the book began to fall apart for me is when the author started to move away from that. The trials became less terrifying and more... just sort of there. Near the end, they began to be skipped entirely ('oh, a trial happened'). When that started, some of the emotional impetus for the attempts to get away sort of fizzled out. However, I can see what the author was trying to do there. The author makes wonderful use of fear of the unknown, but you can't dwell in the mystery box too long. (In his house at R'lyeh dread JJ Abrams waits dreaming.)

However, after the abduction/torture fear stopped, I started to notice some plot holes, or started finding some of the directions the characters took as not understandable. Maybe it was because during the terrifying first part of the book, I was 'in the car', so to speak. "Yep, totally ok to do what you need to, to get out of this situation." After, what the actions they took didn't have the same weight. For me, I think it was the shift in focus from a personal horror to a broader, nebulous threat. Author tried to switch Fear of the Unknown with Fear of the Other, near the end. It didn't quite... work for me.

P.S.: Great interaction between siblings. It felt natural; full of the strange 'I'll pull your hair out but will do anything for you' dynamic a loving brother and sister will sometimes have.

Again, I apologize if this is disjointed. Like I said, I'm horrible at this. Give the book a try, it might work for you much better than it did for me. :)

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  • michael martins
  • 30-07-19

Little Bit LitRPG, Little Bit Sci-Fi

Gods of Blood and Bone was a pretty good GameLit novel. I liked the overall premise of a shady organization abducting/forcing random people into a 'game' and forcing them to survive or die by any means. That part was a little bit like hunger games.

The story follows Eve who is just a normal girl, who seems very average and doesn't seem to have many friends or stand out at all. Out of nowhere one day she is snatched off the street and implanted with a Virtual Reality chip and injected with a 'seed' which at first makes her extremely sick as her body tries to adapt to the changes it is making to her. When she recovers from the sickness and wakes up she soon realizes she has been drafted into a top secret game which she has no option of not playing and can't talk about with anybody else who isn't in the game. To top it all off she is being monitored essentially 24/7 and being given quests to complete. The rewards for these quests are experience and the ability to gain more seeds which you can use to level yourself up.

Eve and other gamers are forced into Trials every so often from 10 to 14 days and these trials are terrifying, dangerous and deadly. Every gamer must enter the trials and many will not leave. Eve meets and befriends other gamers and together they try to survive and find a way to escape the game.

The relationships between Eve and her teammates are done pretty well and I liked the different characters and how they interacted with eachother and fed off of eachother. The action and scenarios in the book are quite good and some of it seems pretty fresh if not a bit weird at times. The book really changes in the last quarter or so as more things come to light about the situation they are in and the setup for the future books in the series seems like it will be interesting and may go in a very different direction possibly.

The narration by Natalie Duke was very good and I enjoyed it very much with no real complaints.

I would recommend it for anybody who likes game lit novels or even a young adult/teen novel.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 30-06-19

Amazing & Original

What a fantastic start of series. This story is original with realistic & likeable characters. The descriptive world building allows the reader to easily visualize the story taking place. The players come into their powers in a natural way - they story flows seamlessly between game and life. The narrator does a great job bringing the story and characters to life. I really enjoyed this fast paced story and look forward to see where the author takes us next.

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  • keegan
  • 22-06-19

Fantastic story!!

I loved this book! It wastes no time getting into the story. There are so many unique characters and personalities. I'm also loving the 2nd book in this series. If you are at all interested in this book from reading the blurb, I highly recommend purchasing this book!! "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-19

Spectacular audiobook

This story is engaging and entertaining. Packed with adventure and excitement, the plot is constantly moving and well paced yet unpredictable and surprising. The characters are all unique individuals with well developed personalities and backstories, and all have their own flaws. Eves personality shines through the narration, full of sarcasm and snide comments along with the events of the story. The landscapes and trials are creative and well described, never feeling repetitive.

The narrator of this book does a truly astounding job, breathing life into the characters even when they’re communicating electronically and filling the narration with so much emotion and personality that the characters feel real.

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

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  • P. Moody
  • 14-06-19

A surprisingly gravitational story

As a simple disclaimer: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

That out of the way, I have to say that the story was very pulling. Almost all of the standard tropes of LitRPG stories were strictly NOT followed, and that is a great thing. TBH I wouldn't put this in the same category, personally, but that's my thought.

What I found, though, is that the story was well mapped. Didn't feel linear in nature and was not as predictable. There are twists in the plot that are more than reasonable and the fluidity of the story made it an enjoyable listen.

Narration was done well, though some of the rolling tones don't fit the moment at times, but not a deal breaker. Just a preference.

ALERT!! -- Spoiler zone --

Eve is a vulnerable and imperfect person, and that is fine. Thankfully not stuck in the standard LitRPG trope of being either a VR gamer stuck in the game and also not being someone that's raised in poverty. Pretty much a standard girl. This stands out to me as many times the MC is instantly to be sympathized for. She's a little more believable.

The environment being an overlay and the "game" being something hidden is a welcome change. Even more welcome is that Eve is an unwitting participant in the whole thing. The only thing truly missing in my mind is the scope and scale of the game. Surely all "players" can't be from one neighborhood. I do hope this gets increased and addressed in future books in the series.

The supporting cast of players is good, but not great. Some eagerness on some and obstinacy on others creates a good dynamic, but the personalities can be a bit grating at times.

The actual story... Well laid out and a fun one to follow. I especially enjoy the fact that the characters aren't invincible. Though cast death is minimal, it still happens, which is more attuned with reality. That and it gives the reader and MC a reason to get a bit pissed.

I will likely follow and finish the series.

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  • Asher
  • 11-06-19

Pretty Awesome and Brutal!

I have to say normally I am not a fan of listening to books from a female perspective but this one was excellent. All the characters were interesting. the development of the story is awesome and the MC is really understandable and pragmatic. It literally had me pause a few moments at work to really certain scenes because they were captured so well.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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