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Summary

Runner and his team managed to bring peace to Tirtius, successfully log the crew out, and have begun settling in to make a home on the isle of Vix. Fate isn't going to let them go that easily though. She clearly hasn't decided on what to do with him. Plots are in motion. Threats local, divine, and abroad scheme to exterminate Runner and the threat he represents. The possibility of what he could become. To top it all off, the server is clearly ramping up towards a full awakening. What does one do with an entire world of "living" beings who are aware?

It all comes to a head when an assassin attempts to take his life in his own home.

Now comes the true test.

What is he willing to wager to build the future he wants, both in game and out?

Or rather, who?

©2016 William D. Arand (P)2016 William D. Arand

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Good performance as ever, story as weak as before

The final book in the series finishes up the story.
Previous plot threads are practically written off as though they weren't there before.
The aspect of the world outside the game is barely touched upon anymore.
Very little happens for the first 2/3 of the book before the story suddenly wraps up.
The main issue with the series that I've had is that the hero is seemingly written to have no flaws. By this book he's the most powerful man in the world with beautiful women throwing themselves at him regardless of how he acts. It seems as though it was written by a teenager.
Performance is still good, with all the voice work coming across well.
Overall: wouldn't bother.

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  • Lex
  • 06-10-16

Something different in a good way!

William D Arand finishes off his selfless hero trilogy with what I can only describe as the best book of the series. New characters and old favourites with some solid world building and character development I've found myself going back to the first book to start enjoying the trilogy again.

Jeff Hays has worked his magic on this book as well, if your not familiar with his other work I strongly recommend checking it out, he has a gift for adding a unique tone to each character, adding another dimension to an already good work there's not much more I can add to this without spoilers so I'll just finish up by saying it was worth a credit, and I hope to see the author add more onto this in the future, there's so much potential for more books and I'm more than willing to buy them

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  • Philip
  • 20-11-16

Great ending, to a fantastic series.

I would and am going to read these books again, worth the credit, and you'll fall in love with the characters.

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  • Patrick
  • 15-09-17

16 year olds wet dream.

The first book started of promising but it devolved into a teenage wet dream. I enjoyed the series but there were times where the main character interacted with his "harem" and it got a little cringy. I didn't like the fact one of the main plot points was shooed away and replaced with an easier plot. All in all it was a cool book, but be prepared for a teenage boys fantasy

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  • Bryan J Zumwalt
  • 24-04-17

A very unsatisfying conclusion

I liked the first two books. They weren't amazing, but enjoyable. After Nadine's death and Runner's torturing of Jacob in the second book, I had expected things to get a little more serious in the third book. Some actual conflict between people he cared about. Something other than Runner and his ever expanding harem against the game. I was disappointed.

Runner tortures Jacob in extreme fashion and when the girls find out they just say Nadine wouldn't approve, Runner agrees, and that's the end of it. Runner finds out that someone is spying on him, a perfect chance for one of the girls to betray him, but no. We don't even find out who the spy is. The author explains that after a while the people that are taken in by Runner's charisma stat will eventually be unaffected by it, but not a single person changes their feelings about him. Really? Not a single girl in his harem would prefer a man who is at least occasionally serious. Not a single girl wants a monogamous relationship, even though that is clearly the norm in the game setting.

On that note, the author seems unable to grasp the idea that a person can in fact care about someone without having sex with them. Runner's harem bulges at the seems in this book. Even as he professes to like strong women, every single girl melts to his touch. The only women who stands up to him are the Goddess he defeats and the one actual human that was his former girlfriend.

And I will end with werewolf nipple tweaks. Seriously... All I am going to say to that is bravo to Jeff Hays for being able to read through that scene without cringing.

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  • jonathan
  • 19-10-16

I usually don't write reviews these books are grea

if you love gaming and escapism these trilogies are for you everything you like about video games wrapped up in a great story tied up and comedy with a dash of a male gigolo

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  • ignacio
  • 23-09-18

rip

did not expect that twist ending at all very nicely done 10/10 would recommend this any day

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  • Devon
  • 17-09-18

Odd

The kitsune saotome was the books major redeeming feature. I very much prefer to forget the ending and what it means for the rest of the authors series.

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  • Alex Garrett
  • 17-09-18

excellent ending!

really really great book. super action. good job I hope you have more coming. thank you for the your gift to the world.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-18

A fitting end.

Jeff Hays was Jeff Hays. That is to say, he was awesome.

Arand really outdid himself with this one. Perhaps the best part of any book is watching the hero grow. Arand does a wonderful job of ensuring the continuous growth of his hero. I didn't appreciate him benching some of my favorite characters but I understand that on the whole, it only served to benefit the story he was telling.

Run on Runner.

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  • kyle saiki
  • 26-08-18

A must read! great stepping-stone in to fantasy

The first book lots of Gamers dialogue especially when he's talking to NPCs or Monsters! The growth of the character's and the story line are fantastic! The narrator did an awesome job with the different character voices and that made it really easy to to see this story in my mind!