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Summary

The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves. 

In his pursuit of power, Joe fights alongside his team, completes quests, and delves into the mysteries of his class, which he quickly discovers can be practiced only in secret. Ultimately, his goal is to complete every mission, master every ability, and learn all of the world's secrets. All he has to do is survive long enough to make that happen.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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Disappointing all round

Very cheesey writing and narration from the start. Particularly the voice of Liona. A very bad Irish impersonation drifting into bad Jamaican, Indian and various American. Hard to listen to without cringing.

Lots of missed opportunities with the characters. They were all flat as pancakes. Even the game itself didn't sound like fun to play.

It has got me interested in the genre. I just wished this had turned out better all round.

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Well worth listening to

I’ve tried a few of these lit RPG type books and I was surprised by just how refreshing this one was.

The characters were funny and realistic and the hero really made me laugh in places.

I debated whether or not to listen to this one and I am so glad I did.

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must read!!

as usual Dakota's books are amazing. this is a litrpg like no other. amazing plot funny and great characters.

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Good but not groundbreaking.

Don't worry about the first 2-3 chapters, they are just generic set-up and the story isn't similar to those.

I think this book, like many in its genre, is not suited well to the audiobook format. There are lots of stat sheets and percentage modifiers which would be easily and quickly digestible as a table or grid on the page but when being read to you they quickly becomes gibberishy.

The other problem is that this is set in an open world sandbox game environment where the player has lots of opportunities to expand and explore and it is quite frustrating to follow a linear path. This would make a better game than a story.

Other than that it is ok. You won't be bowled over by the plot but it has a beginning, middle and end and is engaging. If you like MMORPGs then this might be a good book for you.

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Really great book!

would highly recommend this book! extremely good writing, can't wait to find out what happens in the next book

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Interesting take on the genre

A romping read with well thought out plot and narrative - i listened to the whole thing in under 24 hours... it must be good!

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Soo good.

Having not read anything by Dakota Krout before I wasn’t sure what I was going to encounter but I ourchased the book on recommendations. The book was outstanding the story compelling and the narration really was enjoyable too. I’m so glad I threw my money at it. Just about to start book two.

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A good story

A bit too much like the Divine Dungeon series, but otherwise a decent listen. I am getting confident in my theory that the author has something against rabbits. I will definitely buy the 2nd book.

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Solidified status as a Dakota Krout fan.

Started this book with some hesitation because of experiences in the past where an authors previous series were one hit wonders. After The Dungeonborn series, which I thoroughly enjoyed and is firmly within my top ten series list, I couldn't resist giving this one a go. My doubts were swiftly evaporated as I became entranced by the familiar writing style, deliciously memorable characters and perfectly paced progression. A very enjoyable take on the 'person living in a VR world' genre.

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Excellent!

Really enjoyed the previous series 'Divine Dungeon' and was hesitant about this book when I first saw it on Amazon. Fortunately, my hesitance was completely misplaced. Vikas Adams did a great job and the book was very well written.

I hope that in the future the audiobook is released at the same time as the paperback/kindle version and I look forward to the follow-up!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 18-05-18

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

I really did not want to like this book. I wanted Dakota Krout to keep putting out his Divine Dungeon series until it was finished. Now, I'm torn. I still want the Divine Dungeon series, but now I also want MORE Ritualist. Krout is an incredible writer, and you get sucked into the story immediately. I appreciate how he gets the character of Joe into the game quickly and doesn't really screw around with all the usual angst or cognitive dissonance most MC's display when they are about to go into a virtual world permanently. Nope, we go straight into the game, and we are better for it.

I really appreciate that Joe gets a secret class, with special skills, and that he works for a hidden god. It's fun watching him try to keep things straight, because once the cat is out of the bag then he loses all kinds of benefits. And he has some sweet skills. The only thing that really throws me off is that the MC, Joe, enters the VR permanently because he is a quadrapalegic, and still opts to get a body that will be winded from walking to fast and can be beheaded from a paper cut. You would expect him to take a healthy vibrant body, but I will say his choice does make sense if you consider that he is in it for the long haul. He has a long distance perspective that few others have. Additionally, Krout is about the only dude I know that can make a healer not only exciting but totally a bad grass mamajamma. Most people go swordsman, rogue, or wizard. Dakota manages to make the cleric interesting. Plus the ritual stuff and the occultist proffesion suck you in.

Vikas Adams had me waaaaay back with the Divine Dungeon number one, Dungeon Born. I loved his characterizations and the humor he injects with his voice. There are few narrators who are as skilled as he is, and he really moves the story along at his pace. The man is a pleasure to listen to, and his female voices are just as good as his male ones.

I gove Krout points for including a nod to my beloved Dungeon, Cal, in this book and can see the similarities in attitudes. Both are fair, easily annoyed, and ready to dole out proper punishments and rewards. Can we see a nod to everyone's favorite wisp in the next book, Dakota?

I loved the cover, the wolfman looks awesome, and we get to see Joe right in the middle of a ritual. It looks slick, and you know that this book is going to feature some hardcore monsters and some deadly magic. Lava Worms, anyone? Joe is a fun character, and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Now, we just need to get the Divine Dungeon series caught up and I'll be satisfied. YOU will be satisfied if you get this book. This is, without question, one of the best LitRPG/GameLit books I've ever read! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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  • Clayton Guerry
  • 26-05-18

Masterpiece

Dakota Krout, as always, delivers a phenomenal story. I thought it would be hard for him to top his Dungeon Born series, yet he managed to pull of an amazing new story. I'm fully hooked, eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

The Ritualist is one of the most interesting takes on LitRPG I've had the pleasure of hearing. He doesn't turn his main character into a "Mary Sue", making him fight for every bit of progress.

Do NOT skip this, it's definitely worth the listen. Vikas Adam delivers a strong performance, combining with Krouts great story for a delightful listen.

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  • Andrew
  • 25-05-18

Really enjoyable read

One Part Dungeonborn
One Part Sword Art Online
One Part Elon Musk fan fiction.

sold!

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  • johnathan
  • 21-05-18

Another great book from this duo.

If you are new to Krout works, this is a great book to start. YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ HIS OTHER WORKS TO PICK THIS UP. If you are a long time reader/listener it has a lot of hidden jokes for you as well.

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  • Garion Adkins
  • 20-05-18

Excellent Book and Start of a New Series

The book is excellent. I enjoyed his other series (hopefully more to come!) and I am always leery to move laterally in an author's works in case they are a one-trick pony. But rest assured, if you liked the Divine Dungeon, you'll enjoy this one, too. If you like any litRPG, you'll like this one. If you've never read any litRPG, there's still a good chance you'd find this enjoyable; it'd be an excellent soft intro to the genre.

(Dakota Krout is starting to focus on his writing full-time, so here's hoping he can start cranking out books even faster! I mean, it's not like he's a certain authoR.R. who takes forever to write a new book, but when the books are as great and enjoyable as his are, loyal fans - like me - don't want to wait any longer than we must! Start listening to - or reading - Krout now and say you knew him back when!)

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  • Joseph
  • 19-05-18

Best new litrgp<br />

Slow to start , gets truly amazing. I can't wait to see Joe fight in dungeon...😉. maybe next book!

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  • Kyle
  • 16-05-18

wonderful read

this book will leave you wanting more I cannot wait until the next one comes out. as soon as it does I will be the first one to buy it. the leveling system is amazing and the complexity of it is amazing. the whole premise behind the book is a cool and unique perspective on a full dive virtual reality. I love how there are similarities between the dungeon born Series and this. hope he creates many more books in both series. I am a full support of this author and more than likely any books and series that he creates in the future.

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  • les
  • 16-05-18

Dakota keeps getting better

I liked the story. It's a young adult story but it's has just the right wording and action. Some things don't need to be said but implied. The story makes sense. Story doesn't drag along, character isn't overpowered at the start or overly strong or sensitive. The characters a real person. Alot time in Litrpg the authors are first time writers and make the characters to good or to bad or stretch the story out.

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  • Christopher
  • 02-06-18

Entertainment +1

Dakota Krout does an amazing job of taking fantasy gaming tropes and creating a truly unique and meaningful story. Vikas Adam narrates a wonderful range of characters and delivers Krout's humorous moments and puns perfectly. No writer/narrator has ever made me laugh this much. Give us more!

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  • Monica Alexander
  • 20-09-18

The Start of Another Good Dakota Krout Series

Dakota Krout is a relatively new writer to the publishing world, following in the tracks of other recent authors by self publishing ebooks and partnering with one of the audiobook companies to bring an audiobook to us all. It is a great combination which has brought a lot of very interesting series and new authors to light.

I first picked up his Divine Dungeon series, and was a big fan for the combination of story line, clever writing, weird characters and humor. Being a fan of his first series, I went ahead and started on the second.

I was happy with the second series as well. It is a good story, and although the characters haven't developed to the extent of the Divine Dungeon series, they are off to a good start. Joe develops into a good character. His enemy turned reluctant ally, Cel, winds up being really interesting, and when the game AI starts to get seriously snarky, things get fun.

There is also a fun, and very unexpected tie in to the Divine Dungeon series which leads to greater questions about where the story may eventually wind up that will keep those who like intriguing plot twists happily occupied.

There are more than a few laugh out loud moments, and Joe's quest to adapt to his new world and new life certainly draws you in and keeps your interest.

I think Vikas Adam does a good job with the reading, and it lends a lot to bring more color to the story - as long as no one ever asks him to do a Cockney accent ever again. :)

If you like humor and clever writing set in a nerdy fantasy setting, this is a good option. If you loved the Divine Dungeon series and haven't started in on this one, what are you waiting for? If you like fun, humorous fantasy or LitRPG series, this is a good one to add to your reading list.

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