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Shade's First Rule: A Fantasy LitRPG Adventure

Divine Apostasy, Book 1
By: A. F. Kay
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Series: Divine Apostasy, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Summary

A new LitRPG world has arrived! 

It's Ruwen’s Ascension Day, and he finally dies for the first time. His newly revived body can learn spells and abilities for the class given him by the Goddess Uru, and dying is no longer permanent. 

Ruwen’s high intelligence makes becoming a Mage inevitable. With his new powers, he will locate his parents and clear their family name. But nothing goes as Ruwen imagined, and when a rival God tries to kill Ruwen shortly after his disastrous Ascension, his focus turns from his future to just surviving. 

His choices place him in the middle of an ancient war, and he must overcome the limitations of his unexpected class to reach level five. Only then will he have the tools needed to survive. But dying now comes with a terrible penalty, and failing Uru might not only cost him his life and loved ones but his entire world. 

It turns out dying on your Ascension Day is the easy part. 

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Hey, LitRPG readers! I've created an FAQ for Shade's First Rule to answer some of the common questions and to help you decide if this book is for you. It can be found at: afkauthor.com/faq.

©2019 A. F. Kay (P)2020 A. F. Kay

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  • MK
  • 12-05-20

Beat me to unconsciousness

at least that's how I feel at halfway point in the book it's just not good.

Firstly everyone sucks except the MC which is a shallow character because he has no choice in anything. the reason everyone sucks is because there all horrible people not in the obvious villain way but in the I don't think though my plot as a author kind of way let me explain...

Head priest, definitely cast as a villain but his deeds are completely out of proportion to his 'motivation' he forces MC to become a worker a really bad class ruining his life. then we never hear about the head priest again not a throw away sentence or anything he just no longer is plot relevant because the author can't be asked.

Assassin Kia, leader of a group of 'good guys' she is a monster I don't know what it is with authors and accidentally creating cults but Kia has her cult in a dungeon. Kia drags MC down a path to become a spy 'a useless class' because she wants more members of her cult... AcTuallY ItS BeCausE ThE GoddEss AsKeD To hELp MC wiTH SurViVinG. That brings us on to the...

Goddess, using a goddess as a all encompassing figure of good is a common trope but it's done so poorly here it makes me want to tear my eyes out and puncture my ears so I can't ever experience this bullshit again. The goddess takes a personal interest in the MC after his death and revival a coming of age ceremony as the Head priest forced the MC to become a worker does the Goddess who has taken a interest change this and make his main class mage the only thing he will ever be good at? does the goddess dismiss her High priest for his crime of treason against a herself and her champion now being MC? NOoooOoOOO SHE DOES FUCKING NOTHING ohh wait that's not quite true granting him as her champion status means he can have a second class which will reset on his death also doubling his death penalty making him a potato after a single death and being her champion means he's being targeted by pretty much every one good at anything and funny thing is he can't defend himself because he is a FUCKING WORKER. Stupid incompentant goddess with out a single shred of remorse in there stupid body for ruining a innocent boys life who have lost there parents. the point I've been trying to make is that this is a fantasy book where MC has his life ruined repeatedly by others and thanks them and even prays to them for the privilege.
Railroading plots without thinking of the characters or what's happening often ends up like this book infuriating because the author is portraying a group of poorly though out characters and going though the motions of a story but never actually really telling a story rather allowing a series of unfortunate events to fall on a orphans shoulders.

if it wasn't obvious I wont be going past the 3/4 mark of the book I dislike this authors writing style intently its disingenuous and annoying.

This is a poor man's dante's immortality so read that if you haven't already.

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WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW

Honestly this was just a book that looked a little interesting, it seemed like it had a good story and Travis is an amazing narrator so I thought it would be a good time waster.
Little did I know that this book was just mind blowing, I love the story, characters, character development, magic *systemS* and the whole 'this is all a game for the gods'. Absolutely worth the time, only disappointment is that the next book isn't out yet.

I need the next book like now please.

NOWWWWWW!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-20

MC is

The MC is said to be smart, but sees nothing coming and constantly acts below average. Complains, talks about wanting to be a mage and being smarter then other people. Whines about what he should feel guilty about and how serious he is about things while just standing there examining things when he's in danger. Literally doing nothing while someone yells at him to run because... he doesn't really want to start that story he whines for? Is just not that great an MC given his position/story potential? He talks about studying and prepping for years for a ritual/process that he just goes through without mentioning or thinking about the typically HUGE and IMPORTANT part that decides everything. It was skipped, he acts surprised that the guy who giving the evil eye and supposed to do it pretends the results were bad. After they have disabled him for the process. A neutral guy who was there the whole time and totally could have helped is never made aware, the MC was just quiet.

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  • Jason
  • 12-05-20

Great Book, Great Narrator!

Ruwen, can't wait to be a mage. He's perfect for it! The arcane knowledge, the cool spells, it's everything he wants, but something goes really wrong. He doesn't get the class he wants and now there are people trying to kill him!
Shade's First Rule is so much fun, has snappy dialog, and the world is filled with an incredible sense of wonder.
If you are like me and tired of overpowered MC's who solely invest in "Luck", or some single attribute to overbalance the world, then this book is for you. If you are tired of harem's, or super mature rated themes in your LitRPG, then this is for you! If you want a main character who's invested in the world he lives in, and doesn't drop 80's references every three pages, then this is for you! Also, there's very little bad language in it, so if you are looking for something to suggest to a younger cousin who's interested in DND or roleplaying games, then you've just found that book!
So what are you waiting for? Start enjoying it now! I'll be waiting for book 3... :)

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  • Blake M
  • 23-05-20

Great Narrator, Far More YA than Expected

Waaaaaaay more YA than expected. The character has the social IQ of a turtle, and literally "blushes so hot people can feel it". I've genuinely never disliked a character so quickly in the 1k+ books I've read.

I do think this is a target audience issue, and that the biggest issue here is how many of my pet peeves it ticks. I'm clearly not the target demographic, and that's OK.

I'd personally guess that folks closer to the age of the MC (16) are going to enjoy it far more than someone my age or older (early 30's).

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  • Steelgator
  • 26-05-20

MC is a total idiot.

I don't understand why the author felt the need to make the MC such an idiot . Good plot but I was actually hoping the idiot would just die already.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-05-20

A favorite of mine

This series is definitely a favorite of mine. Great system and world creation just detailed enough not bogging you don't in numbers. The MC is a bit younger and is purposely given a personality that is believable and leaves room for him to grow. His progression of power is balanced with him having weaknesses and real challenges in the story. My favorite part is the comedy its just right and keeps the books from getting too dark or serious. If you like LITPG this is a must.

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  • Michael Messenger
  • 01-05-20

One of my favorite LitRPGs!

This series is absolutely amazing. I wasn't sure because of the choices that were made in the first couple of chapters, but I decided to stick to the story, and I was pleasantly surprised. As such, it has become one of my favorite litRPGs. If you want intrigue, grinding, interesting RPG elements, unique abilities, and awesome fight scenes, this is the book series for you.

Travis Baldree is a wonderful narrator, has an excellent range, and really brings this story to life.

100% recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-20

great book

I really liked this book. it was kind of relaxing honestly. there are a lot of YA elements but that makes the tone a little lighter. if you need a break from the heavier aspects of more "adult" books this is a terrific option. the YA elemwnts don't distract from a would story with good charecters and enjoyable humor. as always Travis did a smashing job narrating he is one of my faveriot narrators and one of the best out there.

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  • krop
  • 12-05-20

Very niiiice

we are Krop loved it. However, the innocence in da boy is sometimes nerve wracking,but we understand why. Maybe when he gets laid it will have him get more understanding the human as struggle.



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  • BeauFLA
  • 04-05-20

Not for me - maybe others will like it.

So, this book just isn't for me. I found it pretty boring. The writing wasn't bad, just slow. A bit too YA for me.

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  • Tarquil
  • 10-05-20

Good Good!

Just keep it coming. =^_^= On thing I hope for and that is that the MC will grow more matured and secure in him self and his ability's in the next book.

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