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A chance to start over...

At the end of his life, Eryk Veiger challenged his greatest enemy...and lost. Just when he thought death was going to claim him, he woke up in his old bedroom, in a city that had been destroyed decades ago, and found himself back in his 17 year-old body. Now he’s being given a chance to do things over again, to prevent the destruction of his home. But to change the past, Eryk has several daunting tasks ahead of him:

  • Cultivate and become a stronger Spiritualist.
  • Prevent the Demon Beast Invasion of Nevaria.
  • Kill the Great Overlord of the Seventh Realm.

Failure to accomplish his goals will mean more than just death. It will mean having to once more watch as everything he has ever loved is destroyed.

Warning: In case you didn't get this from the explicit content warning label on the cover, this series is rated R18 for adult situations, graphic violence, nudity, sex, fully illustrated nudity and sex, and harem relationships. This series is not for the prude of heart.

©2019 Brandon Varnell (P)2020 Brandon Varnell

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  • 18-05-20

Way too many flash backs

Very little progress in the main story line. It feels only a quarter of the book is set in the present

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  • Milksteak
  • 09-05-20

The Daily Life of Librarian Eryk

I’m a sucker for time travel plots, so this book was primed to catch my interest. I think there's definitely potential in this series—it’s fun to imagine how a clever protagonist could use a lifetime of experiences and knowledge to their advantage if they had the opportunity to go back and start over. Especially when, as it says in the book description, they are motivated to avoid impending disaster. === Plot === Yet while this book has a promising plot, there isn’t as much enjoyment in this book as I hoped. It isn’t terrible, but not much happens. It feels like the book is comprised of the ‘previous life’ prologue in the first chapter, followed by a second, really big prologue that comprises the rest of the book. I’ll try to avoid too many details and spoilers. But to be honest, there really isn’t much to spoil, since nothing really happens. Fresh off total defeat, the protagonist wakes up decades in the past. It mercifully doesn’t take too long for him to realize he is in the past, and he immediately recognizes that he has the opportunity to save himself, the woman he loves, his child, and much of the world from their deadly fate. He may be in a much younger, weaker body, but he has decades of battle experience, and when he gauges his spiritual strength (magic), he finds he has retained much of his raw power (he expects he has more power than anyone else in the city, except perhaps the monarch). So he determines to master that power, regain his physical strength, and find the woman he loves as quickly as possible. This is an engaging premise. ...But then he spends the next six months doing absolutely nothing to train or further his goals. There is no explanation for this. Early on he gets beat up by his love interest’s evil fiancé, whom she was forced to marry in the previous timeline, and who was abusive toward her. So he knows a city-destroying apocalypse is coming, he knows that the woman he loves is essentially about to be raped in a political marriage (since she hates him and, despite saying ‘no,’ isn’t allowed to refuse). And he knows exactly what he needs to do to get stronger. And he knows in advance that there is a competition to determine whether she will be forced into the marriage. And, like a dumbass, he does ****-all. He doesn’t train once, just buys supplies for his house and attends to the library. Once six months are up, he’s astonished and heartbroken that his many months of diligently organizing books at the library are going to cost him his love interest, and he stupidly says something along the lines of “I knew I was weak, but I never thought that mattered.” Then he promptly gives up on helping her for the time being. He ostensibly still loves her, but he displays zero problems with her spending a couple years in a miserable forced marriage, where he presumably won’t see her. In what way was the protagonist set up to believe that getting stronger wouldn’t be important? That was literally his first declared priority. His decision to delay training for months makes no goddamn sense. The excuse of needing to be at the library to talk to his love interest doesn't work. Surely he could visit the library when she is available, and still have the vast majority of his time to attend to the goals he set on day one. Especially since she is sometimes gone for weeks at a time. He doesn't need to be there from open to close every single day. He doesn’t even need the work there for the money—he basically has the ability to generate vast sums of money at will with his magical and alchemical knowledge, but in the interest of wasting his and the reader’s time, he sticks to working the librarian job where he accomplishes nothing. At the very least, the pending nuptials between the girl and the cartoon villain motivate him to move. A little bit. He’s still not in a hurry, and months more pass before he says he can begin physical training. Despite how much he says his frail body bothers him, he won’t start until he gets his exercise clothes tailored. Again, this makes no sense, because his favorite clothes weren’t a requirement for exercising in the original timeline (as we see in his flashback). I don’t know why he would somehow get lazier when there's suppose to be a fire lit under his ass. The cherry on top is how much he says he is in a hurry, while seemingly finding any reason he can to put off training to spend more time organizing books in the library. There are also several times when the MC notices things occasionally don't match up with the original timeline. This, oddly, never strikes him as important. He also has a habit of dismissing important details out of hand. The upcoming wedding to Sir Douchebag, black veins surrounding a snakebite, a vision of who will murder his love interest's family. You know, all unimportant and totally unalarming things that anyone would ignore. I assume the main character’s lobotomy was an attempt to balance the time travel advantage, but he already lost in the original timeline. And way, way too many authors think that making the main character inexplicably stupid is a good way to humanize them and present challenges. Instead of having the protagonist nut punch himself for six months straight for no apparent reason, use the control problems with his power to create a problem he would not have run into on his first go-around. Maybe he tries to stand his ground with Noble McDouchebag early on and his power flares uncontrollably. Or introduce an antagonist unexpectedly that follows him in the timeline. Maybe he accidentally harms someone and is painted as a villain. I don’t know, something. Or even just have the MC kick ass with his preternatural spiritual power and knowledge, and force a new antagonist out of the woodwork. Just don’t have the protagonist make an urgent plan, then the very next day decide that it can actually wait. For months. Perhaps the biggest issue with the plot is there there isn't much of it at all. You don't learn much after the first day after going back in time, and the protagonists goals that were set at the very beginning are the same goals that remain at the end. And despite knowing the tragedies that are set to befall the land and the people he cares about, meeting a secondary love interest, and noticing inconsistencies in his world, he seems inexplicably intent on letting events play out around him as they will, always talking about needing to change the future while doing very little to actually do so. === Writing Style === Most of the writing is fine, if simple. There is some overly campy gamelit phrasing, like “it hit me like a spiritual lighting technique” and “it hit me like an S ranked spiritual technique.” Describing power levels and monster attacks is often hyperbolic, which can be fine if you are intentionally shooting for camp, but describing a casual attack as having the power to "destroy cities" is both hard to picture, and makes the sense of scale in combat feel wonky. What’s especially awkward is a flashback sex scene, where the MC has no idea what an orgasm is. And he calls semen “whatever was inside me”. It feels... way too juvenile. It's uncomfortable. === Narration === Christopher Boucher and Rebecca Woods are both excellent. They are expressive, have great timing, and I don’t have any actual complaints. If I were to stretch, I’d say I twitch a little every time Chris says “libary” instead of “library”. === Summary === I try not to hold indie pulp books to the same standard as big-name fantasy titles, since they aren’t trying to be the next Wheel of Time or American Gods or Red Rising. So I’m definitely scoring higher than I would if I expected something along those lines. I’m also not scoring it higher because I think the author had a great idea, but just barely got it off the ground over the course of this book. I’m hoping that the series continues because I'm interested to see where it goes once it actually starts moving. If you want a book that feels like a satisfying story on its own, you may want to wait. But if you are willing to wait for the meat of the story, and you want to get started on a pulpy time-traveling easy-to-read book, you might want to consider this one. Like I said, I’m a sucker of time travel stories, I just hope the next book isn’t Librarian Eryk 2.

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  • 21-05-20

Whole lot of nothing happening.

Story was a large miss. Main character does almost nothing. Huge chunk of time spent on flashbacks that make the main character look pathetic.

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  • Tim
  • 10-05-20

Mostly good but some issues

I enjoyed the story and characters, and it was quite good but there were some issues I had that were very irritating for me. The MC gets angry too easily, honestly while it might be annoying to be mistaken as a girl, but honestly the character should have gotten over it his first time around, and merely been irritated for the most part of the story. He also gets angry about some other things without thinking things through even though he had gotten more than enough info to tell him exactly what was going on. The MC is also very slow on picking up on details. He keeps referencing things weren't like this in midgard (or something) well he isn't in that area anymore, why would you keep expecting things to be the same after several things early on prove themselves different. Then there would be details that the reason behind it would be quite obvious even though it hadn't been flat out stated, yet he doesn't pick up on it then gets surprised even though he viewed multiple details that points to the same answer but doesn't pick up on it until it is basically shoved in his face. Now he isn't stupid, but honestly he notices the details but doesn't put the pieces together. And finally the story goes between past and present very often quite abruptly and will often take a while for the listener to realize what happened, but meanwhile you are being confused by why the character is acting so different and ignorant when he should already know the details. It might be a part that is better done in the books as it might be in italics or something to show you it is a dream sequence. Now while these things are annoying, they aren't overabundant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-05-20

amazing audio book

i have read/ listened to this 3 times already and still will listen many more times

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  • 06-10-20

time jump confusing

good, but the jumping back and forth in time was a bit jarring at first.

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  • Brandon Edwards
  • 19-09-20

Really engaging

I really enjoyed this book with one exemption. too many flashbacks. I wanted to see what would happen after he found out he went back in time but, every chapter starts with a flashback. It left me really wanting for more at the end. It felt like he only accomplished a couple of things.

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  • Stephen
  • 03-08-20

The beginnings of awesome

Thrilling and fun, this series promises some pretty epic battles in the future. Let's see how far this goes

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  • 03-11-20

please release more

Thank you for giving us a great novel to listen too keep up the good work but I wish you had a forewarning every time we switched between the past and present it can be very confusing when listening but all in all I see no other problems. I'm looking forward to seeing more novels written by you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-01-21

oh it's got such potential

alright so the first chapter is kind of like the movies where you start off in the middle of an action scene I really don't know what the hell's going on especially because you can't see anything in an audiobook. But then it starts to make sense as you go through the chapters and it flips back and forth between the first life and this new life. this first installment in this new series left me with the feeling that this Series has great potential and I can't wait to see where it goes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-12-20

A great listen

I really liked this story and leaves me wanting to know how the world building will change and benefit the MC. I recommend you give this story a listen