The Dark Herbalist

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 198 ratings

Video Game Plotline Tester Summary

Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future?

You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

Knowing all this, would you consider the mysterious future bonus worth your while?

©2017 M. Atamanov; English translation copyright 2017 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2017 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Video Game Plotline Tester

    • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 1
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Would you be prepared to work for free? How would you like to bust your hump for a large corporation 60-plus hours a week without a wage or a single day off for the vague promise of some mysterious perks in the distant future? You'd refuse point blank, wouldn't you? But what if the job in question was playing a state-of-the-art fantasy MMORPG game? And what if this was the only thing you're really good at? Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not a good LitRPG. Author should play more games.

    • By Non O. Ya on 27-02-18

    Regular price: £25.79

  • Book 2

    • Stay on the Wing

    • The Dark Herbalist, Book 2
    • By: Andrew Schmitt - translator, Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 63

    When Timothy finally found work as a tester for a popular online MMORPG, his lifelong dream was fulfilled. And now, he earns money (and pretty good money, at that) just for doing what he loves - playing a beautiful and realistic computer game. But he isn't some typical run-of-the-mill player, like the millions of others. Timothy is truly capable and talented, and stands out from the crowd. In fact, the faceless masses consider him far too lucky and successful.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • staying on the wing

    • By scobie on 14-09-17

    Regular price: £29.59

  • Book 3

    • A Trap for the Potentate

    • The Dark Herbalist, Book 3
    • By: Michael Atamanov
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    The great hunt is over. In the end, Timothy managed to keep his invaluable prize. A victory? Perhaps. But glory and adrenaline are very powerful narcotics, and tolerance builds quickly. Once deprived of them, life immediately becomes gray and bleak. What's more, his beautiful lover is beginning to transparently hint that she could find herself a more interesting beau. What is a talented player to do in this case? The solution suggests itself: rush headlong into the most dangerous adventures, taking risks and walking the blade of a knife.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another Hit

    • By kian on 14-03-18

    Regular price: £32.09

  • Book 4

    • Finding a Body

    • Dark Herbalist Series, Book 4
    • By: Michael Atamanov, Andrew Schmitt - translator
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    What is it like for a small flap-eared goblin herbalist to play the role of the Dark Sovereign, the main antagonist for Boundless Realm's hundreds of millions of players? What is it like to find one's self the standard bearer for an army of man-eating giants, cyclops, skeletons, ghosts, and other hellspawn, who don't give a damn about their modest little ruler? Our hero didn't desire such an unenviable fate, but there is no way back now. But the longer he plays, the better he understands that he is just a pawn in someone else's game.

    Regular price: £19.29