As is fitting for an audiobook review :-), you can also listen to me reading it out loud, on the Christian Geek Central podcast, episode #510. Go to timestamp 17:35.
Having wet my appetites with the Awaken Online series, I recently tried the next title on my ever-growing LitRPG wish list: The Land: Founding. This is part 1 of the by now six-volumed Chaos Seeds series, written by Aleron Kong. The 9 hours 49 minutes long story is narrated by Nick Podehl.
Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter’s destruction.
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm?
A tale to shake “The Land” itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter’s choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it? Can he grow his power to meet the deadliest of beings of the land? When choices are often a shade of grey, how will Richter ensure he does not become what he seeks to destroy?
ps – Gnomes Rule
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This was my first audiobook narrated by Nick Podehl, and I’m an immediate fan! This is truly awesome narration, with great voice acting for each character and many different voices to distinguish between them. His female voices are among the best, maybe the best, I’ve heard by a male narrator. So from now on, Podehl may read anything and I’ll listen to it. Which means I’m probably going to get this entire series.
That being said, the first book of this many-volumed series was okay. It was entertaining enough, and I’m even willing to try the second book in the series. However, I’m not sure when since it won’t be the highest on my wish list. The Land: Founding only gets three stars from me, because I’ve read and listened to much better books. By which I mean, better fleshed out characters, more conflict or striving in the plot (everything comes pretty easily to the main character), and a far more complex and thrilling storyline overall.
I had difficulty caring for the main characters, they were so two-dimensional. The plot had a definite YA feel, and I’m not even sure the author was aiming for that.
I had another issue, which were the many game stats. They were too many, too often. Maybe it would have helped if they’d chosen a completely different narrator to be the game computer reading of the stats (like in Awaken Online), but still. I lost interest every time they were read.
Another issue I had was the way the main character leveled up. It was not exciting at all, to me it seemed he gained level points for about anything he did, said or looked at. Which took away any kind of thrill the listener may have felt. Again, Awaken Online does a much better job there.
1. since this is only volume one;
2. since the main premise is still interesting (certain in-game humans are permanently trapped in the game);
3. since I was absolutely positively intrigued by the first couple of prologue pages (which I won’t spoil but which offer a kind of “behind the scenes” viewpoint of some greater ‘powers that be’),
I am – probably – going to continue with the next volume. Also, the already mentioned great narration is a not unimportant deciding factor there.
The book is long enough to be worth the credit, and I can appreciate it as (very) light entertainment in between more ‘heavy’ works of literature.
This was only my second series in the LitRPG genre, but as it stands now, this is my Top Two:
1. Awaken Online series
2. Chaos Seeds series
So, to be continued I guess!
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