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Shadeslinger

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Corporate flameout Ned Altimer dreams of leaving his world behind. So, when Earthblood Online splashes onto the VRMMO scene, he dives in and never looks back.

His advantages are twofold: exclusive access to the game’s three-day Head Start period, and a ridiculously handsome talking axe named Frank who has knowledge of the game’s deepest secrets...if the magnificent Frank ever feels like sharing them.

But those advantages also make Ned a target. Once the Head Start period ends, his fellow players will stop at nothing to rip that suave, violent, yet disarmingly charismatic axe right out of his hands.

In 72 hours, the greatest manhunt in gaming history is set to begin.

It’s gonna be a lot of fun.

4.5

Pickwick Review

A well crafted LitRPG series with a somewhat novel premise: It’s just a guy playing a video game. The MC didn't get magically transported to another world or trapped in the video game. The fact that the plot still manages to feel like it has stakes speaks to the quality of the writing.

Many LitRPGs use a fairly generic RPG game as the backdrop for their plot — the game in this series is loaded with interesting races, plot lines, and well imagined fictional locations.

The only issues are some elements like dialogue and combat feel a bit repetitive at times.