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Arcane Kingdom Online: The Chosen

LitRPG Adventure Series, Book 1
Written by: Jakob Tanner
Narrated by: Ryan Burke
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins

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Log-in or die.

Those are the only choices left for Clay Hopewell. Infected with the ZERO virus, he has less than 24 hours before he bites the dust. With no cure available, there's only one option left: digitally reincarnate himself in the most advanced virtual reality game ever, the mysterious and newly released Arcane Kingdom Online.

But cheating death and gaining immortality isn't that easy. If Clay survives the risky cognitive upload process, he'll still have to contend with a fantasy world teetering on the brink of crisis. Worse, a quarter of the in-game population hates his starting race, he can't unlock the mage class he wants, and a malevolent glitch threatens to upend the very existence of his new reality.

If Clay doesn't learn the rules of his new surroundings quickly, his second chance at life will be a lot worse than his first.

©2018 Jakob Tanner (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-02-19

eh...<br />

The beginning plot is something i have seen in atleast 4 other lit's so nothing new there.

I thought I would enjoy it anyways but the plot armor is way to strong in this one, the moment he is about to die his companion kills a mob the very last moment and he levels up to full hp this happened several times.

then he blushes like a 12 year old seing something naked for the first time when talks to friend despite his personality beign nothing close to it so it just dosnt make sense that he blushes while the bookworm dosnt..

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  • Jeremiah W.
  • 15-02-19

I only got to chapter 9

this book didn't pull me in and by chapter 9 I lost interest.
The game world mechanics in the "the most advanced virtual reality game ever" are just bad, one example being where stabbing someone in the head twice with a sword and brain matter coming out while not dying just being odd.

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  • Justin
  • 13-02-19

H....u....d

Book follows the zombie doom so upload my brain in to vr template. The natator says h..u..d instead of saying HUD like a normal person, which annoyed me. Otherwise good work all around.

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  • David R
  • 25-02-19

Bad Production, Ok book, Ends well

I don't know who the producer was but they have no idea how gamers actually say terms. HUD is said as Hud. not H U D. ATKP is said Attack Power not as its acronym. It is like nails on a chalk board when the narrator says these things because it just sounds so dumb. The Narrator did a good performance but who was producing it really messed up and probably never played an online MRPG in their lives and it shows. The book is self is just OK, not horrible but not overly interesting. The end was cool though and so the second book seems like it could get a lot better now that the MC is integrated into their world and the beginnings of the mystery has been revealed and there seems to be an end goal. I will be giving the second book a chance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-02-19

dont waste your time or money

the author knows nothing about RPGs. also who pronounces every letter in acronyms!!!! horrible. the character development is lack luster as well but honestly what kills it for me is HUD or ATK smdh

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  • Mike
  • 18-02-19

Unlikely to get the next book

Too much inexplicable success for the MC makes it hard to suspend disbelief. The tactics used by the MC would immediately be caught on to by the community and would make the game trivially easy. This would be fixed extremely early in development. Since this game has been around for years, all such exploits would have been fixed. In addition levels seem to be largely irrelevant. Level 1 vs 5 or 10 vs 30? Not even really a challenge.

On the positive side. The quality of the actual writing is solid. You don't really see too much unexplained standing around in combat while one or two characters fight. In addition some of the concepts introduced in book one are interesting and unique (I have not seen similar in other LitRPGs.)

Overall the book isn't bad, it just didn't hold my interest as I was constantly distracted by how easy things are for the MC. If the MC is going to succeed in a seemingly unwinnable scenario, there needs to be a really solid reason for it. In this book most conflicts should be unwinnable, and the MC just kind of wins for no particular reason.

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  • Ryan
  • 16-12-19

Story was great but short

Enjoy the performance in the store overall if you’re going to buy this book just get the entire series in a pack instead of buying a piece by piece. It is too short!!

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  • Adam Dintelman
  • 02-12-19

definitely nothing special

after reading so many great litrpg this is just a disappointment don't waste your credit or time

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  • Josh Hennesey
  • 21-11-19

Not bad, but far from great...

I don’t write a lot of reviews, but by the end of the book I was sighing out loud every time the narrator said “H-U-D” instead of “hud”. The story wasn’t bad, but there are many other LitRPG stories that are better at drawing the reader into the plot. I also felt that the dungeon dive was way too short, couple rooms and done...might be why the book was a little short. On the positive side, I did like the character progression and magic system.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-07-19

great audio book

great audio book but one thing is annoying... it is not pronounced H U D. it's HUD said just like bud. you do not say each letter individually.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-19

decent story if average narration

It was an easy listen although there seemed a lack of originality when compared to other Litrpg books.

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  • Ian
  • 22-06-19

very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book, the characters are very likeable, it's very well written. I'd recommendations to any one.

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  • Jason B
  • 22-09-19

A bit of a slow start but awesome start to a great series

The premise is interesting and though it is a slow start it is a good start to what I think will be a great series. The narrator has a great voice and is easy to listen to. Well worth a listen for fans of lit-rpg.