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Publisher's Summary

"Questland is a thrill ride.... Richly imagined, action-packed, maximum fun." (Charles Yu, New York Times best-selling author of Interior Chinatown)

You find yourself in a maze full of twisty passages....

Literature Professor Dr. Addie Cox is living a happy, if sheltered, life in her ivory tower when Harris Lang, the famously eccentric billionaire tech genius, offers her an unusual job. He wants her to guide a mercenary strike team sent to infiltrate his island retreat off the northwest coast of the United States. Addie is puzzled by her role on the mission until she understands what Lang has built: Insula Mirabilis, an isolated resort where tourists will one day pay big bucks for a convincing, high-tech-powered fantasy-world experience, complete with dragons, unicorns, and, yes, magic.

Unfortunately, one of the island's employees has gone rogue and activated an invisible force shield that has cut off all outside communication. A Coast Guard cutter attempting to pass through the shield has been destroyed. Suspicion rests on Dominic Brand, the project’s head designer - and Addie Cox's ex-boyfriend. Lang has tasked Addie and the mercenary team with taking back control of the island at any cost.

But Addie is wrestling demons of her own - and not the fantastical kind. Now, she must navigate the deadly traps of Insula Mirabilis as well as her own past trauma. And no d20, however lucky, can help Addie make this saving throw.

“Gamers rejoice! Carrie Vaughn has conjured up a fun and fast-paced story filled with elves, d20s, and Monty Python riffs.” (Monte Cook, ENnie Award-winning creator of the Numenera roleplaying game)

©2021 Carrie Vaughn (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Chris Pelletier
  • 12-08-21

Awful protagonist

Boy, this book should’ve been right up my alley. Westworld for the Dungeons and Dragons crowd? Sign me up. Something goes wrong, of course and adventures ensue. Should be fun. Nope. This book is absolutely ruined by the worst protagonist I can remember. She is almost wholly defined by her passivity. Everything happens around her and she does nothing but cower, enjoy the scenery, and wander off at inopportune times (though she frequently says they shouldn’t split the party). And the worst thing is, the story is told I’m first-person so you are stuck in this awful characters head the entire time. I spent so much time angry at this character it ruined what could have been a fun, fast-paced romp. Not recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-21

Loved it.

Definitely recommend. Creative story full of interesting subjects and keeps you intrigued the entire time.

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  • ZenSpeedstr
  • 05-07-21

I really enjoyed this book

This was my first exposure to Carrie’s writing, and I loved the book. The sample made me laugh, and I picked it up on a whim. I’m so glad that I did. RPGs, and so many pop culture references. What’s not to love. Plus there is a very strong core message about Feminism, overcoming traumatic experiences, and learning to cope in the real world while not surrendering the fantasy. If you recognized the d20 on the cover, I highly recommend this book. I’d give it 5 stars, but then how would I differentiate Hemingway, Fitzgerald, or Tolkien?

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  • Mark D. Wilson
  • 11-07-21

loved it.

Great characters. fast paced. great gobs of geek. well worth the credit. would recommend

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  • Lydia Miller
  • 07-07-21

Not Her Best

It's a fast, fun read, but not one of Carrie's best. She again has a weak/damaged protagonist, which always takes me a few deep breaths to deal with, and I just didn't have enough invested in her and the characters by the end of the book to care that much.

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  • Celticfirelight
  • 05-07-21

Phenomenal! On point for Many Genres!

An amazing blend of tabletop game, fantasy literature, and video game references make this book already fun plotline full of little easter eggs that will have you nodding and smiling across so many fandoms!

Excellently crafted with a good mixture of description and action, this was a very fun read!

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  • Optimus Prime gb
  • 18-08-21

So good

Imagine an island resort you can attend which houses every fantasy world you grew up with and then add on D and D, WOW, and other fave games you have played. Grown up Disnerworld.

Imagine a Steve Jobs created island with the tech and manufacturing wizards who can build a real dragon, a unicorn, warbs, and create lifesize communities of people living full time in the illusion. Imagine a work environment that os purposefully dod eat dog and competitive. Then a mutiny happens. Someone builds a real energy shield over the island to cut off the outside world and its teal owner.

Are you going in withe team of mercenaries to play the island game enough to get to the castle and win the game thereby shutting off the dangerous tech that has resulted in deaths? Very good, fun, and amazing to think about.

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  • Gina Kieninger
  • 02-08-21

I really needed a good story

Not only was this book fun for my RPG, fantasy-loving little heart — it was just a good story. Not predictable, completely relatable, and high on the types of references that make my inner geek happy. Definitely recommend.

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  • Just Me
  • 28-07-21

Loved it

I read the reviews and got it despite them. I don’t regret it all all. The storyline kept me entertained with enough pop culture references to make my mind work. The descriptions were just enough that I could visualize things without detracting from the story. The snippets of the fantasy and reality merging were well done and the main characters struggles that blurring of the lines and even her past were done respectfully. The realism was great using a lot of hard science blended in, creating a fantasy theme park that I want to visit. The ending left enough closure to satisfy me while keeping in mind how the real world operates.

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  • AllyB
  • 23-07-21

Hello Damsel in Distress

WTH IS THIS PLOT????

This feels like it was written in the 50s. The female character is so disappointing. She constantly thinks she’s in the way or slowing people down all the time solving problems and coming up with creative solutions to keep the team alive. Not to mention the only reason she’s there is because of her ex boyfriend. Not her own intelligence and the fact she knows her sh*t. Suggesting within minutes on the journey that she’s worth more playing a damsel in distress. Trash. Trash. Trash. Maybe it gets better and she somehow becomes empowered at the end and understands her incredible self worth, but I’m honestly too annoyed to find out. Girl bye. (The narrator does a great job - great actress terrible writing)

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  • KMS
  • 24-09-21

Utter rubbish

Oh dear, I just couldn't take any more. I'm really quite surprised by how bad it is. Maybe I've been extremely lucky with previous of audio books. I feel a bit sorry for the poor narator. Given the dreadful material she has to work with she seems pretty good. This book gets a rotten tomato.