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With regenerative abilities, a badass tail and the potential to evolve his body, how could Art resist choosing a lizard man as his avatar? All’s well until he accidentally joins forces with an acid-spitting, enemy-consuming shadow-bound grub, causing his light-bound guild members turn against him, and a deadly fire mage to wage a vendetta against him. 

Venturing through enchanted forests, into mage enclaves atop ice-capped mountains, through thief-ridden sewers and into ancient temples, Art must defeat the Legendary Beasts and claim their gems of power before his enemies can stop him. 

With the odds stacked against him, it’s time for Art to undergo some dangerous and unique training. 

It’s time for him to evolve!

©2020 R.P. Jones (P)2020 Portal Books

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Kinda one dimensional characters. They concept is good, but the story is bland.

I was interested in the idea of a book from the perspective of an ever evolving protagonist. You could keep things interesting with the changes he goes through and cascading effects those bring to the game world. But, you really only see about four or five minor changes like his scales get harder or some other generic plot device to very definitely move the story in one straight line or another. By the time I reached a few hour in the book turned into a slog because of how bland the interactions were. I.e. “oh, you’re a lizard? Well, I don’t like you” moving to “Well, maybe I was a bit shallow in my judgment. Perhaps my internal struggle of the historical interaction with people similar to your appearance caused a negative superficial judgment to become a default mental focus. Oh well, guess were all good now that I don’t think that way. Huzza!” Overall, it was a great concept, maybe with some focus changes it could go awesome. Right now? It’s not good.

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Lame MC

I couldn't really find the MC likeable he was just so dumb and arrogant that I just had to stop

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Baldree’s Brilliance

From the first five minutes I was sucked into the story with the excellent character voices Mr. Baldree produces. I felt like I could actually see them, simply from how detailed and varied he made each character sound. I was immersed from the beginning until the end. I will definitely be listening to EVERY audiobook I can find from this outstanding narrator!

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Fantastic - bugtastic

This was a brilliant, different kind of story. It was really well written and the narration by Travis Baldree was fantastic - he was full of character and brought the book to life for me. Plus, he had to sing a lot, which was brilliant (and the songs added to the already cool world of beasts and animalistic players).

I really loved the lizard MC and the fact that he and his bug beast companion weren't OP. They had to work as a team to come up with clever tactics, rather than just running in and slashing. They also evolve, which changed the games and battles regularly and was really unique.

I also appreciate that the MC and their teammate (a thief with a giant spider) were a bit different to the norm. They were clever and even kind at times, their reactions and emotions felt genuine, and their dynamic worked well. The only niggle for me is I'd like even more of the teammate, Nux, as she's so cool and has so much potential! I was glad to see a well developed female character. Maybe we'll find out more about her in the future? Can't wait for book 2!

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Unique and captivating

A smoothly written and fast-moving journey with unique elements and creative twists in the mix. A great balance of action and emotion and character growth. Fantastic, vivid narration!

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Great novel and narration!

I truly enjoyed this novel. Art's use of a non-traditional species for his character, as well as his choice of companion, was an interesting deviation for this genre. The author did a wonderful job of character development, for both the character inside the game and outside the game, while his world-building did a good job of providing information while also raiding questions that forwarded the story.

I look forward the next book in the series, to see what happens to both our main characters as well as the antagonists (both major and minor) set up in this novel.

If you enjoy litrpg novels, you will not be disappointed. If you enjoy fantasy, but have never read litrpg novels, give this one a shot; you will not be disappointed.

I will also add that Travis Baldree did a wonderful job with his narration. His voice was engaging and made it easy for me to keep my focus on the novel (which I sometimes struggle with on audio books).

For transparency: I was provided a free copy of this audio book for a true and accurate review of it.

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Amazing read

Loved it and cant wait for the next one. The ending had me on edge the whole time

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Really cool game concept

Really cool game world. I like that every character gets a beast and that is a main part of the game. The game world is very well thought out and seems like it would be a legitimately fun game. The characters are well established through their interaction in the book. Travis Baldree does an awesome job with his narration. That guy can sing, too!

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those negative reviews are just grains of salt

I saw someone complain about racism. Apparently the species that he plays as was very invasive. Due to potential genocide of their species they started war to increase their land so that they may better survive. The other races that survived have grudges. So I wouldn't say racist per se. but they are universally hated due to the actions of their species. like this would be more on the extreme side but you could compare it to why people hate Nazis. They did a lot of bad things. And now everyone talks crap about them. Are you telling me that everyone that hates a Nazi is a racist? Anyway whoever wrote the review I think is pretty dumb.

Two main characters get along extremely well at one point. There's some personal growth there as well.

The only thing that's got me laughing consistently is I think his characters are all murder hobos. Everyone has got to kill everything. but I think some people wouldn't enjoy that.

overall the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life so no personal issues there. like I have nothing to critique on that.

The story overall was like a 7 out of 10 for me. Progress is quick enough for my taste. Story was a bit fresh as it used something that wasn't human for a change.

props of the author for not making alignment black or white.

I probably wouldn't re-listen to this book but if he came out with a second I'd probably spend the credit to snagit.

Mr writer I would like lore. As a dungeon master I get what you did I just want to know the reason that they're so disliked. like what exactly did they do in the war that generated universal hate. and enough reason for the majority of the population that plays this game to not want to select the race due to the high social penalties that are involved with playing with it?

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great story with bonded pets

the book was great and used many aspects that are not used in other litrpg. I lived how there was bonded pets and how the main character was an unusual race. the book also suprised me on how it ended as well.

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  • Jonny
  • 10-25-20

A hiddem gemofpower

Was like listening to a feature length RPG movie, but with the action, quests and character/world building to keep entertained throughout. The narrator was the cherry on the cake, top tier narration really well suited to the main character especially, but doing a great range of voices that were all enjoyable.

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  • JMcL
  • 10-09-20

Loved it!

A really fun and exciting story with some great character development. The narration from Travis was excellent (as ever!) and he really brought the world, and the beasts who live in it, to life for me. Definitely worth a listen!

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  • ParBoiled
  • 12-28-21

Solid Start!

This book introduces you to Art and Nails, Nux and Shadow Weaver and their adventures in the full immersive RPG, Beast Realms.
The story is well written and does not fall into the trap of making the main characters overpowered, you see them grow along with their companion beasts.
The world building is excellent, and the game mechanics are easy to understand.
Travis Baldree's narration is excellent and he even sings a verse of a poem/song here and there.
Definitely Recommend!
Now on to the next in the series.

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  • Jonathan Whitlock
  • 02-08-21

Good idea, slow moving at times

The concept of the novel was good! I enjoyed the character (and pet) progression. I saw how it aimed to be more realistic - MC is not super overpowered however at time I felt this was taken too far and I felt like he came across a lot weaker than others. I enjoyed the action parts however felt they were few and far between long filler parts and slightly awkward relationship scenes.

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  • Adam
  • 01-08-21

Surprised me

Really enjoyed the world for this book and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-20

fantastic

great little listen fast progression never a full moment !
looking forward to book two!!!!

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  • David
  • 10-15-20

wish I could get my time back

Main character is a a complete moron who's decisions are cringe worthy throughout, wish I could get the time I wasted listening to this back.

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  • StoyanBoev
  • 06-26-21

What is a man

Bad story bad character make no sense not coherent not connected not make sense just bad regret purchasing I am human btw oga booga

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  • Spikeymonkey
  • 06-19-21

A epic book!

A fantastic story, great characters and wonderfully narrated.
I look forward to the second book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-21

Too much convenience

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Main character felt bland and too much of a Mary Sue, going along with little to no obstacles.
Feels like a faceless grunt, who's getting power-leveled by plot convenience.

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"Art" doesn't encounter anything that he has to come back to or can't complete, thanks to whatever conveniently perfect skill/thing he got the previous chapter.
Example:
-An old and mundane song book, found in a completely random and unrelated mine turns out to be the perfect thing to make the bard ignore the incredibly steep price for the info they needed to get into the mages guild.
-Conveniently gets a passive charm ability, right before they need to go back to the town they were chased out from. Where they also need to sweet talk their way into the thieves guild.

The story is getting Hard Carried by the narrator, who I already love to death from previous works. But I'm repeatedly broken out of immersion by how whenever they come to any pause because of an issue, they just power through. "Art" even gets a few moments of doubt which could be a great way to flesh out the character, but end up brushing it aside as if it never happened.

Seems like an inexperienced writer or an early work. Wouldn't recommend to anyone for other reasons than to learn how important struggles and setbacks are for character building.

[I made it halfway through]

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  • Jemal
  • 01-01-21

MC annoying for me

I found the mc annoying like when he's being attacked and he says stupid things like what are you doing or stop it lol.
He's supposed to have been playing games for awhile but he sounds like a newbie a lot lol, good concept for a story but to much of a pacifist mc for me especially with some of the course language was just expecting a more hardened mc lol

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 10-20-20

Awesome

What makes this story stand out for me is the fluid character development, and a realistic player development system that doesn't flood me with boring stat updates every 2 chapters like so many others I've listened to. The only part I disliked was when Venom visited Maxis's geode. It didn't make sense at all given their levels and circumstances. Travis Baldree is always an amazing voice, and he didn't fail here.

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  • Steve byers
  • 03-03-21

Brilliance from conception!

R.p Jones is an absolute legend. I have high hopes for his future! Well done and keep up the amazing work!

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  • Mitch
  • 02-28-21

good book

quite a good story different from others I have come across, not many notifications and seems to get on with story quite quick.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-19-20

very enjoyable litrpg

really fun litrpg adventure with unique races and skills as well as quests! amazing narration brings the characters and story to life in a deep and immersive way