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Publisher's Summary

Adventurers flock to massive crypts brimming with riches.... Heroes storm the gates of dark fortresses... Gods clash over the fate of the realm itself....

Arek cooks lasagna, and tops it with a dash of finely chopped basil.

An orc who has seen more than his fair amount of fighting, Arek wants nothing more than to spend the rest of his days cooking and away from the chaos of combat.

However, when Ming and her group of adventurers hire him as their full-time chef, his plans of avoiding violence crumble. He longs to leave his blood-soaked mistakes in his past, but old friends and foes have different ideas.

Cleaver's Edge is the first book in a Fantasy / LitRPG lite series with a cooking element that's perfect for the holiday season. It contains status windows and other RPG elements, but it is not set within a video game. It will appeal to anyone that enjoys listening to a slice-of-life fantasy about a group of adventurers, as well as fans of Food Wars!

This novel also contains real recipes, and we highly recommend you give them a taste, if you’re hungry!

©2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Aethon Audio

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A fun change of pace for the genre.

I picked this book up after it was recommended by Shirtaloon and I loved it. The story is a fun mix of Western fantasy and iron chef. The characters are interesting and the conversations are a well done. This book pulled off what few manage to do and made me laugh out loud several times. I've been listening to litrpgs for the last few months and this has been a very welcome change off pace.

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A delicious read

Loved it from start to finish, I found the jokes witty and all the characters fun. Thank you Shirtaloon for the recommendation now to go read everything else Actus has written. Genuinely if you like food wars or restaurant to another world or just to cook in general this book is a worth while read just for the recipes.

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A solid book in GameLit genre

The first item on the list I need to address first here is that Cleaver's Edge is not really a LitRPG but has elements of GameLit mechanics, likes some variation of stats, and a character sheet. While the title states it's a "LitRPG Fantasy Cooking Adventure" there are no litrpg elements that we're used to like levels, notifications, stats, or quests.

Having said this, the book has a refreshing view of the genre with interesting characters and easy flowing story. Eric (the orc mc) travels with a group of adventurers with taking things one step at a time while cooking throughout the journey. At the end of some chapters, there are recipes of the dishes he cooks, which is cool, but not really helpful in an audiobook format. The book started really cringy for me when Eric accepts an adventure's invite without any hesitation and it felt like a forced story progression, but I managed to get over it in an hour or so.

I've also removed one start for the narrator. Peter has clearly put some effort into this book, but the voices of the main characters are still similar to each other and the narration pacing changes slightly through the book.

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Incredible

So much fun! LitRPG cooking! More more more. And please keep the reader. Actus will become a new favorite I think.

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Progression Fantasy + Food Wars + Toriko. 3.5

I think I would consider this title more on the Progression Fantasy side. There are relatively no stats. There are a few, but they are more on the percentile based (Ex. If a character was in the top 80% of magic power in the world).

The book is about Arek the Orc Chef fighting alongside his friends in order to find better and higher quality ingredients to make the finest dishes for them and others. He is quite talented and loves cooking for people and sharing his knowledge. He often gets into culinary battles of cooking. It's not all about food though. Arek has a darker and mysterious past that he doesn't let people in on much, but he definitely knows how to handle himself and can help the party in their time of need.

The book is a good split of adventure and food. The food part is akin to crafting in many other titles. I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I thought I would. Some of the culinary and cooking may have been more detailed than I was honestly interested in, but it's not that bad. The only part I really didn't care for was the Recipe description at the end of some of the chapters. It goes into full detail of all the ingredients and cooking instructions for the dishes that Arek makes. I really could have done without it. After a while I ended up fast forwarding through them.

The end of the book has a decent conclusion, but definitely left open for a sequel. I could go for it, but it would be quite a decent way down the line of other sequels I would get before it.

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great book

so it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. I have a few daughters that want to become chefs and this is the perfect book for them, as they like adventures as well. cant wait until they try to make some of the recipes, and cant wait for book 2 to come out

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excellent

I really enjoyed this book and I'm excited to read the next one in the series. I'm very eager to try some of the recipes too.

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A wonderful break from hack and slash

The is more to gaming than just killing monsters and this story is a wonderful breath of fresh air. The combat is there but is not the main focus and I enjoyed every minute of the story. characters are fun and believable. Plus I got some good recipes

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Looking forward to more

The chef angle is an interesting take that I really enjoyed, and the LITRPG isn't overly pushed.

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Fun LitRPG-Lite with Real Cooking!

Cleaver's Edge is a fun listen in a fnatasy setting with some light LitRPG elements. The characters are interesting and quirky and the descriptions of the foods and exactly how they were cooked had my mouth watering every time. As the main cook in my family, I look forward to trying out some of the recipes on my wife and kids. Very much looking forward to more in this series, both as a lover of fantasy stories and a lover of cooking good food!

Disclaimer: I was given a review copy for free and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 12-23-21

“It’s like angry dirt”

I enjoyed this book and I’ll definitely be looking out for the next in the series.
Well written and a nice different take to the norm.
Really well narrated too with great character voices and pacing.
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-23-22

Awesome book

Only a few spelling mistakes in the actual book, but the Author and narrator was awesome. I can't wait to get the next book and audio book.

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  • Mr Brian C Hunter
  • 12-29-21

RPG/fFood prep

I was salivating at the stats at this book, how good is that, what a refreshing look at RPG.

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  • dunpony
  • 12-16-21

Unique twist on lit rpg

Well written and engaging l loved the idea of an orc cooking! having the recipes in an audiobooks was a bit odd but I'm definitely going to try some, they sound so delicious

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-22

A must read!!

From start to finish it is like a fun adventure with 4 friends. The mc is loveable simply a genuinely fun and strong mc although not super overpowered he doesnt lack anything. He is a caring, reliable, and funny mc who isnt a pushover at all and is very knowledgable about food and fighting, the sidecast characters are genuinely so friggin good you might aswell have 4 mcs, they all fit well to flesh out a solid group.

If you enjoy cooking battles, learning new recipes and plenty of fighting then this has what youre looking for and trust me our mcs humour is pretty damn funny 😁😁

Loved this book!

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  • R. James Roach
  • 12-09-21

An excellent meal of a story

Excellent ingredients, easily digestible, complex and surprising in parts but joyful enough to make me laugh and smile. Thank you.