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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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Interesting concept, but that's as far as it goes.

First off, narrator was good. No complaints on there.
I really like the idea of a fantasy based cooking fiction. I'm a very well versed cooking enthusiast, which is honestly where this book fell the shortest for me.
There was no real focus to what kind of food they put in the story. The MC says his motivation is to go into dungeons to get rare ingredients and stuff, but the recipes are all based around supermarket goods.
I would have loved something either in line with Toriko's fantasy based foods, Steven Rinellas true story about traveling across America to hunt different animals to complete a wild version of Escoffier's menu, or the research heavy recipe development that made food wars great. Something with a focused approach of some sort. This felt more like a celebrity cookbook.
Characters were pretty one dimensional and the plot never really took off.

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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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it's probably better if you really like cooking

the voices and narration are great. the story feels a little flat. I never felt the heart pounding supence, tear inducing emotions, or the gut busting humor. I think all the elements were there but they were all there together all the time with no one standing out.

bottom line if you are into cooking and fantasy and want both in your story then this will be an enjoyable book for you.

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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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  • 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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  • 05-11-22

In my opinion, utterly dreadful

Too much he said she said. Too much dialogue entirely. The narration was poor as well. In fact, I can’t think of a good thing to say about this title. The recipes, if you’re a cook, might be fine but honestly, I found them distracting. if you must include them, put them at the end so that if you want just to concentrate on the story you can. Thank goodness I didn’t pay for this book. It’s just about the only positive I can come up with.

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  • 04-16-22

I love the recipes!

I think the mushroom one is the first I'm going to try!
The story is actually very good and really pretty unique in style .I've read a lot of this type of story and I can honestly say this is a new one on me lol. The fighting styles are different and interesting enough to keep you wondering what they are going to do next .I recognise the narrator from another book I have and just like that time he did a pretty good job. Still has a hard time keeping the mc name straight , I mean is it Alax or Ajax?
doesn't take away from the storytelling though.

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  • Andrew Kilgour
  • 04-14-22

more please

loved it, has de Similarities to "he who nfights with monsters " and would very much recommend u just hope the writer does more of these

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  • Ballamannin
  • 03-27-22

Relaxed enjoyable listen

I did enjoy this, was helped by the narrator who I thought handled the pace of the story and the characters well. Was not an overly complex story but that was also a strength. The characters had some stereotypical features but that was no bad thing, in running games I’ve seen these in players and was fun to listen to. Sometimes it is good to have a more simple story and I’d say this was such. It it still started to develop some more depth in the characters themselves as the story progressed to make them more interesting and making me intrigued to see how they develop over time. The recipes were fun, may even find myself trying one or two if I can find them written out. Did enough to make me consider purchasing any sequel, probably when sitting in the sun chilling and want an easy listen. I’m a big fan of the Orcs books by Stan Nichols and it was nice to have an orc character in the book.

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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.