• Domestication

  • A Fantasy LitRPG Adventure (Battle Mage Farmer, Book 1)
  • By: Seth Ring
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (599 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A world on the precipice of the apocalypse. A secret forged in the flames of war. A chance to start over.  

For John Sutton, only one of those three things matters.  

Retired from a decade of brutal war, he wants nothing more than a quiet pastoral life while he does his best to stem the steady increase of his Doom Points before they hit 100, signaling the start of the end.  

He’s been given a small farm on the outskirts of the empire as thanks for his service, but no matter how far he travels, it's impossible to escape the war's devastating effects on the world.  

Bandits, suspicious townsfolk, a mysterious pair of siblings, and a secret that lurks in the mountains all threaten John’s peace. It will take all of his considerable power to keep from burning everything to the ground.  

Don't miss the start of the next great Fantasy LitRPG Series by Seth Ring, author of Nova Terra. Pre-order your copy today and explore a world whose secrets have been buried under decades of war.  

About the Series: Mixing slice-of-life with epic fantasy action, mystery, magic, cultivation, and a broken game system that seems determined to make everything as hard as possible for the already overpowered protagonist, this LitRPG/GameLit series is perfect for those who enjoy exploring rich worlds and complex characters.

©2022 Seth Ring (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Seth Ring Hits It Out of the Park AGAIN!

Having consumed all of Seth Ring's other works, Nova Terra, I went into this book expecting much. And boy did he deliver!
Having been summoned to this game-like world some 10 years ago, John, our protagonist, suffered through 10 years of war and strife to retire with honors to a small out of the way farm in a valley far from the rest of society. Thus, there is a slight slice-of-life feel that was certainly welcome, especially since you could tell that Ring did his research into what farm life might have been like. John, a very over-powered mage with the ability to control flames, also uses his magic in very unique and interesting ways, such as drawing the heat from freshly chopped trees to cure the lumber, and welding metal rails together to create a track for a wagon. Despite his desire to be left alone however, John is drawn into altercations with the local class holders, and an adventuring party, the ramifications of which, could have far-reaching effects.
The side characters are also given their own and unique personalities. Elly is a strong and independent young lady trying to do best for herself and her younger brother, while Ferty was just a hoot!
While the book is technically LITRPG, it's not very crunchy. There are no minutes on end of stats and skills.
If you enjoyed books like Beware of Chicken, I definitely recommend this book. I am eagerly awaiting book two.
And as always, Kramer killed it with the narration!

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Worthwhile MC

Finally an MC who doesn’t act like he has to convince people to treat him decently. One that doesn’t treat every suspicious, annoying, or downright hostile side characters like people he must get to love and understand him as a “nice” guy. Litrpgs have awful MCs, usually owing to a lot of amateur character writing and what I assume is some level of projection regarding the misconception of what a “nice guy” actually is. But seriously, a typical MC would make this book 3* longer with no added story, but plenty of pointless and I mean pointless self-reflective whining.

The supporting characters, especially Ellie and Ben, seem great but I don't understand why the author is hell bent on slowly turning a strong, stable character who's been through hell into unsure and confused teen. The plot is also built to strongly discourage action. His mission is basically to avoid most of the things people like about LITRPGs.

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Very nice slice of life

Very nice slice of life with lots of magic some mystery and intrigue humor and crazy farm animals. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this book

this book has been sitting in my wish list for a long time and I always you know was like man it's just a generic farmer mage story but I really enjoyed the world building and the story was great I love it I've already pre-ordered the next book

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Strong Silent Type MC

Every aspect of this book is top notch. The MC is a very likable John Wayne type. You gradually learn about the history of the world and of the MC as you read. There is solid character and relationship development during day to day life with measured confrontations and fight scenes sprinkled in. I found the book to be fully engaging and very enjoyable. I listened to the Audible version and found the narration to be excellent.

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Amazing story and characters

Instant staple in litrpg. Interesting and dynamic characters. A story not at all reliant on none stop action, but is always fast paced and Interesting. I can wait for more of this series

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Terrific

This is a great addition to the isekai genre. An OP character stuck in a world without instructions.

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So Good

I loved the character the story the narration was fantastic. forcing my husband to listen to this next. This book gave me a western vibe as well as cultivation. I was Definitely picturing John Wayne in my mind when I imagine the main character

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mellow power

a very mellow and good listen, interesting and well paced, does a lot better then other books that 'start in the middle' of a characters development

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STOP COMPARING IT TO BEWARE OF CHICKEN jfc

I need book 2 now!! The narrator wasn't great and often announced the "g" in "ugh." making all the characters say "ug" which was grating every time I heard it. The way the characters talk gave this ordeal a cowboy flick feeling. Unsure if that's what the author was going for but I liked it. John's a badass OP MC and that's the way he should be.

I've seen other people drop reviews comparing this to Beware of Chicken, almost demanding this story follow suit to that. Well news flash, Beware of Chicken wasn't even the first to write in this setting. Light novels did so. That's right, Japan beat everyone to it, so get off that high horse. Google it.
This isn't trying to be a copycat of another story, just because it's writing in the sub-genre of farming slice of life.

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  • ParBoiled
  • 06-22-22

Unexpectedly Good Book!

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story is a bit different than your normal summoned to another world\LitRPG book. There are slice of life notes with a good helping of action.
The world building is good, characters are well written and the magic\points system is explained well.
The narration takes a bit of getting used (main character sounds like Clint Eastwood), but once you do the book flies by.
Definitely Recommend!

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  • Michael Jackson
  • 08-08-22

awesome

love this series its got bulls a rooster fighting mages mana intrigue etc, what more could you want oh a cast of excellent people from bad guys to bad guys turned good guys did i mention the bull dont forget the bull oh comedy as well, the only thing not to like is waiting for book two to come out .

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  • Nalana
  • 07-14-22

Bring on the next book

I am loving this genre litrpg farming… but John is the coolest MC farmer ever, I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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  • Patrick Harwood
  • 07-13-22

exactly what you want from the title

was a little dubious but saw a good review and was not disappointed. good balance of domestic with intrigue.

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  • Tristan
  • 06-19-22

Brilliant!

Fantastic book, really good world building and interesting characters. If you're in fence don't be, grab it!

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  • A C Bennett
  • 08-01-22

Enjoyable

It was an enjoyable read and the audio was the icying on the cake. The whole idea of a war torn veteran just wanting to settle down and live a peaceful life is always a draw card for me and this story and the audio just fit nicely into what I like to read. It was nice to read about a MC who wasn't a teenage proteg'e of some store for a Change and I will probably read and listen to the Next book in this series.

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  • Dean
  • 07-29-22

Great

A mature MC, decent pacing and semi slice of life mixed with fantasy.

Really enjoyed the book and was a nice change from stat spanning Egotistical MC’s you usually find in books similar to this with pathetic harem story building. A refreshing change from the usual books written to be the authors anime fantasy dream that’s all about getting women one after another.

Wish it was longer!

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  • Janine M Buist
  • 07-23-22

great story

enjoyed this story, had a great mix of domesticity and adventure, loved the weird farm animals and all the other characters.