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Damien was a simple man, cruising on the highway of life. A goddess of temptation lures him into a deal he scoffs at. Superstition is for the foolish. Small problem: She's real, her ritual works, and Damien is magically teleported into a strange new realm.

Damien awakens in Nordan, a land of myth and magic. A realm where humans battle legendary creatures for the amusement of the gods. In a war between man and myth. Damien's powers set him above the rest, a lord of life and death - enemy of all. Stranded, but not alone, will he perish, or conquer his way home?

©2021 Han Yang (P)2021 Royal Guard Publishing

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Spineless Mc

I usually go into these types of series with a open mind about how the MC will handle everything but this book turned me off on how spineless he is. Even after being tricked into several situations he still falls short in common sense.

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Don't waste your credit

I'll start with the only redeeming factor of this book being that Erin Bateman does a great job with the female vocals. All the female characters have a depth to them and she does a great job bringing it out.

That said, the other guy (who I won't both to remember his name because of how much he sucks) has exactly one tone of voice: bored. When the MC is getting sucked through a portal? He sounds bored. When the MC is getting attacked? Bored. Getting laid? Also bored. His monotonous tone make this book so infuriating that after 5 hours into it I gave up knowing this guy has forever been moved to my "do not buy" list.

This book could have been good, if someone else was narrating it.

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Loved it

TL-DR: Super long audio but action packed. almost 3 books in one from the feel. Very well-built world. Long but flows very well. Character starts off as almost less than zero, in a very amusing and funny way. Ends in the semi-OP on the way to OP in progression. Voice actors were great. Loved it.
This was much better than expected. I like books on the longer side as I love to read/listen all the time. Gave this one a shot even though I thought that Isekai has been overdone lately. Starts off kind of hilarious with a boy meeting a girl, who turns out to be more than she seems. Don’t like giving spoilers so I wont describe too much. However, he falls into a trap and gets put into another world. Standard Isekai plot for the most part at this point.
But rather than getting into a young superman style body, he gets stuck in… well. I wont spoil it any more than that.
Regardless to say it starts off with him underpowered. He has to fight through adversity. Since he is a healer type, it provides an interesting challenge. The MC is much more tactical in decision making rather than the typical “Leroy Jenkins” strategy used by a lot of other MC’s in the genre.
However, by the end the MC gets some serious power. Enough to satisfy the crowd who love their characters OP. bad guys in the book progress with the MC for the most part, so it doesn’t make them weak and stupid all of a sudden.
Overall well rounded book with an original twist on a semi over-populated genre. Some numbers in it but not super “Crunchy” in my opinion. Think most fans of the genre will have a hard time putting it down.

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excellent

a good slow full length adventure. the mc does a great job with the situation he's thrown into. the mc is transported to another world not because of getting paid a visit by truck-kun but because he channels his inner bard and gets tricked by a woman. hilarious hijinks and great fighting. the mc is gifted or cursed with opposing magics but does a outstanding job trying to cope with mastering them while on the run and learning about his new world. great story loved it from start to finish.

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Fantastic debut for a new author!

I saw this one both as it was being written on Royal Road and as it was being published as an ebook. While it definitely caught my attention, then it didn't demand it like it did when I saw it was being made into an audiobook.

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This is a long story, at 36 hours. While it's fantastic value for the audiobook credits, just know that this first book is practically a trilogy on its own. Know that you're going into a tremendously proportioned story when you download this book, with two more sequels awaiting production!

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This story is narrated by multiple narrators, which truly helps bring the production value to a new level. The alternate male/female narrator makes first person seem fresh, exciting, and new. Both narrators are clearly veterans in audiobook narration, and they definitely know their stuff. All the characters have distinctive and unique voices that help immerse the reader in the world. I have nothing but compliments here.

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The true meat of the book is the story. Han Yan has crafted an incredible adventure, taking the tried and true isekia introduction and making it own with his unique tist of a competition between gods.

The protagonist meets one of those gods and the story begins as he's thrown into the body of an old man minutes away from death. Only by obtaining the magical power of the world can he prevent his death and accumulate the power to someday go home.

That's as much as I'll spoil on the premise, but the rest of the plot only gets more intriguing from there, with villains and challenges around every corner for the protagonist to face.

The characters are believable and intriguing, filled with mirth despite the grim nature of their world. They aren't murderous cuthroats or arrogant young masters, but real people who feel like they could actually exist and be heroes in a distant realm.

I hope you guys reading this will give Han Yan a chance. You won't regret it!

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every terrible trope in one story

Narrator makes everyone sound weak and timid. Story jumps the shark every scene. Unnecessary over sexualization.

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Refreshing change of epic story

not a change of pace, an all out epic adventure from an author that does this on a regular basis. shows a great deal of character development as well as a story that doesn't sit and get stagnant. will be following this series with great expectations.

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Loved it!

When you drive as much as I do, long audiobooks are a godsend. I enjoyed the story. The narration was good. I'd definately buy number 2.

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Good start.

This was a pretty good start to what I am hoping is an amazing series. The MC doesn’t immediately become OP or instantly turn in a warrior badass. His progress feels more aligned to an actual person changing to adapt to their new life. He struggles, and makes several mistakes at the beginning and doesn’t immediately learn from them. But as he keeps pushing on trying to survive, he does learn. I also loved that the character didn’t immediately become ruthless when put into a difficult situation that refused to give him any breaks.

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great start to a series.

Fun book and great story. Looking forward to book 2, give it a try you won't be disappointed.

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  • Mansoor
  • 07-05-21

Very bad narration

The narration is REALLY BAD had to listen at 1.8 Normal speed. Puts me to sleep otherwise. The story is ok and I would listen to the next one but the narration… please have it changed

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  • Stuart
  • 06-28-21

Had potential

Listening to the narrators feels like they are having a conversation in two different rooms
Very distracting!!!
So much so I’m requesting a refund of my credit !!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-27-21

I really liked it

I loved this book, the narration I personally liked. The story kept my interest the whole way through. It kept me guessing as to what was going to happen and I plan on getting the next one

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 09-26-21

Enjoyable start to this series

The world-building, mechanics and particularly the characters combine well to deliver an enjoyable listen with this book, one that doesn't really drag despite the extensive runtime and still provides ample setup for any subsequent books in the series too.

The narration mostly works out fairly well, except that the pacing just feels too slow and even if people do not usually increase the playback speed, I would recommend that they do so with this book.

Overall, an entertaining listen that also sets up the series well and at the same time delivers good value for a listenr's credit too with the length of it.

[Note, I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Mardigann
  • 08-25-21

Not for me

I understand its a fantasy novel but you would have to be deluded to believe that such a weak MC would survive past the first two days. Unfortunately its too ridiculous to get drawn in. 10hrs in and I can't see it getting any better. The narration isn't the best but its tolerable.

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  • Liam
  • 07-08-21

I really liked it

I was concerned at the start of the book it was going to be overly sexual considering how the goddess was at the start but that never happens this book dose how ever contain a very interesting world full of different well thought out races and I really hope there is another book on the way hopefully the same length

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  • Kineticus
  • 07-02-21

really enjoyed

I found the characters engaging and enjoyed the progression. a lot of story here. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Mansoor786
  • 06-22-21

fantasy LitRPG

A bit different then your regular LitRPG as it's a mix of fantasy as well with our MC being isekaid to another world, luckily for him it wasnt truck kun, but for real it is a great story with great narrators which together bought the story more alive. The MC gets a class which makes him an outcast with the good human cities which makes him work more along the monster side but takes neither side. MC does not start OP but it's more of an progression story with the MC learning how hes nee abilities work along with the new world.
Also it's a looooong audio which is another plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-21

Not worth it

I don't review many books but i though this book was so bad it needed one. Normally i consume books like this but i felt the book was dull the numbers were silly and the performance was mediocre at best. Within an hour of starting i needed to put the book to 1.5x speed cause the male voice actor was abnormally slow which cause the female to sound high pitched.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-21

The story is okay but the narrator is so boring

At first I didn't mind it but after awhile I realised the narrator was so mono tone and boring that I kept falling asleep and eventually I just stopped listening to a book for the first time ever.

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