• Lord January

  • A LitRPG Cultivation Saga (Year of the Sword, Book 1)
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (702 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Time is money. Time is a weapon. Time is running out.

Grant Leap is an orphaned, mortal farmhand in a world where cultivation methods and Weapons of Power are jealously guarded and only passed down among family. He’s not content with his lot; as a Januarian, someone living in District January, he should be living the good life just like everyone else. Food, parties, food, entertainment, and food are the minimum requirement. As an orphan, specifically a reviled Leap, there’s not even a chance of being treated as a human.

When a celestial event pours time magic into his field, coalescing into a lost Weapon of Power, Grant leaps at the opportunity to advance beyond even the scope of standard cultivation. At the first touch of the weapon, the orphan gains everything he’s ever wanted: a Sword and a Name. Also, a pesky mandatory quest with his life as the price of failure. It doesn’t take him long to realize that the best thing for him to do is to sell it and live on borrowed Time.

Yet, that would never happen. The blade offers him the first major choice he’s ever had to make: surrender to his desires...or live like a king.

©2022 Dakota Krout (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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Dakota Krout has gotten fat on his readers

Dakota once wrote an immaculate series known as the divine dungeon any failures in the series itself was almost fixed by the sheer quality of the story and writing.

That was long ago however since then Dakota has started abusing his fan base. The Completionist Chronicles are no longer about a completionist but a man reportedly with a genius IQ but the intelligence of a simpleton. The Murderhobo series spent almost as much time focusing on useless side characters as it did on the MC (hopefully this was just because it was the beginning of the series.) This series is a confusing mess that disgusts me.

I challenge Dakota to sit down, write a book then release it without his name attached at all; not his publishing company, not his endorsements, nothing. Since he started his publishing company he will publish an author's work hop on a public format and broadcast this, when he does people see his name and jump at the chance to buy his work. I should know I was one of them. Following my disillusionment with his work I tried to question his failing in one of these public formats but his fans are so rabid that this statement was the equivalent of blaspheming in the Vatican and I was unable to make my point.

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Meh...ok, I guess

So, the prose and flow is decently done...which I kinda expect from D.Krout. However, the plot is a mess. It kinda feels like something that was put together during a night of drinking(or other such activities...considering the fixation on food...well, you get it). So instead of drinking shots...you are giving a bogus plot from a bunch of drunks and have to write a book....yep, that's it.

Not really worth a credit.

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not so great

Narration was good, but sadly the story not so great. I have liked authors other work, just not this.

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600 pound life

The story is basically my 600 pound life meets a cultivation story of a simpleton MC that does not grow or listen and has a epic load of author plot armor, The world is super small because the author described the capital that was pitiful in numbers of people. Most small towns in America would dwarf it is size.

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a great new series!

Dakota Krout's mind and Travis Baldree's voice come together yet again to dispense an amazing combination based around this simple idea of Time is Money! the world is easy to get into, understand, and follow. the action is fun! I really enjoyed listening to the first book in the Year of the Sword!

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Disappointed

Not up to the standard I'm use to for Dakota's books.

This book takes the worst qualities of every cultivation book and throws them all together. I think he did it as a satire to poke fun at the tropes but instead he just made it painful to listen to.

Before this book I would pre-order any of Dakota's books as soon as I saw them, now I will be waiting till release to read it's reviews first.

Do not recommend.

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Expected great things from Krout, was not wrong

I've listened to pretty much all of his audio book works and enjoyed the writing style immensely. This is definitely a new sub-genre for him but he conducts a thoughtful and intricate weave to bring a new and creative world in to being. I wait patiently for February and second installment of the series and hope the theme is a book a month because I can't stop listening once I've started. Thx Dakota Krout for continuing to impress.

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what a fun book

this book is fun. worth your time. great start to a new series. and the puns. get it!!

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Disappointed

I was excited when I saw this title having enjoyed the combination of Krout’s writing and Baldree’s narration skills, but I was extremely disappointed, I couldn’t even make it through the first hour. It seems the author tried to create “unique” cultivation mechanics, but decided to include some of the worst MC troupes this genre has to offer.

This my first refund, and I have dozens of unfinished titles in my library, would not recommend this title.

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to many troops this book is stupid

why really why write something like this it's stupid it's a total troop book why would anyone enjoy this nothing is a surprise it's totally predictable have enjoyed other books by this author but this is trash and I'll question ever get this author again

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  • Ben Cavanagh
  • 01-13-22

A good book with a decent mc

I liked the story but the mc made me really annoyed at times with his don’t kill unless I have to policy as that put him in some really bad positions and SPOILER ALERT: It was very annoying to see him feel guilt for killing a guy who very much deserved it. But overall it was a good story and I hope he has some character progression next book.

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  • nigel jackson
  • 02-27-22

Great storyline

Loved it. Really good story. Fast paced. Look forward to hearing the next in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-22

Great series

Great first book look forward to Lady February. Dakota does a great job to get this one started

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-22

Disappointing...

I generally like LitRPG books, even with the... varying quality in the genre.
I've read a few other Dakota Krouts books, (The Completionist Chronicles, Divine Dungeon, Full Murderhobo, Wolfman Warlock) but Lord January just felt lazily written in comparison.

The book is essentially a series of extremely unlikely events cobbled together to give the dimwitted protagonist a path ahead as he's too stupid to make any plans to complete the quest himself.

The naming convention is lazy, the characters are two-dimensional, I literally cringed at the pop-culture references and overused jokes that felt shoehorned in and broke the immersion. The world itself, or at least the part we see in this first book is reminiscent of the most gluttonous parts of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, without the originality.

It reads like something the author wrote before he'd published anything else. A project he discarded and only now got around to finish. But published hurriedly without fixing all the tropes and clichés.

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  • AJAS
  • 01-18-22

Wonderful first instalment

As with everything Dakota writes, this is wonderfully thought out and written. Pleasing attention to detail and a unique style make him stand out from the crowd.

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  • Magichobby
  • 01-12-22

Cultivation for fat people

This book is fun strange and a creative twist on a popular genre. Can't wait for the next book in the series.