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Paladin of the Sword

By: Marvin Knight
Narrated by: Jessica Threet
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The surface world is a strange place for a young man who grew up in hell.

Darren was just a boy when he and his mother were betrayed by paladins and chased beneath the Earth. There, with only his paladin's sigil and his quests to guide him, Darren grew from boy to man. Born in fire and blood, hell itself sculpted the perfect paladin.

Years later, after a lifetime of fighting demons and battling a world full of nightmares, Darren finally returned to the surface. But, the world above ground has just as many trials to face as hell itself, and not all of Darren's enemies are demons. Darren's foes lurk in wait, and he will need all his strength to make new friends and build a life atop the ashes of his mysterious past.

Contains: Gamelit system, multiple love interests, and one badass paladin.

©2021 Marvin Knight (P)2022 Marvin Knight

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Mostly Okay...

Fair warning, some things may be considered spoilers.

Also, I left a bit of a more detailed review on Amazon.

First things first, Jessica Threet does a fantastic job narrating. Seeing her name as the narrator was one of the reasons I decided to try to book despite not picking it up on Kindle.

Second, as I type this, full disclosure, I took a break after an erotic scene was used to resolve a serious issue with one of the characters. This was done before, sex was used to save two characters from an event despite the MC's OPness and I let it slide because reviews had warned about it, but the situation that made me sort of rage quit for the moment was when one of the characters spends a large amount of time working for the bad guys and helps the bad guys kill off people, innocent and guilty, and despite being presented as a character with some street smarts, is incapable of figuring out that the Big Bad is feeding her a few lines to get her to stay in line. Ok, character development. Fine. Yet when it all culminates in her confronting her friends (the harem) and fessing up to her activities, what do her friends do? They spank her. They literally spank her and it's turned into an erotic scenario. So what does she learn from that? I mean to be fair, she knows she did wrong, but it's one of the running problems I'm starting to have with Western HaremLit and its authors. They almost never want to have conflict within the harem and even when they do, they wrap it up real easy and everyone goes back to sexy-time-story-telling. I felt like her sins were a bit too serious for it to be turned into a lighthearted moment with easy forgiveness, yet that's what Knight chose to do so I took a break.

The story has other issues. Lacks descriptive details. OP MC storytelling issues, etc.

My other big beef is I think the author overplayed the MC's social awkwardness and the reasons for it. MC is presented as someone capable of making plans, strategies, and can face off against hordes of demons. In other words, he's not stupid. He can put two-and-two together. Yet, he spends a load of time thinking that everyone (humans) should be like him or are just like demons or spends a lot of time failing to understand the currency, thinking copper is more valuable than gold, etc. I felt like a simple line from MC would've cleared all of this up to his human companions. "I spent my entire childhood in hell killing demons," yet the author never (at least as far as I read) had the MC state this just to play up the usual OPMC tropes often seen in Anime, Manga, Manhwas, and Light Novels.

Aside from all of that, the story isn't bad. When/if I finish and have more to say, I'll update this.

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Not what I was expecting!

The story starts off sad, but when he meets his friends the story just makes me laugh especially when he has to stop a demon summoning from cultists.

I love the relationship the main character builds with the two female main characters.

The story gets serious about have ways and the main character is put to his limits and I can’t wait for the second book.

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good beginning

I enjoyed this book a lot and I am looking forward to the next one.

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a must-buy trust me

so compared to some other authors Marvin night is on the smaller side but his writing is oh so amazing. Every single book of his spell heart series I've gone through and I'm waiting on bated breath for book 8. The first six chapters are currently available up on his patreon. I think this is a side Trilogy thing that he is doing with no connection to the spell heart series obviously. I'm not going to lie this book made me cry in the beginning. there's definitely some funny parts to. the narrator I'm very familiar with that she always says a fantastic job. Book 2 for this trilogy is out now in ebook form. I can't wait I'm going to go read that next. the author did mention that he may do a fourth book if he can't wrap it up in the next one. this book is like five hundred plus pages and book 2 is like 850. at the end of the day I really just cannot say enough good things about the stories from this author.

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  • JB
  • 03-11-22

loved it

great start to a new series. the story was entertaining and different. the narrator was great as always. worth the credit.

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Nice!

I'll just start by saying that Jessica Threet does a fantastic job as always. Such a great start to a Litrpg where the Mc is already OP from the getgo. Filled with lots action and good humor I found it hard to stop listening once I started. Will be looking forward to the rest of the series.

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“Lol money is hard”

For everything I liked about this book I equally hated. The brain dead mc can’t figure out how currency works. You know someone who survives in hell his whole life should be smarter and more observant but for some reason only copper coins make sense to him…. Wtf man. I mean I get being socially inept but does that make you retarded? Probably not yet the author decided social awkward mean uncapped of figuring out how currency works. God I wish that was the only mistake this book makes but it’s not. Finished it and it barely passed but the author needs an editor to slap him around for being an idiot.

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nice, until the sex

I liked it up until the sex scene to prevent a demon summoning by defiling the virgin maidens started. Honestly, why the hell do demons need to be summoned in a world where they literally live beneath their feet.

if you're into sex scenes, I don't blame you, it's just so campy, slaying a demon with your dick. Not for me, and way too indulgent.

Anyway, the RPG system is sort of interesting, but the OP main character isn't challenged enough, at least up until I read.

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And things were going so well...

So what do you do to someone who is a trusted friend responsible for summoning thousands of demons to overrun Your city; murdering dozens of men, women, and children in the process? Especially after your spending around 20 chapters dispensing a ruthless sort of divine martial justice such as bisecting, beheading, disemboweling, etc., wrong doers. What punishment is fair? You pull their pants down and spank them...
Seriously? Kind of harsh isn't it? Good thing the spanking got them all aroused...


shoot me.

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Inconsistent. Buy if you can shut your brain down.



The voice actress performed wonderfully, the author not so much.

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I enjoyed the first part of the book with the main character alone in Hell. The entire bandit ark after that was terrible and contrived. The main character who was shown to be resourceful and smart up until this point turned into a character who had no brain. His interactions with the townsfolk showed he was completely brain dead and even trying to save his "friends" he would get sidetracked by stupid interactions. Not to mention forgetting abilities he had at integral times to push the plot forward. A case of poor writing ruining an otherwise good book. Will finish it but this definitely makes me unlikely to buy from this author again.

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  • Dhruv
  • 07-26-22

amazing

great story. litrpg elements are amazing and amazing character building. undoubtedly the author's best work. I was hooked the minute I read the first page and didn't even realize when I was done with the book. the characters are complex the MC is at times hilarious and at times very serious. the fight scenes were awesome. can't wait for the next one. also, Jessica Threet was amazing as always.

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  • 04-01-22

S tier litrpg

Great story, great narration, great world building, great litrpg system, can't wait until the second audiobook.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 03-07-22

Great start

This is a very good start to a very interesting story very nice work on the mc great book

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  • 04-12-22

Engrossing storytelling

I liked the story a lot. Featuring a silent hero and entertaining characters with their own flaws.