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Big. Green. Barbaric. Who says a troll can’t be the hero?  

You are what you choose to be. And after years of online trolling, Chad has become just that.  

A troll. A rager. An entertaining asshat.  

When his online persona finally catches up to him, he's sentenced to 30 days of full-immersion therapy designed to improve his anger issues.  

In order to experience what it's like on the other side, he's forced to play as a forest troll, a long-hated race in Isle of Mythos.  

To make matters worse, there are other “heroes” sent to rid the world of evil, each one on their own paths of twisted redemption.  

As Chad embraces the mantle of Chod the Barbarian Forest Troll, he quickly discovers that there's more to troll society than meets the eye, and his rage might be all that stands between them and extinction.  

Trolling is easy, but being a hero....  

Pick up books 1-3 in this epic fantasy litrpg series! 

©2018, 2019, 2020 Steven Rowland (P)2020 Steven Rowland

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mc is a moron

Another lit RPG where the supposed pro gamer is nothing but an incredible moron not able to see the most obvious of things While the MC in this book is not a whiny baby as nearly as much as some he is still a over dramatic crybaby


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Amazing Story

One of the best books in the genre that I have listen to. Rowland created an amazing world that draws you in completely. More than once I found myself wishing that the Sentenced to Troll universe was real.

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Super Generic LitRpg

Not sure the story could be any more generic. Nothing interesting or unique. No emotional connection. Just sounds like a narration of a normal person's experience playing a game.

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Great story

I really enjoyed the story and fell into the world myself. The characters are amazing and the flow of their actions and the reasons is well thought out. The narration is great as well. Many different and individual voices and inflections. Overall I could not be happier about these books and highly recommend them

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better than the concept

the concept that the MC was sentenced to play as a troll for the crime of griefing, is the weakest part of the series. this is only a small part of the overall story but as the setup and reason for the title it cannot be ignored.

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Good value, decent story

Story:
So, in a dystopian future where people go to actual prison for words our streamer kid (college kid) MC is instead handed over by the government to a private company for some "re-education".... Ok it's not really that dark but going to prison for words is stupid and he was sentenced to a video game as the hated enemy to 29 or so hardened criminals, at least one of which is a known sociopath. Oh and that sociopath had a particular hatred for the race the steamer kid was sentenced to. So not exactly light hearted justice either, but whatcanyou do, the author had to get him into the game as a troll somehow.

Book one is him serving his sentence and learning to make friends in an 'amazingly realistic' virtual world . There is nothing particularly new or unexpected here. The story is what you would expect, the setting and rules are interesting enough, and the story does move to a conclusion. Of course there is an issue with him leaving after his 30 day sentence is up, otherwise we wouldn't have a series.

Book 2 and 3 are him and his BFF working for the company playing the game and trying to save the world while the company tries to fix the problem. Some of the harden criminals are learning to reform, but we find out there is actually more than one sociopath amongst them (this is a really badly thought out re-education plan, if you ask me). The worst thing about this 3 volume book set is it does not complete the series and we are left in a spot that, while not quite a cliffhanger, does make me wish the next book was out.

Characters:
MC is likable enough, if a little dense from time to time, he can also be whinny but not too much. His first BFF....the npc one, this one will drive some people crazy, The narrator voices him like one of those people that do baby talk while larping. It's hard to describe. At least one youtuber uses the voice in his Choosing Beggars videos as the beggars voice. It can be quite annoying, which is sad because otherwise the character was fine, if odd. The MCs real life BFF is cool. Most of the other NPCs are cool as were a couple of the "criminals". I may not want to hang out with all of them in IRL but I would join a guild with them and game and am happy to enjoy their adventures.

Narrator:
He did a great job, though I did not particularly like one characters voice as stated above. However i get the sense that was how the character was written so won't doc points for it. This narrator distinguished voices well and spoke clearly.

Summary:
I am pretty easy to please in my LitRPGs. I need to like the characters (not be too whinny and have some honor). I want the characters to have a fun, interesting adventure, not too dark but not too cartoony. I don't want an MC to feel like a DM self insert Mary Sue, but instead just an average player figuring out a game and. who doesn't think he is the greatest gamer ever. Lastly, I don't want to be preached at about religion/anti-religion, or politics. I'm not going to lie when the book first started I thought my last rule would be violated, but it was not. The story met all my expectations for a fun LITRPG and I would continue the series if I could. Is it the best LITRPG out there? No. But it is a good inoffensive story that I would like to continue with. Oh and three books in one was a great value, even if it did not complete the story.

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Hard to do this

Frakly it's going to be difficult to do this, since I got this instead of the origonal books. Here's my review, broken up by book:

Book 1
This was facinsting, especialy looking into the social interactions with this story.
This story really allows for charecter development between all the charecters. The NPCs are all fully realised while the prisoners, it seems, are able to show off the issues that got them improsoned in the first place. Facinsting.
I’m here for this story, every facit, and I am really excited to see more in the next couple books. Idk if that’s where this series will end but I need to catch up, that’s for sure.
The world building is great, using a combination of methods to show off the world. I’m really excited to know more about the history of this surprisingly in deaph world.

Book 2
I can’t say I’m happy about the events in my life that lead to me being able to do this, but I am happy to finish this great book.
This story focuses more on characterization of a limited cast than the first book, limiting the cast down to a few charecters that allows the story to be really in-deaph.
This second story expands the scope of the adventures a whole bunch from the previous book, showing off so much more of the world. I really was happy to learn so much about this setting.
This second book is less story based. Sure there are story threads throughout the book but charecter development takes center stage as a way to expand the scope for the next book, which I’ll bet is more story focused again.
I’m enjoying these revelations and I want to know more going forward, both with the main vshsrecters and with side charecters who have been introduced.

Book 3
This was a really great story and was both able to provide closure for this trillogy while also providing room to grow for future volumes. I know how hard it can be to try to balance satisfying conclusions with putting more out there for people to read.
Charecter development takes a step back into being great but not the major focus of the story, returning the focus to the growing plotlines that are both being tied up here and also being created. Now readers will definetly be shown to the idea that they should continue.
I like to think of books, trillogies, and other units of these stories as more simular to "Arcs" in anime and manga fiction. These allow for different catagorizations which can be both WITHIN a book or consisting of books. At this point in the series one arc has come to a close and a new one has oppened.

Conclusion
Heartily recomended!

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Amazing

I love this author! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when getting this box set but man do I love that I did. I hope that he makes a 4th book because this series just can’t end just yet!

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Great series!

This is a great way to get the first 3 books of the series all it once. Really fun series! The plot is well thought out. The characters are interesting. I really like the game world, too. The narration is very professionally done. Great audiobook to have!

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the bundle is worth it

if you like lit rpg this is a good way to go. don't think I'd spend a credit on each individual book, but this is a solid value.

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  • J Smith
  • 09-01-21

“If you mess with the bull, you get the horns!”

Steven was my first experience of LitRPG and the Troll books will forever be a firm favourite of mine… especially so when you get 3 books in 1!
A brilliant story with amazing characters, mixed with excellent skill progression that just gets you hooked!
Absolutely love it and I can’t wait for the next in the series!
I won this book as part of a competition, but had already listened to the first 2 stories as well as other books by Steven too.
Oh and let’s not forget the great narration. Perfect pacing, tons of atmosphere and brilliant character voices that are clearly differentiated!
More please!!!

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