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A new world. A malevolent disease. The Doctor is in.

Virgil's a veterinarian, a man dedicated to being a healer of animals. Despite the ups and downs of caring for sick and injured creatures, his career was more than a job. It was his calling. Then, his dedication was noticed, and the world around him faded, as he was yanked through the void.

The great world tree, Yggdrasil, needed a group that could work together to stop a threat that could end reality. The world tree summoned a team of five champions, into a world straight out of fantasy, and remade them into something more. Unfortunately, for Virgil, he was granted almost no skills that cause damage, and his body was shifted into a reviled Dark Elf. Now, hated by the locals and of little use to the others that can already heal themselves - as well as deal damage - Virgil was cast aside.

Abandoned and alone, Virgil will take on the threat to this world....No matter what ally gets in his way.

©2022 Maxwell Farmer (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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Tell me you're not a gamer without telling me...

That sentiment basically sums up this below average book. The entire book is riddled with this sentiment, but the two main culprits is a bunch of elite 'gamers' thinking a healer of any sort would be 'dead weight,' and the sheer stupidity of putting off placing 12 free stat points when your life depends on it.

The second biggest issue, and arguably more egregious, is how ridiculous and cartoonish every character in this book is. From the hilariously childish antagonist to the comically dense protagonist - a non spoilery example: Imagine if a rabid dog was constantly frothing and going for Mr Protag's throat for the entire book. The protag spends the entire story having to fend it off with a broom or run away from it. Then, at the end, with the dog's jaws closing around his throat the protag has the audacity to say 'You know what? I think this dog may be a psychopath.'

I almost threw my phone at the wall when Virgil made the equivalent of that comment unironically.

This is the kind of book that turns me off an author entirely. I'll not be coming back for more.

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Good Grief!

really enjoyed the book and made even better by an amazing narration, yeah at this point the premise of the story is kinda cliche summon heroes to save the world but this one takes a different route than the normal stories with the mc being a healer and a dark elf which put him in a extreme disadvantage because no one likes them, what i didn't really buy is why even the other druids are complete dcks even gwen at the beginning towards the mc also extremely happy that his companion wasnt a sarcastic one but actually a helpful and funny one, can't wait for the next one!

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Good story, slightly clunky writing, typical hammy performance.

I would recommend this book to GameLit fans with a few caveats. The story is good, but as mentioned by other reviewers the racist world is a bit overdone and could have been more subtly and effectively written. The characters, while bombastic, are somewhat 2 dimensional. The writing mechanics are good enough to not be overly distracting but there are more than a few clunky parts.

Lastly, as is to be expected, Daniel Wisniewski whipped out his cheese gun and Wiskiewski’d all over the prose. If you like that sort of thing, then you’re golden. If you find his overly-dramatic, Shatneresque gravitas to be ridiculous and arbitrarily applied then you will have to struggle through along with the rest of us. While he detracts from the story as much as he usually does, I find that I can get used to it if I try not to pay attention to it, like when you’re driving past a pig farm.

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This vet is an underDOG

I’m always a fan of underdog stories, but man, Virgil has a rough go of this! With virtually no damage potential, he gets abandoned by his fellow druids and has to go off into a new world and defeat the three demonic generals that threaten to take over the land.

He faces as much opposition from his fellow Earthlings who were portaled into the land with his as he does from monsters and demons. The dude can’t get a break!

Very enjoyable, clever MC, who finds ways to overcome apparently insurmountable problems.

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6 out of 5 stars all around

Honestly, one of the best books I’ve read/listened to!! Great story! Main character felt relatable on multiple levels!
Truly a work of art!
Highly recommend this book! And I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

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Great start to a new series

Virgil is a veterinarian who suddenly found himself in another world as a dark elf. He is one of the Druid champions along with 4 other newly created elves. The problem is that dark elves are hated in this kingdom. To make matters worse, Virgil is the healing Druid. He finds that this means that he has no starting offensive spells and his weapon is little more than a healing booster. This could be difficult.

This is a very fun take on the isekai genre. I really enjoyed this book and the new characters. Grief is one of my favorite new characters! Virgil starts out very weak and hated. I know you can’t apply logic to prejudice, but the people know that he has not been a dark elf before he lands in this world. There are a few very OP items that he comes across, but it is understandable as a champion to save the world.

Content warning: Language.

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This book is solid

This book is a solid buy. Let's go into the cons. One thing I hate (personally) is when a mc gets treated like trash and doesn't stand up for himself, this happens in the book but it evens out at the end. (not as much as I would like) other then that I have no problems. (other then mcs with no backbone)

The pros far outweigh the cons. The progression is solid. Romance feels pushed but is overall good. There is really no world building but with the rest of the book you'll forget about it. There's not alot of chapters or povs (which I love). The fighting isn't as detailed as would like it.

Overall this book is a buy, and if you love books like "the shield hero" or books where the Mc has to persevere this book is for you. If you mostly like bloodcrazed cold-blooded mcs (like me kinda) well this book isn't really your style.
But this books fits everyone and it's for sure a buy.

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A honest review!

Disclaimer:
I only finished half of the book so far. I am definitely going to take a break from this book and comeback to it. I just wanted to give my two cents on the book so far.

Story:
Pros of the story for me was the setting and interesting premise for the protagonist. I am glad to see something besides human get spotlighted in these types of books. Also, druid is a fun class I think more books should tackle.

As for cons of the book are definitely troupes, characters, and plot. First, troupes are not always a negative when it comes to writing, because troupes are so interesting to write about. Although, if you do go this route most readers expect a twist or characters in the book to set it apart from others. The twist is basically nonexistent and the unfortunately characters suffer a similar fate plus lacking depth. For instance you could cut half of the heroes summoned and the story would still be the same. They add nothing in terms of interesting dialogue or push to make other characters be more dynamic. Plot is very shallow and is nonsensical at times. An clear example of this is the MC actions throughout the book. He keeps helping people that are trying to murder him every step of the journey. If that wasn’t bad enough the MC has feelings towards a individual that was watching him in a life or death fight for thirty minutes.

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Jessica Treet always does a stand up job and here it is no different. Daniel Wisniewski on the other hand is a slog to listen to for me personally. Some people may enjoy it, but it is rough hearing the over dramatize line reading for the most minuscule actions. It slows down the book that is already moving at a snails pace.

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Enjoyable listen, can't wait for the next one!

I found this to be a very engaging and enjoyable listen. Solid Isekai plotline, with a nice twist on the MC not being the craze OP offensive powerhouse. There's a lot to love here, if you are into the genre then you'll enjoy this one. As always Dan and Jess make the story even better!

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  • Aj
  • 02-19-22

I need more!

love the story and the characters but I definitely want about 20 more books of it.

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  • Peter
  • 02-13-22

Great fun and adventure, c

compelling and intriguing story with much fun and excitement, lots of amusing pop culture references. strong moral themes that are uplifting. Great character progression of the main character and use of creativity.

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  • Joe mellor
  • 02-05-22

I can't wait for the next book !!

Well written and I really liked the development of the characters growing in strength and power .. well voiced by Jessica and Daniel..

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  • AJAS
  • 02-03-22

An interesting take on the LitRPG scene

This book has a really good plot and pace, I have never hated 4 out of the 6 ‘good guys’ so much, but that’s the point!! Made me chuckle at how infuriating they are and how the relationships develop through the book. Well worth a listen and I look forward to seeing the series develop.

I received this as a review copy, however, I was going to buy it anyway so am super happy to have got the opportunity to listen to it and provide an unbiased review.

Try it, you might just love it!