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Desert Storm (Puatera Online Book 3) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B076QFNYK5
- Publication date : December 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1846 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 122 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,758 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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More of the relationship between the digital game world and the dragons is revealed, and Maddie's new role. The notion of an NPC gaining sentience and that there might be link to physical planes, all linked by an online VR game is well done. Recommended. Looking for the next book in the series.
Gamelit stories featuring NPC's as the main character are few and far between and Chapman has done her best to make a character that is both powerful and flawed. I want to know about them. And I want to see how they handle the existential threat that is a global conflict.
Plus there are non-trope style dragons. And who doesn't love dragons?
Unfortunately, I was disappointed. From the 28-75% mark, the story instead takes some out of left field plot turns that feel like filler. Then even after the 75% mark, the story never delivers on that promised war that was made such a big deal about at the end of book 2 and the beginning of this story.
I’ll give more specific details below but they’re a bit spoilery. Suffice it to say that while the middle scenes in the story were interesting, they just didn’t make sense and had little to no setup.
The biggest issue I had with the story is that the middle (28-75%) feels unnecessary. You could skip the whole section and you wouldn’t lose much. Additionally, it adds a bunch of stuff that just doesn’t make sense and just seems to come from nowhere. Stuff like a vampire that’s cured of vampirism, portals to other dimensions, time travel, the MC is suddenly an alien, the MC has matrix powers to see the code of the game.
Each of these elements is just introduced without any setup. It felt like, *Poof* ‘Hey I’m a rouge that discovered portals in this game that let people visit the past on earth.’ *Poof* ‘I’m a vampire that has a portal under his castle. Want to go through and kill the guy you fell in love with last book?’ *Poof* ‘Hey MC, did you know you’re an alien?’
I may be exaggerating a bit but not by a lot.
I also expected the last 25% of the novel to have that promised war that had been talked about so much. Instead, the MC decides that killing Dale, who gets his own weird plot twist, is the way to go. Then the MC jumps through a portal and the story ends. That’s it.
I’m not saying the story it bad. Each scene is well written and is interesting in its own way. Also, this story does have the most RPG mechanics in the series. However, the story just took many turns that didn’t make sense to me and had little to no setup. That coupled with the unfulfilled expectations left me feeling disappointed.
Score: 6 out of 10
Can...we...say...favorite book in the whole series?!
This book was the PERFECT mix of world-building, questing, and everything else that books one and two might have lacked a little bit in. Not to mention, the quests in this book were EASILY the ones that held all of my attention the easiest.
First of all, Alex. I just...cannot...with that. What happened to him hit me WAY harder than I expected, especially that scene where Maddie was just about to let him go. Everything was so *vivid*, the imagery was absolutely perfect. I don't think a character's death has effected me this much in a long time. I ended up loving Alex a lot more than I realized in the first or, heck, even the second book. That was not okay. I did not allow that.
Moving on (.-.), the twists in this book were absolutely wild. Especially Dail. I just...GAH. When Dail was first introduced in the first book, I was NOT expecting his involvement to be as extreme as it was. And, even though he was a villain, I loved him almost as much as I did Alex. His character and plot-line, that is. Everything about that situation was - well, it was everything. I can't even wrap my head around it. He and Alex were written so, so well, they are/were, probably, my favorite characters - shooting higher than Maddie, even. Just, ah. I love their plots so much.
I'm not going to gush about every single individual plot line in this book because otherwise this review would be way too long and I don't want to spoil EVERYTHING, I just had to make comment on Alex and Dail because they are/were my favorite parts of this series, but I will say, as I did above, that this book had the perfect mix of everything. In-game awareness, especially, that I feel like #2 was somewhat lacking. I know it's a weird thing to miss, but that's what, I feel like, makes this series so unique.
I will say that I have absolutely no idea in what direction the later book(s) will go now that my two favorite plot points are resolved (I think). I'm kinda scared, but also excited. As always, this book is a high recommendation for anyone who enjoys LitRPG - reading #1 and #2 is necessary, of course, but this one...this one was definitely my favorite. :D
(If you need me, I'll be over here losing myself over Alex's scene again)