- File Size: 1690 KB
- Print Length: 374 pages
- Publication Date: April 22, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CKQN6BK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Wayward Bard (World of Chains Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It starts off just like the description says, with the main character (MC), Daniel, on the run from the mob after stealing millions from them. While I’m a tiny bit disappointed that it doesn’t play a big part in the story once the MC gets in the game, it’s one of the more interesting ways to justify spending all your time in a full immersion VR game.
The MC is in the game by the 5% mark and stays there the rest of the story.
I liked that the MC doesn’t have anything handed to him and suffers for his stupid mistakes. He dies, pretty regularly, but learns from each death and adjusts how he does things so he dies less. Another interesting aspect of the story is just how many great stories can be told without combat. The MC is a bard with a min max strategy built towards charisma. So, he’s combat challenged. At first I thought this meant that there was not going to be any combat, but I’m happy that I was mistaken. The MC just has to adjust how he deals with people/creatures trying to kill him.
But some of the most interesting parts of the story have absolutely nothing to do with fighting. There’s music, storytelling, lore gathering, crafting, world building, game theory, and most importantly mystery investigating.
That’s right, the big plot of the story revolves around solving this mystery and a lot of the other seemingly unrelated quests and adventures ultimately end up being clues for the bigger mystery.
Overall, I had a really good time reading the novel. It’s a good mix of adventuring and mystery solving. But there’s still all the great RPG character building I love about the genre. The author not only creates a great main character but a full rich world.
Score: 7 out of 10
I like that the Main Character here is not very combat capable, and instead spends most of the book solving puzzles. I like character interaction and building relationships, rather than boring battle after battle.
Kvothe this character is not, but still, on an enjoyment level, this book is an easy 5 stars.
Kudos for the fact that the protagonist needs to work for his victory, prefers to talk and is not afraid to help. Not much of a fan of the flaw being a bad temper although it does not happen often.
The game mechanics are decent with the author at least offering a reason for some of the stuff that would make a bad game. I also like the amount of attention given to the mechanics, there is clearly character growth, but no character sheet every chapter or a blow by blow description of fights. Having said that, skill based character growth is not my favorite. It feels too much like an afterthought. The leveling speed is low, 3 during the book, but I think that is wise.
All in all, an entertaining quick read. Looking forward to the next part.
It is a bit rough around the edges, but as he himself admits, he is new to this. It grabs you, though. I ate it in one sitting and am hoping for more, (thus the patreon pledge).
I'm not new to the LitRPG genre, and it is always interesting to see what the authors setup and "excuse" for placing the protagonist in the game is. This one manages to convince and also promise further - interesting, mind you - plot to come.