Format: e-Book, 297 pages
Publication: Independently published on July 20, 2020
Synopsis: Maria Elena thought she’d sworn off gaming forever. But she hates her new internship, so her brother Balt convinces her to play Heroes of Avonell, a cutting-edge virtual-reality video game with such complex programming that it’s like the non-player characters are self-aware.
Disappointed with the usual cliché job class offerings, Maria Elena’s character Quinny stumbles through a glitch in the game and ends up in Caed Dhraos, a strange city populated with friendly monsters. Quinny decides to work for the resident dark lord as part of his magic personnel, but she can’t tell anybody she’s playing in off-limits areas of the game—not even Balt. Soon Quinny finds herself getting to the bottom of a mystery surrounding an ancient demon and why Caed Dhraos is suffering from the Blight.
But the artificial intelligences in the game really are self-aware, and some of Avonell’s so-called “heroes” have decided they don’t like humanity very much. The game has gone out of control, and Maria Elena and her new friends have to find a way to set things right. Can she save Avonell – and Earth – while juggling her real job and trying to salvage her crumbling relationship with her brother?
This was a very quick, exciting read. I’ve never read anything like this before, so I was really looking forward to this blog tour. It was fast-paced and fresh. It was the perfect book to read during the week after reading some darker books!
I loved the characters in this one. All of them were interesting. I wanted to know more about them, and I enjoyed watching them deal with things and form bonds. It was really intriguing to read about NPC’s actually being self-aware; it was a concept I’d never heard of before.
If you’re into gaming, especially role-playing games, I highly suggest reading this one! Even if you aren’t into gaming, like me, it was easy to keep up with everything going on. I wasn’t aware of some of the terms used, but it was still understandable and entertaining.
Disclaimer: I received a gifted copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources. This did not influence my opinion in any way.
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T. K. Arispe is an illustrator, gamer, and unashamed nerd with a background in animation and webcomic production, including the webcomic Trainer Wants to Fight! which somehow got its own page on TVTropes. She loves interesting stories, well-crafted worlds, and memorable characters, and is passionate about creating quality, intelligent, slightly offbeat media that everyone can enjoy. Most of her story ideas come from random research binges, usually in the fields of theoretical physics, computer science, or oddly enough food history. She lives in California, where she enjoys not having to deal with snow because it is terrifying.