Blood Seekers -- The Monolith

by stephenroark

Original HIATUS Adventure Fantasy Horror Sci-fi Cyberpunk LitRPG Magic Male Lead Supernatural Virtual Reality

Blood Seekers - Book 1, is now on Amazon, including the final chapters not posted here!

 

https://www.royalroad.com/amazon/B07MYJ5ZRC

 

 

“You will die!”

That's what the developers of Blood Seekers promised them...

The most challenging MMO ever created—that’s how they advertised it. Taglines like, “Not your granddaddy’s game,” and, “Only for the hardest of the hardcore,” had gamers going crazy. Set in a gothic, Lovecraftian world, with fully realized A.I. NPCS, gamers were desperate to get their hands on the new game and dive in, and Clay was one of them. It was going to be tough, but he was ready for it.

What he wasn’t ready for, was countless players having their minds hijacked and being transformed into mindless, hostile creatures filled with nothing but hate who killed anyone on sight. They called them the Bloodless.

Clay’s best and only friend, Rey, moved across the country she was twelve, but they kept in touch online, playing countless games together, and when Blood Seekers was released, they were both ready to step up to the plate and face the new challenge together. But now, Rey has been taken by the plague, her mind held hostage as one of the Bloodless.

A mysterious black monolith has appeared at the center of the highest level zone in the game, a place no one has even come close to. Some say it will provide us with answers. Others say it will only lead to more questions.

Who’s behind all this? Why are people’s minds being taken? Will we ever get to bring them back? How many more will be lost if we stay logged in?

Nothing is certain, but if there’s any chance that reaching the monolith will bring Rey back back, then Clay will do everything he can to reach it.

This is Book 1 in a new series from Stephen Roark! I will be posting chapters here until the book is done and published on Amazon!

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. Complete and Utter Betrayal ago
2. You Will Die! ago
3. No Hand-Holding ago
4. The Princess and the Mortician ago
5. Meat Sack ago
6. The Bullet and the Blade ago
7. The Weeping Hills ago
8. Only the Top Gunslingers ago
9. Just a Bit of Humility ago
10. Madness and the Monolith ago
11. Too Close to Home ago
12. Red Eyes of the Bloodless ago
13. The World Renowned Alastor Cook ago
14. The Order of the Raven ago
15. An Introduction to Beast Slaying ago
16. Sluck and the Pale Man ago
17. The Smithy ago
18. The Cart and the Mule ago
19. Getting a Foothold ago
20. No Time for Loothunting ago
21. The Cragstone Plains ago
22. A Price Paid With Blood ago
23. Follow the Red Woman ago
24. A Curse and a Blessing ago
25. Old Bones Weigh Heavy ago
26. The Swamp of Sacrifices ago
27. Sick, Sick, Sick! ago
28. The Gang's All Here ago
29. The Swollen Cemetary ago
30. Piles and Piles of Meat ago
31. A Grim Gentleman, but a Gentleman None the Less ago
32. Show 'em What We're Made Of! ago
33. More Than a Little Bone Waving ago
34. Electric Dreams ago
35. To Reach Without Hands ago
36. Bone Soup is Good For the Soul ago
37. The Opposite of Complete and Utter Betrayal ago
38. Dark Wizards of the Past ago
39. To Seek the Awakening ago
40. The Town of Ebonmire ago
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Tarryon Darrington
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Worth it, especially if you like Lovecraft

Because that's the vibe I get off this. Old-world Gothic horror-style atmosphere, disgusting monsters, creepy in-game characters... they're all here and they make themselves felt. So if that's your cup of tea, by all means step into the darkness

agrey
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LOVE the world building! So cool and creepy. Great names too.

LivingDaylight
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Came for the MC's motive (what's not to like about "save the girl by being a badass gamer"), stayed for... everything, basically. I'm just gonna make a list of it:

  • The author's vocabulary is insane
  • The characters are likable
  • There are some good jokes/burns in there
  • The game world is dark in both delightful and awful ways
  • The story gives me my gamer fix, good use of MMORPG concepts
  • The fight descriptions are vivid and create tension, especially the bossfight ones
  • The story keeps twisting in ways that leave you wanting more
  • The MC is basically a good person but not a saint

All in all, reading this book just felt good. Lots of grammar and some math mistakes in there because it's not proofread/edited yet, but hey, you're getting a free read of a book that is probably going to end up selling well on Amazon :). My recommendation is to read it while it's still up here!

Runed
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I'd love it if you continued it.

ZodiacDemon
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It's bloodborne but more edgy

It's got the scrub mc running around as a DS deprived.

Needs more dodge rolling.