Epic Blade - a LitRPG Adventure

Epic Blade - a LitRPG Adventure

by Diver Dave

It's the most advanced virtual reality gaming system ever created. So real, you might wind up in another world.

A LitRPG / GameLit adventure full of monsters, portals, loot, and leveling up.

Tobias Martin is one of the best gamers in the world, playing the most advanced game ever created. When a mysterious portal in the game appears, he enters a new world of magic that's more real than he ever could have imagined. Forced to start from scratch, he must build himself back up to a top level adventurer if he ever wants to get home again. Along the way, he will explore a world full of wonder and danger, meet new friends, slay terrifying monsters, and level up like his life depends on it. Because it does. Can Tobias survive the most epic adventure he has ever encountered?

Get started on your next epic adventure today!

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Earl Simons
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Suspension of disbelief was too hard for me

Reviewed at: 10 - A Place in this World

Writing is engaging and solid, structure and grammar are excellent, and I quite like the plot. The setting is pretty bog standard so far but that's to be expected without more chapters to give more details and interaction. So far the side characters are more than window dressing. 

But I just cannot get over the MC supposedly being a pro gamer with an exclusive elite rig worth more than most houses with signed agreements and ndas jumping onto the "oooh, let me illegally modify my reason for being with shady instructions i downloaded from the dark web while breaking my nda bandwagon at the drop of a hat" it just doesn't make sense in context.

As well as his immediate dismissal of the tutorial prompts. Pro gamers know you get rewards for completing the new player quests. 

The system has good potential and It gives me great hope this doesn't turn into a numbers game power fantasy like many other promising litrpg works I have read.

i like the mc in the abstract, but the level of suspension of disbelief required is too much for me... although there may be something to be said for mind controlling elves... I'll come back and read more after more chapters are released. I really did enjoy this work and I would recommend it to fans of the genre

Keep writing, and I'll keep reading!

Eamond
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epic blade, Paste eating MC (review V2)

Reviewed at: 13 - Is That a Wand in Your Pocket?

first review got deleted because i got reported for saying naughty no-no words

the grammar is pretty decent, the story's style rapidly alternates between unbelievably stupid, then grimdark, then baby's first fantasy rpg, the story is absurd badly contrived nonsense, and the characters are so simple they might as well be cutouts.

 

the first four chapters are pointless, they establish nothing besides how much of a braindead idiot the MC is, the next 4 are immediately successfull in establishing a grim fantasy universe with several intersting premises.....which are then ignored in favor of baby's first rpg starter area, when the merchat he attacks sends him to a bartender who needs sewer rats slain for no discernable reason, is willing to pay for the task, and this earns him acceptance among fellow adventurers instantaneously for zero reason at all. seriously, this is just unbeleivable nonsense.

why would the bartender pay for the rat slaying?? why kill sewer rats anyhow(seriously just add a single sentence giving the bartender some motivation), and seeing as how you show us all the other adventurers are significanly higher levelled why the hell do they bust out in applause and cheer for the MC doing something a child in this universe could do??

this is just.... painfully sloppy.

 

he gets an ancient multiversal(or at least interplanetary) dragon as an advisor and treats it like that time Apple installed that shitty U2 Album on all our iphones instead of a hugely knowledageable advisor and system enforced confidant, because the MC is unbelievably stupid. he displays no curiosity towards life on other worlds, doesn't ask the dragon what possible advancement paths are open to him or what advancing his abilties and skills could lead to, any basic knowledge on the world he finds himself transported to or even describe the elf he was so impossibly horny for he went into a fugue state and isekai'd himself for.

this entire story gave me tonal whiplash and possibly a migraine.

 

Jujubeanz
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Structure, Side characters, Plot, and descriptions seem decent, but the Worldbuilding and MC is iffy at best. I mean you would think the pro gamer isekai thing would equate into some type of advantageous position in his next life right... Wrong! If anything his former life is a detriment to his new one. Also he doesn't seem to have a decent plan/wisdom to back up his stubborn refusal of other's advice and assistance. It's too early to call him hopeless but the MC definitely has to grow out of this reactive learning bit he keeps doing. He hasn't really reflected on his on his shortcomings too well and  so far makes really dumb decisions consistently. 

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Skips tutorial and He gets killed at lvl 1 (20 is super high lvl here) and decides to go get revenge the moment he comes back. LIKE WHAT? I'm willing to bet everyone else is at least lvl 3 considering they have been here for their ENTIRE LIVES, could kill him with bare hands most likely. Then he rejects a cosmic entity's advice in favor of a playstyle preference he had as a gamer. Even though literally Zero of his Sword Experience transferred with him... Dumb. He doesn't practice, train, or scheme. He's just bumbling about gulliblly getting pointed to and fro in a world that's already killed him once.

Summary: Has a promising premise and there should be a lot of character development to expect from the MC when the plot armor comes off.

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A Great Story - Room For Improvement

Reviewed at: 10 - A Place in this World

I'm writing this review after reading chapter 10.

I'll be upfront and say that I do not usually read LitRPGs, and do not really understand the core systems behind how these narratives are structured. So this review will focus only on the story itself.

Overall

The story of Epic Blade was an entertaining one, and I found myself clicking the Next Chapter button after almost every chapter. 

Whilst the story is solid, there is room for improvement. There are many elements of Epic Blade that could be polished to bring this story to its fullest potential.

Style

Clean style told through third person omnipresent. Wonderfully executed, and one of the strongest elements of the story itself. The author is able to fully utilize the POV choice to allow the reader to experience this fantasy world in an impressive fashion.

Grammar

The grammar was decent, but it needs some work. Whilst there are many instances of grammar missteps, these can easily be fixed with a good grammar pass. I didn't find myself pulled out of the story all that much.

Story

I enjoyed it! A great epic fantasy tale that hits all the right notes when it comes to a fantasy story. There were some moments when I felt the narrative elements could be better executed, but this came down to more personal taste than any real shortcomings from the author.

Character

The strong point of the story. The cast of characters are interesting, and as a reader you find yourself easily engaged with their journey. An absolute highlight of reading Epic Blade.

DrBuller
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I mean it in the way of the system and how it's set up. This is probably the first time I've seen it put up in this way, and I honestly have to wonder why nobody has done it like this before. Would have given it 5/5 from that alone.

However... there is one point that I need to say put down the score for me. And that would be the oOoOoo thing(ignore the capital letters in this one). An example of just what I would be talking about would be when the MC gets hurt in some way and says "Ow." Yet, instead of that, the MC says "Owwww" Instead. That... does not work for me.

Going away from that rant, I'll give this a 4.5/5. Loved it except for that one detail.

Tooth_e
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An enjoyable world and easy reading.

Reviewed at: 11.2 - Just a Couple Big Rats

So far I have loved reading this series. It has a unique take on the genre of LitRPG, as well as fun characters. I find it intruiging how the world adds risk to the MC's journey in an organic way, in line with the world's rules. It is different than other books that have read in the same genre, and well worth reading. The characters so far have been fun and light, and the story has taken a turn that I didn't see coming, along with the promise of deep dark secrets in the future. Overall, exactly what I have been looking for in this kind of book. Sometimes the RPG elements of the story can be a bit lengthy, but it is pretty easy to recognize when there is a repeat notification in the MC's messages, so it isn't hard to skim them and find the new ones. They are spaced out well, so you can see which ones might be important. That is really my main critique, though, which is alright by me. It really brings forward an interesting take, and I for one am happy to have found a series that presents something new. Like I said, it is well worth a read.

grryfindore
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On the 14th chapter and loved every bit of what I have read so far.

The writing's good, the characters are all well fleshed out that is they don't feel like one of those 1d characters that are just there to support the hero,.

And the part I loved the most is that the story is funny and the characters especially the dragon crack me up.

The LITRPG elements are just at the right place and amount, and over all I was disappointed when I reached chapter 14 and found that it was the last, so that should tell you all you need to know about how good the story and the writing is.

Look forward to more of iit, or a lot more of the story xd.

 

Archsage
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My overall assessment - This is a very good novel. It's still at the early stages, but the shows great promises. Right from the beginning, the author weaves a story that is very difficult to put down. Not many Litrpg stories grab my attention, but this work is able to captivate me right from the word go, it didn't disappoint. No overwhelming level details that takes much away from stories. The story is well written and recommended by me.

Grammar - Excellent. I couldn't find any errors that could affect the flow of the story. I pay great attention to the grammar, and this book is how it's done. The author really did a great job on this.

Story - It's about Tobias Martins, one ofbthe best gamers in the world. He was playing when a portal opened and was taken into a world of fantasy were hemust learn how to survive. This is a beautifully written isekai story that captures attention right from the synopsis, the book is captivating. Once a reader pick it up, it will be hard to put down. Well planned. The storyline is intriguing.

Style - The beautiful story is written in omniscient third person style where we view the fantasy world through the eyes of the various characters involved. Readers are made to feel the emotions and actions of the character's in a good way. With this living fantasy novel, third person style flows freely. The author then made it more wonderful with great attention to the story itself. 

Character - They are properly defined by the author. The author is paying great attention to the characters' development as with the case with litrpg/epic fantasy. Proper back stories and attributes make the characters come to life. The MC is a great example of this. Every thing about him shows the excellent work of the author when it comes to character of a story. Well written.

 

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One would imagine a dragon being competent. Maybe.

Reviewed at: 11.1 - A Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It

Title: 
One would imagine a dragon being competent. Maybe.
The single fact that we have a dragon clerk advising our player would be worth 5-stars for this novel.
However, on a more serious note, this is a very rare LitRPG. It starts as a VRMMORPG and transitions into Isekai. Never read a novel more literal in it being "portal" genre. 
The author has my respect just for this intended or unintended pun. Heck, it's called portal; we may as well see some portals once in a while.
No weird reincarnation. No shaky-feely stuff.
The MC gets thrown into the world and then, as you would expect, gets effed in is bum bum. 
Not literally, but close. 
Now, what we should really admire about this story is how ANXIOUS it makes you. You can easily imagine yourself in place of the MC. I've never found this feeling so vivid before. Being thrown in a barn half-naked and thinking, "well, what I would in his place?" is pure gold. But, again, this review is not coherent enough to explain how GOOD this stuff is. 
I'm usually soft with reviews, but this novel makes me want to go back to my previous reviews and lower them to make this one stand out. 
I swear, if this novel keeps it up like this, it's first-page material EASY.
It has a distant Japanese drama taste, for certain aspects, with none of the caveats of the light novel genre.
Characters up to chapter twelve are pure gold, even if we have only seen the dragon and the MC so far. 
Style is good and extremely vivid.
Grammar. Dude, a story this good could be written with e-girl lower extremities and would still be terrific; thankfully, the author has good grammar too! 
Story: 
I have seen complaints about the suspension of belief and the MC jumping into rigging his booth. 
I want to say that not every story is meant to be H.P. and the rational whatever. And THANK GOD FOR IT. 
Sometimes people will make stupid choices. The MC is a little gullible, so what? Go outside, ask people what they would do. I guarantee you that not everyone thinks every step beforehand; that's also a good quality. 
Anyway, let's stop the rambling.
Cheers again. I hope I'll see this hot piece topping the charts! 

I did not give a full 5 on the story because I want to finish reading it. I'm sure I'll be even more amazed, and I want a little space to raise my evaluation. 

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Good start to a new story

Reviewed at: 8 - Settling a Score

The story is fairly new/ just beginning so i can't comment much on how it is but if it remains at the quality it is now then all should be good.

Grammer, punctuation and spelling all seems good, don't think I noticed any errors so great work in this aspect. 

It has a consistent style which is present tense and third pov. It follows Tobias, and remains well written without any jerkiness and is generally nice to read. The story is just beginning so i can only vouch for up to here but if it all remains at this quality then I will be happy.

The balance of litrp to plot is quite mixed, most chapters are fine with a good balance with 1-2 that do go a bit heavy for me. Ive never been much of a fan of stories with a lot of lit rpg or stats but I found this one to be just right, the chapters without it tend to balance those that are abit heavier.

It starts of following a  team of five vr players- pretty standard to begin with before putting most of its focus onto Tobias. It does take a little while to get into the whole new role part and I can't say the idea of vr is original but in this genre id say most ideas are taken for how people get transported.  Besides how they get teleported isn't why people read this story, it's the rest which so far has been very good. It's hard to comment much on the story as it's pretty new but so far from the merchant, tent and whatnot, the story has been generally interesting.

Tobias is a pretty good MC, his choices are pretty natural, he's not immediately OP or anything like that which is always a good sign. He's easy enough to route for and is generally well written.

Overall great work.