Secret of the Old Ones is a deep dive VR game the likes of which the world had never seen.
Trent Noguero, a hardcore gamer, has been playing for a year and is about to get his big break. He is about to catapult himself into the ranks of the most powerful players in the world.
However, power comes with a price, and celebrity creates enemies. Trent has the keys to massive success, but he also accidentally painted a target on his back…both in, and out of the game.
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I read this story on Amazon wayyyy back around the time it first released and ever since that day I have been waiting for a sequel. If you have not yet read SOO1 read it. And when SOO2 gets here, I'll update my review to reflect my thoughts about it.
It's really really hard to describe why SOO1 is so good, something about it makes it intrinsically unique. Not to mention that while it was certainly not the first of its kind, when it was released it had some very original ideas for a VR novel. Nowadays some of those ideas have become synonymous with the genre. But just remember, its not following the tropes if it was released before they were tropes lol. Overall, very excited to see this great story getting a sequel.
Admittedly one of the best stories written in the Gamelit genre. Anyone who has never read it is preparing one of the most intriguing and engaging journeys. A smart protagonist and no stupid commonplaces.
That was one of the stories that definitely hooked me into the genre. And I've been waiting for a few years for the story to continue and it seems to me that this end of the year will be the big date!
Wow, I never expected to see this story again! And for once nostalgia and my expectations actually matched up, as this story is just as good as I remember it. Out of all of BlaiseCorvin's many works, this was always my favorite. I will be keeping this review completely spoiler free.
Style: I usually have issues with VRMMO fictions, but this one is done in a way that makes sense and presents the characters and game world in a way that while realistic for a future technology, maintains the sense of wonder and excitement. The actual game system is well done and brings to mind the best elements of the criminally underappreciated "The Secret World" MMO.
Story: My absolute favorite part of this fiction is the story. The author does a great job getting the reader invested in the story. To this day, I would still (perhaps unfairly) compare lots of the many works I have read to this. Eldritch secrets and interconnected mysteries draw the readers in and wanting more.
Grammar: No issues here, though you can tell in some aspects this was an earlier work of the author, it still holds up well in use of grammar and vocabulary.
Characters: Love them all, but in my opinion, Vale is definitely one of the better protagonists on this website. Bart is great, and though I think Abigail is honestly a bit meh (I rhink BlaiseCorvin doesn't necessarily right female characters as well as male) I still enjoy her interactions with everyone else.
Overall, I am glad to see this story return, and am praying for the sequel/continuation to be just as good. Kudos!
SOO was one of the first litRPG stories I read and lead to me becoming hooked on the genre. Ive been waiting for book 2 for the past few years and cant wait to read it. Its great re-reading book 1. It is short and I would of loved to see it fleshed out into a a full novel. As it is a novel or it has a fast pace at times however it is well worth the read.
SOO Book 1 Luck Stat Strategy, READ IT!!!