“Whoever will reach level 100 first shall become Earth’s new Overgod.” So said the screen as dungeons summoned invaders from alternate realities, woke up ancient gods slumbering beneath the earth, and empowered humans with levels and classes. A battle royale of worldwide proportions begins as the world descends into anarchy.
But Basil Bohen doesn’t give a crap about the apocalypse.
He would rather live in the woods with his monster pets, but people just won't leave him alone...
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Voidherald aka Maxime J. Durand does it again! Why is void so good? What's the secret to his focus? What immense dedication must it take to actually complete books on RR! Only void can be so persistent, blessing us with lovely, finished, long, high-quality novels again and again!
As I helped with making parts of this book's cover a while ago, I have been granted the advanced chapters of this tasty novel, so feel free to ignore the chapter number this advanced review was left at.
Now onto the review meats:
Apocalypse Tamer is about a chill countryside dude named Basil who lives with his cat in France. The comedy parts of this book is that Basil choses the "tamer" profession, which allows him to chat with various apocalyptic monsters and adopt them akin to pokemon. Basil's first "pokemon" is his cat and thus a cat-human relationship is born, allowing for plentiful feline jabs at the human's expense.
Like in Maxime J. Durand's other books, the reader can enjoy an immensely complex, unique and fun litrpg system in which our intrepid heroes evolve their skills from level zero to one hundred.
The descriptions of the monsters, dungeoneering and the French countryside life are simply sublime and no spelling mistakes are seen anywhere.
Keep it up Maxime! You rock!
This story is an amazing satirical-esque take of the typical LitRPG Apocalypse stories where the Earth is overtaken by a System and everyone is given Classes and Levels. The premise itself is pretty straightforward, but it's done in such a unique and different way of tackling these types of stories. This would be very hard for any other author to pull off, but this is Void we're talking about.
Apocalypse Tamer is a slice of life comedy at heart, poking fun and exaggerating the various tropes that are present in the aforementioned genre. The protagonist, Basil Bohen-- which is a fantastic name, by the way-- 'tames' the apocalypse by pretty much adopting the monsters that are awakened and given sentience around his home and refusing to play by the rules of the system.
Again, it's a subversion. Not really a satire, although it can lean towards that aspect by a little bit.
A fun story, great grammar as always, good satirical style, and lovable characters. This is not considering the fact that VoidHerald is Royal Road's most consistent author with the quality of the content he puts out, and has a proven track record of maintaining it throughout his works while always finishing them. Seriously, I highly recommend this story. All in all, a 5/5
Basil (and his cat/dwarf panther) finds out that the world has changed while he was asleep and that now there is a system, all humans have classes, there are dungeons, there are monsters, and he can understand what his pet cat, Plato (who insists he is a dwarf panther) is saying. Oh, and there is the tiny matter of how the first creature on Earth to reach level 100 becomes the Overgod of their planet. With levels being gained by, amongst other things, killing monsters and other humans. So fun times for everyone.
The characters are interesting so far and include a sapient cat and centipede who knows gaming terminology and seem to know more about what is going on than Basil does. The writing style is clear and engaging and the plot pace seems fine so far, but there are only four chapters out for now. The spelling and grammar are also generally very good. There are very rarely a few minor errors, but most of them seem to have been found and mentioned in the comments and corrected by the author.
It is a promising beginning by an author who has a track record of writing popular and enjoyable stories on this site. And for completing books that he starts.
As I am actively following this story, and the author has a history of regular and frequent uploads of new chapters, I will update this review as more chapters come in.
First and foremost, this story is a well-crafted system apocalypse. The overarching plot direction is quite simple; whoever reaches level 100 first, human or monster, will become the Overgod of Earth. The main character is very unique, with a mix of slight mental derangement, and stubborn self-centeredness, which extends to what he considers his, like his house or cat. This trait is powerful enough to compel him into engaging in an arms race with the nearby monsters as a preventative measure, which is an fitting way to acknowledge and circumvent the protagonist's preference for non-interference. And of course, a description of Basil wouldn't be complete without mentioning his class, [Tamer]. Able to recruit monsters to join him, most of the main cast in this story is made up of these creatures. Personally, I'm very happy to read an apocalypse-themed story with a main character who isn't constantly alone, it adds a fleeting 'slice-of-life' feel which helps relieve the constant tension.
In terms of the actual writing, it is a wonderful treat. Stylistically, the blend of dialogue between the tamer and his bonded animals with tense action and adventure results in superb pacing. Subplots with relevance to the story are executed well, while grammar and formatting are near-flawless. Specifically, the system tables are quite thorough and interesting, with a consistent structure.
I've been enjoying this story greatly, and I believe that it is worth reading for anyone not averse to LitRPG elements. I hope this review helps convince potential readers to take the plunge into this amazing work!
City life aint for this MC. Hes relaxing / retired in the country side with his wit, his cat, and the rest of the forest is against him.
Classic witty banter dialogue is as expected. System is fairly standard.
Unknown what plot direction this is going to go. I don't see this guy going to the dungeon, but almost expect a base builder type story where everything keeps coming for his patch of wilderness.
Maxime J. Durand (Void herald) does it again!
He bring us again the jokes, the references, the great LitRPG straight out of the Best Dragon Vainqueur and the references!.
If you liked any work of Void you know it will be good, he is one of the best if not the best author in all Royalroad, he just has a style of writing, a form of comedy and a formula you just cant match.
I am looking forward to how this work will turn out and im so happy to have found it in its early parts so i can enjoy it right away, if it is anything like Vainqueur i know it will be very enjoyable
The style looks amazing, i just love the blue screen and system interactions and how even the most little parts can bring a laugh.
The story its about a dude who dosent care about becoming a god ( yet, i assume), he just wants to chill with his pets
The grammar impecable
The characters are besides the protagonist are a cat who belives himself superior to all things (also that he is a mini panther) and a bug who got defeated thinking the protagonist would be his first step to become a god.
Thank you again Void
I've always loved stories where the main character gathers an army of creatures and monsters around him, and now we've got one from one of the most prolific writers on RR, so we can be confident that it'll be finished and have a proper conclusion!
So far there's only the one chapter out, but it's got plenty of character and fun, setting up the situation very cleanly and setting a light tone for what could easily be a very grim premise.
Basil is a funny character, and his companions are equally amusing. I am really looking forward to seeing where this goes!
As usual for Void Herald, he knows exactly how to hook someone on the first chapter and leave them salivating for more. The first chapter gives you more than enough context to figure out the general situation our friend Basil is now in, and he adapts fairly quickly to it. Excited for the next chapter, and can't wait to see how this goes!
Voidherald aka Maxime J. Durand aka The Only Royal Worth The Title has returned. To anyone who read the adventures of Ryan 'Quicksave' Romano in 'The Perfect Run', Vainqueur or Kairos and was left with two wolves of satisfaction-for-what-has-been-had and insatiable-hunger-for-more then all you need to know is that
THE KING IS BACK
Im gonna talk about whats been written so far but i dont know how much is spoiler and how much was in the synopsis above so:
Mind you its only the first chapter, but the characters we've already been introduced to feel real and act in a reasonable manner unlike many other adventure tales. Our MC Basil, a Nintendoswitch player, decides to say stfu to the apocolypse and leave the fighting to the army, prefering to bunk down and stay home.
a reasonable aproach to this conudrum. and as that one news anchor in despicable me says: "what will he do next???!!".
Cheers Void, I cant wait to see how this unravels.
As per usual with a Void novel,
only a few chapters in and the charm &depth of the thus far revealed system had me captivated.
The interactions between the cast is entertaining though I do slightly it growing too large for comfort, considering Basil is a tamer.
Looking forward to more!