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“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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Maxime J. Durand (Void Herald)

Maxime J. Durand (Void Herald)

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Table of Contents
43 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Man vs Wild ago
Chapter 2: Man vs Goblin ago
Chapter 3: Man vs Menu ago
Chapter 4: Man vs Otter ago
Chapter 5: Man vs Surprise ago
Chapter 6: Man vs Drone ago
Chapter 7: Man vs Architecture ago
Chapter 8: Man vs Craft ago
Chapter 9: Man vs Evolution ago
Chapter 10: Man vs Stone ago
Chapter 11: Man vs Robots ago
Chapter 12: Man vs Merchant ago
Chapter 13: Man vs Garden ago
Chapter 14: Man vs Bomb ago
Chapter 15: Man vs Machine ago
Chapter 16: Man vs Introspection ago
Chapter 17: Man vs Do-It-Yourself ago
Chapter 18: Man vs Police ago
Chapter 19: Man vs Witch ago
Chapter 20: Man vs Mermaid ago
Chapter 21: Man vs Angel ago
Chapter 22: Man vs Army ago
Chapter 23: Man vs Countdown ago
Chapter 24: Man vs Raid ago
Chapter 25: Man vs Dragon ago
Chapter 26: Man vs Future ago
Chapter 27: Interlude: The Guards in Buckingham ago
Chapter 28: Man vs Rooster ago
Chapter 29: Man vs Market ago
Chapter 30: Man vs Main Quest ago
Chapter 31: Man vs Breeding ago
Chapter 32: Man vs Dinosaur ago
Chapter 33: Man vs Beach ago
Chapter 34: Man vs Superboss ago
Chapter 35: Man vs Spy ago
Chapter 36: Man vs Fire ago
Chapter 37: Man vs Home Invaders ago
Chapter 38: Man vs Oath ago
Chapter 39: Man vs Funeral ago
Chapter 40: Man vs Castle ago
Chapter 41: Man vs Man ago
Chapter 42: Interlude: The Cats of Tunis ago
Chapter 43: Man vs Guild ago

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I am a massive fan of Void's work. This one feels a little flat in comparison with many of his other ones. Perhaps it's just a slow burn and will get better, but over 20 chapters in and I'm very meh every chapter release. The characters are fine. Basil is annoying and a little to good at everything. Plato is fine but generic. I do enjoy Vasi and Shellgirl so far so perhaps the story will pickup now.

The plot overall doesn't seem like it matters. The stakes are supposedly really high but the laxadasical attitude of Basil and co don't make it feel that way. Every enemy they face is either so much weaker it doesn't matter or is so overwhelming they just avoid them. And if they can't avoid them, they win by something that trivializes the fight taking the tension out of it. I am not saying it doesn't feel earned, it just makes me not care about the next fight because Basil will just win. Once again, it's still early and that may change, but in comparison to other works by Void I don't feel the weight of the stroy. 

System is fine. I don't really care about it I guess? It's to unpreditable to say if it makes sense or if Basil is making a good or bad choice. Like it seems their isn't a limit on classes, and all classes seem too be front loaded so taking one level in everything seems as viable as focusing down one path. Also for a story with Tamer in the title, Basil has very few Tamer levels. It's so few, with such a massive payoff, I don't get why anyone wouldn't take Tamer as an option given its potential for such little commitment.    


Cosing thoughts: I don't think it's bad. I think I might be a little to early to judge, but as of this point everything is very underwhelming. I have hope that this will change as I legitmately believe Void is on of the best authors on the site, but if he wasn't the one writing it I probably would of dropped this until it was done. 


Litrpg-apocalypse from RR's most prolific writer!

Reviewed at: Chapter 1: Man vs Wild

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!


Probably overly harsh. Not a good genre combo.

Reviewed at: Chapter 12: Man vs Merchant

One of the main pulls of the LitRpg apocalypse/apotheosis is the quick action and stakes. 
While an innovative blend of genres Maxine J. Durand has done the equivalent of using nunchucks to paddle a kayak. A calm slice of life pacing with tame conflict fights directly against the other half of the genre. A man attempting Kung fu to float on a calm lake. It isn't working.

I find that the absurdist humour doesn't land, as the apocalyptic setting allows for the more absurd turning the humour into mundane contrivance. The setting this time stretches too wide a net to allow for Maxime J. Durand's brand of humour to land and there been little to nothing else occurring so far in this story. 

I wanted to enjoy this story, due to how much I enjoyed Durand's other works but this time it's just not happening.


Well written but not that interesting

Reviewed at: Chapter 36: Man vs Fire

It's a very decent system apocalypse and introduces the concept of a multiverse very very early. The main character has no clear motivation and for me that makes it hard to care about what he does. MC is a passive character and that just doesnt interest me. 

But otherwise is a very well written novel. Grammar is good and the world building is interesting enough with enough fresh concepts to make it feel like a worthy addition to the genre. 


I am, quite simply, loving this story. After reading countless LitRPG and Prog Fantasy books with the same angsty heroes and existential pathos, it's refreshing to read a story about a guy who actually wants to be left alone. Who doesn't want to be the hero but is absolutely ok wreaking revenge. Who searches out friends and support without a lengthy backstory of betrayal and despair. 

Basil Bohen is a man who makes a choice to reject society to take care of an old man. Basil is not discovering himself or in awe of the system. The world which did not make much sense to him before the apocalypse, makes even less sense now. He's a great character to read. The humour is by parts deadpan and in-your-face and I find it enjoyable.

I love the interplay between Basil and Plato. Plato is a very pithy example of a cat and I love the way he is written. Kudos to Void for brilliant writing.


Great apocalyptic-litrpg from our favourite Voidy!

Reviewed at: Chapter 22: Man vs Army

Story of a crazy his cat, and others! Greatly written and the characters eccentricity is pulled of nicely. None of the characters or chapters really grate on you nerves. You feel like the chapters never come fast enough and I am always hungry for more!

If you like Void's other books like Vainqueur The Dragon or Perfect Run then you are definitely (most probably) going to enjoy this little gem!


Pokemon meets the End of the World

Reviewed at: Chapter 17: Man vs Do-It-Yourself

Really good history, its like a Pokemon using the RPG rules of the world of Vainqueor. Really interesting history, it has a fast paced narrative and interesting characters, the only dowside i think is that the personalities of the said characters are really predictable. 

The take on the apocalypse of Void Herald is not really a new one, but still a good one to be explored. It is still early in the history but you can already see some pieces of clues about why the apocalypse is hapenning and who is behind it, dont know how he will make is progress or how it will be resolved yet. At least in all his books the end are all well done. 

My favorite character is the Rosemarine, the only sane one among the Protagonist party.  



A Man and A Dwarf Panther Against the Apocalypse

Reviewed at: Chapter 4: Man vs Otter

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. 


Splendid Subversion of the Sys-apoc Genre!

Reviewed at: Chapter 3: Man vs Menu

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


I'm not one for fancy reviews, this is sit on a couch in the early morning with cereal as a kid on a Saturday waiting for Cartoons level of addictive. Maybe more so then the cereal is.. it's a toss up. Either way. Give it a chance, I don't regret it.