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The Silver Mana - Book 1: Initiate

I'm supposed to be writing a review since the author has gotten to a point where he thinks he needs one.  That's fine.  I like the book and I think it is worth reading.

I'll be honest. I really liked the first version of the book and while there are some differences this go around, I still can't say if it is better or worse than the first incarnation.  I gave the other edition 5 stars, and I'm doing the same for this one. 

I just want more content or at least divergent content before I can really say what's on my mind.  Don't get me wrong.  Editing, proofreading, and rewriting are all valuable and worthwhile pursuits.  I'm doing the same to one of my own fictions.  I salute the writer for doing this.  But as a reader... well I kind of want more story.   


Tethralin (LitRPG)

In which a Murder Hobo ambles pointlessly around

No real plot.  No real progression.  No real goals.  Just a main character who moves from completely random event to completely random event, killing everything that gets in his way.


Rebirth, but not quite.

I am a sucker for reincarnation fictions

Chilid is reborn with inborn knowledge of earth but no memories.  He is aware from birth and is treated as a kind of genius.  Lives in a matriarchy where his family is part of the military.  

This is a fairly standard reincarnation story, but it is a whole lot of fun so far.  It does borrow a lot from my own reincarnation fiction, but then immitation is the best form of flattery. Looking forward to reading more.


Illusion/Core

On one hand, I am reluctant to leave a critique

On one hand, I am reluctant to leave a critique simply because the story isn't far enough in that I can see where the story is headed... On the other hand, the story so far is quite well done and I am enjoying it immensely.  

This is the story of Raven a girl living in an alternate universe, where, in recent history, the world changed and everyone woke up one year later with no idea what happened in the missing year.  Now, however, everyone is much more multicolored and has access to two magic powers -- illusion and core.  

So far the story has revolved around the awakening of the Core power in Raven.  This has involved examining a lot of Raven's self-doubt and her pride in her illusion skills.  

All in all, it is a good start, and I look forward to reading the new chapters every week.  


I Was a Teenage Necromancer

This is a bit like early Jim Butcher lite where Harry Dresden is still in High School. He's got the police liaison, the supernatural murder mystery that only someone with magical powers can help solve.  He's got the sidekick in the form of a 16-year-old girl ghost.

It doesn't have the Butcher humor yet and the politics of the wider worlkd of Wizard / Faerie / Warlock, society isn't there.  Keep in mind this isn't really urban fantasy but it has its roots in that pond.

Definitely recommended.  


Dark Wizard's Case. LitRPG series

Not sure about this one.  In the very early stages.  Narrator seems to be headed towards being some sort of white hat dark mage.  Weird mechanic whereby the secret world of magic is introduced through an augmented reality lens.


The Sunset Squire

the only problem I can find with this fiction is that I want more chapters.

honetly, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I couldn’t put it down.


A Guy, A Latte and Status Screen.

I’m not sure why I enjoy this but I do.  It seems to be about a guy who wants to put as little effort and imagination as possible into his life being suddenly given magical powers and finding a way to contnue just getting by.  LitRPG for slackers.


Dungeon Mage

I'll probably change my rating later.

Okay... I will admit that I was hoping that this was a story about how Anthony Bourdain or some other famous chef became a dungeon core and began to create levels devoted to cooking.  

Alas, this is not that story.  And I will admit that I almost gave up at the reference to "

Even after his ominous reputation for using the blood of his foes as kitchen ingredients spread to the ears of the Orc Chiefs and they bayed for his blood in return." which sounded like the author was trying way too hard.

But I kept going, and I have to admit that I kind of like what I read.  The idea of skill shards fascinates me.  Therein lies the material that will make or break this admittedly over-written fiction.

I didn't really enjoy chapter 1, but by chapter 3 I was enjoying myself.  So who knows.  Hopefully, we have another winner here.


Underworld

Supposedly this fiction is based on esports.  I don't have a clue what that is.  It doesn't matter.  The fiction itself is really interesting.  I haven't seen something set in an aztec kingdom before, nor have I seen the need to use cannibalism and sacrifice to power LitRPG game magic before. 

I'm even enjoying the "war" sections even though I don't have a clue yet who the geopolitical entities involved were.  Something about Texas falling and a fight in Atlanta and Bogata.  I'm not sure if it is a Latin America vs North America or an Americas vs. Eurasia or something different.  


So please bring me more.