For over 30 years, Dominion of Blades has been the hottest online role-playing game in the world. Any gamer with an immersion rig can enter the world of sword and sorcery, of goblins and dragons, and they can hack and slash their way to glory. But the game is too real for some, and after an epidemic of real-life fatalities, public use of the immersion technology has been banned, causing the game to be shut down.
Jonah wakes to find himself in-game, level one, with no memory of how he arrived and no way to eject. With only two companions, trapped in a world that once hosted millions, Jonah must battle his way across a treacherous landscape, fighting virtual monsters, all too real pain, and a very human enemy in a desperate bid to survive.
©2017 Matt Dinniman (P)2017 Matt Dinniman
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4 out of 5 stars
By kanundra on 29-07-17

Really makes you think! (and laugh)

The good thing about this genre is all the new audiobooks coming out in it!

I did get a little behind in my reviews, but here are some thoughts on this as audio.

The main characters are really nicely done. We're thrown into the deep end of this story and world without getting to know them before, but during and in the game. I loved this more so than most might because some stories really do slow up the drama and tension of their world with the long intros with little conflict. Very nicely done here.

The fact that there was trans gender, and different sex's playing different characters was so refreshing and expertly handled by the writer and narrator. It really makes you think about not only the world inside their story but in our own and how people handle things in the wrong ways. (I've seen some of the reviews put up) but this really didn't deter from the story and enhanced it in a way that a lot of people can relate to and of course enjoy.

There's no rest up for us or the MC's as they go on this journey, and the narrator kept a wonderful pace throughout. I really loved her choices with each person, from the Mc's to the NPC's which each spoke just as if they were real people.

There really is a lot of twists and turns in here, some I did think were coming, but others were a total shock! It keeps you guessing and thinking which is what all the best books do.

Highly recommended and although this was a great book on its own although my only real jibe is the length, (cause I wanted more) I do think there's another on the cards, which I can't wait for!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 22-02-18

Great LitRPG, ignore the negative reviews...

As a rule, I try not to comment on other reviewers' opinions for reasons that should be obvious. I only break this rule when I feel that a number of reviewers have grossly misrepresented a book on factual grounds, not on personal opinion or subjective taste. So...

Several people have said they didn't like the "proselytizing" of LGBT issues in this book. To be clear, at no point in this book is there anything even resembling propaganda or preaching about LGBT issues or lifestyles. That is, unless you believe that just having an LGBT character exist in the book qualifies. In fact, though the coming of age experiences of an LGBT person are discussed, it is only a tiny part of the book and done with no hyperbole nor with any more drama or detail than would be given to someone who struggles with social anxiety about interacting with the opposite sex. In fact for a fantasy novel the discussion of these issues is so tame as to be little more than a tiny subplot when taking in the scope of the book as a whole.

In conclusion, this is a well-written, far above average, LitRPG novel, and I would hate for people to skip it based on the reviews of some people who's intolerance appears to be so sensitive that the mere idea of LGBT people is offensive.

P.S. Though it shouldn't matter, I'm a straight male, and I'm leaving this review because I love books, not because I'm trying push a socio-political agenda.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jakob on 09-07-17


Most original and well written litrpg I've read in a while. I returned the last two or three litrpg audiobooks I bought because the clichés and bad writing was getting to be overwhelming. I'm happy to finally find a book in this genre that takes the writing as seriously as it does the litrpg conventions.

I look forward to the next book.

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