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Ritualist

Completionist Chronicles, Book 1
Lu par : Vikas Adam
Durée : 12 h et 6 min
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The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn't take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves. 

In his pursuit of power, Joe fights alongside his team, completes quests, and delves into the mysteries of his class, which he quickly discovers can be practiced only in secret. Ultimately, his goal is to complete every mission, master every ability, and learn all of the world's secrets. All he has to do is survive long enough to make that happen.

©2018 Dakota Krout (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 18/05/2018

Ritual is necessary for us to know anything

I really did not want to like this book. I wanted Dakota Krout to keep putting out his Divine Dungeon series until it was finished. Now, I'm torn. I still want the Divine Dungeon series, but now I also want MORE Ritualist. Krout is an incredible writer, and you get sucked into the story immediately. I appreciate how he gets the character of Joe into the game quickly and doesn't really screw around with all the usual angst or cognitive dissonance most MC's display when they are about to go into a virtual world permanently. Nope, we go straight into the game, and we are better for it.

I really appreciate that Joe gets a secret class, with special skills, and that he works for a hidden god. It's fun watching him try to keep things straight, because once the cat is out of the bag then he loses all kinds of benefits. And he has some sweet skills. The only thing that really throws me off is that the MC, Joe, enters the VR permanently because he is a quadrapalegic, and still opts to get a body that will be winded from walking to fast and can be beheaded from a paper cut. You would expect him to take a healthy vibrant body, but I will say his choice does make sense if you consider that he is in it for the long haul. He has a long distance perspective that few others have. Additionally, Krout is about the only dude I know that can make a healer not only exciting but totally a bad grass mamajamma. Most people go swordsman, rogue, or wizard. Dakota manages to make the cleric interesting. Plus the ritual stuff and the occultist proffesion suck you in.

Vikas Adams had me waaaaay back with the Divine Dungeon number one, Dungeon Born. I loved his characterizations and the humor he injects with his voice. There are few narrators who are as skilled as he is, and he really moves the story along at his pace. The man is a pleasure to listen to, and his female voices are just as good as his male ones.

I gove Krout points for including a nod to my beloved Dungeon, Cal, in this book and can see the similarities in attitudes. Both are fair, easily annoyed, and ready to dole out proper punishments and rewards. Can we see a nod to everyone's favorite wisp in the next book, Dakota?

I loved the cover, the wolfman looks awesome, and we get to see Joe right in the middle of a ritual. It looks slick, and you know that this book is going to feature some hardcore monsters and some deadly magic. Lava Worms, anyone? Joe is a fun character, and I really look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Now, we just need to get the Divine Dungeon series caught up and I'll be satisfied. YOU will be satisfied if you get this book. This is, without question, one of the best LitRPG/GameLit books I've ever read! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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  • Clayton Guerry
  • 26/05/2018

Masterpiece

Dakota Krout, as always, delivers a phenomenal story. I thought it would be hard for him to top his Dungeon Born series, yet he managed to pull of an amazing new story. I'm fully hooked, eagerly awaiting the next in the series!

The Ritualist is one of the most interesting takes on LitRPG I've had the pleasure of hearing. He doesn't turn his main character into a "Mary Sue", making him fight for every bit of progress.

Do NOT skip this, it's definitely worth the listen. Vikas Adam delivers a strong performance, combining with Krouts great story for a delightful listen.

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  • Trevor
  • 11/12/2018

It's both very good, and very bad

The overall story is somewhat pleasant to listen to, but there are stark moments where you'll want to facepalm at just how bad it gets. It's hard to explain this, but suffice it to say that this will never be a great book, or a great series. It may get acclaim because it's a hot topic (the full dive concept has been elevated a lot since "Ready Player One"), but make no mistake... it's a pretty rough read at times.

Overall it's a nice story, though, and it's oddly satisfying to listen to Joe's steady progression. It feels a little like the literary equivalent to a b-level re-enactment of "Sword Art Online". It's fun to listen most of the time, but there are moments where you wonder why on Earth the author decided to do something... such as the Elon Musk fan-fiction-esque overtone that begins the entire book... or the fact certain lines of dialogue are so bad you can't help but audibly groan.

Overall, this book simply feels rushed, and/or poorly edited. It feels like with a little more careful editing, and peer review, this could have been an amazing book. Instead, we get a story that is mostly really compelling, but with moments so awkward or bad that you're shocked out of it without any notice whatsoever. So don't expect a clever book, and don't expect a great book, and you'll likely enjoy it for the simple story it offers if you check your expectations at the door (the "4.8" rating here is a complete joke, and I suspect foul play - e.g. purchased amazon reviews).

This is a great bargain book to keep you occupied for a day or two, just avoid it at full price, I suppose.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • BumbleBee 456
  • 23/11/2018

Promising start

I loved his dungeon series but this one doesn't have quite the same cleverness. There is a fast pace and his trademark subtle humor - loved the Bashers making a reappearance - but lots of awkwardness and a really forced intro to get his protagonist into the situation where he can kick off his adventures.

I like RPGLit but unfortunately this is one of the more middling entries. Hoping the series gets better as it goes along.

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  • Scoutxx
  • 19/11/2018

It took a sec but you have my attention for book 2

Slow start, roll playing format, by the end I was ready for book two so I’m rolling with it 😉

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  • Mikey Valentine
  • 22/05/2018

Felt a bit rushed

Not as much depth as dungeon born but still a very fun listen.

One thing I was slightly sad about is that this is a true litrpg as to where his other book was much more fantasy with litrpg elements. This book is the opposite so if you've read his others be prepared for that.

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  • Andrew
  • 25/05/2018

Really enjoyable read

One Part Dungeonborn
One Part Sword Art Online
One Part Elon Musk fan fiction.

sold!

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  • Jacob Flaherty
  • 03/07/2018

A millennial vocabulary with a young narrator.

Personally I think this book is getting high reviews because LITrpgs are hot and this one is better than most, but this is not a great book.

Story and narrator speak in a way that best caters to teens. You can see the ending miles away and Ritualist drags you describing every little thing along the way there instead when it could guide instead.

Verdict? If you are an audible user, try it! You may like it and if you don't, you can return it, but don't put yourself into a situation where you must commit to this book. It's not worth it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12/11/2018

Pretty weak offering.

Not really sure why this book has so many positive reviews. I found it to be a disjointed and poorly crafted mess with an absentee main storyline. It does have plenty of upsides, but the negatives really overshadowed the experience and the audible version specifically was a chore to get through.

First and foremost I knocked off two stars for blatent plagiarism. The author copy pasted a very well known meme into his book to explain stats with a tomatoes metaphor, and while that may not be the property of any one particular individual, it's still truly pathetic plagiarism. It's not a pop culture reference either, as the author seems to claim the character just thinks of this on his own. Even a tiny reference to the meme or it's origins in the web would have made this acceptable, but as is it's just copy/paste. Also, the opening Elon musk sequence felt incredibly similar to the opener from Greg Bears War Dogs trilogy. That one I can't be positive was ripped off intentionally, but the similarities are too much to be ignored. It was basically a dumbed down version of the war dogs intro. (no offense to the author on that aspect, ain't none of us at Greg Bears level.)
The main class was incredibly refreshing and unique, which made the above mentions of plagiarism all the more hurtful to me as a reader. It shows the author is capable of originality, as well as quality material, so WHY copy paste stuff??
The other major point of complaint is the narration. The narrator adds a moviephone dramatis to EVERY single line he delivers, no matter if the main character is fighting an epic battle, or just reading a book in the library. Plenty of this book is casual and calm, with the story not having any need for overly dramatic inflection, so I found this aspect of the performance incredibly distracting and non sequitur. Super immersion breaking and annoying. The narrator also does voices, none of which I found pleasurable. Any accent is massively overdone, wether it be the somehow Russian librarian, or the valley girl guild member. No accent is done with any degree of subtlety, and everything is cartoonishly over the top. Again, pretty immersion breaking. I think I would have enjoyed this book a great deal more had I read it, instead of listening to it. The narrator did the author zero favors with his performance.

As to the main story. Everything felt out of sequence, disjointed, and even nonsensical at times. The main story arc didn't seem to appear until a good two thirds of the book was over, and I kept on wondering what the main threat was. There's plenty of build up and character development, but no overarching conflict aside from the class development, which was far too small and non threatening to be exciting or cause me to be invested in the rest of the world. Oh, right, there was a little guild conflict, but it gets quickly dealt with and forgotten immediately. A big part of the storyline is how rare healers are, but there didn't seem to be any reason for that rarity. The healer class seemed actually easy to play to me, I just didn't see a lot of reasons backing up the authors assertions of his world. It ended up feeling like a 'gimmie', where the concept is only the way it is because the author says so. That's fine...I guess. It'd be a lot more satisfying to have substantive world building to support that kind of thing though. Overall it really felt like the author had more of an idea for a world and a unique class than any kind of story, and that hurt the quality of this book for me a great deal.

Finally, an observation. The author seems to be fairly right wing, and does his utmost to work in metaphors that represent his line of thoughts on select modern issues. This was a great part of the book for me, as it was refreshing to see the right wing ideology touted as preferable, while keeping it out of the forefront of the story. His message on individualism and merit was quite on point, and almost resonated of The Incredibles first film. His dig at antifa I felt was quite appropriate and on point as well, and could easily be also applied to the kkk. That's some solid metaphor crafting right there. His metaphor against establishments of higher learning was directly in accordance with right wing thoughts on the matter; that dissenting voices are silenced, and any individualism is quashed for the collective good. These points are, of course, obviously incorrect and easy to fact check, but his ability to espouse them in his creative form was impressive nontheless. When people who embrace and spread hate or blatent falsehoods are blocked from college campuses, that is not an attempt to silence a dissenting opinion, it is a communal rejection of that opinion. There is an important distinction to be made there, and it seems to have unfortunately gone over this authors head. I did not remove any stars for this aspect of the book, and as I have stated, view it as overall positive. This is merely an observation because of the rarity of right wing fantasy authors in circulation today.

I bought this book because it's in the top list 'must read' for the litrpg genre. But, similar to The Land, I simply do not see quality writing or production at work here, and am left wondering at the mass appeal. I do think that if the author put more effort and editing into his work, he could have an original and interesting series to experience here. Sadly, this is overshadowed by the works flaws and at least one instance of overt plagiarism.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Black@pple
  • 31/10/2018

I could couldn’t finish.

I loved the dungeon books. Vikas did great. I could not get into this book for one reason. I couldn’t stand when Vikas was reading stats. It was a low monotone with a horrible accent.

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  • H-Goku
  • 06/06/2018

A masterpiece of MMORPG LITerature!

I inhaled the book in 2 days and listened to the Audiobook a few times now. I love it! This book is amazing, as all Dakota Krouts books apparently are. Dakotas world building is great, enough is explained to understand the characters and motivations, but you keep hoping for more thrilling answers. In my opinion this book doesn't get boring for a minute, but I'm a huge nerd that loves these kind of books.

Vikas Adam is an amazing narrator! 5/5*

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 25/05/2018

Bezüglich des Sprechers:

Der sprecher ist fast immer sehr gut (5 Sterne), aber er verstellt seine Stimme für verschiedene Personen. Zumeist ist dies gut, bis auf die Paar, welche anstrengend / nervig / kaum verständlich sind. Dies ist zu Beginn des Hörbuches deutlich schlimmer als zum Ende.

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  • Marco
  • Hemer, Deutschland
  • 12/03/2019

Nr. 1

Ich habe jetzt so ziemlich alle LitRPG Serien durch und habe mich auf Grund der Beschreibung lange gesträubt die Serie anzufangen.

Ein Fehler.... Es ist die bisher beste Serie die ich je gehört habe. Super gelesen und die Geschichte ist logisch aufgebaut. Klare Erklärungen und konstruktive fortgeführte Geschichte ohne zu große Übertreibungen.
Der Humor trift sehr gut und ist wirklich nicht übertrieben oder aufgesetzt.

Meiner Wertung nach bisher die Nr. 1
Angst habe ich nur vor dem nächsten Hörbuch. Es ist eine Sidequest und somit "unwichtig" die bisherigen Siedequests in anderen Serien haben mich leider gezeichnet. Es ist sehr schade das hier die Story nicht fortgeführt wird.

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  • Daniel Höllisch
  • Bayern
  • 22/02/2019

Awesome!

If you liked the Dungeon series, you'll love this book! Kick ass speaker, too!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 30/01/2019

LitRPG

Its starts a bit slow but after the first hour or so I was completly hooked. I dont like that the speaker uses different volumes. Audible, it would be great if your player had a tool to set an audiobook to a constant volume or to reduce the range.

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  • René
  • 07/12/2018

Good book, legendary narrator

There are not enough stars available to rate the narrator. I'd say it should be at least two more.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marius
  • 14/11/2018

Only for MMORPG fans.

The first chapter is horrible, both the story and performance. I almost dropped the audiobook because of it. Hovewer, it quickly improves after that and continues at a steady level.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Havelberg
  • 04/11/2018

Best LitRpg I've ever read (er.. listened to)

I'm having a hard time, telling more about it than I already did in the title without spoilers. So let me just say: If you plan on reading/listening to a lit-rpg story, this one seems to be on the best choices for that.

The protagonist is likable, the world believable and the plot creates tension without having the need for the main character to facing life-threatening events all 3 pages. Even with lit-rpg not being my main genre, I have finished this story in 3 days.

The narrator is making a fine job. The one-star deduction is highly unfair, even in my eyes, but I am listening to my books often in environments (like my car) where the volume difference, which is used to create tension, gets unbearable, where one has to decide to either not being able to listening to the quit parts or to get half a heart attack with the loud parts.

I hope, audible will some day add an option for an automatic volume adjustment.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • David Kassim
  • 24/10/2018

a fun and easy read for sure

good for listening to when sick and lying in bed. Divine dungeon was better though

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Stefan
  • 03/10/2018

Amazing

Dakota Krout is by now amongst my favourite 3 authors. I already loved the "Dungeons" series and found it unique in a utmost positive way. This new series starts off with "The Ritualist" and what can I say.. it is grand! Amazing story, great character development, many interesting characters, complex venues and good voice acting. 9.5/10 I'm waiting excited for the next part of either series.