Coral joined the immersive virtual reality video game Travail Online because her waitressing job, like so many other jobs, was automated by a growing robot workforce. She starts as a Seamstress, hoping to craft useful clothing in-game to sell for real life cash. The game, however, has other ideas. She soon discovers a knack for peeling the skins off creatures she never thought she'd lay hands on and crafting grotesque wearables from them instead.
What starts off as job replacement quickly launches an adventure of epic proportions through a virtual reality world filled with magic, intrigue, and betrayal. Can she and her new friends rescue the MMORPG world of Travail from death and defeat before it comes crashing down, taking the world economy with it?
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By Cory on 29-12-2017
hopefully this will stay as consistent in the next book it says something for people who like crafting and fighting a promising start to a new Dynamic series
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Chad on 14-01-2018
+++very good lit rpg book. I put the series off for a while because of the cover art which isn't that great. I know I know never judge a book by its cover.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Morgan Searle on 17-01-2018
Well-Paced and Full of Adventure!
I really enjoyed this one. The story itself was very well put together, with just the right amount of status screens not to clutter, well-thought-out characters, and a fair amount of behind-the-scenes worldbuilding for both the real and virtual worlds.
I especially enjoyed when I reached a certain juncture in the story, that, hopefully without spoiling anything, encouraged a bit of a split to the party, and contrary to my expectations, we just continued.
I was 100% certain we'd need one, maybe two books to find out what happened next, and yet there's no break in the story whatsoever. Something which flies in the face of rather a few other series in this genre that certainly seem to be pacing themselves to hit book #29 by next year, and something I definitely appreciated. Despite including so much in just this first book, there's still enough to make me eagerly await the sequel.
As for the narrator, I felt she did a great job. Going so far as to use a slightly different tone for the neutral voice depending on POV character and perfectly enunciating some puns that, whilst excellently written, would make a lot more sense to read than be read to, both are wonderful little touches that make the experience really feel polished and like a labour of love.
Overall, a great addition to the genre, and I hope to hear more from both Brian Simons and Andrea Parsneau as soon as feasibly possible :)
By Aslanenlisted on 10-01-2018
This is a brilliant fast paced story. The narrator does a fantastic job breathing even more life into the characters. The characters are endearing and have impressive arcs and depth. My only complaint is how short the story is.