I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank Rohan Vider tremendously for taking the time to contact me, wanting to share his book with me and now it is my job to return the favor. I LOVED THIS BOOK, plain and simple. I would never have picked this book out of the thousands you can find on amazon in a million years, but that just goes to show you how important connections are in this crazy world of ours. The Dragon Mage saga is categorized as a fantasy post apocalyptical story combined with LitRPG. I have to admit when I first heard this I was a little off put because I usually don’t enjoy these types of books as they can be gimmicky and dull. I promise you that I had none of those feels as I stormed through this book in two days and I felt like a little kid on my Gameboy wanting to level up my character and visit new places. You are all in for a treat!
Earth is being invades by these huge metal objects located sporadically across the globe just like in the movie Arrival. All of a sudden, a hologram appears and a foreign creature is talking to mankind about the destruction of Earth in two weeks time. Our main character, Jamie, notices that the alien’s being seen in the hologram are not the aliens he has grown up seeing in movies and on T.V, the aliens are orcs. The orcs explain that earth is coming to an end and humans are about to enter a land called Overworld with hundreds of other species battling for survival. Jamie then realizes that the huge metal objects are not spacecrafts but gates to this new world, but the gateway is opened on both sides and the orcs start invading earth. Guns and missiles have no affect on these orcs and they have a mission to gather as many humans with the potential for magic as they can and Jamie is one of those humans. I will not spoil anything in this review, but Jaime vows revenge on the orc nation for destroying his planet and will enter overworld with his vengeance.
Now, lets get into the fun parts of the story. There is no way I could do this book justice in explaining all the details and nuances into how the world operates, but I will give you a little taste. Before the humans entered Overworld, there was a manual released on the internet to prepare future gamers for this world. Each new player is required to select a certain traits before they enter Overworld and Jamie decides to select the traits of a dragon mage. This allows Jamie to attain power magic but at a huge cost and I will let you see for details of this for yourself. Next Jaime is thrusted in to an epic battle with strange creatures and the story really begins!
Players can level up in many different ways depending on the types of attributed they obtain through combat, training, scouting, building, and analyzing. Rohan Vider has definitely done his home work into home he wants the world to be and the details required to fill this world with action, mystery, and pain. Riddled through this world are hundreds of creature, lairs, dungeons, and certain objectives that cannot be ignored by anyone, Jaime included. Jamie will stop at nothing to have his revenge against the Orcs, but he knows that he can’t do it alone.
Rohan Vider has created an action packed page turner that had me reading for hours on end. I always needed to know what was going to happen to Jaime and his companions or what new skill we were going to discover. Rohan Vider writing style is very fluid and easy to comprehend but with the constant pushing of the narrative forward. Even the “slow” parts of the story had a purpose and there is not a page wasted in this book. Rohan Vider also has the propensity to break you heart and pull on your emotional strings time after time. There are several scenes that are very painful and it adds to the high stakes our characters find themselves in. You will be surprised on several occasions throughout this story.
Fans of LitRPG novels, gamers, fast paced action, or if you are just looking for a fun page turner will love this book. Even I am not immune to books flying under my radar and I need to step my game up to find more stories like this. The author has told me that he is writing book 2 now and he is hoping for a July 2021 release! This date can’t come soon enough and I will be eagerly waiting for the action to continue!