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There's definitely a heavy lean into the aussie aspect early on, but there's a deep and interesting (if not confusingly complex at times) magic system and story. I think as long as you are prepared for the web novel style writing (wherein some chapters simply wander off before returning after a little stroll) and you are into similar litrpg driven adventures that have a little more crunch you will definitely enjoy this jaunt into a land of mystery and magic.
Just going to say loved the book. The main character is funny, engaging, semi-insane and exciting. The other characters are full of life and interesting no cardboard cutouts. And the story wow what an adventurer i dont generally preorder books but i have for the number 2 of this series. P.S the story is long im so happy its bloody annoying reading short books.
I'll be honest; the 'Aussie' I this book is pretty much limited to mannerisms and a general disrespect for authority, and Jason is much smarter than your average bogan considering he has thoughts of his own. However making the main character and immigrant was a very refreshing and interesting addition. And it was good to read a book with an adult main character making adult decisions, instead of major plot decisions based on vanity and possession of a harem.
Writing was very good and fun all the way through.
A few things to mention about this, this first book was very enjoyable, if not for the same reasons arc to arc. If you like cheeky (aussie) humor then you'll like the MC , while it could have been done better , there is real progression and explanation in the MC and you are shown why he does what he does or thinks what he does. The other potentially off-putting or good thing depending on your viewpoint is that each arc in the book is quite different to the last. It starts off very lit RPG building the world and magic/power ranking systems, but then that takes a back seat and it becomes a philosophy focus up front, then it becomes a political undertaking with a bit of mystery and then back to the action to round it all off. While each arc doesn't focus on the same thing and each aspect could be done better if it were the focus for the book not just a section, each one adds fairly well together to make the world building and overall story much better. Leaving me glad it's all in there.
The last thing to note is that after reading reviews on royal road from people who have read the next 2.5 books worth of material, it goes down hill from here, this book however I did find great though as just itself
Wow what a ride. This book grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. It is well written and the humour is funny an joyful without being corny. It has a sense of fun without coming across as being a try hard. But rather the humour and story just flow. Eagerly awaiting the next instalment
Really enjoyed the MC in this story and am looking forward to the next release, which I've already pre-ordered. Also liked the fact that this is written by an Australian (including a heck of a lot of 'straya slang in it!) Fun ride and easy to go with.
This is a great read and well worth a look for anyone open to LitRPG style storytelling. Doesn't stray too far from tried and true tropes but with enough fun twists to keep it interesting. Plus the sarcastic, semi-genius but not-quite-OP main character is very fun so far.
For anyone who enjoys a good RPG game and wants to jump to fantasy novels. This is for you. Terminology from a long time RPG player and the exciting thrill and straight up typical Australian dick attitude makes you never want to put this down. fantastic story and narrative.