This week's books fall into the category "Cyberpunk Science Fiction", but they also fall under the "Fantasy" genre as well. What attracted me to these books were the words: "Sword Art Online". I absolutely ADORE the anime "Sword Art Online". The only bad thing about the anime was that it was NOT LONG ENOUGH. So when I saw that these books were written along the same story lines, I had to give them a try! Check out the Book Blurb for "The Luckless" (book 1 in the series) below.
Welcome to Retha, the full submersion video game where you can be the hero of your own adventure. Unfortunately for Kit, it only takes one moment to turn the game into a nightmare.
When Chronicles of Retha experiences a software malfunction, Kit—a disenchanted veteran player—is stuck in the game without a way to log off. Even worse, she’s trapped playing as the most defective character possible, an elf dancer that was meant to be a prank.
Thankfully, she receives word that there is a way out. But the only escape route is to defeat the game’s ultimate villain. Kit, in her joke character, must fight her way through some of the worst Retha has to offer. Her only help is a party of low-leveled players just as powerless as she is, and the occasional act of mercy from one of the best players in the game, the taciturn (and aloof) Solus Miles.
Can Kit and her new friends finish the quest, or will Retha be their end?
The SECOND AGE OF RETHA series features an epic fantasy video game world inspired by Tolkien’s Middle Earth with the adventure and stakes of Sword Art Online and other “stuck in a game” stories. If you love humorous and magical adventures with MMORPG elements download a sample or buy it today!
I cannot say enough about how good these books are: Do you need a "pick me up"? Do you enjoy "Fantasy" as a gamer? Do the strategy and puzzles presented by epic video games intrigue you? A. M. Sohma has written this series for you!
This is no "slow to start" story. You are dropped into the author's "near future" world right from the get go, and just as you are finding your bearings she drops a bombshell. Being trapped in a game is not a walk in the park.
A lot of the action is strategy driven. Whether you are following along as the main character attempts to overcome some obstacle or you are thrust with her into the heat of battle, you will see the gears of her mind working through every step of the way.
The scope of adventure in this "game story" is epic. I lost count of the number of species that were introduced, the variety of characters that join the main story line are wonderfully colorful, and the author's description of landscape and architecture are ON POINT. She left nothing out of the experience of her world, and I revealed in every lovely picture she painted with her words. I found myself pondering frequently: "If only this were real!"
These books are again my favorite type of romance, the slow burn. Other than a few off-color (but untrue) references, there is nothing to worry about romance-wise. There are a handful of the Scots-Irish version of "derriere" as well as smattering of "donkey" mentions, but all in all I was not bothered by the language.
I would say that there are several Christian religious themes in these books. Though I do not know if the author is a Christian and the references are not blatant (possibly not on purpose). A conservative Christian should have no problems with this book's worldview or content.
These are the types of books that I long for. Silly with a side of serious. Fanciful with a touch of ferocity. The author takes a heavy subject and approaches it in a very lighthearted way without loosing the trauma that her characters are experiencing. This story fits perfectly into the mature content without "mature content" that I so enjoy reading. The only bad thing that I can say about these books is that the story is not yet finished...and I can barely wait.
Are you interested in A. M. Sohma and her books? Links Below!
A. M. Sohma https://www.amsohma.com
The Luckless (Book 1) https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B073VSFNKL/
The Desperate Quest (Book 2) https://smile.amazon.com/Desperate-Quest-MMORPG-LitRPG-Adventure/dp/1950635007/
The Revived (Book 3) https://smile.amazon.com/Revived-MMORPG-LitRPG-Online-Adventure/dp/0578420260/
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Rating System in Order of Intensity
N - NOTHING to worry about. Read this to your infant with a clean conscience.
A - Showing some ANKLE. Perfect book for the Puritan in your life.
P - Clutch your PEARLS. Grandma may raise an eyebrow, but keep on reading.
G - Will make you GASP. Both eyebrows will be involved in reading this book.
B - This is the full BLUSH people! If you are prone to fainting you will need a fan.
DB - You must DOUBLE BLINK to clear your eyes from being contaminated. None of the books I share here should reach this rating...Thank Goodness!