Stuff Got Real In Desert Born!
5 out of 5 stars
Beaten within an inch of his life and left for dead, Alex’s life hangs in the balance. Maddie must find out more about her new powers and her new status within the changing world. In the process, they find out that the Tromoal are in trouble and need their help.
I will tell you one thing about Chapman – she knows how to build a world AND write characters that you believe are completely real. The Puatera world is a place that I want to go (or play) and it’s something that isn’t always easily attainable in LitRPG type novels. And the characters, man, they are incredibly likable and you end up feeling for them even though they aren’t real (sometimes in two different ways – a book and an “NPC”).
I’m pretty new to the LitRPG world but I’m not new to the gaming world. I love the story arcs and the little digs into the “real world” vs the game world. Chapman pulls the curtain back a little in Desert Born and it really gave me the chills when you find out about things outside of the game world (from an “NPC-type” players point of view.
As I said in my title, stuff (I would never use that word in real life, but for Audible, I’ll edit it; shit got real. There was a lot of stuff that happens in this story that tugged at my heartstrings and made me fall for these characters even more than I already did.
Being a nice switch from my normal “doom and gloom” post-apocalyptic genre – this has been a nice change of pace and I’ve been really enjoying the series. Look forward to my post for book three since that’s going to jump pretty high on my list after finishing this one.
Desert Born by Dawn Chapman
Narrator: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
Series: Puatera Online #2
Published by Self Published on February 12th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, LitRPG
With her charge, Alex, safely delivered, Maddie drowns her pain in a local bar. Leaving later that night only to discover Alex has been beaten and robbed, his own quest failed. Politics and cash aside, she aids him. Once more they cross the desert, this time where Tromoal and enemies are born.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Dawn Chapman has been creating sci fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13 episode Sci Fi TV series, with great passion for this medium. In 2010, Dawn returned to her first love of prose. She’s been working with coach EJ Runyon who’s encouraged her away from fast paced script writing, to revel in the world of TSK and Letháo as an epic prose space journey. This year her experience of working with Producers/Directors from the US and AUS has expanded. From Drama, Sci Fi to Action, Dawn’s built a portfolio of writing, consulting and publishing.