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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Living in a dystopian world, master thief Jarrod Seventhborn, or better known as Jarrod Luckbane, is one of many people who seek escape and even an identity to be proud of in an online gaming world. When his master thief character suffers the horrible game-death, GameComm corporation offers him the chance to play for the inaugural game of Otherworld campaign. A golden opportunity for a janitor, but someone is relentlessly trying to kill him. Will Jarrod survive? Luckbane is the first installment in the exciting Otherworld series by Tony Breeden.
As a fan of role playing games and even a long time fan of TSR products, Luckbane is definitely the type of novel that I want to read. The premise of the story is exciting and refreshing to me. The short lengths of the chapters, which are also divided in parts, make the pacing fast but comfortable to read. I see no flaws in author Tony Breeden’s high level writing style. The dialogues are strong and witty, and the protagonist Jarrod is the flawed hero of this story that you would easily root for. The plot is excellent; it does feel like you are playing your favorite RPG while reading.
There is a lot of thrilling action which does not involve heavy or disturbing violence and the language used is fairly clean. That being said, both young and mature readers will definitely enjoy Luckbane and would want to follow the Otherworld series. The combination of sci-fi and fantasy elements are potent. Any RPG enthusiast would not want to miss this one.