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a day in the life of skyrim
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 14, 2022
**This review has spoilers**
First, the author is amazing at world building and character creation really getting you attached to the main characters, and has good creativity (in book 8 he spends an hour turning diarrhea into a poop war…) but after that, this book really falls short.
There is no story. 0. It’s just day in the life of a world. The issues that come up in book 1 remain UNSOLVED even after 8 books. It’s like reading a different version of skyrim where all you do is run around picking up 100 quests while never completing anything and you just fight random monsters. It’s clear the author was not sure where to go with the story, leaving a ton of foreshadowing and hooks to pick up later that rarely get revisited.
The game system is overly complex and inconsistent where he tries to fit the game to his story rather the story to his game. The MC can beat things twice his level but then struggle to best enemies less than 1/3 his power and then makes all stats and levels meaningless later on in the series by saying it only matters if you are proficient or not in something. So what’s the point in having levels or attributes then?! The author probably spends 30-40% of the books reading “prompts” providing stats that are arbitrary and meaningless, often used at a convenience for plot armor (he was fighting monsters but needed more strength so he adds 18 str points laying around and suddenly easy fight). Book 8 is hardly worth reading. It’s 80% prompts 20% diarrhea in the metaphor of a war.
The author is good. But the audio version narrated by nick podehl save’s this series with his amazing voice acting. If the author gave this an actual plot and either made the system less complex or made it actually mean something, this truly would be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, this is another lit rpg the author lacked consistency or plot.