A Different Novel
I’ll start this out by “You probably haven’t read anything like this book”. What you take from that statement is up to you. For me, Dominic Green may have written just a tad too much of the snarky-quirky-witty-scumbag-insulting humour into the book. I liked the premise of the book, that is a fantasy that’s a virtual reality game in the future, but as with all good things, it comes with its downsides.
Warlords of Llantatis is a unique novel. I haven’t read any with a story so strange and outlandish as well as rude and vulgar. From the get-go, you’re immersed into a world like no-other (unless you’re a typical gamer today and then maybe you could relate to this book). I liked the (sometimes) funny and humorous descriptions used by the narrator’s voice. I don’t think I could ever write like that because there’s way too much imagination involved.
Strange character names with a large cast of characters made it hard to track who’s doing what. I got lost so many times that in the end, I just assumed I knew who the character was – even though I wasn’t entirely sure. How it works is that every character has a real-life name and a virtual name. The virtual names were hard to remember because they were your typical gamer tag. When you compound this double-name phenomenon with a large cast, it just became too hard to track who did what when.
I thought the description was too much. It slowed the book down for me that I gave up a few times and had to put the book down. I like fantasy, but sometimes there’s just too much description.
I mean, even though I’ve rated it two stars, that’s really personal preference. I didn’t connect with the story, and so I had to stomp my way through it. Some of you might be the exact opposite to me and will love the story. The only way you can find out is by reading and judging it for yourself.
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Note about this review
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review. I always try my best to balance the reviews and not favour any one person (though I may be a bit subjective when it comes to the genre).
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Cyberpunk
September 19th 2014
WARLORDS OF LLANTATIS's graphics, gameplay, and immersive three-dimensional virtual reality experience took the online role playing gaming world by storm when it was first released - but it was first released over fifteen years ago. Now it's a haunt for the nostalgic and unfashionable. Cyrus Baggett and Raj Rengarajulu have been pretending to be Smelrond of Quimnimbriel and Mordaxxe, Pwner of Noobs since college. Now they're old, married, and wanted by most of the crowned heads, secret police organisations and demonic familiars of the game universe. They are considering growing out of this thing - at least, until they meet the Character With No Name. The Character's player is living in one room, which he has never left and appears to be being held in against his will. He doesn't know where in the world the room is; he doesn't even know his own name. The only way of finding out more about him is through playing Warlords of Llantatis, and that can only happen if Mordaxxe and Smelrond can keep him alive for long enough to talk - and if they can stay alive themselves, with Beëlzebelle and the Munchkins, Wizard Sparklebeard and Titanowang Lord of Fertility at large in the same universe.