The Infinite World: ever-changing and ever growing. New nations and races rose and fell almost daily. New Classes were discovered, and old ways were lost.
Monsters and beasts roamed the earth and were slain by soldiers and adventurers who were, in turn, killed by stronger threats. Heroes and villains created new epics and were forgotten when their successors appeared. This was the way of the Infinite World.
Summoned into this chaotic place, a young boy with no name and no past must learn to survive. Bound to a master who doesn’t care whether he lives or dies, he must become stronger. The question is: how? Do the people around him value him for who he is or merely for what he represents? The world holds endless possibilities, but only time will tell what the future holds for the boy.
Author: J. T. Wright
Narrator: Tim Campbell
Publisher: Podium Audio
Series: The Infinite World #1
Running Time: 16hrs 17mins
Audio Release Date: 20/10/2020
My Rating of ‘The Land of the Undying Lord’: 5 out of 5
Being a huge fan of fantasy roleplay games/computer games etc … the Literary RPG genre is one that I love to dip into as I find it to be my method of achieving true ‘relaxed, easy escapism’. I was expecting this to be the usual type of thing, but this book is so much more than any other Litrpg I have picked up before. It’s not necessarily better or worse than any other, but incredibly different (to me at least).
Most Litrpg books tend to be focused on people from our world getting sucked into, or willingly travelling to some kind of game world. Unlike that common trope, The Land of the Undying Lord is just set in a world where gaming features are a regular, unassuming part of life. The characters talk about skills they can learn, how monsters respawn after being killed in dungeons/trials and about such videogamey things as getting enough EXP to level up in the same way we might discuss the weather.
At first I thought ‘that’s a bit odd’. But, when you think about how if that’s all these characters have ever known, then earning EXP to level up is as normal to them as buying milk and bread is to us in order to not go hungry another day. When you slip into the ‘this is their normal daily life mindset,’ then the book becomes so much more of an enjoyable ride. I will freely admit, if that isn’t a mindset you can slip into, this will be a clunky, unenjoyable time for you and is probably something you should avoid.
One thing that this book surprised me by is creating a ‘perfect’ character and having said character feel not only far from perfect, but incredibly likeable. Calling him perfect is a tad charitable. He’s a character that has the potential to be anything he could ever dream to be and struggle as little to get it. Sounds annoying, but he’s written in such a way that he’s just endearing and I couldn’t help but pull for him to succeed. So well done to the author on creating that rarity.
I went into this book expecting humour. I don’t know why I thought that, as it is by no means marketed as a comedy. It is not a comedy. It’s a serious novel from start to finish (thankfully I managed to banish my disappointment and fully accepted that was a completely my fault scenario). I think it adds to it that it is a serious book rather than a comedy. It somehow works well with the game play mechanic it’s written with.
Overall, I was far more impressed with this book than I expected to be. It was a freebie on the Audible Plus membership and has fully achieved the goal of making me want to actually fork out my cash or credits for the next books in the series. I love the world that has been created, feel invested in the characters and am intrigued to see where things go in the future.
The narration was very good throughout. My only complaint was the odd pauses that sometimes happened mid-sentence. I assume this was some quirk of editing or simply the narrator catching their breath away from the mic. Either way, it didn’t really detract, but was noticeable.