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This is the showdown that has been building as Devon and her allies fight to save Owen, both from a rogue computer entity and his own father’s political game. To do so, Devon must strengthen her dark powers and descend into the dimension of Hell and bring the fight to the evil Zaa and her band of Demon Lords.
A futuristic look at online gaming that allows full immersion into the gaming world. But when there’s a computer glitch, it creates an enemy that can cause real harm to the players. There’s no escape. You must fight. You must win!
Ms Summers once again shows that she is a master storyteller with a fantastic concept, suspense, massive battles, humor and the talent to pull it all together.
Well this was another adventure that answered a few questions. It was also an interesting look into Zaa's realm. I personally would love it if we had such technology and the ability to the experience a game in this way.
Con: I'm absolutely baffled that with an AI patching daily and a demonic invasion dominating the current play experience, even at level 20, the sorcerer class still doesn't have an effective damage spell that isn't fire based and therefore ineffective against demons. Also, the side plots still go from "I barely know this character" to "wow, that's tragic" in no time flat, YMMV.
Pro: New realms, new abilities, new relationships, all the stuff that makes LitRPG fun to read. Zaa's content (appropriately) plays like a clunky Evil Overlord tutorial level, but tricking a God and stealing her demon general on the eve of the invasion is still pretty epic.
Most major story questions are answered directly by the actions of the characters. It is wonderfully rare to see the same climax answer several subplots. It is even rarer to see it answer it in a manner one would expect from a mini-arc. This book ranks with some of Jim Butcher's Dresden Series. So, if you like Dresden and LitRPG, this is a great series to read.
I really enjoyed the vast majority of this book. Honestly the only issue is the feeling that the main character, Devon, has gradually lost her ability to read between lines, creatively approach problems, and handle any form of stress is grace. I felt the Devon from book one to be strong willed and intelligent. Her ignorance was excusable because of her being new to the game, but after a couple months playing why is she unable to mentally progress, even at times seemingly regressing?