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The Luckless

(Second Age of Retha #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  615 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Welcome to Retha, the full submersion video game where you can be the hero of your own adventure. Unfortunately for Kit, it only takes one moment to turn the game into a nightmare.

When Chronicles of Retha experiences a software malfunction, Kit—a disenchanted veteran player—is stuck in the game without a way to log off. Even worse, she’s trapped playing as the most defecti
Kindle Edition, 1, 258 pages
Published July 19th 2017
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Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: LitRPG fans
Shelves: owned-ebooks
3.5/5 Stars

Thank you to the author, A.M. Sohma, for providing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review, I really appreciate this opportunity.

I have no idea how many gamers/readers like me will read this review but if you are one, The Luckless is one fun book for you to read when you’re in need of something lighter.

The Luckless is the first book in the Second Age of Retha series by A.M. Sohma, a pseudonym for K.M. Shea, who is most well known for writing a fairy tale and romance stories.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
More Retha Please!

I can't say that I have read many books in this genre. I had never heard of LitRPG before. I found Luckless because it is written under a pen name by K.M. Shea, and I have loved her other books. That being said, I fell in love with Luckless.

Kit is a serious gamer, when she goes to a full immersion arcade she plans to play a solo player shooting game. She wakes up in Chronicles of Retha, a fantasy game she hasn't played in five years. Instead of her usual kick butt character, sh
Tricia Mingerink
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was hesitant to read this book. While it is the new pen name of a favorite indie author (KM Shea), I'm not really into role playing or gaming. I don't play video games. My only previous forays into this genre were the Spy Kids movie where they get stuck in a video game and a book where an internet video game turned kids into killers. I really didn't know what to expect or if I'd like this book at all.

Then I decided to try it because, after all, it is the same author.

I'm SOOOO glad
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was immense fun. It made me think of series like Log Horizon and .hack and I loved the characters to boot.

Poor Kit though...I'd murder any family member who pulled that stunt on me. Elf Dancer, I mean COME ON.

I do wish there had been more Solus Miles...and I look forward to when he figures out the players he's looking for it right under his nose... I just wish there had been more of him.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd never read a book like this before, but since it was by one of my favorite authors, I opted to give it a try. I loved it! The main character, Kit, ends up in an immersed reality game she didn't want to play, with a pathetic character, as a prank played by one of her loving relatives. Unfortunately, after she arrives, tragedy strikes, and she is stuck in the game until she can complete a quest. To that end, she gathers a band of characters and they strike out together to complete the quest. O ...more
Brad T.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, litrpg
Sigh. If I hadn't read so many books in the genre I might have enjoyed this more. Read about half and quit. Nothing new here.
A good fun and somewhat amusing litrpg, occasionally infuriating because of what has happened to the main character. Moves along at a good pace, making it quick and easy to read. I am actually interested in what happens next so will probably continue the series.
Everlaine (BookCaptain)
This is a fantastic blend of some of my favourite genres and tropes. Litrpg in a fantasy setting where the characters are trapped in game plus a slow burn romance with a stoic non alpha male lead, yes yes YES please. I loved all the characters and there is a found family element where a team goes from mistrust to I-would'die-for-you-trust.

If you're new to litrpg but enjoy fantasy with slow-burn romance I think this would be a great first read. It's not very heavy on stats and in-game elements bu
Tonya D Flores
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a gamer, but this was good

This book takes place inside a video game in an era where players actually enter the games. Something happens to the servers, though and everyone is stuck inside. Our main character, Kit, has to gather a team and go on an impossible quest to try to find a back way of of the game. It's entertaining and fun to read. But, please note, they do not finish their quest in this book. I haven't read book two so I don't know how long it goes on. I want to know how it ends
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this a lot. It took me a while to warm up to the main character's concept, not because I don't adore Kit, but because I just kept thinking: "How much more do you need to break this character?!" I shuddered in empathy a few times.
But, what this concept did do was create lots of openings and experiences for the author to take the adventure to new heights and different turns. I really enjoyed it. A fun romp which kept me occupied and gave my mind a much needed space to breathe at the mom
Jenny Koch
I've never cared much for video games, especially MMORPGs, but I gave this book a shot since I like books written by the author's other pen name and since it was FREE. In the end, I was really pleasantly surprised. The story was fun and light with an interesting twist on the whole trapped in a game storyline given the heroine's embarrassing and generally pathetic game character. I really enjoyed the "unique" way the heroine has been overcoming her in-game character's weaknesses.
Kenya Starflight
I never imagined the concept of "adventures set in a video game" would be popular enough to warrant an entire genre... but the LitRPG genre's recent explosion has proven me wrong. Whether it's an attempt to rope in readers among the gaming community or an effort to ride the coattails of "Ready Player One," it's a remarkable experience to watch a genre come to life. And "The Luckless" is an entertaining addition to the genre, albeit not without its problems.

Kit is a longtime player of "Chronicles
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was ... Meh at best

I got a couple laughs out of this book. The plot is interesting, most of the characters have some depth to them and the setting holds together more or less. The great big flaw of the book is the lackluster protagonist. You know that focus of the entire story.

The protagonist is called kit and is stuck in an entirely useless character at the beginning of the novel. Halfway through the novel she has had zero character growth and her character is still useless. At the VE
Lexie Szalanczy
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reminds of her earlier books

I enjoyed the book--while the trapped-inside-a-VR-game is becoming more prominent (as we near the release of a VR system like these, hopefully?), the genre is still new enough that there's a lot of cool things to play with.

I like having the main character be a seasoned gamer, and having her be experienced in an older version of this game. It's nice to see some acknowledgement about how even the most famous players move on with their lives, and the game moves on too.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite a fun quick read.

I gotta admit, I only got this book because it was written by K.M. Shea who usually can deliver a fun clean read for when I'm bored, and I enjoyed it quite a lot :)

I haven't actually read anything of the genre before, so it was a fun and refreshing new idea for me. And I enjoyed seeing the resemblances to games I've played and things that I enjoy/ frustrate me. (Long un-skipable NPC dialogue...)

I also liked the characters, and it was interesting thinking of who the real
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kit lives in a technologically advanced world in which video games can be completely immersive. She gets tricked into playing a multiplayer role playing game as the most useless character possible with no way out unless she can gather enough people to go on a quest to defeat a nearly unbeatable foe or face actual brain damage/death.

I love this book! This author could make just about any genre feel like the best story ever. Its filled to the brim with humerous and unexpected scenes and plot twis
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. As many of the reviewers here, I've been a fan of the author for quite some time with her fairy tales written under the name, K. M. Shea. When she announced she was starting to write this genre under a pen name, I bought the book to support her as it seemed a topic close to her own interests.

I've never played an MMORPG so my knowledge of them is very limited, but that never hindered my ability to enjoy this story. Sure, a couple terms were foreign to me, but nothing w
Sarah P
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I know AM Sohma as KM Shea and have been a huge fan of her books under her pen name KM Shea. I am a very casual gamer (play once in a while when I have time, used to play a lot more in college) and this is the first book falling into the LitRPG genre that I've read so I can't really judge it based on the genre. I hesitated picking up the story to begin with, (not really sure why, but I ignored that it was out for about a year). It took me a while before I actually started liking the story onc ...more
Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*
I chose this because I have really enjoyed some of K.M. Shea's books (and A.M. Sohma is a pen name) but I didn't really enjoy this that much. This was okay but it's pretty heavy on the info dumps so felt slow going in places. The way that this a MMORPG made everything feel a step disconnected. I'm not really into MMORPGs (used to play about 5 year ago so I understand enough to get by), I don't have a problem with them or anything I just found some of the details a bit dull.

It was also annoying t
Lexie Reads
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it, as I have other novels written by K.M. Shea. This was the first of its type that I've read, so I can't really compare it to others, but I liked the premise! Kitten Lovemuch (at least it wasn't 'Lovehard/er'!) was a really great character and I liked that she didn't back down, even though she openly mocked and looked down on by the other players.
I especially liked the skilled she gained, and her exasperation as they continued to be, well, kind of shit. That is exluding 'Viole
Leah Feltner
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, I’ve never read a book like this but figured I’d give it a shot. It’s about a girl named Kit who submerges herself into a video game (apparently that’s a type of book game submersion). I can see the’s a different twist on a fantasy story or time travel, etc. However, I’m not sure I’m completely sold. I’m not a big video game person (although I played a bit when I was a kid) so I got a little bored during the battles or the quests. I enjoyed the characters and the ba ...more
Karine Wacker
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read a book, I want it to take me away for a bit and give me something to lift me up, make a little sunshine. I usually like mostly reality with some fairy tale thrown in (that's how I found AM Sohma, as she writes awesome fairy tale rewrites as KM Shea). She challenged us to try this genre. I like all her books and thought, as so many others, that I would give it a try as her other books are some of my favorites. This was just as I expected. There was a lot of action, a lot of struggle a ...more
Goth Gone Grey
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With 'Swear Proficiently' as a life skill, how could this not be amusing? Playful character names, an unwilling player dragged in by a friend, and total immersion gaming - whether you want it or not.

Talk about making the best of a situation - Kit wants to play a total immersion SciFi game, but her cousin puts her in a RPG as as elf dancer. The game breaks and she's stuck battling (dancing, anyway) her way out in belly-revealing garb. Due to the way the character's created, almost everyone hates
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Ianthe Silverfire
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grew up on .hack//sign and such. The return of litrpgs and isekai in anime and ebooks has been a bit funny for me to observe. I also haven't been that interested in the genre for about 10 years. However, my husband has, and we do so love reading books together.

The Luckless was a lot of fun and I'm about to jump into book 2. I really like Kit. She's a great combo of scared, confident, and snarky. Some of my main complaints are really just nitpicks with world building. Get past those and there i
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Kit starts her new submersion video game at the VR arcade, she’s surprised to find herself not in the science fiction world she expected, but back in the fantasy themed world of Retha. It seems her cousin, who works for the company, decided to play a little joke on her by sticking her in the wrong game with a joke character – a elf dancer with virtually no attack skills and precious little defense either. To make it even harder, he sort of branded her as an outlaw.

But the joke turned seriou
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, dnf, litrpg
I've picked up this book on the recommendation that it is funny. MC wanted to play a full immertion game. Her cousin used his connections to change the game she chose to a different one and constructed her character to be sth useles, worst choice in the game. He even made her be uniwersally hated. Well, I don't find it funny. I find it annoying. For me it's a joke in a bad taste. Especially because the intendent of the joke didn't found it funny either. If she thought it was, if she made jokes o ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A comedy of errors, or bad luck made worse

I have been looking to but this book for a while, and I finally did. This book kept me laughing. Poor Kid just wanted to play the latest sci-fi game, but her cousin decided to prank her and put Kit back into the world of Retha. Not only that, but decided to make a joke of a character for her: Kitten Life much a elven dancer. However the joke backfires when something happens and all the players get stranded, now it's up to Kit to get this fixed.

This was
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Katy Bear
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this book. I had a blast reading it. Kat is an interesting character, who although thrust into a crazy situation, stands tall and doesn't let it get her down. I really enjoy the writing style and the story. The story line makes sense, which I know is hard to do with this type of story, and they explain gaming details in an interesting way so its not overly boring. I also enjoyed the 'geek' talk that isnt too complicated for people not big on gaming. All in all, this series has ...more
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Author by day, but a hunter (or very frazzled cleric) by night, A. M. Sohma is a lover of books, video games, and sweet armor sets. She aims to write entertaining stories with relatable characters, and spends her days lurking in libraries or wasting time on the internet.

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