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Death March

(Euphoria Online #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,008 ratings  ·  123 reviews
I sacrificed everything for my family. It wasn't enough. I lost my mother, and now I'm about to lose my brother.

I've got only one thing left to gamble: my life. Which is why I'm willing to play Euphoria Online in Death March mode.

If I survive six months in-game against a lethal array of wyverns, ogres, necromancers, and more, I'll earn my brother a pardon.

If I lose?

Well. I
250 pages
Published August 7th 2018
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James Tivendale
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, litrpg
I received an advanced reader copy of Death March in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Phil Tucker for the opportunity.

Death March, the first entry in the LitRPG Euphoria Online trilogy was my first time reading Tucker's work although I am familiar with him from the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off. I am also pretty new to this blossoming and booming subgenre of computer game RPG inspired fantasy. Having recently enjoyed Andrew Rowe's Sufficiently Advanced Magic and the fact t
Phil Tucker
Apr 27, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: fantasy
Link to the Kickstarter

Those who are familiar with me know I don't review my own books, but I do use this space as of a kind of a placeholder to let people keep up to date on it's status.

You can mark Death March as 'to read' here.


Three days till Death March drops! If you're curious to learn more about the novel, you can check out the first three chapters here.


Five days till Death March drops! I can't wait to share this story with you guys - I think you're going to love it.

If you wa
Benedict Patrick
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to beta read this book, and it grabbed me by the collar and yanked me out of the reading slump I was in.
My only experience with LitRPG before this was Sufficiently Advanced Magic, which also caught my attention for the same reason this one did. Great fun seeing a fun, believable character advance in power through this world.
Afterwards, part of me wanted nothing more than to try to remember how to log into my old WoW account. Good thing I can just jump into Book 2 instead - mwa
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
LitRPG is a genre that's just about to explode. Big publishers seem to overlook the growing popularity of the genre. They'll probably catch up once it skyrockets. At the moment, though, LitRPG is a genre in which indie authors can excel.

It's also a genre I have trouble with. I'm not a gamer. I don't like video games. I don't play them. I have zero interest in them. I prefer sport and reading books.

Despite this, I enjoyed newest Phil Tucker's book and devoured it in one day. It's well written, q
Hiu Gregg
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the chance came to read an ARC of Death March, I jumped at it.

This is a LitRPG novel which has been generating a tonne of buzz lately. Not only is it written by Phil Tucker — SPFBO 2016 runner-up, and knocker-outter of Senlin Ascends — but it is the first book in a trilogy soon to be narrated by the fantastic Vikas Adam.

On top of that, the ongoing kickstarter campaign to fund the hardcover editions of this trilogy was recently the most backed fiction project in the world.

To me, it all just
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read a beta version of this trilogy, so thank you to Phil Tucker for providing me with early access.

This was first foray into the LitRPG (literary role-playing-game) subgenre, and I'm glad I waited. Phil's books are a pleasure to read because they're written in a "blockbuster" style: they're very cinematic, they move at a wonderful pace, the characters are fun to root for and against, and the battle scenes are creative and engaging. All these elements are on display in ful
Timandra Whitecastle
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up way too late reading this, and have done nothing at all but continue reading this morning. My house looks a mess from last night when I didn’t clear the dishes because I started reading this book. I hope you’re proud of yourself, Phil Tucker, this is all your fault!

I haven’t read much GameLit/LitRPG but this is easily the best XP I had since Ready Player One, only actually it’s better because I didn’t much appreciate the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-ness of Cline‘s novel.

This i
Laura Hughes
Death March is a fast-paced and hugely entertaining intro to the world of Euphoria Online - a VR fantasy setting where you can literally live as the rogue, mage or fighter you always dreamed of becoming... for a price. Epic fantasy author Phil Tucker's first foray into writing LitRPG is a resounding success, and fans of Sword Art Online are guaranteed to love this series. ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lit-rpg, arc
This was released yesterday and I’m a little late in doing my review, my apologies, Phil! I love LitRPG and I’m also a fan of the author’s other series, Black Gate Chronicles so I was very eager to see what this book had to offer.

Chris is down on his luck at the start of the book, he’s recently broken up with his insane and manipulative ex-girlfriend, he doesn’t have much money, he’s lost his optimism for teaching, and his brother is facing serious criminal charges that could result in the death
David Estes
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Death March by Phil Tucker has all the best qualities of Ready Player One and Sufficiently Advanced Magic rolled into one awesome book that is the start to the next hot LitRPG series you absolutely cannot miss. Tucker expertly builds his unique gaming system block by block for the reader without ever inundating the reader with too much information. Death March nails all the best genre tropes, providing a likable hero you want to root for, who must overcome overwhelming obstacles en route to leve ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here, on my blog!~

Well then. I finally got some time to sit down and listen to this badboy, and while it’s only 9 hours or so long, it still took me a while because of so, so many other things happening in my life. I hate when that happens, but c’est la vie!

However this is one of those books that you just fall into for a while and you don’t realize how much time has passed since you started. I had an afternoon at work just fly by here, and before I knew it it was time to go home.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I flew through this lighthearted and fun LitRPG. This book really evokes the best feelings of old school DnD adventures and gaming. Tucker's passion for the subject is very contagious. The main characters felt relatable and compelling, and the story was founded upon an interesting premise. I found the side characters amusing and surprising, and the thrills really satisfied that younger kid within me, bringing back memories of online gaming from bygone days.

The closest thing I’ve read to this is
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m really excited by this new series from Phil Tucker - I devoured the first book in just two days and it was fun and exciting throughout. The voice, full of modern vernacular and references to video games, is very relatable and fits the story well. (Ok, you may wonder why they’re still referencing Starcraft in 2070 but I’ll give it a pass as I like both the setting and the references)

I’ll be waiting for the second book release in September with all the fancy art inside and looking forward to s
J.P. Ashman
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow...
Ryan Mueller
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star, litrpg
As a fan of Tucker's epic fantasy, I was excited to try this out. I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. This was full of action and kept me interested throughout. Tucker also succeeded in making me quickly care about the main character. I also like the way the LitRPG elements were handled. I'm not the biggest fan of huge sections of stats, and this one didn't have that for the most part.

Overall, this was a very good read, and I'm looking forward to the second book.

Rating: 9/10
kartik narayanan
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review at Digital Amrit

We had the opportunity to read the advance reader copies of the three books in the series – Death March, Nightmare Keep & Killer Dungeon – and here’s our almost spoiler free review of it.

Now, we are huge fans of Phil Tucker ever since we read his ‘Chronicles of the Black Gate’. On a side-note, you should check that series out if you like epic fantasy which explores some complex themes. Phil’s books tend to be action heavy with great characters and world build
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review below. Review plus custom cocktail at The Tome & Tankard Inn.

This is the second book I have read by Phil Tucker, the first being the excellent The Path of Flames from his Chronicles of the Black Gate series. Recently LitRPG seems to have really blown up as a subgenre, so I was very intrigued to see what Tucker had to offer. As it turns out, Death March might be one of the most fun books I have read all year, sort of like the book equivalent of an addictive Netflix series – I binged t
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A jaded teacher residing in Florida, Chris goes through the motions of every day life in order to remain close to his brother, who has found himself being charged with a crime he didn't commit. Several weeks after their breakup, Chris receives an invitation from his ex-girlfriend to play Euphoria Online, a fully immersive VR world where players are neurally linked to the environment. With the expensive price tag of one play session, Chris is weary of the offer, but decides to accept in an attemp ...more
Amber Gregory
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got this trilogy early through the KickStarter. Disclaimer: Phil Tucker hasn't written anything I haven't liked, but I still think these books are objectively likeable, fun easy-reading.

Highly recommended if your reading has been a bit heavy lately (mine had been) and you want laughs and action or you're reading for the sheer pleasure of it and want to blast through a book with some very good feels.

I'm not much of a gamer these days but I've played enough over the years to enjoy the way Tuck
Ari B
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: LitRPG fans
This is a non-spoiler review. Anything specific that is mentioned in the review appears within the first three chapters.

So, what is this book? It’s a LitRPG for one, which for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a fantasy genre whose books are heavily associated with game-esque worlds. The average “LitRPG novel” tends to fall into numerous pitfalls, as a result of these books generally being self-published and lacking an editor. Phil Tucker’s book *Death March* succeeds in circumventi
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good LitRPG

This is the first book by Phil Tucker that I have read, and I was impressed. Not only did he write an engaging story with a fast-moving plot, his take on the litRPG genre was better than most others that I have read. The best compliment I can give an author is to say that I cannot wait to read the next book... and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely thrilling and totally gripping.

Being a fan of Phil Tucker's previous series, Chronicles of the Black Gate, I just had to try this book. It made me realize one thing I really appreciate about Phil's writing style is that he treats his audience like adults. Something I often find lacking in current media. Characters act in their own self-interest, and are logically consistent. Their emotions feel real, and you never find yourself thinking "kiss the girl already, she's obviously into you
Gio Peralto-Pritchard
Imagine living an RPG

Phil Tucker adds some science fiction logic by creating a futuristic version of our world where VR has advanced tremendously. To boot, an omniscient AI creates a VR fantasy game. There's just one catch. There's a mode called "Death March" where death is a real consequence for dying in-game.

Our protagonist somehow finds himself in the predicament known as "Death March" where his life is on the line. The stakes are high, which makes each accomplishment by him more satisfying.
Amber D
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Excellent Read

Wow, Phil has done it again. I’m new to the LitRPG books. Although I do read a ton of Fantasy fiction. After his Chronicles of the Black gate series I was impressed with this author. I have been impatiently waiting for this next book series and it does not disappoint. Once again he draws you in, this futuristic world in which gaming is like no experience you can imagine. Our main character finds himself in the quite the predicament. Engaging characters, entertaining convers
Barry Rucker
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning

Really enjoyable read and fun development path for the main char. I like the whole 'die in game, die in real life' plot device. And, liked the gobs fun personalities
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Top tier litrpg! I got this early due to becoming it on Kickstarter, and have no regrets. Can't wait for the next one! ...more
Oy Geeringh
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wow! Phil Tucker did it again! I couldn't put the book down. What a wild ride, blood pumping exciting thrill. Love It! Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps the nerdiest book I've ever read but man it was a hell of a lot of fun! Level 50 fun :P

Anyone who has played an MMO or any kind of RPG will be able to relate to the level-up theme running throughout the book.

This is much lighter than his Chronicles of the Black Gate series which is one of the most underrated fantasy series out there.

Thankfully like with all Phil Tucker books we don't have to wait too long for the next one to come out!

Andrew Lukyanenko
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book. It was fun to read, looking forward to reading the next book. Full review will be after reading all the trilogy.
This was my first LitRPG that was a full length book, so I was not sure how I was going to feel about it. Being that I am a fan of Mr. Tucker based on my enjoyment of the Chronicles of the Black Gate I figured this would be a good place to start with the genre. Turns out I find it quit interesting.

It takes place in the future and starts out in the in the real world. Chris seems like a good guy. He is a teacher in a what seems to be a very poorly funded school. He is working to try to help his b
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Thanks for visiting my page! I'm Phil Tucker, a Brazilian/Brit who currently resides in Asheville, NC, where I resist the siren call of the forests and mountains to sit inside and hammer away on my laptop. I'm about to publish EUPHORIA ONLINE, a LitRPG trilogy that features high octane action, devilish mysteries and all manner of classic D&D foes. Busy times, my friends. He

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