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Side Quests

(Viridian Gate Online Universe)

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The End is Coming.

An extinction-level asteroid is cannonballing toward Earth. In humanity’s final hours, a lucky few earn a one-way ticket to the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. Making that leap of faith might mean survival, but it comes with a steep price tag: “Travelers” will forever be stranded as digital avatars inside a fant
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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Shadow Alley Press
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Lee Dunning
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit leery of this one since it's a collection of short stories. So many times, short story collections are seriously hit or miss. This one was almost entirely winners. Even the one I was so-so about was better than average. The only thing I would forewarn potential readers about is that several of the stories make references to the regular series beyond the first couple of books. They're semi-spoilerish concerning the ongoing main plot and the progress of some of the main characters. ...more
Lana
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved most of the stories in this anthology as I found that most of them dealt with characters we already know from the VGO series and these tales filled in some necessary background info and history. I particularly loved reading about the personal quest set out for Cutter, who is one of my very favourite characters, and to see him get the backing of most of the usual team. I also liked the fact that Amara was doing the muscle work in this story seeing as how she is a woman, and that Jack's se ...more
Rogue Strategoi
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a worthwhile entry in the series. To be honest it even should work for someone who didn't read the main entries in the series. To a fan of VGO it's an excellent addition to already rich world, and a short stories format keeps things fresh too.

Cutter's story is engaging and shines more light on a character that's much liked by me (and by many readers too I guess). Additionally no story in the book feels forced or added just to pad it's volume - they all are unique, the characters are inte
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Chris Bell
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smorgasbord

Where to begin?
Are you a fan of James H Amdnthis amazing prose? Great
Did you love the collaboration in the worldbuilding of the Viridian Gate series (up to5 now?)
And lastly. Do.you. like. A. Damned. Good. Tale?
Yes it helps if you are familiar with VGO first (don't just stand there. Book 4 is on sale on Friday....2 days!). Yes it helps if you have an imagination (Shadow Alley Press can fix that!. Yancy, Winona, Levi...to name a few of their pantheon of crazy characters. Genres? they
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Simon Larcher
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic set of short stories

Quite apart from the short Cutter story by James, which I really enjoyed and was looking forward to, the stories in this collection were all excellent. All the authors fitted in well with the existing story, fleshing out the wider world and bringing some colour to areas not previously seen.
There were a number of interesting characters who I hope to see again, either in the main story or in a further collection.
Highly recommend for fans of the Viridian Gate novels
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Jack Vinson
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: litrpg-2019
A fun collection of side stories that will make little sense outside the context of the main Viridian Gate series. That said, I want to hear more about some of these side characters - particularly the spiderkin who gets one of the shortest entries. There also seem to be hints about other activities in this fanstasy world.
Laura May
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up free after signing up for the mailing list. The 'ancient Egypt' story was enjoyable - something a bit different - and this has sold me on trying the Illusionist series. Honestly, books from Shadow Alley do tend to be high-quality for what they are; it's really impressive. ...more
Fate's Lady
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: litrpg
A collection of stories, some better than others, written by I guess fans of the series or friends of the author. Not essential to the main series but briefly entertaining.
Cyndi Rudd
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great stories.

A very good collection of stories and characters. I really liked the unexpected and unusual endings. Look forward to seeing these characters again.
John G.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed them all

I liked each of the stories enough to have wanted them to continue. capturing the jeep was the only real expectation.
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Viridian Gate Online Universe (10 books)
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  • Nomad Soul (Viridian Gate Online: The Illusionist, #1)
  • Dead Man's Tide (Viridian Gate Online: The Illusionist, #2)
  • Inquisitor’s Foil (Illusionist #3)
  • Firebrand (Viridian Gate Online: The Firebrand, #1)
  • Embers of Rebellion (Viridian Gate Online: The Firebrand, #2)
  • Viridian Gate Online: Path of the Blood Phoenix (The Firebrand Series Book 3)
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