Is Eleanor a player trapped in the Fringe Realms or is she a character created to live inside the game?
Ready Player One meets Westworld in this new sci-fi fantasy series.
Eleanor Walker wakes in a forest with vague memories of her life, no possessions, and a silver band strapped to her wrist. She’s not sure what's strangest about the next event – meeting spiders big...more
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The story is intriguing; there are some ominous hints dropped at the start, and then - surprise! - Eleanor wakes up inside a game. The story follows her and her friends as they try to figure out how to get back to real life - with some interesting developments as to what that real life ...more
That being said, if you're an experienced gamer who's looking for a story that will have highly advanced gaming eleme ...more
Despite it’s on-line gaming setting, for me, Fringe Realms: Mage sits squarely in the very slow burn Urban Fantasy genre, and will also be the third series that I have enjoyed reading from this author. Each one, I have auto-one-clicked based on her name alone.
Knowing that LJ Swallow herself, is a gamer, yet takes the time to explain the game terms, meant that as someone who hasn’t moved much past the initial days of ‘DOOM’, and ...more
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was a super fun read. I really liked how the author incorporated so many gaming elements into the novel. It is truly one of a kind that I have never read. I also really liked the fantasy and science fiction elements combined together. The unique aspects of the novel made for some really good world building. In addition, the author threw a lot of twists and turns that made me keep on my toes. A ...more
I’ve enjoyed reading this book because it brought me back my memories of gaming days; the thrill of doing tasks/ quests and the joy of leveling up a ...more
This book was middle of the road for me. I am not a gamer and the gaming aspects were ok and fortunately for me not too over the top. I just don’t gaming... anyway.. the storyline was interesting but sometimes I felt it jumped around a bit. The slow burn romance was too slow for my liking as well. Gave the book 3 stars because the end of the book snagged my attention and I might actually consider reading the next one now whenever it comes out... the end of my book said later in 2 ...more
I was confused, entertained and bored at the same time. Around the middle of the book i was close to DNFing it cause it got so boring but pushed through which i'm glad i did cause jesus that ending. I need the second book like NOW which unfortunately for me there's no release date at this time.
I don't hate the characters but don't love them either. When it says slowburn, it means slowburn. No romance in sight which i dont mind cause it would've taken away from the story. T ...more
LJ Swallow has produced a slow burn RH fantasy novel set in the gaming world.
I have really enjoyed this first book in her new series. Fringe Realm: Mage left me asking is Eleanor a real person engaged in a virtual world or a character in a game.
I loved the detail in the story and the characters. I also like the slow build of the Eleanor’s relationship with the men she meets - Jay, Dean and Aiden.
If you like gaming give this book a read. It is a very enjoyable read.
Great start to a new series. I am not a gamer and have no desire to be so I wasn't sure that I would like this book. Because this is one of my favorite authors I read it anyway and I'm glad I did. This book is rh/ action gaming/ paranormal all rolled into one. I love the characters. Not sure what is actually going on yet. It's as much as a trip to me as the gamers. I can't wait to see what happens next.
I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say this...Read this book! GAH! This was such a good read! & I cannot wait for the next installment of this new series by LJ Swallow! ...more
I don't think I have ever read something that gripped me so strongly that I never wanted to let go like this series. If you like playing online RPGs this series is right up your ally. I played religiously for years and I can honestly say this series speaks to every gamers heart. We all want to live in the game. This book takes you there. I am very impatiently waiting the next book.
Cool but crazy story about a girl somehow locked inside a game with her good friend. The game is alternate reality and Eleanor doesn’t really know what to do with the people she meets and where she is. She only wants to get out. Very slow burn but super intriguing premise!
I loved this book. All the characters are likeable and you see real character growth in el throughout the book.
I literally did not put it down from start to finish (at about 3am) because I was so enthralled with the story. It's beautifully written and highly captivating.
Can't wait to read book 2!
I received an ARC from the author. This is my honest review.
El has a crappy mundane life so she loves to get lost in the game during her downtime. Something happens and she wakes up as a lowly level one character similar to her game. She makes friends, goes on quests, and levels up, slowly learning what happened to her. Will she ever escape? I can't wait to see what happens next after that cliffhanger.
Anyone who has ever played D&D will enjoy this book. A group of people suddenly find themselves not only playing the game but being a part of it. It has a to be continued sort of ending which I am not terribly fond of ...more
LOVED this book. Totally different than everything coming out and I really appreciate and crave that in a book. It was just the right mixture of intrigue, action, and a touch of romance. Definitely going to be in my top series. Can’t wait for the next one!
Giving in to her dark side, LJ spends time creating worlds filled with supernatural creatures who don’t fit the norm, and heroines who are more likely to kick ass than sit on theirs.