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Occultist by Oliver  Mayes
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it was amazing


Any fantasy fan would like and appreciate this book. Oliver Mayes is a professional-level storyteller, which means that he's a demigod-level LitRPG storyteller. The plot was compelling and the pace was perfect. The stat numbers game, min/max strategy, level progression, and new skill/talent/spell acquisition elements are all there, but they never make you feel like you're reading a changelog or Excel spreadsheet. LitRPG fans should read if they liked Cradle, Sufficiently Advanced Magic, and/or Dante's Immortality.

I would say that this is a great book for a fantasy fan thinking about checking out LitRPGs, but that would imply that there are other great, yet-unmentioned, LitRPGs that one could move on to.

- A little cultivation and a little progression fantasy (on par with Arcane Ascension).
- Protagonist literally lands on a hidden class of character (much like Dante's Immortality).
- Hidden class is a cross between warlock (WoW), necromancer (Diablo, WC), and witch doctor (Diablo). Class pets exhibit awesome personalities and customs (think of PG13 Dominion of Blades).
- Battles are described very well and the RPG mechanics are integrated into the action without turning the whole thing into a combat log readout.
- There's plenty of gamer nostalgia, but it is done with care and subtlety, instead of bouncing from one old meme to another.
- Chapters that take place in the real world, never make you go into VR world withdrawals. There's plottin' and action to be had in the real world.
- The plot is a crafted like a highway. There are no holes in the pavement. There will be sings, on the side, to let you know what's coming up. If you find yourself taking an exit, you'll find a convenience station to fill up on gas and beef jerky, before the on-ramp gets you back on track.

- This is probably the only con: there are a few cringe'y lines in there, that deal with internet and gaming culture, specifically, dialogue and online comments. IN MAYES DEFENSE, I'm pretty sure there isn't a way to de-cringe that which lies at the crossroads of the internet and gaming. This is a TINY con. Altogether, there's probably less than ten lines of cringe in the entire book.
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