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Fateless: Book One

By: Martin McKenzie
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
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Summary

Graeme only wanted a pint.

He'd even have taken one of those fruity craft beers in a pinch, but it seemed Fate had other plans...which is strange, because as it turns out, Graeme is possibly the only being in the universe unaffected by the otherwise divine and tangible force of destiny. Immune to its machinations, he is Fateless.

So, when he inadvertently disrupts his best friends summoning into another world, the Gods offer him a choice. Fix the mistake, or sentence said friend and world he's destined to save to a particularly nasty end.

Reborn into a new world in the body of Minotaur, Graeme will have to survive frozen wastes, vicious slavers, and perilous dungeons. All whilst adapting to strange game-like powers, delivered and explained to him by an overly enthusiastic voice in his head.

It's not all bad news though. Sure he might be the only Scotsman he knows with horns, but this lack of Fate seems to come with some benefits. The ability to wreak havoc with the pre-ordained plans of the Gods might just give him the edge he needs.

Guess the pint will have to wait.

©2023 Martin McKenzie (P)2023 Portal Books

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Great Storytelling and a fun read/listen

Really enjoyed this book. The storytelling was excellent, switching between serious and funny moments well which helped keep the pacing interesting. Great first book to the series and I can’t wait to see what follows!

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an impressive first entry

a great addition to the genre and a strong first piece by the author. good pace of progression and a world that feels alive, with a sense of so much more to come. definitely worth a purchase, and I look forward to what comes next

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Great introduction to the genre!

As a newcomer to the genre I was a bit apprehensive about diving into this but I absolutely loved it. Within a few chapters I had a great feel for the way the world worked. Narration was also fantastic although I can understand some Scottish words can be hard ;)

Very much looking forward to book two!

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Very interesting take on the genre

A refreshing direction to the litRPG catalog, would recommend to anyone who likes fantasy and highland humour.

Will be keep my ear to the ground for book 2

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Unique addition

A bit of a different breed of LitRPG than the usual power fantasies and Gary Sues we normally get.

We have a standard isekai reincarnation and a goddess representing fate, and then we have a MC that's been told he's NOT the Hero but he has killed him.

He makes his way through the opening chapters well enough only to be immediately outclassed and taken captive, which he has to break free from while piecing together how his new world works.

Meaty, violent and filled with a good blend of humor and serious.

Enjoyable listen, will probably pick up the next one.

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Could not finish - got to around half of the book

I could only listen to half of the book. No offense to the author with what I am about to say! Please take it as constructive criticism.

For the majority of the book I felt lost. Characters are being introduced and described more than others but they are not actually part of the story (the slavers chief half orc girl).

I understand that the system is supposed to be confusing for the characters, and the author wanted to give us a dose of that, but it's too much. Not a lot makes sense. I still can't understand how Ghram can speak to his companions after the collars get removed.

I can't understand why the need for 2 names for Ghram. It's just so confusing.

It also feels confusing when the narration changes from 3rd person to 1st person.

After half the book I am really lost and I can say I only know 3 characters, and even then, that's about it.

The Angus part of the story is boring and doesn't bring anything to the table, at all. Feels like filler and I felt that the author takes me for a fool with the switches. Unpleasant.

The narration was good, but the range for the female characters is lacking.

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Interesting story... but!

The first few hours or so of the audiobook, i had to reduce the speed to 0.9x as the scottish accent was difficult to grasp at first.. but later i did return the speed to my normal speed of 1.1x.

The story itself i felt was generally very slow paced, which often made me feel lost and bored. and i wanted to quit it many times, but the story really came to fruition in the last 10 chapters or so... which might make me return for a Book 2.

i really didnt like and understand the gemstone approach to ranks, as i have no connection to how gemstones would be ranked, which led to alot of confusion about how strong/weak different characters were. instead of just using the "normal" iron, bronze, silver etc.

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Well worth a listen.

A good story and well read this is one I can’t wait to see more of. I’ll be getting book 2.

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  • Danny Moody
  • 28-03-23
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Good start

In some ways this is your typical isekai-style LitRPG but it scores some novelty points with its protagonist. Our MC is a Scottish Minotaur, which is a first for me. He brings some humor, especially with his interaction with the snarky system. The first part was mired down with him being a slave. I wish that part wasn’t so long. It got a lot better when it got to some of the dungeon diving. Overall, this is a fun, fate fulfilling vs fate breaking story. The narration was good.

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  • AKV
  • 15-05-23

Slow burn… Fiery finish

As others have stated, this starts somewhat slow if looking at it from usual progression fantasy / LitRPG standards. Yet that slow start is part of what makes the finish all the better.

Neil Hellegers and studio do a masterful job portraying the characters and setting as usual.

Very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Stephen
  • 13-05-23
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Good start to a new series

This has a different system based on fate that I haven’t seen in a book series before. Very creative. It takes a while to get going, but once it does, there is interesting leveling for the MC. A secondary POV is much less interesting and distracting, but those POV changes are few and far between.

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  • John Mcfarland
  • 07-05-23

Well done.

I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable story. Those that complain about the slavery part truly do not understand the parallels being drawn. Therein lies the flower of Scotland. Pride is important. It is integral to who and what we are. Yet, we cannot allow pride to derail us from our goals. We grin through gritted teeth then laugh in glee over the defeated in the end. Do not let pride or rage obfuscate the objective... but... what do I know I'm drunk and mostly Irish. Nan don't count her igit scot husband can't hold his whiskey.

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  • Jacob Grobe
  • 27-03-23
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Great Start

I came into this with an open mind. LITRPG has basically become the only genre I read any new books in lately so I was interested to see one where the main character was something other than a human or goblin. The minotaur concept was great as I have always loved them in mythology. Combining that mythology with a burly Scotsman looking for his friend just made it that much better. While he chose to name his character after Bran gotta say he gives off more of a Wallace vibe. Overall, I liked the story even if it got a little jumbled sometimes. This was the first time I had heard Neil Hellegers do something other than The Realm Between series so that was strange for me. The only things I would change would be more of an alignment in the timeframes when jumping between Graham and Angus. Because the difference in time is so jarring by the end you feel like you missed huge parts of the story. Also as a LITRPG person I wish it were a little more "Crunchy" with the stats and skills. Otherwise, nothing to complain about and I will happily be picking up book two whenever it is released!

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  • Robert
  • 25-03-23
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An excellent listen

First off Neil Hellegers is an amazing narrator and probably my favorite of all time. He does a fantastic job bringing these characters to life.

I enjoyed the story and the idea that the MC wasn’t the typical chosen one. It made for some nice change ups. Overall a great story with some nice additions to the genre.

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  • Dillon
  • 20-03-23

Great

I enjoyed this series a lot especially all the Scottishness of it all I hope the next book is even better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-23
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Fun and unique

This is a nice change from a lot of litrpgs out there. A non human main character and supporting characters in the main group. I particularly like the system that is used. an interesting twist with having to sleep to level up like many tabletop RPGs.

I highly recommend giving it a try and look forward to the next one.

I was given a free sample of this audiobook with no requirement to review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-23
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An MC I could drink with.

Awesome narrator! This book left me thinking I need a Scottish drinking buddy to keep me out of trouble hehe. The MC is working his way up the OP charts to save a buddy. I will need more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-23

This was good

It's super annoying when people don't review good books and I have to muster the willpower to do the thing...

A decent progression fantasy, even if the mc's growth to relevant power levels is a bit force marched. Enjoyable humor and "'member berries".

Neil crushing it as always.

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