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  • Godsfall

  • A LitRPG Adventure (Stranger than Fiction, Book 1)
  • By: T. B. Mare
  • Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Godsfall

By: T. B. Mare
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
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Summary

A cynical law student must learn to harness magical powers while navigating a world of gods and monsters in the first book of this LitRPG fantasy series.

Lukas Aguilar does not believe in gods. Despite—or perhaps because of—his deep knowledge of mythology and lore, Lukas has always valued what is practical, factual, and verifiable, eschewing faith for what he can see right in front of him. That is, until an earthquake destroys his home, and he wakes up in a dark cavern infested with bloodthirsty and unearthly creatures, wielding strange powers and hearing an even stranger voice in his head claiming to be a goddess.

Now Lukas must learn to embrace the unbelievable, leveling up his abilities and cooperating with the devious deity in his mind—and fast. Because wherever he is, it isn’t friendly, and he’ll need to fight to stay alive . . .

Filled with unique characters and intricate world-building, Godsfall launches a captivating series that will appeal to fans of epic fantasy, progression storytelling, and clever spins on classic mythology.

The first volume of the hit LitRPG adventure series—with more than 600,000 views on Royal Road—now available on Audible and wherever ebooks are sold!

©2022 T. B. Mare (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Booring

So, I fell asleep.. still no progress 😂 ffs
Got to ch.16, aaaaand im done.

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Stunning work!

Having read a great number of the Isekai/LitRPG stories listed amongst the Best Rated on RoyalRoad, I can confidently say that Stranger Than Fiction Godsfall sits amongst the best of them. While the premise isn't too fundamentally different from most other Isekai, Stranger Than Fiction distinguishes itself by its execution. With some nice twists on the formula, a rewarding progression arc, fantastic action scenes, and consistently clear, effective prose, what STF may lack in originality it more than makes up for in the writing.

In brief, Lukas, our protagonist, is, with the aid of a goddess (Inanna) residing in a family heirloom, transported to a dungeon in a new world during the destruction of Earth. Lukas then has to go on to become powerful enough to survive the dungeon and this new world, and to fulfill his debt to the goddess who saved him.
Regarding grammar, one can tell that STF is thoroughly well edited. I have consistently been reading STF chapters on release since the story began, and very rarely are there any errors. Those that are present are often minor and quickly corrected following posting. The author and editor also have done well to avoid the repetition of phrases and verbiage, a problem common to many stories on RR.

So far, the story has been constantly on-beat, not straying too far into tedium nor racing ahead purely for the sake of power progression. While I do have some problems with the handling of the multiple POVs, I cannot deny that their usage thus far has done well to slowly introduce new actors and future threats, as well as providing some information on the outside world that otherwise we would doubtless be without for some time, trapped as Lukas is within a dungeon. At this point, I would say that Lukas is still within the tutorial section of the story to some extent, coming to terms with his powers and his relationship with Inanna, and so I am wary of giving a full five stars just yet given that Lukas's motivations and drives remain pretty simple and so there hasn't been much scope for the author to flex their narrative muscles IMO. Nonetheless, they have been handled very well and I am interested to see what the author has in store for us in the future, as the plot deepens and becomes more complex.

It is in characters and style that I think STF is perhaps a bit weaker than some of the other best stories on RR, but my criticisms here are admittedly quite subjective so take this paragraph with a grain of salt. Regarding style, I really appreciate the effort that has gone into making the dungeon and its inhabitants feel alien. The author has a knack for conveying a clear image, whether it be of a dungeon monster or another human/sapient. However, the author's writing, particularly in the more esoteric/dreamlike sequences, can be overly verbose, the prose feeling like a thesaurus has been relied upon to excess. This is a problem I suffer from in my own writing, so I do understand the difficulty, but where possible fewer words (and syllables) often do more.

Finally, STF's characters are original, clearly personified (i.e. they actually have character!!!), and their actions make sense, and I think the author has done really well with them. I'm a big fan in particular of Inanna who I think is consistently very well-written, providing a reliable counterweight through her humor to Lukas's sometimes grating complaining.
My main concern is that thus far, though our two main characters (Lukas and Inanna) have become closer and their dynamic has shifted somewhat, in truth neither character seems to have actually changed all that much. While this makes sense for Inanna, given that she is the shard of a goddess and thus a being not likely to be shifted much by interacting with a single mortal, Lukas remains stubborn to the point of foolishness at times, unwilling to compromise except when on the absolute brink of death.
Regarding other people, I really like the characters in these chapters; their personalities are quite unique, their relationships with each other are dynamic and progress wonderfully naturally, their dialogue is well-written, and I can very much understand where each is coming from.

TLDR: Overall, I highly recommend this story. This is by far one of the best isekais I've read since signing up to RR and my criticisms will likely not at all matter for anyone interested in a good read so I say crack on with it. To T.B. Mare, I say very well done, I've really enjoyed your writing and seeing your progress from the original story to the audiobook.

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Not happy with this book

I have managed to get to the 3 chapter
and that's it.
There's so much explaining and repeating
the same thing in different ways it enough to drive you mad.
one more thing infinity is infinity you don't say infinity and then some. Your not buzz lightyear


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  • Joseph
  • 16-11-22

DNF

The quickest way to get me to drop your book where your protagonist interacts with gods is to have them have a spine made out of jelly.

It's so frustrating too. This book went from being exactly what I wanted - a protagonist with impressive will who'd rather die than bend - into everything I hated.

It's definitely worse, making that transition, as opposed to just bending in the beginning. It's even more spineless, contemptable.

Sure. A normal person might quail at a display of such power...


... why would I want to read about a *normal* person?


not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-22

MC is annoying

Stop making deals with it being better essentially a demon no matter what you call her she’s a demon

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  • tommy brown
  • 17-11-22

Very Interesting

The series started off slow, but by the mid point of the book I found myself full invested in Lucas and his journey.

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  • Andres Ramirez
  • 30-11-22

Awesome

I loved it its a good book also everyone tries to kill es hotel at least once lol

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  • Jessy Dykes
  • 22-11-22

it's a really good and enjoyable read

give it a try, don't let the negative reviews mislead you, there's twists and turns and while most of the book is from the mc pov, you get a look into some of the characters thoughts as well

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  • Magic Beans
  • 17-11-22

Mindblowing

I read the book, and that came back to listen to it. That's how much I liked it.

Book 1 was phenomenal. One of the best things I've read in a long while. The kind of thing that you'd want to binge in one sitting.

The story itself has some really fun plot twists, but the world-building makes it so much better. The LitRPG system is incredibly innovative, and I love it when systems have a reason to exist, a natural logic for their incorporation into the world. Stats themselves such as (+1 intelligence etc) do not exist and it is more quantified in skills. Speaking of which some are fucking awesome. One of his skills, Kinetomancy is basically Avatar bending, except instead of bending elements, he's bending motion.

And the incorporation of LitRPG elements and mythos is done in an incredibly unique way. It seems to assume that earth myths (or the author's interpretation of them) do or did exist in some form and while a lot of hints have been dropped, most haven't been revealed. Book 1 focuses on Shinto and Summerian Mythos (though there were mentions of Norse, if I recall).

They say characters can make or break a story. And by god, this has one of my favorite characters, perhaps ever.

Inanna - A genuinely bad person by any standards- cruel and without morals. But she is so goddamn compelling to read. I'll avoid spoilers, but her dialogue has been some of my favorite portions in an already epic book.

Lukas - The main character of the story. His progression has been great to watch. The Lukas at the end of Book1 is basically a different person (in a lot of ways from the start). It's some of the clearest and most visible character growth I've seen. I've not always loved his choices, but I can accept them. He isn't Inanna after all. He also actually uses a functioning brain outside of combat. You know those stories you read where the main character meets new people and basically spills out his own story to them? Nope. Lukas straight-up lies when needed, probes for information in believable and interesting ways, and genuinely feels like he is thinking here (something that is sadly missing from a lot of LitRPG). I also like that he isn't instantly fearless and able to make good decisions, this is something that gradually develops through the story.

Tanya - The almost main character. Bit of a curveball, when the entire story moves away from the main character for Five. Whole. Chapters. She is compelling and has a great backstory. And unlike the prior version, these five chapters DO link to the main plot. But they are the kind of chapters that you just want to get over with (like some of those POVs in Game of Thrones). And then when you near the end of the book you realize how necessary they were and how much they added. My emotions toward Tanya and co went from indifference to enjoyment. But her initial chapters are enjoyed way more on the second read. As a character though, she is brilliant.

One thing I like here is that the gods feel like gods. Their words have weight and they can't really be denied. Every character was super fleshed out, and some of the backstories are amazing (and some perhaps a tad superfluous). But its greatest strength is its world-building. Every bit hints at a larger whole, this being shown in the second half especially.

And some of the twists really keep you on your toes.

Definitely Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-23

Give it a try

Honestly the lack of reviews and such almost turned me away but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I will definitely be following the series as it moves forward

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-22

I don't regret it at all

at times a little bit lost love the character development between the goddess and Lucas the very powerful ending that left you wanting more

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  • Joshua
  • 10-12-22

Has the author only read the dresden files?

struggling to finish because its getting painful how many lines/jokes/thoughts/ideas are ripped straight from the Dresden files. often word for word

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  • Josh Smith
  • 28-11-22

Gosfall

This was definitely different It also may not come across as lit rpg at first but just give it time. I thought it still really good prolly 4.3 stars.
Side note: possibly might just depend on the mood your in especially if you go through books as fast as I do. So worth it. Just place it in your line up accordingly

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