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Summary

All Auric Cain ever wanted was a chance. 

A chance to prove himself. A chance to take control of his life. A chance to be more than a lowly D-Tier, the lowest of the low, in a world broken by the arrival of an alien, enigmatic being known as The System.  

And the seemingly endless hordes of Gateborn that accompanied it.  

But chances are hard to come by in the fallen remains of humanity. A century of decline, of desperate struggle, making just surviving another day challenging enough. Let alone striking out to find and challenge an Ascension Gate.  

Or in Auric’s case, even getting permission to try.  

But when he finally takes matters into his own hands, that's when he finally gets his chance. A chance that sets off a chain of events that no one, let alone him, could have ever anticipated. A chain of events that could very well reshape Reality itself.  

Unless he can find a way to stop it. 

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A disjointed novel - For hardcore LitRPG / Horror genre fans only

This book may well appeal to hardcore fans of the litRPG / progression fantasy genre, but it has very limited appeal to readers looking for a book that is not cluttered with pointlessly abstract game text.

It honestly reads more like a polished game fic than even some of the earlier examples of the genre, never mind the far more polished versions appropriate for mainstream audiences.

This in itself isn’t damning - it’s actually not a bad example, with some depth of world building. But it’s immensely slow going in what should be an action packed and fast paced example of the genre. The horror elements are excellently written, but terribly read - I’ve never before found such intricate blood/body related horror *dull*. A fact made worse by the main character actually proving himself to be every bit the whiny child everyone accuses him of being, despite society clearly crapping on him from a great height.

There is a solid attempt to describe a world of absolute dog eat dog inhumanity ruled over by remorseless, remote and simulationist AIs, as well as the bleak horror of being assigned kill missions against fellow humans.

But that just doesn’t *work*, as the world building game simulation elements detract from the cold, mechanical implementation of that simulation in the narrative. It ceases to become chilling, and it instead breaks up the flow comedically and in a disjointed fashion - and that’s a real pity, I suspect in part due to the intensely slow voice acting that gives the listener an age to digest what is happening to the character in an eye link, isolating us from them. Action horror, gore and the like don’t work well in fiction at a remove. I suspect that hardcore fans of the genre will find it works better, as they will find the breakouts less distracting. But at 6 hours in, no actual character progression has taken place aside from some arbitrary Deus Ex Machina (in the best and coldest, horrible way) levelling up and game exploits and so hardcore fans may find the elements they want the most lacking.

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I really wanted to love this book

I love this genre and this author but the story that was being told just didn't grab me like others. This is not a bad book and the story is good but just not my cup of tea.

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high quality

more high quality writing from a great author. Worth your credit and not a typical litrpg

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Entertaining

Interesting start. Unlike typical post apocalyptic LitRPG stories that begin when the system first arrives on earth, this story starts 2 generations after the fact. We get to see the struggles of humanity as they scramble to rebuild functioning societies and fight off monster swarms from dungeon outbreaks.

Straight away we get to see the different levels of power between the MC who is at D-tier (the lowest class) and the stereotypical ‘humanity’s best’ A-tier team. It was abit obvious the direction the story was headed; either the grey outlook of life for the greater good vs naive but somewhat optimistic clear black and white good vs evil angle.

Overall I enjoyed the world building, and diverse system powers. It wasn’t anything particularly new, but it was executed nicely. I have a few gripes with this story though. The MC grew in power too quickly. Granted he started from the bottom and was actively suppressed by his grandmother, but the jump in tiers was too abrupt. Auric’s fight in the last battle was annoying. He should have liberally used his purge ability on the system moderator but for some reason he chose to fight with his sword. The whole ordeal left me confused with the objective of the system. On one hand it wants to destroy entropy; however, in the last battle the system enforcer embodied an entropic shard monster?? It was confusing.

The journal entries at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch. It made the book feel more grounded, and it gave us a look and the thought process of Amedea and some of the reasons behind the tough decisions she made.

Overall, this book would have been a solid 4/5, but I was left with so many questions, and there were some glaring inconsistencies. Who is Mercutio? How can Amadea seemingly interact with the system the way she does? Are A-tiers really the highest power level humans can reach? Since there are ‘S’ and ‘SS’ tier dungeon gates I highly doubt it. Why are there so many different abnormal gates and what is their purpose? And so much more. Nevertheless, I still look forward to the next book if anything so it could answer some of the questions I have:

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Engaging and vibrant characters

Long time fan of Luke’s other work and his recent collaborations have been fun to read; the premise was entertaining but delivery was rushed despite the great twist. The combat scenes dominated and became a bit dull and on rails with the pace of the book making the lack of satisfying conclusion an inevitable plod to the finish.

Sadly didn’t live up to previous work despite some fun plot ideas to work with.

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  • 07-03-22

The MC is an idiot

Yet another idiot protaganist.
He jumps headfirst into danger without thinking about the consequences, then complains about them. He blames all of his problems on others when he should just think for once. His grandmother refuses to let him "level up" and doesn't bother to explain why until the events of the story. Even after she explains herself, I was still left confused. She pulls a good old Uncle Ben with a "with great power comes great responsibility" spiel in order to tell him that he "hasn't trained hard enough to deserve" moving to the SECOND WORST RANK.


And once he does get his powers, he forgets about them and tries to talk it out with a group of men actively trying to kill him.


Travis Baldree does a good job as always and is the only reason that I both bough this heap of garbage AND continued to listen to it. His narration is the only reason I wasted six whole hours on it.

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  • Michael D Cournyer
  • 05-03-22

not his best work.

I'd honestly rate the book lower but I know how brutal amazon is about bad reviews and I genuinely like a lot of this authors work. So the main issues I have with this story is the Mary Sue plot armor mc, the completely meaningless non-quantifed stats, inconsistent mc morals in regards to killing, an mc whose power focuses on blood but never fights enemies that bleed and would have been better off with literally any other class.

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  • Sarah Axling
  • 01-03-22

Thrilling litrpg!

Paragon of Blood is a spectacularly written post-apocalyptic litrpg. It's filled with tense moments that steal your breath away, and twists and turns that will leave you questioning what you think you know. This book pulls you in, and is very hard to put down!

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  • Marlon
  • 03-03-22

well this was a swing and a miss

So let's start with the weak MC outline who becomes super strong, that's fine but why couldn't he get power the normal way. He just managed to get into the one group that knows how to hack the system, then he managed to win agaisnt the guy who planned out the trap. He then decided to take the deal from the system then blames it for his problem. He also refuses to kill the criminal after making the deal, then complains about how it's all his fault. How is it his fault? the people had a plan before him and even without him they would have done it anyways, so why blame himself. This was such a let down, just move on from this one and save the credit.

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  • Blake1383
  • 01-03-22

Non stop listening kind of book

This is not my first book but Luke and definitely won't be the last! Every time I read a new series or concept by him and his partners, I just end up wanting more! If you love your post apocalyptic type stories but feel like it's missing a science fiction twist, this is the book for you! The character development as the book progresses is fantastic. I had to listen at every chance I could to see what has happened with Auric and his sister. Suspensful.

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  • Steph
  • 11-03-22

Paragon of Blood

Loved this audiobook so much, I literally didn't want to stop listening to it. I'm hoping there'll be another book in the series to follow up as to what happened at the end of it cause that wasn't enough for me. 5.5

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  • NexianTheta
  • 12-04-22

Not my cup of tea

Seemed okay but I personally disliked the main character. Too naïve and too much of a brat. It removed me from the story too much, maybe if the character was a lot younger I could have overlooked it more but in a post apocalyptic world anyone that dumb should have died already.

Voice actor was good, concept of the book was good, but the main character made it so I will not be getting book 2.

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  • Tailos
  • 22-03-22

A great story and the start of something new

This series is off to a good start. An interesting world with compelling characters just starting to grow and figure out their place in the world. A world and power set similar yet different than anything else in the genre. You keep the feeling of familiarity while also being excited to see what happens next. I can't wait till the next book.

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  • Robert
  • 09-03-22

Good listen

So this new world we are introduced too seems interesting. The MC is a mostly likable if dim witted guy. The battles sometimes seem a bit wordy for me and some points are made with about 15 extra words. That does not detract from the overall story though.
The world building is introduced in an organic way. Some pieces are still missing but I feel like that may be on purpose and being used as a lead up. Over al though wonderful world.

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  • The Mama
  • 09-03-22

Spliced world of struggles

I loved the story and the way it was read! Lots to twist and turns and just enough of a real struggle for the hero that you stay intrigued.

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