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  • The Die of Destiny

  • The Champion's Quest Series, Book 1
  • By: Frank L. Cole
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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The Die of Destiny

By: Frank L. Cole
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
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Summary

It’s a strange and intriguing place - Hob & Bogie’s Curiosity Shoppe. It’s a gaming store, but instead of carrying the latest in cool gaming gear and gadgets, the store is filled with board games, including role-playing games featuring hundreds of miniature warriors, wizards, and monsters, models of dragons, and lots of various-sided dice.

The store windows were too tempting for 12-year-old Lucas and his foster brother, Miles, to pass by. Immediately, they’re greeted by one of the store owners named Hob, an elderly gentleman with a long, gray beard. Miles thinks he could pass for a wizard. Lucas doesn’t want to stay long, not when he’s running away from his foster home, where he doesn’t feel like he fits in.

Hob invites the boys and another girl, Jasmine Bautista, Lucas’ classmate, to play a curious RPG game called Champion’s Quest. The game does sound interesting. In it, players assume different character roles and are given dangerous challenges as they earn treasures, acquire weapons, and gain experience points to defeat harder, more menacing monsters to ultimately win.

When Vanessa from the foster home tracks them down, she insists the boys go home. As they walk out the front door, they immediately discover they’re no longer in West Virginia, but transported right into the Champion’s Quest game - a wild fantasy world of dangerous trolls, brutish minotaurs, and powerful magic.

The four kids - Lucas, a fiercely independent boy who suffers from panic attacks; Jasmine, a feisty girl who struggles to make friends; Miles, a book-smart boy with a wide-eyed innocence; and Vanessa, a perpetually grumpy 16-year-old girl - are suddenly immersed in this world as their new RPG characters.

They must work together as a team, overcome their real-world weaknesses, and believe in themselves and each other as champions if they are to outwit, outplay, and survive their foes in this ultimate quest to defeat a treacherous, three-headed monster.

Champion’s Quest: Die of Destiny is a middle-grade fantasy with themes of friendship, cooperation, perseverance, overcoming anxiety, and the emotional need to feel accepted.

©2021 Frank L. Cole (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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It was intriguing till the end a story for 8 to 15 year olds it was so good

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  • 05-05-22

Ruined by kids theme

All the violence is removed and it just makes the book less enjoyable would have been better if all the characters where less childish

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  • JV
  • 18-10-21

Next Harry Potter??

I'm a 43 year old male, with 2 daughters, but I listened to this by myself, with no recommendation from anyone... and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I know everybody is looking for that next Harry Potter hit, and the book even makes reference to said wizard, but who really knows and who can really say who will be next? All I know is that to me it was a nice mix a Jumanji and Potter, with a dash of LOTR for flavor. With a familiar, yet somehow still unique, cast of characters that made them easy to picture and commit yourself to. I definitely recommend it!

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  • Kyle
  • 28-09-21

Gamelit with a definite amount of fantasy.

The Die of Destiny is possibly one of my newest favorite books. Such a way to start a series. 4 characters with almost nothing in common but boy do each of them out up a good fight. Smart, sassy, and a bit strange at times but definitely a book that I couldn’t put down. I would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys gamelit that doesn’t use foul language or any type of sexual innuendo. A clean gamelit book that will keep you on your toes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-21

Meh... Super Easy Mode

The characters are barely able to do anything themselves. They don't even try to figure out how their tools or the world work. They just whine and fail until the game tells them almost exactly what to do. They are then given magic items specifically designed to win each fight.

The general idea behind the story is good and the characters could be good but the author doesn't seem to want to have the characters really shine on their own or come up with really creative ideas. Instead they just do what they're told and if something goes really wrong the world or an NPC fixes it for them.

it's not an awful book and maybe future books will be better now that the characters have been shown the basics but I doubt I'd pay to find out.

The narrator was really good!

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  • Adam Dintelman
  • 28-10-21

a whole bunch of kids whining

there are definitely a lot better Books, don't waste a credit. not only is it a whole bunch of kids whining but one of the characters is a total witch the whole book. so one-dimensional even if it is teen fiction

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  • Nathan Parker
  • 27-09-21

Kid's book, well-written

A lot of books supposedly targeted towards kids are just badly written adult books. Not so here. This story is carefully crafted, as are all the characters, and lovingly narrated. The violence is strictly G-rated, less than what you'd find in a Disney cartoon. My 5-star rating is based on how I think kids in the 10-12 range would find the book; adults will find it a bit boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-21

good story

loved it great story and solid narration.
would definitely recommend this book.
kirby heyborne did a great job with the voices

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  • Suzanne
  • 18-08-22

A good book for school aged children & Tweens

I'm very happy with this book.

It's a nice introduction to Fantasy LitRPG. Not any stats or complicated content.

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  • Iris H
  • 07-08-22

Light and refreshing LitRPG!

I didn’t realize this was geared toward younger audiences but I still enjoyed it, there’s great character development as well as unexpected twists and turns. It’s a great read for anyone who loves fantasy and roleplaying games.

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  • Atle Brandt
  • 06-08-22

Great book

I loved it, I am a fan of D&D and card games myself so yeah.

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  • Wesley Blease Scott
  • 13-10-21

A lot more than I expected

So with the catalog you never really know what you’re getting. This was a pleasant surprise that was better than some highly rated new releases I’ve dealt with recently. I kinda hoped for a leveling system i was more used to. However I’ve never spent time with a tabletop rpg So I am happy with what I got which was a new understanding and a new litrpg play through

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