Boor Review: The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: 1st Dive (World Tree Online, #1) by M.A. Carlson

Posted June 22, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, LitRPG, Review / 0 Comments

Boor Review: The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: 1st Dive (World Tree Online, #1) by M.A. CarlsonThe Curse of Hurlig Ridge: 1st Dive (World Tree Online, #1) by M.A. Carlson
Narrator: Anneliese Rennie
Series: World Tree Online #1
Published by Spectrum Audiobooks on 04-15-19
Genres: Fantasy, LitRPG
Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Overal Rating: two-half-stars

In the future, androids have taken over most jobs, leaving humans with little to do and even less to motivate them. Enter the World Tree Online, a fully immersive virtual reality experience. Join Byron in his first 30 days of a non-stop fantasy adventure in the cursed province of Hurlig Ridge, a land filled with monsters, mysteries, murderers and treasure. The people of the province have been tormented for centuries by a pack of voracious wolves. Now, with the arrival of the adventurers, dark forces have begun to stir, accelerating their dark plans. Can Byron unravel the mystery of this curse before it’s too late?
Adventure and excitement await anyone brave enough to join the World Tree. Will you be one of them?

First of all, I want to mention that I was not able to finish this book, so take this review with a grain of salt. I really tried, but the struggle was real, so I decided to drop it at about one third of the book. I like fantasy but I am picky, and this happens even more with LitRPG. If the game dynamics are light and the character development is good, then I usually tend to enjoy it, but sadly, this was not the case. There were blocks of text about gained abilities, points, objects, etc, which were repeated again and again. I think there was a mystery about wolfs, but I almost only listened about small tasks that our MC had to accomplish in order to get more experience points. The MC did not appeal to me, the story did not intrigue me, and the writing style was also not for me.

What do we have left? Narration, which was just okay, but I kept wondering all the time why a female narrator is in charge of a book with a male main character and told in first person. I just, for the life of me, cannot imagine why. Anneliese Rennie did an okay job, but some characters sounded too overdone, and the interpretations felt also a bit over the top.

I am sad that I was not able to enjoy this book, after reading rave reviews, but it was just not for me.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: two-half-stars