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Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatars. When Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway, Ryuk knows there is only one place he can search for answers –Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. Standing in his way are a mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brot Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatars. When Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway, Ryuk knows there is only one place he can search for answers –Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. Standing in his way are a mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brother, a Yakuza crime lord hell-bent on squashing his dreams. As a lowly Ballistics Mage, Ryuk must quickly recruit guild members, level up, loot and shoot his way across Tritania to discover the dark and sinister secret behind Tamana’s untimely death. Joining him in his quest are a famous Swedish gamer, a powerful half-dragon half-human female assassin, and a devious ax-wielding goblin. Get started on this action-packed, coming of age LitRPG saga from the author of The Feedback Loop series now!


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Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatars. When Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway, Ryuk knows there is only one place he can search for answers –Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. Standing in his way are a mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brot Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatars. When Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway, Ryuk knows there is only one place he can search for answers –Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. Standing in his way are a mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brother, a Yakuza crime lord hell-bent on squashing his dreams. As a lowly Ballistics Mage, Ryuk must quickly recruit guild members, level up, loot and shoot his way across Tritania to discover the dark and sinister secret behind Tamana’s untimely death. Joining him in his quest are a famous Swedish gamer, a powerful half-dragon half-human female assassin, and a devious ax-wielding goblin. Get started on this action-packed, coming of age LitRPG saga from the author of The Feedback Loop series now!

30 review for Hyperborea

  1. 5 out of 5

    Esmerelda Weatherwax

    http://weatherwaxreport.blog Plot: Ryuk is a young teenager living in Japan, near or in Tokyo. In the start of the book he’s playing an online mmorpg with his friend Tamana, and when they sign off and head home she seems to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. Soon thereafter Ryuk suffers from hallucinations thinking that npc’s from the game have invaded his apartment. Ryuk’s android looks into reports about the game, and it seems that players that “reset” are dying in alarming numbers, http://weatherwaxreport.blog Plot: Ryuk is a young teenager living in Japan, near or in Tokyo. In the start of the book he’s playing an online mmorpg with his friend Tamana, and when they sign off and head home she seems to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. Soon thereafter Ryuk suffers from hallucinations thinking that npc’s from the game have invaded his apartment. Ryuk’s android looks into reports about the game, and it seems that players that “reset” are dying in alarming numbers, all in pretty strange ways. In this game, players can be rpgs, or Reborn players, meaning after they die they can reappear in the video game and live out a second life in the digital world. Ryuk wants to find Tamana in-game to ask her what happened and to try and figure out what’s going on with resetters. However, Tamana’s player has been kidnapped and he has to get her back, but she’s been kidnapped by members of an elite guild and it won’t be easy to get her back. In this game resetters don’t have access to any resources they may have had before they reset, essentially putting them back at absolute zero. The story follows him and a few friends trying to get Tamana back, and figure out what’s going on. Character: Ryuk – he’s the main character and outside of a couple interlude chapters from his brothers POV, it’s all from Ryuks POV. He’s a nice person, he’s fairly easy to relate to, and he’s determined to find out what happened to his friend. He’s a fairly typical teenager with a crush, who has to worry about grades, and dealing with a sibling he doesn’t like. There’s a goblin named Hiccup who’s very, very, very lewd. He farts himself awake, refers to his genitals a fair amount,(usually calling it his chalupa), picks his nose, scratches his ass, loves prostitutes and loves to *try* and curse. Goblins have been programmed so they can’t technically curse, so Hiccup uses the word Mitherfickers as a substitute. Everyone else can curse, so this is not a ‘clean’ book, fuck shows up a lot. Ryuk doesn’t get along with his brother, his brother is a piece of shit who’s so easy to hate. He’s a crime lord of the Yakuza and is despicable in every way. He’s violent and cruel towards his brother, he’s disrespectful to those around him, he’s arrogant and extremely chauvinistic – reading even his short interlude chapters were grating. World Building: From what it sounds like the game has been around for a long time, the year is around 2070 and it’s normal to have VR sets – it’s not something that sounded like only the very rich could have. Their family has an android butler/servant kind of person who seems to look out for Ryuks best interest. He was originally assigned as protection for Ryuk, but since his older brother is becoming more and more violent towards him, the android is putting more effort into assuring Ryuk can take care of himself. Tamana died in real life, but she can live on in the video game – people who have died and come back to live in-game are referred to as Reborn players, and it seems to be fairly common. While you’re in the game you still experience pain, but it’s on a reduced scale. The guilds within game seem to be rather cutthroat, and if you decide to redo or reset your character, you become cut off from your former guild, leaving you without resources or friends – forcing you to start over entirely. Pacing/Prose/Tone: The book had a lot of meta-humor and was very ‘modern’ in its dialogue and style. There was a lot of humor in the book and a lot of references to stuff. The tone was overall light and adventurous. There was actually a ton of simile and metaphor in the book, but it was coming mostly from the goblin, and none of it was very poetic – lots of toilet humor turns of phrase. Audience: For people who like litrpg For people who enjoy an underdog story For people who like traditional fantasy races, gnomes, elves, dwarves, goblins etc For people who like action filled books For people who like magic filled books For people who like urban fantasy For people who like shorter faster-paced books For people who like south park kind of humor

  2. 4 out of 5

    AudioBookReviewer

    My original Fantasy Online: Hyperborea audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. If you are in the mood for a literary role-playing game (LitRPG) tale full of fantasy humor, snarky wit, and slapstick comedy, “Fantasy Online: Hyperborea” is the book you are looking for.  This is another story authored by Harmon Cooper and the audiobook edition masterfully performed by Jeff Hays.  It is the first book, in what appears will be a new series which takes place in the Proxmia My original Fantasy Online: Hyperborea audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. If you are in the mood for a literary role-playing game (LitRPG) tale full of fantasy humor, snarky wit, and slapstick comedy, “Fantasy Online: Hyperborea” is the book you are looking for.  This is another story authored by Harmon Cooper and the audiobook edition masterfully performed by Jeff Hays.  It is the first book, in what appears will be a new series which takes place in the Proxmia universe.  Because the book’s events occur in the same universe as “The Feedback Loop” series (which I highly recommend you read), a few of those characters make cameos in this story; such as Dirty Dave.  I quite enjoyed the tie in and interaction having listened to the entire Feedback Loop series.  As this is a separate series, one is not required to have any knowledge of the other series events, but it does make for some additional entertainment value.  If you have listened to any of Harmon Cooper’s other works and enjoyed them, you will not be disappointed by picking up this one. The book is a coming of age story centered around two battling brothers who are both a part of a crime lord’s family.  This book contains a fair amount of action, adventure and fighting, both in the physical and virtual worlds.  The opening scene is one that hooks you from the beginning and the story continues to unfold after that.  Not only was this scene tense and action-packed, it was rather emotional and impactful.  The author takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride which seems to decrease in its intensity as you progress down the tracks.  I can say without a doubt, I did not feel as close to the main characters than I did at this scene.  There were a few scenes containing or alluding to slight romantic aspects, but nothing that felt deep and meaningful.  I really liked the characters, but I wanted to see more of their flaws and need to survive as a group; apart from times of fighting monsters together. Compared to his other works, this book is zanier and at times feels a little over the top with its continuous flow of pokes, zings, and disses happening between characters.  I like when there is tension and banter within a traveling party, but this book seemed much more light-hearted then the others were.  Although there was a great and compelling story underneath, I wished at times that humor was not spread so liberally where the core story aspects felt obscured or covered.  Like when someone uses to much icing on an exceptionally made cake, it can seem overly sweet and hides the part taking so much work to make; the cake itself.  This is not to say that the book was bad, just based on the opening scene, I wanted more of that emotional ride throughout the book and he expense of fewer flying insults. I will say that the world the author created was fun, interesting, and at times quite unique.  He would take many of the stereotypical fantasy tropes and change them up a bit.  I laughed out loud when the characters ran into some “stinkerbells” which are a combination of a fairy blended with a common house fly; more pests than helpers.  The main character also wielded a very nasty and at times scary sling.  Often in a book of this genre, it is all swords, shields and armor, so a sling was fun.  How many of you role-playing readers would choose a sling as their weapon of choice?  I also enjoyed the pokes at modern society like when the characters ordered lemon peppered sustainable farm raised dragon wings as an appetizer.  Or the multiple times macaroon cookies show up which have their own use and lore in this world; you have to read the book to find out. Jeff Hays, as usual, skillfully narrated this book and I hope he continues to be the voice of the Proxima universe.  Both he and the author combine together making the audiobook edition of the story that much more fun and entertaining.  Jeff’s ability to voice the many human and non-human characters, use of inflection at proper times, not overdoing the use of sound effects, and ensuring the audio is clean and crisp of anything that would distract the listener is what those familiar with his works expect.   And, once again he hit all these points and more.  He continues to amaze with his skill and talent in narrating audiobooks. For parents and younger readers, be warned, this book is really intended for more mature audiences for several reasons.  There is heavy use of vulgar language, there are topics involving sex, sexual innuendos, and alcohol use.  The humor at times can be quite crass, often crude, or graphically intense which may not be suitable for younger readers.   Even though the humor is more light-hearted and slapstick focused, much of it is geared towards adults.  If the above offends you, I would not recommend this book. In summary, if you do not mind overly used adult humor and you enjoy the LitRPG genre, I would say that you may be interested in Fantasy Online: Hyperborea.  As stated earlier, there really is a fun and interesting story underneath the thick layer of humor on top.  I enjoyed the story and the journey both the author and narrator took me on.  However, I would have like to have had a few more deeper and developed plots pulling at my emotional side. Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator. Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    I knew it will be bad but I wanted to test the poison. (P.S. I am harsh to the "LitRPG" series as I find majority of them are bad.) Let's start from the beginning, first impressions. Well, the title "Fantasy Online: Hyperborea" is simply horrible, not the Hyperborea part but "Fantasy Online". There isn't a shred of ingenuity in it. It also lacks tact. Next is the cover. The girl in the image is holding a giant sword with a toothpick as the hilt. And it's called the buster sword in the book. Now, I knew it will be bad but I wanted to test the poison. (P.S. I am harsh to the "LitRPG" series as I find majority of them are bad.) Let's start from the beginning, first impressions. Well, the title "Fantasy Online: Hyperborea" is simply horrible, not the Hyperborea part but "Fantasy Online". There isn't a shred of ingenuity in it. It also lacks tact. Next is the cover. The girl in the image is holding a giant sword with a toothpick as the hilt. And it's called the buster sword in the book. Now, let's skip to the end. Without spoiling much, this is one of those endings that purposely leaves the reader in a cliffhanger with no closure. Some uses this lame tactic but after some closure. This has no closure. It is literally half or a third or whatever of a book chopped clean into parts for the purpose of making the readers read Book 2. So yes, horrible first impressions and bad "ending", what else do I need to say? Alright, let's actually get into the book with more details. Setting: It's in a futuristic world where implants are everywhere and virtual reality is not just a virtual reality, it's basically a second dimension. For starters, everyone basically have implants in their eyes and brains so that they can access a super computer via their mind and eyes. The virtual world is not just one game or one world. There are many worlds and they can "interact". For example, people from Diablo can immigrate to Warcraft. There's also human-androids. Background: The protagonist is a shut-in and he likes this girl who he played online games with. He wanted to ask her out but she died. (view spoiler)[There is an evil plot about NPCs trying to get into the real world via taking over human bodies since all their brain have implants and whatnot. (hide spoiler)] In this world, the virtual world is so powerful that as long as you used the implants and whatnot, it will record your actions and personalities. And when you die, an alternative version of "you" will be created based on your past data and "you" will be reborn/respawned in the virtual world as a "RPC", a variation of a NPC. The protagonist also had family issues with his older brother. His older brother beats the crap out of him because the protagonist is incompetent. Plot: The spoiler is really minor as it's a generic plot, more or less. (view spoiler)[The girl was reborn into the game and kidnapped instantly. The protagonist goes on a journey to save her. And after he saved her, they went on leveling to try to be stronger to take down the evil organization. (hide spoiler)] The bigger spoiler: (view spoiler)[The girl, Tamana, back-stabbed the protagonist at the last moment and killed his party and him. It was revealed that the girl is working with the evil bigger brother. And the evil bigger brother had a character in the game, who spied on the protagonist and is part of the kidnapper group. And the brother has the ability to control NPCs. (hide spoiler)] . The Game: It's your typical game but with a twist. The main twist I see is that rather than simply 1 main class, there's a main class and a sub class. Or 2 main classes, as I failed to see the "main" or "sub" difference. Examples are: Ballistics Mage, White Warrior, Mystic Berserker and Shield Thief. So, what's wrong? Or why do I think it's still a bad book? Well, it's everywhere. The Game: What would you think of if I tell you that my class is a Ballistics Mage. Well, Ballistics is "the science or study of the motion of projectiles, as bullets, shells, or bombs" and a Mage is something I don't need to define. So, the first impression would be a Mage who utilizes bullets/shells/bombs or something and projects it in different ways. For example, a typical Mage might conjure up a Frost/Ice Arrow and it's basically an Arrow that's made of Ice and the Mage would simply send it in a direction linearly (a straight path). A Ballistics Mage will conjure up a bullet/ball/shell and do the same thing but not necessarily in a linearly way. And a Ballistics Mage would probably not be as limited by the number of Ice Arrows or mana consumption. And a Ballistics Mage would have a much larger variety of ammunition. But what is Cooper's idea of a Ballistics Mage? Well, a character that uses marbles/balls as the ammunition and uses a slingshot (or any other tool) to project the marbles/balls. And the marbles/balls would have different traits/properties where you can mix and match. The best part is, the Ballistics Mage cannot use magic. Their skills and abilities are basically all passives that depends on Luck. It's totally luck based and total bull****. Why the hell is it a "Mage"?! I'll stop there and not go on and on with the other classes. The Setting/Plot: (view spoiler)[One of the main evil plans is that the NPCs are trying to take over people's body by hacking into people's implants. I'm fine with this. But apparently, human-androids cannot log into the virtual world. And NPCs "spawning" into human-androids is a big surprise. Say what?! Cooper does know that both the android and the NPCs are just 1s and 0s, right? So, if Cooper can create human-androids that can think like a human that's made of 1s and 0s, Cooper can upload the same code into the virtual world like taking candy from a baby. Likewise, the idea of uploading a NPC character into an empty human-android body is not a surprise. I just don't get this "plot". (hide spoiler)] There's also the fact that Cooper is trying very hard to write a Japanese "culture" inspired book. Or a Japanese wannabe book. It's literally painted everywhere that Cooper is trying very hard to ripoff and force Japanese stereotypes into it. Likewise, Cooper is trying very hard to force supposedly funny but super lame characters into the book. There's a goblin that trash talks like no tomorrow. There's a streamer that advertises every hours. Know what is the best part? Well, a level 8 Goblin has supposedly traveled the world and knows a lot of stuff, more than a level 90 character. It's odd because there's 3 big maps in this game and it's level restricted. And this level 90 character always asks for advice from the Goblin. Yeah, I am seriously considering that this level 90 character spent all 90 levels doing nothing but grinding level 1 rabbits. There's so many more plot holes that it's quite aggravating. I'm going to stop there because that's all the time I want to spend on writing about this book. In short, this Book basically rips off many Japanese stereotypical things and forces it together along with stereotypical characters and blends it altogether with a Super Mario plot with a twist to force the readers to continue reading while laying down a sh*t ton of plot holes for the readers to fall into. P.S. I still want to know 1 thing about the ending. (view spoiler)[Was Tamana willing or controlled? (hide spoiler)] So, will I read Book 2? Nope, just ask others who actually liked this book for the answer is sufficient for me. It'll be a "closure" for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "Won't you come inside?" Ryuk's real life In Tokyo is not a happy one. He is bullied by his older brother, a yazuka boss, and he fears that his one friend and gaming companion does not return the growing love that he feels for her. When she dies by throwing herself in front of an underground train shortly after they have both logged out of the Proxima world of Tritania, Ryuk returns there to find her in the still surviving form of a Reborn Player Character. But she's gone: s ( Format : Audiobook ) "Won't you come inside?" Ryuk's real life In Tokyo is not a happy one. He is bullied by his older brother, a yazuka boss, and he fears that his one friend and gaming companion does not return the growing love that he feels for her. When she dies by throwing herself in front of an underground train shortly after they have both logged out of the Proxima world of Tritania, Ryuk returns there to find her in the still surviving form of a Reborn Player Character. But she's gone: she has been kidnapped. But why, and by whom? With the help of a potty mouthed goblin, Hiccup, and a Swedish online advertising hero, FeeTwix, Ryuk goes in search of Tamina, his dear friend, determined to bring her back. But far more is happening because Tamina's death had not been a suicide and to solve that riddle, the newly forming guild will have to rise quickly through the levels to travel from the continent of Hyperborea to others accessible only to higher level players. And meanwhile, in real life Japan, Ryuk's brother is continues to expand his desire for total control. This is a fabulous book, filled with great characters and dialogue as well as a good, original storyline and ever increasing fast, full and very visual action as the book progresses to the spectacular and unexpected ending. Frequently very funny, it is also thought provoking, too. .Add in the superb narration by Jeff Hays who brings the protagonists fully to life with his individual performances for each one within the well paced and emotionally charged text reading, this is an audiobook not to be missed. It doesn't matter if you are not a gamer, give this story a try: you won't be disappointed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Somebody

    An absolute train wreck.. (view spoiler)[hahaha... bad joke. (hide spoiler)] I vaguely remember the story, this is a very late review, and it wont be the best sorry. The plot was a typical underdog story with a protagonist that has family issues. It is a LitRPG, set in Japan in the future. Here are some of my problems. I don't remember the story in great detail but I remember the plot. - When people die they get revived and put into the game. (view spoiler)[First of all this would be a pain in the An absolute train wreck.. (view spoiler)[hahaha... bad joke. (hide spoiler)] I vaguely remember the story, this is a very late review, and it wont be the best sorry. The plot was a typical underdog story with a protagonist that has family issues. It is a LitRPG, set in Japan in the future. Here are some of my problems. I don't remember the story in great detail but I remember the plot. - When people die they get revived and put into the game. (view spoiler)[First of all this would be a pain in the real world. Imagine being revived and put in a fantasy world. You have to live here for eternity. You would go bored quickly since leveling is quick. Plus if you aren't interested in the game it would just be hell. (hide spoiler)] - ballistics mage? His class is just based on pure luck, no skill at all. All he does is shoot marbles, and he isn't even a mage! - Cliffhanger ending. (view spoiler)[it's obviously so that the series lasts longer but the reader is left frustrated. Frustrated at not only the plot twist but also towards the main character (hide spoiler)] - The brother. - Edgelords - The cover art is done very poorly, the artist has poor understanding of colour theory, anatomy, gravity and shading. If you dont see the problems with it let me point them out. The woman is holding a ridiculously large sword at an awkward angle that should be breaking her wrist. The sword also does not have a cross-guard, making her vulnerable to other sword-wielders, and since the sword is huge she wont be able to move quickly. Sword also is not thick. Should be redesigned, needs more effort. The boobs aren't anatomically correct. Same with her body, her neck is too thick, she looks unbalanced and creepy like the rest of the crew (well Ryuk seems to be the least creepy. Maybe not creepy at all). I'm not saying that she must look perfect, the anatomy seems unnatural. Poses are very stiff, and do not follow the laws of physics. If they wanted the girl to look badass a pose showing the weight and power of the sword would work. The guy on the left has a really basic pose... EHhh Ryuk's hand is... Cartoony and doesnt match the style of the piece. The hands of his friends are in a different style. Doesn't fit. No proper colour scheme or focal point. Makes art look more dull. Too many things going on, doesn't stand out from afar. Light seems to be coming from the top right. Problem is that the artist painted using pure white, and didn't change colour while shading, making the piece look off. Note: Girls skirt should have green backlight closer to the grass. Note: Girls armour has bad lighting, notice the light on the top half of her chest piece and bottom half. Armour also should have reflections, and have texture. There seems to be no subsurface scattering or reflections of colour or light. Besides the obvious marble and screen. Anatomy of the guy with the strange sword is really off. Thick neck, add short leg.. Same with Ryuk, he has strange legs. Artist isn't following perspective Light is the same throughout the whole piece, perhaps this is intentional to give it a cartoon look but since everything is high contrast and light then there is no contrast, making everything dull. Background... Grass and a mountain in the distance. Still out of perspective. I am no expert on clothes folds but the folds seem excessive on the guy with the black shirt, and for the girl they seem too saturated, smooth and light. Eyebrows on the girl are very evil and creepy. Maybe intentional? How is there light under Ryuk's hood? Definitely not the same amount of light on the girls armour. Hair on the girl is painted too saturated, high contrast, and dark. Composition is not interesting. In fact it is quite chaotic. If I were to redo this I would add hierarchy, and a focal point. The Focal point being the title of course. Sorry for the rant !!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pj

    There are a lot of things I like about this book, unfortunately there are also a number of things I don't. Things I like: - There are stakes that extend beyond the game world that add a sense of urgency to the situation - The prose is easy to read/listen to (I listened to the audiobook) except in the situations below - The world seems solid (except in the situations below) - I like the new classes within the game. The whole idea of a caster that functions by slinging different colored marbles at peo There are a lot of things I like about this book, unfortunately there are also a number of things I don't. Things I like: - There are stakes that extend beyond the game world that add a sense of urgency to the situation - The prose is easy to read/listen to (I listened to the audiobook) except in the situations below - The world seems solid (except in the situations below) - I like the new classes within the game. The whole idea of a caster that functions by slinging different colored marbles at people was new to me. - I like the concept of healing potions being addictive. Things I don't like: - Sometimes world consistency is sacrificed in an effort to crack jokes, I wish the author would stop trying to be funny. (For example goblins are supposed to have a profanity filter which leads to beating a horse into babyfood with the same 'mither ficker' joke, and yet sometimes words like 'shit' miraculously escape the filter) - I don't like it when the same jokes are recycled over and over again - There's no reason for characters to talk about their genitals so much using euphemisms that don't make sense to avoid the profanity filter Again this is the author trying to be funny and failing - This takes place far in the future I think 2060 something... So I hate all the modern pop culture references (Game of Thrones, etc.), and American political jokes about Trump. - I've noticed some memorable phrases were stolen from other LitRPGs that were published before this one.... usually from comedy scenes... again trying to be funny... For example... I can't remember which LitRPG it was, but there was a bunny that used to objectify women constantly and call their parts "Fun Bags." This author decided to bring that phrase into the book and I really didn't like it. I don't like the misogynistic tone. - I want more of an explanation for how and why items can be imported from... other games? That seems strange to say the least. - Pretty much every woman in this book is a sex object, or being rescued by the boys. Even the tough girl gets reduced to an object of conquest in an off camera shagging scene. Basically my impression is that if the author had stopped trying so hard to be funny, this book would have had at least an extra star added to my initial impressions. As it is, all the jokes distract from the story. Update: Wow, the political jokes get really heavy handed a bit later. I'm not a fan of Trump, but I don't listen to/read LitRPGs for jokes about Steve Bannon and the Trump administration. This could have been a pretty good book if the story wasn't always derailed with clumsy attempts at humor. Final: Not much has changed in my opinion in the last part of the book. The end was "Meh." I believe it's in poor form to just end a story without some sort of resolution. I don't feel like the protagonist accomplished very much from start to finish.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hamda

    Ryuk Matsuzaki is a Japanese teenage boy with a crush and our MC. The day he confesses to his lady love is the day she starts hallucinating about VR monsters attacking her in RL and dies in her attempt to flee making it look to the casual observer like a suicide. Seeing how her avatar is (somehow?) still in the game he tries to get some answers from it. Why would the avatar know? Why would it be anything but a mindless puppet or at most an NPC? When he has the recording of her last minutes why not Ryuk Matsuzaki is a Japanese teenage boy with a crush and our MC. The day he confesses to his lady love is the day she starts hallucinating about VR monsters attacking her in RL and dies in her attempt to flee making it look to the casual observer like a suicide. Seeing how her avatar is (somehow?) still in the game he tries to get some answers from it. Why would the avatar know? Why would it be anything but a mindless puppet or at most an NPC? When he has the recording of her last minutes why not hand them to the police, a private investigator or simply a computing genius to hack? Those questions are not to be answered as our token princess is kidnapped from their guild house before he even gets there so like mario his journey begins. Ryuk is normal with no special characteristics outside from his crush on a now died girl. His companions are a Swedish streamer (Mcguffin for every situation) and a goblin NPC meant to play the lewd comic relief but is actually just... there... The world is not will show cased and you only get information about it as a "by the way". The year is around 2070, google glasses are now more like contacts keeping everyone connected over the web but for some reason they still need a VR like headset to play games.... that they can check up via the web so yeah not really well explained. The yakuza are still a thing and Ryuk's family is one. His brother handling the brothels while Ryuk judges him and the women for it. Their relationship is strained. The game world is also not well explained. Using the retro style RPG system of leveling and assigning stats points in a set algorithm upon leveling up but with everything else being MMO from modern days.... not 2070 modern days but mid 2000's modern day. Customization is for athletics only and even though the younger generation might have never seen a landline much less used one it is a common item in-game. The book has a tendency of dropping buzz words as if they mean something on their own. Ramen, Soba, yakuza = japanese boy? Yakuza, brothel owner, big brother = Bad guy. The book feels disjointed and the premise shaky. There are a few fun encounters along the way and I wished the world building was better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    Hyperborea begins with Ryuk and Tamara resetting their online game avatars to restart to different characters. The only problem is that Tamara gets killed in the real world, which looks like a suicide. The only place that Ryuk could do was to go into Hyperborea and find Tamara, but only to discover that she has been kidnapped in the online world of Hyperborea. With the goblin, Hiccup and the Swedish aka, FeeTwix, Ryuk set off to rescue Tamara. Hiccup is just a comical character. I just love some Hyperborea begins with Ryuk and Tamara resetting their online game avatars to restart to different characters. The only problem is that Tamara gets killed in the real world, which looks like a suicide. The only place that Ryuk could do was to go into Hyperborea and find Tamara, but only to discover that she has been kidnapped in the online world of Hyperborea. With the goblin, Hiccup and the Swedish aka, FeeTwix, Ryuk set off to rescue Tamara. Hiccup is just a comical character. I just love some of the stuff that he does and says. There was no surprise for me as to who is the aviator that kidnapped Tamara. The only thing is why and for what purpose. I hope the second book will shed more light into this mystery. In the real world, Ryuk is dealing with his older brother, who seemed to be a bully and authoritative, controlled freak. There isn't much surprise especially Ryuk's brother is the head of the Yakuza. It does explain why Ryuk is being ordered around and why Ryuk spend so much time with Tamara in the online world. Hyperborea is a beginning of a series where the online characters are trying to break into the real world. Something sinister is at work here. There are a few surprises of where the a handful of characters of Unigaea showed up in Hyperborea. Nothing can be so unpredictable as to the ending. It will be a surprise to anyone who listen/read this book. The narrator, Jeff Hays will be one of the narrators I would like to listen again. I love his voices for Hiccup, FeeTwix, Ryuk's bodyguard, and the other characters. Each characters has an unique voices. I was given this audiobook by the author. I have volunteered to write an unbiased review for this book. I was not influenced or compensated in anyway for writing this review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited, This writer has serious 'issues', reviews are reader's way of saying ya need help sparky, just wait and write some more first. Have read most of his books, most listed below. Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatarsm then Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway. Ryuk goes to the one place he can search for answers, Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. All he has to do is keep o Kindle Unlimited, This writer has serious 'issues', reviews are reader's way of saying ya need help sparky, just wait and write some more first. Have read most of his books, most listed below. Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatarsm then Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway. Ryuk goes to the one place he can search for answers, Tritania, the world’s most popular online fantasy world. All he has to do is keep out of the way of the mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brother, a Yakuza crime lord hell-bent on squashing his dreams. He's also only a lowly Ballistics Mage, so he has to quickly try to recruit guild members, level up, loot and shoot his way across the world to attempt to discover the dark secrets behind his friend's death, aided by a famous Swedish gamer, a powerful half-dragon half-human female assassin, and a devious ax-wielding goblin. Simple...right? Yeah, no.... The Feedback Loop: (Book One) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) - Steampunk is Dead: (Book Two) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop 2) - High Fantasy: (Book Three) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop 3 The Feedback Loop (3-Book Box Set): (Scifi LitRPG Series) Reapers and Repercussions: (Book Four) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop 4) - The Mechanical Heart: (Book Five) (Sci-Fi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop 5) - Cyber Noir Redux: (Book Six) (The Feedback Loop 6) Dear NSA: A Collection of Politically Incorrect Short Stories Zombie Lolita: (A Collection of Short Stories)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris Evans

    An interesting LitRPG book. The setup is more of a murder mystery disguised as a LitRPG than a true LitRPG. The benefit of this is there's a lot of interesting story elements both inside and outside the game. The down side is the game mechanics and world lore are rather lacking. World lore has it the worst off. The game is more of a back drop for the characters to do what they need to in rather than a fully flushed out ecosystem. NPC's seem to know they're NPC's in the game, there are NPC's from An interesting LitRPG book. The setup is more of a murder mystery disguised as a LitRPG than a true LitRPG. The benefit of this is there's a lot of interesting story elements both inside and outside the game. The down side is the game mechanics and world lore are rather lacking. World lore has it the worst off. The game is more of a back drop for the characters to do what they need to in rather than a fully flushed out ecosystem. NPC's seem to know they're NPC's in the game, there are NPC's from other games hanging around, there are items from other games, and players can even make their own stuff with no mechanics explanation of how that works. The result is the game feels more like and it all results in a vaguely fantasy rpg shaped mess, it's a game more like SecondLife than WoW. These items from other games also hurt the Game mechanics. A players being to bring items and weapons from any other game in for a health penalty (or no penalty if you have the right item). As a result, the PewDiePie analog character regularly mowed down mobs with Mini-Guns, BFG's, rocket launchers, ext. His steaming audience choosing his weapon some times results in humors weapon choices, but this only happens a few times. (view spoiler)[I wasn't a fan of the ending though. Some of the mystery is preserved, but it would have been better if his Brothers involvement was kept secret and just hinted at. (hide spoiler)] The story was still fun but very flawed. 3/5 stars for the story -1 star for the over use of fart gags (come on Cooper, that's such lazy comedy) Final Score 2/5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    A cracking tale from Harmon Cooper. Phenomenal fully fledged characters and great storytelling. I love the level of silly humour. You don't need to read Cooper's other books before reading this, but to fully enjoy the 'nods' to previous books and the inclusion of well-loved characters, I would suggest reading his other works. Fick, read them all afterwards, then read this again! I felt like a kid at Christmas, opening these little presents especially for us. This is so entertaining, and even thoug A cracking tale from Harmon Cooper. Phenomenal fully fledged characters and great storytelling. I love the level of silly humour. You don't need to read Cooper's other books before reading this, but to fully enjoy the 'nods' to previous books and the inclusion of well-loved characters, I would suggest reading his other works. Fick, read them all afterwards, then read this again! I felt like a kid at Christmas, opening these little presents especially for us. This is so entertaining, and even though I know next to nothing about gaming, I can still follow everything going on easily. Actually, check that! Having read Cooper's 'The Feedback Loop', I know a wee bit more than I did before. This is a really enjoyable and clever tale, with twists you won't see coming...one in particular is a wowser. I loved the goblin, he is absolutely fickin' hilarious, once you get used to his 'way of being'. Overall, this is FUN, with shades of serious. It certainly did not feel like 570 pages long as I rushed through to find out what was happening next. I was given an eARC, which I voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    The LitRPG world is coming to life more and more wirh varied examples, and im not a massive fan of this type. The stats can be lost and fogotten almost as quick as rhey are said but the brillance of the characters and their development makes this a worthwhile buy. listening to the various effects performed by Jeff Hays does credir to Harmon Coopers job here. As a fan of his Feedback series i wasnt too sure but it seems a good writer can write almost anything. A very good writer can make even a d The LitRPG world is coming to life more and more wirh varied examples, and im not a massive fan of this type. The stats can be lost and fogotten almost as quick as rhey are said but the brillance of the characters and their development makes this a worthwhile buy. listening to the various effects performed by Jeff Hays does credir to Harmon Coopers job here. As a fan of his Feedback series i wasnt too sure but it seems a good writer can write almost anything. A very good writer can make even a dubious proposition come alive and make a fan of me. The genre would be a poor substitute without the real life action outside the game and without 2 characters the excellent hoblin Hiccup and the live feed, advert pushing swede which gives many options to the usual stories. The humour helps a lot especially on audio but will probably mean you either love it or hate it attitude as the humour is very zany and childish. For me in a fan and also bit of a child so im happy to go back again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Randy Smith

    Overall the writing for this book isn't that bad but I very much dislike the gimmickry ending that this book had. Most of the time when I see a story ending like this one it's usually an inane attempt at making sure that the readers will come back for the next book. At this point I see no reason to read anymore of the storyline, there's plenty of other books like this out there that are done much better and don't pull off gimmickry like the way this book ended. Maybe once the whole series is don Overall the writing for this book isn't that bad but I very much dislike the gimmickry ending that this book had. Most of the time when I see a story ending like this one it's usually an inane attempt at making sure that the readers will come back for the next book. At this point I see no reason to read anymore of the storyline, there's plenty of other books like this out there that are done much better and don't pull off gimmickry like the way this book ended. Maybe once the whole series is done I might come back and look at it but if the Author keeps pulling stupid stunts like the way this book ended I'm just gonna wait and see if I'm still interested in this kind of story when the whole series is done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    The book takes place in the same location as the third book in the Feedback series. It seems to take place in the future after Quantum Hughes. In the real world they are located in Japan. The book has a great story that moves along at a great pace and a good length. The characters are very likable and although very different, blend well together. There is a lot of LitRPG elements to this book and they dont get in the way or are overdone. The narrator is great although I thought the reading was a The book takes place in the same location as the third book in the Feedback series. It seems to take place in the future after Quantum Hughes. In the real world they are located in Japan. The book has a great story that moves along at a great pace and a good length. The characters are very likable and although very different, blend well together. There is a lot of LitRPG elements to this book and they dont get in the way or are overdone. The narrator is great although I thought the reading was a little slow for my taste and I listened to the book at 1.5x speed. He gives each character their own voice and it fits well with them. The narration really adds to the story. Really enjoying Jeff Hays narration.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Great story here, I am going to follow this series for sure. One of the best LitRPG stories I've read. It's a good story, funny scenes, and professional editing to boot. This looks like an author to watch. If you like adventure then you will like this story a lot. If you don't think you like LitRPG then you might want to try this one anyway, it might surprise you. After reading another book by this author it made me very hesitant to read anything else from this author, but I have to say that I a Great story here, I am going to follow this series for sure. One of the best LitRPG stories I've read. It's a good story, funny scenes, and professional editing to boot. This looks like an author to watch. If you like adventure then you will like this story a lot. If you don't think you like LitRPG then you might want to try this one anyway, it might surprise you. After reading another book by this author it made me very hesitant to read anything else from this author, but I have to say that I am glad I did not allow that first experience to prevent me from reading more. This story takes world as that first book, but it isn't the same game galaxy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    daniel

    3.5 stars. Well written but not sure I enjoyed it Writing was 4 or 5 stars for quality and creativity. That said, I'm not sure I enjoyed the book. On the fence whether I would read the next in the series. Extremely crass book--especially the comic relief character. Very creative dialogue. Steam punk-fantasy-zombie anything goes virtual world which didn't "do it for me". Hard battle? Not really a challenge when you just have a bazooka hidden away...

  17. 4 out of 5

    George Hamel

    This is a great read if you are a fan of the feedback loop series as it continues on in the same universe. You don't have to have read the feedback loop series to enjoy this book but its worth checking out. The characters are enjoyable but what did it for me was the plot line and the twists that take place throughout the story. I am much anticipating the next book in this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trudi Hall

    A must read with vocabulary that puts Lemony Snicket to shame The word choice is phenomenal, and the multiple languages blended in, both real and fictional set the tone for an international immerse virtual world. I can't wait to read through the author's other works, especially those set in the same universe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Thomas

    I have read and listened to a few of the other books by Harmon Cooper and have enjoyed them but this one was my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the fact that one of the main characters was a streamer and streamed his games! In the other books, I thought that this was something that was missing. I am looking forward to more from Harmon Cooper!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Murdoch

    Present tense is jarring, but a good story. I had an immediate negative reaction to reading in present tense, but the story was interesting enough that I started to overlook it. The tie-ins to other series are nostalgic as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liquid Frost

    A new series in a familiar setting for those reading Cooper's other serials. If you haven't read the Life is a Beautiful Thing or The Feedback Loop sets, you are still perfectly fine starting off with Fantasy Online. You will only miss some references to other characters and adventures within the realm. However, be warned, it is more fun having read the other series to know the references in which this book uses. Still though - not a deal ficker. Teens Ryuk and Tamana are friends in real life, so A new series in a familiar setting for those reading Cooper's other serials. If you haven't read the Life is a Beautiful Thing or The Feedback Loop sets, you are still perfectly fine starting off with Fantasy Online. You will only miss some references to other characters and adventures within the realm. However, be warned, it is more fun having read the other series to know the references in which this book uses. Still though - not a deal ficker. Teens Ryuk and Tamana are friends in real life, so when tragedy happens shortly after logging off, Ryuk works to discover what happened and to reconnect with his friend. To do so, he, along with a gassy goblin, a stream-gamer sensation, and a Thulian begin their quest to find answers, kill stuff, and fill their coffers. Because, let's face it: Noobs need to level up to get anywhere. I am not an avid gamer, so I was a little apprehensive checking out the beta version of this book. I feared it would delve too deep into MMORPG. However, Cooper finds a balance between stats and storyline and it chugs at a solid pace. This is a serial launch, so expect some loose ends. It didn't end the way I predicted and you get a double sucker-punch. So enjoy that! ARC provided by author. Read in April 2017.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Fickin' decent book The writing and the story were pretty good, filled with suspense as well as some twists and turns. And not to be left out in this genre the grammar, like in most LitRPGs, is horrific.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ann Marie

    If you like RPG, futuristic scifi and/or techno you have to read Fantasy Online: Hyperbora! This book is well written and has some foreseeable twists and a big one that I didn't see coming at all. Harman Cooper has another hit on his hands.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Don Barnett

    Loved this mixture of real world and gaming. The humor was epic, and the story has me ready for more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    M Coombs

    gave up

  26. 5 out of 5

    Orrkis

    Fickin' awesome! The writing style combined with more rpg mechanics made for a truly enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next one!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Randy Forster

    Enjoyed Book was fast paced and kept me captivate till the end. Great twist with Tanana. Looking forward to reading more!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ciayrra The Scorpion Flower

    Highly imaginative i enjoyed, the narration. This book has an unexpected ending that I didn’t see coming.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben Mckenna

    Perfectly serviceable LitRPG novel. Personally, I could do with less of the "Skill Gained" and stat lists because I think they ruin the flow of reading the novel. Pretty predictable. The most interesting things in the novel are kind of just there, but it feels like maybe they're being set up for more screen time in the future.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hayden

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Ryuk and Tamana have gamed together for years. At Tamana's request, they restart with new avatars in Titania. When they logout, Tamana is attacked and Ryuk watches her jump to her death in a train station. Then Ryuk is attacked by a Thulian warrior from the game. He knows it can't be real but seeing it makes it hard to believe. With the help of his human droid bodyguard Ryuk realizes it's not real. T *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Ryuk and Tamana have gamed together for years. At Tamana's request, they restart with new avatars in Titania. When they logout, Tamana is attacked and Ryuk watches her jump to her death in a train station. Then Ryuk is attacked by a Thulian warrior from the game. He knows it can't be real but seeing it makes it hard to believe. With the help of his human droid bodyguard Ryuk realizes it's not real. There are posts in gaming forums that people have been experiencing this, and dying. Someone's hacking their iNet. Ryuk is determined to warn others he once knew, and spend time with his lost friend in the world of Titania. Jeff is always a treat for me to listen to. I have high standards going into one of his narrations, and he delivers! I expect to the characters to each have their own voice and life to come through as he acts them. I expect to have the characters easily differentiated in their voices and personalities. I expect to be entertained with the enthusiasm of the narrator. Jeff hits all these points and more with clear audio. Harmon takes the world we last visited with Quantum and creates it's own series with it. Titania is the perfect world to play with as a spin-off. There are three layers to the world which you can only get to by reaching different levels in your character. But! We also have a new trouble for the players several years after Quantum and his battles. Their iNet, a program in their eye, is hacked and they are seeing the evils from the world they just logged out of. It's getting them killed! Ryuk is a character that is not going to take this, especially after the girl he's known for years and asked out is now dead because of it. It's neat how the game world is connected to the real person. See, if the person dies in the real world they will be reborn in their game - RPC (reborn player character). There are mentions of Quantum and the characters from the original series. This book takes place years after Quantum has been through the game. We hear the name of the guild that Quantum started, Ryuk had been part of that guild before he reset to start over in the game. Then he goes in search of them, leveling up, to tell them what is happening in the world now. Ryuk is determined to help his friend in RPC form as it's the closest thing to her he can get, and wants. Ryuk's wants seem to go against what he should be doing in Titania. But this is his inner conflict with what has happened to his dearest friend. This is something he'll have to work through in order to move on to what the next step is. We are introduced to Ryuk and his friends and family here. The new problems in the gaming world of Titania is strongly influencing the real world. We learn there is more going on and in the end we are anxious to get to the next book. It felt a bit like a cliffhanger with the leads on Kodai. I want to find out who he's working with and what the next phase is. There is something bigger than Kodai knows going on here, and I want to know what!

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