Stuff Got Real In Desert Born!

5 out of 5 stars

Beaten within an inch of his life and left for dead, Alex’s life hangs in the balance. Maddie must find out more about her new powers and her new status within the changing world.  In the process, they find out that the Tromoal are in trouble and need their help.

I will tell you one thing about Chapman – she knows how to build a world AND write characters that you believe are completely real.  The Puatera world is a place that I want to go (or play) and it’s something that isn’t always easily attainable in LitRPG type novels.  And the characters, man, they are incredibly likable and you end up feeling for them even though they aren’t real (sometimes in two different ways – a book and an “NPC”).

I’m pretty new to the LitRPG world but I’m not new to the gaming world.  I love the story arcs and the little digs into the “real world” vs the game world. Chapman pulls the curtain back a little in Desert Born and it really gave me the chills when you find out about things outside of the game world (from an “NPC-type” player’s point of view.

As I said in my title, stuff (I would never use that word in real life, but for Audible, I’ll edit it; shit got real. There was a lot of stuff that happens in this story that tugged at my heartstrings and made me fall for these characters even more than I already did.

Being a nice switch from my normal “doom and gloom” post-apocalyptic genre – this has been a nice change of pace and I’ve been really enjoying the series.  Look forward to my post for book three since that’s going to jump pretty high on my list after finishing this one.


Book Description:

With her charge, Alex, safely delivered, Maddie drowns her pain in a local bar. Leaving later that night only to discover Alex has been beaten and robbed, his own quest failed. Politics and cash aside, she aids him. Once more they cross the desert, this time where Tromoal and enemies are born.

Desert Born by Dawn Chapman
Narrator: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
Series: Puatera Online #2
Published by Self Published on February 12th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, LitRPG
Pages: 112
Format: Audiobook
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I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Desert Runner , Desert Storm, Steel Hearts: Lyndsey
Also in this series: Desert Runner , Desert Storm


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