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How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps Audio CD – Unabridged, April 6, 2021
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For thousands of years, there has been a cycle: a Demon King rises and conquers, and a Hero is reborn a hundred years later to defeat him. Each time, civilizations are ground to dust beneath the Demon King's hordes, but humanity has remained secure in the belief that a Hero of legend will always save them. There's just one slight problem. It's only been 23 years since the Demon King's latest rise, and this time, he's already conquered more than half the world. If humanity simply waits for the Hero's return, there may be no world left for him to save.
And so, Yui Shaw sets out with an ambitious plan. A 10-step plan.
She'll find a way to obtain the Hero's legendary sword. She'll earn obscure classes, gain levels, and increase her skills. She'll travel to the meticulously-crafted dungeons that seem designed for one specific Hero to complete. And, if she's truly (un)fortunate, she might even find a fairy.
She might not be a Hero - but if she can fake it long enough, she might still be able to save the world.
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Andrew Rowe is the author of Sufficiently Advanced Magic
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 6, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713606496
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713606499
- Item Weight : 2.46 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,985,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
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Some of the other reviewers had negative comments about the narrator. I felt that she did a good job. Most important, I could always tell the difference between each of the key characters and the narrator.
The book takes the case of a world ruled "benignly" by the Silver Goddesses who have a system where a demon king arises every 100 years like clockwork, and equally predictably a hero arises a few years later to destroy the demon king.
Our story begins when a young lady has "had enough" and decides to take on the demon king even though she is *decidedly not* the legendary hero, several years early in fact.
All in all, it is a fun book, but do not judge it for consistency and an original plot. It is a parody after-all.
** Beware Heavy Spoilers Follow **
(I'm scrolling down a bit as these are truly spoilers.)
Our hero does not just complete the quests to defeat the demon lord in lieu of the hero, she actually decides to split the world in two and have the intelligent, humanoid races rule one half, and the demons keep the other half as a way of maintaining perpetual peace. Given that the demons razed large chunks of land and killed tens of thousands of people, this seemed unlikely.
The demon king even joins our heroine's party for awhile as Dirk with a stutter. Dirk does try to kill the heroine though.
The author does some mental cheetah flips to make the "solution" seem like this could work, but I kept thinking, nah, nah, that just would not work. The goddesses are all-powerful, and they intervened directly by turning one of the miscreant heroes into a shade and then eliminated the demon lord themselves.
Why would they allow this current perversion of their plan? No answer is given in the book.
Also, the whole notion that the Silver Goddesses, source of all life, are actually evil did not work for me. It felt dangerously close to current political satire disguised as fantasy parody.
There were also a number of places where current "politically correct" views were magically applied to this medieval fantasy world, and unlike some other notable fantasy works, it was not that effective in this novel.
All in all, it was a fun read, but I will not re-read this one.
On the game mechanic side, there's enough for this to be LitRPG. Levels, skills, classes, items, dungeons. However after the 20% mark, there's a lot of time jumping that bumps up the Mcs level in leaps and bounds. Which makes some of the level gains feel a little unearned. On the plus side, the MC uses less common classes and skill combos to power level and eventually gather the hero items he needs.
Overall, the story is fine. If the humor lands with you, you'll enjoy it. The parody got a little old for me and I found myself a little less interested once leveling started to feel predetermined and months of time were summarized to give the MC new powers. Still, entertaining enough. I’ll note the audiobook did a better job of entertaining.
Score: 7.2 out of 10
Its also just a REALLY good time. Gamers familiar with the "Chosen One" quest games (Zelda, Bandai's Tales series, Final Fantasy) will understand Yui's pragmatic "why wait?" approach to her world's endless violent cycle.
If you've read Rowe before you'll know his "heroes" are resourceful, out of the box sorts who's main goal is to cheat their way past stuff too high a level for them to deal with safely. In this case it meant Yui found loopholes to use with her "Bag Mage" abilities.
Underwater temple? Pfft no worries when your bag's capacity is several million gallons worth.
Quick skill increase? Piece of cake through math and statistical reasoning.
Lots of fun, with a lot of good humor and genuine love for the genre.
This is a book that both recognizes and twists its inspiration. All the tropes that one sees in a typical adventure game are examined, criticized, or outright subverted to comedic effect. Our leading lady is on a mission to defeat the Demon King and find a permanent solution, the prophecy bite it.
Nothing is taken too seriously and everything has a hint of humor. The progression was well-paced and followed a logical pattern. If you have a thing for lighthearted Litrpg, I recommend you pick this up.
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As a long time fan of both The Legend of Zelda and TTRPGs, this book tickled my nostalgia in exactly the right way. A parody of the above things, the story follows Yui, an aspiring adventurer who sadly was not born the Hero of Legend but sets out to defeat the Demon King anyway.
- Funny, endearing and deeply nostalgic. The references sprinkled throughout this book and the sarcasm with which they are delivered made me laugh so much.
- I loved the idea of a hero who isn't The Hero but through pluck, intelligence and some helpful companions goes out to do their best anyway. Some of the twists from this I really enjoyed and have inspired me to add elements to my D&D game.
- A very niche part of the book but Bag Magic. I absolutely love Bag Magic! Something that is so innocuous but integral to almost every video game RPG and TTRPG plays such a special role in this story and I love how cleverly it was used.
If you grew up helping Link through the water temple being badgered by a persistent fairy or spend your weekends aspiring to save some fantasy land from a scourge of undead, check out this book and enjoy hours of nostalgia and amusement.
Not sure that I would read another like this anytime soon but we knows!