Top critical review
Solid start, but the rules of this LitRPG are....
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 5, 2020
I like the MC. I like the world he is on. I like his friends initially.
The "core v underworld" contest variant on the combat world, was a convoluted mess, and the portal system felt like it was deliberately designed to make the situation even more complex.
Add in an MC who makes dumb decisions, doesn't seem to actually want to do anything, and yet, has all sorts of strange help from the various uber-beings and the tale isn't great. I did move on to read book 2, but I find that this is a "recommend to genre lovers only" level book. There are a few too many plot devices that I just didn't care for.