Meeting a dark Elf was unexpected. Kuro offered unconditional servitude in exchange for being saved, and Gothy was determined to make the most of it.
Kuro had a single request: to warn the Queen that the King had broken their pact. Alvin agreed to take her to her world to report, wondering if it would be as easy as it sounded. Meanwhile, Kuro held up her end of the bargain, doing everything Gothy asked of her.
Driving through the Svargax Gate, what they saw before them was not what any of them expected: two armies at war with each other, one composed of the dark Queen’s Elves, the other of the light King’s Elves.
Feeling his simple plan go out the window, Alvin decided to find out if the King’s Elves could be reasoned with. Realizing it would be more difficult than he thought, Alvin wondered if he could reach some sort of accord with either side.
(This book contains adult situations, in all their horror and glory, including but not limited to: sex, drug use, abuse, and murder. It also contains graphic sex scenes, which portray elements of BDSM and harem. You’ve been warned.)
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Title: Elven Accord
Author: Daniel Schinhofen
Series: Apocalypse Gates 4
Publisher: Daniel Schinhofen
Length and Cost: 509 pages at $4.99 ebook, available on Kindle Unlimited
Overall Experience Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Genres: GameLit, LitRPG, Portal Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Zombies, Fantasy, Harem, Adult, Comedy
Disclosure: I was a beta reader for this book before release, and purchased a copy when available for sale.
As the blurb states, this book has drug use, murder, abuse, graphic sex scenes, and portrayals of elements of BDSM and harem culture and relationships. Not to mention Practical, pragmatic no-nonsense problem solving characters, extreme violence, and again heaps of very graphic sex. For those who are not fans of mature adult themed books, this is NOT for you. For those who like those things? This book IS for you.
With that out of the way, I feel this is the best entry in the series so far, with a great balance of content, detail, and pace. And the only thing that would have made me even happier was somehow getting some content from another portal or from earth to ice the cake. Outside of that greedy wish, the variety of events, combat, dialogue, and gamey crunchiness was a treat, and well worth staying up way to late digging into Elven Accord.
Rating break down:
Quality/Depth of Characters: 9.5 out of 10
This series has become one of my personal favorites, and the characters are a big part of that. The two, now three (does the butler make 4?) main characters are not goody two shoes, or heroes in any conventional manner. They are crazy, passionate, ruthless, and brutal. Every moment is lived to the fullest and they deal with threats with extreme prejudice. The near manic intensity of the characters means almost constant action and events, giving us a book of no B.S. mayhem. To use tabletop terms, they are chaotic good at the best of time, chaotic neutral most others, and chaotic evil when screwed with.
Going beyond the main characters, the other people introduced and interacted with react to both the events around them, and the MCs themselves, as would be expected based on their backstory and lives. This means the main characters in turn face a logical amount of opposition and distrust with strangers, and not unreasonable friendliness from others. Paired with this depth of backstory and personal motivations are the various aptitudes or incompetencies of the other characters, which makes interactions meaningful and growth noticeable, as well as support the economic and social systems shown. It is always good when a series makes it clear that other parties have their own lives and interests.
The last thing I want to touch on, but can not go too in depth without spoilers, are the interactions between the main characters and the game devs, which we finally get to see, which helps balance some of the motivations and systems we see in place for cultures and species in the series, exploring what was planned, and what was not (from a game perspective, the author planned it all, haha)
Quality and Depth of World: 10 out of 10
Complimenting the quality and depth of characters was the level of detail the author went into for the elven realm, showing the similarities and differences between the two, such as some creatures being the same between worlds, but by different names, while other creatures were completely foreign. Beyond this was also the inclusion of distances between locations, and how this affected different parties due to their mobility, or how certain regions or events impacted the concentrations of populations, and in turn how that impacted military, political, agricultural, and economic factors. The forward planning for these shows.
Detail Balance and Completeness: 9 out of 10
The implications of various game mechanics and updates are always taken into account, and blatants exploits are noticed, meaning the ways the MCs break the game they are in are truly clever and entertaining. The character and world aspects are balanced like I mentioned above. A simple ratings here, but for a not so simple topic.
Quality of Story: 9.5 out of 10
Wonderfully well done by my opinion. We get to see interactions with many characters and groups, the combat, interplay, relationship expansion, dev interactions, and further game aspects give this book a well balanced content load, and let me finish the whole book in about 3 sittings, chewing through all the goodness in 12 hours. Top notch.
Quality of Writing: 9.5 out of 10
Healthy variety of vocabulary, consistent patterns of speech for the various characters, races, and cultures, and no typos left unfixed that I know of. My only gripe would be one or two areas where the sentence structure slows down reading a tad so my brain could understand what was going on. But that is only if I am looking for something to complain about.
Narration Performance: N/A
Score: 9.5 out of 10
Book Sales Link: https://amzn.to/2Q2d2wu
First in Series Sales Link: Rapture https://amzn.to/2JHNLXi
Authors Primary Link: http://schinhofenbooks.com/
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