Friday 28 June 2024

DRESSED TO KILL: A Monster Seamstress LitRPG

Dressed To Kill by Crown Fall
Book 1 in the Dressed To Kill series
Narrated by Andrea Parsneau
Genre: fantasy/LitRPG YA
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

To save her town from decaying into oblivion, a young seamstress embarks on a quest that weaves together magic, mystery, and monsters.

In an impoverished border town with a population dwindling as fast as hope, Gwen Tailor aims to change things. She is a daughter of the Seamstress class, drawing on the bloodline skills of her mother, who stitches with a speed that veers into the realm of magic. An awesome feat. But armed with a giant piercing needle, Gwen is more than a seamstress. To save her people from extinction and create a pattern all her own for survival, she must be a monster slayer.

In the core of the town is the dungeon, a deep-pitted breeding ground for all the local despair and decline. Gwen is going where the monsters dwell. For every new kill, each creature’s pelt, shell, and exoskeleton will become not only protective armor but a source of escalating power. With the help of her friends — Sandy, a cleaver-wielding butcher’s daughter, and Gerald, a young blacksmith with near-wizardly talents for forging enchanted weapons — Gwen has a team to be reckoned with. Monsters, beware.

Would that it were so simple. Descending into each cavernous new level, Gwen will make a harrowing discovery about the true roots of her town’s decay. And they are more overwhelming and far-reaching than she ever could have imagined . . .

The first volume of the hit LitRPG fantasy series — with more than 500,000 views on Royal Road — now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!
Source: Info in the "About Dressed To Kill" was taken from GoodReads at on 01/02/2024.

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My Thoughts:
This is my first LitRPG (Literature Role Playing Game) read. I tend to avoid them like the plague. I didn't know that this was an RPG when I bought it. If I had, this book would not have gotten bought. It is a powerful deterrent that I am not even a fan of this genre, yet I liked the story. Kudos to the author's voice!

I know I am not a fan of LitRPG, but this book kinda works for me. Meaning, I didn't hate it.

I've never heard of this author, Crown Fall. Sounds more like a title than a name.

This is a world where the magic created a sort-of a caste system where people are born into their magic which gets confirmed or released by a priest when they are in their teens. Once released, information of their magic comes up in their minds to inform them of how much magic they have, how much power, how much life, etc., just like it does in video games.

And like in video games, there isn't much of a plot either. You kill monsters and gain points that saves the town, with a cliffhanger ending that points to the start of the next book.

The protagonist knows of Earth like a distant memory or dream. Or another life... The world building is beautiful but strange. As in not quite firm. Like unfinished around the edges.

Andrea Parsneau is a versatile and very talented audiobook narrator! Such that I started looking for book narrated by her. She was the reason this book got book to begin with. I listened to the audiobook sample and bought it. I did not even look at the synopsis or anything about the book or the author before I clicked the buy button. I should have, really!

Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3.5
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 2
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = (10 hrs and 11 mins listening time)
Plot = 2
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Dressed To Kill Series:
Book 1: DRESSED TO KILL Book 2: (TBC)

Meet The Author

About Crown Fall:
Crownfall is the son of a lonely orc and an adventurer who grew up in the dragon infested country side. Dragon makes for good steak.

The Narrator

About Andrea Parsneau:
Andrea Parsneau is an award-winning narrator focused on bringing a story to life via unique and identifiable character voices, emotionally genuine portrayals, and a unique theatrical flair. Her range of characters and hard-hitting emotional style have become nearly as well known as her dedication to making an audiobook as great as possible.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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