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Damien’s new streaming career is in tatters. With his playstyle now known to all and Aetherius’ older brother Magnitude gaining a stranglehold on high level content, Damien struggles to maintain his relevance in the ever-changing world of Saga Online. In order to regain his notoriety and fight back against Magnitude’s growing power, Damien must undertake a quest that is far Damien’s new streaming career is in tatters. With his playstyle now known to all and Aetherius’ older brother Magnitude gaining a stranglehold on high level content, Damien struggles to maintain his relevance in the ever-changing world of Saga Online. In order to regain his notoriety and fight back against Magnitude’s growing power, Damien must undertake a quest that is far beyond his level. If he succeeds, his occultist character will be changed forever. Meanwhile Lillian has a mission of her own: to find a legendary sword that has the potential to finally bring Magnitude down. One thing’s for sure, it’s gonna be hell.


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Damien’s new streaming career is in tatters. With his playstyle now known to all and Aetherius’ older brother Magnitude gaining a stranglehold on high level content, Damien struggles to maintain his relevance in the ever-changing world of Saga Online. In order to regain his notoriety and fight back against Magnitude’s growing power, Damien must undertake a quest that is far Damien’s new streaming career is in tatters. With his playstyle now known to all and Aetherius’ older brother Magnitude gaining a stranglehold on high level content, Damien struggles to maintain his relevance in the ever-changing world of Saga Online. In order to regain his notoriety and fight back against Magnitude’s growing power, Damien must undertake a quest that is far beyond his level. If he succeeds, his occultist character will be changed forever. Meanwhile Lillian has a mission of her own: to find a legendary sword that has the potential to finally bring Magnitude down. One thing’s for sure, it’s gonna be hell.

30 review for Hellbound

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Flores

    And done. Overall, the story is unbelievable and quite boring. The side characters are flat while the main character is very unlikable. The whole thing has a complex, convoluted plotline that makes no sense from the point of view of the gaming company. This is a large reach for an epic series that fails drastically.

  2. 5 out of 5

    GaiusPrimus

    A very good followup Super entertaining followup. The story continues in a way that really pushes the main arc forward, while also giving us a glimpse into the story behind the story. Looking forward to see where it goes and where Neigel will end up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shemer Kuznits

    Awesome sequel! Great story about the epic fight at the end was truly something else. I could actually hear the MC music playing in the background 😄

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Stein

    It started off as a good continuation to the first one, which I enjoyed. However, it then split between the main MC from the first one and the girl who helped him, and unfortunately I just didn't like the character. She was stuck up and pretentious, which was most likely intentional given what she's been through, but I just couldn't get past it. With plenty of other litrpg stories to listen to, I unfortunately just couldn't get into it. Shame. It started off as a good continuation to the first one, which I enjoyed. However, it then split between the main MC from the first one and the girl who helped him, and unfortunately I just didn't like the character. She was stuck up and pretentious, which was most likely intentional given what she's been through, but I just couldn't get past it. With plenty of other litrpg stories to listen to, I unfortunately just couldn't get into it. Shame.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Unusually Large crab

    this book kinda struggles for a reason to exist. the first book was entertaining because the protagonist has so much to lose and seeing him being crushed under that responsibility and rallying through was inspiring and seeing people helping him was heartwarming. this book did not have that but it was carried by some decent action the whale not emotionally thrilling as the last book was at least entertaining to read. Until like half why through the book that fell away to be replaced by a character this book kinda struggles for a reason to exist. the first book was entertaining because the protagonist has so much to lose and seeing him being crushed under that responsibility and rallying through was inspiring and seeing people helping him was heartwarming. this book did not have that but it was carried by some decent action the whale not emotionally thrilling as the last book was at least entertaining to read. Until like half why through the book that fell away to be replaced by a character drama that saw everyone get bonked with the dushbag stick witch was just all kinds of annoying but it also met with a F**KING redemption for the villain from the last book who has done some S**T that is unforgivable, but it's all swept under the carpet with the excuse that his evil brother told him to do it but that's ignoring that the guy basically left the protagonist's mother to DIE. The protagonist doesn't have enough charisma to hold up the series and the situation he is placed in doesn't have enough stacks to keep me hooked. overall if it was me then I would focus on the outer ring more because an aria full of magical secrets and horrible dangers seems interesting and fun to explore.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clint Young

    Alert First, my review: “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Second, I am not a bot...at least I don’t think I am. Yes this is copy pasta (just learned that term, so fun!) simply because I feel like any book I read deserves acknowledgement but at the same time my feelings on reviews conflict with the normal review process. I enjoyed this book, so my goal is to promote it and help the author. If you are a potential reader, just stop reading now and take the above Alert First, my review: “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Second, I am not a bot...at least I don’t think I am. Yes this is copy pasta (just learned that term, so fun!) simply because I feel like any book I read deserves acknowledgement but at the same time my feelings on reviews conflict with the normal review process. I enjoyed this book, so my goal is to promote it and help the author. If you are a potential reader, just stop reading now and take the above as all you need to know. I am not going to share my reasoning, thoughts on the book, or any opinions that would influence your decision to read it. It is my opinion that Art needs to be experienced at an individual level. You are the only one that can determine what you like and don’t like. Don’t let others make that decision for you. You should definitely read the book and completely ignore all of the reviews. Or not if you don’t think this book is for you. That choice is all yours and the beauty of art appreciation. You are a much better judge of what you will like than anyone here.  If you are a member of the IAK Guild (thanks, Jason) or part of the review police, feel free to criticize me and challenge my philosophy on reviewing art. I think we all love a good debate. The forums are open and I welcome your comments. I was wrong in my previous request to get you to stop. Your blatant disregard for that request has led to some fun discussions. Growth is important for us all. Cheers

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Allison

    In short, not as good as the first book. The occultist progression was pretty fun, the build up to the final battle kept me reading and his fans were interesting/funny. But the book spent a lot of time dealing with excruciating minutiae from the last book as two of the side characters spent their entire quest time nitpicking small details from their breakup in the last book. Like seriously a ton of them re-hashing what went down, and never even like... why their relationship was even worth it. H In short, not as good as the first book. The occultist progression was pretty fun, the build up to the final battle kept me reading and his fans were interesting/funny. But the book spent a lot of time dealing with excruciating minutiae from the last book as two of the side characters spent their entire quest time nitpicking small details from their breakup in the last book. Like seriously a ton of them re-hashing what went down, and never even like... why their relationship was even worth it. He was there for her through some panic attacks? Wow okay he did the bare minimum as a partner! I enjoyed the humour but this book has the usual problem with Litrpg humour- aka they come up with one good joke and overuse it. One example is that they had to pass one of the challenges by having a clean browser history, so some of them had to clear theirs for.. reasons. I actually laughed out loud when I realized the tie-in with what happened to them if they couldn't pass the challenge. Then the author just kept piling on. "Haha, that means they look at naughty stuff." "Haha, they're perverts." "Haha, you couldn't pass the challenge because you're a pervert!" "Lol, we group with perverts." Ok - ok- I get the picture. There was other stuff that kept getting repeated that wasn't even that funny in the first place, which made for some cringeworthy bits. I also think the emotional stakes weren't as high. I really didn't care about his streaming career and them getting revenge on Andrew's brother compared to him saving his mom in the last book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie Shull

    A strong narrative that had me hooked from the first chapter I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I finished it in almost one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. There was more content to this one because it jumped back and forth between Lillian's and Damien's POV and I appreciate that. Both of their adventures had their own flavors and felt very unique. This book had me laughing so hard at various points. Far more than the first one. The hilarious references to memes and nerdy content had me A strong narrative that had me hooked from the first chapter I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I finished it in almost one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. There was more content to this one because it jumped back and forth between Lillian's and Damien's POV and I appreciate that. Both of their adventures had their own flavors and felt very unique. This book had me laughing so hard at various points. Far more than the first one. The hilarious references to memes and nerdy content had me rolling as my nerd heart sang with joy. Everything from Monty Python references to Leeroy Jenkins and beyond. An author needs to hook me quickly if they want to have a strong chance at keeping me going. If the beginning doesn't pull me in, then I find it incredibly difficult to hold on until it does pick up. This book had zero problems in that regard. The pacing was nice throughout, though a couple of the jumps between the POVs were a little frustrating. It wasn't too bad though. I look forward to the next one ^_^

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Having enjoyed episode 1, I went straight back online and bought part 2. Aside form the very misleading tagline (his streaming career is never 'in tatters'), I found this even better than the first instalment. This time round we follow Damian's exploits as he both tries to fix some of the real life damage he did whilst on the run, deals with his new 'fan club', has to deal with the ever increasing issues of being a good guy playing an evil character and joins the fight against a rogue in game ele Having enjoyed episode 1, I went straight back online and bought part 2. Aside form the very misleading tagline (his streaming career is never 'in tatters'), I found this even better than the first instalment. This time round we follow Damian's exploits as he both tries to fix some of the real life damage he did whilst on the run, deals with his new 'fan club', has to deal with the ever increasing issues of being a good guy playing an evil character and joins the fight against a rogue in game element trying to prevent progression. Nice to see that Damian is put through his paces in his personal growth as well as in game - he is rightly taken to task for his understandable immaturity, but as with the first book he grows in both sides of the story. Most definitely not wrapped up as in the first book and left (annoyingly) open for an as yet unavailable third round. I need to be able to carry on with this...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Graeme

    Insights and Concepts The second book was well worth the wait. For an author where English is not their native tongue, I can only say that it was well written and whoever helps to translate does a wonderful job. The insights and depth of human interpersonal relationships makes the characters believable and important particularly since this is based in a fantasy setting and what made me enjoy this author and his books so far. My only small criticism is the audible narrator chosen to represent the Insights and Concepts The second book was well worth the wait. For an author where English is not their native tongue, I can only say that it was well written and whoever helps to translate does a wonderful job. The insights and depth of human interpersonal relationships makes the characters believable and important particularly since this is based in a fantasy setting and what made me enjoy this author and his books so far. My only small criticism is the audible narrator chosen to represent the characters. His narration style is bland, almost monotone, and some of the game reference jokes fall flat due to the narrator either not understanding the inside joke or just being plain lazy I can't guess which. A definite recommended read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Overall enjoyable, but with a few caveats. The flaws in the main characters get a lot of attention. Much of the story is about how these characters have to work around their own flaws. But sadly, they never really seem to learn or grow. The game design for the game world part of the story is horrible - something I doubt most people would actually desire to play. The game developers are so hands off, they just allow the players to completely abuse the system and take complete control over the soc Overall enjoyable, but with a few caveats. The flaws in the main characters get a lot of attention. Much of the story is about how these characters have to work around their own flaws. But sadly, they never really seem to learn or grow. The game design for the game world part of the story is horrible - something I doubt most people would actually desire to play. The game developers are so hands off, they just allow the players to completely abuse the system and take complete control over the social aspects of the game. Any real world games would be seeing so many bans in those situations. And the 24 hour death penalty only makes sense for an author. But as a reader, it looks completely ridiculous. Things like that make it difficult to maintain the suspension of disbelief.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book two Mistakes: I found a few. The one that bothered me the most was, That's why he was tipped for the job. It should be tapped not tipped. Plot: Not as good as the first book. The game company has zero concern for the players. Which honestly I found to be farfetched. There would be so many regulations and oversight in regards to players privacy that the a.i. Wouldn't be allowed to act as it did. The fact that the MC does nothing about it also bothered me. Some of the boss to books and games fel Book two Mistakes: I found a few. The one that bothered me the most was, That's why he was tipped for the job. It should be tapped not tipped. Plot: Not as good as the first book. The game company has zero concern for the players. Which honestly I found to be farfetched. There would be so many regulations and oversight in regards to players privacy that the a.i. Wouldn't be allowed to act as it did. The fact that the MC does nothing about it also bothered me. Some of the boss to books and games felt forced into the flow of the story. Characters: Didn't enjoy them like I did in book one. 7/10

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Ketelsen

    This is a very solid followup to Mayes' 2019 book Occultist. Hellbound is nearly 50% longer but doesn't have quite the verve of the first book. It starts a little slow while it addresses issues from the first book but within 50 pages the plot takes off. One of the interesting aspects is the often petty and immature behavior of the characters. So often in GameLit the characters are mature and stable--but that's not a true reflection of what I've experienced while gaming. Mayes creates an amusing This is a very solid followup to Mayes' 2019 book Occultist. Hellbound is nearly 50% longer but doesn't have quite the verve of the first book. It starts a little slow while it addresses issues from the first book but within 50 pages the plot takes off. One of the interesting aspects is the often petty and immature behavior of the characters. So often in GameLit the characters are mature and stable--but that's not a true reflection of what I've experienced while gaming. Mayes creates an amusing and sometimes frustrating rendition of the complicated relationships between players both ingame and in real life. I really enjoyed Hellbound and hope that the next book develops a little faster.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jana Elias

    Not as funny as book 1 I will mainly be talking about the beginning of the book here. Noigel felt underused. In book 1 Noigel was this source of knowledge and humor but now he has no humor that I’ve seen. Plus the book relied a bit too much on Imp puns. Other than that it’s a good book. While it was an interesting read, to me it just had a slow start. Keep reading because it gets better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Couldn't stop reading Couldn't put it down, this series is brilliant. I've fallen into the trap of reading too fast and now the long wait begins for the next lol. I did have some problems with Lillian, still can't work out that character's view on how friendships actually work, but my goodness, the twists! So. Many. Brilliant. Plot twists! Cant wait to see what happens next. Couldn't stop reading Couldn't put it down, this series is brilliant. I've fallen into the trap of reading too fast and now the long wait begins for the next lol. I did have some problems with Lillian, still can't work out that character's view on how friendships actually work, but my goodness, the twists! So. Many. Brilliant. Plot twists! Cant wait to see what happens next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Saunders

    Satisfying in the same way as the first. Funnier Took about 8-10% of the book for me to get into it, but then you do and it's as good a ride as before. Nicely plausible/sensible real world characters behind the game avatars. Hilarious nicely built in fan service to lots of nerd stuff: DBZ, Mortal Kombat etc. Fun read! Satisfying in the same way as the first. Funnier Took about 8-10% of the book for me to get into it, but then you do and it's as good a ride as before. Nicely plausible/sensible real world characters behind the game avatars. Hilarious nicely built in fan service to lots of nerd stuff: DBZ, Mortal Kombat etc. Fun read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.R. Ford

    Best LitRPG series out there, coming from someone who reads a lot of LitRPG. The pacing and structure is solid, but the characters are what make this entry really shine, the emotional journeys of Lillian and Andrew especially. Mayes blends action, plot, progression, and character perfectly. It's a long read but never filler. Can't wait for book 3. Best LitRPG series out there, coming from someone who reads a lot of LitRPG. The pacing and structure is solid, but the characters are what make this entry really shine, the emotional journeys of Lillian and Andrew especially. Mayes blends action, plot, progression, and character perfectly. It's a long read but never filler. Can't wait for book 3.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danny Moody

    For a sequel to a book that was fine to standalone, I’m glad that this book was written. I felt like the major story elements all wrapped up in the previous book which is what made it so good. What we do get from this book is further character development and deeper game world exploration with a new unfolding plot. All of this makes for an entertaining read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Toghill

    A good sequel Follows on nicely from the first book, it seemed to take me a lot longer to read than I would have expected. There was a lot of mid book slowdown and lead up that paid off in the end but there were times I felt like starting another book and coming back to this one later. Overall in glad I finished it and I'm actually looking forward to the next. A good sequel Follows on nicely from the first book, it seemed to take me a lot longer to read than I would have expected. There was a lot of mid book slowdown and lead up that paid off in the end but there were times I felt like starting another book and coming back to this one later. Overall in glad I finished it and I'm actually looking forward to the next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Spectacular followup for the Occultist After Damien blows away the streaming competition, it's time to up the stakes. New challenges arise, and with the greater challenges, come greater rewards, and greater headaches. Epic new skills, and a surprise trainer. Spectacular followup for the Occultist After Damien blows away the streaming competition, it's time to up the stakes. New challenges arise, and with the greater challenges, come greater rewards, and greater headaches. Epic new skills, and a surprise trainer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    The author dropped the ball with this one. There was waay too much personal drama, and the rest of the plot seemed all over the place. The whole "streamer"-aspect of the story brings nothing except annoyance. The author dropped the ball with this one. There was waay too much personal drama, and the rest of the plot seemed all over the place. The whole "streamer"-aspect of the story brings nothing except annoyance.

  22. 5 out of 5

    matt

    Even better than first Great development of characters and really like the way the booked carried on from the first one. Ending was a little too cliff hanger for me but still great read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gregory Bradburn

    Wasn't there a song about this? "Hellbound and down, loaded up and truckin'" Only the last 30% was really any good...the MC and friends defeat their current opponents, but the new (more powerful) enemies show up in the epilogue... Wasn't there a song about this? "Hellbound and down, loaded up and truckin'" Only the last 30% was really any good...the MC and friends defeat their current opponents, but the new (more powerful) enemies show up in the epilogue...

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Wilson

    A solid continuation This was another great book by an amazing author. Another book I couldn’t put down until it was over.I look forward to see what’s in store for our hero’s.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shay Hayden

    An excellent addition! Loved it! Very excited to see where the story goes next. I have no doubt, this one was well worth the wait.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Great book Stellar work once again from Oliver Mayes! Lots of action and adventure, demons and leveling, intrigue and twists. Looking forward to the next one!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bodra

    Great follow up Almost as good as the first but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. It’s rare to get such well written and edited books in this genre. I eagerly await the next

  28. 5 out of 5

    Renee Rodriguez

    One of the best series I've read This series is amazing, the characters are well written, the plot kept me guessing. I can't wait for book 3. One of the best series I've read This series is amazing, the characters are well written, the plot kept me guessing. I can't wait for book 3.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Awwweeesssoommmee A great book by this author. Please don’t make us wait so long for the next one!! I don’t think I could take it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jose Tieman

    Awesome sequel I love the game mechanics and the world building. The MC is relatable and has flaws that make them seem more real good read.

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