Gong and Chalice (Fayroll #4)
by Andrey Vasilyev, Jared Firth (Translator) ePUB
I believe Vasilyev to be the only author who’s achieved such a credible mix of real life and virtual reality. This alone is enough to put Fayroll in Top-5 of Russian LitRPG titles.
G. Akella, the author of “Realm of Arkon”
The adventure continues. A recruitment office and a Recruitment Sergeant, it’s a new thing for Hagen the Warrior but nostalgia for Kif as he ponders joining a ‘Free Company’ heading South. But is he ready for what awaits him? And is the final Dryad worth it?
The South, a completely new scene. Even more deadly than any other place in Fayroll and one that might prove too much for Kif. As reality begins to blur and the game gets more real, Harry realises just how dangerous the South can be especially with the Free Companies. With more clan intrigue, strange players, and deadly creatures Harry must continue his epic quest as the final Dryad waits for him. But his time is running out and he must visit the Monkey King Temple to complete the Dryad Quest and face the terrifying challenges. All the While facing a possible Clan War between various unknown factions. Life in Fayroll is heating up.
Also a ‘nice’ visit from VIka’s sister, the mysterious Elina, reveals a gaming secret and causes turmoil for Harry. Not to mention troublesome work colleagues and an expanding staff, it is a busy time for Kif. He even finds time to learn about some of the even darker sides of online gaming and the unscrupulous side of clan intrigue and the black market. It is an adventurous time for our hero.
Expertly mixing the real world and game world like few other books can achieve this series is really a masterpiece of LitRPG. The synergy between the worlds is natural and both the in game and real world narrative are highly engaging and entertaining while developing the story to an exciting climax.
Fayroll continues to grow as a series. With a return of good humor, excellent descriptions and its almost cinematic imagery, Vasilyev continues to demonstrate his exceptional skills as a writer. The fans of Fayroll enjoy the series with every new book. This is an excellent example of LitRPG filled with all the fantasy and sword and sorcery a reader could ask for.
Translated by Jared Firth, keeping close to the original text of Vasilyev’s fantasy Juggernaut, including cultural references adapted for the English mindset. This is especially beneficial when it comes to the author’s sense of humor.
Andrey Vasilyev’s writing career began in 2013 when he had “run out of things to read”. Since then the creator of the Fayroll series has secured himself a reputation as a top author in the relatively new, yet extremely popular genre of LitRPG. A blend of sword and sorcery, cyberpunk meets Sci-Fi and a heroic fantasy at The Cutting Edge of virtual reality.