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1) How crunchy is it?
This is very subjective, but I would call it crunchy but not over-done. I only show stats, notifications, etc. when something has changed. I didn't add anything just to "pad" my word count.
No. No harem.
3) Real life storyline?
This is an alternate universe type story. The people in this world are born with a basic interface that gets upgraded once they go through Ascendancy. Ascendancy usually happens around age 16 when a person's body stops changing so much. So, there is NO "real life" story as the story itself is real life.
4) Overpowered Protag?
Initially no, this is not an overpowered protagonist story. Ruwen has been focused on his life taking a certain path, and when that path is taken from him during his disastrous Ascendancy he has to work hard to recover. He scales up in power as the series goes on, but always has limitations.
5) Is there Cultivation?
Yes. But, I only took the things from Xianxia that I liked and created my own system. Basically, it is a system of gathering energy from outside your body and storing it in an understandable way inside yourself. This power can be used to improve your body and to power your fighting methods. There is a separate martial arts system in the book that utilizes another type of power.
6) Is there Crafting?
7) Is there a dungeon?
Yes, but it isn't an ordinary dungeon. It is one of my favorite parts of the story.
8) Is there an epic-sized storyline for the series?
9) Why are you using a pen name?
I go into this more in my author's note, but the short answer is I'm switching literary agents for some of my other work and I don't want to mix my two writing worlds.
10) Is your name a secret?
No, I'm not trying to keep it a secret, but I don't want to advertise it either for the reasons in number 9.
11) Will this be in KU?
12) How long is Shade's First Rule?
It is 432 pages long.
13) Is it available now?
14) Do you have a website? Will you have a newsletter?
Yes, click on the Subscribe tab on the top or bottom of this page.
15) Can I read what you are working on now? Maybe chapters from the next book?
Yes, there is level of support on my Patreon page that will allow you to read early and unedited pages from book four. https://www.patreon.com/afkauthor
16) Is there swearing?
No swearing or cursing. This book is appropriate for younger readers (there is fighting against monsters).
17) What kinds of Classes are there?
Ruwen's Goddess provides her people with six initial paths: Mage, Fighter, Order, Merchant, Observer, and Worker. At levels 10 and 20 you specialize further in your main branch.
18) How many books are there going to be in the series?
I don't have a firm number, but I'd guess between 10 and 15 as the story and world are vast. This journey will truly be epic!
19) Is there a cliffhanger?
Will it help if I say sorry for book one? But, book two is not nearly as bad as book one, and book three is kind in comparison.
20) When will book 6 come out? What is the title?
Book six is called "The Sixth Rune" and will release July 15, 2022.
20) When will book 7 come out? What is the title?
I will try very hard to get book seven out by the end of this year. I don't have a name yet, but I bet the middle word will be "Seventh". Haha.
21) Do you have a Facebook Page?
Yes, you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/afkauthor/