(book #2)
Status: released

The Kartoss gambit

Vasily Mahanenko

A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result, the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. 

It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's vitual mines. 

Dmitry Mahan has been through it all. Sentenced to eight years hard labor, he now struggles with an unpopular class - the Shaman - and an equally unpopular profession of a Jeweler. His fight for survival becomes anything but virtual.

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Ok this book seriously rocks.

I can safely say that at the time I'm writing this review, I've read more than 90% of all LitRPG books which has been published in English. To me without a doubt this book is one of the very best this genre has to offer.


Every time you think you have figured something out you discover you have been professionally manipulated by the author. 

The only problem will be finding the patience to wait for the next one . Maybe I will need to learn to read Russian

This book really shines.