(book #2)
Status: released

Pearl of the South

Vasily Mahanenko

Earth was never the same after World of the Changed. Humanity was reduced to two camps: monsters thirsting to kill, and players doing everything they could to survive. The squabbles people had spent their time on before? Gone. If you wanted to live to see another sunrise, you had to work with everyone you could, from other players to game functions.

Mark Derwin, the most advanced player through the initial period of the game, knew all too well that his level was no advantage. Far from it—the game owner didn’t tolerate anyone who got too far ahead. The only thing the owner wanted was for Earthlings to disappear without a trace, giving up their resources to be extracted. But not everyone was willing to bend the knee before alien intelligence. In fact, some had begun to fight back against the game.

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I really enjoyed this book. I love how much the characters stats and build affect the storyline. Right up there with Reality Benders for me in my favorite sci-fi LitRPG.


I am really enjoying this series and look forward to the next book to see what the MC does as he is starting to get a little cornered at this point


Enjoy more of the same roller coaster style thrill ride as Mark wrings his hands about his sister’s fate before ignoring her existence and going mono e mono with the entire world. The stakes are higher, the writing is awesome! Well worth a read.

Bob Galleon

The 2nd book in the series continues the dark survival action adventure that the first book started. Vasily Mahaneko continues his story of a lone player stuck surviving an RPG world where all the monsters, and crazed over powered aliens are out to kill him. The story keeps pushing the main character (MC) into ever more action filled situations with good story twists that keep things interesting and the MC from feeling too OP. A new addition to the game mechanics are the ‘trials’ where the MC can undergo torturous tests to improve his physical and mental stats. It’s a change I liked since it exacts a real cost for his RPG improvement. Overall, another really good read from the author. Score: 7.8 out of 10


I'm a huge fan of this author and got the expected result from another of his books. In the 1st book the mc was a bit OP, but this book kinda brought him back down and showed he wasn't a god, but a mere mortal who has to fight his way to the top.

Scott H