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"SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" by Andrew Auseon - A Magical Adventure Across the Multiverse

Are you ready to embark on an epic journey that blends humor, magic, and an extraordinary adventure across the multiverse? "SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" by Andrew Auseon, published by Labyrinth Road on June 18, 2024, takes readers on a thrilling ride in the latest installment of this captivating series. Hosted by Rockstar Book Tours, this book promises to be a favorite among young fantasy enthusiasts and gamers alike. Plus, there's an exciting book giveaway you won't want to miss!


Book Banner Spellbinders Break the Game by Andrew Auseon

 

My Review


"SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" isn't just a book; it's a portal to a world where the boundaries of reality are fluid, and the ordinary can quickly become extraordinary. With a recommendation from Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Last Kids on Earth series, this book is already poised to be a hit. The story follows 12-year-old Ben, who, after leveling up from basement roleplaying games to saving a magical realm, finds himself yearning for more than the mundane life of homework and chores. When monstrous frog-men from another dimension crash his un-magical LARP session, Ben is thrust back into hero mode, ready to save the universe once again.


Plot


In this latest adventure, Ben, alongside his mystical friends Niara, Merv, Drake, and their new ally Agnes, must save the Spellbinder’s books. These books grant their users epic reality-shifting powers, making them a coveted prize for any would-be villain. The group embarks on a quest across various realms, each more dangerous and bizarre than the last. From battling zombie rats to facing pool noodle squids, their journey is filled with action, humor, and unexpected twists. The overarching challenge? A mysterious Big Bad pulling the strings from behind the scenes, making the stakes higher and the game more treacherous than ever.


Characters


The characters in "SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" are both relatable and fantastical. Ben, our not-so-chosen champion, is a refreshing protagonist who brings a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos. His companions, each with unique abilities and quirks, add depth and variety to the story. Drake Ranson, in particular, stands out with his charismatic personality that will remind many readers of their own adventurous spirits. The addition of Agnes brings a new dynamic to the group, ensuring that readers are continually engaged and invested in their journey.


Setting


Andrew Auseon has created a vividly imaginative multiverse that acts as a character in its own right. Each realm is distinct, brimming with creativity and detail. From the eerie landscapes filled with zombie rats to the whimsical scenes featuring pool noodle squids, every setting adds to the immersive experience of the book. While the fast-paced action keeps the plot moving, there are moments where a traditional fantasy lover might yearn for more in-depth exploration of these fantastical settings and their histories.


What I Liked


One of the most enjoyable aspects of "SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" is its unique premise. The concept of a video game-like adventure with levels and bosses is something that resonates deeply with young readers, especially those who are fans of anime and the isekai genre. The character of Drake Ranson is appealing, and his resemblance to the adventurous spirit of many young readers, including my own son, adds a personal touch to the narrative.


What I Didn't Like


While the book’s fast-paced action is generally a strength, there are times when it feels a bit overwhelming. As someone who enjoys traditional fantasy, I found myself wishing for more moments dedicated to setting the scene and delving into backstories. This, however, is a minor critique in an otherwise fantastic read.


Conclusion


"SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" is a must-read for anyone looking for a blend of humor, magic, and adventurous storytelling. Andrew Auseon has crafted a tale that will captivate young readers and leave them eagerly awaiting the next installment. Whether you're a fan of epic quests, magical realms, or just a good laugh, this book has something for everyone. So grab your copy, roll the dice, and get ready to break the game!


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨ (4.5/5)


 

Book Giveaway Alert! Don't miss out on the chance to win a copy of "SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME." Enter the giveaway through Rockstar Book Tours for your chance to dive into this magical adventure.


Dive into the magical world of "SPELLBINDERS: BREAK THE GAME" and join Ben on his latest adventure. This book is perfect for young readers and anyone who loves a good fantasy tale. Don't miss out on this epic journey across the multiverse!

 


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