Lost in Fantasia

The Fantasia Series, Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - General
254 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2022
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Author Biography

Chelsea Caslie is an author, reader, and avid video game player who incorporated all of her passions into one project. A perfect day is when she plays video games with her dog next to her. When it comes to video games the longer and more immersive the better and you’d probably find her playing the same games as the main characters from her debut trilogy. Chelsea was born and raised in California and calls the Bay Area her home with her family and dog.

The Fantasia Series is a Sci-fi and Fantasy trilogy composed of Lost in Fantasia, Fatal Reset, and A Broken Game. Please follow @chellycaz on Twitter!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

Lost in Fantasia by Chelsea Caslie sees Tack180 and Ghost interrupted in the middle of battle. The glitch steals Ghost and infects Tack’s hand. Tack escapes with the assistance of her high-ranked player, SmokeScreen. Soon the entire platform explodes and the virtual world of Duty Falls is lost. When Tack wakes up, she is in Fantasia where the avatars enjoy more autonomy. She is shocked when two assailants do not respawn, leading to the charge of murder. Traveling to Castle Town, Tack is forced to start a new life in Fantasia. She still hopes to find Ghost. How many worlds will be lost to the glitch before she succeeds?

Lost in Fantasia by Chelsea Caslie was a surprising and engaging Lit-RPG adventure. I appreciated the narrative being set in a future where gaming was so evolved (or decadent, depending on your point of view) that humans were employed as avatars. I liked the character of Tack and was intrigued by her plight. I also liked Olivia, whose surprising presence in Fantasia helped Tack integrate into the new game. Most gaming fiction revolves around a single game, but I was excited to get bonus glimpses into the sensual world of Vampira, the mythical Olympus, and a horrific clown game in addition to Tack’s main game worlds. The fight scenes were well-written and varied. It was fun to see the avatars face situations they were not “programmed” to encounter, and especially satisfying to see Tack negotiate a new contract with the producers. Lost in Fantasia by Chelsea Caslie kept me involved in both the game world and the mystery.

Adam Tipton

In one word: fun.
The story starts in a military shooter-style game where we are introduced to our tack-flicking protagonist, takes us for a stroll in an MMORPG-style game, throws us into survival horror, and keeps our eyeballs glued to the page the whole time.
Despite having a clear main character, we're also given the absolute pleasure of meeting a parade of other memorable companions with their own personalities and various dynamics between them.
All the while the mysterious nature of The Glitch looms over us and keeps us wondering what will happen next.