Manufacturing Magic

An Epic LitRPG Series (Jeff the Game Master Book 1)

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
476 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2022
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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

Manufacturing Magic by Jaime Castle and Troy Osgood introduces the reader to Jeff, who works as a Game Master in a full immersion online multiplayer game. Basically, Jeff provides technical support, answering player complaint tickets, and solving problems. During a routine callout, Jeff makes some remarks that one of the resident game properties takes literally. The results are gaming changes not initiated by the development team. Consternation and confusion reign, resulting in player complaints and account cancellations. As the only remaining game master, Jeff is called into an uncomfortable virtual meeting or two. As he continues to respond to tickets, Jeff discovers the changes are not random errors and there is a pattern to the programming. He is conscripted into assisting in a world event and finishes the story in a different but complementary role to that in which he began.

Manufacturing Magic by Jaime Castle and Troy Osgood is a robust and satisfying work of Lit RPG. I relished becoming as immersed in the story as the characters were immersed in the game. Although the gaming genre can be predictable, the story contained surprises, and every page was full of fun. I loved the way the narrative was jam-packed with humor. Castle and Osgood have created a science fiction world I would like to spend more time in, and look forward to discovering more titles in this fascinating series. I heartily recommend Manufacturing Magic by Jaime Castle and Troy Osgood to all fans of literary role-playing fiction, and any other reader who enjoys a well-written romp in a carefully constructed fantasy world.