Iron Prince (Stormweaver Book 1 of 1) by Bryce O’Connor and Luke Chmilenko
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Rei is suffering from chronic pain due to a condition that affects his bones (FOP). Nonetheless his biggest dream is becoming a CAD user: he wants his personal combat device to become a fighter. In order to do this he needs to pass the entry exam despite his disadvantages. While things aren’t looking great for him during the physical exam, there just might be something special about him …
Super enjoyable read. Side characters all had their own motives and personalities, the overall story is great, antagonists felt real and justified in their motives, progression happened at a good pace, this is what I want from LitRPG.
Concerns were raised that the display of FOP wasn’t very accurate. While this is a sci-fi I feel like treatments of diseases don’t have to be the same as they are now, but it does raise the question why Rei’s illness needed to be named after a condition that exists if it bares little resemblance anyway. While this didn’t make the book any less enjoyable for me, don’t go into this expecting an accurate portrayal of FOP specifically.
Overall I loved this one, one of the highlights of my LitRPG journey so far. Book 2 coming possibly 2022. Strongly recommended.