Monday, July 31, 2017

Magic Dome Books library

This post is a library. All titles published by Magic Dome Books that you can read online are gathered here. We tried to make it useful for people with different reading preferences. For example, RoyalRoadL - white font on black screen with spaces between paragraphs, Wattpad - for those who read on tablets etc. We'll keep updating the list so there is always something new to read.

Numbers in the table are showing the amount of published chapters (and they also are direct links to the text). Updated links are marked red

Last updates:  
July 20 - New series: Citadel World by Kir Lukovkin Read preview chapters.
July 16 - New series: Expansion: The History of the Galaxy by A. Livadny. Read preview chapter.
July 6 - New release: The Neuro, B2: The Curse of Rion Castle by A. Livadny.
July 5 - New audio release: The Neuro, B1: The Crystal Sphere - Amazon.
July 4 - New book: AlterGame, B2: On the Lost Continent - 3/x.
July 3 - New Chapter: The Neuro, B2 - 2/10
June 29 - New release: Dark Paladin, B2: The Quest by Vasily Mahanenko.
June 27 - New Chapter: Dark Paladin, B2 - 4/10
June 14 - New Chapter: Dark Paladin, B2 - 3/10
June 12 - New book: Dark Paladin, B2: The Quest.
June 8 - New book: The Sublime Electricity, B3: The Fallen.
June 2 - New release: The Dark Herbalist, B2: Stay on the Wing by M. Atamanov.
May 23 - New Chapter: The Dark Herbalist, B2 - 3/18

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Citadel World: The URANUS Code




The URANUS Code
by Kir Lukovkin




release - September 17, 2017



1

The runner to the right fell down and Rick barely managed to move out of the way. The thick tip of a cracking whip flashed before his eyes, scratching his cheek. Rick did not stop. The man that fell was sure to die and had to be forgotten like last night’s dreams. An ivy would drag him into its lair and calmly digest him, as if he was a huge, sleeping fly.
Rick and the five other young men continued the Spring Run. Ten had been there at the start. Ten challengers, but only the strongest and most experienced would win in the end. The others would be lucky to complete the Circle alive.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The History of the Galaxy – 1






Expansion: The History of the Galaxy – 1

Blind Punch


by Andrei Livadny




release - September 12, 2017

Prologue


The evening that changed the fate of billions turned out to be surprisingly quiet and calm.
"One, in position. Target acquired. Ready."
It was getting dark but the Plaza of Five Corners in the center of the Europe Megacity was brightly lit by panels of holographic ads, aggressively moving above the human masses. Five gravitational escalators, leading up to the surface from the magrail station, gently expelled an endless human stream into the Plaza.
"Two, in position. Target acquired. He's got the instrument."
The violinist played with feverish abandon.
The poignant melody drifted over the crowd, erasing the indistinct hubbub and echoing off the world-famous skyscrapers. The sounds of the violin surged upwards and then suddenly dissolved among the cacophony of the intrusive advertising slogans.
Art was dead. The violin solo no longer tugged on anyone's heart strings, drawing people's attention for only a moment. The citizens of the megasuburb hurried about their business, passing by the overweight and poorly dressed musician, afraid to pause and listen, to slow their steps, to slip out of the universal rhythm of movement, as if there were no more individuals left on Earth but instead a massive social organism, consisting of billions of tightly bound together parts.
The sniper's finger touched a sensor and the violinist's face was magnified. It was difficult to believe that this scruffy individual was capable of starting a new world war.
"The tech team is in place. Ready to block the network."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

AlterGame, Book 2: On the Lost Continent




On the Lost Continent
by Andrew Novak





Read the first book - The First Player
release September 28, 2017





I am Jack the Tramp. That's my registered name in the virtual world of Alterra. It's a stunning place, Alterra. A huge continent, with kingdoms and principalities, wars, heroes, mages and necromancers. Anything you can find in reality, you can find it there. Secrets, danger, terrifying beasts. There are even some things that our world lacks. It's beautiful and carefree there... Diverse landscapes and blue skies. Over the ghettos, where the omega-citizens huddled, the sky is always yellow from fumes. The sky above the Blighted Wasteland that surrounds our tiny, cramped community is yellow from dust.
Omegas are the descendants of the Gendemic survivors, the series of disasters of unknown origin that battered the Earth and brought about the end of civilization. The only known pocket of the bygone splendor of civilization is New Atrium. Inside its glittering towers live people of a higher order. The alpha-citizens, the source of all blessings that exist in the ghetto - canned goods and medicines in humanitarian consignments containers. What's more, the alphas share the virtual grandeur of Alterra with us.
New Atrium, surrounded by the impregnable Barrier, and the ghetto resting at its base. That's it. All that's left for us in reality. Unsurprisingly, everyone is drawn to Alterra.
In one of my expeditions in the Blighted Wasteland, I stumbled upon a stalled truck. The driver had been dead several decades already, but I know for a fact that he was a standup guy. Because in that pickup, I found something with real value - aged whiskey and a console with an old version of Alterra. Thanks to this unexpected gift from the past, I was able to get my hands on an incredible rarity, the Tear of Azeroth, King of the Demons. This discovery was the beginning of a grand quest, one of a kind.
The Night Goddess Necta appointed me as her Servant, armed me with the Black Sword, and sent me on my journey... But it turned out that my discovery awoke something up in the game. It soon became clear that I wasn't the only who had managed to find the old quest chain. There was the necromancer Ruger Eckerhart - a dangerous competitor, powerful mage, and alpha-citizen to boot. As if that weren't enough, I had a guild hounding my every step. I’d taken the Tear of Azeroth right out from under their noses. It became clear that, without allies, I wouldn't finish the path of Dark Service. A merchant of Alterra's secrets, a player by the name of Egghead, led me to another alpha, the light mage Sartorius. He had long been searching for a road to the Great Mysteries of Alterra, and my Service to the Dark might just have been that road. Our third companion was Eloise, the former servant of the necromancer Ruger, from whom she had stolen the Book of Bacchus. This book described the way to the forgotten continent, Gaerthon.
Sartorius hoped to find his Great Mysteries on Gaerthon, but I want to continue Service to the Dark. As for Eloise... It didn't matter to her where we went, as long as she was with me. Honestly, I felt that I didn't really want to unravel the mysteries of the game without her. The three of us started a guild, sailed along the great river Chand, fought with bandits, savages and beasts in the Fasheer marshes. We fended off pursuers from the Gravedigger guild. Yeah, good times.
Eloise and I succeeded, though it's a shame that Sartorius couldn't finish the journey. And at the very last moment, just as the lost continent came into sight, alphas seized us. Someone from their administration in New Atrium didn't like the game world becoming larger and that omega-players would have access to Gaerthon. It was a mystery. Why was the second continent hidden from everyone?  Why did the cryptic rulers of New Atrium decide to tweak the program so that Gaerthon remained hidden in a fog of oblivion?
Help came from a source I couldn't have possibly expected. Ruger Eckerhart, retired general and incredibly influential alpha, turned out to be a romantic. Who'd have thought it? As it happened, the secrets of Gaerthon drew him as strongly as they did us. And he was the one to make the alphas leave the path we forged to the lost continent open. Not to mention the small bit about him saving Lisa and me from death. Not a player death, either. A real one.
We survived and the lost continent awaits us. Secrets, mysterious prophecies, deadly enemies - this is a game worth playing. A life worth living.
A life worth risking.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dark Paladin, Book 2 by Vasily Mahanenko




The Quest
by Vasily Mahanenko



The book is going to be released June 29, 2017





“MAY EVERYONE PRESENT bear witness that I swear to follow, to the best of my knowledge and ability, the following oath:
Consider the one who taught me the laws of my class to be my mentor, share my wealth with him and help him in his endeavors; consider all Paladins my brothers, and whenever possible come to their aid without prior arrangement and without reward; convey lessons and teachings verbally to the young Paladins who are bound by the obligations and oath by the laws of the class, but to no one else.
Strive for the benefit of my class to the extent of my strength, knowledge and ability, refraining from inflicting any harm and injustice to my class. I shall, honestly and forever, transfer the excess of my personal resources, in the amount of ten percent, for the needs of the class. Whatever dwelling I enter, I shall enter as a guest, for I shall know no other home than the Citadel of my class.
Whenever I see or hear that with respect to my class which should not be disclosed, I shall keep silent and treat that thing as a secret. May I who follow the oath steadfastly receive good fortune in the Game and glory with all Paladins for eternity; and the one who violates it or whose oath is false may suffer the opposite. So be it!”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Sublime Electricity, Book 3





The Sublime Electricity:
The Fallen
by Pavel Kornev






Read The Sublime Electricity series from the beginning:

Book 2: The Heartless

both books are available on Kindle Unlimited

Book 3: The Fallen will be released August 7, 2017




This is heaven! No losers allowed!

Steamphonia (Russian Steampunk Band)
Song title: Golem


Prologue, or a Dirigible and a Bit of Fire





SMOKE AND MIRRORS are an illusionist's most trusted assistants. They are the precise factor that allows those deceivers to remake reality and force their audience to believe in the nonexistent. By no stretch of the imagination do they use unlawful magic or wizardry, so reviled by our enlightened society. You see, smoke and mirrors are the simplest of tools. They merely create the necessary atmosphere and give the honorable public an excuse to exercise their sense of imagination.
Yes! The crux of the matter is imagination. It is the conscious mind's very ability to fill in the missing details that allows illusionists to entertain and bewilder their mouth-breathing patrons. After all, we are often glad to be deceived, having mistaken our wishes for reality...


Friday, June 2, 2017

Michael Atamanov - interview






To celebrate the upcoming publication of the second book of The Dark Herbalist series we made a big interview with Michael Atamanov. We thought it's a shame that readers over the ocean know nothing about author of the bestelling series (Perimeter Defense and The Dark Herbalist). So, we're making it up to you right away.


According to your Amazon bio, you were born in the city of Grozny: the capital of the Chechen Republic in the south of Russia. According to my calculations, you came to Moscow around 1991 or 1992. Is that correct?

That's right. As a runner-up in several national chemistry competitions, I was admitted to Moscow University without having to pass the entrance exams. They had just created a new Faculty of Material Science with only thirty freshman vacancies. In the end, they actually admitted more applicants on the condition that every seven weeks they were going to expel the person with the lowest ratings until they had the right number of students. I found it very stimulating, of course. We had two international chemistry competition winners and lots of runners-up, myself included. Quite a few of them had been studying at the Moscow University Preparatory School so their math skills were absolutely out of this world. I could never dream of anything like that. And yes, they did begin to eliminate people. Every few weeks they kicked someone out. Plus they expelled really a lot of freshmen based on their first mid-term exam results. They only kept those who were really prepared to do the work.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Dark Herbalist, Book 2: Stay on the Wing



The Dark Herbalist: Stay on the Wing
by Michael Atamanov


release - June 2, 2017


The Tail-End of a Long Story


 "AMRA, ADMIT IT. At the end of the day, all our searching has turned up nothing. There’s no trace of them!" said the morbidly thin wood nymph in a light frock sitting on a fallen tree and yawning wide, demonstrating a set of sharp predatory teeth.
My sister hadn't gotten any sleep all night and was clearly beside herself. And the only reason she was up at this ungodly hour was me, not the light and not the dawn. Valeria had expressed her disapproval in sharp terms and refused to enter the game for some time. But the risk that some of the many killers after me might show up near the Cursed House was absolutely real, so in the end, Val apologized and agreed to come play with the rest of our group.

Monday, May 22, 2017

LitRPG forum



Hey, guys!

Have you been to the biggest LitRPG forum in the internet yet? No? C'mon, seriously? You're missing so much great stuff! Just stop doing everything you've been doing and check it out!







Saturday, April 8, 2017

Leopold Orso and the Case of the Bloody Tree




Leopold Orso and the Case of the Bloody Tree

by Pavel Kornev





Buy The Sublime Electricity series by P. Kornev:


Book 2: The Heartless




UPON BEING promoted to the rank of detective constable of the New Babylon Police, Leopold Orso had no idea that, from then on, he would have to track down succubae, exorcise poltergeists and hunt for werebeasts. But, even after grappling with the supernatural had become routine, he was still thrown into a trembling fear every time he thought back on his first investigation: The Case of the Bloody Tree.
The Second Empire stretches from ocean to ocean. Army dirigibles hum through the heavens, and its waters are furrowed by steamships. But above all else, the power of the state is derived from industry. So one day, when workers start disappearing from a nearby factory, the New Babylon Criminal Investigation Department takes up the case. But, the detectives have no idea what horrors the acrid char of factory smokestacks can awaken...

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Neuro, Book 2 - read online



The Neuro, Book II
The Curse of Rion Castle
by Andrei Livadny




Release - July 6


Chapter One


A WARM STARRY night swept over the Toxic Moors.
Mere minutes had elapsed since Christa and Enea had faced each other in combat.
Reams of system messages flashed through my mental view,

Congratulations! You've activated the castle's stationary teleport!
Congratulations! You've activated the castle's safe respawn zone!
Congratulations! You've claimed ownership of Rion Castle!

You've received a new level!

New quest alert: Purge
Quest type: unique
Before dawn breaks, you need to purge the donjon of the spawn of the dark.
Reward: By succeeding, you'll remove the ancient curse cast on the castle by enemy wizards. The castle control interface will be unblocked.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Interview: Vasily Mahanenko



Magic Dome Books is celebrating birthday: two years we've been translating books in English and we're so happy to meet so many wonderful people. We prepared several interviews for the date and we're starting with Vasily Mahanenko.

Vasily Mahanenko is a fantasy author working in the new genre of LitRPG - the MMO-based fantasy and sci fi. His Way of the Shaman series took Russian literature by storm in 2012. Vasily dipped into his college-days insider knowledge as a hardcore gamer in order to create a believable world of the virtual-reality MMO game. His bestselling series combines fiction and video games, telling the story of Shaman and his friends stuck in the ruthless reality of Barliona. He used his more than ten years' experience as an ERP implementation project manager to approach his writing in a well-organized manner, working to a strict schedule, a set of deadlines and even a budget. 

Hi Vasily. It's been two years since you started working with Magic Dome Books. How is it going?

Two years is quite a lot in publishing. Still, I think I was luckier than most: I began working with MDB even before they officially opened. My literary agent Alex and I spent quite some time discussing potential projects and considering various translation options wondering whether the idea was viable. So in fact for me it's been more than two years.


Friday, March 10, 2017

[LitRPG/Fantasy] - The Neuro, Book 1


The Crystal Sphere
by Andrei Livadny



Inhabited by clumsy dwarves and cute Elfas, the cyberspace of the Crystal Sphere - the latest state-of-the-art MMORPG game - is not as benign as it might seem. Unbeknownst to most players, this is a test site for the latest technogenic device: the neuroimplant, allowing players to experience the full range of real-life sensations, including pain, exhaustion and death.

Alexatis is one of the few test subjects. His predecessors have already perished, destroyed by the lethal challenges of their new environment. Will he survive in a world which for most of his fellow players is still harmless entertainment?

A prequel to A. Livadny's Phantom Server, the Neuro series will shed a new light on many of the truths that the author has kept from his earlier readers. New characters will join the team already familiar to A. Livadny's fans, assisting them in their quest for survival until they discover the fatal truth:

Cyberspace feeds on human emotion.


Book 1: The Crystal Sphere (Kindle. KU)

Friday, February 10, 2017

LitRPG/Fantasy - AlterGame: The First Player by Andrew Novak



The First Player
  
a novel
by Andrew Novak





AlterGame

 The book is released!

Buy (Kindle, KU, paperback) - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W52YFZT




Chapter One. Beta Version




EVEN IN THIS desolate, mangled world, where the foundations of all things have collapsed, there were some things that endured. There still existed things of everlasting value. Whiskey, for example.
Jack had noticed the shine of bottle glass in the truck bed on a previous walk and decided to stop here, should he need the money. This is what those items of eternal value were for - to help one through rough times.
There were no longer automobiles that ran on liquid fuel and few people knew that these kinds of truck were called pickups. Jack knew. He generally knew quite a lot about the old world because he earned his living as a Walker, which meant that he roamed the Wasteland in search of old-world treasures. If he were to be honest, though, he simply liked to travel. He always dreamed of making his way to some far-off place, where no one had been before. At least, not any of the residents of the Clusters dragging out their boring, miserable existences near the Barrier of New Atrium. The problem was that the further you got in the Blighted Wasteland, the more dangerous it became. You won't get very far...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dark Paladin


Dark Paladin: The Beginning by Vasily Mahanenko is Live



Is it easy to survive in the game world? You could say yes, if you didn’t know what the additional conditions were. They are unusual: it’s the real world in which you have lived all your life. The enemy, craving to destroy you. Your own class who couldn’t care less about you. Are you still sure that survival is easy? Then welcome to THE GAME! It will prove you wrong.

Buy for Kindle (available on KU)



Monday, January 23, 2017

LitRPG short story collection

This fast-paced collection of novellas and short stories from leading Russian LitRPG authors sheds new light on their signature worlds. New works by Vasily Mahanenko, Andrei Livadny, Alexey Osadchuk, Michael Atamanov, Pavel Kornev and Andrew Novak!

Expect your favorite heroes to play second fiddle to an array of new main characters; once-minor plot lines to lead you in unexpected directions; familiar story events to take new surprising turns.

Six unique writing styles. Seven meticulously conceived gaming worlds, two of which come from authors new to LitRPG but who are already experts in the craft of genre fiction.

Each story pushes the boundaries of suspense and intrigue. An adventure roller coaster in the new LitRPG anthology You're In Game!