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Perception Check by Astrid Knight

Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Neurodivergent Representation by a Neurodivergent author
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Mental Health Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Bisexual Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Asexual Representation
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Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Villain
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Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Mentor Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Nonbinary Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Gay Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: Trans Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: LGBTQ+ Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Debut
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Side Character MVP
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Shadiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Morally Gray Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Friendship
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Use of Tropes
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Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Wittiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Setting
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Book Cover & Cover Artist

Her favorite tabletop roleplaying game is real, and her kidnapped childhood best friend is trapped in a far off land. Will she be able to save her? Let's roll initiative! Violet Spence wants nothing more than to have a normal life. After witnessing her childhood best friend get abducted by monsters, that’s easier said than done. At twenty-three years old, Violet cannot seem to move past that fateful night ten years ago. Her only solace is Mages of Velmyra, a tabletop roleplaying game filled with goblins, fairies, and all-powerful magicians. But of course, that’s all fantasy. Or, so she thought. As it turns out, the land of Velmyra is very real and the home of the monsters that took her best friend. With the help of her friends (and the creator of the game itself), Violet must navigate the once-fictional creatures and powerful mages of Velmyra to retrieve a set of ancient relics—all in the hopes that the journey will lead her back to her friend. But for Violet, fighting monsters and magic workers doesn’t seem nearly as terrifying as confronting her own demons. And she’ll soon realize fighting the battle within herself can be just as tough as those fought against demigods. Perception Check is the magical first installment of the Mages of Velmyra Saga, great for fans of Dungeons and Dragons, Critical Role, and The Magicians. With endearing and hilarious characters, an exploration of mental health and trauma, LGBTQ+ representation, gut-wrenching twists, and a whirlwind of an ending, you will never want to leave the world of Velmyra.

New AdultFantasy/ContemporaryFantasy/Sword and SorceryFantasy/PortalFantasy/LitRPGDiversity Representation/Mental Health


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Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

I’m a D&D nerd but I don’t think you need to be to enjoy this book. If you enjoy fantasy, found family, diverse characters with true depth, and deep subjects handled in a sensitive manner, you’ll love this book.


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