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A Brand New World: A Slice-of-Life Urban Fantasy

Book 1

By: Egathentale

Performed by: Austin Rising

Released: May 10, 2022

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 27 hr, 12 min

A teenager becomes a romantic hero in an artificial-reality school full of supernatural secrets in the first book of a slice-of-life, urban-fantasy series.

Leonard Dunning wakes up in a home he doesn’t remember—and to a face in the mirror he doesn’t recognize. He soon discovers he attends Blue Cherry High with his best friend, Josh Bernstein, who seems to be the most popular boy in school, with several girls competing for his attention. As the girls collide and clash over the oblivious Josh, Leo realizes each of them displays quirks of characters found in an anime harem comedy. So if Josh is the story’s protagonist, what does that make Leo?

To learn more about the simulation in which he’s been cast, Leo enlists the help of background extra Judy Sennoma. Together, they observe and catalog what’s going on around them to try to figure out how the story will unfold. But as Leo interacts with Josh’s love interests and inadvertently confronts stereotypical villains, he disrupts the flow of the narrative. Now, two girls have set their romantic sights on him, and he’s made some very powerful enemies. As the designated secondary protagonist, Leo has become a hero in an adventure that’s no longer following the tropes of the genre—and placed himself and his friends in grave danger.

Caught in the crosshairs, Leo must develop his newfound superhuman abilities before he gets dragged into the hidden conflicts between otherworldly factions. But he’s not afraid to push back against the plot, and the narrative’s shadowy controllers are in for a rude awakening.

The first volume of the hit slice-of-life romantic-comedy series—with more than two million views on Royal Road—now available in professionally formatted audio.



Austin Rising

Austin is an Independent Audiobook Award nominated narrator with over 125 titles to date. A classically trained stage actor, Austin has studied at: South Coast Repertory Theatre, The University of Denver, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Austin?s favorite genres to narrate are anything that involves fantasy, science fiction, and GameLit. Many glorious hours have been spent trying to conquer kingdoms in Civilization and rolling for dexterity saves in DND campaigns. On the flip side, Austin is also an avid outdoorsman and backpacker. A tried and true Eagle Scout, life would be very dull without lengthy excursions into the many frontiers within the US and abroad. In film and television, Austin can be seen in a variety of work, including: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Rookie, Better Call Saul, Longmire, New York Prison Break, ALT, In Plain Sight, The Night Shift, and Hostiles.