After really enjoying the first two books I found this book a disappointment. While colourful and well imagined, the game world portion of the story doesn’t represent any real challenge for the players. Everything falls in their laps with no real setbacks of convincing challenges. In the earlier books the MC was great, but he has become overpowered (esp with the cheat weapon) and conceited. He always has to have the last word and happily kills anyone who doesn’t follow his lead. The female players are limited to supporting roles, unable to manage the most basic encounters on their own without rescue in spite of being at the same level as the MC. The one big plus for me in the story were the real world elements. The grit and tension are excellent - conveying the risk threatening every minute they venture beyond their refuges.