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Summary

The great hunt is over. In the end, Timothy managed to keep his invaluable prize. A victory? Perhaps. But glory and adrenaline are very powerful narcotics, and tolerance builds quickly. Once deprived of them, life immediately becomes gray and bleak. What's more, his beautiful lover is beginning to transparently hint that she could find herself a more interesting beau.

What is a talented player to do in this case? The solution suggests itself: rush headlong into the most dangerous adventures, taking risks and walking the blade of a knife. Timothy must do everything in his power to survive in places where making a clean escape is entirely impossible, delighting the viewers with his utterly unique playing style and proving decisively to his lady that his previous success was no mere coincidence.

Will it be hard?

Very!

But old reliable friends are still by his side, and that means victory is possible.

©2018 M. Atamanov; English translation copyright 2018 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2018 Tantor

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Another Hit

Another hit from Michael. I hope Emra would be smarter in the next book and do whats right in stead of what will get him experiance points and he and Stacia would bond deeper.

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  • Cory
  • 16-03-18

a great story until the cough out at the end

if you like dark herbalist 1 + 2 you will like everything up until the 90% mark after that it's like the author just didn't care about his ending heck at this point it's like either you should have concentrated on the game and a certain MPC or left it open for another book at a later date

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  • C. Normandeau
  • 14-03-18

Horrible ending

The story is ok, in line with the rest of the series (and most LitRPG) up until the end. If you the series wait until the next book to read. I so wish I had. The cliffhanger ending is not just frustrating but it's poor storytelling.

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  • J.Peale
  • 21-03-18

??!?

Fun story until the ending. Not even an ending really, author seems to have just decided to stop writing. Instead of taking all the strings of the story and tying them in a nice knot around a finished manuscript, he crumpled the whole pile in his fist and tossed it in the trash and walked away. So disappointed.

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  • Jeremiah Brill
  • 15-03-18

All over the place

so again the story is all over the place and to much is slammed in at the end. The ending also leaves much to be desired

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  • g j
  • 07-04-18

Very Disappointing

What was most disappointing about Michael Atamanov’s story?

The story does not fit well into the rest of the series. The potlines within the story do not follow each other. There were some fun things in the story but they just don't fit well together. For example, the appearance of the Greek and Norse immortals are unexpected and unneeded. The ending was abrupt and filled with nonsequiturs.

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  • Corey
  • 02-04-18

Good book, poor ending.

This, for the most part, is a good book if you enjoyed the previous Dark Herbalist books. Watching Amra and crew do their thing is as enjoyable as always. Summerer provides a great performance and everything goes well. Thomas' sudden relationship troubles with Kira seemed a little forced but it's not dwelled on so it's not much of an issue. Then, in the last 30 minutes of the book the entire thing devolves into massive conspiracies and supernatural elements and all sorts of things that were either never part of the series' world or completely discarded earlier on leading up to a disappointing cliffhanger ending.

I have no issue with a cliffhanger ending as long as it is well crafted and it feels deserved. This ending is neither of those. The cliffhanger and the events that lead to it feel forced, rushed and completely at odds with both the rest of this book and the entire series so far.

I'm disappointed by the sudden dip into conspiracy, very disappointed. I will continue to read on and see what comes of this, but there had better be a very good explanation for this or I will be rather upset.

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  • Horace
  • 04-04-18

cliffhanger endings suck

I hate cliffhanger endings in genre fiction. However, it was a fun read, minus the last 3 minutes.

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  • $pence
  • 01-04-18

Third in Series with hopes for Fourth

I got this book along with Book 2 after reading Book 1. Reviews on this book all said it was pretty good except for the quick ending. It does wrap up fast and leaves a cliffhanger at the end - but I would still recommend reading it if you are this far along in the series.

I really enjoyed this series and hope that there is another one coming soon.

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  • Raul
  • 18-03-18

He just had to go there...

Would you try another book from Michael Atamanov and/or Eric Michael Summerer?

I don't know. I have always been a fan of Atamanov, with his Perimeter Defense series, which in my opinion ended very well, and this one. But the ending of this book was just bad with so many unnecessary plot twists, schemes, and conspiracies. It reminded me of the last books in The Way of the Shaman, which was my favorite litrpg series but then I came to hate it. So in short, not sure on a next book.

What could Michael Atamanov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Put some more thought in the ending.

Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

In the previous two books, solid narrations all of them.

Do you think A Trap for the Potentate needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well of course it need a follow up book with the cliffhanger mess it was left in. Things need a chance to be straightened.

Any additional comments?

Many mixed feelings about the future of the series. Not sure if I'll get the next book. Like some other reviewers said, most of the book is fine it's just the ending that killed it.

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  • Carl
  • 15-03-18

Unsure.

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The story ended suddenly again, and it felt a bit cheap. The status of digitisation felt resolved with the sisters speech and commitment to surgery at the end of the last book.

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