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As the fight for Boran-al's Citadel draws to a close, Dave's learned one important lesson: To protect what he cares for, he's going to have to become stronger. He can't just sit back in Cliff-Hill and take things easy. Emerilia is filled with danger as well as possibilities. It's time that Dave becomes a Master Smith.

©2017 Michael Chatfield (P)2017 Michael Chatfield

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Amazing again

Loved it. First books amazing so is this one. Highly recommend this series whey game changer

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Strong follow-up to good first book

I enjoyed listening to the first book in this series, it blends an interesting world with likable characters and while it uses some litrpg elements, it does so without being too heavy-handed with them, so that it can still be enjoyed by those who just want a fun fantasy novel.

Thankfully, the second book in this series builds on that strong beginning with the story picking up directly after the end of that first book and focuses mainly on Dave's continuing character progression more than leading up to a big set-piece like in the first one, but the underlying threads continue to develop as the pantheon seek to use their new powers to exert further influence on Emerilia.

Besides Dave and the other survivors of the end of the first book, we see a number of characters that were present in that first book get elevated to the main party. Suzie was Dave's secretary and only real friend during his time on Earth, but now she has joined him in Emerilia and so she serves as the newcomer this time round since she has to learn to adapt to the new world. The party also gains Anna, her links to Bob and Emerilia's past give her a lot of potential in subsequent books, but in this one she was a less notable addition than Suzie.

The narrator did a good job with this book, nicely helping to enhance the overall story and continuing to ensure that a varied cast all sounded sufficiently distinctive too.

Overall this book was lighter on the action than the first one, but this didn't really harm it and should help the overall series in the long run.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Another epic instalment from Emerilia!

This book is a great continuation from the first book. It continues with a well crafted story and superb characters.
The story continues to grow and evolve with more backstory and context being added from the first book, whilst still allowing you to start here and have enough explanation and knowledge to enjoy the story. The characters continue to develop and grow with the story giving a truly organic and immersive feel to them.

I love the lighthearted humour and cultural references that are used throughout the book.
This slight spin on a Lit RPG continues to offer a refreshing experience and the menu sections actually help to give you context for the development of characters.

The narration is absolutely spot on with all characters feeling individual and unique. The depth of emotion and range displayed continues to impress me.

In summation this book is a fantastic standalone for anyone into fantasy but still appeals to anyone that likes a story based adventure romp. I would urge you to pick up the first book and work through it but starting here would in no way diminish your enjoyment.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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Brilliant! took my mind to another world

Would you listen to Benvari Mountains again? Why?

I was apprehensive at first but after receiving this book for free i brought book 1 as well and what can i say? i have been missing out!

Any additional comments?

Anyone who is unsure whether to start reading any Emerilia books shouldn't be you dont know what your missing out on

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 02-04-18

The Benvari went over the Mountain, the Benvari...

Having just reviewed book one for a second time (my first review did not go through for some reason), I thought I'd get book two done as well. This time, I am going to start off with the negative stuff first so that it is out of the way.

First of all, the book feels short compared to the first. Book one was almost twenty hours long. Book two is just over ten. Not that I think that a book has to be a certain length, but it does go back to my theory that book one felt like two books that were put together. I really don't mind the length, but I really feel that a series should all be approximate to one another. It bothers me when a book starts out at a thousand pages and the sequel only has five hundred pages. It sticks in my craw.

Secondly, while the story does progress, and is moving along you don't see much character growth in the main character, aside from the realization that he must get stronger. That realization, by the way, is something that nearly every character who is stuck in a video game comes to at some point. Oh, and there were some audio issues that playedwith the sound level that was off putting.

OK, now for the good stuff. This world is really backwards, by that I mean I can't tell if it is Aragorn going into the Matrix or if it is Neo waking up in the real world next to Gandalf. This is an EPIC series that skitters along like a professional ice skater who happens to be a spider. It is a true wonder to behold and you won't believe it. This book focuses on crafting and world building, and I think Chatfield realized that some stats were overwhelming because when the protagonist completes his objective we are never told what the new improvements are.

There is plenty of action, the battles are well paced, and the focus on getting things done felt properly urgent. The characters are fun and continue to be interesting, and the romance builds ever stronger. Morris continues his fine job narrating and there were no hints of audio trouble this time around, so it seems that things were sorted out properly since the last book.


Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

This series is shaping up quite nicely, and lots of room for growth. I can't wait to see what comes next!

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  • Ben
  • 01-12-17

Way too Short with Incomplete Story Arc

If you could sum up Benvari Mountains in three words, what would they be?

Way too short.

Any additional comments?

Book 1 was a pretty great entry for the Lit RPG category. It had a compelling story line, good world building and a fairly novel take on discrepancy between real and virtual worlds. <<<Now for my soap box. Too many writers are sacrificing monetizing their works at the expense of a full story. This story just felt too much like a long serial with no real finale. Sure there was more world building and the incorporation of the former secretary in the company was pretty fun, but the whole story amounted to the main character going through training. There were a couple of short skirmishes but otherwise the publisher's short summary really summarizes this book... here you go <<<<<<;As the fight for Boran-al's Citadel draws to a close (the battle is really already over at the start of the book), Dave's learned one important lesson: To protect what he cares for, he's going to have to become stronger. He can't just sit back in Cliff-Hill and take things easy. Emerilia is filled with danger as well as possibilities. It's time that Dave becomes a Master Smith. <<<< Now, maybe if you're Jim Butcher and have the talent to write a non-stop high quality adventure story you get away with a solid 10-12 hr novel, but here it's all build up with no payoff. You shouldn't just stop writing the story because you've hit the magic ten hour point. One of the reasons I picked up this series in the first place was that book 1 was 18 hours long and had a very solid story arc. So that's why I'm disappointed with this second book... I feel like this should more accurately be part 1 of a larger volume. That's why I've still given the story 5 stars but docked the overall book down to 4 stars.My only other critique is that the main character falls in the overly virtuous (excepting nearly constant use of the F-Bomb), super smart and progressively overpowered category... sorry, minor fear of heights doesn't count. Hopefully, we'll see more of his foibles come out in subsequent books or perhaps see more of a focus on more interesting/balanced characters.Now, will I continue reading the story... probably, but I go through a lot of audio books and as I said above the world building is generally pretty solid... So, overall not terrible just disappointing after the first book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-11-17

Good Book But Lacking Action

I felt this was a good book and well written overall. My issue is with where the story ended. It felt like it ended in the middle of a book. The first book gave you a clear ending of the initial story. This continuation was less action and more just chatting.
Like I said I felt that this book was missing something. I will most likely continue the series though. I am hoping that future books don't end like this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-17

short short

while the author is generally quite dense in his writing the overall lack of length was disappointing. this entire book reads more like a part of a story rather than a standalone. the title is the book and after attaining master Smith status, it's over. I know these books are actually quite old but I wish it dealt more with the brewing issues of the written world than just Dave's smithing.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 17-10-18

Refreshingly Different

Benvari Mountains by Michael Chatfield laid out more of the journey of Dave the halfling, Dia and others that were in the first book. It also reintroduced Susie (earth reality) from the first book and who nows begins playing the online game, Emerilia.

This will be the last book of this series for me. The things that I hoped would improve in the second book, didn’t. Some of the things I didn’t care for in the first book, were delved into even more in the second novel. Unfortunately, the main thing that Chatfield excelled at in The Trapped Mind Project (that fantastic battle!) had nothing comparable in Benvari Mountains. If you’re a Litrpg fan and don’t mind listening to a narrated version of someone playing an MMORPG then this is definitely for you. One positive thing (or not) about listening to this series is I that I restarted my Runescape membership. (Compared to the fast-paced MMO’s that are out there now, I feel like I just confessed to playing Neopets again.)

Here’s what I liked and didn’t like about Benvari Mountains:

I loved the dragons and could have listened to much more about them. I really liked that the author didn’t create jealousy or fighting between Dia and Susie. Thank you so very much for that, Mr. Chatfield. The MC’s skill (Smithing) is not associated with the usual skill behind heroics; like Strength, Consitution, Attack etc) and that makes the Emerilia series refreshingly different. The constant reciting of the stats was really pared back in this book. Statistics are something that can be skimmed over in a private reading but will become redundant and mind-numbing in a narration of an audiobook. I didn’t mind that this book was half the size of the first. I felt like the first book was a meld of two novels so I didn’t have a problem with the length of this book.

I’ve read other reviews that absolutely loved the romance between Dia and Dave but I’m not one of them. There can be a good integration but I didn’t see it here. And the EPIC battle that Chatfield wrote in the first book was only a couple of skirmishes in the second. Honestly, that was the main thing that broke my bloodthirsty heart. That battle was such a brilliant part of the first book. The story arc in Benvari Mountains dealt mainly with Dave’s smithing and that wasn’t enough for me to get into a third novel. I had a difficult time finishing this audiobook.

The narration by Tristan Morris was again spot on. He creates just enough differences in characters voices that it’s clear who is speaking but not too different that it becomes distracting or pulls one out of the story. I’m definitely looking into more books he has narrated.

If you take note of this sort of thing: Benvari Mountains has a lot of profanity, sexual situations, and some violence.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author/narrator/publisher.
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  • Humility
  • 23-09-18

filler, so... much..<br /> filler

I thought with the book being shorter there would be less filler. And arguably there was but still a lot of it. But arguably the entire book was filler.

Using rpg terms, the book is centered on a sidequest with a bit of world building thrown in. The side quest being, train and train and unlock the dwarven master smith class basically. I guess it was well written enough. For being basicalky nothing. But then its like he finished writing it, decided it was too short and crammed in extra pointless scenes and flirting and dialogue just to fill pages. Bleh.

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  • Michael R. Gallegos
  • 08-09-18

Not as good as the first

I really enjoyed the first book, but the second seemed to drag on and on. I kept waiting for something important and fun to happen and then it was over, not with a bang, but a whimper. Get the first book then quit would be my advice to you

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  • Jeremy
  • 27-08-18

Missing?

It feels like only part of a book. I felt like I read the middle of a book. Basically some charictor building wich should not be a whole book. I am sad that these stories are being cut up to sell more books. Feels like I'm getting ripped off.

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  • Evo2062
  • 09-08-18

Another good book.

Not a bad book however I do feel like the writer skipped over a lot of details on some areas that I feel would have been interesting. There was no real challenges to this book it was almost like the MCs were on vacation. The only conflict it seemed was in the library with a couple “random” bullies. That whole situation almost seemed forced but whatever off to book 3 I go.

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  • adam
  • 23-07-18

first 25-50% of a book sold as a whole book

Wasn't bad... it just seemed like the author was writing, got to a certain word count, and ended the book.

I feel like you usually have the first 25% of a book to introduce things like new magics etc. 50% of the book to work your characters through the ringers and build on their characterictaization, and the last 25% for the exciting climax.

This felt like the first 25%. Dave builds armors. Dave becomes master Smith. book end.
The main characters are litterally still training in the last 10 minutes of the book and I kept expecting something to happen.

still going to try out the third...