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Dungeon Deposed

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Dungeon Deposed Series, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Ryker only has one goal in his life right now: Turn a certain adventuring guild into a flaming wreck while dancing merrily through the smoldering ruins. All for the chance to get back at a handful of people.  

It isn’t as if they didn’t deserve it either.  

They had driven him from his home. Chased him physically from the very guild house itself. All the way to the gates of the city.  

Simply because he wasn’t as strong as they expected him to be.  

As strong as he’d expected himself to be.  

He’d returned to the city the next day and left with his means for revenge. Something he’d hidden away and told no one about when he found it in one of his few Dungeon Dives.  

An inactive Dungeon Core.  

A crystal the size of a fist with a soul inside. One that could create anything from mana it wanted to. From monsters and complex cave systems to gold coins.  

Years spent in planning, and unfortunately farming, as he waited. Now it felt like his moment was finally here. 

The Dungeon Core had been acting strange lately. As if it were finally… coming to life.  

Watching over the crystal like a hawk for this very event, Ryker impatiently waits. Any day now, it'd start.  

And he could set about taking his vengeance.  

Starting with ripping the soul of the dungeon out.  

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/partial harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, forced political marriage (and consummation), and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2018 William D. Arand (P)2018 William D. Arand

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Dungeon Keeper!

Just like Dungeon Keeper! Enjoyed the listen a lot. Very nice grey mentality of the hero.

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Starts out strong but is bogged down later

I like stories that doesn't revolve around a hero. The main character is fine if a bit singular and the dungeon concept and story interesting.

The narration is fantastic and you don't need a characters name to know who's speaking.

The book does suffer from another author with harem fantasies and It diverts so much of the stories direction that's it's insufferable.
Besides that about midway we go into 5 gear and newer stop. it's newer boring but a lot becomes superficial and not very detailed.

An average book which I would abridge to cut out all sexual related content.

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MC has bad voice.

wish main character didnt have such nasally voice. good read though. read the book instead.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 01-06-18

Dungeoneering 101, how to become a dungeon for fun

I really enjoy dungeon books. Never thought that I would, but they are an amazing concept and I really admire the versitility of the writing that allows so many variations of what it means to be a dungeon. For example, Dakot Krout's Divine Dungeon is a literal core that builds a structure around itself. Hugo Huesca's Dungeon Lord is about a man who is tied to his dungeon, and can only build up in one area. Arand has created a character who literally steals a dungeon core for himself and is able to create and add to his dungeon on a whim.

This concept sets him alone, as it is fun and different to see a man who basically is supertalanted, but lacks the capability to adventure use his wits to become a success and get revenge as a dungeon. One pump, as he is affectionately know by his peers, is a highly skilled mage, but only has the stamina to cast up to about three spells before he is exhausted to the point of invalidity. He schemes to get his revenge on those who have mistreated him, and steal a dungeon core, setting about laying in plans to get his revenge. There is some typical stuff, like the dungeon wisp/fairy, and the act of a town building up around the dungeon, but this is a really fresh concept that plays out well. Plus, Ryker is a likable fellow, even though he is a little petty when it comes to getting his revenge.

Andrea Parsneau does an amazing job narrating. She really nails the majority of the characters, but I will say that her version of Ryker makes him sound snively. He sounds like someone who is perpetually disappointed, and as much as he isn't perfect I think he could have been a little bit manlier. In fact, I wanted him to be a touch less whiney sounding. Win was great as the fairy, and the two royal cousins clicked, wife and mother-in-law Duchess were awesome in their portrayal, but even his arch nemesis sounded more manly. I wish they had traded voices. Still, that is my conceit, and I am not docking a star, simply because she did a great job; she just didn't match my vision of Ryker's voice. Parsneau is a true professional, and she handles this tale with panache. I really can't imagine anyone else reading it.

The cover is fantastic, and you get to see Ryker plotting and scheming. Mino and Win are in there as well, but I must laugh, because the audible version cuts off the cityscape at his lap and leaves him with a glowing palm, and a rather phallic looking tower leaping from his lap. I think a little too much trimming took place, and made it look a tad embarrassing. Still, no points added or subtracted for the cover. It draws the reader in, and that is all that matters.

Arand never lets a reader or listener down. His stories always manage to grab your attention, and then hold it until he finishes. The bad thing is, no matter how long the book is it never lasts long long enough. You just never want the story to end. His characters are captivating, and the betrayals really cut deeply. You will root for the Church of Light to light a stick of dynamite, and for the proper queen to remain in place. Too bad we don't always get what we want. This, like all of Arand's other works, contains a proper harem, a bevy of beauties that Ryker claims as his own. So be prepared for that. Also, be prepared to anticipate the next book in this series, because once you read book one you will be hooked. Thankfully, Arand writes trilogies, and so there is a conclusion to look forward too!

Look, I really enjoyed this book lot. Arand is an amazeballs writer, and the pure Parsneau narration is a fantastic. There is simply no way you will be disappointed if you get this book. Read it now, and become an Arand fan for life, I suppose you'll become a Parsneau fan as well. Jump in the water while the water is cool and fun. Why waste time reading or listening to other booring books when you can win with this one? 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.

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  • jeffery
  • 26-05-18

Blood, Vengeance, and city building

If your a fan of litrpg series like "The land" and/or are also a fan of the dungeon born, dungeon town, etc. Then I would suggest you add this one to your library. With the main character bent on getting his vengeance for the one that had wronged him to his fairy companion with her own devilish plan is entertaining and runs smoothly with the wider story. So if your slightly inserted then pick up this book you won't be disappointed.
p.s. There's a bit of a harem situation in the book so it gets a little steamy at parts so a headset might be useful. Probably a 4/10 steamy-ness you have been warned.

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  • James Frolov
  • 28-03-19

not his best

more of the same. love his work, but meh. getting rather boring, repetitive and unoriginal.

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  • Zach
  • 07-02-19

Its good for what it is

So the voice actress, amazing. i might just get books to hear her performance again. However the book was not to my liking. its not a bad book, but it is a harem story. the main character just gets a bevy of beautiful girls, and its feels forced. personally was not expecting that kind of story. the dungeon stuff and story feel added on to give a justification for the romance. i like the atmosphere though, i want to know more about the world, just less so with a harem. the main character is not likeable, but that's by design, to have a growth into someone who's not an ass hat.
i suggest getting this if you like dungeon books, and like harem stories.

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  • Stefan Baltasiu
  • 26-11-18

A flopped litRPG

I've listened to multiple William D Arand books, most have had interesting personalities or character tropes... This felt like a cheap knock off. Almost none of the characters were likeable, especially the main leading man, the girls felt like they were there to tick some boxes on a checklist... Not even the titillating factor could save the story. Dissatisfied, would highly recommend other books from this author but skip this one

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  • Barbara
  • 15-11-18

Just like the others but worse in every way

Like the title suggests this book is very similar to the authors other works. However while those books had the main character go through some personal growth and get called out for all his flaws you can't find any of that here.

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  • Samuel
  • 09-06-18

When a sexually frustrated teenager writes

This had promise as a premise, but the author has a wet dream they want to communicate through this story. Sex, sexual violence, bully vengeance, and thoughtless use of vulgarity for the purest reason of personal release by the main character, mimicked almost perfectly but all characters made this an eye rolling delight. I finished the book only because I don't like to quit once I've started something.

The narrator gets my utmost respect for portraying these one dimensional characters in a way that actually gave them an upgrade to two dimensions. I look forward to hearing her work in future. Her efforts made this tragedy of a book bearable.

While this story was awful in just about every way, there was and is such potential that I hope someone else will do better in future.

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  • @tone0189
  • 29-06-18

Guilty Pleasure

This was a fun book with an interesting premise, however, the author's treatment of rape is bizarre.

Forcing yourself on another person physically is not all that different than requiring someone you've forcibly enslaved to sleep with you in order to improve their position within the hierarchy you've set up. There is no explanation that makes what the MC does any different than the other rapist whose acts of sexual assault disgust the MC.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-19

Pretty good

First off, Andrea Parsneau deserves a raise. Her performance was on point, managing to capture a wide range of characters' personalities. Better still, she's adept at displaying the many small nuance of interactions that spark the story to vivid reality within the mind.

As to the story itself, its pretty good dungeon core story. The main character isn't very likeable and rather crabby. A lot of the relationships that crop up don't have much realism behind them, but that's pretty standard for harem genre. The author doesn't let these relationships devolve the story into sex scene after sex scene which was greatly appreciated as it can kill a story. Instead, he realistically evolved the story based on the unintended consequences of the main characters actions and how the world may respond to them leading into more problems. This gave the feel that the world was a vast pattern of threads where him adding his own causes the rest to shift in response. Overall, this is a wonderful story that I would highly suggest.

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  • Kevin
  • 18-10-18

A dungeon core and harem you can enjoy.

Unlike other harem stores this one made sense and wasn't just a male power trip. The build up of everything was reasonable and logical. There is adult situations but the sex isn't graphic. The dungeon side of things will need more fleshing out but that seems to be home at for book 2. This one builds the whole world.

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