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Dungeon Deposed: Book 2

Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Dungeon Deposed Series, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)
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Summary

Ryker only had 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 didn’t work out that way though.

At all.

He’d become the Count of Dungeon, made a hostage, married off to the false queen’s daughter against his will, and had his county made ground zero for a religious war.

To top all that off, the Dark Lord of the North wants to see Ryker personally.

The smoldering ruins of Dungeon have been cleared, the patterns reset, and Ryker has a task that is more than likely too much for him.

Hold Dungeon, and give Lauren, the rightful queen, some breathing room.

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

©2019 William D. Arand (P)2019 William D. Arand

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starts very slow

it was a really struggle to get pass the first hour or so but after that the book really took of with a great pay of

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No longer a fan of his work, I've finally given up

William D Arand's work has been an interesting piece of work. He was the only one of the few harem based authors I enjoyed reading. Why? his way of making an actual story fit alongside with character progression. Story's were entertaining and the characters felt like they were developing at a steady pace.

today I learned that William D Arand has lost the ability to write a good book.

I'll admit here, I only managed to listen to roughly to an hour and ten minutes before quitting entirely and here's why.

In the previous book and start of the second book(Spoilers from here on out), the protagonist had essentially just confessed to a number of things. Mainly: Being magically bound to a dungeon, sleeping with multiple women, betraying the false queen - to his wives.

The two wives, Diane and Adele felt obviously betrayed by this, and rightfully so. so what happens? "Oh we forgive you this time, but don't do it again! now let's get down and dirty."

Wat.

you. had. a. perfect. opportunity. for. character. development. and. you. didn't. take. it?

ok, so maybe you missed out here but we've still got roughly 13 hours of story left and we left on a war between two religions and the mysterious 'dark king of the north' has appeared. what happens next.

sex. just sex and constant mentioning that the protagonist is perfect. I'm not joking here, from getting "groomed" by a minotaur then repairing her with a simple spell. To sleeping with a hobgoblin after convincing her that her insecurities aren't that much of a deal. To almost sleeping with a fairy after brushing off a fairly IMPORTANT part of the dungeon!

we're an hour in an I'm desperate for some actual story progression and FINALLY! the protagonist is starting to develop an army and preparing to defend the rightful queen. For some time the protagonist and three of his love interests are actually trying to do something productive!

and the Mino the minotaur is trying to "groom" him again... COME ON!

And right here is when I quit, in the middle of this specific moment one minor thing popped into this scene that made me realise so much about why William D Arand won't improve.

during the "grooming" session Mino mentions that the protagonist hasn't got a "leaders voice". ok? why does that matter? The protagonist uses a magic spell and "ta da!" he has a Heroic voice.

Not a SINGLE time has his voice been mentioned as an issue in any circumstances throughout the story and suddenly we're changing it!? And I GENUINELY believe that this was written here because William didn't like the sound of the protagonists voice by Andrea Parsneau. Sure it wasn't the best voice in the world but really!? Are you that upset over a character having a slightly geeky voice? and then it hit me. The protagonist no direct flaws- and before you say "he can only cast a few spells." tell me this, when has that "flaw" been an actual problem in the book? has he tried to kill someone, only to run out of spells? tried to save someone's life but ran out of spells? no we only know it's the reason that he was kicked from the adventurers guild.

I get OP characters but even they have flaws. several books have done OP characters. a perfect example is Rezkin from Kel Kade's series "dark tidings". A character who is a master assassin, knows how to manipulate people but lacks common sense. women try to seduce him and he doesn't know what love is! That is a character that is OP but FLAWED!

There are probably more thing's that I could pick up on if I read the whole book like how there will be another heroine (s) that will jump into the protagonists bed, because why not? but instead I'll end with a quote that my English teacher taught me when I was in school.

"a flawless character, is a boring character."

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another great book!

I really enjoyed book 2, nice progression of the story, and funny, sad and exciting as usual!

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 22-04-19

Another great part in this universe

I like the characters from this series. I like the tactics. I like the world and I love the universe surrounding it. I'm looking forward to the next book

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  • David R
  • 23-04-19

Just stop reading the series at this point.

Ok, so I don't mind harem books. But Reason please. MC meets several women and because he had 3 conversations with them and "was nice" they get married. more than 70% of this book is the MC just stating " I Love you and I will do anything for you" and then the women melt and agree to marry him. No reason other than that. The parts of the book that weren't bad harem was good but then some stupid cheesy line comes up and you just want to vomit. So much potential ruined because of too much bad reasonless harem.

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  • Matt
  • 10-05-19

great sequel

absolutley loved the continuation of this world, answered so many questions, and left more to be answered. anxiously waiting for the next installment.

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  • pat gunn
  • 09-05-19

well where is book 3?!

so I loved the selfless hero trilogy and when I discovered this is the same world I instantly dove onto this series.

All I wanna say is that if he gets Jeff hayes and Andrea to perform book 3 it would be amazing. I can't imagine runner being played by anyone else but Jeff as he does him so perfectly and embodies the snarky wisecracks.

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  • Sarah
  • 26-04-19

Double You Tea Ef

Ending was kinda expected but still mind blowing. So mind blowing, you forgot that you were expecting it. Andrea is one of the best Voice/Performers I have ever heard. Her performance brings so much life to the characters, you will also forget it all comes from the same person. So cool!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-04-19

NEED MORE

I love this author so much, can't wait for more of his stuff, I need it now!!!

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  • Amardeep
  • 25-04-19

interesting book

I found the story unique and very interesting I look forward to seeing the next episode of this series of books

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  • Zachary
  • 08-05-19

Love the author, hate this book.

I've enjoyed this Author's other books quite a bit, listening to them several times, even the first book in this series. This one started off pretty well, but there was a cringiness building over time that grated on my nerves and finally after the 8th hour of this book, I couldn't do it anymore.

There was a sincere hope that the story would outweigh the cringiness of the lovey-dovey, smoochy-woochy harem elements that just became too overbearing, but it didn't. I knew from the first book that there would he harem stuff in here and that was fine, but it takes over and the story is the backseat to a harem romance novel.

Sorry Will, I really tried.

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  • S. Johnson
  • 01-05-19

Surprisingly Bad.

I love the other stuff by this author, and I don't remember even the first book in this series having the same problems, but this is bad. The dialogue is cringey, almost all of it. It's like the author tried to sound smart by using way too many adjectives, adverbs, and anything to hyperbolize every moment. And not only are there too many words, many of them are used incorrectly. There is just so much cringe in this book. Just plain bad writing. Like I said, very surprising for this author. I will probably listen to the next hoping for a return to form and to see what happens in the story, but I wouldn't suggest this to anyone else.
The narrator is pretty good though it can be difficult to differentiate some of the voices and I think her male voice for the MC is kind of funny sounding, kind of too obvious that it's a woman putting on her deepest voice to sound like a guy.

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  • Donovan
  • 30-04-19

Get ready for a pointless power fantasy

I liked the first book I really did but this one just keeps doing the same boring things for the entire length. The story has so many glaring flaws that I assume only a young adult wanting to day dream about being the MC would love it. Below is a few issues I have found but doesn't really spoil the story.

1) All the time that he flirts no matter the time I mean they do it no matter the danger or setting like they are all 16. The amount of time talking about how much he loves everyone waste so much time in the long run.

2) Magic became so dumb. He literally just cast a single spell and wins because he adds a leaching rune or how no other mages even slow or block his spells. The enemy mages never even seem to try or are so poorly trained they might as well be mooks.

3) There are basically no other male characters not to gripe but there are only 3 other named males who aren't trying to rape someone. Like none of the dungeon monsters wanted a male avatar or learn to like other people.

4) Never punished for all the risky crap they keep trying it's almost sad. No one learns to be careful or take less risk they stay doing the same things because everyone else is just so bad at magic.

All these things just add to a story I feel only someone in HS would love.

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