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Summary

The Emperor of the Forge, Sage of Stones - meaningless titles in the face of death.

After more than 700 years, he was expecting a peaceful and lonely end to his long life. That, however, was not meant to be. A single choice changed his fate, and his soul was forced to live again as a dungeon. Reborn but shackled to the heart of a mountain. This old soul has lost everything - and more.

In a world of gods and demons, there is no room for a weak newborn dungeon. Now with a new name, Smit and his creations will have to carve out their own place. The path may be long and dangerous, but with a soul hardier than stone and a will stronger than iron, will he be able to forge his own destiny?

“Debut author David Sanchez-Ponton knocks it out of the park with a brand-new Dungeon Core Novel that is sure to be up there with the likes of Divine Dungeon, Rogue Dungeon, and Bone Dungeon. Give this one a read - you won't regret it for a second!" (James A. Hunter, best-selling author of Rogue Dungeon, Bibliomancer, and Viridian Gate Online.)

©2020 Shadow Alley Press (P)2021 Shadow Alley Press

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constantly shift in quality

there are constant shifts in perspective and audio quality. This makes it incredibly hard to focus on the story and plot

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songs =)

what a great read and I do love the poetry very much hobbit style =)

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wonderful fun story and a brilliant performance

A fresh look at a dungeon core story with a touch of cultivation. I came off of a very serious book and needed a fun pick me up and this is just what i needed, well done David Sanchez-Ponton for a fun imaginative story and to Henry Kramer for bringing the characters to life!

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  • Nuri Nelson
  • 23-04-21

easily my favorite

Easily the most well written Dungeon Core book out right now. I MUST HAVE THE NEXT ONE!!

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 06-05-21

I ❤ this one!

I loved this book! This is the story of how an ancient, powerful Dwarf (named Smit) became a Dungeon-Heart, and the soul of the mountain! when Smit "wakes" after dying, he discovers how vulnerable he is as a newly formed Dungeon Heart. But starting out from scratch doesn't scare him off, and since all his memories are intact he sets to cultivating, gaining both stats and power in order to set up a proper Dungeon! A dungeon that's inticing enough to draw Hero's in but challenging enough to keep them on their toes, and dropping enough cool loot so that they'll want to come back! And Smit has a lot of work to do, plus as a master craftsman in his previous life, he'll get it done right! Smit's dungeon HAS to be both aesthetically pleasing, and challenging as well!
Henry Kramer's narration was quite good too, so overall 4.5  genre specific ⭐'s 😊👍

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  • Christopher L Rader
  • 04-05-21

WTF with the abrupt as hell ending

great book overall but the book feels like it ended mid thought it was so abrupt i thought the app restarted to book (as it tends to do) i mean there is literally no feeling of it being the end of anything but a chapter no cliffhanger even

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  • John Rizzo
  • 26-07-21

Smit

This is the first dungeon book for me and I really enjoyed the story. The characters are great. Can’t wait for second book. Soon I hope.

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  • Aaron Blomenkamp
  • 17-07-21

Simple vocabulary and a hard to listen to Narrator

Story was very repetitive in how it kept going over how beautiful and awesome the dungeon was. It was shown from multiple characters points of view and multiple times all using the same language. It would have been more interesting if the author had used other words from other points of view.

The narrator for this book add very hard sentence endings where there were periods. He basically broke up the flow of the narration. Occasionally even where there were commas it was a hard sentence stop.

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  • Casey Terrell
  • 13-07-21

Need to listen

Great way to do a dungeon book. I really want the next book. Just need few details. Like you can skip to the next chapter when giving the stats. Also there was a reference of being hit like a truck in the book. I thought that was weird for a fantasy world.

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  • Thomas bankston
  • 12-07-21

A good entry into dungeon core books

Slight? spoilers

With a mixed perspective of the core and several human characters (mostly an adventuring group and a select nobles) it provides a solid mix of fantasy and dungeon mechanics. the inclusion of monsters with actual personality makes battles tense with a sense of "who do i want to win?".

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  • Ranger_1997
  • 30-06-21

Good start on a new series BUT!

I have been looking for a good replacement for one of my favorite Dungeon Series that just ended. and when I found this one I was excited to see if this was another great series. This is a good new take on the Dungeon core genre, and in the beginning, to show the MC has been reduced to a level 0 Dungeon core he doesn't make the best decisions that thank the gods gets corrected later in the story, and he has two different voices at the beginning at first his "normal" voice that everyone else can hear that is a typical rough dwarven voice and a normal human male voice as his inner thoughts. but when he levels up and gets more of his former self back his voice changes so he only has the 1 dwarven voice, which I think is a clever twist.

Another great thing about this MC is that because he can remember the only life he can "cheat" and cultivate like living beings and because of that he levels/grows at a crazy fast pace compared to normal dungeons. (an extraordinary dungeon takes about 1 year to build their first floor while the MC took about 3-4 months of building his first 5 floors)

some of the perks/traits that he can pick when he first begins creating his dungeon are something that a dungeon should already have from the start instead of only picking a few of them. like trapmaking, creature loyalty, dungeon laws, and creature modification are all perks/traits that all the dungeons that I have ever read about already automatic have from the start.

Another thing is that the MC only levels up 1-3 times but in every chapter, there is a list of stats and abilities that he has. and since he only levels up 1-3 times (in my opinion) a list of stats and abilities should only appear 3-5 times max (since he only gets new abilities when he levels up) but instead we get it after every single chapter aka. 27 times which means that about 40 minutes of this Audiobooks is just pure Repetition even though the list of stats and abilities rarely changes.

also, Henry Kramer needs to either learn to sound like a woman or get another female Narrator to help him since there were several times I was convinced it was a man talking only for me to discover a few minutes later that it was actually from a female Characters POW that was talking. Oh and normally I hate when the POW jump between many characters and it does jump between a good few characters but I didn't mind it since it was short and normally about the dungeon

In book one we don't get much dungeon diving but we get a lot of dungeon building, Creature creation and kingdom politics and the ramifications of a potential "Heroic" or higher dungeon that suddenly appears and every noble want to get their hands on it. and I can't wait on book two to see their reactions when they start communicating with the dungeon and Hopefully the MC making a fool of all the nobles what are already making plans to be the one to control the land around the dungeon/MC.

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  • Nigel beene
  • 25-06-21

Excellent dungeon story

Great story and characters, I only wish there was more! Has the potential to be a great series and can’t wait to see what else the author has in store. If you like the “dungeon born” series give this one a try.

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  • Patrik
  • 22-06-21

Not a good product

The premise of this book is good but the execution was sadly not. I listened to most of it but I won’t go back to this author again in the future.

The writing is sloppy and very very very repetitive. Whole chapters of this books are meetings that would have earned a casual mention in other books.

This feels like a school paper that nobody edited or reviewed before publishing and it made me angry more than a few times listening to it, just how sloppy it was.

On top of it all I am convinced that the narration in this audiobook is a collection of robot voices that the author put together himself as a project. There are a lot of different voiceactors and dialects but most sound like robots and read like robots.

Amazon should flag self published works, this ruined my day knowing I wasted so much money on it…