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Summary

Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium's borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay low, and avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they'll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town's border as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages. With time, magic, and at least one god against them, it will take everything they've got to save Briarwillow - and themselves.

©2015 Andrew Hayes (P)2015 Tantor

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great

loved it , just as good as the first looking forward to the next instalment

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the title does what it says.

Another excellent story about online gaming. I look forward to the next book when I get the chance.

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  • Ian
  • Nuneaton, United Kingdom
  • 30-01-17

Enjoyable but too short

Would you listen to Split the Party again? Why?

Very enjoyable book, great narration and leaves you wanting more.

What did you like best about this story?

Great Character development and setting you up for the second book in the series. This book is short and could have done with being a few hours longer but does set the scene expertly for the continuing saga

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Another good book in this series

Looking forward to the next book getting onto Audible. enjoying these stories and loads of scope for them to keep coming.

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Not as good as NPCs

...but good fun nonetheless but somewhat confusing at times. Really looking forward to #3 though :)

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  • M. D. Baines
  • 13-05-16

Great follow up!

Things about this 2nd-of series I liked: the story was interesting, and full of twists. The characters we liked from before have returned. Timiscore grows. New characters add fun. Potential for further great adventures is secured.

Things I didn't like: they swear a lot more in this one. (Is that because they're "adventurers" now and must use their unique vernacular?) Also, the narrator seems to have forgotten the voice he established for Grumble in book one. Too bad, 'cause it was so fitting.

Looking forward to another!

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  • Ona
  • 25-01-16

Classic RP -- from the NPC point of view

This is the sequel to NPC. It follows up on the first book with a classic rpg situation -- what happens when you split the party. Of course, there is also the puzzlement of the gamers who are also playing in this world as their module seems to keep...well, changing.

If you love, camp, funny references to rpg classic situations along with a fine yarn that moves along with a lot of action and just teensiest hint of romance at the end, then you will love this book.

Roger Wayne's performance is a perfect imitation of a GM's story telling style, lending a little added verisimilitude to an already great story.

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  • rob
  • 21-10-16

D & D players will love it

very interesting story that continues through the series. But still a story contained in each episode. I really feel like you do need to be a D&D player to enjoy the book as much of it is based on knowing the game and having those types of experiences.

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  • austin
  • 08-03-18

Coincidence? I think not...

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I enjoyed the first book of the series quite a bit, but the story in this book was a little difficult to swallow. I understand that the characters are players in an RPG and the circumstances therein are divergent from reality. However, the author takes too many liberties with this idea; using it as a crutch to add an unbelievable amount of dramatic and surprising coincidences. In an attempt to give the characters intrigue and the fictitious world mystery, the author instead dilutes the book’s events beyond even the plausibility of fantasy.

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  • Draytrek
  • 09-05-17

Bland

No where as engaging as the super powereds series. Had to force my way through the story. Don't think ill go in for the next in the series. Just not for me i guess.

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  • S. Reese
  • 04-05-16

Amazing

This was an amazing and fun book. Somehow capturing the innocence and power of the first one and building complexity into characters I've come to love. A fun enjoyable book with a great narrator. Can't wait for next one.

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  • Lakhota
  • 05-04-18

Makes me miss "pen & paper" game fests

staying true to the roll playing adventure series. a lot of very interesting twists and turns that should excite any person who's ever played a true dice and paper roll playing game with a bunch of friends on Friday night, fueled by pizza, snacks, surgery drinks, and penchant for "over acting"!

Great fun, and worth the read. If you have an iota of imagination, I suspect you will quickly get sucked into this one. Drew Hays weaves all the components of a group of adventuring "NPC's" into a very credible sequence of possibilities, and ties in the subtle differences you could imagine between true adventurers and those characters that keep the whole thing going in the background of any game, whether pen and paper, MMORPG, role-playing, RTS, and even first person shooters!

Think you could do worse!

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  • Casey Jones
  • 31-03-18

very worth the journey

I really enjoyed this book in the series and will continue on with the story

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  • Flippa
  • 05-03-18

Great book!

Great story and the performance was on point. The individuality the reader gives each character is wonderful and helps create a bond with each character.

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  • DaddySanta
  • 04-03-18

If you enjoyed the 1st...

... then this 2nd book of "S,S&S" is even better. Character development: check. Dungeon crawling: yep. Evil magic: oh, yeah. Magical items: (drool). Talking with gods: Hallelujah. And quirky new characters. I was hoping our friends would get a little some-some along the way, but I guess that's a different genre. 5 Stars all around.
Favorite part: events at Mage's Guild.

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