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Summary

Tom Perkinje, the reluctant Greater Demon and recent transplant from Harding, New Jersey, to the Abyss, has defeated and captured the not-so-valiant Sir Talarius, Knight Rampant of Tiernon, and has humiliated and demoralized the army known as the Rod of Tiernon. Unfortunately, to do so, he had to hack the mana streams between the god Tiernon and his High Priests, and now his buddies are telling him that Tiernon is going to send a Host to investigate this unprecedented event. Oh, and the fact that he reversed a Holy Artifact of Tiernon has not gone unnoticed, either. The folks upstairs are not pleased. His actions have completely disrupted the plans of not only the Rod of Tiernon but also the Sky Fleet of Oorstemoth, who had thought to bring Tom to justice for illegally destroying the ship trying to obliterate Tom and his friends. The two armies are now looking to unite and rescue Talarius and arrest Tom (permanently). Of course, there are also the three Arch Demons trying to steal a book that Lenamare, Tom's Accursed Master, stole from Oorstemoth, and whose demon horde had been infesting the wizard city of Freehold.

©2015 Jerry Langland (P)2017 Tantor

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Great

Realy silly en enjoyable. Well worth the listen but it’s really annoying at the same time

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  • Pierre
  • 14-06-17

we need book 3!

Love the series, was a bit sceptic the first 10 minutes but rest was gold the narration is great even with a few slips of a characters voice. But other then that it was all butter.

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  • Peyton Starr
  • 25-10-17

More Cons then Pros - Needs Abrigding

I loved the first book in this series but saw even there it had flaws – the biggest being the author’s tendency to ramble and give useless information. Usually authors correct their flaws in the second book, but for this author, those flaws got worse. Maybe it was the pressure to write a book that was as long or longer than the first book so he was afraid to cut down on the word count. Regardless, like other reviews have said, I think this book is in DESPERATE need of editing. WARNING: SPOILERS.

THINGS I LIKED:
• The new character Hilda
• The side-character that is Tom’s new warlock (good side-character, no further focus needed)
• The buildup of Tizzy as the puppetmaster to everything
• The Exedor/Council of Mages conflict side-story
• Everything about the Oorstemothians: the allerative language of their lawyers/officials and their society where you have to sign a waiver to get a drink (Friggin hilarious!)
• The first shaman to contact Tom has a nice side story
• The Lillith/Rod conspiracy
• The Tom/Telarius interactions
• Telarius’s sword Ruiden turning into a golemn, Ruiden’s personality, and everyone’s reactions to him
• Tom as a character is finally given a long-form purpose

THINGS THAT MADE ME ANGRY:
• Most of the characters from the first book are completely useless in this book and are given shoehorned-in side-stories to stay relevant. This is especially shameful for Rupert since he was such a focus in the first book and he is hardly mentioned in this one.
• Too many references - especially near the end . Reliance on reference material as actual plot material is shameful. (Examples: One of the orcs is using a lightsaber in the final battle; character use a Stargate to bring in reinforcements)
• The foray into sci-fi; changes the idea of multiple “plains of existence” to it being a multi-verse.
• Tom’s character changes: (1) He didn’t seem like the convention-attending, dungeons-and-dragons-playing type in the first book, but in this book he is and has an inordinate amount of knowledge of nerd culture. (2) No more internal monologues or philosophical thought.
• Giving random things acronyms (Forces of Evil is FOE – wtf?)
• The amount of onomatopoeia in the final battle
• The uselessness of the ENTIRE Nimbus/Grove arc
• Repeating information we already know many, many, many times for the sake of seeing character reactions
• The nebulous nature of Bess’s character
• The book cover makes one think that the Rod/Oorstemothian invasion of the Abyss will happen in this book when it does not
• The orcs were difficult to relate to and hard to root for (It would have been nice to see more of the prejudice they face and their bad luck since the fall of Orcus as well as their more honorable characteristics. As is, it seems their reputation as violent brigands who don’t have any desire to be respected by the rest of society is very well deserved)
• The uselessness of Samael (I LOVED this character, but ultimately he could have been cut out of this book with no consequences. I would have liked to see him interacting with Lillith so we could see the strife and internal conflict happening within the Courts, which would have emphasized the increased pressure on Lillith to maintain control, but that did not happen.)
• My biggest complaint: Too many side characters and showing interactions between them (Examples: the other shaman besides the first little guy; the interactions between the Rod officials – even when Hilda is there; the Grove meeting and every character connected to it)


In conclusion: This book suffers from rambling and would have been much better if the content had been cut by about half. I would not buy this book if I knew what I knew now. If you feel you must buy it, use a credit – don’t buy at full price. Listen to on 2X-3X speed for all scenes not involving Tom, Hilda, or the Council of Mages. I won’t be getting the third book because I think the things I don’t like about this series will get worse in the third book.

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  • Michelle
  • 25-07-17

spectacular

awsome continuation of the story. I love the performancand cannot wait for the next book.

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  • James
  • 07-07-17

Can't wait for the next in series.

New and amaxing twist on a fantasy storyline. Great story and hilarious. Narration was top notch.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 07-07-17

Addictive!

I truly love this series! Got the first one on a whim, and was wowed by it. Itched till I got the next one, and now I have finished that, I lament that the third is not yet done!!
So to the universe I offer up my pleas, BRING OUT THE THIRD BOOK!!
This story while split into 3 volumes/books, is one continuous story so far, and a wonderful epic fantasy, that grabs you, makes you laugh, chuckle, and nod along.

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  • Shean R. Howlett
  • 30-06-17

Fun from first to last!

I love this story. this book is super fun to listen to from the beginning to end. just take my word and read it you won't be disappointed

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  • Tailos
  • 29-06-17

Even better than the first.

Fun new world, interesting characters and adventures. A twist on the classic good vs evil adventure. A truly fun read.

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  • Michael
  • 27-06-17

Sweet

it's good a bit small winded bit i like it :) can't wait for the next one

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  • joshua
  • 26-06-17

missed

if you liked the first book like I did you are going to be slightly disipointed with this one, it seems to have no plot or end game until the end so you're waiting and waiting till bam, then epic ending , then it stops wait for book three, so in conclusion not greatly impressed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-17

Book 2 builds up the pace of action and the scope

One thing the author has said about this series is to not consider each book a story unto itself like books in most series but as parts of the same book, going so far as to continuing the numbering of the chapters from the last book and continuing on in this one.
The narration for this books is still excellent and we shifted focus a little. In this and the next book we begin to see what was seen later in the Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time " series, a lot of action, with many viewpoints, occurring in many places over a short period of time.
If you get confused you shouldn't deny your self the excellent digital book version kindle has . They really outdid themselves in that version with all kinds of links in the books to sections in the back that offer much deeper explanations of the world, its creatures and the rules that govern this multiverse. I found my self referencing it quite often for the first two books of this series when I read it on kindle.

Those of you coming to this series for the first time are in luck. I had to what more than year between book 1 and 2. When book three came out I found it by accident. A very suprising and pleasent gift to myself. So you have the added ad\vantage of not only listen to the excellent book 1 but to continue only a month later with book 2. I envy you chance to listen to it fresh for the first time.

In the last a book a human at a part was smoking some special weed called "Demon Weed" that caused our protagonist Tom to astral project to the Astral plane where some ignorant and crazy wizards bound his soul as a demon with spells and unknowingly turning him into one as well as killing his human body. Over a month he has fought demons, wizards and servants of some very real gods. Including a champion Knight called Telerious, who with his fellow servants cheated in a one on one fight with Tom, according Tom stole magic mana from Telerious god, Tiernon and then cast Tel into the Abyss. But he isn't lonely he has all those demons to keep him company, Most of which were also souls of mortal races cast into the Abyss from other universes by wizards who thought their souls unbound demons.

But now the reaction to Toms theft of knight and Mana are occurring. The demons all want to know who Tom is and how it did that and the god Tiernon is sending his avatars (Agnels and saints) which are basically opposite existences similar to thse of demons to investigate and rescue Telerious.
Things are looking more overwhelming for Tom than ever. He finds a seat of power called Mount Doom (TM) which comes with more power and an army of D'Orks (demon orcs) and everyone thinks tome is the reincarnation of some ancient demon prince due to a suspicious prophecy that seems very exact.

We also learn more about the history of Astlan and the various races of elves, orcs and the political machinations of Gods and demons. Will listen again.

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