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Shard Warrior

Crystal Shards Online, Book 2
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: Crystal Shards Online, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

"Becoming a Dodge Tank was just the beginning."

The world boss is defeated, but Ryan’s troubles are far from over.

Transported to a new world, Ryan and his friends must figure out how to save their home city of Citadel while learning to survive in a game world where death is now all too real.

But first, Ryan must keep his promise to Val Helena, and he sets out on a dangerous quest to the Vale of Sorrows to defeat the Shadow King. With an enemy 10 times stronger than a world boss, Ryan will have to do some serious leveling up as a Dodge Tank to be fit for task.

But when he encounters a fellow gamer with an agenda of his own, Ryan finds his plans not only derailed, but his very life threatened by an enemy of his own making!

Ryan will have to grow in both level and maturity to face the difficult struggles ahead. But the game has more secrets to reveal, and the enemy lying just below the surface may be more terrifying than anything he could have imagined.

©2018 Rick Scott (P)2018 Podium Publishing
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I won't be continuing

This installment felt rushed. Grammar errors kept jumping out at me, sometimes the characters started adopting the same speech patterns. There was a little of this in the first book, but it happened much more in this book. Words are misused, for example: "Molten Fire." WTF is molten fire? I know what molten rock is, or metal, but fire? A few skills/abilities/powers suddenly acquired new names with no explanation of why. Word repetition is also a problem as "A goddess smile" is used a billion times. I also hate how the MC miraculously succeeds every time he uses an insta-kill ability in spite of us being told that it's a low percent chance to succeed. It didn't build tension or drama, it just inspired eye rolls.

Most importantly the ending is BS. No major goals stated in the first book or second book are accomplished. The story just ends on a cliffhanger. I would have kept listening to future books if the author respected his customers enough to finish the story he started, but it appears that this is not the case. It's just more and more future objectives talked about for some other book, and absolutely no resolution. Goodbye, CS Online.

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2nd book

Brilliant, it's just as good as the 1st book, it keeps you very entertained, very enjoyable.
The narration is as expected great.
It's well worth checking out
5 STAR easily

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Can't get over how awsome story and whant more

the caracters are so alive and remberble and Eric makes them come to live so much so im fealing them. New found respect for Eric hes performance is golden and Rick this world and story is so awsome and one of the greatest rpglit i lisen to and one that has been lisen to more then 3 times just finshed book 4 and cant what for the next one but i just started book 1 agen cant leave Crystal shards yeat recommend for any one that are looking for grate book

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Great Story

I only started listening to this one 2 days ago but the story gripped me in a way I never thought possible.

After the end of the first book, I didn't think the story could get better but as this went on, it got better and better right up to the cliffhanger ending.

off to listen to the third which hopefully is just as good

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  • Jonathan
  • 26-07-18

Excellent!

Great story, great performance, a very interesting and immersive world, 5 stars Mr. Scott!

Also, I find this series to be somewhat more appropriate for the youth and young adult prospective readers out there. The author exhibits cleaner content and a more classy linguistic tone then some other authors in the same LitRPG genre.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 27-09-18

Dodge Tank duck your head! Danger looms ahead

Holy Moley, I have been waiting on this book since the first one finished and was not disappointed at all by the continuing saga of Reese and his compatriots. Book one left the team stranded in the real world, where death means death, and there is no respawning going to happen. Reese, Gilly, and Val Helena had just hooked up with Maxis and Rembrandt. Maxis being Reese’s brother. They found themselves in a barren wasteland, with enemies at every turn, and with Reese and Gilly being so low leveled that it looked to be certain death for them soon.

And this is where Scott does that thing where he takes something that should make you angry and makes it interesting. What happens is that the characters are not trapped in the barren wastelands surrounded by deadly enemies at every turn. Nope, turns out that there are safe zones in the real world, and these boundaries keep away the real nasties of the world. Normally, that would set me right off, we are promised a grim and gritty world unlike any other we have seen and we get safe zones where the characters spend most of their time. Secondly, we also find out that as dangerous as the place was made out to be the fact is there are players who lived on the surface for a long time. What was looking like a we’ll barely survive this place scenario turns into a place that some players vacation at for fun. That part I can’t let slide. If Maxis has been there 4 times and is one of the few people to do so and survive then it should be a lot harder a place to get around. The action scenes are still dope as crystal meth, and the character’s growth and development are impressive. Still, this book almost felt like some spinning tires that made a lot of noise and got nowhere fast, for every revelation you get two more questions. I also, did not like the way Iko became wimpified all of a sudden, and I doubt that Reese’s mother would have been so stupid to do what she did. So there were a lot of problems that I had here.

Still, Scott manages to make the story interesting, the characters, compelling, and the action flying. We get a decent villain, and some added worries for Reese as he becomes a town administrator. Each character has some small arc that they go through, and I appreciate that this is a series that I can listen to with my kids. I can listen to it with youngsters and still enjoy it as an adult. The writing is that strong.

Summerer’s narration is just as good as it was the first time around, and I have to say that he has really grown on me as a narrator. I loved him in the Dark Herbalist series, and here he continues to make my mouth drop open with his vocal skills. He really adds an element of fun to this audible anime series.
One thing I do want to comment upon briefly is the way the covers are set up. You place the title right over the center of the artwork, obscuring half of what you paid for. I would have like to seen Gilly on the cover of Book 2, but she is almost invisible. Move your title up a bit. Covers are a part of the book, and I will discuss them from time to time.

Again, I had some issues with the story and characterizations, but I still managed to walk away satisfied and eager to see what happens next. You will too.

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. 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.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 23-12-18

another good one

good story - good nerration

suspense, action, danger - everything a growing body needs! well worth a credit

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  • blaine
  • 25-07-18

epic

I can't get enough of the series I can't wait to start on the next one!!

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  • Marcus
  • 05-09-18

great read!!!

loved it. got me hooked. great story. enjoyed every bit of it. finished with an ending with a shock

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  • Noel
  • 08-08-18

Can’t wait for next one!!!!!

Love the books and am impatient for the next one or more to come out great story!!!!

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  • Daniel Beamer
  • 01-08-18

Awesome

I love this series could not stop listening to it was over can wait for book 4

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-18

You cant be a minimum HP dodge tank and

... be surprised into inactivity about every little thing, when something comes along its always "what the heck" and "holy hell" and "what is that" .... roll with the punches already .... having some of those stats isnt even that surprising considering the rulers of the world they are in ....

dont think there are any spoilers there

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  • Joseph K.
  • 12-08-18

Frustratingly Incompetent Main Character

The Main Character Fumbles Everything He Touches. I Get That He's A Rookie, But, It Seems More Like He's An Idiot
For The Sake Of Creating Dangerous Situations To Escape From. It's Always "Oh No, I Got In Over My Head, I Need Help"
Or "Oh No, I Dropped This, We Need To Go Back". For a Max Level Dodge Tank He Gets Hit Way Too Much, Again, For The Sake Of Creating Tension. At The End Of The Book I Was Actually Angry At The Stupidity Of The MC.

Epilogue :
No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt
No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt
No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt No Doubt

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  • Maritimus
  • 09-08-18

Really?

The first book was a decent book but number two he regressed into a week child that couldn’t do anything everything happens and he does nothing to help his team or anyone he lets every villain walk all over him even after said villain told him that he was going to kill him like wtf...

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