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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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Amazing 2nd book!!!

Wow I was really impressed by book 1 but book 2 seems to have surpassed the first book and exploded in a crescendo of excitement, worry, happiness and hunger for the next book. Amazing story and wonderfully performed by Roger. Definitely recommend.

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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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  • Brian Douglas
  • 14-10-18

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: The NPC's continue their adventure and begin to feel out their roles and no longer pretend to be adventurers. Splitting the party allows for a lot of side stories.

The Bad: There are too many stories going on over a very short span of time. Compare the 11 hours of this story to Drew Hayes Superpowered's 30+ hours. Side stories come across rushed without being properly fleshed out. Grumph; wanting to become a proper wizard decides to leave this book and instead head over to Hogwarts. There he finds a brotherhood of wizards, though being able to rule the world easily by the magic they toss around, are instead more concerned that their never emptying buffet bar may have a long line. Since Grumph was in Hogwarts he decided to have his trial by magic at the Quidditch stadium where the houses of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw hoot their approval. I suppose Slytherin chose not to participate. Perhaps it was the Half-Orc thing... Lucky for Grumph and Gabrielle they just so happen to stumble into Fritzz MacGuffin and her magical American Express card. Yeah... NPC's had a lot of atrocities against the innocent and the not so innocent alike. Split the Party... only the bad guys die. I guess Disney published this book as they had to have a happy ending for all. In the RPG's I played the Undead never came back to life. Well, at least they didn't sing...

Overall: I liked the Paladin angle and the restrictions that came into play due to that. The GM exploring and documenting the odd things was also interesting. I always imagined a guild of Wizards to be more like Unseen University than Hogwarts, but that is me. I don't get the same feel from this as did with NPC's. I don't get the same vibe of the game playing the game this time around. Overall rating: 2 Broken Axes.

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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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  • 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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  • M. Forde
  • 27-03-17

Nice follow-up to NPCs but not as good

This book was not as good as npcs but was a good read. a little darker than the first book and not as entertaining.

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  • Jessica Nebolsky
  • 03-01-17

the D &D Gane you wish you'd played!

our beloved non- player characters make smart decisions and grow their skills and do good and help so many. I like how all the "small" characters (goblins, orcs) have families and feelings and motivations. there some interesting twists in here that are fun nuggets (the pig Mr. Pepper?)
I look forward to more from this author even if it's not LOTR, it's fun

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  • Suntzu
  • 29-01-16

Entertaining

story was not as engaging as the first book but still entertaining. Good narration. Greatly enjoyed Mr. Peppers.

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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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  • Roger Gonzalez
  • 14-11-18

Great read

I can’t wait to grab the next book in the series. Good characters an amazing adventure. Do yourself a favor and read these books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful