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The Third Realm

A Ten Realms Tale
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Series: The Ten Realms, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

With the third realm, new challenges arise. 

Erik searches for Old Hei while Rugrat deals with his broken mana system. For both, their path takes them toward the alchemist association's trial. 

They didn't mean to get into trouble, they swear, but in the ten realms, trouble is not far behind the duo. They'll have to fight across the third realm to complete the alchemist association's trial. 

All isn't peaceful in the first realm as Alva and Vermire will face one of their greatest challenges yet.  

Chaos or creation? There's no knowing what might happen in the ten realms.

©2018 MC Publications Inc. (P)2019 MC Publications Inc.

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Dude, get an editor for these books and focus

focus on the main characters more... you're starting to lose me...

also, stop saving money on the short term... you're losing more money on the long term if the audiobook will be the same quality as the future ebooks.

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standard rushed book

It keeps up with the story, had k0 deviation from the good structure. has the two interesting main characters progress in their respective ways, has a good army feel. but

clearly written so a lot us put down and not much creativity is spread around it like the previous books.

It is wholey generic in all the bad and good guys being one dimensional apart from the two main characters that are maybe 3 dimensional.

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end felt rushed

was fine at beginning the end was feeling like rushed , likely go for fourth book

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Series goes from strength to strength

As the third book in this series, it is not an ideal starting point for somebody new to the series and you would be better off starting from the beginning anyway since they are all highly enjoyable in their own right.

This latest instalment in the series sees the heroes advancing onto the titular 3rd realm with all the escalations and new challenges you would expect that to entail, it is interesting to see some of the influence they have had on people that are a higher level a bit more this time round as it is obviously a different kind of dynamic from simply helping or mentoring a lower level character.

One possible change that people may not appreciate in this book is the increasing focus on the supporting cast from previous books, if you are only reading for Erik and Rugrat's adventures this is not an ideal change, but personally I enjoy the greater depth it adds to those characters. Given this trend increases in subsequent books, it'd be interesting to see the author switch from a single book per realm over to a pair of books, one with a higher focus on the main pair and a second one where they are more supporting characters to the rest of the cast.

The narrator gives another strong performance showing good familiarity with the characters by this point and providing suitably distinctive tones for the main characters and the varied supporting cast too.

Overall, another enjoyable listen in this series with the only downside being that it is a couple of books behind the regular editions.

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The Ten Realms Series

From the two week curse to the Third Realm I've found this story to be absolutely fantastic, I can't wait for the rest of the series to be published on Audible, the narrator does a splendid job giving the characters their own identity and voice. This RPG Lit series is well worth the read or "listen" and I fully recommend this author and series as a work of brilliance.

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another great addition expanding the universe

loved it. Well worth a listen its not as combat heavy as the previous 2 books and does focus less of the two main characters but feel it gives you a better idea of the system and universe that they are in and the factions at war within it, how they work and builds a good backstory to the people close to the main characters and what they are doing while the main characters are off adventuring cant wait for the next one

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Brilliant stuff

It’s a fascinating world Michael has developed with great depth and wonder and is a series I’m both keen and excited to continue with

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amazing

this is a must read for all litrpg fans. narrator does a great job too

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Brilliant 3rd book.

I'm really enjoying the ten rehlms serise, Rugrat and Eric's epic adventures, the banter between them it funny and witty, their no nonsense approach to everything is great.
The narration is flawless, Todd Menesses has again performed brilliantly, he's kept the characters going with their own personality and uniqueness.
I'm left wanting more.
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Need a female partner

I love the male voices, but I honestly think the narrator needs a female counterpart.

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  • Dante Mekaj
  • 04-12-19

typical mike

This is another great entry in the ten realms series. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is because there isn't a category where I can rate the authors writing from a technical standpoint. I think the story of these books is a solid 5/5 as far as wuxia / litrpg goes but this book is filled with michaels somewhat wordy and repetitive writing style. To me, it feels like he writes book as fast as possible and then doesn't have anyone other than himself proofread them, and then only proofreads them once. It doesn't really take away from the story, but I get a little frustrated with how dumb some of the sentences sound. He also doesn't like to use the word 'it' after introducing the subject of the sentence, which for some reason irks me a little bit.

He says things like: "He picked up the heavy table, the heavy table was made of hard mana steel" followed by "He moved the heavy table and then set the table down"

It's kind of a whiny gripe but I've noticed this in all 12 of his books I have listened to.

"He picked up the heavy table, it was made of hard mana steel. He moved it across the room and set it down"

Is that so hard? Do you have to tell me its a table 7 times for me to understand?

So in conclusion, I think the story is great and so is the world and all the systems and facets that come with it. I think that Michael could improve his writing a bit instead of just doing the same thing over and over again, but then again is making sales and money so I guess it's not really necessary. I liked the book even though the writing is annoying sometimes and will buy the next in the series for the great story and detailed crafting.

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  • AEK
  • 04-12-19

The 10 realms are a guilty pleasure

I like the world-building, Enjoy the two main characters. I would rate it higher, but this one seemed to be less about eric and rugrat and more about establishing the groundwork for the next book.

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  • Andrew
  • 22-11-19

Side stories abound.

Way too many side character stories. Honestly break the side characters into separate books so you have a flowing narrative instead of a jumbled mess. This book was a bit of a bummer.

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  • mlp02692008-1608
  • 02-11-19

Great story and performance, but tempo seems off.

The story and performance was amazing as usual but the tempo seemed off this time. I greatly appreciate the length of the book, but the story seemed as though the last four hours were added on to an already complete story. That's not to say they weren't an enjoyable four hours, but they seemed detached from the rest of the book. It felt like there should have either been another chapter or two, or the last few chapters could have been put in the next book. As it stands the ending feels abrupt and forced *spoiler* ( the last sentence is literally "Casually talking about a course with the express purpose of making it easier to kill other human beings" ) it could just be me but that just doesn't seem like a good place to end the book.

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  • David R
  • 26-10-19

It should be 5 stars but....

As the books progress, the author focuses too much on the non-MCs. it is a 20 hour read book!!! and more than 6 of that isn't about Rugrat or Eric. It gets worse in the rest of the series to the point where you can just skip any chapter that the first paragraph doesn't have Eric's or Rugrats name. Doing this subtracts nothing from the book. I will say that there are a few really cool non MC chapters but instead of just including the good stuff you have to hear all the boring, drab, annoying, nobody cares!!!! stuff.

A story should be a story, not a text book, and certainly not every single thought that goes through every single persons head (there are like 12 non MC,MC's now...)

This series is in my top 10 of all time reads, but instead of being at the top it is like 9.

SO, should you read this book? YES!!! DO IT NOW!!!! But could it be better? yes, it could. The next two books also do the same thing. Too much side stuff. I'm am here for Eric and Rugrat, not every person they meet in their life. I don't care about them no matter how "cool" they are. You know the good from bad parts in a book when you reread a story multiple times. The stuff you skip is bad, the stuff you read over and over again is good.

Performance is amazing again!!! Thank you Todd Menesses, it was worth waiting!!!

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  • Stuart
  • 26-03-20

Good elements but with a few major problems

First I want to start off with the pros. There are very well written battles and the progression of strength is interesting I watch. I also love the alchemy trials and the evolution of Eric’s skills as an alchemist.

Now to the cons. The worst of them is the amount of time spent on side characters. It feels like half the book is watching background characters that honestly I don’t have much interest in. There were a couple of interesting points but for the most part I found myself waiting for the book to swap back to the main characters. I’ve been listing to audiobooks for a while but this was the first book to make me take off for a few days out of boredom. The other part that really bothered me was how the made body tempering and opening magic gates in the early stages so easy. It used to be something special that required hard work. Now it’s something akin to a medical procedure to get stronger.

A little mistake I notice. They’ve called Rugrat a rouge several times now. He’s not a rogue, he’s a ranger.

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  • Jim Wagner
  • 17-03-20

Excellent overall world building, better than #2

Continued world building with interesting developments. Writing is an improvement over book 2. Still has some odd speech patterns that really get brought out when it's presented as an audio book like when a person speaking actually says "and so on and so forth" or some other speech pattern that is rarely spoken but sometimes seen in narration/writing.

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  • Stephen
  • 15-01-20

Good continuation and setup for next

Good series, can get technical and dry sometimes but I still enjoy it. Good resolution for this Realm to prepare for the 4th.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-19

Love this series!

Just finished book three and I'm already looking forward to book four. Hope it comes out soon.

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  • Brian
  • 05-12-19

Next Please!

Excellent series. Can't wait for the next the Fourth Realm and the rest of the series on audio.

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