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Maulkin and his Eternal buddies are on a roll. They're getting stronger, have two of the shards that will help prevent the return of an evil god, and even have a good idea where to find the rest.

Maybe Maulkin has taken a month off to hang out with his new elven girlfriend and learn how to swing his giant sword around, but hasn't he earned a holiday?

His reluctance to get out there and smack monsters definitely has nothing to do with the evil looking Voidgod powers that he's scared of telling the others about.... Or with Araphel's imminent return.... Or with having to fight a primordial dragon from the dawn of time....

Everything is fine. Shut up.

©2021 Luke Chmilenko, GD Penman (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Donovan Mullen
  • 22-10-21

Good, but not great

I think this series is fun, but I have 2 major issues with this book. spoiler ahead.

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the conflict between mercy and malkin felt overly forced. as if it came out of nowhere. it also resolved in a way that didn't make sense. he used the powers she feared, but then still sided with him, just because he jumped to save asher? I mean that's cool, but how many times since he got the shards did he do something similar?

next. it feels fast. like too fast. maybe this could have been stretched out over a few years or months, but we have a single time skip, and the 3 are taking down eternals thousands of years old, killing legendary warriors and even massive ancient dragons. all within 1 month of arriving on the world. maybe, just maybe there should have been more time for the characters to grow.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-21

The first was so promising...

This review may be a bit jambled and will certainly contain Spoilers.

I am insanely upset and annoyed and annoyed and even tired by the main characters of these lit RPG books saying that they are dumb, stupid or fools, Is told me to turn around and act wise. It is even more frustrating when the main character doesn't every 5 seconds constantly referring to themselves as stupid.
To get specific malkin is the natural leader of his group. Everyone in the group defers to his thoughts on nearly every action. The actions that he takes are the right course and he seems to be the only one that can use both intellect and logic. Just like every other reviewer on here said, comma the mercy conflict is ridiculous. She has known malkin this time and knows all his actions are for the good, she knows that he is not evil.

If mulkin was incredibly wise and Articulate when he was talking to the eternal that was controlling the faun. He showed wisdom in his arguments about freedom and control and had a very well reasoned logic to take him down based on the fact that the only thing they listened to was strength.. That same eternal tried tried to mind control him. Yet when mercy called him a murderer instead of asking her friend exactly what happened he said the dumbest things in response to defend himself. It was just articulate and intelligent and now all of a sudden it's back to being dumb and not being able to explain yourself. Mercy turning around every 2 seconds to say oh I knew you were a bad guy and i knew i couldn't trust you.... Since when? You have literally trusted him this entire book and are basically best friends.

I could go on about that nonsense for a long time, comma there are a few other issues.. This is not a lit rpg book. It is yet another fantasy book with RPG elements that would be exactly the same without them. I know that the land has so many flaws and and can be off putting for many. However the one thing they do is the gaming elements. Out of every book it has to be my favorite for how detailed it is to the point where you could literally craft a video game around it. The numbers on health, the experience points, the glory. All of them are relevant. What you need to know is that after every major fight the character gets a new power. Is there aren't any real skill trees to speak of.

One of the last points that I really must dress is the ratio of jokes. Many of them are genuinely funny and clever but you don't get more than 3 sentences of what's going on before you get a joke is Doak which is some sort of ridiculous comparison or a story interrupting backstory joke from Earth. You get to a certain point where you basically want the main character to shut up. Some things that are happening are actually serious and most of the jokes are self deprecating which alludes to my 1st point. Malkin isn't anywhere near the vicinity of dumb. He also gets a power up that improves his cognition and I was hoping that would stop the "I am dumb jokes"

As soon as mercy started her nonsense I honestly almost quit the book. Spoilers ahead of this. When mercy his supposed friend starts freaking out at him using void powers when he just wants his girlfriend's spine be ripped out of her body I also nearly quit the book. Everything about her is unrealistic and it's to the point where I would be happy if he killed her. I also don't understand why instead of taking the other shard he let mercy have it. In general I was excited for this book and was massively disappointed. Not sure if I'll get the 3rd one or if 1 even deserves to be made.

This review is upsetting to me because I genuinely like Malkin. Is one of the best characters I have listened to in a while. Luke Daniels is becoming my favorite narrator. He truly has gifted and I think he has grown in his career. Maybe these characters showcase his ability better than others but hes on fire. Just more things that make me sad I'm not enjoying this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-21

What a ending!

Its a shame we will have to wait for whatever how long to get out hands on the next book. I can't WAIT.

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  • AzMike
  • 16-11-21

oh please don't throw me in the briar patch

one child's fairy tale is another man's undertale. what silly little pawns we all are

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  • 15-11-21

whispering is inaudible

can't stand changing my volumes all the time to listen to whispers, specifically from female characters

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  • Nick
  • 12-11-21

This book reminds me why I love Audio Books!!

Well done! The voice acting in this story definitely took it to a whole new level. I've always enjoyed books but this narration by Luke cemented that audio books are my preferred medium. Excellent story and a very enjoyable listen. Keep them coming team!

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  • ethan
  • 05-11-21

Another great addition to the series!

There was no drop in quality on book 2. Everything about it was awesome. Didn’t expect to get so torn up when the saddest part of the whole series happened (no spoilers) but it guarantees I will be looking for book 3 to see it somehow get better! Amazing addition to the story, highly recommend to anyone. If you haven’t heard book 1 go start now

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  • orion
  • 05-11-21

Luke never fails

love lukes narration at all points in the book.
story slows and needs to be pushed through at some small points but overall enjoyable

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  • Margaret Stempson
  • 04-11-21

Not Bad

I reviewed the first book at about a four star and I would probably put the sequel just a little under that. The characters and personalities are good here but I find the plot and mechanics a bit underwhielming. I would probably give the sequel something like a 3.5 if I could fine tune more. The narration and characters are good.

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  • 02-11-21

Outstanding narration and ending

I can't wait until book 3. I thought book 1 was ok, but book 2 was amazing. Mercy is still useless as ever, I mean what is she spending her points on? Anywho, besides that character every one else was well written. Some deaths surprised me hoping Maulkin can bring them back in book 3. I want to say more but I will give away too much of the book. Kudos to Luke Daniel's! He figured out how to edit out his air gasp between lines. Voice work was outstanding and he sounded like so many different characters and monsters. Overall a solid 5 out 5!