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Publisher's Summary

A Dungeon Core Guardian Series!

In a land surrounded by a frontier populated with powerful monsters, three nations stand alone. Their continued existence is owed to their relationship with seven dungeons and the mystical warriors that are bound in service to them - the Khanri.

Many eager hopefuls volunteer every year to undergo the trials to join the ranks of the secretive Khanri. The handful that are chosen find that the path to becoming one of the vaunted warriors is paved with the bones of countless dead.

The newest hopefuls Afton and Marty are embarking on their journey to fulfill their lifelong ambition of joining the ranks of the Khanri that serve the Dungeon Akashi. Along the way, a startling truth will be afforded them that will shake their understanding of their world to their very core. They will find out why the Khanri are always recruiting.

Disclaimer: This book contains the occasional expletive, violent repetitive deaths, near-godlike warriors, a snarky gnome, a mystery that slowly unravels, and a sadistic dungeon that has been unable to talk to anyone for way too long. Listen to it at your own risk.

©2020 Kaden Reed (P)2020 Kaden Reed

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  • JJ
  • 09-20-20

good narration can't save this.

The first 15 minutes were excellent. At two hour point, I was wondering when the story would start. At 4 hours in, I gave up on this book. I'm not returning it because audible removes reviews if you return the book. I want to call it "baby's first introduction to urban fantasy". The complete and total lack of anything interesting for nearly four hours and the tendency to over-do the description of simple scenes really kill the enjoyment. no joke spent half-an-hour describing how run-down the apartment they lived in is. not describing it when it was convenient but filling time with describing unnecessary details over and over again. Seriously give this one a pass unless you're under the age of 16 and haven't listened to books that attempt to frick with your mind better. I don't want to spoil it but this book attempts to play mind games with a main character but I've listen to books that play Mind Games a whole lot better than this. I hate writing negative reviews. but this book really needed one. I don't want to read a book that makes me feel like its wasting my time.

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THIS WAS SOOO GOOD

This was very unique and I loved it the story was very interesting and fast paced there wasn't bogging down of the story. the author had a story to tell and he told it. I loved the banter between the MC lol I'm not going to lie I would have pulled the same prank like Marty did in the shower on my friends as well if I could it was absolutely hilarious. I definitely cannot wait for the second book to come out! look do your selfs the favor and read this book you will not be disappointed. on another note C.J McAllister did an absolutely phenomenal job

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Good

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This wasn't my usual cup of tea but even so, I found it was a good book. It pulls you in from the start and you get invested in the world. I think I will be looking for the rest in the series to see if this is the series that swings me into this genre :) So far, so good!

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Great book perfectly chosen narrator

Loved the first book a very interesting universe to dive into very excited for the next installment.

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Can hardly wait!!

This book grabs you in the beginning and keeps you anxiously waiting for the next thing right up to the very end! There’s a great new take on dungeons and fighting in dungeons. Kayden Reed is a master at giving you a just enough information to keep you wanting more. Needless to say I can hardly wait for book two!

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A great new take.

This book has a great story. It's different from most Dungeon Core book I've read and that's what I love about it. It really pulls you in and I feel I'm right along side the characters. I have always had a hard time finding books that pull me in and hold my attention but this one has me biting my nails waiting for the next book to come out. This is just a new series to my growing list that I will have to wait on. C.J. McAllister did an amazing job on the reading of it to. I hope he is able to do the whole series as it is released.

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Amazing!!!

This is an amazing story! If you like dungeon core books don’t miss this one! Can’t wait for the next one!

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Wonderful new look on dungeons

I love the original setting and the world building that went into this book. I definitely look forward to the rest of the series.

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Great book!

While most gamelit type books are rather “crunchy” with stats, this book takes a different tactic in using game-like ideas. It is almost as if the idea of game like interfaces is being discovered as a part of the story. Even with that, there is very little stats, and that itself is a part of the story. It is very well-written, and I think my biggest disappointment with the book is that book 2 is not immediately available! :-) it is an excellent story, and I highly recommend it!

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great start

a very well written story. the whole book from start to finish kept me coming back for more. I couldn't put it down. the narration was excellent. I will definitely got the next book when it comes out

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  • Ryan Pascall
  • 10-25-20

A rather middle-of-the-road Dungeon COre story

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Dungeon Cores. Just 5 years ago I'd never heard of that term and yet now I've read about 10 such books and found that, while the basics remain constant (a sentient dungeon), the settings and perspective vary considerably. Here we follow Afton and Marty, two friends living in a world where nations exist around sentient, almost God-like cores who provide immortality and mystic powers to those who swear allegiance to them. These young men have grown watching their nations mythical warriors, The Khanri, battle the denizens of the dungeon and defending against incursions by neighbouring nations, earning them an almost celebrity status for their people. Finally, being old enough to enter the trials to be chosen as new Khanri for their nations dungeon Akashi, we follow their initial journey into the ranks of the warriors and discover that Akashi is more than a simple monster generator. For me, this was a mixed bag as, being a book sitting at over 10-hours long, I felt very little actually happened. The journey from starstruck teens to Khanri felt very easy and somewhat muddled but I really did enjoy the characters and especially Akashi itself. There's not an awful lot of combat but it's well described but again lacks any real sense of flair and the narration by C J McAllister is perfectly fine but I felt he was maybe a little bit flat, especially during action sequences. I'm aware that this is meant to be book 1 of a series but I do have to ask myself if I feel there is enough here to want me to revisit when book 2 comes about and currently, with such a heavily saturated market, I do feel it is unlikely that I would. In all though, it is well written with some interesting characters but lacks a sense of depth or world-building that many other Dungeon Core series have when there is clearly a great story here waiting to be told. If in the future, when several more are published, I would like to see an anthology of several of the books together as this on its own is just a bit unsatisfying.

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  • Rickie
  • 09-30-20

Awsome story

Awesome book. Will definitely be following this story. Love the talking to dungeons. Highly recommended book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

uninspiring

started off good but disappointing in the volume, more like the first chapter rather than a full book