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Axiom: A Divine Dungeon Series

Artorian's Archives, Book 1
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Series: Artorian's Archives, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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A town put to the sword. The young forcibly recruited. An old man out for revenge.

After his town is put to the sword and the children are taken to replace the fallen, an old man is out for revenge. He’s ready to fail at the most difficult challenge in the world: cultivation.

Too corrupted to even take the first steps, the sly old elder simply agreed with those who told him that it was impossible. Then, he quietly ignored them, rubbed his hands together, and started anyway. He had always failed in what he did: He lost his way from the academy, his command was devastated by a mage, he lost his town, and now his last hopes for the future had been stolen by a group of raiders. The only thing that had never failed him was his sharp mind and philosophy. He would cultivate...no matter what it cost him.

A lifetime of failure can dull and dampen a soul. A reason to live, a goal, can change that in an instant. It is always darkest just before the dawn.

©2019 Dennis Vanderkerken, Dakota Krout (P)2019 Mountaindale Press

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Honestly, I'm blown away.

I didn't know what to expect from this one. I'm a fan of Dakota Krout and his Divine Dungeon universe, but I hadn't heard of this Vanderkerken fellow. Still, I liked the main character when he was in the other books, so I gave it a shot.

I can't express how much I enjoyed this audiobook. I knew this was going to be a good one by the end of the second chapter, but even then I didn't expect this level of entertainment.

Never have I known a more likeable protagonist than Artorian. He's basically the favorite grandfather that you never knew you had. If I had to choose whether to save him or Baby Yoda, I would probably cry because I would expect that Artorian would want me to pick Baby Yoda. But I would be wrong, because Artorian doesn't want me to choose a specific option. He wants me to make the choice that I want to make, and if I'm happy, then he's happy. And while that wouldn't help me make the call, it would bolster my self-confidence in most other situations.

I can't wait to continue Artorian's adventures in the next book. This was truly a great experience, and I feel better than I would after reading some self-help book about unleashing your potential through meditation and business savvy. So don't waste your credit on some egomaniac's buzz word monologue; buy this book!

Oh, and the narrator was good, too.

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  • DF
  • Canton, OH, United States
  • 01-04-20

Don’t start hear but don’t skip either.

Yes, it was intended. ;)

But seriously, start with Dungeon Born and the Divine Dungeon series.

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ermahgerd

A delightful blend of world building, system explanations and character development all wrapped in a wholesome developing story. I sincerely can't wait for book two after this emotional tale.

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the choices one can live with

the heartwarming tale of an aged man who has determined to find joy in the community of people around him. With witty banter, an indomitable will, and a remarkably disciplined mind (and a little good fortune) our hero determines to provide his grandchildren a chance to choose their own identity.

The gentle wisdom, calm wit, and absolute determination, inspired and warmed me, as I enjoyed this book. i hope it can provide as much satisfaction when you read it.

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I want another, but..

IMO the author spent way too much time explaining cultivation mechanics. It was built well into the story so it wasn't bad, just a lot.


Narration: 2020 The Rise of Travis Baldree.

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A great perspective on Dakota Krout's world

It's a delight to ride around in this old mans head. Despite the things he gets up to and the trouble he causes every one still loves him like a grand father.
Yet he can still do what need doing when it need to be done.

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A universe enriching story

I found the change in perspective and location was thoroughly enjoyable. My favorite part being the in depth talk about cultivation I love knowing the mechanics of a story world

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I cant stand fights like this 🤮

The book is good about as well you would
Expect if you’ve read the divine dungeon series
Still nothing happened well at not enough for me! It’s enjoyb

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wonderful

this was an absolutely amazing adventure. the Va was perfectly suited to the book, his pacing was on point and the voices spot on. the in depth analysis and information if how cultivation, corruption and essence works is wonderful, the world building is immense in and of itself despite being an off shoot of the dd series. I was sad to see dale go but have found a new protagonist to get behind. it's been a while since I have read a book that could sway you mind and soul to feel as the characters do and I cant wait for more

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Great addition to the series

This book feels nothing like anything else in the series, but adds to the Divine Dungeon world with a wonderful new point of view. Artorian has been a favorite since his introduction and this work does a great job of getting into his mindset, while fleshing out his origin of how he became a cultivator. I can't wait to see how this story further unfolds and how it will eventually lead to his intro in Dungeon Desolation.

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  • L.
  • 01-14-20

What an amazing story

I loved everything about this book. From the background of the MC, to his unorthodox growth, zero-to-hero-to-zero again-back to hero!

The story flowed so well, that you felt invested through it all.

Not to mention Travis. Travis gave so much life to the characters! He did an an absolutely amazing job.

I highly recommend this book!

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  • Mjirvine
  • 01-14-20

Really good

I liked this better than the completionist chronicles. great new MC and the new Narrator Travis Baldree is fantastic way better than Luke Daniels and I prefer him to Vikas Adams too which was a pleasant surprise for me as I was disappointed Adam’s wasn't narrating the other series anymore.