• Civil War

  • A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon, Book 2)
  • By: James Hunter, eden Hudson
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,581 ratings)

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Civil War

By: James Hunter,eden Hudson
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
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Build. Evolve. Conquer. Welcome to the civil war....

Roark von Graf - former noble and hedge mage, current mid-level mob in a MMORPG - has his sights set on taking down the tyrannical dungeon lord. But the reigning troll despot is nearly as devious as Roark, and his followers are at a much higher level.

With forever-death on the line, civil war breaks out in the Citadel, pitting Roark’s new regime against Azibek’s horde of loyalists. To survive, Roark will have to outfox the dungeon lord, forge new, dirtier weapons and shady alliances, and above all, evolve....

But while the trolls are entrenched in their civil war, an outside threat is growing. Eyes from the IRL world are beginning to turn toward the Citadel. There’s something strange about this Roark, and they intend to find out what.

From James A. Hunter, author of the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online, and eden Hudson, author of the Legend of the Treesinger and the Jubal Van Zandt series, comes an exciting new litRPG dungeon-core adventure you won’t want to pause!

©2018 James Hunter, eden Hudson (P)2019 James Hunter, eden Hudson

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Is Infinity War Next? These keep getting BIGGER

Roark returns in a wonderfully penned tale about his struggle to gain dominance in his dungeon. That is what the title Civil War refers too, in case you were thinking that Captain America or Iron Man were going to show up somewhere along the lines. We do get Cooter Joe and Powner Boner back for more, so that is a plus, and I have to say that Pwner Boner is one of my favorite jerks of all time.
Like I said, the dungeon is embroiled in a uncivil war, and Roark is beset on quite a few fronts as he has to fend off player incursions, assaults from unfriendlies from the lower levels, and even some Dev concerns that he isn’t quite aware of. That is one thing that I think is so slick about this series, it meshes three different dimensions together, Roark’s world, the Game world, and the player’s universe.
This edition of the series is where the steam starts picking up. Book one had a great intro and set up, but this is where things really take off. We get bigger fights, more evolutions, and alliances between different floors. My mad man Kaz tears up as a master chef, and Zyra takes ass kicking to a whole new level. I’d love to see a reference to Kaz becoming an Iron Chef. He gets a cool tenderizer, but he needs a good cleaver and sharpening tool.
We also get to see some crafting, so fans of this portion of gaming will be happy, as will the builders, as Roark goes on and reconfigures his level several times. There is also an addition of some NPC trainers who are actually interesting, and Kaz gets a love interest.
The only part of the book that I struggle with is the burgeoning romance vibes that I get from Roark and Zyra. That is not a happy thing. Zyra is a monster that loves blood and killing, Roark only kills because he has to and wants to save his people. Once this whole battle is done and he can go home he’s either going to stay or take her with him, and if she becomes human I doubt that she’s going to want to go around not killing people all day. AS much as I wish it so I don’t see Roark loving his life as a troll. He’s never once mentioned how much better it as than his being a human, so . . .problems. Either way, I gotten put points into Hudson and Hunter to do the right thing. They have a plan.
I will reiterate that I am always amazed at how great James manages to meld his writing style with that of whomever he partners with in so flawless a manner. The writing here is smooth, flawless, and well paced. They action picks up and never lets up. The characterizations are well done, and I have to say that as much as I like my beefy chef, Zyra has stolen my cholesterol clogged heart. I think I like her more than Roark, but then kick butt assassin chicks have always been my weakness. Actually I am attracted to crazy more than kick buttiness, but we’ll leave my personal life out of this discussion.
What can I say about Nick Pohdel? What haven’t I said already? He plays this series like he was in the world series of poker holding four aces. He powns it. See what I did there? Nick really makes this super fun, and while I think that his weakest point as a narrator is that he can’t do a dozen different female voices that the ones he has here work really well, and are distinctive unto themselves.

I kind of boxed myself in with my review of the first book, because I think I hit it at an 8.5, and I loved this book. 8.7 stars.



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Nick Podehl is why I am here

Not disappointed. Nick Podehl has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life with his voice. loveing the story so far wish It was longer

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Love it!

I loves the first book and the second is just as good 100% hands down my favorite book bye this author! can’t wait to see what happens next :)

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Better and Better

I'm hooked. I'm a huge fan of Nick Podehl's voice work especially in this genre. The story is well written and the characters are a fantastic range of softhearted beasts to cruel assassins all loyal to a man who isn't supposed to exist in their world.

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Rogue Dungeon

The performance was as always amazing! The story was good, engaging and fun, but with plenty of heart.

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Could tone down the language

Pretty strong language from some of the characters, wish he'd tone that down and be creative instead

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Too short

The book is too short need more story needs to be added to a new book

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For the Salt

Narrator is wonderfull as always and brings wonderful distinctive voices for each character to life.

Troll food is best food

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For the RPG geek inside

I absolutely LOVED playjng MMO games and fell for this series early. So clever and idea and wonderfully written in an engaging & accessible way.

I was worried that “leveling up” would be boring, but even that is read well!

I’d highly suggest this if you are familiar with the MMO RPG world. You’ll love it and be counting days to book 3!

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definitely meh

rather boring and very average. The reader is the only good thing here. So many others in this genre that do it a lot better. That and the "books" are rather short and feel more like chapters of the same book. Nothing special here.

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