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Ryker only has one goal in his life right now: Turn a certain adventuring guild into a flaming wreck while dancing merrily through the smoldering ruins. All for the chance to get back at a handful of people.  

It isn’t as if they didn’t deserve it either.  

They had driven him from his home. Chased him physically from the very guild house itself. All the way to the gates of the city.  

Simply because he wasn’t as strong as they expected him to be.  

As strong as he’d expected himself to be.  

He’d returned to the city the next day and left with his means for revenge. Something he’d hidden away and told no one about when he found it in one of his few Dungeon Dives.  

An inactive Dungeon Core.  

A crystal the size of a fist with a soul inside. One that could create anything from mana it wanted to. From monsters and complex cave systems to gold coins.  

Years spent in planning, and unfortunately farming, as he waited. Now it felt like his moment was finally here. 

The Dungeon Core had been acting strange lately. As if it were finally… coming to life.  

Watching over the crystal like a hawk for this very event, Ryker impatiently waits. Any day now, it'd start.  

And he could set about taking his vengeance.  

Starting with ripping the soul of the dungeon out.  

Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/partial harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, forced political marriage (and consummation), and a hero who is as tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2018 William D. Arand (P)2018 William D. Arand

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Dungeoneering 101, how to become a dungeon for fun

I really enjoy dungeon books. Never thought that I would, but they are an amazing concept and I really admire the versitility of the writing that allows so many variations of what it means to be a dungeon. For example, Dakot Krout's Divine Dungeon is a literal core that builds a structure around itself. Hugo Huesca's Dungeon Lord is about a man who is tied to his dungeon, and can only build up in one area. Arand has created a character who literally steals a dungeon core for himself and is able to create and add to his dungeon on a whim.

This concept sets him alone, as it is fun and different to see a man who basically is supertalanted, but lacks the capability to adventure use his wits to become a success and get revenge as a dungeon. One pump, as he is affectionately know by his peers, is a highly skilled mage, but only has the stamina to cast up to about three spells before he is exhausted to the point of invalidity. He schemes to get his revenge on those who have mistreated him, and steal a dungeon core, setting about laying in plans to get his revenge. There is some typical stuff, like the dungeon wisp/fairy, and the act of a town building up around the dungeon, but this is a really fresh concept that plays out well. Plus, Ryker is a likable fellow, even though he is a little petty when it comes to getting his revenge.

Andrea Parsneau does an amazing job narrating. She really nails the majority of the characters, but I will say that her version of Ryker makes him sound snively. He sounds like someone who is perpetually disappointed, and as much as he isn't perfect I think he could have been a little bit manlier. In fact, I wanted him to be a touch less whiney sounding. Win was great as the fairy, and the two royal cousins clicked, wife and mother-in-law Duchess were awesome in their portrayal, but even his arch nemesis sounded more manly. I wish they had traded voices. Still, that is my conceit, and I am not docking a star, simply because she did a great job; she just didn't match my vision of Ryker's voice. Parsneau is a true professional, and she handles this tale with panache. I really can't imagine anyone else reading it.

The cover is fantastic, and you get to see Ryker plotting and scheming. Mino and Win are in there as well, but I must laugh, because the audible version cuts off the cityscape at his lap and leaves him with a glowing palm, and a rather phallic looking tower leaping from his lap. I think a little too much trimming took place, and made it look a tad embarrassing. Still, no points added or subtracted for the cover. It draws the reader in, and that is all that matters.

Arand never lets a reader or listener down. His stories always manage to grab your attention, and then hold it until he finishes. The bad thing is, no matter how long the book is it never lasts long long enough. You just never want the story to end. His characters are captivating, and the betrayals really cut deeply. You will root for the Church of Light to light a stick of dynamite, and for the proper queen to remain in place. Too bad we don't always get what we want. This, like all of Arand's other works, contains a proper harem, a bevy of beauties that Ryker claims as his own. So be prepared for that. Also, be prepared to anticipate the next book in this series, because once you read book one you will be hooked. Thankfully, Arand writes trilogies, and so there is a conclusion to look forward too!

Look, I really enjoyed this book lot. Arand is an amazeballs writer, and the pure Parsneau narration is a fantastic. There is simply no way you will be disappointed if you get this book. Read it now, and become an Arand fan for life, I suppose you'll become a Parsneau fan as well. Jump in the water while the water is cool and fun. Why waste time reading or listening to other booring books when you can win with this one? Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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37 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Blood, Vengeance, and city building

If your a fan of litrpg series like "The land" and/or are also a fan of the dungeon born, dungeon town, etc. Then I would suggest you add this one to your library. With the main character bent on getting his vengeance for the one that had wronged him to his fairy companion with her own devilish plan is entertaining and runs smoothly with the wider story. So if your slightly inserted then pick up this book you won't be disappointed.
p.s. There's a bit of a harem situation in the book so it gets a little steamy at parts so a headset might be useful. Probably a 4/10 steamy-ness you have been warned.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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The main character...

The main character seems to be the embodiment of what i imagine is all the author's worst traits are. Selfish, severe anger issues, a hatred towards women who don't listen to him, and so many more that I cant recall off the top of my head at the moment. I repeatedly found myself hoping he died, which has never happened before in regards the MC when Im reading a book. Such a tool who doesnt care about anyone but himself.
Despite that, Im very interested how this series ties into his others. The other main characters aren't so bad, but pretty much every one of them has anger issues as well.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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This is a pass

It's not the worst LITRPG I've read but close to it. The main character has a ridiculous anger issue and over reacts to things in an over the top off putting way. No one like to read about an irredeemable jerk. The political maneuvering is unbelievable in how simple and direct it is. Yes the main character is a "simple wizard and farmer that doesn't like polotics" but come on this is just bad writing here. You don't know politics yourself and don't want to consult with someone so just have everyone react to your main character and losten up around him. I would have to say this was written by a 14 year old horny gamer who watches too much harem anime. His super sales on super heroes is a better pick though this one is a pass. I'm glad I read that series first or I wouldn't give anything else by this guy a chance.

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First Half was Ok

Ok I was really into the first half, the it just gets to be a confusing nightmare. The premise of this anger and revenge was a thin story to began with, but towards the end his he just sounds like a crybaby. Also, there is a war, assassin, and the temple all around him and he is worried about banging fairy’s and wives the whole time? What? I enjoyed the other series by this Arthur but this book feels like after the midway point he could come up with anything to add pages so he randomly put in some sex scenes and a lot of dramatic explanations.

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main character sleeps with all the women

I was hoping for something in the vain of dungeon born but this is like a horrible fun fiction where all the named character are female and he sleeps with them all.

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Middling Writing, avoided some common pitfalls,but

Middling Writing, avoided some common pitfalls,but the characters are insufferable. I had no idea what 'partial harem' meant. I was thinking something like a soap opera love triangle. I hate harems but I can tolerate a love triangle. So I gave it a chance, well not only is it just a full harem, It manages to increase the assholity of a harem to levels far, far more intolerable than any other sex fantasy book I've seen. The only redeeming feature is that is skipped over all the actual sex. But the levels of objectification and power fantasy fulfillment are beyond equal. And it manages to throw in a good deal of body shaming for women with less than massive breasts on top. The low point of this particular complaint is a toss up between the forced marriages and the slave rape.

In the context of an actual serious book the forced marriages would have actually been an example of skilled writing. I felt really, really, really strong and poignant sympathy for pretty much everyone involved in the forced marriage and deflowering. So in a serious, mature adult book it might have been a really good piece of writing. In the context of this sex fueled power fantasy that is the rest of the book, it came off itself as just a sickening rape fantasy.

Then there is the slave rape, basically the main character's dungeon fairy (So we have had dungeon pixies, dungeon wisps and now a dungeon fairy, all we need is a series with dungeon sprites and they should run out of potential candidates for this model, right? Dungeon wisp clearly makes the most logical sense though. Since luring travelers into danger is what the wisps thing is anyway.) Anyway the dungeon fairy went and enslaved her entire race because they made fun of her. And now the dungeon fairies, an all female race, is forced to perform sexual favors to the main character for privileges. Which the main character described as "oh thats sounds fun." Yeah,thats an amount of sleaze thats just... ew.

And all that is just the least of the problems I have with this book. The Main character, and his fairy companion (who just happened to share his moral demeanor almost exactly) are petty, vindictive, insufferable, murderous, assholes who have taken some humiliation as justification to commit rape, murder, torture and any other conceivable atrocities against those who have slighted them. With the main character mentally describing all sorts of torture in gruesome detail he will inflict on anyone he is even the slightest bit annoyed with. In the very beginning I had a hope it was largely an impotent rage, as his first interaction with one of his tormentors ended with him just pissing off and overcharging the guy. If it had stopped there and the main character's violent raging was just ranting and he largely ended up settling just for screwing with those who annoy him. He might have come off as entertaining. But all his raging and threats of torture, rape and murder isn't impotent and is something he actually would and often does do if given the opportunity. And of course there are all the sex slaves. This man and his fairy are evil by any organized objective moral system and I personally can't find a single redeeming quality between them other than "He could be worse". Which isn't saying much at all.

Suffice to say he was completely unlikable.

The rest of the book is mostly a matter of writing skill, of which the author has a middling ability. He contrives a bit too much but seems to put in more effort at least than most. His grasp on political writing is a bit above average, but it flounders whereever his main character sticks his nose in. Due to the power fantasy warping everything around the main character. His combat shows more thought than average. And I think if his characters could stop throwing their panties at the main character for a moment, they would have some actual depth behind them.

So I think this could have been a decent book, the author seems skilled enough, if only he hadn't ruined it by the vindictive sex fueled power fantasy. I suggest the author get some psyche help or talk this dark impulses out to a priest or something and try again. Asshole wizard ruling a dungeon isn't a bad idea.

Two really good things I have to say is first, no luck stat. Thank Oz.

And Second, it didn't try to just shoehorn rpg stats like so many books do. Thank Oz.

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cant finish it

cant stand the narrators voice for the main character the voice sounds like it has a finger shoved up their nose

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Hard to say

The main character is really hard to get behind and though there are lots of great parts it’s ruined by the anger the main character shows

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Disappointing and uninteresting

Read Arand’s Super sale on super heroes, and found it refreshingly different, though somewhat juvenile. Dungeon Deposed, unfortunately, reads like a (somewhat twisted) boyhood fantasy set in a fantasy realm. There simply was no time at which I felt any sympathy or connection with any character, and the story fails to build any excitement. Regretfully, I cannot recommend this book at all.

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  • George Saoulidis
  • 06-05-18

Dungeon Keeper!

Just like Dungeon Keeper! Enjoyed the listen a lot. Very nice grey mentality of the hero.

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  • James A
  • 06-27-18

MC has bad voice.

wish main character didnt have such nasally voice. good read though. read the book instead.

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  • Xravia
  • 08-20-18

Appalling MC and story.

There was nothing interesting, New, charming, or consistent in the book that wasn't done better in the dungeon reborn series, quite a few elements seemed to be ripped wholesale from it to serve this 'Anger management' book.

Rather than the harem premise that other reviews have stated, the book makes it blatantly obvious that this is an anger management book. The novel starts the MC off as an immature, angry, outcast with no one around him and his only goals being revenge and money.

He gains the plot device called The dungeon core and achieves parity with his goals in the first act with the revenge against Rob after swearing a lot and venting. from then on he is surrounded by female characters and after a few inconsistent mood changes he gradually becomes more subdued.

He gains immortality, power, riches, titles, women and responsibilities and flaunts them for the power trips and wish fulfilment of the MC. He then faces consequences for some of his revenge choices and learns to put away his revenge for a purpose because he learnt that it feels hollow.(The church's of light and dark are extremist views in the context of anger management)

While the unlikable MC and the story as whole never really did anything for me. It felt like the novel was actively trying to make me think a certain way rather than providing me with a compelling story or experience. It also dumbed down on some of the more interesting element the genre has and had a lot of self-serving moments.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • connor
  • 10-20-18

It’s just not up to the mark

The book wants to be written like a erotic novel setting the stage for a harem and dungeon lord with little morality then fizzles out. Story wise it’s engaging and has a decent set of characters. The author does write his romances like that but due to the mc lack of emotional development through out the book it just does not carry the book this time.

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  • John
  • 05-30-18

Dungeon Deposed

I loved this book from start to finish the Characters a awesome the narrator Andrea Parsneau did a awesome job with the story. And the author William D. Arand written a other awesome book hope there more books

0 of 1 people found this review helpful