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Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains

Underdog Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Derek Shoales
Series: Underdog Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Eric was born in a world governed by the Great System, in the family of Aren Bergman, a respected miner from Orchus. But the joy of gaining a son was overshadowed by the newborn's terrible affliction. Eric was completely nulled-level zero and no characteristics points. The only things keeping him from dying were his tiny base supplies of "life" and "energy".

The medicine woman who delivered Eric believes this to be the work of the evil spirit, Bug. Due to the peculiar laws of the Great System, Eric cannot use experience essences or characteristics tablets, so he risks having to spend his whole life confined to a bed. But his father finds a solution. He takes out a large bank loan and goes to the capital where he buys a few artifacts of the Ancients on the black market, which have no level restriction.

Despite having the artifacts, Eric is still very feeble, and everyone in town thinks him a freak. But at least he can move on his own, and that gives the Bergmans hope. But alas, it isn't for long. On Eric's 14th birthday, his father and mother die in a mining accident. The bank takes their house, and Eric is left with no choice but to work off the remaining debt in the Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains. And so begins the story of a nulled boy's struggle to survive....

©2019 Alexey Osadchuk; English translation copyright 2019 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2019 Tantor

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Awesome new series!

Alexey Osadchuk has done it again! This first book in the Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains series continues his legacy of original and entertaining stories. The protagonist starts off as nulled - with no stats and has to may his way using his ingenuity and persistence. For me, this was a welcome change from main characters who progress very rapidly to having huge powers. I'm rooting for the underdog and his slower progress. I can't wait for the next one in this series!

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A Fresh breath for the LitRPG scene

I have been a fan of LitRPG for almost three years now. Many of them are the same old same old story. This one however is something fresh and worth a read.

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Needs more cowbell!!!

Yep, someone had to be standing there saying something motivational throughout the writing.
Absolutely loved it!!!
Needs more stars!!!

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  • 10-11-19

Middling Story

The story leaves quite a bit to be desired. It was swallowed by all the grinding the mc has to do. from essence to tablets to tokens. There was quite alot of currency with no interactive way to utilize it. They put quite a bit of effort into crumbz and happy but that went nowhere, the cat got leveled up but they didnt showcase the difference in a meaningful way. the way skills and stats are translated into fights is left up to author interpretation. the way the mc dosent realise his potential kinda ticks me off aswell.

Alot of story threads are left unresolved leaving the final product messy and lacking focus.