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Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium's borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay low, and avoid trouble at all costs. Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they'll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town's border as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages. With time, magic, and at least one god against them, it will take everything they've got to save Briarwillow - and themselves.

©2015 Andrew Hayes (P)2015 Tantor

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Great follow up!

Things about this 2nd-of series I liked: the story was interesting, and full of twists. The characters we liked from before have returned. Timiscore grows. New characters add fun. Potential for further great adventures is secured.

Things I didn't like: they swear a lot more in this one. (Is that because they're "adventurers" now and must use their unique vernacular?) Also, the narrator seems to have forgotten the voice he established for Grumble in book one. Too bad, 'cause it was so fitting.

Looking forward to another!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Classic RP -- from the NPC point of view

This is the sequel to NPC. It follows up on the first book with a classic rpg situation -- what happens when you split the party. Of course, there is also the puzzlement of the gamers who are also playing in this world as their module seems to keep...well, changing.

If you love, camp, funny references to rpg classic situations along with a fine yarn that moves along with a lot of action and just teensiest hint of romance at the end, then you will love this book.

Roger Wayne's performance is a perfect imitation of a GM's story telling style, lending a little added verisimilitude to an already great story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

This was an amazing and fun book. Somehow capturing the innocence and power of the first one and building complexity into characters I've come to love. A fun enjoyable book with a great narrator. Can't wait for next one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • rob
  • Montpelier, VA, United States
  • 10-21-16

D & D players will love it

very interesting story that continues through the series. But still a story contained in each episode. I really feel like you do need to be a D&D player to enjoy the book as much of it is based on knowing the game and having those types of experiences.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wow! Fantastic exploration of the various character classes!

This is perhaps THE most impressive book I've ever read on the nature of the various character classes in D&D / Pathfinder / etc. The true essence of paladins, wizards, barbarians, and rogues are beautifully demonstrated through the characters of Thistle & Timmascor, Grumph, Gabriel, and Eric. This is a must-read book, IMHO, for any fantasy gamer, from Newb to Old timer. Just make sure to read the 1st book first (called NPCs).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • chase
  • CORN, OKLAHOMA, US
  • 08-12-17

good listen

good listen, followed the Characters and the events of the first book, while adding a few new characters and and sending them on a perilous mission

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good, but a bit slow paced.

What made the experience of listening to Split the Party the most enjoyable?

As a tabletop/pen and paper player, I could relate to some of the characters. I also liked the slow progression of the npcs.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Split the Party?

None.

Which scene was your favorite?

None.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

It's an ok book for what it is. Enjoyable, but nothing amazing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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just as great of the first book!

won't wait till the next book, this is my new favorite series. I hope this qauiltily keeps going, great book series for any nerd or lover of role play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Winner

As with the first book, this novel breaks barriers of the stereotypical roles and casts it's die toward greater aspirations. The narrator is enticing with his pace, clarity, and vocal aptitude.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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very well written.

It was really good, the swearing was disappointing. If it did not have that, or at least an edited version would give it full stars.

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  • DAVID EELES
  • 02-19-16

great

loved it , just as good as the first looking forward to the next instalment

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 12-05-17

the title does what it says.

Another excellent story about online gaming. I look forward to the next book when I get the chance.

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  • Ian
  • 01-30-17

Enjoyable but too short

Would you listen to Split the Party again? Why?

Very enjoyable book, great narration and leaves you wanting more.

What did you like best about this story?

Great Character development and setting you up for the second book in the series. This book is short and could have done with being a few hours longer but does set the scene expertly for the continuing saga <br/><br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Jay
  • 11-23-16

Another good book in this series

Looking forward to the next book getting onto Audible. enjoying these stories and loads of scope for them to keep coming.

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  • Tachikoma
  • 02-19-16

Not as good as NPCs

...but good fun nonetheless but somewhat confusing at times. Really looking forward to #3 though :)

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  • bruce macdonald
  • 07-20-17

love it

love the story and love the details of how he described the objects . In the end really good

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  • Jarryd
  • 02-11-17

Campy, bland.

The first book had npc's vs PC's, with build up and conflict. This had build up, no conflict. Ha it's moments, but this book meanders about on an odd quest with an odd resolution.

Meh.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful