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Finding a Body

Dark Herbalist Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: The Dark Herbalist, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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What is it like for a small flap-eared goblin herbalist to play the role of the Dark Sovereign, the main antagonist for Boundless Realm's hundreds of millions of players? What is it like to find one's self the standard bearer for an army of man-eating giants, cyclops, skeletons, ghosts, and other hellspawn, who don't give a damn about their modest little ruler? 

Our hero didn't desire such an unenviable fate, but there is no way back now. He'll just have to tighten the straps and play the ghastly overlord to the innumerable hordes that now threaten all Boundless Realm. But the longer our hero plays, the better he understands that this world is much more complicated than it seems at first glance and he is just a pawn in someone else's game. And lots of things depend on whether he can figure all of it out in the short time he has left, including his own life.

©2018 M. Atamanov; English translation copyright 2018 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2019 Tantor

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Rushed Ending

There were a lot of skips in time to get to the end of the story. unlike the other books, this was unabaahedly rushed far too often. I could have just enjoyed 15 minutes of the end content and skipped the hurried fluff. Sad that this is how it all ended...

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Nice save and a great conclusion

It feels like Michael really thought this through. A great conclusion to a very good story. There was some weird parts with the dialouge but I blame translation, other than that it was really good, all of it.

Best spent credit in a long time!

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all plotholes addressed from the 3rd book

while I would definitely buy a 5th installment in the series, I think the ending of this book finished the story perfectly.
I have to admit I let this book stew for a while before picking it up, I was afraid the series was going to go in a direction I didn't/wouldn't like.
I should have trusted the authors vision.

one of the few critiques I have , and maybe it's a cultural difference, was how the women behaved and their motivations in the series. Again, I know this book is a translation so it might just be a whole different thing, but I thought the whole "buy me presents" and "I'm mad at you, buy me chocolates" motivations for supposedly brilliant and already rich women kind of reminded me of reading 1950's pulp fiction.

Again not saying it's not beliveble or anything, just a little ...retro for science fiction taking place in the future.

that all being said, this was a perfect capstone to the series and I for one am putting it up there as one of the best examples of the genre . thank you for the wonderful world building.

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Rushed ending

Sometimes amazing, sometimes not so good. Overall great series, but damn that ending was rushed...

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Good ending

This is a good ending to the series, better than a lot of series have been lately. Over all a good job.

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Epic Finish

fantastic finale to an amazingly wild ride. pulled out all the stops and closed all the open plot points.

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  • JJ
  • 04-24-19

Great book but unsatisfying ending

Loved the book, but the ending felt so rushed. The final battle was built up to be so good and such a climatic ending to the book but then ended with such an unsatisfying conclusion. So much of the fighting was just cut out and summarized into a couple sentences. In comparison to the other fights that were described in such amazing detail, it just felt like a lot of potential was just thrown away.

*SPOILER*

Once it was revealed that many of the Gods were going to join the fight, I thought that the initial battle would have been so one sided, or at the very least given enough detail to describe their almighty power and destruction. But there involvement just came across as cliff note to the story.

My biggest let down was that Amra finally became Fenrir and then the rest of the battle is summarized in just a couple paragraphs....

Overall, I felt like it was a very good story, and I'm glad I listened, but the ending had so much potential and I was left quite unsatisfied. I'm still left with the big question of so what happened next to Arma and his entire army?

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Excellent story that has a satisfying ending

So many litrpg novels are these ambiguously long unending stories. this book wrapped up this series in a satisfying way that also could leave it open to another book.

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not what I expected, where do we go from here?

I genuinely was not expecting that ending. A few loose threads, so I assume there will be another book. I guess it could end here. I just don't see why the sequel would include any "game play"

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Great ending

Loved the series enjoyed the books the only qualm I had about this one was that it took so long to finish the series

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  • 06-30-19

a good ending

unlike some book series which never end this one has one which was happy and fitting for this series. I really enjoyed this book and the entire series and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys this type of story.