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Freehaven Online: Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades

A LitRPG Adventure
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Freehaven Online Series, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Still stranded in the virtual world of Freehaven Online, the Toxic Muffins, lead by Justine, are given new hope after a beloved guild member died upon failing digitization. 

Mirae has come online.

No one can message her, but they have a quest leading them into the depths of Hades, an underworld that serves two planes of mortal existence, to retrieve a lost soul and escort it back to the living. They hope that's what Mirae is. 

For mortals, entering the underworld is no easy task. There's no respawn within Hades and resurrection spells now have a lengthy cool-down. Justine's party will face monsters, ghosts, and even deities in their journey. To make matters worse, Hades doesn't release souls easily, and getting back may be just as testing. 

Justine needs to forge a rock-solid adventure party to find the gates of the underworld, locate Mirae, and bring her home to safety, because if she doesn't Mirae could be lost to both the real and digital worlds forever.

©2018 Jun Prince (P)2019 Jun Prince

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Great follow up to the first book.

At the end of the first booked I hoped that a certain character would come back and that's what this entire book is about, the journey to find her. While I feel like there are a few things in the stat or skill description department repeated a bit too often overall they don't get in the way of the story and it isn't as number hard as some of the other books in the genre. Overall the story is enjoyable and I really liked it. We don't really get much character development but we get a lot of in game world building and some new characters. Easter eggs and references abound with my favorite references being to the authors own work. I also hate to admit to laughing at the fart joke and the book authors despite knowing who they were. Plenty of action and the pacing is pretty good. The narrator once again did a fantastic job. I look forward to reading or listening to the next book especially since it's holiday themed.

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Another solid contribution to the genre

One thing after another on an emotional rollercoaster. Action blending with character development as we get to know the denizens of freehaven online, PC and npc alike. I look forward to enjoying book 3.

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Thrilling LitRPG adventure story.

This is a great second book in the series and is a very entertaining LitRPG story. It is full of adventure, action, Greek mythology and unique characters. In this story the Toxic Muffins and some interesting new characters, venture into from the bowels of Hades in a quest to rescue their lost friend Mirae. The main quest and the smaller side quests are excellent adventures that are laced with humor. They have great battle scenes, interesting loot, vicious antagonists and a host of unique characters. The narration in the audiobook is very well done and loved the different accents and intonation she used for the characters. This second audiobook is definitely a big improvement all round. I have definitely become attached to these characters and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in the series.

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Dancing

overall this has been a good listen. I drive truck and listen to LOTS of books.
With out giving a spoiler I had to stop and write this. I was laughing for over 50mi until I found a rest area.
I went to my favorite music site and listened to the song the bard played. picturing what he was and the whole situation.....So...if you listen to this book and you get to the point I'm at...you will know...stop the book and listen to the song before finishing the scene. it will be a soundtrack that will liven any mood. lol

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Dark and enjoyable

I felt that this story moved a lot more slowly than Dragonsbane, the first in the Freehaven Online series. More time was taken to explore the mythology of hades and worldbuild, so there wasn't as much action going on. Bearing in mind that this is the underworld we're talking about, that's no bad thing! The story had a much darker and more dangerous feel to it, the characters have to consider the meaning of life and death in this game that they're trapped in which makes it seriously sinister in places.

This time around, Justine has to put together a group of players best suited to completing their quests and getting Mirae back - this means that she has to go looking for players with the skill set she needs, giving it an authentic gamer feel. The new characters complement the story and gave me some insight into some the different kinds of online gamers out there (pro and social).
The story was incredibly immersive but lacked a little bit of hack n slash that I enjoy in my own gaming, which slowed it down for me.

Amy Landon was a brilliant narrator for this book - the accents she used were perfect and she really brings through the author/main character's dry sense of humour.
Though the ending of this book wasn't as climactic as I was expecting, I'm going to be giving the next installment a go just to see if the characters all make it out of Freehaven safely.

*I received a complimentary copy of this title. All views are my own*

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A Wonderful Journey to Hades and Back

If you liked book one, the second book in this series is even better. You get to see most of the old characters, and a few new faces. There's a lot to like in this story as the party delves into the bowels of Hades to rescue their fallen guild member. This book also seems a bit more streamlined since the entire novel revolves around completing a single quests.

For the performance , Landon was a bit stronger in this recording than in the first one. There's less He says, She says stuff and it feels like she's a lot deeper into the characters, and that's a good thing.

Overall I recommend this book. It's one of the better LitRPG series out there.

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Amazing - The Narrator Really Upped Her Game

The narrator upped her game in this book by a considerable margin. The writing was also a lot smoother, but I enjoyed the first book as well. So far as performance goes, this is is what book 1 should have sounded like.

The story is great, Loads of adventure, a few endearing mini-quests,and unique antagonists, and (thankfully) no harems if you are one of the many people who are getting tired of those in your LitRPGs. It was a nice blend of serious as the team had to chase after Mirae, and humor (quests about passengers on the train, Charon's library, etc).

It was also kinda cool that we got a glimpse into the life of a pro gamer who depends on making videos to keep his kids fed. A lot of books portray these people like rock stars, but this one makes him seem more like a family man which was nice.

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Second book, better than the first!

Welcome to Hades!

In the second book of the Freehaven Online series, the Toxic Muffins are still trapped in the game. They have accepted the unsettling fact that for each of them, someone back in the real world has found him/her in their precarious comatose state and is caring for their physical bodies.

So they continue on with the game, hoping somewhere along the line, they might win or happen upon a way to exit. "Lady Thunderlord, into Hades" takes the Toxic Muffins on a quest to retrieve their guild-mate Mirae, who is in the same position as many others who downloaded themselves into the game, relieving themselves of their real life bodies. Unfortunately, access to these people is hidden, and the Toxic Muffins realize they must embark on a quest into HADES of all places, to rescue her.

"What's the point of the afterlife if it's so much like being alive?"

What ensues is a wonderfully weird adventure into the dark and bizarre underworld. The Muffins have added a few new members to their guild to fill in some gaps in their expertise and magic, and they must deal with adversity both within and outside their team. Some of it is laugh out loud hilarious, but this quest is still quite a serious one.

If you liked following the Toxic Muffins through their first adventure, you'll love the continuation of their saga here in Jun Prince's next Freehaven book, Lady Thunderlord, Into Hades.

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