• High Gloom

  • Bad Guys Series, Book 6
  • By: Eric Ugland
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,515 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It all comes down to this: kill or be corpsed. 

Clyde Hatchett has known he's had a corpse-king inside him, slowly trying to take over his body and raise an army of undead for a while now. And while that may seem like a rather, um, urgent matter to attend to, it's only now, after being forced out of Glaton by his best friends and then having to rescue someone's sister from a bad marriage, that he's actually in a place to deal with it. 

And he better deal with it quickly, since his entire left hand is starting to look like it belongs to the Crypt-Keeper. 

But Gloomguard, where the mage Clyde needs lives, operates on a completely different plane than anywhere else in Vuldranni. Everyone is out for themselves, and there's no such thing as doing a favor. So in order to even talk to the mage, Clyde must embark on a series of preposterous quests he doesn't have time for and isn't guaranteed to survive.

©2020 Eric Ugland (P)2021 Tantor

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Sorry Eric

I have personally messaged the author of this book and have told him how talented he is. He has a way of making the character seem so real and the conversation so pure. It genuinely feels like real people and almost every other book I have read does not do that as well. Neil and Eric are legends. I love this character and the development Is. The dynamics of the corpse king are very interesting and part of me does like it. I do however feel as though Eric might be getting Overwhelmed.

I left a similar review on the last book and it just is nauseating and infuriating that Clyde does not use any of his spells. The excitement of him gaining a spell is negated by the fact that he never uses them. You can argue that he is pressed for time but even before sleep or when he gets 5 minutes you may open up a spell book and read the descriptions of your spells. There are countless and I do mean countless opportunities when any of the spells he doesn't use could have saved him. I understand you are trying to say he has too many but for him not to use a single one of the new spells. 1st he was using vicious wrench every single fight which made the whole book boring and now on this book all he uses is stupid fireball spells. I also understand this is to illustrate that he isn't perfect and probably not the best leader but a specific example comes to mind. There will be a spoiler in the next sentence..

Clyde loves to talk to folks and get information so when he discovers the colours leading into the maze and what they represent it honestly baffles me that the very next scene he would ignore it. He finds out that no one not even the experts that live in the gloom for years goes into the maze when the flame is red. This is very significant because of course they know better than he does and references to that exact statement are also made. Clearly they are the experts so when they say do not go in on a red day because you will die and the very next scene he walks in knowing full well you should not go in during a red day but does it anyway and one of his party members dies I'm sorry Eric love you but that's bad writing. Even when his party member was dying. He didn't even use a single spell or item that could've helped. I don't like to be yelling at the MC to stop being an idiot. I usually stop books when that happens. Do not use lazy writing to further the story. when
1) you are way better than that
2)there are other ways
3)the mc is better than that.

Fortunately for myself and this author I am so invested in the good guys and bad guy series that I will keep listening but honestly I am not a fan of anything that just happened and to be honest these last 2 books are not the greatest in the series. Sorry guys

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SO EXCITED!!!

I literally stayed up till 2 am this morning so I could start listening to it.

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a great series to get into

finished this book in a day as per usual. this series and the good guys series is phenomenal 👏🙌, no complaints I can see so far in the stories that have been constructed. now when does book 7 come out? I need a new good guys series book as well.

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Good book and excellent narration

Good book and excellent narration. I am not very pleased with the very end just because i don’t like a story interrupted and have to wait on the cliffs edge but I want the next one now.

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Great RPG style story.

I love this story it has riveted my attention day after day. If you like playing RPGs with a good storyline this is almost as good as playing one.

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Still awesome

Great series. Great cliff hanger ending. Some sadness in the middle, but realistic. I cannot wait for the next book.

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great book

im loving this series,
he finnaly left the city, but this series is awesome if you like litrpg

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My man serving it up like a hot slice a pepperoni!

Went damn good with a cold fountain Mt dew on ice.
Love the story as always.
Damn fine writing. Amazing story. Character depth and perspective on point.

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Another entertaining installment

Love the series, it is intentionally light and easy to digest. It knows it isn't series literature, but is a fun read.

Cant wait for the next installments in both the Good Guys and Bad Guys series.

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another great book in the series

I love these books they are absolutely nworth the listen, I recommend this series and the good guys series to anyone

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  • Martin Christensen
  • 05-12-21

Not a complete book

I realize making money is nice and all, but this was half a book. It's a theme in Ugland's books that they can end a bit abruptly, but this is the first time i was like "is that it?".

So you remember the end of the last book, right? You know, he got to that new town/fort that has a hole in the ground that he needs to descend? Well in summary, this book is:

"Man-guy continues walking into town, then does the required quest to be allowed into said hole and finally, when in hole, does a little minor exploration. The End". Seriously. Nothing really happens beyond that.

There are of course a few happenings towards the end that i wont spoil, but beyond getting from the front door of the town and into the hole, no real progress is made. Actual exploration / finishing the business in the hole (he has to talk to somebody) is apparently for another book. I just hope that one actually resolves something.

My experience is that I have been reading a web-series and the author just gave up in the middle... or got run over by a bus :-|

I will of course be reading/listening to the next one, but i would appreciate a bit "more".

Despite the overall quality of this series (and its sibling) I can't recommend reading this book until the next one is out as well.

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