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From the very first hour Cayden had set foot inside the massive, real-life game that was the Tower of Babel, nothing had gone according to plan. A unique skill, a handful of new friends, and the wrath of an ultra-wealthy, patricidal lunatic were just some of the complications to his best laid plans.

So why was he even surprised when a special event trapped him, his companions, and dozens of other players inside the tower, squaring them off against a murderous army of stone-faced warriors?

If they are to have any hope of survival, they'll have to leverage not only their own personal power, but the power of the Elan as well. There are castles to be built, armies to be raised, and one real question to be posed: How good is a self-proclaimed RPG nerd going to be at turn-based strategy? 

©2017 Adam Elliott (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Felt like filler.

Didn't progress the main story or aspects of MC that stood out in book one. Wasn't a bad book, just felt like it should have been 1.5 not 2.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Trying not to be nitpicky

great book and great series. in my opinion the dungeon tower trope isnt played out yet in the litrpg genre. There is just one thing that bugged me throughout this book. The first book made it seem that the MC is a all about speedruns and streaming his gameplay. i thought that was pretty neat because most litrpgs tend to focus to much on the details and i thought the series would be primarily about fighting an uphill battle as quickly and innovatively as possible. Then i listened to the second book and it totally spun of track. it switched to RTS like age of empires gameplay and it totally threw me for loop. Its good, but i feel like the author keeps reinventing the MC and i think he had it perfect the first time

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Incomplete

To start, if you liked the first book, you'll likely enjoy this one, at least to a degree. There are 2 big things to note though. First, there's less of a focus on personal growth, or even party growth, and more of a focus on strategy. The story takes a lot of inspiration from rts games such as civ5 in city building, turns and troops. Personally, I didn't mind the adjustment much, though it did leave me a bit wanting. I would have liked to see the party dynamic or personal abilities of some of the main characters improve.

Second, this book is not book 2. It can call itself book 2 all it wants, but it's book 1.5 without a doubt. Rather than focusing in the least little bit on the overall plotline, this book goes on a tangent. While it's a fairly enjoyable tangent, it's left incomplete. Ending with a cliffhanger for a sideplot is just obnoxious. Maybe get this book after a sequel comes out, but as it is, it isn't worth the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A fun but incomplete sidequest

like many other reviewers have already said, this book goes on a tangent to story seemingly unrelated to the major plot of the first, and doesn't even finish that (only about half actually). furthermore it steps away from the action adventure litRPG narrative to a strategy oriented litRTS. this was a surprise at first, but I found it refreshing as a gamer to see another genre explored. since the next book probably finishes this side story or gives it a connection to the main plot, and there are some key character developments, I would say this isn't skipable. it's not as good as the first, but not behind by much; still worth the journey.

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not even a full story.its like half an episode.

it's only half an episode.no completetion or furthering of the main plot,not even close to a complete book 2.only about half an ark at best to the plot line started in this book.just cheap.i won't be buying another in the series.

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great story

always a enthralling story that brings the listener into the depths of the tower of babel

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Looking forward to the next book in the series

Vikas Adam killed it again with a great performance.
the story seems to have fallen off track of the main plot but it was entertaining nonetheless and am looking forward for a release of book three.

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A decent sequel

A good story that suffers from the table top parts. Turn based gameplay might be fun to watch, but it isn't fun to listen to. The book could also be longer since it doesn't deal with the main problem. The end point leaves the story feeling half finished.

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Seems as if it was written by a different Author

This book diverges so far from the original, it's more of a new series than a continuation of the previous, both books could be book 1. This one however is far inferior than the previous and is boring as all get out. You find yourself drowning in the minutiae of the game they are playing and losing interest rapidly.

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  • DC
  • 05-23-18

Not as good as first book.

This book quickly became civilization 5. Not the best turn. Became boring and tedious to read. The premise of the story is gone. Focus on streaming, speed running, or even mmo concept is kind of gone.

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  • Anastasia
  • 05-08-18

Doesn't live up to the first

Disappointing after the first book. The author makes continuity errors repeatedly, such as saying characters are 16 years old, when it was a whole plot point in the first book that no one can enter the tower under 17. The speedrunner and streamer angles - which attracted me to the series in the first place, remain thoroughly abandoned, making it just like every other LITRPG. Finally the game changes genre to a RTS game instead of RPG which is extremely dull. It made me go play some RTS games instead of listening. I gave up with 2 hours to go and returned it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Archive of Avalon
  • 06-04-18

I'll likely listen to the next, but...

It felt off on the first with the RTS elements to the story. And sometimes I had no idea what the hell was going on. Like with the first I felt like the listing of level and attributes and the like were filler.

Though it was an enjoyable story I see it as a poor man's Sword Art Online and this book especially like a filler episode or a side-along movie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • N. Lyons
  • 05-09-18

Not as good as the first

Well the first book was amazing, the second, no so much. as it goes, i'm finding this one boring and not grabbing me like book 1.

if a book 3 is on the cards then I guess i'd buy that too, hopefully the series can pull back.

the narrator done a great job though 5* overall book 2 , 3*

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 06-21-18

Half a book with little effort

Books ok but isn’t the full story kind of ends outta nowhere. Characters just blend into the background. Doesn’t really follow on from the first book just some loose references in all wasn’t worth spending a credit on which is a shame as I love the first book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful