The Fourth Realm

The Ten Realms, Book 4
Narrated by: Todd Menesses
Series: The Ten Realms, Book 4
Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
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The battlefield realm: a realm where sects rise and fall. Where the ground trembles under the feet of fighters from the higher realms. Where riches are gained and empires lost. 

This is where Erik and Rugrat must go, if they want to increase their strength and the strength of Alva. 

They say that fortune favors the bold. This is the ten realms. To the victor go the spoils. The fourth realm will change their lives...or end them.

©2019 MC Publications Inc (P)2020 MC Publications Inc

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Good book - bad audio recording

I really like this book - it’s one of my favorites from the rest of the series. I read this book before it was released to Audible. Who ever did the mixing/recording should be fired. The constant shifting from muffled to clear is annoying and takes away from the story. I like the narrator - I don’t remember this issue with the previous books. So I really hope they fix the problem. People are paying for a quality product.
The fourth realm has a lot of action and a fairly large addition to Alva. There is just a lot that happens in this book. I would recommend reading this book versus listening to it. I wish I could have given this book a 5 star rating but the audio is just too messed up. You can listen to the story just fine but it’s annoying.

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Same...

Michael chatfield has an amazing abilty to make magical new worlds.. then make them boring. Let me explain. First let me say he is a great author,and one of my favorites. I have noticed when he starts a new series it is always worth buying, always a great read,you can read it over and over. With that said it never evolves. After the first book its the same no surprises nothing new. If you read the first couple of books in this series this book is more of the same.next books will be the same too. It not a bad book just more of the first. Emerilia was the same. By the end of that series I just wanted the story to end. Its sad but this story is turning out the same way.

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This book has the least amount of Extra side stuff

If you were on the fence after reading the last book I promise this one delivers an amazing main story line!

The 4th realm is my absolute favorite book in the series because it is super action packed and you can really feel the struggle Eric and Rugrat have to go through to win the day and when they think there out of it another thing just falls on them as they try and carve out a piece of the 4th realm to call their own!!

This book also has a VERY LOW amount of extra side characters who are either giving office reports about things you don't care about or random wars about random people who don't matter.

Now there is SOME of that but it is really toned down in this one and focuses on Eric and Rugrat taking over and starting their own city!!! It is the next book, the 5th Realm that you gotta struggle through because of all the side stuff.

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Hampered by rehashing and repetitiveness

While Michael Chatfield's writing style is very good, he seems to have lengthened the novel's word volume by significantly slowing the pace of the series movement. While one of the strength's of this series is the author's ability to craft interesting secondary characters along their way through the realms using well-written character development, it often seems that the intent for this was to add past contacts in which to act as revisiting points to re-explain various story segments to each of these secondary characters as a means to lengthen the book. These sections involve rehashing previous adventures, to giving repetitive retelling of pep talks to military, crafting, mercantile and trade contacts located in desperate sections in the 4 realms.

Also, while the 4th realm was described as the Battle Realm, this book only had them battling one military adversary, albeit a large and dangerous one. Afterward, a lot of the book was taken up with dungeon delving to build up the MCs and Alva's military strengths and rebuilding an acquired destroyed capital to increase the ability to gain more resources; especially, meritorious-minded recruits for Alva's personnel resources (and, presumably, to add even more rehash contacts for subsequent repetitive retelling).

It is still a worthy listen, not in small part given to Todd Menesses' excellent narrating skills.

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woof. this book needs work.

this series has so much potential but it feels like a first draft. did an editor even read it? i've gotten through the first three and they all have similar issues but book four is really rough. the language is unbelievably simple and repetitive.
Some sections read like this:
"the enemy flew up into the sky. a big spell scroll went off in the sky, filling the sky with ice. Ice coated the mounts' wings and they fell from the sky."

"she drew in power to her body. her body glowed with red power. red tendrils of power twisted around her arm. the tendrils flew forward and the power exploded."

"the dungeon boss stood up out of its chair. the dungeon core glowed, pouring mana into the dungeon. 'there's the dungeon core! if we get that, we can control the dungeon,' Rugrat said. they needed to control this dungeon to help improve alva dungeon."

other problems include the number of times the word "concoction" is used, when the reader forgets how to say "trebuchet", every time Matt gets an English accent mid sentence(he's Canadian...), whenever someone from the ten realms uses an earth saying, and everything about the foundation school.

it's so cringe worthy that i can't bring myself to finish the series.

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Problem with audio

Great continuation of the story. Love these books, but there were a few problems with audio continuity that I haven't heard in the other book. The audio grain and clarity will change between chapter some times or even between sentences. This creates a break for the listener. Just be aware if that really bothers you. For me it wasn't a huge problem, this is still a great book and I would recommend the series as a whole to anyone.

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It's alright

This book should be a 3.5 supplemental book to the realms. Minor spoiler, you only really get Erik and Rugrat for about 4 hours total in the book. EVERYTHING else (20 hours ish ) is about the people of Alva Dungeon. Also we had some audio issues , but easy to overlook. The audio issues seem to stem from Stereo to Mono going in and out. It does NOT do it all the time.

I really wanted a Erik and Rugrat book.

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More please

If you liked the last 3 books you'll like this one. The only issue I had was some of the audio felt a little patchy. Like you could tell when it was dubbed over in post or something. Still very very good.

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Yet another home run for the Ten Realms aeries

Michael Chatfield has done it again with the help from Todd Menesses in creating a instant classic. I have read and listen to this series a few times now and I have enjoyed it Everytime. To be honest, my only complaint is they can't come out fast enough. If you haven't tried this series or you're unsure if it do yourself a favor and spend the credit to get the series. Each book is a building block to the next book that gets better and better. Now, to everyone that brings these gems to light hurry up and get the fifth realm audiobook out and get the sixth book released! lol

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Great!

Narrator is fantastic as always and the book it self is a home run. My only complaint is I wish there was less time spent with all the side missions and people and more with the main characters.

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  • Ben Maybanks
  • 02-28-20

will the future books be better? cant get better

Really loved this book. the author knows how to create special moments which fill us with power and anger. love it when michael brings asshole characters into the story for the purpose of crushing them under eric and rugrats justice. cant imatine where the next book will take us but definitely cant wait. great naration aswell

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  • james mcadam
  • 02-25-20

epic

love this series is always a joy to get the next in the series carnt wait for the next one

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  • Ian
  • 02-25-20

Simply brilliant.

Another epic book in the serise, fantastic world building, incredible detailing and a vast array of characters, pleanty of depth and action which is to be expected from Eric and Rugrat.
The whole experience is brought to life with yet another flawless performance from the talented Todd Menesses.
highly recommended
5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ easily.

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  • Christopher
  • 03-26-20

Another brilliant book but audio issues

Really good story really enjoying it but from chapter 40 onwards audio-issues are a problem

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  • J
  • 03-14-20

good story issue audio

it was good, fun story carring on from before. down side - part of the Audio seemed to shift from clear to suddenly speaking into a fabric bag and then back

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-20

epic world build -> errors in audio files

I love all these books and I have been anxiously waiting for this book to be available in Audio format. what an incredible universe Michael is building love it! This book made me cry ... in the bus ... so awkward but that's what a great book will do. I had to keep track of the story sometimes using the book which is how I identified 2 errors.
1) Chapter 28 is missing a whole section (eric's chat with Head Xue Lin - its location 6243-6321) it's just not in the audio file and it skips on to chapter 29.
2) Chapter 44 at 11.41seconds in the audio file ends section differently from the book (location 10337) audio file has someone dying that didn't die in the book.

all very technical issues but those are the only errors I caught - if i wasn't looking at the actual book i wouldn't have caught the errors as the story still flowed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

long but worth the slog

Can't say it's the best in the series, in my honest opinion it could have been shortened by at least 4 hours

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  • Morris
  • 02-29-20

amazing journey

This book is amazing. Beautifully written, eric and rugrat are now in the fourth realm and oh man they're bossing it. Amazing fight scenes and character development of the alva dungeon. love the series now waiting for the fifth floor

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-28-20

Truly Amazing 24 of Heaven on Earth 5⭐

I love Michael as a writer the way is mind works should be studied so we can enjoy books for ever... The book as the deserved continuation that we deserve and in regards I loved some issues on audio quality but the story is all I need to make me feel complete. 5⭐

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-20

Another level of intrigue & adventure

Wow another level and a another addictive chapter, so wish I had my own magical dungeon. Going to the gym will now be called my body cultivation session 😁

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  • Tessa
  • 03-13-20

90% explanations 10% storyline

i enjoyed the first few books but it seem with each book there is less of telling the story more stats and explanations of how the world works i couldnt manage to finish this book its was a frustrating yawn fest