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Wake a dungeon. Form a guild. Fight to restore the world.

Kai was the least likely young man to ascend. Raised on his uncle’s potato farm, he began his career as an adventurer with empty pockets and little skill. But a foolish attempt to prove his bravery leads Kai to unlock hidden power within himself and acquire a most unlikely ally.

Rhona is a battle-scarred soldier who’s as likely to toss a quip as she is to throw a punch. After setting aside a promising career in the army to pursue the Path of the Bleeding Tiger, she sets out to stop a war and seek atonement for a bloody past.

When Bancroft the Earth Core awakens, he can’t wait to clean up his dungeon and begin building things anew. A recovered item from his past reminds him that more is at stake, however, putting an end to such pleasantries.

Join The Guild Core, a small band of friends determined to restore the world to an age of dragons, heroes, and honor.

The Guild Core is a novel by TJ Reynolds, fantasy LitRPG author of Eternal Online books one to three. The Guild Core was inspired by the Divine Dungeon series, The Wheel of Time, and classic films like The Labyrinth and The Neverending Story.

This story takes place in an epic fantasy world governed by gaming mechanics. It contains light to moderate litRPG, gamelit, cultivation, and dungeon core elements. Features realistic violence, three MC POVs, and more than a few quaint jokes. Language and adult content is appropriate for teen listeners.

©2020 Thomas Reynolds (P)2020 Thomas Reynolds

What listeners say about The Guild Core 1: Dragon Bourne

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Just wow

Whoaa..I'm in the epilogue right now.... awesome.. there is usually something that I don't like about books and for this book it's that I don't have the rest of the series right now..... very well done, its actually better than the inspiration; Divine dungeon... there was a perfect balance of all the various things that make a good novel..

1. The MC is not OP and worked for all his advancement.
2. The cultivation system is defined and makes sense.
3. All the creatures are all on the same cultivation system, so comparison is easier.
4. The world building is expanding gradually and not trying to overbuild and then you forget most places as they mention them because it was never used again.
5. Although this took inspiration from other novels I find myself liking this book much more than the original..
6. Interaction between the various characters is so natural and unforced...You can easily relate to each of them..

I got this book for free from the author but I will be buying all the rest of the series as it comes out because its a great series, and author is such a chill dude..

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Great dungeon Core book with a terrific narrator.

This book is a lot of fun and does a great job of codifying elements while keeping things fun. I really dug it and am looking forward to more. I love all of the characters, including the strong female character who everyone would understand was both strong and female without the author repeating it again and again through every characters dialogue and thoughts. still that's a minor annoyance in an otherwise strong book.

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Everything You Ask For From LitRPG

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If you can’t build both believable easy-to-like characters along with beautiful and well described worlds – then you don’t belong writing a fantasy novel, especially a longer one like this story is. Thankfully, the major places that this story shines is in its character and world building. I also don’t always pick up books like this since I’m not a huge epic fantasy fan, but, I am a fan of a good LitRPG regardless of where it’s set. I knew going into this that it was either going to challenge me or it was going to bore me. Thankfully, it was the former. It challenged how I feel about stories like this and it really felt like a unique LitRPG story set in a place I couldn’t have dreamed up

The story jumps around a bit since it’s a multi-narrative one, but that didn’t bother me. Honestly, in longer books like this I need the change of pace and Dragon Bourne gave me that in spades. The two main characters that it follows were fun to root for, along with easy to follow.

The narration, done by Steve Campbell, really shined too. I feel like with a book this long and in depth he was really able to shine. He showed off his narrating skills along with his skill as a storyteller. Now, I know and understand that he didn’t write the story, but a good narrator can take an already good story and make it their own – turning it into something even better. I think that Campbell did that with this one, and I’m glad that he was on board to do this book.

Overall, a really interesting LitRPG Fantasy book that kept my interest throughout. There was a lot of great character and world building, along with a story that I wanted to continue reading. I needed to figure out what was coming next.

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Steve and TJ make a good team

As a warning, I won this in a contest, but my opinions are my own.

With all the characters throughout the Guild Core, I didn't know what to expect from the Guild Core audiobook. The story itself was a fun, unique take on a Dungeon Core, and Steve is a narrator I always enjoy. he has great rang that I've had the pleasure of listening to during Tower of Heaven. Steve does the story all the justice it deserves for both the male and female voice acting, adds a good level of spirit to an already spirited work, and just makes a good read better.

If you just liked the regular book, you'll love the audio translation. The pair really hit it out of the park. I don't think there's much else ot say on the matter.

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I loved this book, would definitely recommend.

I really liked seeing an Mc that wasn’t just another sword user. The characters were well written and likable. The storyline was interesting and fun to follow. The narrator did a great job with the voices, especially for the dungeon.

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fantastic!!!

Great story and narration!

Kai is a social outcast in his small village, but his will to become an adventurer, and a late night dare will change his world. All of the dungeons are dead or bound to the empire. Or are they?

Steve does a wonderful job with the narration!

I started this book as a skeptic but quickly became engrossed in the story!

This is a wonderful book and I'm glad that I gave it a chance!

I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!

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Solid first entry of what I hope to be a fun ride

mild spoilers.

I think the narration made this book for me. it wasn't like most dungeon core books which is good but, I feel like the main character's progression was handed to him on a silver platter. I think the two separate storylines were brought together very well and the ending was satisfying.

I think my favorite part of the book might have been the narrator's job on the dungeon core Ban.

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Great story, can't wait for the next one!

Let me start by saying that I understand why people complain about the slow start. That's aside once the ball starts rolling it doesn't stop until the very end. I enjoyed all the characters and was invested in the story line. I liked the character development and enjoyed the action and adventure. The audio, can I just say Steve does an awesome performance he had me totally immersed into the story and I could tell who was talking just buy the accents and tone! Awesome job to both the Author and Narrator.

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Great Fantasy Adventure!!💜

At first I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised.
I loved that there were 3 POV’s from the main characters. This story was well written so that we could easily follow along on this fantastic adventure. As with most series like this, the first book is usually filled with explanations and back stories of each character which allows the reader/listener to understand and appreciate the story to the fullest. This book has all that and more. The joy of Bancroft coming to life and the beautiful, strong willed & witty Rhona were both so much fun, but my favorite character was Kai. Kai was so excitable in everything from taking on the town bullies to unlocking his hidden powers. He has a big heart and although not exactly built like a soldier, he is very brave.
The narration was absolutely perfect. Steve Campbell’s voice acting talents are brilliant as he brings each character to life. I know these characters, I love this story and I’m now on this journey with them. Well done everyone!
This is book 1 with an HEA but this adventure continues.
I highly recommend this book.

Sisters Spotlight 💜

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Eh, reviews are hard. Cool story tho

So... This is a tough one for me.
I had an amazingly long rant about the difference of books and their audio counterparts.
The gist of it is this-
When you yourself read the book, you are in charge, of the emotions, of the rhythm, of the power in each word and its intensity, of the unique characters and their special quirks.
Audiobook does that for you, and it can do it even better than you do. Which is the case this time for me at least.
I'm sorry to say that the book itself, the plot, just wasn't for me.
And it's not because I dislike anything about dragons, dungeons or fantasy in general. It just wasn't for my taste.
As for the quality of the story itself? I think it was amazing, great rhythm and flow for the story which were augmented further by Steve and his great performance in this book.

This was still a rant, I apologize.
Tl;dr
Great book, amazing narration, cool plot with a fun and growing Mc. Just wasn't for my personal taste.

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  • 02-23-21

Good story bad VA

The story is pretty good, nothing spectacular but I'll likely grab the next in the series. My main problem is the reader, he will pronounce a word correctly then in the next sentence pronounce it totally different then swap back and forth between the correct and incorrect pronunciation he does this regularly and it's really annoying. I also dislike his performance of the female voices they're a little grating.

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  • Samuel Kings
  • 01-14-21

An excellent start to a trilogy

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, only made better by the great narration. The three main characters were all likable and endearing and I eagerly anticipated there eventually meeting.

The world building was also great and the magic/leveling system was coherent. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-21

Pretty good

I like the book and will continue the series, but it doesn't get me excited to think how the story will progress, just a pretty good listen. Core system made me feel like I was listening to the cradle series tbh, but it's not so similar. There are fewer LitRPG elements with the characters than I wanted. It's cradle meets dungeon core with dragons, pretty good just not 5/5 atm, the story has potential to make it truly epic. The dungeon's persona is perfect though.

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  • Sky ;)
  • 12-17-20

Fun book .

Fun book great characters story of redemption story of finding oneself this book I highly recommend to anybody who is LITRPG. The mechanics are not all in your face but they are they’re very subtly and used very well. Can't wait for the next book .

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  • Tristan
  • 10-21-20

Simply Brilliant

I enjoyed every minute of this book. Good progression and a clever but not OP set of main characters. I am looking forward to book 2.

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  • Glennccc
  • 10-13-20

Great new series

TJ Reynolds is one of my favourite new authors within the littpg genre. a fantastic storyteller, the author has come up with a fantastic new series. bits is dungeon core, slice of life and cultivation told from several pov's. Really well written with great characters. The narrator, Steve Campbell has a good smooth delivery and tells the story well.

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  • Kisieju
  • 11-22-20

Dnf

the book for me is to easy, where is the struggle and reward?
maybe I'm just a cynical old man reading ya fiction. go figure

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-15-20

Dragon? Draaaaagon!

Good book, well performed with a story which was very enjoyable. Some litrpg elements but honestly you could write this book without and it would be just as good. Characters are good, looking for some solid development in the next novel!