• The Land: Swarm

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 5
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20,347 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Aleron Kong's number-one best-selling LitRPG saga continues in The Land: Swarm.

The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do? 

Crush the game, that's what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests, and in-depth world building! 

What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel's secret spices? 

Journey back into my world and find out! Come back...to the Land!

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Great addition to the series

So I am on my second go through and their is so much more to the story that I missed on my first go through.

I have read all 7 of the books and listened to them (Mostly twice now). I know some people complain about the prompts but I love that type of info. It makes the book feel more real.


For anyone considering this series: The Mc acts like a real person. He will do good and bad things. Some things people consider cruel (My brother and I got in to a discussion about that). Here is the thing I can’t say I’d do any less in his position. I mean honestly he is. A much nicer person than I would be in that situation.

Con: here is the only reason it did not make 5 stars. While I love prompts the description of the goblins was a bit tedious when it kept repeating racial facts. That would be my only real suggestion to skip over.

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Gnomes Rule

Another beautifully told story of adventure and leveling up in the land. My only issues were that some of the prompts and level building can seem tedious. There were a couple of lengthy in depth descriptions that I zoned out during. Overall the level of complexity that Aleron is constructing with each story is phenomenal.

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Epic

So I've read the books up to this one but I cant go back to reading it!!! this Narration by Nick Podehl has spoiled me so much that i wont go back to the voices i gave each character...... I cant wait for the next book and i urge anyone and everyone who reads this to buy this Series because you will not regret it!!!

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This is not a good book. Definetly. I cant copy a


(just to warn you this is NOT a short review)
This book isn't a "good" book and it definitely, isn't a great book. As many of the reviews will tell you, it's more of a guilty pleasure than anything else. Reliant upon common literary mechanics and world building to make up for its poor character work. The author however menages to ruin even this careful equilibrium by writing numerous chapters that are so bad their almost unreadable. To put it simply, where do I even start? The misogynistic comments alone are tolerable (due mainly to their irregularity) and ranged from really really messed up to downright perverted. Perverted, because of a whole host of reasons. Not the good kind of perverted either (ie:kinky) just downright F'ed up. For instance there is one scene where the main character remarks on how great a women breasts are, right after he brutally murdered her. In another scene he contemplates how he could drug the girls in his village ( who are technically under his control) to ensure that they would have sex with him. And that is just one part of it. (Read on I dare you) In another part of the book he discovers a sentient race living under neath his lands and instead of seeking to befriend them, he invades their lands and murders them. (Want details, no problem read on (p.s. I find this particularly ironic since the book is called alliances)) Well, to start one time he comes across a pair of brothers and uses a spell on one of them. (not bad right, well once again dear reader. I say to you read on) He than forces the creature to murder his brother before having a conversation with him about how to avoid his peoples defenses and... then murders him too. Later in the story he than proceeds to enter the land of one of the other tribes in the region and kills anyone he comes into contact with. During his battles (I told you this was gonna be a long one) he menages to capture a few prisoners and magically forces them to help him out. After providing them with food he is disgusted to learn that they eat their meat raw, shortly after the point where he tore out one of his prisoners eyes and used it for a potion. Following this (because a book can never have enough wanton blood shed) he forces the captives to lead him to one of their work sites. Where he than moves on to magically take control of the guards and force them to massacre ( the word that the book uses is slaughter) all of the workers,( p.s. If this book has a genocide achievement the main character has more than earned it.) Workers who pose by the way absolutely, no threat to him, what so ever. ( I just want you to remember that throughout all of this that these are people we are talking about people with family's, Children, Husbands, Wives, mothers, and fathers.). To add insult to injury the main charterers bonded dragon than proceeds to defecate on one of the corpses( something which the main character finds hilarious), And that my dear readers is just a small sample of what awaits you. To everyone who has made it this far, I congratulate you. You are well deserving of my respect. I know it was a lot, I'm just glad you manged to make it through all of it. ( and to those who skipped to the end well... I don't blame you.) In all fairness part of the reason I'm so upset about this, is because up until this point it actually isn't a terrible book. In fact its incredibly clear the author truly enjoys his work and has fully invested him self in the effort. So too me it is less of a expected literary atrocity and more of a shocking betrayal. Something all the more devastating in my humble opinion.

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For when you have read the rest of the genre

Lots of levels. Lots of stats. Decent game system. Somewhat of an annoying MC.

The worst part is hearing out loud the blatantly fraudulent claim "father of American litrpg" from the title. Made even worse now that the author has been granted a trademark on the term litrpg. It really paints the dictatorial actions of the main character in an all to realistic light.

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Moving way too slow

This series sets up lots of enemies and setpieces that haven't been resolved by the end of the fifth book. With only two left, I cannot imagine this series is going to have anything resembling a satisfying conclusion. There are just so many hanging threads that should have been tied up now. It doesn't help that the MC develops really slowly. The plot seems to suggest that he should be formidable by now, but his settlement is small and he himself is super wimpy. Winning by luck isn't that satisfying to read. I get that combat needs tension but most people don't almost lose literally every fight they've been in. Every fight is identical: Start doing some damage->enemy not that bothered-> enemy does damage, MC almost dies->plot armor saves the day.

Also, author has a torture fetish. Best to keep that in mind since you'll see a lot of it.

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Not that great

When the story is being told its great but endless reading of stats is just too much. Objectifying every woman he introduces is old. I'm moving on to something else.

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The books have devolved completely at this point.

Within the first 5 chapters of the story, AT LEAST an hour of the book is just reading stats of items, talents and skill descriptions. It's been steadily getting worse with easy book but at this point I'm almost ready to just delete the rest of the series. I wish I hadn't bought all of these books.

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exciting

this is a really fun and entertaining book to read. great storyline and filled with adventure. really keeps you on your toes at times!

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Great narration. Poor story.

As always Nick Podehl does a great job. This book in The Land series was very disappointing.

*Spoilers ahead*

I found the story to be rather dull. The climax came about halfway into the story with the fight against the undead knight, but even that didn't grab me. There was too much exposition. At one point the book has two long chapters that focus solely on Richter learning about and training the skill of Scrying.

There are small skirmishes peppered throughout the first half of the book and one in the later half. The final story battle is against a band of goblins. Sure it was written grimly and dire, but I couldn't take it seriously because it's a pack of goblins. We haven't seen them since the first book (when Richter was really weak) and they got slaughtered by him and Sion. The second book had hobgoblins, but even then I didn't feel the threat as they attacked a mostly undefended village, but still lost. The story had given me no reason to dread these creatures and this is the final battle?

The prompts that all litrpgs do take way too long. As an example before the final skirmish Richter analyzed the goblins, but after the first and only important goblin I found it was going to go through several if not all of them. So I decided to skip ahead 3 minutes only to find Podehl was still going through the goblins. This happens throughout the story and it is incredibly tedious.

The story ends on both a metaphorical and literal cliff hanger which I suppose the author found to be clever.

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  • Mr. L. HALL
  • 02-08-18

For lovers of incest and beastiality

Upon listening to this book you will learn many things. The author loves repetition, copy and paste, incest and beastiality. The author has limited imagination and often repeats the same scenario again and again albeit in a slightly different location when he is not just coping and pasting. The author is obsessed with sex but clearly shows a lack of any experience in his writing. Every character has more or less the same personality and all use sexual innuendos as often as possible. All characters male or female throw themselves at the main protagonist for sexual desires and worship including the royal families. Female characters are portrayed as old fashioned stereotypes and appear to only exist in this book for bowing down to the sexual desires of their dear lord.

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  • Dan Wright
  • 06-25-19

the more I read the more I enjoy

the more I read the more I'm enjoying them. they take alittle getting used to. but I dont want to put the series down. worth a go.

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  • AENGUS
  • 09-09-18

decent

previous books were very good, this one however got boged down in stats. before attacking 5 of the same mobs do we really need to listen to the same description and the stats of every single one..

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  • Paul
  • 05-07-18

Continues the good work but.

The one down side was the constant “upgrade” within the book. I would guess that at least 1/4 of the book is spent listening to upgrades or analyse instead of the story.

Overall still good and worth spending the credit for it but it seems more like a filler book to the bigger story.

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  • Gareth
  • 11-25-17

Superb!

Continues the progression of our Lord and his allies, companions and friends.
Another great addition to this great series.

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  • O. Patchett
  • 11-24-17

This story line is slowing up.

Just about limped through it. Lots still to happen, but mostly the story events were all benign zZz. Chop chop. Stringing readers along for cash at the moment apparently.

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  • Tom Dignam
  • 07-20-22

Amazing! But this book was slow!

Combine the stats like previous books? Sometimes hearing racial info 5 times or 10 cases of brain drain xp can be tedious, especially when all I want to know is when Richter is going to tell anyone about the kobold king?! The Catacombs are calling me!!

Amazing story though!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

very enjoyable

great series easy to follow I can see my self standing in the war party among the fight on to the next book

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  • Fhilip
  • 08-18-21

This is

This is geting better and better! Only wish ther were longer books or infenetly more of em!

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  • MR S P KENNY
  • 08-13-21

Awesome series

An excellent series very compelling good characters. Will be continuing this to the end.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-17

Moo review

Tell you what these books are like crack.. I need this sooooo dam badly in my life other wise I would get the shakes

Love this book love the series and can not wait for the next book.

Give me my fix
11/10

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  • hazyandlazy
  • 11-05-17

Rts meets rpg meets a great story, magic happens

When rts, rpg and a great story meet up over a few drinks, add a little magic, then this book series is created as a love child of Aleron and Nick!
Great characters, great quotes, great humour, great action, great mechanics, a bloody great book.

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  • Matt
  • 11-01-17

yet another fantastic storie

loving these books, gets better each chapter 👍👍

I like how this one was more based around growing the village rather than bulk random battles.

don't want to wait for the next audio, going to have to start reading haha, but Nick Podehl really is one of the best out there, truly keeps you hooked.

these two make a perfect team

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-21

I'm so hooked.

Literally the only bad thing about this book series is fear of reaching the end. Its so good I never want it to stop.

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  • Vassili
  • 01-06-21

Just here for Jeff Hays

Great narration. Crappy writing. The only thing I remember about this book (which I finished a few days ago) is something about Cobolt caves and a nerd with superpowers trying hard to be cool.

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  • Garrie Goodall
  • 09-10-20

Great Book 5

Loved it great series and really well narrated. Worthy book and waiting for more thanks

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  • Freakyspells
  • 09-23-19

good story but..

anybody else feel like the it's a bit weird how the most detailed sexual encounters are when the mc is being raped by his enemies as a form of torture in this series?

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  • Sunset Ridge
  • 09-12-19

outstanding story and narration

Loved the books, now I'm loving the Audible version. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Chris
  • 07-06-19

Engaging

The story continues yet again to draw you in with the brilliant details and storyline

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

cant stop

i am going through these book far too quickly it almost saddens me that im nearing the end of available books

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