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Eric has survived where people much stronger than him have found their deaths. And not just that: He's managed to activate his magic supply, tame one of the most dangerous dungeon monsters, find the ancient city of monster hunters, and rescue Jay, the girl abandoned by the scouts in Gulper's lair.

He left the Dungeons of the Crooked Mountains behind him. Now his path leads him to Orchus, where our freshly-minted mage intends to finally free himself of his debt-repayment oath.

But as soon as Eric and Jay descend into the valley, they discover that the local barons have been attacked by young Corwin's men who have swept through their neighbors' estates, pillaging and plundering.

This makes Eric's task all the more difficult: he has to return to his home city without ending up in his enemies' clutches. You'd think his natural cautiousness and the acute instincts of his pet Gorgie would make this journey a walk in the park - but fickle Lady Luck has her own ideas.... Once again Eric is being pulled into a bloody vortex of dangers.

©2019 Alexey Osadchuk; English translation copyright 2019 by Andrew Schmitt (P)2020 Tantor

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This was almost a 3

This is a hard review to write because there is some really solid parts of this book. T

he problem is that certain parts are just so very bad YA cliche junk. The MC's attitude toward the treatment of people is too overdone that it seems fake. Maybe it was the narrator but I just rolled my eyes a million times when ever the MC cries out about the injustices of the world. And he actually cries out and yells, many many times as if it was a Shakespearean play.

Then there is the mismanagement of skills and grinding. The MC, as you know from the first book, gets radiant tablets from killing lvl 30 mobs. this gives him 10 lvls of a stat from the mob, a skill, a spell, and 10 points that can be put into stats or skills. Instead of farming said lvl 30 creatures, which there is an abundance of them in the cave. And using the tablets to make his character even in stats, and then properly maximizing his stats. The MC decides to not do that, leave the easy leveling caves, and then continues on to make "too stupid to live" choices and just so happen to get out of the bad situations he gets in because he is secretly inspector gadget. You really feel like smacking the MC sometimes.

However the places and things that happen around the MC is very interesting. It is like you have to put up with the MC to enjoy the rest of the book.

The book ends up with the MC becoming waaaay to OP. If the next book balances the OP MC by continuing to have him do stupid things I will have to stop reading this series.

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this was interesting but not as good as the first

this is interesting but not as good as the first book the characters to get a little predictable about what's going to happen in our times when you just want to tell grow up use the tablets and a time to get to little Opie when it comes to power

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Basically same story 2 1/2 stars

I only listen to the beginning but the same thing basically happens again Just a new scene and new people

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Inappropriate Content

This series would be amazing (although it does have done grammatical errors), if it were not for the inappropriate content.

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why not

spends too much time re-reading over character stats apparently I have ADD as start to lose interest

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Okay book, terrible narrator

The narrator just consistently seems to get the tone wrong in many scenes. Bad, but bearable... then a character called Mii is introduced. His voice for mii is bad it makes me want to tear mg eardrums out

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Not as good as first book

Didnt enjoy it as much as the first book, definitly didnt like the orator who read the audio book--made the MC much more whiny than I thought he was after only reading the first book.

Main thing I didnt like was author kept using the same phrases over and over and over, grated on me a lot and i didnt notice it at all in the first book.

Overall it's worth the time to read as part of Kindle Unlimited but not worth the purchase. Dont recommend audio book either way.

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better than the first book

I enjoyed the first book but this book just keeps getting better. The main character is no longer feeling sorry for himself and starts thinking ant the plot includes more than just him.

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Binged

I quickly fell in love with this series and ended up binge listened to it. I cannot wait until the next book.

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loved it

loved it. cant wait for more. when this story ends I hope more will be written in this same world.