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Struggling to recover from his losses in Kirshtein, Lee is swept back into the fray when a dangerous new Herald sets her sights on him. Hell-bent on reshaping the world in her own image and with her own ideals, she is willing to commit even the most immoral acts in her pursuit of righteousness. At risk of losing everything he has worked so hard to create, Lee has to find a way to defend the weak against a madwoman whose deranged sense of justice has twisted the limits of the game. 

To make matters even more difficult, Lee is forced to face these problems while dealing with an increasingly erratic system he doesn't understand and the Goddess of Blood's own strong-willed Herald. 

This is the third installment of War Aeternus, a popular LitRPG gamelit book that focuses on the adventures of Lee, a regular office worker stuck in a game-like world.

©2017 on Charles Aylett Ashby Dean (P)2018 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean

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The weak must be eradicated

Lee and the surviving team return for book three, and all I can say is that this is a welcome return after the kick in the feelz that Dean gave us in the last book. One thing I will say about the Lord of Beards is that he knows how to entertain. After the events in the last novel, Lee is in a funk, and he isn’t looking to break out of it anytime soon. To say that the quality of his mercy is strained would be an understatement. This leads to one of the funniest scenes in the book, in which Lee and the amazing Miller rush to defend a monument Lee built at the end of book two. Sorry, spoilers and all that, so I can’t reveal anything, but there are two moments in which Miller steals the show. The first comes from the eating of the nobleman’s heart, and the other is the spear to the face and Miller playing thing off with the line, “Well, you said to kill anyone moving towards the statue.” I burst out laughing, and chuckled for another ten minutes after the scene was played out. I admit that I am a Miller junkie. And, if I am being honest, that is the only complaint that I have about this book. There is not enough Miller. He is missing for a big chunk of it, but it is for reasons that I cannot reveal. So, I just cherished every moment I had with him.

Thankfully, Lee keeps things interesting as he goes around killing blind children and old people, this is all about culling the weak, after all. While this might sound controversial, it is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, horrifying, and moving as Lee is only doing what he must. Meanwhile, poor Augustus is getting his butt chewed off for having a herald who goes around killing other heralds. Even though that is pretty much expected of him. Augustus is probably my second favorite character, because he just does what he wants, and worries about consequence later, since he doubts they will ever affect him.

Dean also introduces a new character, Jade, who could be a Patty Duke styled cousin to the Bathrobe Knight’s Stephanie. She is a fun character who has no issue speaking her mind, lives as if she were in a Manga Anime series, and just so happens to see non heralds as NPC’s who are not real. Her POV is . . . . . . . . . . . . . .different , to say the least. You can tell that Charles had a blast writing her, and that Lee is in some serious trouble with her as a companion. To say that she makes life complicated for him would be an understatement. Dean is almost making a harem for Lee, who just isn’t biting. We have Ling, Brigid, and Jade, but for me Masha is the best and most practical choice for Lee in my humble opinion. I really like her, and think that he has an emotional tie with her that the others all lack. If I was going to play MFK with these ladies, I would marry Masha. I love Jade, as a character, but she is far too crazy town for me. Like I said, she reminds me of Stephanie, and while both I and my kids loved her, we wouldn’t want to marry her.

The story is fast paced, and we finally get back to Satterfield. Lee gets to know the game AI, and the herald he faces off against is about a bat crap crazy as you can get. I don’t think that there was ever a moment that wasn’t dragging me along at a break neck speed, an awesome fight was taking place, or danger didn’t loom off in the corner. This is a tightly written tale that fulfills every need for comedy, action, adventure, emotion, and big events. Dean just continues to step up his game. I see him improve in every book he has written, and I know that WA4 is going to be even more amazing. I have no complaints on the word front.

As for the narration, well I have to say that I have never heard Jeff Hays do better. I don’t think there is another person who could pull off Jade the way that he does. Are multiple reasons Jeff is amazing, and his ability to do believable female voices is one of them. Still, he hits the attitude and exuberance that is Jade like he lived with her as a kid. Between his performance of her and that of Miller I don’t know how Lee ever gets a voice of his own. Jade definitely steals the show. Annie plays a fine Brigid, and who I’ll call the crazy chicken lady (because that is all I could see when she transformed). She nails them both like she was a gas powered hammer. I really like their chemistry, these two don’t work so well together as they just blend flawlessly with one another. They go together like water and a Kool aid packet. Like peas and carrots. As always, the sound production is exemplary and the book is as clear as Crystal Lake right after summer break. SBT has the highest quality standards when it comes to storytelling that you could ask for.

War Aeternus: The Culling literally cut away every weak moment that it had, and left us with the most choice cut of pure Kobe Beef. This story had real meat on its bones, and I most happily dug in and asked for thirds when it was all over. I am giving this book a 9. It is solid, surprising, funny, and poignant. I could not have asked for or expected more.


Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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This series makes me laugh

The series is great, the characters are compelling, but best of all, the humor actually makes me laugh.

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I like this series

Storie is great and keeps getting better. I love the character Jade, book has amazing writing.

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Thank you

You have delivered another solid story thank you I can’t wait for the next one

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best one of the series so far <br />

I really enjoyed the Jade character. Annie's the best (narrator) along with Jeff. can't wait for the next one

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Great narrative, but the MC is jerk!

Ok, I'm 3/4s the way through the 3rd book and I have to say, what the heck happened!!!!

before I go and rant I will say that the series is worth a read. starts slow but gains speed and Its fresh take on litrpg is creative. I wish there was more of a back story on the what and whys but it's still a good read.

NOW, after finishing the 3rd book, I hate Lee. he has become an arrogant jerk and his decisions are completely contrary to logic in any way. like all the time. at least in the 3rd book. the 1st he was lovable in a way and unknowing, the 2nd he was gaining speed and becoming confident, and then after one death he has lost sight of what the point of this war Is and is unable to make any decisions that are difficult.
This bugs me because the author and narrator do a great job of getting you emotionally evolved. this being said, I want to smack Lee!

THIS IS MY TAKE on his behavior and other than the main character acting like an arrogant teenage monk who thinks girls and sex are icky, the other characters make up for it. jade is an absolute riot!!! I love her. she needs her own book for sure, and Miller is a star aswell. I got plenty of looks for laughing out loud at what they thought was nothing.

The narrator was brilliant and is now in my top 3 hands down. he has more so many variations to his voice that sometimes I swear theres more than one guy. he even has a different narrative voice than he did in other series. I love him and sound booth audio aswell. those guy are fantastic.

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Jade, jade, the yandere

Jesus Christ was that entertaining. Jeff has this way of voicing half crazed nut jobs that work brilliantly.
This book is more of the same if you love the series so it’s well worth it. Things do take a sudden shift midway won’t he introduction of new characters, there is indeed a harem growing it seems but to be honest I still like the darker tone and while it’s sorta becoming power fantasy as long as it’s a fresh take on that it’ll never bother me.
All hail jade.

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best book so far!

with the introduction of a new character, this book became the funniest of the series so far! well worth it!

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great!

well done and I am definitely looking forward to the next one. if you haven't given the series a chance yet you're missing out intriguing as well as many funny spots.

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Almost everything was awesome. 😋

The story was fun as always. It was a little shorter than I like but I have to admit that creates a great turnaround time on book production which scratches that itch for getting a new episode in this well written Saga. The only irritating factor was the attempt to incorporate in the growling with this book's antagonist. It was a valiant attempt but turned out to be substantially more annoying than it was helpful in adding to the books immersive value. Other than that it was sure a fun story.

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Solid

It’s really picking up in pace excitement wit good twists and turns on the way,really looking forward to book 4

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  • Jack
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A decent continuation, if questionable at times.

Once again another great performance by Jeff Hays and Anni Ellicott, but jumping straight to this from War Aeternus 2 was a little jarring. The main character, Lee, can feel bi pola at times, jumping from the character from the first two books to acting like the cruel heralds he has faced so far and completely paranoid, hiding information from his party members. A good example of this is Lee contemplating executing a servant early on in the book just for sending Lee his master's request and it continues like this for well into the book. Not only Lee but the other characters can act questionable at times. Jade is the most jarring addition, another herald that is completely anime obsessed and seems incapable of thinking anything without saying it out loud. Another odd choice was the sudden characterization of the game's AI. What was in the first two books was just blue text boxes is now defined as definitely feminine and is holding entire conversations between it/herself and Lee. I wanted to enjoy it and overall I don't regret the spent credit but I'm currently unsure if I'll keep listening if there is a 4th book.