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Savage Dominion

By: Luke Chmilenko,G.D. Penman
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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Summary

Maulkin didn't know dying would mean a new eternity of dungeon delving, monster slaying, and glory hunting. If he had, he wouldn't have been so worried about kicking the bucket on a date gone even more wrong than usual. 

Reborn in the wild world of Amaranth, Maulkin finds himself in a hulking demi-human body with a sword of a size to match. Marked as an Eternal, a fledging immortal of boundless potential, Maulkin soon discovers he's been given a mission by the elder pantheon of this new realm: 

Grow stronger. Ascend to godhood. Spread chaos in their name. 

Oh and fend off that inbound apocalypse, if he can find the time. 

Who wants an easy afterlife anyway?

©2021 Luke Chmilenko and GD Penman (P)2021 Tantor

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Disclaimer - DNF due to narration

I'm sure there is an undemanding, entertaining story in here somewhere, but sadly after restarting it three times I had to return it due to an issue with the narration.

It started out well enough as a genre novel with an interesting set up and premise, and having listened to several books narrated by Luke Daniels before (and having listened to some of the sample for this book) I anticipated a well read fun LitRPG adventure.

Unfortunately a few hours in it turned out that Luke has chosen an 'interesting' accent for one of the groups (think Irish mixed with The Muppets Swedish Chef with a sprinkling of West Indian around the edges) and despite my best efforts I simply could not bear to listen through it any further. I really did try, but for me it was there with nails on a blackboard on the list of annoying sounds!

It is hard to give a fair score as I have not finished the book but in regard to the story I did find my attention starting to wander (even before the accent appeared) so feel that it might have been losing a little momentum after a promising start.

As with all audiobooks your mileage may vary as listening to narrators is very subjective. Others may have no problem with the choice of voices but sadly for me it was a deal breaker on this one.

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  • 25-06-21

Disappointing

The book starts by using satire to make fun of litrpg clichés before following those clichés to the letter. The humour is basically making fun of litrpg or just commenting on what ever stupid aspect of the world the author created specifically for that purpose.

The main charector is stupid he let's someone try to kill him three times then gives them invaluable information about there powers because mc doesn't want to hurt the person trying to murder him. Sigh

Even the way the mc dies initially is almost comically pathetic, i dont care about the loser who only has a spine when it's plot convient.

As for the other charectors they are basically just there to talk to the mc and talk about him and how stupid he is which is supposed to be funny but just comes of as stupid writing.

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Brilliantly story and great characters

Absolutely loved this book; It brought with it the style that I've come to love from Luke's other books but with something slightly mischievous and light running throughout. I think it has to be the main character, who has a refreshingly relatable chaotic streak 😈

I've not (yet!) read any of G.D. Penman's other novels but after reading this book I sure AF will be!

Luke Daniels bringing these characters to life was a real treat too, and one that has me torn now that I've just seen the second book is now out on Kindle!! do I wait or do I plough on?! the dilemma is real! Especially because I know I'll be heading Luke's character voices in my head when I read it 🙉 is that copying infringement?...it feels like theft regardless! 😳

I digress, back to the point, go listen to this book already!!

The magic & divinity systems in the book are really interesting, and I love the there is magic play but it's not the focus of the main character for a change; alone that would kind of suck, but there is a really fascinating balance struck with the divinity system allowing for our lovable barbarian type (don't want to try spelling his name after only having heard it 😅) to simultaneously focus heavily on physicality while also being able to do some really cool shit in and out of combat.

The out of combat utility really reminds me of of the elements that I adored in a Ascend Online, and I'm really excited to see where it's taken

Having the the magic not be the focus of the main character, rather him playing witness to its effects more often than not, allows for quite an interesting soft magic system that still feels quite solid especially with the LitRPG style stats

The source of the 'problems' underground was predictable, but in the most deliciously satisfying way, where in the lead up I had a couple theories that snapped into place before hand and I found myself eagerly anticipating as much hunch was borne out

The fight scenes are engaging, with some interesting encounters, and the rate of progression is both satisfying fast and with enough room for growth that it doesn't out pace the story.

The limitations on artifice, both in terms of maintaining physical control of the body, and in what can't be manipulated, make for a cool story telling tool too, as it's not hard to make them unable to solve all the problems the characters face, while allowing for fast traversal of otherwise tedious obstacles. It lets the challenges maintain a sense of scale while still being achievable to these new low level characters

Overall I highly recommend this series to both existing LitRPG fans and new readers alike, it makes for a very accessible, highly entertaining read with moments of both harrowing darkness, laugh out loud dialogue

Thank you both Luke Chmilenko & G.D. Penman for bringing this into the world, it was a much needed escape from reality and I look forward to diving back into your world with the next volume!

Thank you Luke Daniels for giving life to these characters and making them feel so real, it's been a pleasure listening to you do your thing yet again!

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Fun and entertaining.

Interesting backstory with dichotomy of good Vs evil - but sadly the whole darker side of his patrons of the moon court rarely came into the story. Despite this the characters were fun and relatable. The story was fun and kept moving too. The fight scenes were not as clever as other books however (with only one skill really being used per battle to save the day- which happens to be one of two Devine powers).
Massive credit has to go to the narrator. Making crazy accents per character and enabling each character’s attempts at comedy or sassiness alive which could ruin the book if done badly.
Overall a solid 4/5 stars

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definite maybe

The story and setting are fun. I felt the pace dragged a bit and the characters are a bit too one dimensional. The banter was a fun distraction but at times I felt it became too much while the actual banner isn't really the height of wittiness.

Plus, the MC just haphazardly lucks into basically everything he needs. That plus the favmct that he is not smart and a lot of missed basic opportunities make this story somewhat frustrating.

Overall it was not a bad book with lots of good prospects for worldbuilding. Some of the plot was very predictable. Perhaps more suited to a young adult audience.

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Who sounds like that?

I was reasonably interested in the story, enough to look past the wildly fluctuating and hard to listen to accent of an early on side character.

however later when an entire race of beings are given an impenetrable and frankly comical accent I had to stop.

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It’s a good time.

Good story for RPG gamers. The first book is surprisingly good. I hope the rest of the series can keep up. 

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Good amount of detail.

I loved the story. I only wish that I would write down some of the names because, now I nead to search again who is some of the names at the end. But its not a bad thing.

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Best book on audible!

Love the narrator, best I've ever heard. Hooked me from the start, the author is hysterical and it's written so well, I was immersed. The humour is brilliant, couldn't recommend more. Great RPG-like book, even for those like me who aren't gamers. Great fantasy, wonderful writing, fantastically brought to life, love love love it.

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The accents of narration

The story started off well and the narrator was great in his own voice, but the accents are just awful and so bad I had to stop listening

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