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So much for the wait

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-2020

After a LOOOooooong wait for book 8 of the Chaos Seeds series all I can say is...Disappointed!! I agree with other reviews that the content of this book is poor. Not much really happens apart from a lot of levelling and stats after the battle gains from book 7. It really is more like a prologue to book 7 or, as others have said, book 7.5. It is quite short too, though I am sure Aleron had mentioned on his Patreon posts that Monsters was literally going to be a monster of a book...hence the long lead time. Seemed like 10 mins of this book was dedicated to an epsiode of diarrhoea. Kinda funny but not when all you want in storyline progression rather than hours and hours of stats progression. I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the other books of the series and continue to think Nick Podehl must be a gnome...because he RULES the performance. But even that cannot save this book from being tedious.

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The price is high for listeners

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-2020

While I have enjoyed the previous two books, Oblivion’s Price is hard to take. Julia engaging in VR gaming after her experience!? C’mon. No way would she go near anything like what had caused her so much damage. The most painful thing about this book though is, after listening to Val start to realise his power, we have to listen to him flounder around as a complete noob again. Been there! Done that!

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Engaging but a let-down in parts

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-2019

As the story-line of The Madoran Chronicles progresses the Author seems to make more exceptions to logic - sometimes to help things link up but sometimes for no apparent reason at all. It’s like those annoying parts in movies where continuity gets stuffed up. There are also the times when anyone with even one half of a single neurone would make a connection or notice something...but Alex, supposedly a sane and reasonably smart girl, seems to miss the connection until whoops...it’s too late. Some of these are critical points in the storyline and thus rather annoying! I don’t like reading books where the main character is annoyingly stupid. Having said that, luckily Alex has enough character to identify with and look past the unnecessary “blonde” moments. Characters continue to develop and the time twist that takes up most of the Draekora chronicle provides a clever spin.

Better than the Long War

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

This book develops The Next and adds in Mars and Sally’s dad, Mr Lindsay, as other aspects to the saga. This means the Long Mars does not feel quite as much “more of the same” as was the case for The Long War but it would have been good to develop the perspective by taking the point of view of one of The Next (eg Paul Spencer-Waggoner) to mix things up a bit more. The series JUST keeps me interested enough to continue with the next book.

Chaotic fun continues with the Kong

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-2018

While, for some of TheLand series I have thought there to be too many battles and not enough development of the Mist Village and interaction with the land beyond, I felt this a bit more balanced. Some very interesting developments occur throughout this book and the same wry frat-boy humour remains (though the expletives seem to be used over frequently in this volume) but the icing on the cake has always been the performance...and the skilled delivery just keeps on keeping on! So knock yourself out and soak it aaaaaaall in.

Engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-2017

This is a mammoth tale in the making and I will certainly be getting the remainder of the series. Well narrated in a style that does the story justice and brings scenes and characters to life, this audiobook was an engaging listen. I awarded 4 stars rather than 5 for the story as there are parts where there main character's actions are incongruous. Despite this, Dawn of Wonder is a book I highly recommend. It certainly has no lack of action and a team of well developed characters.