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Maximilian Storm has embraced his new life as a Battleborne. Reincarnated on a strange world in a powerful chimera body, he has gathered friends, made enemies, and developed wondrous new magical and physical abilities. He’s even discovered that a couple of his men, Smitty and Dylan, have chosen to join him on this world.

Max is on a mission to secure and expand his newly conquered kingdom, Stormhaven. But War Chief An’zalor wants his mine back. When he sends a small army of orcs to capture it, Max’s party, along with his dwarven and orc allies, must help him defend his new territory.

An epic quest is discovered, sending Max and his core party into the wilds to track down and retrieve a powerful artifact. New friends are discovered, and new challenges met along the way. When Max ventures off on his own, he discovers a lost territory, and an ancient dwarven secret that may change the lives of everyone. A secret that might also end his own life, and his reign.

©2021 Dave Willmarth (P)2021 Mountaindale Press

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Compared to the first book it's ok but...

Normally I would give this a full 5 stars but this writer is above the average writers in my opinion so I hold a higher standard and its just my opinion. So the voice actors are amazing at the range of accents and voices 5 star for that. Story wise you could've cut out 4 to 5 hours of all the filler stuff of micro management of his kingdom or standard conversations that don't really progress the story but it ads world building and more behind the scenes. One thing that did annoy me was change or character prospectives not being their own chapters but being part of a big chapter so you can't skip them without missing out on main story. And I miss abit of romance that the main character had in the first book. Personal thing on me for that point. So if you read the first and like hearing alot of world building, city/nation building with alittle bit of bro mance between a group of guys this book is great. I will listen to the next book because I'm invested in knowing where this goes even if I have to skip chapters to get the story moving.

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Amazing story

Loved the story and the narrator the new POV change was a little grating at first but over time it was understandle.

Spoilers under.

He was told to practice his magic and even remarked that his 2nd level spell is so much more powerful but outside of combat and the teleporting of the spiderorc body he has not seemed to cast a spell for practice at all? He has a massive mana pool and good regen but sits around smithing and crafting potions which is a great LONG TERM power gain while ignoring amazing potential power now? As a military man would he not want to practice? clean polish his weapons? for example, his heal skill as far as I hear in the book is still level 2? he can get AOE (3 targets) if he levels it up but 0 spells even when he has no use for the extra mana? Is this done for later character growth or are you writing the character as an idiot? He has a spell that will give everyone 25% bonus stats but going into a conflict with a larger force doesn't use the mana in the staff to cast it? then ignores the staff mana anyways.

Anyways love the story but the lack of character growth in spell use is infuriating.

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  • 02-03-2022

I need to go play another game on Elden scrolls!!!

I thought this was awesome I'm a computer gamer and recommend a listen. leveling up be an alchemist a Smith a mage a warrior, compannions who are tanks and healers. An evil sinister plot developing in the back ground, the only thing that made me go ewe was the possible romance with interspecies hero BOOM BOOM, it was like lv100 monster peni savaging garden gnome. it made me wonder, but hey it wasn't a focus, so didn't think about it too much.

loved the idea of epic legend rewards and God's interfering with quests. if only this happened 😪 in real life.

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brilliant fun

great continuation of the story. thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family. looking forward to book 3

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Great read

Well written well narrated book. Very likeable characters and plenty of action without alot of level up notifications etc. Dwarves Gnomes Orks Elves Goblins Trolls and Chimeras with nifty explodey spells !! What more do you want

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  • Al
  • 30-10-2021

Great second book for an awesome series

The second book of Battleborne is so good! It keeps the cast from the first book but continues to add to the group with characters that Max knew before and characters from this world. The book continues with the strong litrpg characteristics as well.

The thing I disliked was the point of view of one certain character. It didn't seem to flow as well or have the same banter.

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  • RAKnight
  • 09-11-2021

narrator was a miss on this one

I'm not sure if it's been so long since the last release or if the narrator decided he was going to do something different, but I can't stand it. Last book, he sounded in character and I was living the story. This books just makes me feel like he is just reading a book aloud and not getting into character. almost like he's bored.

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  • Lawrence edge
  • 07-11-2021

really?

so I don't normally do reviews and I will say up front that I still enjoyed the book hence the 4 star but for taking as long as it did to release just to have it be a filler book is really annoying really hope the next is better done also editors need to be fired several mistakes made as well as a clearly missed voice section for miss threet with some very obvious mouse clicks heard in between paragraphs.

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  • M.P.I.
  • 05-02-2022

The Saga continues & the Legend grows!

I got book 1 on a deal...and very quickly discovered my new 2nd favorite narrator (and a close 2nd to the notorious RCB...R.C. Bray!). Daniel Wisniewski is a riot and REALLY gets into character in this series (and Infinita, from my favorite author Sir Christopher Hopper). The talent of both narrators is off the charts, and continues in this book 2. While there wasn't a moment like in book 1 of "RAGHHHH! YOU SHOT ME IN THE FACE!" when puny goblins plinked Max with puny wooden arrows & that had me dying ROFLMAO...the quality of the narration fit the world built here phenomenally well! and there were other hilarious moments and amazing voice acting that imho is the best I've ever heard, yes even better than Lord Bray!

But what about the story? Well I hate spoilers, so plots and other goodies won't be revealed. But let's just say the breadth and scope of this book 2 eclipses what was a great start already to the world/story from book 1. I had never listened to a LitRPG before this series...but listened to many fantasy audiobooks (and I've played my fair share of RPGs pen & paper as well as digital). But maybe I stumbled onto one of the best from what I am seeing others say about Battleborne. For me, this series, really extended amazingly well in book 2, is such a joy and escape from the real world. it doesn't preach at you and truly fills a role that a fantasy novel should (sadly some sci-fi novels like some from Jeremy Robinson, tend to preach their woke crap...and I've even seen some of it creep into fantasy works). Its just nice to escape into a world of magic and mind blowing action when we choose to engage these audiobooks. At least it should. And this series does. And book 2 of this series covered so much, it felt like almost 2 novels in length. You really get your money's worth, much more than book 1, which was already amazing imho!

Can't wait for book 3! The story and plot thickens in many directions in this book 2, introducing unexpected new characters and twists...even making me cringe at first with 1 of them, only to find by the end of the book I wanted to know what was going to happen as much as the main character Max! That is writing talent and story telling and amazing narration combined to change the mind of a reader who really didn't want the story to "go there" and yet quickly changed my mind! If you liked book 1, this is definitely worth your credit! 4+ more hours than book 1!? HELL YEAH! :D

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  • Christopher Wahl
  • 31-12-2021

Daniel Wisniewski The Perfect Max Storm

Dave does a great job building a great story. I love the way he is building conflict in later books. The premise is original in a genre that is overloaded with similar plots. The narrators were fantastic as always.

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  • Devon Goode
  • 03-12-2021

Gnomes Rule !!

Great pick up from last book. Nice setup for big boss/ Rival. looking forward to see how Max handles the next stage!!

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  • rene exposito
  • 02-11-2021

So good

Been waiting for this one it was great. I can't what for the 3rd book.

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  • Jose Canizales
  • 13-05-2022

interest peeked

I REALLY enjoyed this book. it kinda reminds me of the Witcher. if you've seen that show, then you might enjoy this book. looking forward the the next book continuing the story

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  • Fred R Capps III
  • 12-05-2022

Fantastic. My type of story.

I want book 3 now. it's just the action and the Tough Guy character. not many stories are built this way and I love it

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  • SO
  • 01-05-2022

Another one

I need 10 of these books written in the same fashion as this and the first book. They’re fantastic and the narrators do fantastic.

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  • S. Reid
  • 31-03-2022

Another excellent production

A great match up of the narration talents with the creative talents thought of by Wilmarths storytelling.
As this is the 2nd one then the world is quite well fleshed out as usual and the characters thrive exceedingly well in line with Wilmarths usual plot. Although this is unusually lucky compared to a lot of other genre stories such is the engaging listening produced your soon lost within the plot.
Can't wait to get the next book/audio in this series as I really want to see what happens next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-2022

Awesome next installment.

Cannot wait for the next. Brilliant narration too. So we'll written even found myself rooting for his inevitable nemesis too.

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  • Zak Wightman
  • 15-03-2022

loved it!

Great bit of kingdom building fun, excellent narrators with good paced action scenes 👏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-2022

Refreshing and addictive

As a gamer and fan of epic fantasy books, this book is an unexpected and amazing combination of hobby's. While at first i was hesitant about the intergration clear gaming elements in a book, i quickly came to love it. Blasted though book 1 and 2 in a matter of day's and can't wait for the next book(s) in this series to appear.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2022

Awesome , just awesome

Amazing instalment of an awesome series . It’s funny , gruesome at times , well written , excellently narrated and has really good character development , lore and plot . One of the best series in this genre to come out so far .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-2022

Awesome

Can’t wait for book three and has the added bonus of making me want to play Skyrim again.

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  • Dan Sherwood
  • 24-01-2022

Not as good as the first

I enjoyed it but a poor ending.
Shame as well cause its exactly my kind of book. The first was one of my favourite listens.
This felt a little rushed, narrators class though (again) good choices.

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  • Dalton
  • 22-01-2022

Loved every second

Wow ! I loved every second, great second book and world to follow! Can’t wait for more! Narrator does an excellent job and brings the world and characters alive. I look forward to following max on his journey

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  • bri miller
  • 22-12-2021

excellent

Great follow up from the first and looking forward to book 3, some build up that wasn't fully explored in this book so can't wait to see what happens with it next

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  • AJAS
  • 03-12-2021

Even better than Book 1

A great second instalment of what is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. The book is well paced, with believable characters and with a well structured story.

Narration is top notch and the care taken with the various voices helps immerse you in this wonderful new world.

I was going to buy this book and even had it on my wish list but managed to snag a review copy, I would recommend this book to LitRPG lovers and will be purchasing the next one!

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