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Temper: An Apocalyptic LitRPG Series

Red Mage, Book 2
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Red Mage, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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A haven for humanity. Factions forming and fracturing. The seeds of a new empire.

Drew and his team are racing to create a system-recognized "Habitat". To make this happen, they must conquer more nodes, deal with an antagonistic superior officer, and possibly worst of all: Their own fear.

Freeing the troll’s sacrificial captives was only the beginning. Now the remnants of humanity must find a safe place to call home. But Nat's Park isn't the safe haven he was promised it would be. Not only do internal politics threaten to rip the survivors apart, an unknown danger haunts the stadium.

Drew and his allies will struggle to survive in the changed world after the Advent as fate works to temper them.

©2020 Xander Boyce (P)2020 Mountaindale Press

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Did they just low key say that physics is made up?

Physics is wrong, the universe has a system modeled after rpg's that lets you gain power by absorbing magic marbles. Riiigght. This book panders to an american audience who know what the hell they are talking about with all the american intertextuality of places I dont care about and systems of governance that aren't important. This book panders to people who think they would run things better if they were in charge and feeds the savior complex. like 95% of apocalyptic books it does the same 95% of people died so I know what's right thing. I'm done with with the series, versions 1 through 1000 can all fail for all I care, its honestly such a dumb system to create soldiers and the marbles are such a plot device that the story literally has no stakes. And what's with the authors compunction to turn people of mexican descent into monsters. There is no story worth following as the MC always has a side quest to do.

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  • C. Cuzzort
  • 03-06-2020

Not enough story

So I hate to write a negative review on a story that I do enjoy. I will say that the plot continues and grows in the right ways. There are some new interesting characters that come on board. A New God appears but not much behind it. Luke Daniels was amazing as always. Now the problem I have with this book is that nothing really happens for half the book. Sure they fight bad guys etc but there just wasn’t enough substance. I skipped chapters because I was losing interest in the story and felt like I didn’t miss anything. This book needed more story and outside earth storyline. It was set up in the first book but then nothing in this one. I hope the next book has more. I do enjoy the story but really the first half of them book should have been 3 chapters at most. It’s okay to fast forward in time. We spent the next month doing blah etc. I hated Snyder even more over blah month etc. If the story doesn’t continue in some substantial way in the next book I won’t be continuing the series. Either stop listening to your editor who’s telling you to publish this shit and write I great story. Or if it’s the other situation start listening to them. -A concerned fan

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  • Ceiling Chair
  • 26-05-2020

A frustration with narration

Book is pretty solid, but narrator keeps saying cran instead of crayon and I feel like I am gonna have a brain aneurysm.

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  • John
  • 26-05-2020

A Side Questing we shall go

That is just about this whole book, a big ole side quest for nodes and being carried by one of Aries troopers. Oh and this ridiculous CW romance thing that is going on from the very needed and dependent Cati, I get that the author has a hard on to have military acronyms every place in the book and to try and make this rank and file. But he was going for that, then Cati needs to removed from the party because she is a huge distraction. Hence why that is NOT aloud in the military, at least not in the same unit.

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  • Isaac Trimble
  • 20-05-2020

A great continuation.

This is a great sequel. They keep up the excitement of the first and add more factors to the groups survival and the world at large. They also do a great job developing the characters into what feel like real people. Overall a great continuation that leaves me excited for the next book!!

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  • Squid73
  • 19-05-2020

Dang it!

I understand that this book is just over 12 hours, but at the end of this book I was like where is the rest! I’m in a holding pattern waiting for the next book! I love this story and series from Xander! And it was date for Luke Daniels to be the narrator!

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  • Lycanvamp
  • 04-06-2020

Solid storytelling

Second book in the Red Mage series and it doesn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed listening to it. It’s one of those books that you’ll sit in the car listening an extra 20 minutes to an hour in your driveway. Lol.

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  • STEPHEN PESSOTTI
  • 26-05-2020

A Fantastic addition to one of my favorite litrpgs

Holy crap this is a great book! If you enjoy litrpg or apocalypse series this book will be right up your ally. The world building continues to be good,the character growth is there though i will admit slow, the continued enjoyment of old characters following along as well as fantastic new ones is good. and new threats for them to face and overcome is nice as well. I personally am deeply interest in how Drew and his group continue to grow as well as if Drew becomes fully realized. i don't wanna say what i mean by that so not to spoil anything though i am sure those of you who read the first book in the series will know what i mean.

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  • Ken o
  • 25-05-2020

NEED MORE

Loved it. Great from start to finish. It keeps you entertained and continues to advance the plot foward while explaining the little details along the way. completely enjoyed this book and series so far... yes it has game mechanics and yes there are monsters but they also try to keep some realism with the environment and human relationships and emotions aspects. This is just a great read if you like sci-fi game rpg.

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  • Christopher B Thomas
  • 23-05-2020

One of the better books in the genre

This book has a well explained system that is simple in it's rules but complex in skills. It follows the plot and hints at a wider plot to come.

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  • Noah Simon
  • 22-05-2020

Solid second book!

Wasn't sure how the author was going to tie together the two concepts of fantasy like powers with the space element of the previous book. However I was pleasantly surprised with the balance the author was able to achieve between these two vastly different concepts, both in idea and power level. Also it's nice to see that the second book hasn't degraded the quality of the writing as in so many other lit RPG series.

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  • Gerry
  • 01-06-2020

5 star

as good as if not better then book 1 , usually moan it ended too soon tho .

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  • Deldon
  • 21-05-2020

Truly enjoyable

I really appreciate the light humour of this book. the characters are likeable as well and I want the to succeed. cannot wait until the next book.

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  • N K
  • 02-08-2020

Another excellent sorry

Xander does it again another great story base development and growth abound in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-2020

Love this series

I really enjoy Xander's series and look forward to book 3 even if it looks like it might be a little bit

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  • M. Paddon
  • 28-06-2020

Good read overall.

Overall I liked this book, and more so as I'm assuming this is the first series of books the author has done. I can certainly see flaws in it, but I'll cover those at the end. Firstly, I liked the characters overall. They are pretty well-rounded and distinct from each other in their personalities. The story is nothing ground breaking in terms of LitRPG, with it revolving around aliens - or perhaps ancient humans - changing the earth so that mana is a growing force in the world. Along with the change to people in that they can level skills and spells, if not personal stats. The magic/skills system is quite a good one and not one I've seen used in other LitRPG books so far, and revolves around gaining stones off strong monsters that can be used to slot into a skills tree to gain spells or abilities. All that is fine and works pretty well on the surface. I wasn't a huge fan of a very over-powered MC, as in my opinion if this was a reality then every other human on Earth would be doomed due to the fact they wouldn't have enough powerful people to stand against the monsters - certainly not early on. Quite literally none of this lot would make it without the MC, so what hope would the rest of Earth have? Book could do with editing better I thought. Two books down and still he has a Captain giving orders to a Major like he out ranks them. Major is a higher rank, and this is one of a few things that might have been, or should've been seen. My only other real issue was the level of intelligence. Authors should not keep telling us a character is smart when they in actual fact act like a total moron. I liked that he called the MC intelligent and had him be socially awkward as this can happen with smart people. Smart people usually think faster than your average person. I have a high IQ myself and so can say you tend to see things faster than others, or see things they don't. The MC just makes glaring blunders I don't see a smart person making, or at least not quite as many. Anyone one can make mistakes, but thoughtless ones I don't expect. For example, you have a place full of people that is safe from monsters. You know something is wrong with the place but you know you need that places node and four others. An intelligent person would see potential consequences of action here and the main character doesn't even consider it for a second. He also gets a ton of neon lit signs about who is against him but he doesn't see any of them. Or ones he does see he does nothing about. Heck, one of his group has abilities and skills that make him the perfect spy, but he never uses him to get to the bottom of those glaring issues. Even as the book concludes an enemy totally and utterly outs themselves in one sentence and it just goes right past the MC's brain. If I can see EVERY darn thing that happened in that last chapter including picking what the gift was for then it annoys me supposedly smart characters miss all of them utterly. Either write smarter plots that aren't so blatant or have the characters be dumber and more likely to be duped. If a reader can see the plot, the villains actions with the same information the character has and they aren't even asking questions, it can be very frustrating as the reader. Anyway, you might not find the same issues bother you, and overall they were only mild annoyances, but enough for me to take a star off the review. Still a good enough read for the genre and I enjoyed it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-06-2020

Great Follow up

Loved how the progress was dealt with in this and how we find out a lot more about what is happening. The only negative was some bits were a little obvious but overall i enjoyed this and im looking forward to the next with open ears.