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After narrowly surviving an invasion of her dungeon by some seriously dangerous Elves, Sandra needs to recover from having all of her defending constructs destroyed in the process. With the bulk of her forces lost while shattering the Core of a Reptile Classification dungeon, the merchant-turned-Dungeon Core is feeling a little vulnerable.  

Luckily, she has Violet, a Gnome Apprentice Enchanter, to help her get things back to normal. With Felbar, another Gnome that has decades of experience culling Dungeon Monsters, and Echo, an Elf that mistakenly got tangled up with Sandra and her dungeon, now awake from their Visitor Bond-induced comas, she can finally work on improving her relationship with the Gnomes and Elves by providing them with much-needed supplies.  

Unfortunately, during her time of recovery and looking into crafting new things with her recent access to Enchanting, she neglected to keep an eye on the dungeons around her Area of Influence. With the Gnomes no longer there to cull the Undead Classification dungeon near their destroyed village, Sandra scrambles to get ahead of its rapid expansion – and potential threat to the Dwarves to the north. 

But even if she manages to destroy the Undead Classification Core, should she stop there? Now that is quite the dilemma….

This Dungeon Core story contains LitRPG/GameLit elements such as statistics and leveling and a heavy crafting emphasis. No profanity and no harems. 

©2020 Jonathan L Brooks (P)2020 Jonathan L Brooks

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  • Michael
  • 11-05-2020

Give me more more more

Addicting from start to finish, all his books always leave me waiting and wanting for more.

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  • Onimous 1
  • 28-05-2020

Bottom shelf story-line and character development

I cannot say that I really hated this book. I can say it wasn't the worst book I've listen to. I bought this book because I had listen to the first one. Even though the first book had its challenges I decided to give the author a chance to build on his story and impress me with the second book. Sadly I found the second book to be lacking also it seemed that he doubled down on some of his previous mistakes. I can't for the life of me figure out how the MC can learn to craft some of the most complex things it comes across and even improve upon them but it cannot figure a way to create a communication device for the supporting characters. Also this story ends with a very predictable outcome which you could see coming ten chapters before the end of the book. It also appears the author is flowing towards dragging this story line until it hits about ten books. If he intends to do that he should really consider enriching his characters and speeding up character development as well as creating a stronger background world with a stronger back story because to this point all those characteristics are missing from this book.

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  • Hunter
  • 24-05-2020

Magnificent as always

This book is great, you can tell Johnathan Brooks is getting better at his craft with each book. If you've listened to the earlier books you know roughly what to expect. There is a little less filler, the charts for crafting materials and such aren't quite as long. They are still there but are provided as they become important and in the sections that are important instead of getting complete unabridged charts every couple of chapters. the story progresses nicely we start to see sandra consolidating allies and making progress in her goals while dealing with new challenges.

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  • DaynenMc
  • 06-10-2020

Third time's the craft.

(Horrible title. I know. It's why I'm not an author) This series just keeps pulling me in. Each book just makes the story better. And now that I'm done with this book I just want the next one that much more. I am a LitRPG junkie! And Brooks is one of my favorite dealers. Our favorite "crippled human turned dungeon core" is continuing to grow and progress and with that comes the growing pains. Mainly 90% of all living things. Brooks and Cooksey make a treat for the ears. You will want to make sure you add this to your library.

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  • 匿名
  • 10-09-2020

protagonist is stupid

the protagonist (Sandra) makes too many stupid mistakes. other than that it was an ok but frustrating read.

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  • Brandon Edwards
  • 29-08-2020

Good Story

It felt like a lot more happened in this book. Although there's some disadvantages she gets towards the end which I thought was uncalled for. Also the audio was unclean at times like the mic she wa using wasn't very good.

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  • DJ
  • 16-07-2020

A very interesting turn for the series

Book received for free. This is an interesting turn for this series as it basically makes everything that our little core will have to do in the future so so much harder. We meet new characters who will play pivotal roles in the future of the world and the dungeon itself. We see a ripple of consequences from our core's previous choices appear and cause a change to the already unstable situation in the wasteland that tips the scales and causes a change that no one is prepared for. Overall, L

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  • V
  • 13-07-2020

Enjoyable!

I really like this series! It is definitely a nice continuation from Book 2. The characters are like able especially the MC. However, I wish they have more back story and would go through more personal development so we can have more investments. So far, it’s mainly the MC that grows and levels up more obviously. As for the recording, the only complaint I have is the weird voice change when the dwarf character was talking. It was like a different narrator was used altogether. It was like the pitch was off? Hopefully book 4 comes out soon!

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  • Kristopher
  • 08-07-2020

Two steps forward, two steps back

The narration is almost as bad as the first book. where did all her progress go? Not to mention at chapter 16 random ambient noises start floating into distract you even more... so unprofessional.

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  • McKade Clark
  • 17-06-2020

Great series so far!

I so far have really liked this series. This book was a good addition to it. There are a ton of moments though where I do wish the MC would learn to become more creative with her extensive knowledge of crafting in order to overcome the challenges. MC was able to craft some items for her constructs but it seemed to really not have any true benefit to them because they can be defeated just as quickly as before. I think this can be attributed to the fact that she’s never actually put any of it into practice so she needs to learn how to do all of that first. I hope that she does get better and I very much look forward to the next books!

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  • Rubin Bryant
  • 10-09-2020

Good next part of the story

I liked this story, it follows the formula from the first two books. While I do enjoy the narrator, her attempt to do male voices is pretty bad. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • 匿名
  • 17-07-2020

It just gets better and better

Finished book 2 and jumped straight into this without hesitation ! Story is making good progression and am keen to follow this till the end ! Narrator is brilliant, right tone and speed and voices for the different characters ! Really hope book 4 isn’t too far away !

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  • luke
  • 18-06-2020

another great book

if you love dungeon cores, crafting and monster. you will enjoy this book. it really build on the last two so make sure you have read them first.

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  • A.H.
  • 01-06-2020

Another okay entry

It's not great but it's not bad though, there is some seriously missed potential in this series.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 24-05-2020

Steady escalation and expansion

This instalment of the series was very much about escalating things, the level of threat that the dungeon Sandra was facing increases significantly, both from the current threat of an aggressive dungeon, from the consequences of her and others destroying dungeons and also from the other races who are not all so ready to accept a benign dungeon. While it is quite common for the main characters in this genre to be overpowered or simply able to out-think rivals, it was interesting to see the author portraying a rival dungeon as being ahead of Sandra a lot of the time with better or more effective strategies, whether this will be the usual in subsequent books or is an early learning experience for her, we will have to wait and see. On a similar note, the author has not gone out of his way to make things too easy for the dungeon's larger missions, language barriers are still in place hampering efforts to unite the various races, none of whom are overly keen on her plans either. The narration of this book worked well to enhance the story with the tone being well suited to the dungeon core and being suitably distinctive for the rest of the supporting cast too. Overall, another strong instalment in this series and I look forward to the subsequent ones. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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