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The second captivating installment of Aleron Kong's Chaos Seeds series.

"We are life takers and heartbreakers," Richter shouted. "Let's go!"

Richter and Sion are at it again! Even more of what you loved in the first book. Leveling, world building, awesome items, and what's that you say? Sure! Why not? What's a little necrophilia between friends?

Join your favorite Chaos Seed as he answers the call of adventure and deals with the invaders, greedy dwarves, and a wood elf that keeps telling him he has a pretty mouth. Welcome back, my friends!

Welcome back...to The Land.

©2016 Aleron Kong (P)2017 Aleron Kong

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Not the best novel suited to audio book

great story but the constant reading of tables (of stats) that would otherwise warrant a cursory glance was quite annoying

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much better voice over than 1

great book that had me sucked in. finished in 4 days. this is getting expensive

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I'm addicted. I had to buy the rest of the series

I had to buy credits for the first time so I can finish the series. look it's not the greatest story of all time. But man it's so fun and just a real easy listen. I'm hooked on the books.

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Superb Book

Great story very well narrated you will enjoy vol2 as well as volume 1. Enjoyablly narrated really caught the theme of the story.

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Love it.

Such a great story and well written. It's gotten me hooked on this serious, happy iv stumbled across these books.

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really enjoyed it

love the town build aspect and the dunegon diving look forward to the next book

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Another fun adventure.

There is a quality to the stories in games that doesn't really exist anywhere else. If you have ever played a long running tabletop role playing game, you might understand what I mean. A series of events that somehow work out for the players that get harder and harder to believe that anyone could survive one such adventure and yet the players survive many. Because the only way RPGs work is by making the players the heroes of that story. The higher level they get, the slightly less believable it is when you put it together as a whole. I think that Aleron Kong has managed to distill the fun of that feeling that there is someone guiding a story, someone who is on your side but likes to test your metal as well. The main character, Richter, is lucky... He had a great start in the fantasy world and got some truly useful abilities and resources. But that's just the beginning. I love the characters and the way the game systems work, there isn't too much of the game stats for my taste, though going through his character sheet in audio form, while done well, is harder than on the written page. I love the narrator I thought at a performance level the book was great. On the whole this is a must read or must listen for everyone who is into LitRPG and for anyone who likes a good fantasy story and has played a few rpg games tabletop or computer. I almost wish there was a single player game version of this story as I would love to play it as much as I enjoyed reading it or listening to it this time around.

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enjoyable but average, dishonest author

if you use fakespot.com on any of aleron Kong's books on Amazon you can clearly see that aleron kong or people he employs are artificially inflating his 5 star reviews as well as using slur campaigns and attacks coordinated to silence critics and vote that more honest reviews are unhelpful, so whilst I somewhat enjoyed this series, I'm now forced to give it an abysmal review to both reflect my disappointment in Aleron Kong at his dishonest and bad faith business practices, as well as do my small part in counteracting his devoted legion of monkeys (and perhaps even boys) that are employed and coordinated via his Facebook page amongst other means. If you think I am making this up then you are a sheep, as a few good Google searches, Reddit or fakespot.com make the truth visible if you bother searching. For my actual rating, the story is a solid 3/5, the author has very little talent towards writing, but makes up for that with incredibly detailed world building. The performance by Jeff Hayes smooths over many of the authors flaws in writing style and he deserves 5/5 for giving the performance life even where the books were lacking. I enjoyed the books 4.5/5, but I truly love fantasy and litrpg both, and would objectively only give the story an honest rating of 3/5. All that being said though, my rating of the author would be 1/5 or lower, due to his arrogance, pride and dishonesty. Not to mention the number of deadlines he has missed just for the release of book8, but that's neither here nor there when compared to how he dishonestly manipulates ratings and reviews for profit and fame. Shame on you Aleron Kong, I may enjoy your books, but I'm only 1 step away from boycotting your future works! TLDR: I really enjoyed the series, but objectively it's very average and the author has been shown to be heavily manipulating his ratings and reviews... Now watch as his team of worker monkeys bury this unbiased, critical review in with "unhelpful" markers... please vote helpful if you found this to be informative

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Great story continues

Great character development and a deeper dive into the world of this story. I’m really enjoying the characters in this book and the pace is exciting, threaded through with entertaining humour. Ready book 3, here I come!

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Thoroughly enjoyable and worth the purchase

I understand that the topic and style might be unfamiliar to some, and interesting to translate into an audio form but his book is worth the listen. If you are at all interested in RPGs of any kind, the epic, humourous, and detailed world of the Land should last no time at all. I’ve finished the first two in a week and intend to complete the series. My only criticism is there are a few inconsistencies that should have been picked up in editing, but it by no means impacts the story. This is inspiration fuel and I’ll be thinking about Richter’s adventures for a while to come.

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  • M.B.R.
  • 17-07-2017

This RPG is LIT!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Land: Forging to be better than the print version?

This book was AMAZING. It blended so seemlessly with the first book that I didn't really feel like it was a sequal, but a new episode in a miniseries with the same overarching story. So engrossed in the story, and so completely enamored with it, I honestly couldn't tell you know where the end of the first book left off and this one began. And yet, the first book ended in a way that I remember being satisfied and that the book was over. I don't know exactly how the author managed to create an ending that felt like an ending at the time, but also now barely feels like a brief pause in such an engrossing story.

What did you like best about this story?

Absolutely. This book made me fall in love with the LitRPG genre all over again. In preperation, I've already set aside enough credits at Audible to purchase all the books in the series once they are released. I'll be listening to each and every one the same day they are released. I haven't been so excited for a series since The Wheel of Time was still being written. Move over, Song of Ice and Fire. You've been replaced in my audiobook library as most anticipated!

Which scene was your favorite?

The author managed to either anticipate questions the reader will have, or writes so well, he leads you to ask the questions he wants in the first place. And then, he answers them! He doesn't keep us starved for more, he is generous and mindful enough to give the reader exactly what they want and in a timely manner.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! Sadly, I had to sleep in the middle, but the book had engrossed me so completely, I actually DREAMED of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Nick Podehl was an AMAZING choice as narrator. As one of the best male narrators in the game, I honestly couldn't have been happier with anyone else's performance. He is truly a master of his craft.

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  • M. Graham
  • 27-07-2020

Almost as good as book one

The problem with expanding a storyline is that you end up with the odd muddy middle now and then. This is still very enjoyable and worth the listen (a couple of times). The narrator is great. Sometimes the alerts from the game are annoying, but when I played online RPG's a few years back it is also something that you have to deal with all the time, so it's real. Without the alerts, you'd be missing important information. So... it's okay. Obviously, I'm committed now. ;-) On to the next book.

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  • Mathias Turkson Jr
  • 10-01-2020

Phenomenal Series!!!

I love the series, and in this book I love the development of Yoshi and Richter's bond. The series is full of action, adventure, and emotion.

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  • Jonathan
  • 26-09-2018

good book leaves you wanting more

very relatable I love all the pop culture references from my day I can really connect with the characters can't wait to start the next book

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  • Robert J. Tavares
  • 08-05-2019

Best series I've read all year!

My son introduced me to this book and I picked up the audiobook for a long work commute. The narrator is probably the best I've ever heard. The book itself is a combination of Piers anthony punny humor, world building, and a dude encountering a plethora of "oh crap" situations. I've read the series twice and don't plan on stopping. Well worth the time/cost.

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  • Sprsteve
  • 26-06-2017

Still loving it

Really enjoy this series. Read the books first as e-books and now I'm going back and listening to them as audio. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series coming to audible and the 7th book, which is coming out soon. Crossing my fingers that by the 8th book, ebook and audible version will release simultaneously. Also, the author Aleron Kong, really churns out the novels, so as a reader, you have confidence it won't be years in between releases. It's more like months. The main character is evolving nicely, but I'd love to see some more deeper relationships evolve for him. His relationship with Sion is great and you really feel that sense of camaraderie. Eventually you get the same with Terrod and Krom but I feel like the relationships with the females are a bit more superficial and not well fleshed out (mostly simple flirtation and so on). But the series appears to be setting up for a lengthy run of novels, so here's to hoping those will come. Here's hoping for some strong and prominent female characters.

Nick Podehl continues to be an outstanding narrator with a great range of voices that he lends to the characters. He also just has an excellent feel for pacing as he reads the book. Can't recommend him as a narrator enough.

I personally feel the series rewards my continued investment as a reader and honestly, that's what I'm looking for anytime I start a book.

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  • Oscar
  • 26-12-2018

Hehe

This book makes me giggle. The RPG elements are something I never expected in a book.

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  • Josh Hellewell
  • 25-12-2018

A great mental adventure!

Every moment you think you know where the story is headed, another twist or quest to explore, but then the story shifts and presents you with a new thought or exploration! It is fantastic listening! The reading performance is well done with character voicing being consistent and spot on!

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  • Chandrian
  • 23-04-2020

Trash absolute and utter trash.

See review of book one, don't make the mistake, like me, thinking the first was a fluke and maybe the series develops, "it has so many good reviews, it must be good" ..... you will never get these 11 hours back.

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  • TJ
  • 01-03-2020

Decent book... just... Too much idiocy.

Though the story is still intriguing, and all of the references still a humorous sojourn into the cheesy lands of nostalgia, the MC made FAR too many obviously stupid decisions. Then he would say or think something along the lines of, "Well, I won't ever do THAT again," only to do much the same thing, either a few chapters, or even a few measly paragraphs later. It drove me nuts; especially considering the cost (or the potential cost) of his flippant behavior. For continuity's sake, Richter was originally portrayed as being silly, and SOMETIMES oblivious... not moronic. Anyway, let's hope the next book isn't as infuriating, because, despite my grievances, the story still managed to suck me in, and now I simply NEED to find out what happens next.

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  • Thomas
  • 09-07-2020

A really good LitRPG

A good story line, good characters Easy to listen to with sound effects that are surprisingly not annoying and an enjoyable narrator.

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  • Gebdis
  • 14-01-2018

Amazing LitRPG

Loved it. Best LitRPG series I have come across. Would definitely recommend it. A must.

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  • J Holland
  • 21-12-2017

Another triumph for Aleron Kong

loved it, this story gets better and better, a must for anyone and everyone, Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2020

fantastic listen... starting the next one now!!

loved every second of it. It felt like playing the best written RPG game. Would love for this to be made in to an actual game. Great ideas 💡 great characters 10/10

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  • Jack Riby
  • 06-07-2020

If you liked the first you'll love the second

Really enjoying the story it's like playing an RPG when you physically can't. same issues as the first repetitive prompts but it's to be expected. really enjoyable story

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  • Scorpion kickboxer
  • 31-05-2020

Welcome back to the land

Nick phodehl brings richter sian and the rest to life beautify, in the next chapter of the land. Superbly written with enough danger, love and laughter to bring a smile to your face after the crapest day. Join richter in the follow up that will have you wanting more

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  • Technopath
  • 04-04-2020

Exceptional Storytelling that keeps you listening

loved it going to buy book 3 now to revolve the cliff hanger and find out what is next for Richter and Sion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-2020

Amazing

Loved this book was so gripping and kept Me entertained. Keep me busy for hours

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  • Mbd
  • 23-02-2020

isekai style

well worth listening to, if you like this sort of thing. magic, otherworlds, crazy powerful!

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  • Sy
  • 14-02-2020

So captivating

Brilliant 2nd book. I'm totally in this world. thank you for writing and absolutely brilliant performance from the reader.

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