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Dungeon Desolation

Divine Dungeon Series, Book 4
Written by: Dakota Krout
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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The penultimate installment of Dakota Krout's best-selling Divine Dungeon series!  

The necromantic armies are on the warpath and nowhere is safe. Even the presumed sanctuary of the floating dungeon controlled by Cal is threatened! The leadership of nearly all the sentient monarchies has been wiped out, and only the races most suited to repelling the advancing darkness have an intact chain of command.  

Cal learns quickly that the most pressing threat is not the far-off war, but is instead those entrusted with the general population's protection. As it turns out, the idea of having a flying dungeon for your people is very tempting indeed....

Dale has been facing his trials and tribulations better than anyone else could have hoped for, but when the war takes a turn for the worse, his duties are forcibly assumed by another. Since his only chance at survival is painful and rigorous advancement, Dale must learn if his strength of will can develop into strength alone. If not, the world itself may be at risk.

©2018 Mountaindale Press (P)2019 Tantor

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Excellent story<br />

The narration was superb the voices created brought the characters to life and enhanced the story greatly.

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  • Austin
  • 2019-01-26

It should have ended.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite series. The first three books were excellent. I felt like everything was planned out and the story had well developed plot points with a clear destination. Where the last book ended, it would have been the perfect ending.

I was eagerly awaiting this book and the next but my expectations were too high. This book leaves me with a sense of wanting. The escalation, in all ways of the word, is erratic and nonsensical. The previous books seemed so linear and each breakthrough was exciting. Here things seem out of place.

The dungeon doesnt really have the motivation he did in the previous books. The ending of Dungeon Calamity was the culmination of all his hard work and this book seems to sully that.

Most of my qualms cant be explained other than a feeling of something being wrong.

This book had taken such an extreme jump in conflict. A, S, SS, SSS ranked individuals and possibly above are introduced as the pinnacle of the world yet they are thrown around like candy.

Overall, I am not looking forward to the next book as the main conflict will be an annoying one. My favorite parts of the series were the small accomplishments that steadily piled up, not the blatant way the author tries to use the Shock factor.

TL;DR : Another good book in the series but I feel it is lacking in comparison to the others. The last book had a solid conclusion and this book lacks a good continuing plot. That said, this books still does have many of the lovable factors from the previous books.

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  • A L BLAIR
  • 2019-02-16

Mostly Good

I like this series so naturally i'm going to keep following it. I liked most of this story except around 3/4ths of the way through the story just sort of got confusing for me, and especially the ending. I don't know if I missed something but it just felt like a whole lot of buildup and then a deflating payoff.

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  • Sean Covalla
  • 2019-02-14

Love the series, but the pace is getting fast

First, I'll list all the things I like about this book and the series in general. Narration can make or break the experience and I think Vikas Adam does a great job adding life and character to each individual person/thing in the story. I've loved this series from the beginning, the RPG aspects, magic, factions, and the character interactions. It does feel like a lot of thought went into the mechanics of this world and a good variety of different characters.
Now, my main complaint is that the pace of these books has steadily been increasing, passing by many opportunities for us to learn more about this world and enjoy the progression of the characters in a more reasonable way. It is like being on a bullet train heading off a cliff, the world will be destroyed before I even have a good idea of what that world really looked like. I would have liked more elaboration of several of the characters, more descriptions of the surroundings, and more time between events for development of subplots.
I really enjoyed what I got, I just wanted more...

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-01-26

Great but Disapointing

Krout delivers another entertaining entry to this series, but it seems the stress of deadlines shows. I can't say that I fully understand Krout's work load or how Audible handles it's partnerships with authors of long series, but I have seen other series rushed in the past on this platform.
The first 2/3s of this story feel like the typical smooth plot development that I've come to respect about this series. However, the last third of this story (around where the Climax starts) feels rushed and yet slow at the same time. Certain scenes seem to be left out while other less plot-relevant scenes are included at times that don't feel necessary. The development of certain characters and relationships come out of nowhere and it honestly felt like Krout was trying to rush the entire series to a completion, only to leave things on a cliff hangar.
I still love this series and even though I could see many glaring flaws towards the end of this book, they didn't cause the story to become unbearable. If you are a fan of this series then I'm confident you will still like this entry, but I'm fearful that this is a sign of a degrading in quality that I've come to expect of this series and Dakota Krout as an author.

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  • moses
  • 2019-01-24

Too short

The only thing worng with this book is that it's not long enough. The ended is amazing and the twists is a shocker

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  • Rebecka
  • 2019-01-24

Better to stop reading after book 3

I really wanted to like this book, but I can't give this more than one star (even if I almost did just because I liked the other books and got a bit sentimental). This book was painful to get through and it only picked a direction during the second half. Before that, it was all over the place without going anywhere. The story felt like a kid built a sandcastle during the first three books only to smash it during this installment. If you destroy too much of what you built, there's no victory to be had even if the MCs win the battle.

Another problem I have is that I don't really like Dale. His best moments were when he rose up to lead the settlement around the dungeon in previous books, but then he stagnated. He is a person that in order to feel better, likes to smash sentient beings that don't really stand a chance against him unless he makes a mistake. Ever since he murdered someone in cold blood during the first book he hasn't had any character development what so ever. Or if he had some sort of insight, he was quickly reset. I wish the story was centered around Cal, because even though he also lacks empathy, at least he is an interesting monster. I guess the intent of the author is for Dale to be the hero, but you could remove him entirely and end up with a much better book.

Also, Dani has had some likable moments in past books, but now she is only a "whiny wife" caricature. Overall, the story is full of too many caricatures and too few characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-23

Good book rushed ending?

The book was good but the ending felt rushed, were the book ended was not the best stopping piont in my opinion which added on the feeling that the ending was rushed ,but the book itself as good and will buy the next one

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  • The house
  • 2019-01-23

Brilliant and wonderful!

Celestial Feces! what a ride, and im desolated that the end had come. Rejoice though, because Dakota spun a yarn, worth of the spindle of fate. The divine dungeon series is one of my favorites, wth over 500 fantasy audio books in my library. I loved the ending, it was absolutely brilliant. Thank you Dakota, and im looking forward to your next novel (crossing my fingers it's in the completionist series).

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  • christopher kassar
  • 2019-01-24

So much fun

Vikas Adams is an amazing narrator. He always brings a story to life. Dakato Krout always deliver with a fun story and where he even comes up with his ideas is beyond me. So creative.

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  • Peggs
  • 2019-02-21

So Amazing


These books are so engaging and will make you devour them in one sitting. Have fun

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