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Dungeon Master

Written by: Eric Vall
Narrated by: Joshua Story
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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What would you do if you were the most powerful dungeon deity in the world and the bindings keeping you trapped within your dungeon were broken? Would you escape? Would you acquire a party of beautiful female minions? Would you use your new minions to conquer other dungeon deities, consume their magic, and grow even more powerful? Would you take over the world? Would you then take over the heavens and destroy the gods?

Yes, you would do all of the above.

©2018 Eric Vall (P)2019 Eric Vall

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Super Happy Friends Go On An Adventure

(currently 2/3 of the way done and will finish this book and will update the review as i go, and perhaps get the sequel just to see)

This book in reality is something appropriate for 10yr olds, regardless of the tagline and description, with about 45 mins editing, it could be appropriate for story time in a kindergarten.

To paraphrase another review, it might as well be "Grandpa dressed like a hobo and his nieces (a fox, a cat, a elf and a human) go for a walk and visit a village and a cave or three"

The narrator has a gruff and gravelly voice perfect for an antihero or "big bad"... but the MC might as well be a care bear.

One expects, what is essentially the "hero's journey", a call to adventure, the mentor, the challenges/temptations, revelation, transformation etc...and this this novel has the components required, but they are not associated in any meaningful way.

There is no gravity to any action or event, nothing has consequences, nothing is risked, nothing is gained, characters do not learn or grow... they just are.

There is allusion to a opposed organization mentioned time or two in the first chapter, totally setup as a historical, physical and metaphysical opposition to the MC.... and then ignored.

Most of the "time" in the story is the same "joke" response to single thing and event, over and over again... the cat is dumb and likes pie, the fox is a selfish thief and hates being called a thief, the elf is snooty but doesnt know much and the "MC" is out of touch and not wanting to interfere... they have flaws and room to grow, but don't.

The MC's motivation is to develop his "minions" (Women out trying to prove that 4 female (unqualified) adventures can conquer a dungeon that has killed everyone that stepped into it in the last 1000 years... MC captured them with minimal effort because they are borderline incompetent... MC let them go and just started following them around, he might be senile?).

MC wants to use them to conquer all the other fallen gods, get his revenge for being thrown from heaven and being imprisoned with in his dungeon for thousands of years... it sounds like a good idea for a book (but he could do it faster and easier himself once they leave his dungeon), a little cliche but whatever.

He wants his minions to be "all they can be", but has to let them "fail first, to learn".. a good working concept.
But he doesnt provide or offer any guidance, direction, power, information (because they didn't ask directly for it).. nor does he provide any example of behaviour.. but that doesnt matter, they fail at everything, succeed because plot, and never learn.

3/5 of the characters would not survive a week in any world WITH local assistance, let alone a medieval fantasy world with magic, bandits and where dark gods are banished to earth and imprisoned within giant earthworks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-26

Disappointing

I’m not going to write five paragraphs just to tell you all of the problems I had with this book so I’m just going to write a list.

1. The main character is supposed to be this evil dungeon Lord that is seeking to destroy the heavens. He recruits 4 women to help him because of “reasons” and set out to conquer other dungeons. The problem I have with this is that the main character is not evil at all. Your minds me of my grandfather with evil voice. He is extremely nice to the women that he’s traveling with even though they are disrespectful to him. He is extremely naïve especially for someone that has lived for more than 1000 years. And he is extremely boring.

2. The way the book describes the story implies a harem but it’s more like a journey with a man and his grandchildren.

3. No world building at all. The first time they visit a town they sell their stuff and leave. They talk about staying a night but it never happens.

4. This book is extremely slow on the boring parts and really fast on the good parts.

55 of 64 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-17

disappointing

supposed fallen God allows minions to do whatever they want without repercussions, it's to cringy.

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  • David-Alan Hight
  • 2019-03-31

boring

a dungeon god teaching his herum of girls to be better minions and all that intalls.

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-04-22

Weak main character development

I want to first say that I have enjoyed a lot of Eric Valls books. But this book was hard to get through. The basic premise is that a fallen God upon veiwing a few women decides to leave his dungeon from boredom and a want to help the women become better. But the entire book the fallen God does absolutely nothing. He basically just stands silent watching the women figure out everything. He doesn't help the women progress or teach them anything. It was frustrating reading this book, spending the whole time thinking how worthless the main character is. Again I enjoy Eric Valls work and look forward to more books from him. This book was rough though.

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-04-20

Not good

Save your credits or money. The plot is uninteresting just like the characters. There is no depth to either and it's only made worse by the narrator's disappointing performance. He's no Jeff Hayes that's for sure.

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  • Cody
  • 2019-04-03

No tention at all

As the title says really. After it's clear he's not gonna kill the girls, or replace one with a meat puppet, the tention in the book drops to zero fast. It becomes clear rapidly that nothing is really a match for him, not even other gods(diatys). The only reason the book isn't half as long is because the MC "allows" the gods of other dungeons to do their thing so he can "train" the girls.

The MCs morals are unclear as well. They kinda flip flop through the entire book. Going between caring about a "tragic" (predictable) backstory, and torchering and God, and a stupid dude. The reasoning for each action hits different spectrums each time he considers them. Not to mention he's a self-proclaimed "underdark" God. Sounds like a bad guy right? He certainly acts like it at times. Then you find out he was cast from the heavens because had sex with a mortal. One he absolutely loved. Who's bad? Who's good? Is there a middle ground? I don't know, it's hard to tell.

Ps. The voice actor is fine, but the voice they chose for the MC is.. well there's something about it that makes you subtlety not like the MC. Every other voice is fine, and some are genuinely heartwarming, like Carmony's. I recommend you listen to the preview before buying.

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  • Davis
  • 2019-05-25

DO NOT Listen at Normal Speed

Listen to the sample... That is the voice you are going to hear for 13 hours. 1 hour into the book and you will be begging the narrator to drop the character's cadence and just read the damn book. If this had been written in 3rd person, or the narrator hadn't picked a cranky old grandpa voice. This may have been a better story.

I have found that listening at x1.25 makes the book way more bearable. That said, it's a terrible story.
All said, it might be better to read this one, not listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-09

It's like a bad sitcom

The concept seems like it would be interesting but is ruined by the constant childlike bickering by the 4 female companions.

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  • Erik daguerre
  • 2019-06-17

not worth it

ugh, it just starts to repeat itself, just new locations, little character growth. bla bla I am a god bla bla all powerful.

narrator is good though, and livens it up some

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  • Steven
  • 2019-06-06

Uhm... not as advertised

FYI The story is wrote out for adolescence.
The performer of the book had a great voice. This book is not harem erotic... just to be clear ;p with that said