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Tired of the necromancer threat, Regan increases efforts to deal with them at their heart of power in the north. Seemingly aware of his presence, the monster horde continues to grow until finally they charge the valley. Steel Spire, one of Regan's sub-core ends up attracting their attention. Will his new inventions be able to handle the mass of monsters?  

Meanwhile, Louella has her own monster horde to deal with. Enlisting the aid of the adventurers that have come to her valley, she marshals a force to meet the horde on the battlefield. Pushing her own power to the limit to defend her new home, will she be able to answer the call to battle?

©2020 Matthew Peed (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Douglas
  • 2020-07-21

jumps around to much

voice changes and it jumps around and timeline and story characters all in all it was just a jumbled of a story

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  • Sam
  • 2020-07-21

Why so short?

Loved the book. I highly suggest you give this series a try if you haven't already. For those of you returning to this series, I can say that this is a great addition to it.
My only gripe with this book is the multitude of points of view the book switches between. Don't get me wrong. I like to hear the story from different people but I feel like I barely got to hear anything from Regan! One of the things I loved about the first two books was the happenings in the dungeon and how Regan handled and changed things. This book there was barely any of that.
With that said I still recommend this book if you are interested in continuing the series. For those of you who are debating starting this series, I highly recommend giving it a shot and starting with Establish.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-09-08

Great story, and narration is improving

Male narration is still very good, in my opinion. The female narration is less stunted, and is improving.

The narration style as a whole is distracting. I mentioned this in an earlier review, but basically, the male narration does all voices, male and female, in the male dominated chapter. The female narration does all voices, male and female, in the female dominated chapter. The end result is that you have two distinctly different versions of each voice, so you never really get comfortable with either of them. The chapters often end and start with the same character speaking, but not necessarily from the same viewpoint, so you go from a male Reagan talking, to a female trying to do a male voice talking as Reagan. While I am loving the actual story, and have progressed into the story, I feel this is a horrible way to have two narrators.

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  • Xero Gold
  • 2022-05-01

More Tell then Show

if you like Ready Player One, you'll probably like this series. Over all the auther tells you the story instead of showing effects, emotions and actions. All of that is just stated as if it was a weather forecast. This is a very high magic world and a lot of interesting world building is occurring in the process.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-02-15

I’m enjoying.

Very nice work Matt. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to the next few.

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  • Brad Garner
  • 2021-12-12

POV switching got annoying

I would first like to say that the female narrator got better then the previous book. But the problem I had with this book was that the pov switches where annoying not because it changed to much even though it was getting close. But because the time frames completely changed with most of the povs one chr we would be hours-days ahead then the next would go back in time to fill in details. It was jarring. The over all story was good.

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  • Josh
  • 2021-03-27

Too many viewpoints

You do not get enough time with the MC. There's so many viewpoints they have to name the chapters after them so you can keep it straight! If the description had said, see the story from 10 different viewpoints, then I wouldn't have anything to complain about, however it does not.

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  • Zach
  • 2020-09-11

The Narration is Painful

The change in female narrator is disjointing enough, but the need for the female narrator to voice the male characters for an entire chapter just to have the male do the same for the female characters the next chapter makes this hard to listen to. It becomes hard to follow. Not to mention this book bounces around between the perspectives of too many characters for this type of narration. I can’t recommend this book while that is still the case

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  • LoganPaul Eickhoff
  • 2020-08-17

Loat potential

This series has immense potential but every chapter it changes perspective. Every chapter. The plot holes in this book are so severe that when the big horde battle started i hd no idea till it was halfway over.

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  • Uria
  • 2020-08-07

Jumpy much?

I really like this book series but listening to this book was kind of hard because of the multiple different viewpoints. I really just want to listen to Reagan's point of view and that's it. out of all the 25 chapters only seven are from Reagan's point of view. that's less than half the book. I really hope the author's stops jumping around so much with his next book. The previous two books were better than this one.