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Scourge of Souls

The Realms, Book 4
Written by: C.M. Carney
Narrated by: Armen Taylor
Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
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Gryph would give his life for his sister but saving her could cost him his soul.

Gryph entered the Realms with one mission, to save his sister Brynn. He didn’t want friends. He didn’t want responsibilities. He didn’t want to care. But even the best-laid plans go awry, and after escaping a sentient dungeon and defeating a would-be world conqueror, Gryph is no closer to finding Brynn. 

Then, while mourning the tragic death of a friend and grappling with the burdens of leadership, an ally, thought long-dead, returns offering the slimmest of hopes. 

This hope takes Gryph and his friends on a journey through strange lands where they must outwit a mystical crime syndicate, evade an infallible bounty hunter, and face-off against Brynn herself, now a goddess with no memory of her true self. 

Gryph must triumph over them all. If he fails, both he and his sister will not only lose their lives, they will lose their souls. 

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The Realms - An Epic LitRPG Series. Suggested listening order:
Barrow King
The Lost City
Killing Time
Dead Must Die (A Side Quest)
Scourge of Souls

©2019 C.M. Carney (P)2019 C.M. Carney

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  • Jacob D Marze
  • 2019-09-10

I listened to it twice

I'm sold on this series and am looking forward to the movie (which they should make because the characters are great). The reason I listened twice is to ensure that I didn't miss anything important prior to the book 5 release, it was easy to do. if you aren't following the series, please go back to "The Barrow King" and start from there. You'll appreciate everything even more getting to this point.

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  • Andy L
  • 2019-08-14

Epic LITRPG

Gryph Has come along way since the Barrow, and now he has gotten the band together to go after his sister. His group of fascinating and interesting adventures, will face a lich, dark paladins, and the servants of Gods as they seek to bring justice to a realm which might affect our own.
I had fallen off the series, and thanks to a free copy, I was able to restart it with it. This is a great place to jump back in, as everything is summed up and set up for the adventure. I’m definitely going to go back and read what I missed, but you don’t need to, as it is very clear where things are at.
The strength of this book is definitely in terms of characterization. The party that the hero travels with, is funny and fascinating. It is also very crunchy LITRPG, which I like very much.
It is also one of the best performed audiobooks I have read in a long time.

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  • R C
  • 2019-08-13

Another great story

Griff’s epic story continues. Ramen Taylor does another fantastic job bringing The Realms to life.

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  • Ron Devine
  • 2019-08-10

Best of the series yet

it was by far the best book of the series. loved armen taylor. a must listen!!!

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  • T. F. Coleman
  • 2019-08-09

Definitely one of the best LitRPGs

I had save the Barrow King in my wish list for a long time and didn’t start this series till this book’s release. It hasn’t taken long to catch up and I’m quite impressed with this series. Hopefully Book 5 will be available soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-06

Fantastic

Armen Taylor knocks out another amazing reading of a great book. Easily my favorite book to date and sets up so much for the rest of the series. Can't wait for the next installment!

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  • macxell
  • 2019-08-13

pretty good with very minor issue

really like the narration n the story.. but I find that at parts the author kept emphasising on how the mc could respawn n the others could not. I think we got it. maybe a different way of putting it could be better else itd be like repeat of the same sentence.

also I think there's 2 audio editing problems. 1 in chapter 13 .. where there's a pause in tbe middle of a sentence n there's a weird exhaling or nose blowing sound n another repeat of a few words 3/4 into the book.. or maybe it's just me...

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  • erpl
  • 2019-09-04

over explanation of skills

The author, became to wordy in his writing, overexplaining skills, and adding to many skills and benefits, as if rushing the characters along. This made the novel boring and irritating to listen to, Needs to pay attention to Plot and characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-26

Even the combat scenes seem weighed down and slow.

I listened to the first book in the series, thought it could be promising. Then tried listening to the second and couldn't get through it all. It just didn't feel like it got anywhere. I ended up skipping the rest of books 2 and all of book 3, and was surprised that I didn't feel like I had missed much of anything. The few major details from book 2 and 3 were brushed over at the start of this one which brought me up to speed. This was when I realised that the MC was pretty much still at the same place as when book 1 finished, so no reason for me to go back and read the others in the series.
Then it was nothing but take step in the story, followed by massive amounts of exposition which got to the point of being repetitive. This includes some of the ways in which the MC and other characters interact. After a while I found myself skipping through some parts because it got to the point of rolling my eyes and thinking "if I have to hear any more about the magical power of friendship again I am gonna ask for a refund..."
Then there is the cringe worthy meme humour mixed with bad dad jokes that just break any immersion. For a guy that is supposed to be a badass assassin/spy, he really doesn't seem to know much about information gathering, strategy/tactics, or field-craft for that matter.
In the end this was played in the background while working and when I noticed something interesting going on I would skip back a minute or two and listen to it again to get the details. Then go back to mostly ignoring it. In the end, it felt like the author didn't have the same care put into it as the first book.

TLDR: If you read the first book you could skip straight to this one and not fork out the cash for 2 and 3 and you wont miss that much as far as the actual story goes. Just be prepared for long bouts of exposition to the point of you wanting to scream at it to HTFU and get to the point. Oh, and during one point you will actually have over 30 minutes of just Stats and skill descriptions being read like a damn shopping list. A book to listen to between other books that you are listening to between books...

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  • Christian
  • 2019-08-12

Meh

CM Carney did a lot to rescue the plot of this story in the book. I was really about to call it quits on the story but I give it another go since he has advanced the story in a meaningful way. Armin taylor does an alright job but really he trys to hard to make the unprofound sound much more then the nattering of poor writing.

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