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Build a dungeon. Slay heroes. Survive finals. 

Wounded Army vet Logan Murray thought mimics were the stuff of board games and dungeon manuals...right up until one ate him. 

In a flash of snapping teeth, Logan suddenly finds himself on the doorstep to another world. He’s been unwittingly recruited into the Shadowcroft Academy for Dungeons - the most prestigious interdimensional school dedicated to training the monstrous guardians who protect the Tree of Souls from so-called heroes. Heroes who would destroy the universe if it meant a shot at advancement.

Unfortunately, as a bottom-tier cultivator with a laughably weak core, Logan’s dungeon options aren’t exactly stellar, and he finds himself reincarnated as a lowly fungaloid, a three-foot-tall mass of spongy mushroom with fewer skills than a typical sewer rat. If he’s going to survive the grueling challenges the academy has in store, he’ll need to ace the odd assortment of classes - Fiendish Fabrication, Dungeon Feng Shui, the Ethics of Murder 101 - and learn how to turn his unusual guardian form into an asset instead of a liability.

And that’s only if the gargoyle professor doesn’t demote him to a doomed wandering monster first....

From James A. Hunter - best-selling author of Rogue Dungeon, Bibliomancer (Completionist Chronicles Expanded Universe), and the LitRPG epic Viridian Gate Online - and Dragon Award-finalist Aaron Michael Ritchey comes a brand-new Dungeon Core novel, like nothing you've ever heard before. Funny, funky, and full of Gamelit goodness, this is one novel you won't want to put down.

©2021 Shadow Alley Press (P)2021 Shadow Alley Press

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Fantastic!

Not your typical anything! Very fresh. Fun and unique. It's best aspect is it's character dynamics. Friendship and comrodery. Underdog story. Small scale dungeon building. MC is a great leader. Perfectly family friendly!

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  • Nathan
  • 2021-04-12

Story is good but performance lacks

Overall I enjoyed the story. My biggest gripe was with the narrator. Unless there were some commas in odd places, his reading had an effect. At times it seemed like a sentence had ended, only to keep going.

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  • Andrew M. S.
  • 2021-04-11

Good start

I'll start off with saying you should listen to this book at ×0.9 speed. The narrator speaks a little fast for my taste. Other than that this book is pretty solid. Interesting characters, nice set up, and a good antagonist

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  • Awesum
  • 2021-04-12

novel crafted by a novice with a horrible narrator

Good for a book written by a cultivation fan who either has no experience writing or never taken a writing course.

That being said i am impressed by the attempt to make a cultivation series about a toadstool and although very cringy at times the story works and is much better than other novels in the same space that end up being harems or worse.

The worst part of this audiobook is the narrator....he speaks as though every phrase... withen a sentance is a separate sentance.

The story outline makes no sense and is kindve creepy. Going back to high school as a full adult and having a love interest be an owl is a very odd fantasy imo. Refering to yggdrasil as the "tree of souls" every time and repeating plot points to the listener in a subsequent a paragraph is very annoying.

Cultivation wise i still dont understand the system or powers available after 10 + hours of listening, i suggest that the author stick to a system such as the completionist or cradle series not just make new things up to fit a situation.

Please keep writing and getting better.

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  • colton
  • 2021-04-22

whoever gives this book less than 4 🌟 is wrong

This book is good. Its fun and unique, I can see a few people not enjoying, but overall very fun and I am looking forward to book 2.

I have seen some weird negative reviews, don't trust them.
one person claimed this is a clear Harry Potter rip-off, because in case you didn't realize Harry Potter is also about a mushroom man training to have his own dungeon. like I said. don't trust them.

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  • Adam
  • 2021-04-14

Harry Potter rip-off

if there isn't a lawsuit about this books similarity to Harry Potter I'd be surprised. this book has alot of potential and kinda makes you want to stay listening to it to find it but doesn't really deliver. the main character is apparently a veteran but any reference to it is lost past the beginning of the book. in my opinion the author should join the Army for a couple years get injured and then write about the main character. I highly doubt he understands anything about it based upon how he wrote the book. or at least going to talk to a veteran and get some personal opinions or something. other than that character development is very shallow and I stopped listing 4/5ths through the book

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  • Max
  • 2021-04-10

Loved it!

An awesome take on the dungeon core - magic school genre love how the adventurers are evil not just greedy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-06-12

narration is horrible

This is the 2nd book by this narrator that I have had to return. His reading is so choppy that it ruins the story. I will have to try reading this story to see if it is any good.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 2021-06-05

Hunter and Ritchey deliver a great dungeon concept

I have to say I love LITRPG and I love the dungeon core style as well. This was Avery novel way of doing it. Sort of a Harry Potter style school For Dungeon cores with a method of choosing Cores sort of like last starfighter but with deadly and irreversible
Consequences. The characters are a lovable bunch of misfits who work well together both in the story and
For the flow of the story. The magic system is unique and established but is unknown to
The mc so we learn right along With him. The books Is full Of awesome battles, cool magic plenty of twists, lol moments and some damn good entertainment overall. The narrator does a great job delivering the material. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Chris
  • 2021-05-22

WILDLY INVENTIVE

I love mushrooms. This is a fairly recent thing in my adult life (I say recent as in I spent 2/3 of my life avoiding them LOL). I never, in my wildest dreams thought one could be so entertaining. As an avid ready for LitRPG, I've seen some great leveling systems, many related to one another. .This one is different, which is refreshing and a completely new take on the dungeon centric genre.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2021-05-17

great fun

has all my favorite tropes. academy setting. dingeon cores. solid game mechanics. and underdog story. worth the credit and time.