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Having gone from a simple video game addict to the leader of a band of refugees, Darwin continues to cut his way across the world of Tiqpa searching for a home. Be it his home in real life, or one for his people in the game, the sleepless warrior presses forward. Unfortunately for him, each step he makes changes the fate of Tiqpa, a fact that is not welcomed by those who inhabit the lands.

©2015 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean (P)2018 Charles Aylett Ashby Dean

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  • Ray Johnson
  • Ohio
  • 2018-03-28

Put on some slippers and a bathrobe before reading

We kind of cheated with this book. We actually had a long drive to visit my mother over the weekend, and my kids insisted that we listen to the next book in the series. They have been asking me repeatedly when book two was coming out, and yelling at me to get it the moment it was produced. So, one loooong car ride later, and here we are at a review.

As good as the first book was I really think this book turned out better. There is not a lot of flipping between characters as there was in the first novel, and I have to say the winged people were not my favorite parts. Now that they have all joined up we really only have four POV's; Darwin, Kass, Robert, and the King. This pared down line up helps the flow of the book immensely, it streamlines it to a much needed degree. Additionally, when there is POV change it makes sense and keeps in line with the plot.

Another bonus is that this picks up right where book one finished, well not exactly as the ending of book one was a jump to the past, but you start right where everybody left off. Darwin continues to be a favorite character of mine, and I loved listening to him spar with spoons. Who else but Doctor Who does that? Maybe the Blue Rajah from Mystery Men, but that's about it.

The plot, the pacing, and the action all amp up, and we get some really good character growth. My kids just loved it, and have been saying they want to listen to it on the next ride back for Easter. I might just let them, even though I generally only listen to a book once in the car. It keeps me awake having fresh material, but this could work again.

Broadhead blasts down your expectations with his readings. He does some great voices, and imparts a ton of emotion to the characters. You really do feel both the king's pain and his anticipation for battle. You empathize with Kass, and Darwin just impresses you with the fortitude in his voice.

If you liked book one, you will absolutely LOVE book two. Now we can't wait for book 3! Keep 'em coming, Charles and we'll keep on reading them!!

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Arthur
  • Ohio
  • 2018-03-20

Loved it

Great audio book. Enjoyed it so much I went straight to reading the next title.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-07

lacking

the dialogue kills me, its way to corny and cringy for no reason at all

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  • Logan79
  • 94518-1723
  • 2018-04-07

Oh man this is getting interesting

uh-oh this book ends in a very tricky situation. I'm not sure when the next book in this series comes out but it will be very interesting.

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  • Todd Wilkinson
  • San Diego, California United States
  • 2018-03-18

It's a fun story!

The narrator does a great job. I'm really looking forward to listening to book 3.

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  • Cory
  • 2018-03-18

it's all good book which Transitions and ties up

this is a good book that Transitions and ties up threats from the first book and prepares us for the next book in the series it can drag a bit but at the same time it's a transition book be prepared for good fights pot lines 2 beef tied up and new plot lines to be added overall 7 maybe an eighth

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  • Cameron Willes
  • taylorsville, UT USA
  • 2018-03-12

Great book to listen too

Loved the book overall. Narrator was fun to listen, and the story was great. Hope there is a 3rd.

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  • ChrisT
  • TOMS RIVER, NJ, US
  • 2019-03-28

Slightly better than the first book

Thank God a certain character dies I won't say which for obvious spoil reasons. This was slightly better than the first book and the author has an uncanny ability to create super annoying characters and the narrator makes them twice as annoying. I almost deleted this from my library due to the one character. The female characters seem to be trading off with the Male characters in intelligence. Overall definitely better than book one. I have however decided to hold off for the third book until more have reviewed it
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  • E
  • CHANDLER, AZ, United States
  • 2018-10-28

Meh

most of this book was decent, but there was a lot of useless filler that didn't seem to really Advance the plot very much. Like a car ride to a meeting with Robert that took over an hour that had nothing to do with anything. and the meeting itself seemed rather drawn out when it could have been done much smoother and shorter. It really broke the flow of the story and made me want to skip chapters.

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  • Eric
  • 2018-10-19

Liked book one. This one not so much.

Didn't mind the character jumping so much in book one but here it was some times like hitting a brick wall in terms of the story pacing. I do think that maybe the book is focusing on too many people. Also some characters motivations towards the end seem really stupid, mainly Cas. There is a part where we get a useless poorly done exposition dump. I'll get book 3 just to see if we resolve the mysteries but could have done with out the last few chapters of this one, tanked the book for me. May have also been a few mistakes in the original book and or recording.

p.s this is the fist book I disliked enough to review, beyond just a star rating.