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After taking and defending Vuzgal, Erik and Rugrat have a new task to complete: build a city. 

They have been racing through the realms at this point, but Vuzgal is a prize that they can't simply give up on. Alva is mobilized, as are their allies, to build out the new city. 

It is time that they solidify their gains, working on their crafts, their fighting ability, and cultivation. As they expand their personal power, their gaze turns toward Vermire, to the dungeon. It's time they started to exert the strength they've built up. 

Alva moves in the shadows, but to what effect? The answer lies in the Fifth Realm.

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Unnessacary

Most of this book was superfluous. Going over a lot of things already covered. Felt like the author lost grip on where stories were going due to the number of characters they were trying to cover. Some character development felt stagnant while others seemed rushed. I don't think I will continue with this series from this point and not because of the change in narration.

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Great series

Great series, I love Eric and Rugrat's adventures. They've done a lot of stuff in fantasy games that I wanted to do, I hope they find more people from Earth.

There are a lot of things the author seems to either contradict himself with or just forget altogether. Rugrats rank changed in books in the Alva Military going back and forth between Warrant and Sergeant. Also there should never be anyone who isn't able to defend against being falsely accused of ANYTHING in the 10 realms. They literally just have to make an oath about their actions, and ask that their accuser do the same thing. It would be instantly resolved. Yet the author and characters keep forgetting this and only use it when it's convenient. Quinn and Julila in the formation school, the expert's that were recruited to the school, etc.. The second someone falsely accuses you of something, the immediate response should be an oath on the 10 realms about what really happened or your innocence in the matter.

Also Oaths for Alva have too many loopholes. The "reasonable" part changes for people, especially those of the 10 realms who could claim it's not reasonable for Eric and Rugrat to ask them not to be arrogant and lord there power over people weaker than them since that's how the 10 realms works everywhere else. What they need is a charter of behaviour that people have to swear to uphold. And also things in the oath about the spirit of the oath being upheld the way they think Eric and Rugrat meant it, and that if someone finds a loophole in the oath they will not only not try to exploit it, they will come forward and point it out. If that was included in the oaths, it would cause a lot less problems.

Also Eric never learned simple inorganic scan from Rugrat, which would help him with alchemy if he scanned the finished products. And they created spells in the beginning, but almost never tried to make any new ones afterwards even though they were looking for spells to do stuff, instead of just trying to make the spell themselves and seeing if it worked or failed before trying to buy it somewhere.

As soon as Eric found out how the Alchemy association graded people, he should have spread that to every other craft in Alva, but he didn't. Also literally EVERYONE who can cast a spell should know how to heal, they don't have to do it well, but just be able to do it. They would have saved so many soldiers of theirs if they all could heal in some manner.

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skip

Found it to be boring and not an engaging story the only blessing was the end of the book. should be called the 4.5 realm not the fifth.

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  • DL
  • 2021-04-20

Amazing Series

Ten realms is one of those "go to" series as soon as the next book is released I drop what I'm reading and start the ten realms. if you have not given it a chance, you are missing something special.

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  • Andrew M. S.
  • 2021-04-20

Too much filler

This book and the last really showcases the problem that this series has. That being a lack of focus on any main character. All I really care about are Eric and Rugrat. They shouldn't be over shadowed by 20 other side characters. I get wanting to create a world that lives and breathes, but this feels like two separate stories jammed into one.

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  • Ryan
  • 2021-04-16

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Of all the audiobooks I listen to in the series, I would consider this one of the weakest. There was progression throughout the story, but it was dragged out throughout. The audiobook is over 20 hours, but most of the storyline could’ve been wrapped up in 10 hours. Unfortunately Michael Chatfield fell into the trap of trying to extend the story longer than it needed to be!. The previous books before this one are great. The fifth realm l, I would consider a transitional book. You’re not really missing anything. You can easily listen to summary and not miss out.

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  • John
  • 2021-04-19

Disapointed

Honestly, I don't know where to start with this one. I am just disappointed that this entire series has become not about Eric and Rugrat exploring, adventuring and fighting in the realms. It has turned into tiresome mess of crazy side projects. If you are the gather the total time of Eric and Rugrat in this book, you would get about 3 hours total, maybe. Sure, they went to the 5th realm bought some books, pissed some sects off, but for only about a day, within 1 city and ran back to the 4th. Nothing else.

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  • Matthew
  • 2021-04-18

Great Story

This book should really be called between the realms and not the fifth realm. There was not much going on besides a consolidation of their power and cultivation. I really enjoyed the book just don't think it was labeled correctly.

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  • max
  • 2021-04-20

Feels like filler

It's not a bad book it's just filler Entertaining filler but filler if you're bored and want something to listen to it's not bad but it feels like fourth realm2.0 looking forward to the next book

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  • Josh
  • 2021-04-24

It would be worth it to skip this book

To summarize the book: they got stronger. The end.

It’s called the fifth realm, but they spend maybe 2 chapters there, buy some stuff, and leave. Never returning for the rest of the book, and that doesn’t happen until halfway through the story.
The first quarter of the story is a large section of office meetings that are more like “meetings that could have been an email” rather than an actual story.
The last section was the worst. I hate how the book had another last meeting that could have been an email. I really wanted it to end with a good something: An explosion, a fight, a twist, ANYThing; but, it had to be a meeting...just why?
Some characters get introduced for one chapter, they feel like main characters, show up in one more, and then never get seen or talked about again.
Add to that the few dozen you forget about between books and with the four main story areas I just can’t care about remembering anyone not a main character, there’s just too many.
For instance, there was a plot device character that got rescued-ish, introduced, seemed like a main story character, then just kinda never did anything I guess.

The adventure parts were fun and there was some that I really liked in the later half of the book, but they were short and I feel like the early half was missing any kind of “adventures with the two main characters” kind of fun. That buddy adventure stuff was what drew me into the first book and pulled me through the rough parts of the fourth book, but it’s just not there anymore.

Overall, it feels like one big meeting with a few snack breaks and back to the meetings we go.
I still like the first book, but I think this is where I’ll end the series for me. Good luck with the other books. I hope they are awesome

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  • Quinton James
  • 2021-04-23

A long time coming only to be disappointed

I waited a long time for this audiobook only to be disappointed. The story meandered through every element going nowhere. The book was over 26-hours long and only perhaps one hour involved the realm the book was named for.

Hour after hour of unprogressive story telling that could have been condensed down to fit a book the size of a Harlequin novel.

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  • Leonardo
  • 2021-04-21

To much going on

way to much of the side story, less than an hour spent in the actual 5th realm overall a confusing and convoluted plot

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  • Shadow2780
  • 2021-04-17

Great story

As always Michael Chatfield does not fail to amaze. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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  • Lola
  • 2021-04-23

Not up to the standards I learned to expect

Where to begin

When ever there has been a delay of over 6 months I relisten to all the prior books so I can remember what was going on

I was sort of disappointed in the book due to the inconsistent story. I do not know who is responsible for making sure that the characters are consistent through out the books but they missed a few problems.

That snippet about Quinn and Jalila at the Formation arena where they watched seems to be unnecessary as it does not seem to be enough to forward the plot for a conflict. If indeed a conflict will occur the passage was so short that its going to be necessary to explain the conflict in the next book.

the bad Alva people - captured, tried and executed- Ok now what? I can not see where that will go.

5th realm less then 2 days shopping, a couple of auctions and fried chicken in the park then a run back to alva dungeon - is that really enough to title the book the 5th realm?

The relationship between tansu and jalila - no where in the prior books did it mention that jalila's mother was by herself and had to be nice to men to support the family. In the second realm books tansu and jalila's were sisters and their parents used Tansu smithing for money and wasted it ran up debts so she disowned them and their brother was a not a nice person. My husband insist that they are saying that they had different mothers and fathers in this book. I am not sure I agree with that but the relationship description is somewhat murky

I will buy the next book hoping it will be back to the prior standard and that someone who read/listened to the prior books does a consistency check before publishing







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