• A Tangle of Threads

  • The Simulacrum, Book 2
  • By: Egathentale
  • Narrated by: Austin Rising
  • Length: 27 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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A Tangle of Threads

By: Egathentale
Narrated by: Austin Rising
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Publisher's Summary

Trapped in an artificial-reality battle school, a genre-savvy hero is caught between two girls and four supernatural factions, in this slice-of-life fantasy.

Leonard Dunning was supposed to be the comic-relief best friend of the hero in a supernatural harem-comedy narrative. Instead, his rebellious attitude, flirtatious nature, and downright bravado have placed him in a starring role in a fantasy simulation where he possesses superhuman abilities, fights otherworldly creatures, and has won the hearts of two high school girls—Eleanor Dracis, a noble family’s princess, and Judy Sennoma, a “placeholder” character awakened by Leo’s interactions.

His antics have brought him the attention of four powerful cabals: the magical Magi, dragon-clan Draconians, angelic Celestials, and demonic Abyssals. Each of them is trying to fulfill an ancient prophecy involving Leo’s friend Josh Bernstein—the story’s would-be hero—as their chosen one. But Leo’s knowledge of the genre’s tropes, his array of out-of-context superpowers, and his loyalty to his friends have altered the narrative and made him the center of attention instead.

Now, he’s been branded Leonard Blackcloak and become entangled in several seemingly disconnected plots. And when a goofy mad scientist’s army of robots attacks Leo’s friends, it’s clear the simulation is trying to reassert control of the story with a sentai genre shift. With two girls to keep happy, the side effects of his powers wreaking havoc on his body, and numerous new enemies and allies joining the fray, Leo must uncover the identities of those in control—and what their endgame truly is.

The second volume of the hit slice-of-life romantic-comedy series—with more than two million views on Royal Road—now available on Audible and wherever audiobooks are sold!

©2022 Egathentale (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Love this series

I absolutely love this series. I've already listened to both books twice and can't wait for book 3. In fact I couldn't wait and went over to Royal road and started reading the rest of the series and caught up with what's released. The narrator is great and I've heard him in several other book series. The story itself really draws me in as I haven't listened to other books like it. Some people get really weirded out about the romance stuff involving polygamy but I really like books like this where it's not just the boring old "oh yeah a bunch of girls want this dude for no reason other than protagonist". We actually see the romance develop and I think it's super cute.

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just as good if not better than the first.

If you enjoyed, the first book this one adds to it! the narrator's performance continues to be fantastic.

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Not quite a let down…

The second volume of this story was not as good as the first. For one, the humor and entertainment value of the book is treading dangerously close to played out. Second the pacing, compared to the first, was nearly exasperating. (This book covers about a week of slice of life compared to several months in vol. 1). Finally the ending, at least from the readers POV, seems arbitrary.

I listened to the first book multiple times because it was fun and intriguing. I can’t say I’ll be doing the same with A Tangle of Threads.

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  • Charlotte
  • 10-08-22

This one was an absolute grind to finish.

20+ hoursof zero plot progression with a toxic relationship fisted into it, you could easily skip this one and wait for the third installment and still be up to date.

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  • 09-30-22

what a slog

this book came off as 9 hours of a genuinely entertaining story with likable chapters and 13 of judy telling Leo how angry she is about literally anything he does. I walk away feeling like we got about 15 each for the rest of the main cast split up half way because judy just had to jump in for 3 minutes of not funny skits we got basicly no progress with them and one of them moves in with him at the start of the book it genuinely felt like I was listening to a toxic relationship with intermittent sections of Leo escaping only to be drawn back in

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  • Jacob M.
  • 09-29-22

Loved it but.

It felt like there was too little happening despite all the information Leo gained. Plus he could have dealt with the new faction quite easily if the world wasn’t a Shonen but a senin at the same time I think it would lead be a far worse situation if it was.
Overall I still loved it but a little more forward movement would be nice.