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Acyrologia

By: Dennis Vanderkerken,Dakota Krout
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
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Caltopia is right through the door. Ancient oaths are knocking. A thunderous new vocabulary for answering.

Artorian wakes on a brand-new planet, refreshed and ready to make some mischief now that he’s back in Cal’s soul space! Eternium is old news; in fact, now that Barry is completely forked, the curtains on Eternia’s Alpha have closed. Being awake has its upsides, but there are a few...concerns.

Cal, even unconscious, is pushing the boundaries of the double-S ranks. With oaths and promises in peril, should he breach that rank before letting people live their lives, Artorian will hustle and bustle to lay the groundwork for mass-decanting. Surely nothing will go wrong. 

Artorian must learn how to be a Mage again and find his legs. There’s more running to do.

©2022 Mountaindale Press (P)2022 Mountaindale Press

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I mean… no

Been a pretty big fan of this series since the beginning. I know Dakota Krouts books have fallen off a drunken cliff. However, Dennis Vanderkerken has still been putting out amazing stuff.

This book? Just no. You have the MC refusing to face his past. Because if he did, he would have all the power he needs to smack down the silly nonsensical bad guy. Instead, he gets his friends and himself maimed all while claiming to be the representation of love. So, everyone almost dies followed up by a literal last 20 minute Deus Ex Machina ending.

It’s horrible. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s 11 hours of prattling about nothing, followed by and hour and a half butt whopping, and a Deus Ex Machina.

Just ignore this book and be happy with how the previous one ended.

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unnecessary round two (spoilers)

I write this because I love this series and want the next book to be better. This book felt unnecessary, the primary conflict was already resolved and I really did not need a fight between a weakened Artorian caught unprepared and a suuped up Odin taking up half the book. Honestly I fel asleep halfway through the "climatic" fight and woke up when Cal stepped in. I think it would have been more interesting to instead have Odin surprisingly apologize and show character growth. Maybe ask Artorians advice on improving his civilization. Also none of his people were upset being trapped on a wall for thousands of years. I expected some kind of conflict when he finally woke them up, but they all seem to agree with him. That was a missed opportunity for emotional conflict, maybe give Artorian some growth. You may just need to take a break and step back for a bit, maybe re read those first 3 masterpieces you started this series with to find your voice again.

Once again I want to reiterate that I love this series, and want to hear more. I just feel this one fell a bit flat.

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puntastically disappointing

First off, the narator was excellent as always.
The story however was not.
SPOILER AND RANTING ALERT:
The entire story boiled down to a fight for which the authors needed to introduce a new mechanic to impede the MC and only the MC in order to have any kind of tension in this fight.
That really ruins the story.
The new mechanic wasn't even consistently used during the fight, because the MCs opponent and everyone else didn't have to bother with it in the slightest and repeatedly didn't have to abide by the new mechanic of tower laws.
For some reason, rising back up in tower tiers needs oceans of mana to pay for it, condensing it. But descending does not turn super dense mana into oceans of less dense mana. It only makes the mage weaker and makes it harder to get back up to his regular strength. And also takes time and focus to do. Well i say mage, but it really only applies to Artorian because every other mage can just use lower tier laws instantly without weakening themselves or having climb the tower back up. And climbing the tower is instantanious for everyone except the mage themself. Unless that mage happens to be the MC that has to have a challenging fight and the authors need some way to build tension. All of this even happens during the final fight making it very obvious that this mechanic is purely a tool to not end the fight with the MC just instantly wiping the floor with his opponent in one sentence.
And this isn't even touching the big question as to why the opponent was allowed to intentionally get in everyones way again to begin with. You'd assume after he pulled this stunt with the demon invasion in the last book, the incarnates would but him in his place instead of just watching him doing a repeat of everyones most hated antics.
I really hope the next book will be better again, because so far, i loved the series.

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Meh

I dont normally do bad reviews but this book was disappointing. It felt like filler with no real story to it, the first half was just useless tower talk from a heavenly with way to many references to real life. This happened through out the whole book and it was not needed this whole series has been great. Not this book I sure hope the next if there is one after this goes back to having a real plot and not the same restart that the first few in CAL had.

Narration was great thats all this book had going for it

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Pointless.

Starting off Travis Baldree is an amazing narrator and he brings all his skill to bare in this book.

The story... honestly the last few books have left me feeling a bit irate. Most of Sunnys fights could easily be handled if he just advanced his rank. It's not that he's unable, he's just unwilling. Instead of using his law the idiot drops his tier down to nearly rock bottom then gets his behind served up to him. "Oh man I'm gonna lose unless some real magic happens."
The S rankers supposedly spent centuries looking for the demons. But apparently didn't bother looking in the most obvious spot. They have a homicidal lunatic on the loose that they KNOW FOR A FACT IS STRONGER THAN THE MC AND IS OUT FOR REVENGE AND HAS AN ARMY AND HAS POWERFUL GEAR AND THEY DON'T EVEN LIKE and they shrug and go "oh well". he would be a trifle to deal with for them and they do nothing. They know he's torturing people, turning their souls into weapons, boats and rings. Instead of going "hey man chill out". They do nothing.

The problems in this book are not actually problems. There is not one things in this book that required Swollpa to handle. Instead, the authors decided the MC needed to get his shit handed to him THEN let the powerhouses handle it. What was the effing point!? And don't get me started on the absolutely forced puns, and dialogue ripped strait from other books and movies.

I just can't believe this was written by the same people that did the other nine books. Ridiculous.

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I should've stopped listening a few books ago

First off, I've listened to hundreds of books and this is only the second one I've returned. I initially loved the series but the last few books don't actually forward the story in any meaningful way. The series seems like it's on pause and the writing is starting to bother me.

The Archives always spent time explaining the world mechanics but it's gotten ridiculous now - it's the first half of the book. And now there are non-stop pop culture references that are completely out of place. "He landed in the Hulk stance" has no place in a fantasy book that takes place in a different world. At one point one of the characters quotes Shakespeare and within a minute is singing Take Me Home, Country Roads. I don't mind a pop culture reference here and there but it is literally forced into the story every chance the author gets.

The only reason I'm not giving it one star is because the narrator is great, as always.

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part of a book

this absolutely should not have been released in this form. i love the dungeon series but this didnt further any of the story. too short with the only relavent events happening in the last hour. this should have been included with whatever book 11 is going to be. very disappointed. i would just wait until some kind of bundle is offered, i would not purchase on its own.

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Returned book a few hours in

After nine books of generally good quality, I have to say that this book is not for me in any way. This is the first book I've returned in several hundred books consumed and the only book in the entire Divine Dungeon universe I haven't enjoyed. The series seems to be floundering right now and has lost all sense of direction. The references are out of control (to the point of irritation) and the whole thing is starting to come across as the author trying to prove how smart and amazing they and their characters are, reducing the quality of the work to that of bad fan fiction. This has been happening a little bit in the prior few books but this one has truly lost its way.

That being said Travis Baldree is one of my favorite narrators and his work is still fantastic.

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good star points but...

I've been following this story since book 1, I can definitely see some particular political views I don't necessarily agree with but the world itself is so different from ours I can let some grievances go for the enjoyment of the story. I'm definitely confused about the statement " Be wary of a place called America...," I don't want to believe it was made as a slight against the US considering the story is richly involved with the idea of inclusion, love, and so on; but including that statement really kinda hurts. supposedly it's a statement from an "African man" even though there hasn't been mention of Africa in any of the ten books and that looks really pointed. They mention memes and stuff and that alludes to, "our world existed at one point," but other than that, zero history. Honestly I think it's a huge mistake to try to converge the two worlds as more unnecessary current political views will ultimately corrupt the story. I'm only a couple hours in so I'm hoping the Author glosses over this kind of thinking and gets back on track. Otherwise... a damn good story will be ruined by the end.



edit: Honestly the last 3 books... maybe even 5, have been too full of references. I personally have understood many of the references made to other works but I know for a fact that many won't. This series is great... but dang it's really fallen off, like the editor of this series took control and streamlined it, cut it off from the intriguing philosophy and rhetoric it started with and slapped it with comedy and fighting. Artorian wasn't nearly as fun to imagine these past few books. His many forms and his law, his values and general outlook are great but...
Unfortunately I'm just disappointed. First three books were nearly flawless to me. The next four could almost be classified as their own story with Artorian, Dawn, and Cal as the main cast. The last three however really took a dive in quality, each one bringing it down further. This tenth book, much like the ninth, was too fast; full of unnecessary references and although one big joke of the series is puns in general, this latest book took a bit far. Finally, this book kept bringing its own name into account yet... didn't actually exemplify its own concept in any meaningful way. As a matter of fact I didn't see too much of that from anyone except Odin who did a good job of being a true annoyance.

To the author directly: I hope you aren't being pressured to alter your original story, if you aren't then listen to your own full story start to finish and see how it holds relative to your own current perception.

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90% of one gigantic dad joke.

This series has become solely bad puns mixed in with far too many "something called a 'copyright trope plug' whatever that is" formula

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  • Peter
  • 06-12-22

awsome listen

awsome listen as always, loved all of it listened through in just a few days. px

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  • Mads Jensen
  • 06-11-22

Not enough ctual story

Its really just a filler. Very little stort and loads of pop references. It basically playes out like a 14 yr olds fever dream. I like the the end. Should have started there with the big battle.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-19-22

Love that the series is continuing.

While I really am enjoying the series as a whole, I am getting tired of how much Artorian's tribulations are being completely ignored and are being covered by deus ex machina plot armour.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-22

Another great book

I love the whole series and have to say the ending of this book was mwah, chefs kiss. I did find the in depth attempts at explaining tiers, cultivation and channels to get tiring because it is really hard to follow, but I guess I can see how it may have assisted in explaining the ending. One negative with this series is that almost all female characters come across as nagging and bossy. I’m not sure if this is down to the authors or the performance. I noticed it in the related divine dungeon series too.