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Maximilian Storm has embraced his new life as a Battleborne. Reincarnated on a strange world in a powerful chimera body, he has gathered friends, made enemies, and developed wondrous new magical and physical abilities. He’s even discovered that a couple of his men, Smitty and Dylan, have chosen to join him on this world.

Max is on a mission to secure and expand his newly conquered kingdom, Stormhaven. But War Chief An’zalor wants his mine back. When he sends a small army of orcs to capture it, Max’s party, along with his dwarven and orc allies, must help him defend his new territory.

An epic quest is discovered, sending Max and his core party into the wilds to track down and retrieve a powerful artifact. New friends are discovered, and new challenges met along the way. When Max ventures off on his own, he discovers a lost territory, and an ancient dwarven secret that may change the lives of everyone. A secret that might also end his own life, and his reign.

©2021 Dave Willmarth (P)2021 Mountaindale Press

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  • Al
  • 10-30-21

Great second book for an awesome series

The second book of Battleborne is so good! It keeps the cast from the first book but continues to add to the group with characters that Max knew before and characters from this world. The book continues with the strong litrpg characteristics as well.

The thing I disliked was the point of view of one certain character. It didn't seem to flow as well or have the same banter.

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narrator was a miss on this one

I'm not sure if it's been so long since the last release or if the narrator decided he was going to do something different, but I can't stand it. Last book, he sounded in character and I was living the story. This books just makes me feel like he is just reading a book aloud and not getting into character. almost like he's bored.

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really?

so I don't normally do reviews and I will say up front that I still enjoyed the book hence the 4 star but for taking as long as it did to release just to have it be a filler book is really annoying really hope the next is better done also editors need to be fired several mistakes made as well as a clearly missed voice section for miss threet with some very obvious mouse clicks heard in between paragraphs.

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Daniel Wisniewski The Perfect Max Storm

Dave does a great job building a great story. I love the way he is building conflict in later books. The premise is original in a genre that is overloaded with similar plots. The narrators were fantastic as always.

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Gnomes Rule !!

Great pick up from last book. Nice setup for big boss/ Rival. looking forward to see how Max handles the next stage!!

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So good

Been waiting for this one it was great. I can't what for the 3rd book.

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love the series so far

I listened to the first book and immediately got the 2nd when finished. The only gripe I have with this one is skewed weird leveling and exp system that some books like this fall victim to. Another character introduced kills a couple people turns in some menial tasks and they seem to be leveling consistently. meanwhile the MC started out killing big monsters completing and getting epic level quests and his progress seemed much slower.
That's my only gripe about the series which is very small.
Would definitely suggest a go at this series.

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An interesting listen. A few minor issues

Bought this to listen to during my commute/while working. Having enjoyed the first book I had high hopes and wasn’t disappointed.

The story is good, a fairly linear progression of the first, so if you enjoyed that then this is probably worth it.

There are only three major issues that pulled this away from being 5 stars in my opinion

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This book introduces a new POV character who is literally the textbook definition of a murderhobo which doesn’t really gel with the world as it was described in the first book. Despite having no decent stats, they constantly manage to kill people who are theoretically much stronger than them with little to no effort then running and escaping from guards who should be much faster and more competent with no issues or reputation loss or basically any repercussions at all.

The narrator for the female characters has maybe three voices, which she uses intermittently with no eye for context. So female characters have wildly different accents from other people from their same town. Dwarves are given a Scottish/Celtic lilt to their voice, orcs sound vaguely Germanic and a group that appear mid book called “Dworcs” the males are understandably kind of a split between the two, the females are vaguely Eastern European.

The final issue is with the main characters eclectic spells. In universe there is no limit to the amount of spells a person can learn (at least to my knowledge) so the main character has basically just bought a boatload of random spells and yet intermittently forgets them for some reason.

As an example, while exploring in some caves MC and his party need to get down a cliff to a cavern floor below. Cue a ‘humorous’ interaction where he starts to climb down a difficult surface before a member of his party says “hey don’t you have a spell to levitate down?”, MC slaps his forehead “oh silly me, I’m not a gamer so I forget these things” he then proceeds to float every member of his party off of the cliff over a fatal drop one by one to the ground below. And so we progress.

For the entire time this was happening I was practically screaming in my head as one of the first spells MC got is an instant teleport spell that can move himself or anyone/thing he’s touching to any spot within direct line of sight or any spot within a reasonable distance that he can picture clearly in his mind.

This happens a few times in the book, the MC gets into a situation and could deal with it easily with one of the spells in his repertoire but instead it ends up with a “creative solution” that frequently end with MC getting seriously injured.


TL:DR: decent book. A good follow up to the first. Somewhat frustrating at points but entertaining enough that I didn’t get fed up and give up partway through.

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Worth the credit

The humble, boy scout Camera continues to thrive in his God ordained circumstances.
The support characters continues to shine. This is turning out to be a very good young adult story. The narration is above board. I look forward to the next installment.

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Great book!!!

i cant wait for the next one!!! I really hope that Dave Willmarth continues to write this series out like he has his other ones...

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  • Dalton
  • 01-22-22

Loved every second

Wow ! I loved every second, great second book and world to follow! Can’t wait for more! Narrator does an excellent job and brings the world and characters alive. I look forward to following max on his journey

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  • bri miller
  • 12-22-21

excellent

Great follow up from the first and looking forward to book 3, some build up that wasn't fully explored in this book so can't wait to see what happens with it next

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  • AJAS
  • 12-03-21

Even better than Book 1

A great second instalment of what is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. The book is well paced, with believable characters and with a well structured story.

Narration is top notch and the care taken with the various voices helps immerse you in this wonderful new world.

I was going to buy this book and even had it on my wish list but managed to snag a review copy, I would recommend this book to LitRPG lovers and will be purchasing the next one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-21

loved it! just like the first...

funny and unique, can't wait to the next one! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Conor O' Brien
  • 11-18-21

Change the Narrator's

This is a decent listen story wise but for the love of God change the Narrator's, Threet's accents are woefully bad how can this woman still get work?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-21

Great second book

I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next book. I wonder what Dave has in store for us next

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  • Morris
  • 11-13-21

Worth the wait!

This is an epic continuation of the series with a few more MCs added to the mix.

My only drawback is that Max has far too many fortuitous encounters. I want a challenge!

Aside from that I loved the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-21

Epic

Was worth the wait! Great continuation of an amazing series. Well written and fleshed out world that's constantly expanding

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  • Audible Fan
  • 11-08-21

An excellent book and most enjoyable !listen

This is an interesting and well done story. I enjoyed book 1 and this was an entertaining follow on.

The plot was entertaining and there was some nice little twists on what I expected. I do like the world that has been created.

I like Max and his companions. The differing races a nice idea.

We get another point of view and someone the polar opposite of Max. That was unexpected and a very intriguing idea. Conflict seems inevitable but how this character grows does offer greater insight into the world.

The narrator did a good job, thank you. I also liked the minimal use of stat pages as they can break the flow of a story.

I look forward to the next book.

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  • Sebastian K.
  • 11-07-21

Two main characters

Not too happy about the switch between the two main character I just want to hear the story about Max not the grass guy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

Compared to the first book it's ok but...

Normally I would give this a full 5 stars but this writer is above the average writers in my opinion so I hold a higher standard and its just my opinion. So the voice actors are amazing at the range of accents and voices 5 star for that. Story wise you could've cut out 4 to 5 hours of all the filler stuff of micro management of his kingdom or standard conversations that don't really progress the story but it ads world building and more behind the scenes. One thing that did annoy me was change or character prospectives not being their own chapters but being part of a big chapter so you can't skip them without missing out on main story. And I miss abit of romance that the main character had in the first book. Personal thing on me for that point. So if you read the first and like hearing alot of world building, city/nation building with alittle bit of bro mance between a group of guys this book is great. I will listen to the next book because I'm invested in knowing where this goes even if I have to skip chapters to get the story moving.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-14-21

Amazing story

Loved the story and the narrator the new POV change was a little grating at first but over time it was understandle.

Spoilers under.

He was told to practice his magic and even remarked that his 2nd level spell is so much more powerful but outside of combat and the teleporting of the spiderorc body he has not seemed to cast a spell for practice at all? He has a massive mana pool and good regen but sits around smithing and crafting potions which is a great LONG TERM power gain while ignoring amazing potential power now? As a military man would he not want to practice? clean polish his weapons? for example, his heal skill as far as I hear in the book is still level 2? he can get AOE (3 targets) if he levels it up but 0 spells even when he has no use for the extra mana? Is this done for later character growth or are you writing the character as an idiot? He has a spell that will give everyone 25% bonus stats but going into a conflict with a larger force doesn't use the mana in the staff to cast it? then ignores the staff mana anyways.

Anyways love the story but the lack of character growth in spell use is infuriating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-21

Great read

Well written well narrated book. Very likeable characters and plenty of action without alot of level up notifications etc. Dwarves Gnomes Orks Elves Goblins Trolls and Chimeras with nifty explodey spells !! What more do you want