• Civil War

  • A litRPG Adventure (The Rogue Dungeon, Book 2)
  • By: James Hunter, eden Hudson
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,462 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Build. Evolve. Conquer. Welcome to the civil war....

Roark von Graf - former noble and hedge mage, current mid-level mob in a MMORPG - has his sights set on taking down the tyrannical dungeon lord. But the reigning troll despot is nearly as devious as Roark, and his followers are at a much higher level.

With forever-death on the line, civil war breaks out in the Citadel, pitting Roark’s new regime against Azibek’s horde of loyalists. To survive, Roark will have to outfox the dungeon lord, forge new, dirtier weapons and shady alliances, and above all, evolve....

But while the trolls are entrenched in their civil war, an outside threat is growing. Eyes from the IRL world are beginning to turn toward the Citadel. There’s something strange about this Roark, and they intend to find out what.

From James A. Hunter, author of the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online, and eden Hudson, author of the Legend of the Treesinger and the Jubal Van Zandt series, comes an exciting new litRPG dungeon-core adventure you won’t want to pause!

©2018 James Hunter, eden Hudson (P)2019 James Hunter, eden Hudson

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Nick Podehl is why I am here

Not disappointed. Nick Podehl has an amazing ability to bring the characters to life with his voice. loveing the story so far wish It was longer

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Is Infinity War Next? These keep getting BIGGER

Roark returns in a wonderfully penned tale about his struggle to gain dominance in his dungeon. That is what the title Civil War refers too, in case you were thinking that Captain America or Iron Man were going to show up somewhere along the lines. We do get Cooter Joe and Powner Boner back for more, so that is a plus, and I have to say that Pwner Boner is one of my favorite jerks of all time.
Like I said, the dungeon is embroiled in a uncivil war, and Roark is beset on quite a few fronts as he has to fend off player incursions, assaults from unfriendlies from the lower levels, and even some Dev concerns that he isn’t quite aware of. That is one thing that I think is so slick about this series, it meshes three different dimensions together, Roark’s world, the Game world, and the player’s universe.
This edition of the series is where the steam starts picking up. Book one had a great intro and set up, but this is where things really take off. We get bigger fights, more evolutions, and alliances between different floors. My mad man Kaz tears up as a master chef, and Zyra takes ass kicking to a whole new level. I’d love to see a reference to Kaz becoming an Iron Chef. He gets a cool tenderizer, but he needs a good cleaver and sharpening tool.
We also get to see some crafting, so fans of this portion of gaming will be happy, as will the builders, as Roark goes on and reconfigures his level several times. There is also an addition of some NPC trainers who are actually interesting, and Kaz gets a love interest.
The only part of the book that I struggle with is the burgeoning romance vibes that I get from Roark and Zyra. That is not a happy thing. Zyra is a monster that loves blood and killing, Roark only kills because he has to and wants to save his people. Once this whole battle is done and he can go home he’s either going to stay or take her with him, and if she becomes human I doubt that she’s going to want to go around not killing people all day. AS much as I wish it so I don’t see Roark loving his life as a troll. He’s never once mentioned how much better it as than his being a human, so . . .problems. Either way, I gotten put points into Hudson and Hunter to do the right thing. They have a plan.
I will reiterate that I am always amazed at how great James manages to meld his writing style with that of whomever he partners with in so flawless a manner. The writing here is smooth, flawless, and well paced. They action picks up and never lets up. The characterizations are well done, and I have to say that as much as I like my beefy chef, Zyra has stolen my cholesterol clogged heart. I think I like her more than Roark, but then kick butt assassin chicks have always been my weakness. Actually I am attracted to crazy more than kick buttiness, but we’ll leave my personal life out of this discussion.
What can I say about Nick Pohdel? What haven’t I said already? He plays this series like he was in the world series of poker holding four aces. He powns it. See what I did there? Nick really makes this super fun, and while I think that his weakest point as a narrator is that he can’t do a dozen different female voices that the ones he has here work really well, and are distinctive unto themselves.

I kind of boxed myself in with my review of the first book, because I think I hit it at an 8.5, and I loved this book. 8.7 stars.



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Better and Better

I'm hooked. I'm a huge fan of Nick Podehl's voice work especially in this genre. The story is well written and the characters are a fantastic range of softhearted beasts to cruel assassins all loyal to a man who isn't supposed to exist in their world.

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Love it!

I loves the first book and the second is just as good 100% hands down my favorite book bye this author! can’t wait to see what happens next :)

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Two minutes of reading a list...

There's a section where he just lists monsters and their stats for over two minutes. There's a fun premise and great potential in this story, but it's often held back by lackluster world building and a dull setting with bare minimal character arcs. I'll continue reading the series, because I'm a sucker for these kind of stories, but I am frustrated by its reliance on tropes to replace actually building a unique world. The magic system also is so vague that battles loose their tension. It seems like actions are super effective or fail on the authors will and not by pre-established rules. And please stop reading out these long boring stat lists! They may work in a printed medium where you can just skim past them, but in audio form they're worthless.

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  • JV
  • 03-04-22

So Very Good

A great follow up, to a great book with great characters and top notch voice acting to bring it all together. So easy to get wrapped up in and root for the "good guys"... so happy there's more to books to go!

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darn good, loved it

I had no problems with the whole thing. Fun story, great voice acting, nothing was extended, or fluffed up with useless stuff. a few more times of the character sheet weren't needed, but still nifty.

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  • WB
  • 01-06-22

enjoyable read

for those that enjoy RPG stories I would recommend this one it was quite enjoyable. thumbs up

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The Triumphant return to Hearthworld

The characters become more endearing and the perfectly designed main plot progresses quicker in this installment.

The overall writing is good and in many ways this has been my first reverse prospective (anti-hero) lit rpg. So, it's becoming my unit of measure for this genre. So fun to read.

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Very enjoyable

I truly enjoy a book I don't want to put down and this was one of them. I'm excited to see what book three is going to hold and how the characters react now that... You'll get no spoilers from me. Enjoy the listen.

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  • faye
  • 08-29-19

As expected - just great.

Don't be put off by a 4 start review.
I think 5 starts should be reserved for those books that dominate all before them.
This one is very good and I recommend to all those that started the series.

The only thing I would say here is that if you imagine 10 hours of reading as a paperback; it's probably a book a you can put in your back pocket. 15+, well then you're starting to talk about something meaty. You know, value for money etc... So here you get what is expected for 11 hours. It's a start but nowhere near something that is gonna last a week in the sun on holiday...

it was made clear in the first book where we're headed and this book doesn't disappoint.

The only thing I would say is that levels seem to be ghostly; in that all of sudden we are are level 20+ when I think the author could have played on each level as a real celebration. Not a big deal however.
And I do wonder... if it wasn't Nick Podehl, would this book have been so amazing? Maybe....

The MC and friends have been setup so beautifully with their interactions and wants and needs, that you genuinely feel each situation each are exposed to. This is surely a sign of a very good author who knows how to weave his readers into something very entertaining.

The big fights are spread out nicely with entertaining moments in between that span the emotion scale from funny to sad, heroic to treacherous.

A good job well done.

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  • Scott
  • 09-09-20

great story

loving the story and action although the heroes nose must be flat for the amount of times he catches an attack square in the face without moving. lol

if the narrator can pronounce 'rifled' as in rifle-d instead of riff-led that would do my heart good.

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  • Voyager
  • 06-18-19

Brilliantly written

I usually do not do spoilers but on this occasion I will do a small one.

Kaz is to James & Eden as Oberon is to Kevin Hearne.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 06-12-19

Need Book Three

Review from my boyfriend and myself. My boyfriend and I listened to this book together We loved it very much. We were trying to figure out if this would be a duology or a series. Now that we know, we can't wait for book three! Listening to these books with him has given me a better understanding of D&D. He loves to play the game. Maybe now I can play with him! The narrator was fantastic. He was great in the first book too, so I had no doubt he'd be great in this one. I hope that he'll be narrating the third book too when it comes out. It wouldn't be told the same without him. Fully loved it and fully recommend.

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  • Dingo 883
  • 03-22-19

Great series

I'm really enjoying this series. The story and narration are great. My only quibble is the hero continually beating bosses vastly more powerful than himself. He does manage it in clever ways most of the time, so it takes a bit of the sting out of it. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Snapper
  • 02-26-19

Very good. Better than most. Much good. Such Waw..

Very nice. Fill space, fill space, fill space, fill space. Give it a try. still need one more word.

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  • S. Reid
  • 02-23-19

Book 2 = Double the Enjoyment

Although thinks only book 2 this is even better than bookn1 as your now invested in the fight that the Cruel Citadel has found it self in. The characters have become familiar and their cause just and true despite the unusual forms we are now set against the Heroes and the light based crimeria whilst we cheer on our erstwhile heroes as they level up.
Now that the characters have become familiar i find myself enjoying the skills of Podehl a lot more now which helps a lot. I especially like Kaz and Griff as they are so appropriate for how i imagine them to be.
Overview is 5 stars all along and a tense wait for the next chapter to arrive in all too much anticipation.

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  • John
  • 03-13-20

Civil War

This book is bloody brilliant and a must to listen to and owned do yourself a favor and buy this series.