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Hamartia

By: Cebelius
Narrated by: Daniel Wisniewski,Rebecca Woods
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Publisher's Summary

Becoming king was just the beginning....

With all survivors in Svartheim under his control, Abram has become the Mountain King. Revenge is his, yet his troubles have only begun. The dungeon is a shambles of death and decay. His goblins and hobs are few in number and lack training. The bridge to the surface is in ruins, and his latest bond is a literal demon bent on corrupting and destroying him.

Yet Abram is nothing if not resourceful and rapidly sets about improving his circumstances through thrift, hard work, alliance, and subterfuge. With a massive tauren horde on the march and enemies both seen and unseen all around, the gravest danger may come from within. As his mental state deteriorates, Abram begins to lose time and question which of the lives he leads is reality, and which is the game....

This book does not pan to waving curtains and fade to black. Those uninterested or under the age of 18 are strongly warned of explicit content.

©2021 Cebelius (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Barely redeemed then murdered.

This the second and last book in a side story to Cebelius mainline story, set in the storyverse of Celestine, came close to redeeming both books in my opinion. I did not find close to be good enough in this case.

I found the first book in this side jaunt to be one of the most annoying reads that I have ever forced myself to endure. All because of the absolutely retarded behaviour of the main character in particular.

This continues into book two up until around the 25-27th chapter or so, after that the mc pulls his head and neck out from between his own butt-cheeks and things take a turn for the better in terms of the amount of retarded nonsense behaviour and mental derangement. It is to be understood that the whole idiocy factor and mental derangement is a purposeful contrivance on the part of the author for the overall story, I personally found it to be beyond to much, while the attempt at clearing up the MCs mental delusions in a satisfactory manner, after more then one and a half books worth of “idjit” just felt like.. ooh well and let’s move on.

This is all good and well until the last chapter and the epilogue where the idiocy again rears it’s disgusting head. First the MC does something really stupid and honestly imo out of character, resulting in consequences laying the framework for a possible continuation of the mainline story in the Celestine Chronicles.

The way the epilogue of the story is written makes the characters involved come across as if after having been badly burnt themselves on a stovetop/hot plate they seem to have totally forgotten everything about said incident. This is where the book ends and so it leaves off on a bad note as I see it.
The degree of stupid is just way to much to be believed and the last part just ended up, story wise, dipping these two books back into fubar territory.

Now throughout the ordeal of reading these two books I nearly constantly kept thinking “oh wtf are you doing” and “no one that supposedly smart can be that stupid” and exclaiming it out loud in some form multiple times. The amount of these occurrences so outnumbered the positives like laughing etc that it just dipped these 2 books into the negative.

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The two audio narrators performance was excellent throughout this book imo and the overall audio quality seemed high to me.

Technical quality of the work:

Honestly just positives here, It was good. I can not recall any obvious issues but then again I highly doubt the narrators and their production crew would have allowed for such since the book not only reflects on the author but them as well. So overall it seemed professional enough to me which sadly can not be expected nowadays even for audiobooks.

Narration & Technical quality of the books where their only redeeming feature.

Future:

I now wonder if the author is going to leave this story world as is or if we will be seeing more books in the setting, one merging this side story into the main storyline or more side stories expanding on the whole even more, because honestly this book seemed far from an ending to me where the overarching story is concerned.

I can only recommend this the second book and the first one in this arc, to such readers as are in search of stories with verily flawed MC’s.

End of thoughts on this offering by Cebelius.

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Smart as it gets

I just adore this series, I've listened to the whole Terrance Mac Saga and yet I prefer the Mountain King. The characters are interesting, smart and devious, there are plots within plots and I like that it feels like he earns his powers as he goes. The story does stumble with pacing and motivations here and there but overall it's well crafted.

The performances of both voice actors are flawless and imbue the cast with a soul all their own, bravo.

Cannot wait for the next installment.

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Worth the credit.

One of my fav authors on audible. If you were recommended it, buy it.
Its dark. Not pitch black but it pulls no punches. Daniel and Rebecca do a great job.

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Kept me hooked and worried.

No spoilers. if you enjoyed the last, follow up on this one. Story is solid and some satisfying threads are taken care of.

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About Time!!

This was a fantastic continuation to the first novel. Abrams development and the building of relationships was done extremely well. Watching an anti-hero debate with making moral choices as well as his own sanity was dope. I just hope the next book doesn't take 1000yrs to get released and make its way to audible.

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Interesting MC with enjoyable harem.

Fantastic. I liked how Cebelius has kept up with Abram's flaws. Abram really has been an interesting MC! Love the relationships and how they're turning out.
The reveal of the other templet makes me want to go listen to their series now. Great work, Cebelius!

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I like this

there's a reason insanity is a valid defense (even though it's almost never effective.)

how can you be held responsible for something when you don't/can't understand the implications of your actions.

while the MC is darker and broken by his time at the start of his new life he is trying, just not very well.

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It was good, but not perfect.

>>>>>Spoilers<<<<<


I did enjoy the book overall, the performances were very very good, and I will undoubtedly listen to the next book when it comes out, but some aspects of it were.... not my favorite.

The death of Sif (I believe that's her name, hard to tell with only listening) was unnecessary, especially when she just gets replaced a few chapters later with, not only an equally powerful and rare mountain troll, but one that by description looks exactly like her. That is a death that has no real consequences other than making the Main Character, not only mad, but a lot less likeable.

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Killed Celestine even more

Again Male narrator was overly dramatic Female narrator was great, Bringing back a character that died in a previous book hurt my head, everyone knew he was a liar and everyone believed his words setting up fake drama totally killed Celestine .

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Excellent Fantasy Series plus Harem Isekai

The Celestine books are a fun tongue in cheek fantasy, Isekai, and Harem series. All three are done surprisingly well.
The Mountain King Saga looks at the rise of Abram, a full on Evil Master Wizard from Earth in the early 21st Century. Abram has read enough Fantasy and played enough RPGs to know what not to do, and his struggles with his own mental health add surprising dramatic weight to his story.
If you are a fan of the Overlord light novels or Anime, Dungeon Keeper type games, or Isekai, this is a great listen or read.
There is explicit sex. Quite a lot of it. This is also a Harem story. If that’s something you don’t want, this is not what you’re looking for.
Otherwise very much worth your time.

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  • 09-10-21

grim

damn, I thought the first book was grim. this one takes it to a whole new level.

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  • 09-08-21

All hail the rise of our new Dark Lord!

I love this series, it's a totally new look at the world of Celestine from a totally different angle from the original Celestine Chronicles Series. In stark contrast the heroic Terry Mack, our hero (villian?) Abram is cool, calculating and utterly mad in not truly understanding that he is more than just a VR game.

Surrounding himself with creatures of myth and legend you'll be hitting Wikipedia hard to learn more about the monsters he has bound to his side. Such a great tale but not for the faint of heart as this is a peek at the darker side of the vibrant world of Celestine. I love it!