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Publisher's Summary

Forever is such a long time.

Walter Tye is the best friend any adventurer needs. He is the smiling shopkeeper next to your local dungeon, the one who sells you these cheap healing potions. When you need information, Tye always knows. He wants to help; you can trust him.

He is also the undead necromancer ruling said dungeon, getting paid to solve problems that he caused in the first place. But don't tell anyone that....

Cover Courtesy of Tapas Media © 2021

©2021 Maxime J. Durand (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Not a Dungeon Management

Not a Lit-RPG
Not a Dungeon Management
Not an Adventure
Not a Comedy

Well written MC/villain and character interactions, but the Publisher's Summary for this book describes only the starting conditions of the book, and implies the book will be something it is not. I feel like this book/series could have been amazing but falls short by trying to include too much without giving any one element (with the exception of MC and his goals) the care and attention it requires.

Levels and abilities seem arbitrary and do not correspond well to actual power except where combat is hand-waved or as an excuse to do or not do something. If it were not for some lore related content, I would say the story would be just as good, if not better by leaving out all mention of levels and system abilities entirely.

While it starts to include Dungeon Management elements, it features near the start of the story, and only sporadically mentioned afterwards. Adventurers and their deeds also only feature in this book in the way a generic farmer features in a starting town of most classic hero-fantasy or RPG.

Unlike the Publisher's Summary, this book contains very little humor that I could identify, with the exception of a few slap-stick pranks the book is mostly focused on the drama reacting to events.

I feel like this story would have been better written more like a dark-fantasy novel starting from the MCs childhood and without so many flashbacks... But that might just be me.

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How to Write a Villainous MC

Wonderful. This is probably one of the most well-written megalomaniacs I've ever come across. I both loved and hated the MC in all the best ways. Well done, Void Herald. You are quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I usually wait for books to get a handful of ratings before buying them, but I'm glad I took the chance here.

For those of you coming from Vanquer the Dragon, this book doesn't have the same silliness, but it does have the quirky characters and enjoyable banter. Never Die Twice is definitely worth your time!

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voice acting making it tough to continue

everything is fine for the most part... basic kind of story with average characters not showing much personality or individuality outside of what serves the plot.

Biggest issue by far is... Everytime a "female" voice is portrayed the voice actor does this crazy pitchy and incredibly whiney voice. Almost as if the female characters are constantly moaning or has to pee and refuses to stop talking to go handle it.

Not finding anything better than good or so-so in this book so when those voices come up, its too easy to be taken out of the story.

Will return credit as soon as I am able

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Excellent

This book is really good, the narration is fantastic, the story solid and well rounded. Honestly, it felt like getting two books for the price of one.

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Story is alright, voices are traumatic

I'm only halfway through so I can't speak on how it ended or anything of that nature. What I can say is that so far I have found the story relatively engaging. I do look forward to seeing the end.

The problem however is this narrator. Jack Voraces does passable voices for men, but downright terrible voices for women. Every now and then they almost sound ok, but generally speaking its quite awful. Like downright awful.

I feel bad for dissing what has to be hard work on a difficult task. Having distinct and interesting narration for a wide variety of characters isn't easy. For 21 hours no less. But most of the "female" voices are truly treacherous. Sounds like a DM trying to voice a goblin.

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The human Inhuman

Main character was very well put together with motivation and backstory to back up his actions holes in his own thanking and flaws in his reasoning to justify his actions without admitting to his selfish desires which makes the main character one of the most human characters I’ve come across recently which is a little ironic since he’s not a human I really enjoyed how the book through all the characters scheming and planning still imposes consequences on the main character for his actions without it feeling like the character didn’t win which I see a lot of books doing a character loses something that completely overshadows the victory and the balance here was really nicely set it’s a fun book with interesting concepts and a really solid main character who even if you don’t agree with can empathize with

Performance was less than stellar the narrator reuses voices and sometimes I can’t tell a part two characters most of the female voices weren’t all that distinct and even some of the male voices I couldn’t teleport the only reason I didn’t get lost is because of situational context it was rather annoying

In all I enjoy the book is a fun main character that is very deep and nuanced with a semi open but fun magic system using some Norse mythology a rather fun way I do recommend

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Unexpected

From the description I thought the was gonna be a comedy it is not. I heard leveling system thought it was a lit RPG it was not. Read about dungeons thought it was a dungeon management book it was not.
So what is this book ? I’d say it’s a love letter to Norse mythology
And a power trip fantasy

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The worst type of voice work

Every character's voice was awful to listen to. Some were simply difficult to understand, but most were almost painful to hear.

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Pretty good.

Worth the listen, not a big fan of some of the narrators choices for his female voices though. Couple of audio repeats slipped in where the different takes were spliced but it didn't really bother me.

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it's fine

it's fine but not as goods his other books and the narrator was a better fit for those books rather than this one.
It could have used more comedy as it was farley light on it especially in comparison to his other books, and description made seam like it would be more comedic in tone.

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  • Mr.M
  • 08-20-21

A massive disapointment

It's truly hard to believe this is the same author who wrote vainqueur the dragon. First off, ignore the premise. This book is NOT about a Necromancer who runs an alchemy shop above his dungeon. That is tossed out the window within the first few chapter and we never set foot in either dungeon or alchemy shop again.

As for Litrpg, it barely qualifies. It seems like stats and levels are more of an annoyance to the author than a theme.

As much as I hate to say this given how much I've enjoyed his other writings, I'd recommend giving this book a hard pass.

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  • Carol
  • 08-26-21

Good, not perfect, a bit depressing.

I enjoyed it. The characters and story were compelling. Yet now that I have finished it I just feel a little sad and empty.

Writing from the perspective of a true villain is hard and this has certainly done a grand job of it. But, it is not a happy book.

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  • Emil jensen
  • 04-14-22

overall not very good

i didn't finish this book i couldn't be bothered after 7 hours. i feel like the writing is a bit sloppy.. im not sure what the best word to describe it is.. unoriginal? one of the realms is Asgard where the king lives in Camelot and his son is prince Arthur and Sir Lancelot is Arthur's personal knight, in.. Asgard... where the nordic gods rule the realms. it just feels like that the author took a bunch of known stories and smashed it all together, and in this place you'll find very new and original spells like, Pain spell, Death 10 and super magic vision.

i gotta give credit to the narrator for giving it 120% But it is just WAAAY too much, all the women have loud ear piecing voices and its like he's yelling into to the mic.

if you want to listen to something else this guy made i would recommend The Perfect Run it's much better put together than this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-21

The voice actor blew it.

I've tried to get used to the voices and speech patterns. But I just can't.
Weird pauses, young girls sounding like grannies, the main character (a lich pretending to be a 24 year old shopkeep) sounding like an old.... well..Lich!
Real inconspicuous my guy..

None of the characters sound like actual believable people in my opinion.

I can't say anything about the story since I haven't made it far.


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  • laura
  • 12-21-21

Lich lover approved

I loved this.
A villain protagonist, Liches and magic? Yes, please!

Overall a very intriguing story, speckled with Norse Mythology, moral quandaries and, in my opinion, very likable characters.
I really enjoyed the world building and possibly learning a thing or two about Norse Mythology.

The narration is excellently done and a joy to listen to.

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  • TOFFEE
  • 12-16-21

Quirky at times and Nice to be a villain.

Just because it doesn't have a fairytale ending doesn't make it depressing. I loved how Walter is always honest about his hate for other people and doesn't give in to their requests just because they say 'Please'. There is a good quality of realism in this fantasy when it comes to manipulating people and I loved it. A nice variety of characters both good and evil with very few voices sounding similar. Drawing on the Norse mythology and threading it into a dungeon style story was enjoyable without relying heavily on pre existing tropes. You can always expect a bit of recurring deaths when a necromancer is involved which can take away from the emotion when a character is killed off. They may have overdone it with Percy a bit but at least each death was different. I enjoyed the mind games and having main characters try diplomacy while playing a board game rather than just try bash each others heads in. It showed off a variety of tactics people employ when in dispute although bashing does seem to be rather successful.