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The current tour of duty for Leftenant Trig Bioblast, Second Shaman of the OCSS Skull Crusher, had been completely routine, and, disappointingly, uneventful. The days of revolution were a distant five hundred galactic years in the past.

Today, there was very little in the cluster that could significantly challenge an Oak Clan Star Ship, nor, admittedly any other clan cruiser in the horde. The last battle that had actually required the Skull Crusher to marshal her full might had been with a squid ship, nearly four GY ago, well before Trig had joined the ship.

While on duty, Trig had received an Automated AEthereal Message from the OCSS Bone Wracker: a Call-To-Arms, an extremely rare type of message that was only issued when a ship encountered a situation that was beyond the capabilities of a single OCSS.

Of course, the truly exciting news was that his superior, Thargus, was temporarily incapacitated, making Trig the acting First Shaman, giving him a front row seat to the investigation as part of the First Away Team. It appeared that, at long last, his on-duty life would get exciting enough to distract him from his off-duty life.

About two Galactic Weeks ago, a long dormant shaman stone passed down his family tree for thousands of years had suddenly become active, much to Trig's surprise. Upon examining the stone, he'd discovered that it was linked to another stone—in a different universe, beyond the Astral Plane. And the people who had activated the stone? Well, they were an ancient army of mythological immortal warriors that his grandfather claimed had once ruled a vast Multiversal Empire, but then vanished for no known reason.

A worthy adversary for their ship and a heated battle or two should serve to keep his mind off his mythological being problem.

©2021 J. L. Langland (P)2022 Tantor

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Unfortunately, not his best work

So, I will be completely honest, I love the main story of the Demons of Astlan series, however this? Its just not that good, I zoned out multiple times and didnt pay attention at all, and whats worse than that? I didnt care enough to actually rewind.

Now, theres a couple of major problems with this, compared to the main series;
1. No more view points of the different factions.
- I loved how J.L would jump from the main characters to the other factions to see how each group of people would interpret the situations, and then see how each side would deal with the situation based on their own understanding. Theres none of that here, no "feel good" moments where you see the other side freak out because the main characters did something amazing.
2. Using different terms for time, distance and so on.
- Its already hard enough to keep track of the different orc names (Mainly because its not names we're used to in our daily lives, making them harder to remember), but changing time, distance and so on to fit the whole "sci-fi" thing is too much, for me at least. There was an explanation at the start of the book, but an hour later I had already forgotten it and kept wondering what they meant when they would reference time in QA or whatever they called it. Just stick to Minutes, Hours, Days, Years. Yes, this may be dumbing down the book, but isnt it better to dumb it down so more people cant enjoy it rather than stick to it and make people give up on following the story?
3. The story itself just isnt that interesting,
- I would wager most people listened to this because they wanted to get a few hints of what is going on with Tom and his friends, and honestly, theres very little of that, some off hand comments and thats about it, unfortunately, the story just isnt interesting beyond those comments.

Overall, this is not something I'd recommend to people if they want more of the Demons of Astlan series, it lacks many of the great things from that book and its not really that interesting.

Langland, if you're reading this, then I am sorry, I know you work hard on your books and that you dont have a lot of time on your hands to write them, but giving up on your writing style (Multiple faction POV's) didnt do this book any favours.. I hope you'll return to writing the Demons of Astlan books and then write these books afterwards so people that are interested can go back and read about the different events that happened from another perspectives.

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it's taking me a while to finish surprisingly

I've read the entire demands of Ashland series more than 10 times, so I'm not a stranger to long books, even before starting this next installment, I read the whole thing again, but I'm finding it hard to finish this one. I'm about two-thirds of the way 4hs left. And it's just it's a struggle here. I hope that we can get back to Tom and the friends, because I think that's what made the story great. And the steven bell Davis is always great.

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Surprisingly Bad

I thought this would be a fun 40K treatment of the Mary Sue / Fan-fic, Demons of Astlan trilogy. But it wasn't. It was just a bunch of boring speeches and tensionless action scenes. It's half the length of the other books, but felt like it took twice as long. A really bad book, even by the standards of the genre.

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Excellent Book

My reason for leaving a review is entirely self-serving. I like this series and want another book sometime soon. Buy it. Buy it now.

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Bait and Switch

Bought this because the listing says it's part of the demons series, but really there's almost no connection. The characters are different, the setting is different, and the author seems to have forgotten what he said in other books about orcs, causing this scifi story to contradict the fantasy series this book is supposedly a part of.

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Too much jargon

The other books in the series are fine but the author makes up too much jargon for time and distance. It's annoying and distracting.

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Fun Addition to the Multiverse

Initially I held off listening to the new story. I really wanted a continuation of Thomas and friends but I'm glad I added it to the library. It's a fun expansion on the original story and partial continuation. Narration was well done, other than the frustrating translocuted stuff.

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a bit disappointing

in my opinion it went to fare away from the first book, and turned way to much into space stargate galatica kind of thing. hope the next book will follow orkis again.

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It’s way too quiet and slow to start

I listen to headphones at work and can barely hear the audio when it’s turned almost all the way up over the noise.

I’ve checked other audiobooks and headphones to make sure it’s not just my headphones going bad.

It’s only this audiobook that is so quiet.

Also I am only 4 hours in and honestly it’s been a slog already just to get here. Like 50% of the book is listing long orc names or using and explaining various abbreviation regarding distance and time the spaceship uses.

The names being long is fine as honestly the orca put a lot of import on names and clan history. However the myriad of “galactic” time and distance measurements was a bit much and honestly not really important. Also it’s a bit tough to keep all the abbreviated words and phrases in mind especially if you aren’t listening to the whole thing in one sitting.

I am now about half way through and with no spoilers I found something that is driving me crazy. As we all know from other Demons if Astlan books shamans talk to each other through the use of astral projection. Not a surprise that shamans would use it for instant communication along far distances. As such when they bring in a high up shaman to a debriefing I wasn’t surprised.

However they note most people can’t see the astral projections except for shamans. Again makes sense and I think they mentioned it in other books so the shamans bring a “interlocketer” to translate what the astral projections say to everyone else in the meeting. Again logical and makes sense. However the author felt the need to state what the shaman says and then have the translator repeat it every single time they talk…. I mean we could just be told what the shaman or what the translator says but instead we get to listen to everything the shamans say twice each and every single time.

*Potential spoiler ahead regarding Lord Tommus*




Also so far Tom and his buddies have only shown up for like a five minute period. The story centers around a young shaman who constantly explains that he can’t bring any of the D’’Orcs in on the various situations for… reasons I guess?

I mean every other orc clan we have met state the D’Orcs are basically celebrities among the Orc community. I mean they view them as the strongest and bravest warriors who were elevated upon death. However for some reason this “local verse” would view them as invaders or something.

*End spoilers*

I will say the story has gotten a bit better around the 9 hour mark but still I have to be honest I’m not super excited to see if there will be more books in this side series. I definetly am still excited for the next demons of Astlan story however this one is just too dry for my tastes. The humor from previous books is missing, the action and intrigue is mostly minor things like short battles followed by tons of talking about plans for battles. But the single worst thing is, like I mentioned earlier, all the abbreviations for time and space.

I know that it makes no sense for something so “minor” like that to be a big deal but it very much is. You can’t go like 3 sentences without hearing the abbreviations for things like Galactic Light Year (GLY), Galactic Week (GK), Galactic Month (GM), etc. It is a bit tough to keep up with so many abbreviations while not reading a physical copy as the abbreviations are thrown out rapid fire while they narrate the story.

*Edit added in during the last 4 hours*

I had to go back and raise the is to four stars here. While it was very slow to ramp up it did become quite interesting. Still find the abbreviations to be a bit annoying but like I said it is worth listening too. I guess I shouldn’t have doubted this author after his other books.

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Good Book

Written by a geek who has no trouble keeping track of acronyms and a love of all things Star beep... good book for a drive to work.

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  • 08-18-22

Amazing!

amazing story, amazing author and amazing reader!
A must read in the science fiction genre!

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  • Kian-amen Kian-amen
  • 05-23-22

Side story?

After 5 years of waiting I was looking forward to learning what happens after the last book, not only is this book half the size of previous books but it's a side story in a different multiverse. There are some guest appearances by demons of astlan but that's about it. I hope this is a build-up to the next book, which is soon.