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This title will be streaming in Audible Plus through September 1st, 2021.

Outside Sacred Valley, ancient ruins rise from the earth, drawing sacred artists from miles around to fight for the treasures within. 

Factions rise and fall as warriors bicker over rare resources, but time is limited. A powerful family from the Blackflame Empire is coming to claim the ruins, and when they arrive, no one else will have a chance at the prize. 

Lindon has reached Copper, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond him. 

To advance, he turns to the arcane skills of the Soulsmiths, who craft weapons from the stuff of souls. With new powers come new enemies, and Lindon soon finds himself facing an entire sect of Golds.

©2016 Hidden Gnome Publishing (P)2018 Hidden Gnome Publishing

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Esoteric dullness

Unlike the first, this book devotes far more time to fighting scenes and the esoteric details of the magic system. There has been very little character or relationship development. I am half way though and quite bored.

Furthermore, these books are not a bargain. Each one in the series is only 7 hours long. That's about a quarter the usual length of a sci fi book. Even on sale at $5, this book is very expensive compared to others in the genre.

At least the narrator is less over the top in this book.

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Non-stop adventure

Hard to put down. Believable characters, amazing and well thought-out world with a mix of primitive and futuristic cultures with martial arts focus.

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Didn't see this coming

It’s crazy that the direction this book is going. From where things began, I would have never guessed that there was an entire world of super powered people surrounding Lindon’s humble village. The trials that Lindon goes through are interesting and the way he developed is so cool. I'm loving Baldree's narration.

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A rip-off of Dungeon Born by Dakota Krout

This story was ok. The characters are flat. The story is confusing and not really going anywhere. The side story about "the gods" is horrible and should be removed. The information dumps labeled as "query" need to be spread out and incorporated into the story. The author does not hold to his own standards set in the book, making things inconsistent.
Now for the pros, the book is engaging enough to keep me wanting to know how the MC will grow. A lot of the ideas are taken from Dakota Krout's series but that series was decent. I don't think I'd recommend this series to a friend because the books are too short. Really, two of the books equal one. It's kind of frustrating to spend money on half a book and then have to buy the next half. Did I say pros? I guess there really aren't any. I just like it for its video game aspect. I bought the third book, but just barely. We'll see if I stop there.

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Liked the series

The series is good I've read it on paperback and its pretty goated no complaints

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Captivating

A 5-star rating for me is this: The combination of a great story with a medium level of details which is then told flawlessly with great voices. So far, the Cradle series delivers.

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It gets better!!!

Loved the first one and this one didn't disappoint. My boy is growing finally and the future is looking bright.

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Great series

Will Wight does a great job of writing books that keep you wanting more! High action and exciting.

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This book is just too good

I literally went through this book in a day. I listened to it at work and couldn’t put it down when I got home. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer. Book 1 was amazing and this continued the trend.

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Well written book but some issues

This is a well written book. I have one major issue that made me have to listen to it in triple speed. Over and over and over you have to hear about how pathetic the main character is how he is weaker than a 6 year old. He has to be one of the most useless sad MC’s I have ever read about. Honestly I would return the books and not read it I did not accidentally read some of book 6 and see that the MC is not super pathetic and bowing and kissing everyone’s rear end. I feel like every other sentence in the book is to remind you have weak and unfortunate the MC is, and that he can’t do anything.

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  • Arlena_reads
  • 11-25-19

Fun but not as good as the first

This book falls a bit short compared to the first one. I think it's the setting and the secondary characters are what make it a bit boring. It's still enjoyable and introduces an interesting character but lacks the initial excitement of the first book.

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  • SilverWave
  • 07-14-20

Hilariously Silly

All good fun if you are bored, as is par for this kind of thing the plot armour has to be ignored.
I did laugh out load at the masochistic trials to upgrade to Iron. Ouch!
You need to play at 0.80 x as normal speed is too fast for some strange reason. They may be reducing the silences?
The world building if very good and enjoyable so far,

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  • colin nelson
  • 04-22-22

This one enjoyed this esteemed offering!

This one is unworthy to observe the letters that make up the words that make up this story... Yet this one was delighted with the culmination of all this.

I'm short...great book. Totally recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-22

overall good but had slow parts.

had a few slow parts but most of it was good.
the story moves on in a good pase overall, I'm exited for the next book!

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 01-01-22

another belter

these books are top class the story is amazing and griping the characters are great and u love them and there story the history and lore is great you just want to learn more amazing series

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  • Alan
  • 12-06-21

Hmmmm Fantastic.

A fantastic follow up to book one Unsouled, so fast paced and the magic system is so good. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon eat your heart out, you don't have a patch on this. This series has it all and it's only getting started, it continues directly from the ending of Unsouled, Lindon and Yerin are struggling to survive in the wilderness. But they quickly find themselves entangled in a ruin excavation dispute between several clan factions in their search for a legendary spear. They become students of Master Eithan, Lindon has reached Copper status, taking the first step on the road to power, but the warriors of the outside world are still far beyond and more advanced than him. Will he make it to Iron status, Hmmmm yes check it out, you won't regret it, the worldbuilding and the characters are brilliant, Travis Baldree continues his awesome narration, highly recommended...😁🔥💥

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  • Nicholaspoiuy
  • 04-09-21

Fabulous English author version of coiling dragon

If you like Coiling Dragon and I Shall seal the heavens then you will love this series.

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  • travis
  • 08-24-21

great ending to this one

the second it finished I'd purchased the third

similar to a cultivation manga, Travis baldree also never disappoints

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-08-21

brilliant

an excellent continuation of the story. the narrator was terrific se usual breathing life into characters.

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 08-17-20

A perfectly harmonious sequel to the first.

As with the first, the second book is well written, and the narration is on the mark.

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  • Bradley
  • 01-05-19

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant love the hole series and this book a left me wanting more and more