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Publisher's Summary

Lumina struggles in her day-to-day life, managing her item shop all by herself. 

The struggle is real.

Her wares often spoil or go out of style before customers have a chance to try them. But that all changes when a new dungeon appears just out of town, and with it, a chance at the life she's always wanted. 

Strapping on the biggest enchanted sack she can find, she makes herself useful as a pack mule and a dungeon merchant, earning her keep and selling her wares in the thick of the adventure. 

Being the first merchant in the dungeon gives her an advantage many envy. 

She'll risk everything to follow her dream to be the greatest merchant to ever live! 

Health potions, mana potions, stamina potions, and...coffee! 

Join the adventure, and buy a copy! 

©2021 Wolfe Locke (P)2021 Wolfe Locke

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Swing and Miss -Solid Premise but Lacked Execution

The Dungeon Shop, by Chris Ford, was a decent swing but ultimately, for me, a miss. The idea had a lot of promise, but the main character, and even most of the side characters, were inconsistent. Frequently from one sentence to the next, with their character spouting dialogue inconsistent with what we know so far.

The main character of Lumina acts as if she's anywhere between four and eighteen years old. I feel like the authors were going for something like a Cinnamon Bun character, but didn't land it. Instead, what you get is more of a discount version; not as saccharin sweet as Cinnamon but trying overly hard to be cute.

Frequently describing people as big bullies (even for the merest hint of something against her) or big dummies, or both, never seemed to fit. The overuse of both got tiresome as well.

On the topic of age, there's a glaring inconsistency in the book. Described by her character sheet a number of times as 17, she then has her birthday yet her next sheet still says she's 17 years old.

The story and idea as a whole weren't all bad, but enough of it was that I doubt I'd continue any further with the series. The dialogue, as mentioned, was often simple and childish, with no real depth to the characters. I liked the idea of setting up shop in a dungeon, which is why I jumped on this in the first place, but that's often more a side-note than the meat of the story.

Narration by Ashlinn Romagnoli was a little one-note. The voice of Lumina had me often thinking of Kaylee (Jewel Staite) from Firefly which I think suited the character. The rest, in particular the male voices, I didn't much care for.

I had a lot of issues with the production of this. Background clicks and the like I'll often let slide, but on multiple times there were issues with the actual file, like a small corruption. Jarring enough to make me stop and jump back to see if it were my earbuds playing up or in the file. Alas, it was in the file. I double-checked it wasn't just on my iPhone by listening to the sections on my PC and they were still there.

Overall, a disappointing story. The premise was solid, but the story lacked execution.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.

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Loved it

Ashlinn did one heck of a job. The story is really well written with gripping prose and an enticing plot. I enjoyed it immensely. ten out of ten.

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TFTC

Good slice of life with build up over a dungeon shop. I love this concept

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Wholesome Slice of Life!

The cover and premise caught my attention immediately. The interior didn't disappointed. I was enthralled from start to finish. I was not familiar with this narrator but it was a wonderful performance. I'm glad I took a chance on this one. :)

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Big bully

The repetition of main character saying big bully was annoying but I believe it was to make clear her immature young ways at start of book. I really liked this a lot , more then I expected to and went looking for next book when I was half way through. There is no next book yet sadly but I will be haunting the author for signs of another.

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Really fun story

This is one fantastic well written story that will go down as a classic game lit story that is fun to listen to

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Eh story. Boring narration.

The narration really killed it for me. Slow and monotone that put me to sleep a few times. The ending was also a bit of a letdown. It felt a bit like “who needs a man” vibe, when the author made the love interest completely unlivable from the start.

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A refreshing PG Dungeon story

I've gone through quite a few dungeon stories this was a nice change normal layout of these type of stories. iIts told from a young girls perspective trying to make her way through life although the story does overuse a couple words I would still recommend!

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Fun but definitely young adult

I enjoyed this novel but it is most assuredly for a younger crowd. I should have paid more attention to the description.

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good first book

The author did ok. The narrator was ok. This was obviously a first book. I would recomend working with a writer's group to find errors and inconsistencies.

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Good

a good description book with good world logic. though I got frustrated with the protagonist at times for being waaaaayyyy to innocent or gullible for a supposed merchant. but still an enjoyable book