• The Fifth Realm

  • A LitRPG Fantasy Series (The Ten Realms, Book 5)
  • By: Michael Chatfield
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,221 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After taking and defending Vuzgal, Erik and Rugrat have a new task to complete: build a city. 

They have been racing through the realms at this point, but Vuzgal is a prize that they can't simply give up on. Alva is mobilized, as are their allies, to build out the new city. 

It is time that they solidify their gains, working on their crafts, their fighting ability, and cultivation. As they expand their personal power, their gaze turns toward Vermire, to the dungeon. It's time they started to exert the strength they've built up. 

Alva moves in the shadows, but to what effect? The answer lies in the Fifth Realm.

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Too much filler

This book and the last really showcases the problem that this series has. That being a lack of focus on any main character. All I really care about are Eric and Rugrat. They shouldn't be over shadowed by 20 other side characters. I get wanting to create a world that lives and breathes, but this feels like two separate stories jammed into one.

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Disapointed

Honestly, I don't know where to start with this one. I am just disappointed that this entire series has become not about Eric and Rugrat exploring, adventuring and fighting in the realms. It has turned into tiresome mess of crazy side projects. If you are the gather the total time of Eric and Rugrat in this book, you would get about 3 hours total, maybe. Sure, they went to the 5th realm bought some books, pissed some sects off, but for only about a day, within 1 city and ran back to the 4th. Nothing else.

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Of all the audiobooks I listen to in the series, I would consider this one of the weakest. There was progression throughout the story, but it was dragged out throughout. The audiobook is over 20 hours, but most of the storyline could’ve been wrapped up in 10 hours. Unfortunately Michael Chatfield fell into the trap of trying to extend the story longer than it needed to be!. The previous books before this one are great. The fifth realm l, I would consider a transitional book. You’re not really missing anything. You can easily listen to summary and not miss out.

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Feels like filler

It's not a bad book it's just filler Entertaining filler but filler if you're bored and want something to listen to it's not bad but it feels like fourth realm2.0 looking forward to the next book

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Great Story

This book should really be called between the realms and not the fifth realm. There was not much going on besides a consolidation of their power and cultivation. I really enjoyed the book just don't think it was labeled correctly.

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It would be worth it to skip this book

To summarize the book: they got stronger. The end.

It’s called the fifth realm, but they spend maybe 2 chapters there, buy some stuff, and leave. Never returning for the rest of the book, and that doesn’t happen until halfway through the story.
The first quarter of the story is a large section of office meetings that are more like “meetings that could have been an email” rather than an actual story.
The last section was the worst. I hate how the book had another last meeting that could have been an email. I really wanted it to end with a good something: An explosion, a fight, a twist, ANYThing; but, it had to be a meeting...just why?
Some characters get introduced for one chapter, they feel like main characters, show up in one more, and then never get seen or talked about again.
Add to that the few dozen you forget about between books and with the four main story areas I just can’t care about remembering anyone not a main character, there’s just too many.
For instance, there was a plot device character that got rescued-ish, introduced, seemed like a main story character, then just kinda never did anything I guess.

The adventure parts were fun and there was some that I really liked in the later half of the book, but they were short and I feel like the early half was missing any kind of “adventures with the two main characters” kind of fun. That buddy adventure stuff was what drew me into the first book and pulled me through the rough parts of the fourth book, but it’s just not there anymore.

Overall, it feels like one big meeting with a few snack breaks and back to the meetings we go.
I still like the first book, but I think this is where I’ll end the series for me. Good luck with the other books. I hope they are awesome

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A long time coming only to be disappointed

I waited a long time for this audiobook only to be disappointed. The story meandered through every element going nowhere. The book was over 26-hours long and only perhaps one hour involved the realm the book was named for.

Hour after hour of unprogressive story telling that could have been condensed down to fit a book the size of a Harlequin novel.

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Not up to the standards I learned to expect

Where to begin

When ever there has been a delay of over 6 months I relisten to all the prior books so I can remember what was going on

I was sort of disappointed in the book due to the inconsistent story. I do not know who is responsible for making sure that the characters are consistent through out the books but they missed a few problems.

That snippet about Quinn and Jalila at the Formation arena where they watched seems to be unnecessary as it does not seem to be enough to forward the plot for a conflict. If indeed a conflict will occur the passage was so short that its going to be necessary to explain the conflict in the next book.

the bad Alva people - captured, tried and executed- Ok now what? I can not see where that will go.

5th realm less then 2 days shopping, a couple of auctions and fried chicken in the park then a run back to alva dungeon - is that really enough to title the book the 5th realm?

The relationship between tansu and jalila - no where in the prior books did it mention that jalila's mother was by herself and had to be nice to men to support the family. In the second realm books tansu and jalila's were sisters and their parents used Tansu smithing for money and wasted it ran up debts so she disowned them and their brother was a not a nice person. My husband insist that they are saying that they had different mothers and fathers in this book. I am not sure I agree with that but the relationship description is somewhat murky

I will buy the next book hoping it will be back to the prior standard and that someone who read/listened to the prior books does a consistency check before publishing







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To much going on

way to much of the side story, less than an hour spent in the actual 5th realm overall a confusing and convoluted plot

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Great story

As always Michael Chatfield does not fail to amaze. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 04-20-21

Lost it's way a bit this one.

First let me say as a series I love this one, but this book itself was a bit of a let down. Author seems to have forgotten that what people loved about it was that it was Eric and Rugrat exploring the Ten Realms and trying to reach the top. While you expect them to meet other people and them to become part of the story they shold not become a major distraction to the main characters and they utterly do in this one. Honestly, I felt like I was watching my favourite TV show but filled with twice as many adverts as normal that I didn't care about.

Also, the way it was written in a shotgun, scattershot method of writing where the characters swapped multiple times in in a chapter meant where they were doing something dull made it feel like it was just filler. I don't mind switching to one of the dungeon group if it has relevance to the story but otherwise most of the characters he switched to in this book are shallow, doing something often tedious.

It's a shame really, as there are good points to this book, hence it is a 3 star for me, but I truly hope he lessens the number of characters in book six and seven. He is trying to tell the story from too many characters point of view, which for me just isn't working. Based on reviews I'm not the only one that thinks so.

I shall hope with the two going up to the next realm or two in the next books that it will focus more on the two characters that made this series, and not the placeholder second tier characters. And please don't let this somewhat negative review take away from the series, or even this book. I was just disappointed I guess more than anything.

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  • Scott
  • 04-21-21

4.5th realm.

I found this one very hard to finish and found myself skipping enormous swaths of it, far far too many chapters dedicated to side characters and the happenings of Alva I would say at least 80% with barely any progression made, when we do follow our protagonists they are shopping.... All in all I found this one a poor addition, same situation I had with his Emerilia series as he adds more and more side characters the story becomes less and less focussed on the characters we love by proxy making me and I am sure a few others lose interest, damn me if he doesn't over explain every little change or realization, then again this was the case with his other titles as well, I don't mind an explanation but we do not need the implications as well.

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This book is essentially filler, more focussed on settlement management/crafting/shopping, very little in the way of progress to the higher realms or main character development or main characters in general.

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  • mr
  • 04-23-21

One of the best lit rpg i have listened to

One of my favourite series the ten realms had a good ballance of fighting to crafting. It has a well thought out world building, keeping the tension and stakes high despite the main characters power increase. Cant wait for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-22

A massive let down. Filler book

If the first book was anything like book 5, I would not have bothered with this series. The whole of book 5 felt like a massive filler with unimportant stories and characters. I found myself skipping chapter upon chapter, like wtf. I want a refund. hopefully book 6 is better.

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  • asjula
  • 01-08-22

i love this series, but this book took me forever

it was a lot of talk and strategy. but the next one seems more action focused

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  • Mr c mcsheehy
  • 12-24-21

Excellent

I usually wait until I've finished a series before writing my reviews.
Books 1-5 in this series are excellent. Great character building and the narrator really brings everyone to life.
Books 6+, I'll never know.
The narrator changes and its hard to tell when a character is speaking or if it's the story being narrated.
Everything is the same. I couldn't finish book 6a (the shortest book in the series).

If you can accept not finishing a series and leaving on a high note, Books 1-5 are great.
If you want to listen to the entire series, listen to samples from Books 6 onwards to see if you fall asleep or not.
The story is still excellent but the narration completely kills it.

I can recommend the book, but I cant recommend the series as a whole.

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  • Jamie
  • 09-17-21

too much city building

as much as i like the city building there was too much the main characters got barely any progress

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  • Fhilip
  • 05-24-21

Still Hard

Strugge to keep up when switching between characters storys and perspektive. Love the bromance of Eric and rugrat and like to focus more there. Sometimes it just goes to fast and I dont know where i am. In The timelime or Who or what is...

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 05-22-21

Amazing

Amazing now I have to wait for the rest to come to audible this is my favourite series the detail is amazing

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  • Matt Roberts
  • 05-12-21

Great, if flawed, continuation. On to book 6

Loved getting back into this series. The background politics felt a little muddled, and over done to be honest, and even confusing and unclear as to who was on who's side at times, but subtracting that the rest was all good and fun.

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  • Matthew Carpenter
  • 08-04-21

Felt more like minutes of endless meetings at time

I really fell in love with this series, really strong, good character development, Eric and Rugrat really brought the story to life.
I am ending the series here, I tried to listen to book 6 part 1, but they changed the narrator, who was horrible, killed it completely. But I don't know what the Author was thinking, as he went along, just wanted to make everyone in the story a main character in some way, and you cant just switch gears like that. This book and the fact he split book 6 in to 2 parts just so you have to buy the second part for no reason, since all the other books have been equal to part 1 and 2 of book 6, just gave me an overall sour taste in my mouth. This Author ruined a great series....Period

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

Keep going

Ok a lot of the reviews for the next book is hating the change of narrator from this book to the next, can I just point out that Neil started this entire series for audio. He did the two week curse, so if you love the series enough that you listened to the first book and chose to keep going, you obviously thought he did a good enough job. I love this series, this book in particular and Todd did a great job brining it alive like he has done for the other books.

Many reviews might say stop here, stop with this book and narrator, before going (back) to the next book and Neil as the narrator. Please don’t let this amazing book be the last in the series for you. My advice, after this book, go listen to the first couple of chapters of the two week curse. You get to touch base with Eric and Rugrat and where they started from, at the same time you can acclimate to the voice and vibe of Neil as the narrator. You do this and you’ll love the next book as much as this one and the rest of the series.

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  • JubeyDubey
  • 01-20-22

it would be nice to touch on the next realm more.

narrator is great as always. probably the worse of the series so far. it barely touched the actual 5th realm and hard focused on alot of filler. The floors they went to had to be brought up but honestly the last 4 hours or absolute filler garbage with no-plot-armour troops made me want to drop the series. Was a huge struggle to push through

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-21

Boring?

it's getting boring sorry. the story needs more battles or single fighting with the main characters

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  • Brice Pennicott
  • 09-29-21

Endless meetings

I’m sad to say, I couldn’t finish the book. It felt like I was listening to endless meetings followed by “we must consolidate our gains”.

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 05-14-21

Great listen

As a story, this works great. It's incredibly well thought out, and works perfectly in the greater story. It's a shame that much of the fanbase prefer murderhobo content, however I'm glad they're disappointed.