• The Land: Forging

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 2
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (26,790 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second captivating installment of Aleron Kong's Chaos Seeds series.

"We are life takers and heartbreakers," Richter shouted. "Let's go!"

Richter and Sion are at it again! Even more of what you loved in the first book. Leveling, world building, awesome items, and what's that you say? Sure! Why not? What's a little necrophilia between friends?

Join your favorite Chaos Seed as he answers the call of adventure and deals with the invaders, greedy dwarves, and a wood elf that keeps telling him he has a pretty mouth. Welcome back, my friends!

Welcome back...to The Land.

Please like Aleron on FB. He also does almost weekly giveaways of shirts, signed books and other loot!
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Also, please contact Aleron. He loves hearing from people!
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©2016 Aleron Kong (P)2017 Aleron Kong

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This RPG is LIT!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Land: Forging to be better than the print version?

This book was AMAZING. It blended so seemlessly with the first book that I didn't really feel like it was a sequal, but a new episode in a miniseries with the same overarching story. So engrossed in the story, and so completely enamored with it, I honestly couldn't tell you know where the end of the first book left off and this one began. And yet, the first book ended in a way that I remember being satisfied and that the book was over. I don't know exactly how the author managed to create an ending that felt like an ending at the time, but also now barely feels like a brief pause in such an engrossing story.

What did you like best about this story?

Absolutely. This book made me fall in love with the LitRPG genre all over again. In preperation, I've already set aside enough credits at Audible to purchase all the books in the series once they are released. I'll be listening to each and every one the same day they are released. I haven't been so excited for a series since The Wheel of Time was still being written. Move over, Song of Ice and Fire. You've been replaced in my audiobook library as most anticipated!

Which scene was your favorite?

The author managed to either anticipate questions the reader will have, or writes so well, he leads you to ask the questions he wants in the first place. And then, he answers them! He doesn't keep us starved for more, he is generous and mindful enough to give the reader exactly what they want and in a timely manner.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! Sadly, I had to sleep in the middle, but the book had engrossed me so completely, I actually DREAMED of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Nick Podehl was an AMAZING choice as narrator. As one of the best male narrators in the game, I honestly couldn't have been happier with anyone else's performance. He is truly a master of his craft.

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Keeps you wanting more!

Nick Podehl does an amazing job brining Aleron Kong's characters and world to life again making that just 5 more min before bed turn into hours. I continue to love the sarcastic humor between Richter and Sion. This book has it all video game / role playing game mechanics, amazing characters, dungeons, and monsters to kill.

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Still loving it

Really enjoy this series. Read the books first as e-books and now I'm going back and listening to them as audio. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series coming to audible and the 7th book, which is coming out soon. Crossing my fingers that by the 8th book, ebook and audible version will release simultaneously. Also, the author Aleron Kong, really churns out the novels, so as a reader, you have confidence it won't be years in between releases. It's more like months. The main character is evolving nicely, but I'd love to see some more deeper relationships evolve for him. His relationship with Sion is great and you really feel that sense of camaraderie. Eventually you get the same with Terrod and Krom but I feel like the relationships with the females are a bit more superficial and not well fleshed out (mostly simple flirtation and so on). But the series appears to be setting up for a lengthy run of novels, so here's to hoping those will come. Here's hoping for some strong and prominent female characters.

Nick Podehl continues to be an outstanding narrator with a great range of voices that he lends to the characters. He also just has an excellent feel for pacing as he reads the book. Can't recommend him as a narrator enough.

I personally feel the series rewards my continued investment as a reader and honestly, that's what I'm looking for anytime I start a book.

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Bring the rest of the series to Audible!

My only complaint is that the books are not longer. Nick does an amazing job bringing the character to life. The story keeps me wanting more. Plenty of laugh out loud moments. I really hope the rest of the series gets here faster.

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Almost as good as book one

The problem with expanding a storyline is that you end up with the odd muddy middle now and then. This is still very enjoyable and worth the listen (a couple of times).

The narrator is great.

Sometimes the alerts from the game are annoying, but when I played online RPG's a few years back it is also something that you have to deal with all the time, so it's real. Without the alerts, you'd be missing important information. So... it's okay.

Obviously, I'm committed now. ;-) On to the next book.

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good book leaves you wanting more

very relatable I love all the pop culture references from my day I can really connect with the characters can't wait to start the next book

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  • TJ
  • 03-01-20

Decent book... just... Too much idiocy.

Though the story is still intriguing, and all of the references still a humorous sojourn into the cheesy lands of nostalgia, the MC made FAR too many obviously stupid decisions. Then he would say or think something along the lines of, "Well, I won't ever do THAT again," only to do much the same thing, either a few chapters, or even a few measly paragraphs later. It drove me nuts; especially considering the cost (or the potential cost) of his flippant behavior. For continuity's sake, Richter was originally portrayed as being silly, and SOMETIMES oblivious... not moronic.
Anyway, let's hope the next book isn't as infuriating, because, despite my grievances, the story still managed to suck me in, and now I simply NEED to find out what happens next.

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Phenomenal Series!!!

I love the series, and in this book I love the development of Yoshi and Richter's bond. The series is full of action, adventure, and emotion.

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expands upon the first exceptionally

Begins right where the first left off. The story picks up the pace dramatically.

Richter develops his powers and his village in this installment. In addition, he learns of several looming threats in the distance.

It never slows down and I love it.

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Story is lacking. Game mechanics are the story.

This is the second book in the series, and if you liked the first, you'll like this one too. The biggest difference is the inclusion of puzzles in the dungeon. They replace some combat or character interaction you'd have in the first book. They feel extremely arbitrary and reminded me of the Chompers "It makes no logical sense. Why is this here?" scene in Galaxy Quest. I think there were just too many of them which had me wishing for more good old fashioned fighting. However this is my own personal taste. Others might enjoy the puzzles.

The frustrating thing about this book is that there appears to be a larger thread that ties everything together, but it is doled out so sparsely that it might as well not exist. Instead we get a series of self contained challenges the main protagonist Richter must overcome. For the most part you could switch them up, or omit any one entirely, and not change the story.

The only constant is Richter's ever growing list of spells he can cast and loot he carries. It's a Skinner Box any RPG would be proud of. This is clearly where the author spent most of his efforts and it shows. The mechanics of the world is the best character in the book.

As for the story, it is split between leveling up the main village and a puzzle themed dungeon crawl. Believability is the Achilles heel here. Richter continues to be an incredibly blessed character. He gets what he needs to complete his next challenge right before needing it. This all follows the traditions of video games, but video games have a poor reputation when it comes to story for a reason. A poor story for a game is acceptable, for a book...not so much.

I've done a lot of griping because that's what sticks out in my mind. Ultimately, this is a fun but average book that you'll enjoy if you don't think too much about it.

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  • Kindle person
  • 09-08-19

enjoyable but average, dishonest author

if you use fakespot.com on any of aleron Kong's books on Amazon you can clearly see that aleron kong or people he employs are artificially inflating his 5 star reviews as well as using slur campaigns and attacks coordinated to silence critics and vote that more honest reviews are unhelpful, so whilst I somewhat enjoyed this series, I'm now forced to give it an abysmal review to both reflect my disappointment in Aleron Kong at his dishonest and bad faith business practices, as well as do my small part in counteracting his devoted legion of monkeys (and perhaps even boys) that are employed and coordinated via his Facebook page amongst other means. If you think I am making this up then you are a sheep, as a few good Google searches, Reddit or fakespot.com make the truth visible if you bother searching.

For my actual rating, the story is a solid 3/5, the author has very little talent towards writing, but makes up for that with incredibly detailed world building. The performance by Jeff Hayes smooths over many of the authors flaws in writing style and he deserves 5/5 for giving the performance life even where the books were lacking. I enjoyed the books 4.5/5, but I truly love fantasy and litrpg both, and would objectively only give the story an honest rating of 3/5. All that being said though, my rating of the author would be 1/5 or lower, due to his arrogance, pride and dishonesty. Not to mention the number of deadlines he has missed just for the release of book8, but that's neither here nor there when compared to how he dishonestly manipulates ratings and reviews for profit and fame. Shame on you Aleron Kong, I may enjoy your books, but I'm only 1 step away from boycotting your future works!

TLDR: I really enjoyed the series, but objectively it's very average and the author has been shown to be heavily manipulating his ratings and reviews... Now watch as his team of worker monkeys bury this unbiased, critical review in with "unhelpful" markers... please vote helpful if you found this to be informative

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  • Scott Cannon
  • 12-10-18

Not the best novel suited to audio book

great story but the constant reading of tables (of stats) that would otherwise warrant a cursory glance was quite annoying

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  • Alexander Fedorov
  • 11-04-21

Great story and narration

I love this book and The Land series itself.

Great work Nick for narrating it.

Looking forward to the next book in the series and book 2 of God’s Eye as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-21

Minor Spoiler

In the first book i felt like richtor had a shit attitude towards futen his town ui and it seemed wholey unwarrented it peeved me that he just expected futen to do all and know all however the second book fixed alot of those problems :)

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  • Lachlan
  • 07-03-21

Still the best

Alron kong is still the best there is and ever will be. I love you

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  • Tabitha Smith
  • 04-27-21

loved the games for years. This books is as great.

the narrator brings the characters to life and meshes the mechanics beautifully into the tail

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-21

amazing

this series is amazing i cant stop so much fun an the narrator is truly amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-20

As good as the first book

this isnt my first time listening to this book and it will not be the last time.

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  • travis
  • 09-16-20

much better voice over than 1

great book that had me sucked in. finished in 4 days. this is getting expensive

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  • haydn montgomery
  • 09-10-20

I'm addicted. I had to buy the rest of the series

I had to buy credits for the first time so I can finish the series. look it's not the greatest story of all time. But man it's so fun and just a real easy listen. I'm hooked on the books.