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Underland

By: Maxime J. Durand,Void Herald
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
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In a world of magical power, merciless evil, and eternal darkness, the only light worth fighting for is the light you can never let die . . .

In Underland, hope has nearly been extinguished. There is no sky, only endless stone above. All things living and undead exist under the dominion of the Dark Lords, whose power is all but unlimited and whose evil is all but eternal.

Sorcerer Valdemar Verney is not one of them. The last of his line, Valdemar has devoted himself to locating his grandfather’s realm, a legendary place called Earth, where there is air and vibrant life, and where a sun shines in a blue sky. His latest attempt to uncover the way to Earth is thwarted, however, when the cunning Dark Lord Och captures him—not to imprison him, but to nurture Valdemar’s untrained yet formidable talents for his own ends.

As Valdemar learns more than he ever dreamed possible, Och’s loyal and lethal swordmistress, Lady Reynard, is on her own quest for knowledge about Valdemar’s true heritage and brutal past, which he has thus far kept hidden—even from himself. But the more the sorcerer and swordswoman discover, the closer they come to unearthing an awesome truth that will either usher the world into a new era of light or plunge it into the darkest terror . . .

The first volume of the hit dark-fantasy series—with more than 800,000 views on Royal Road—now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible!

©2022 Maxime J. Durand and Void Herald (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Best in class of the tired "reincarnation" trope.

Wow.
This book has all of the best bits of modern fantasy, with almost none of the drawbacks.

MC starts off insignificant? Gets stronger, but in ways that make sense? Check.
Lovable characters you hope become important in their own right? Check.
Villans as strong as Jesus that the MC wouldn't dream of confronting? Check
Everyone appears intelligent and doesn't seem to exist solely as a lazily written FOIL? Check.
Expansive DnD/Overlord/Vaniquer-esque world? Check

This story does everything it attempts WELL. Dare I say, excellently.
It's not the best, and sometimes it trapezed the knife's edge of "telling me more than it shows." or making it just a little bit too easy for the MC.
But overall? It's some of the best-in-class in this genre.

At this point, I have thousands of books in my library. I return 3 out of 4 these days, especially in the wasteland garbage-heap of a genre that is "accessible/litrpg/Millenial fantasy."

But this book? I'm keeping it. Bravo Void Lord. Another excellent story.
Take my money.

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I just couldn't finish it

Not my cup of tea, the perfect run was great though. Vainquer the dragon as well.

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Excellent Lovecraftian story with immense world building

I loved this story, although ended in media res, so I can’t wait for Underland 2 to come out in December and see the story brought to its conclusion!! It’s killing me not knowing whether Lord Och is fully evil or actually kind of good. (Or at least pro-humans)

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Woah!

Yes! Such a weird story but done so well. And narrator is perfect for it. Soooo stoked to listen to the next one.

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Echoes of a familiar story with good writing

A well written book. Definitely not what I was expecting though. Worth the time and gore.

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Another necromancer mc

I'm tired of this. Can't we get a non necro mc mage?
Narrator is top tier. And writing is very good. But I'm so blasted tired of necro mc. So insta refund from me.

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really good

well it was really good and the narrator was vary good. . . .

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this is a fantastic and interesting world

I went into this unsure and was happily surprised from a interesting characters, unique world and magic. this whole setting oozes such a unique feel I couldn't stop listening.
if your looking for a fantasy series and like D&D underdark or love craftian horror this book is it!

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Shaping up to be maxime’s best series yet

I enjoyed this book even more than the first final run book, which is definitely in my top ten. Hopefully there will not be a long wait for the next.

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  • 09-26-22

more than it seems

interesting world, good story, engaging characters.
everything i want in fantasy.

only a few things that i found displeasing, but I am an ancient nerd with parculiar tastes.

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  • Sebastian Black
  • 10-17-22

Original and well written fantasy

Amazing narration for an original and fascinating fantasy with well written characters in a unique and fascinating world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-22

just wow

I stumbled across this thrilling and amazing novel purely by accident and what an absolutely wonderful error. This book was completely gripping, and beautifully narrated! I have already pre-ordered book 2 due for release December 6th!

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  • 09-27-22

Maxime can write more then comedic adventures!

Im a big fan of Maximes work, from Vainqueur to Perfect run I just adore his characters and the atmosphere he manages to put out. And Underland is no different, it has an compelling world with dark themes and mysteries but also great characters to compliment it!

This author is an gem hidden unfortunately from most people, his works are better then 90% of the fantasy Litrpg's or progression stories that are put out. His characters are grounded and have inner turmoil, they are flawed and fun at the same time. He manages to make some of the most fun scenes in these stories that you can imagine and he manages to make me take a couple of seconds to imagine the scene he describes to us cus how wild it is.

Underland is not as chaotic as his other works, it's more sinister and dark, but none the less have every great quality his work normally has regardless to these changes. Im exited to listen to the following book (also Vainqueurs last book)!

Also the narrator is amazing!

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  • 09-09-22

Nice divergence

I enjoyed this book much like all those published by this author. The narrator did an excellent job and brought the work to life. I enjoyed the Lovecraftian undertone and the ending was delightful. bring on the next!