Carrying on from the first and diverging at the same time, Pride, the second book in the Dinosaur Dungeon series by Alex Raizman continues to deliver lots of chompy dungeon fun. Set shortly after the events in book one, the brewing war seems almost an afterthought. For good reason, I suppose, because as far as Tira and her dungeon are concerned they’ve got bigger problems than just a country at war. Dragons are still hassling dungeon cores, horrors from beyond time and space are still trying to escape containment, and a stranger is pushing their way through reality.
That was where most of the story of this one got centred around. As mentioned, the whole “war” stuff is secondary, and so far only seems an excuse to bring dragons into the mix. The dungeon cores being taken over by dragons is the bigger issue at play, or at least the one Tira can do the most about.
Much of the early part of this book revolved around Tira upgrading her dungeon and working out what would work best. I have to be honest and started to wonder after a while if the whole book was going to be like that. Fortunately, that settled down, and the action kicked off.
Plenty of pop-culture winks and nods throughout, helped along by the Isekai’d Sara from Earth. Maybe not quite as much humour as the first? I remember laughing more during the first at some of the situations where this was more action-focused.
Not too crunchy on the litRPG side with the numbers and stat readouts. Though they happen somewhat regularly, they’re mostly short enough to either sit through or skip with a couple of taps. Some interesting existential questions come into play as Tira needs to attack on multiple fronts.
The awesome Soundbooth Theatre team of Annie, Jeff and the addition of Justin Thomas James once again did a great job, although I did make notes of multiple occurrences of minor background noises. Also, while Annie and Jeff seem to be the same volume, Justin’s narration often came in much louder, to the point I’d need to knock the volume down a notch or two.
So many new dinosaurs to choose from, including the big, bad king of them all. Honestly, apart from the ones probably everyone knows, there are so many more that get a run that it’s easy to lose track. I couldn’t be bothered looking them up because Raizman’s descriptions were quite descriptive.
Overall, an excellent addition to the Dinosaur Dungeon. As good as the first? Not quite, but I’ll still pick up the third one a little later this year. A recent sale at Audible had me dropping credits and dollars on a bunch of books, which just adds to my backlog.