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Not My Gumdrop Buttons!
Jumping straight into the action from the conclusion of the first book, where the challenge of dungeon vs dungeon had just been thrown down. This carried on with the same, actually maybe even elevated levels of winks and nudges to pop culture and many other Royal Road books. I’m sure I’ve missed many, but a threadbare class, an axed named Frank, badger companions, and AIs that like feet were just… Read More
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Reviewed on: 15th of May, 2022

So Many Puns!
Somehow I forgot to actually write my review of Dungeon Core Online. I'd made all my notes, but since listening to it a few weeks back, I totally overlooked actually doing the writing part of it. Well, now that I'm firmly into book 2, I thought it best I get to work. I guess first off, if you don't like puns, then this isn't the series for you. If, however,… Read More
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Reviewed on: 8th of May, 2022

More Light-hearted Existential Terror
Since it had been a little while since listening to the first book, I revisited that one before diving into Volume 2 to reacquaint myself with what was going on. Our main character, Vita, continues to go from strength to strength as she becomes more in tune with her soul control. We're also treated to an intertwined storyline as told by a particularly vicious monster. They're both separate and intertwined… Read More
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Reviewed on: 8th of May, 2022

Excellent Addition to the Series
A little bit slow to start, with preparations for Grebthar Day taking up most of the first half of the book. This was still entertaining, but not as much as the second half of the book where Mayor Jim, Shart (his shoulder-demon), animal companion Badgelor, and adventuring cohorts from Windall finally get to enter the dungeon below Windfall Castle. A dungeon crawl with a heavy homage to Indiana Jones; boulders… Read More
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Reviewed on: 28th of April, 2022

A Different Set of Monsters to Battle
The story in book four of the "He Who Fights with Monsters" series is at a slower pace than the first three in the series. A good half or more deals with Jason’s homecoming to Earth and the obvious issue that entails. Dealing with family who thought he was dead, and shady government departments trying to work out if he’s friends or foe. Dealing with his return and how his… Read More
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Reviewed on: 25th of April, 2022

Starts Slow But Turns Into a Strong Story
Shadeslinger by Kyle Kirrin started a little slow and with, let's be honest, a fairly douchebag main character but quickly warmed up as the plot got moving. The main character, Ned, buys out all the head-start places for a brand new VRMMORPG intent on becoming the best in the game. The problem is that he's mediocre, at best. The game developer isn't too happy with Ned and gifts him a… Read More
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Reviewed on: 24th of April, 2022

Disappointingly Boring
While I enjoyed the heck out of the first book, this was the first time that I've returned an audiobook in a very long time. I tried but failed to reconnect with Threadbare and the cast of characters in this second outing. I listed for a good half of it before giving in and deciding I simply no longer cared. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but this one didn't suck me… Read More
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Reviewed on: 19th of April, 2022

Good Character Growth
I'm going to keep this one short, as now I need to avoid spoilers where I can as I get into the third. Some of the humour from the first books seemed lacking. Not that this was a terrible story, just a change away from what I'd been enjoying. This was a little more internally focused, with Jim coming to terms with his death and rebirth in this new world… Read More
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Reviewed on: 18th of April, 2022

Super Douchebags
This is one of those hard-to-like books that is also kind of hard to hate. Let's get one thing out of the way; the main character, Aidan Salt / Apex Strike, is a colossal douchebag. He's eighteen years old, frothing with hormones, and a world of super-villainy has just opened up before him, filled with smoking hot babes who just want sex with bad guys. So if you can put aside… Read More
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Reviewed on: 14th of April, 2022

Big Pivot from the First Book
I've been holding off posting this review for some months because I wanted to see if book three ever eventuated. It looked like it came close once, before disappearing from Amazon just as fast as the pre-order came. As such, some of this review is based on the story being abandoned. If it ever starts up again, I'll revisit and revise this, but for now, that's what I've got to… Read More
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Reviewed on: 9th of April, 2022

Slice-of-life or Post-apocalyptic Fantasy Survival?
The title - Jake's Magical Market - is a bit misleading for what you're going to get. Yes, a good deal of the first fifth or so of this book is centred around Jake and him getting his shop set up, but soon turns away from that, with the shop becoming a bit of a distant memory. Sure, not all of his lack of returning is his fault at first,… Read More
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Reviewed on: 4th of April, 2022

Such a Fun Story
Okay, so before I even get started, I must remind people about not judging books by their covers. I have no idea what the cover of Dark Drink and Conversation by Thomas Kennedy is supposed to represent. I guess it did pull my eye though, and I gave it a shot and enjoyed the heck of this cozy mystery doused in a bucket of Irish humour. Set in the confines of… Read More
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Reviewed on: 28th of March, 2022

Dark Fantasy Dystopian Nightmare Online
Another Online: Clockwork, by Terra Snover, is the second book in the Another Online series and one I've been waiting to get my hands on since I first heard about the print book dropping. I was a massive fan of the first and having re-listened to it a few times now, I still am. I plugged into this one as soon as possible and burned through it over the weekend. Life… Read More
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Reviewed on: 21st of March, 2022

Funny and Entertaining Anti-Hero
Book one of The Supervillainy Saga, written by C.T. Phipps, was one of the earlier audiobooks I'd ever purchased and subsequently forgot to continue with. Not because the book wasn't great, it simply slipped my mind. This pack contained the first three books in the series, and I hadn't realised how much that 1) I'd forgotten, and 2) I enjoyed it! These are an amusing and entertaining series of books, and… Read More
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Reviewed on: 19th of March, 2022

Surprising Growth for a Horrible Monster
Morgana (Everybody Loves Large Chests, Book 4) by Neven Iliev continues the adventures of the murderous Boxxy T. Morningwood and his ever-growing army of demonic helpers. This book felt slightly different from the first few, with much of the attention focussed on Boxxy, with the side characters getting much less dedicated time. Sure, they got some, but not compared to the previous. It's hard to go too deep into this without… Read More
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Reviewed on: 10th of March, 2022

Wonderfully Cozy Slice-of-life Fantasy
Legends and Lattes, written and narrated by Travis Baldree, is a wonderfully cozy slice-of-life style fantasy story that took me a little by surprise. Set almost entirely inside a coffee shop in some distant land, Viv has given up her barbarian ways and wants for something more. And she believes she's found the right thing in this little-known brew of roasted beans from a distant land is the key. Well, that… Read More
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Reviewed on: 8th of March, 2022

Strange things are afoot on Belvaille
Hard Luck Hank: Frankly, written by Steven Campbell, is book 9 in the Hard Luck Hank series and the eighth overall I've bought. I skipped over book eight because it was all about Garm, and while she works as a great side character, I couldn't find myself interested enough to buy a whole book about her. This one, though, returns somewhat true-to-form Hank that we know and love. All, well,… Read More
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Reviewed on: 4th of March, 2022

A Hidden Gem
Lingua Franca, written by William Thacker, took me a little by surprise. The blurb made the book sound interesting enough to give it a go, but I had no idea just how much I'd end up enjoying it. Quite a lot, as it happens! It's short, just shy of six hours, but there's a lot of story to draw you in. Told from the perspective of the main character, Miles… Read More
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Reviewed on: 23rd of February, 2022

Light-hearted Existential Terror
Vigor Mortis (volume 1), written by Natalie Maher (Thundamoo) is aptly described as "light-hearted existential terror" by the bit at the end of the book by the publisher, and I couldn't sum it up better. What you get is a fantastical world of floating islands, filled with magic and monsters, and a dark look into the soul with hard choices to be made. Beneath it all is the Mistwatcher, a… Read More
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Reviewed on: 13th of February, 2022

Mimic Madness
Boxxy T. Morningwood, the simple mimic that just wants shiny things, tasty things, and to kill every living on the planet, outdoes itself in this one. There's a lot to like about this series, yet at the same time, there are some really difficult parts that almost had me switching off. The insane amount of gore and violence I can take, the ridiculous way a harem has been established around… Read More
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Reviewed on: 1st of February, 2022

So Many Pumas!
Village of Noobtown, written by Ryan Rimmel, picks up immediately from book one, with our hero Jim, the mayor of Noobtown, having just made it through his first real trials of saving the town. Much to his annoyance, though, being mayor of a town isn't all he thought it'd be cracked up to be - a lot of running errands for townsfolk and a lot fewer adventures. Downtrodden, Jim needs an… Read More
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Reviewed on: 27th of January, 2022

Classic Firefly Adventure
Life Signs (Firefly Book 5) by James Lovegrove keeps alive the 'verse and the crew of Serenity, that old workhorse of a Firefly-class spaceship. This story fits in well with the feel of the overall series, kind of pleasant yet gritty, an absurd mission that can't possibly succeed but with wins pulled off by Mal and the crew in unexpected ways. Inara is dying. An incurable form of aggressive cancer has… Read More
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Reviewed on: 20th of January, 2022

Great Story, but...
He Who Fights with Monsters 3, written by Travis Deverell, is a great addition to the HWFwM series, with boatloads of monster-fighting and loads of story arc payoff. But here's where the "but" comes in. The characters have ranked up a lot, and the magic system that gets explained... over and over gets tedious. While in book form, I'd skip over these parts, but it's a bit harder in audio.… Read More
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Reviewed on: 14th of January, 2022

Not for the Easily Offended
Not for the easily offended, but Fizzlesprocket (Everybody Loves Large Chests book 2) by Neven Iliev certainly is a cracking tale of a murder hobo mimic and their psychopathic demonic familiars. Seriously, there is a lot of horrifically awful stuff going on in this one, but if you made it through book one, then this probably won't faze you. Neven kicks it up a few notches in this one, though, with… Read More
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Reviewed on: 6th of January, 2022

A Decent Village-Builder LitRPG
I found The Mayor of Noobtown by Ryan Rimmel started rather slowly but built up the pace as it went along. Well, if you can ignore the frequent character sheet readouts, which, quite honestly, had me skipping ahead by about the third time. The main issue is that the character can multi-class into everything, so his sheet is absurdly long by the end. Don't let that put you off, though. As… Read More
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Reviewed on: 3rd of January, 2022

A World I'd Visit in a Heartbeat
The world built by Becky Chambers in A Psalm for the Wild-Built is one I'd visit in a heartbeat. This is probably best described as a Cozy Sci-Fi, where not a lot happens except lots of conversation that made me yearn for a place I can never visit. Set on a colonised moon some years after robots became self-aware and walked away from people. The world moved on without them, moving… Read More
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Reviewed on: 28th of December, 2021

Strange, Interesting Short Stories
Lying and Making a Living, written by William Dunlap, is a collection of somewhat surreal short stories that run from a couple of paragraphs to a handful of chapters. Some were a bit weird; some pushed the boundaries of morality at times. Others still had me chuckling at a happenstance or turn of phrase, while others had me questioning if I'd finish. A bit of a mixed bag really. I'm a… Read More
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Reviewed on: 22nd of December, 2021

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… Read More
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Reviewed on: 19th of December, 2021

Gods and muses and mortals, oh my!
I was a little disappointed with Zeus Is Dead by Michael G Munz, because the premise sounded so fun. It felt as though it was trying just a little too hard to be funny, with lots of nonsequiturs and winks to the reader. Many of these just fell flat and broke the pace of the story. More judicious editing could have shortened the runtime by a few hours by knocking… Read More
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Reviewed on: 18th of December, 2021

A Solid Second Outing
After finishing the first, I jumped into He Who Fights with Monsters book 2, written by Shirtaloon - aka Travis Deverell. That alone should give you a clue of how much I enjoyed the first, and the second was no different. It continues from the first, where a lot of what was set up starts to pay off and become more evident in this one. Jason and the gang are sent… Read More
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Reviewed on: 12th of December, 2021

An Atheist in a World of Gods
He Who Fights with Monsters, written by Shirtaloon - aka Travis Deverell - is one book I've been meaning to get to for some time, but the length kept putting me off a little. Not that I have anything against long stories, but I wasn't in the mood for sitting through such a long stretch of story. Of course, it turns out I'm now kicking myself for not jumping in sooner.… Read More
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Reviewed on: 5th of December, 2021

Dark and Bawdy Romantic Comedy
Bound to End Badly, written by R. L. Tiochta, is a superb example of dark romantic comedy. Set in Derby (UK), and follows Peter and Maze as they stumble through the dating scene and ever so slowly towards each other. Tiochta gives us alternating glimpses into the lives of Peter and Maze, where something isn't quite right... and not just because there's a serial killer on the loose. For a story… Read More
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Reviewed on: 26th of November, 2021

Sherlock in America
One Must Tell the Bees, by J. Lawrence Matthews, tells the story of a very young Sherlock Holmes before he was Sherlock. His brother Mycroft uses his influence to get young Holmes into a job in America. What follows is an exceptionally well-told tale weaved together with a history lesson around the end of the American civil war, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the capture of John Wilkes Booth. The… Read More
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Reviewed on: 24th of November, 2021

Robot Farts
This far into the Hard Luck Hank series, it's hard to review without feeling like I'm repeating myself. As always, time has moved on, and Belvaille has changed once again. The nobles are (mostly) gone, and the remaining inhabitants are scratching out a living in any way they can. Life in the Post Colmarian Confederation Colmarian Confederation (yes, that's the title of confederation now) is hard. New laws are being… Read More
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Reviewed on: 19th of November, 2021

It's Glocken Time!
Continuing my journey of the Hard Luck Hank series in audiobook, next up was Stank Delicious. Each book in the series reinvents the world of Hank just a little. In this case, everything has moved on a few years since the events of the previous books. Nobles are bedded in even deeper into Belvaille, and Hank is scratching out a living once more as a go-between. Cliston, Hank's Dredel Led butler,… Read More
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Reviewed on: 14th of November, 2021

A Humorous Romp
With a style reminiscent of classic cinematic British romps, Let the Swine Go Forth by Auriel Roe ably carries on that tradition. A story of a rather hapless headmaster in a (very) foreign land, leading a group of teachers that embody the seven deadly sins. Starting a new international school in a country run by a ruthless dictator... things were never going to be easy. Tristram Randolph takes the role of… Read More
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Reviewed on: 9th of November, 2021

A Chimney Sweep, Her Golem, and a House of 100 Chimneys
I picked up Sweep - The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier for a couple of reasons. One, the story sounded REALLY good, and two, I was looking for something that might appeal to my kids. The story of a chimney sweep and her golem set in London in the 1800s sounded too good to pass by, so I grabbed it and plugged in my earbuds. The… Read More
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Reviewed on: 8th of November, 2021

A Menagerie of Monsters and Mayhem
Monster is the second book by A. Lee Martinez I've purchased in a few months, and I suspect I'll have more in my collection before long. In the mood for something monstery, I jumped into this Scooby-Doo style adventure where magic and monsters are real. Just most people don't tend to notice them. Judy is working the late shift at an out-of-the-way convenience store when a yeti appears in the freezer… Read More
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Reviewed on: 5th of November, 2021

It's the End of the World... Again!
The Prince Has No Pants, written by Matthew Howry, has been sitting in my list of audiobooks to buy eventually for a while now, and when it came up in the 2-for-1 sale on Audible, I grabbed it plus a bunch of others I'd been mulling over. The premise is right smack in the types of books I've been enjoying recently, and after listening to it, I'm hoping to hear… Read More
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Reviewed on: 1st of November, 2021

Fast-Paced Mayhem with the Night Shift
Much like the first books in the series, book 3 of the 24/7 Demon Mart, Angel Trouble by D.M. Guay, hardly pauses for a breath as Lloyd, DeeDee, and Kevin careen from one insane catastrophe to another. Massive props to the narrator too, who had to pronounce Zackumzaphielhermesiappotholonian multiple times. At least Guay cut him some slack and let the fallen Angel of Death (well, one of them) have a… Read More
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Reviewed on: 30th of October, 2021

Hank Hangs on While the Station Gets Seriously Exclusive
After finishing book 3, it was straight onto book 4 of the Hard Luck Hank series - Suck My Cosmos. Belvaille has moved on yet again and is now moving towards an aristocracy. Hank only manages to still live there because he's the oldest living continuous citizen and the toffs seem to enjoy that. Assisted by the universes most sought-after butler, a Dredel Led (robot) named Cliston, Hank finds his… Read More
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Reviewed on: 25th of October, 2021

Hank's Sheer Mass the Only Thing Holding Belvaille Together
I thought it about time I get back to the stack of Hard Luck Hank audiobooks I bought in one go and book three Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck by Steven Campbell is where I'm up to. I always find it easy to come back to ol' Hank and slip back into the universe as if I'd never left. Since the last book, a good three-quarters of a century has… Read More
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Reviewed on: 23rd of October, 2021

An Online Prison of the Future
In Imprisoned Online (Gaming the System), written by P.A. Wikoff, the future of humankind looks rather bleak. In Wikoff's future, humans have nerfed the planet to the point where it's not safe to go outside without a breathing unit and a permit. They stay indoors, playing the next big computer game that comes along. A society that's a little reminiscent of Idiocracy, but sort of a cross where intelligent… Read More
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Reviewed on: 20th of October, 2021

Fake It Till You Make It
How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps, is a short, fun litRPG written by Andrew Rowe that uses one of my favourite plot devices at the moment - that is unconventional methods of level and skills progression. Forget fighters, wizards, bards, or barbarians. Instead, we get a "Bag Mage", basically a class for merchants and couriers to carry stuff. Our hero, Yui Shaw, doesn't want to wait around… Read More
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Reviewed on: 10th of October, 2021

Easy to Enjoy Humorous Fantasy
Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Army of Golems, by L. G. Estrella, is the "publisher's pack" of the first two books in the Unconventional Heroes series. I feel it is aimed at a younger audience than the bracket I fall into, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it! These were a fun, easy to listen to pair of humorous fantasy books that follow the adventures of Grand Necromance Timothy… Read More
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Reviewed on: 5th of October, 2021

Slow to Start, but Gets Good Quick
I picked up both books in the Tower of Babel series during a recent Audible sale on a bit of a whim. I was trawling through Reddit, looking for some recommendations when someone mentioned SpeedRunner, written by Adam Elliott. Without doing much more research than finding it, ten bucks later and both were in my library. Honestly, at first blush, I thought perhaps I'd made a mistake. The book started off… Read More
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Reviewed on: 28th of September, 2021

Mythological Mash-up Mystery
Wyrd Gods, written by Susana Imaginario, contains more gods and minor deities than you can poke a stick at, and early on I realised I had to pay close attention or else I'd get lost. There's a lot going on, with Greek gods scheming against Norse gods, and vice-versa, with our heroine, Illena caught in the middle. Most of the story of Wyrd Gods (pronounced "weird" if you're wondering... means "fated')… Read More
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Reviewed on: 26th of September, 2021

A Delightful Conclusion to a Great Trilogy
Between the Layers, written by Danielle Palli, is the third book of the Data Collectors trilogy in a series that took me by surprise in the first book and sucked me right into the world created by Palli. These books blend magic and sci-fi while still being very down to earth and are filled with such an interesting and unique cast of characters. In book three, Lucene and her pals deal… Read More
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Reviewed on: 24th of September, 2021

Welcome to the Fifth Floor of the Dungeon
The Dungeon Crawler Carl books continue to keep me entertained, even after multiple re-listens. Book four - The Gate of the Feral Gods - is no different. The author Matt Dinniman continues to amaze me with how much sheer plot he can weave into a story while delivering unique situations on each level of the dungeon. Dinniman sprinkles in the clues throughout the story, with sometimes seemingly non-meaningful items having a… Read More
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Reviewed on: 20th of September, 2021

Much Slower Than the First Two
Being a fan of the first two books in the Cinnamon Bun series by RavensDagger, I jumped at the chance of pre-ordering book three when it appeared on Audible. Still enjoyable but seemingly much slower than the first two while still being within the same ballpark for length. The story keeps going from where book two left off, with Broccoli, Amaryllis, and Awen heading to the Nesting Kingdom, home of Amaryllis,… Read More
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Reviewed on: 19th of September, 2021

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