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Publisher's Summary

With her charge, Alex, safely delivered, Maddie drowns her pain in a local bar, leaving later that night only to discover Alex has been beaten and robbed, his own quest failed. Politics and cash aside, she aids him. Once more they cross the desert, this time where Tromoal and enemies are born.
©2017 Dawn Chapman (P)2018 Dawn Chapman
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5 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 02-21-18

Good read Great Narrator

If you could sum up Desert Born in three words, what would they be?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex is a realistic character.

Have you listened to any of Andrea Parsneau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but I did enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

I asked to receive this book on my own and giving my own honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-16-18

Maddie is back on another run

Desert Born picks up right where Runner left off, and I appreciate that. I hate it when books have stuff happen in between that needs filled in later, just tell the story. Chapman returns in full glory with her heroine Maddie trekking across the desert. I enjoyed the first book a lot and the second stands up well, not falling for some sophmore slump.

I d want to clarify one thing. This is more of a lite LitRPG, just as in the first book. It is not full of "crunchy" stuff like stats and long readouts of a characters given abilities. We do get mention that sometimes people from outside show up, disrupt the people's lives, and move on, or something simple like how much health a person has, but that is it. I like that, too. I have listened to a lot of LitRPG books lately, and while it might be fine on the written page, which I can skim over the 100 times that appears, I cannot do that in an audiobook, and so I think Chapman strikes a perfect balance of letting you know that the characters are in an MMOPG, but doesn't crush you under the weight of it. Good Job.

In this book we get to learn a little more about Maddie and her relationship to the "dragons", her feelings for Alex come to the front, and we get another harrowing trek across the desert. The writing is solid, crisp, and the characters played believably.

Andrea Parsneau compliments Chapman's writing style, and turns in a compelling performance. She is very impressive, and has become a favored narrator of mine. She could read Good Night Moon, and I'd listen raptly.

This book does set up at least one more book in this series, and I am interested to see where maddie and the Hog go next, and how they handle the next obstacle. I have a suspicion as to Alex's fate, but that will have to wait, I won't speculate here.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Ostfeld on 02-16-18

Excellent continuation!

Don't ask me how but this author fits so much in such little space.
Performance is perfect again !
I truly love how this story comes alone and where it's going.
Fun this is what we search in a book, we want to enjoy it and this trilogy or series does it.
I really can't wait for the next one to come out, I really want to see what happens with that twist which came out of nowhere.
Con: way to short.
Pro: excellent story and performance.
Recommendations: Yes I do recommend the series, the author got a beautiful mind he is a true story teller !

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