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This was another great book in the series and looking forward to the next wonderful adventure.
Well a lot of what was annoying about previous books has been way toned down. Though in some places what replaced it was worse. The pixie especially is less unaligned now and more sadistic treating the dungeon deaths like snuff porn, I mean a good writer could be using these changes as part of a greater character arc to develop Clair's character and better foil Doc. But eh heh, well.that would require a GOOD writer.
The failed attempt at cutely playing house is in some ways still all here. But Everybody Loves Raymond style sitcom humor has been thrown in. And that humor like all the humor in the book is so cliche and not so much badly done as overdone without a trace of self swareness like Shatner was writing his jokes. That its mildly amusing. But just mildly.
There was also a nice dungeon crawl, that suffered from lacking much input from the peanut Gallery that is the dungeon. The comments from the dungeon during the dungeon crawls is half of the entertainment from these books.
And then there were more female characters and a male child character introduced proving that the writer can concieve of only two levels of maturity. Adult. And 5 years old. Nothing in between.
Still all of that could be overlooked because it wasnt boring at least, it was usually at least mildly interesting, enough to keep me listening. The writer had shown a tendency to put extra effort into his climaxes so I was hoping a good book climax would bump this book up to 4 stars.
He dissapointed. The Climax was out of left field. Though at one point it seemed we might at least get some interesting character development for the dungeon. But it was just an allusion and the Dungeon got otherwise completely left out of the climax.
So 3 stars overall. An extra half star lost because its too short. Still rounds to 3.