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We return for the FOURTH installment of an amazing series. Can I start by saying we need more Cutter? Love the guy. Any way, we pick up just a bit further down the road than where we had left off, but that's fine. We had an impending army of Doom approaching and I really didn't want to read half the book talking about how they were going to get there and what was gong to happen. Hunter knows how to pen a story.
Grim Jack and his team are back (Cutter rules), and my only complaint is that I'd like to see Abbey doing more. I know this is Jack's story, but Abs needs to do something to prove she deserves to be co-captain of this squad. Something really serious, just look at everything Jack has managed to do almost entirely on his own.
Anyway we get some new characters and a new looming threat to add to the dangers they now face. Love the Gravemonger! We also get a face off with Jack and Ozmark, too! I can't spoil it for you.
Anyway, we get a great bunch of action,that leads into a new threat that could literally spell the end for our heroes. VGO is an amazing series that just keeps getting better and better. One thing I like is that just when you think you know where it is going it veers off that path and starts driving through thick brush and briars. I've said a lot about Taylor's narration in other reviews, so just know that he is doing a great job, and I think he is growing right along with Grim Jack. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I'm definitely losing interest in this story. Giant two handed swords with glowing runes. 'Steampunk' garb and tools. All I see is world of Warcraft and I can't pretend it isn't.
Perhaps it's my disappointment in the visuals that caused me to notice the writing was frustrating as well. Simile after simile after simile. My eyes began to roll wondering how many times the author must have typed "like a".
Finally, the course of the characters seemed forced to me. Why did it have to be the spider queen that brought Jack to the dungeon? Why didn't Jack warn the dungeon boss that he just befriended that there's a major raid going on and to watch his back? Why was Jack so gung- ho to face the emperor (like a newb idiot) but didn't take the few seconds required to pound him like a tent stake when he had the chance?
I can only give the book a 3/5 mostly due to the previous story line that brought us here.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
James Hunters Book 4 of his Viridian Gate series is well thought out with plenty of action, intrigue and surprises.
As a LitRPG author James goes to a great level of detail especially compared to a lot of upcoming bestselling series in this Genre.
What this means is that Visually its easy to go back to skill trees, stats and health, spirit bars etc. For audio then this has the same hurdle to face as lots of other LitRPG series and its managed very well with plenty of voice changes, inflections and emphasis during the battle scenes where magic and physical attacks keep you on your toes keping track of the action.
Armen Taylor does this masterfully and hats off as this is a particularly difficult book to do especially as this is the first audio i have listened to in the series.
Yes you will need to listen carefully but for those who enjoy LitRPG in detail and are more than happy to do this then this does not dissapoint. For everyone else then i think most shall struggle, i would reccomend the books and audio based on the above warning however and i will definitely be looking for more audio from this series and for other material by the narrator Armen. Buying the books also gives a good deal on the audio which i shall be taking advantage of myself.
I was gifted this audio by request and i have given my honest review and as such is based on my own opinion.