Ruthless (The Completionist Chronicles, #4)
Enemies emerge everywhere. Stagnation starts seeming standard. Results require Ruthlessness.Joe has been moving deeper into his study of ritual magic, and further away from his combat team. He's learning more and more, but more often than not needs to choose between his research and squad leadership. Improving the town is a huge help to the guild, and they have been pushing to increase their power.Their rapid increases have not gone unnoticed. The guild receives an ultimatum, delivered by assassins and signed with blood. If they continue to accrue power and fame, each and every person with a grievance against the guild will come to smash the town back to square one.With tensions coming to a head, all Joe wants to do is leave it all behind and reach the next area. He flatly refuses the guild when they ask him to devise lethal options to use against the gathering army, but when the time comes… even Joe is unsure if he'll step into the limelight and show everyone exactly how Ruthless he can be.

Ruthless (The Completionist Chronicles, #4) Details

TitleRuthless (The Completionist Chronicles, #4)
Author
ReleaseMay 1st, 2020
PublisherMountaindale Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Magic, Science Fiction

Ruthless (The Completionist Chronicles, #4) Review

  • GaiusPrimus
    January 1, 1970
    The best in the series so far I really don't know what else to say, besides what's on the title. The series just keeps getting better and better and we're just asking for the ride.We get some interactions between Joe and Sam, which is just plain awesome and the world continues to be expanded, so that there's always something fresh for the reader.Drop everything and start reading it, ASAP.
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  • Steven Naylor
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 4.0 stars This book was named appropriately. Wow, what happened at the end was insane. With billions of new people in the world there is a shortage of food and supplies, except for the wanderers guild. Their enemies have started a riot in the people claiming that the wanders guild are the reason that everyone is without food. The guild ends up getting attacked and every time they defend themselves it only makes more people angry and want to attack them. Joe does what he always does. He wo Rating 4.0 stars This book was named appropriately. Wow, what happened at the end was insane. With billions of new people in the world there is a shortage of food and supplies, except for the wanderers guild. Their enemies have started a riot in the people claiming that the wanders guild are the reason that everyone is without food. The guild ends up getting attacked and every time they defend themselves it only makes more people angry and want to attack them. Joe does what he always does. He works on his stats, his levels, his class, and tries to help his guild whenever he can. A very good addition to the series. I can't wait for the next one.
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  • Shemer Kuznits
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome! Another great Dakota book, full of Adventure intrigued and the bear puns. The one on Excalibur nearly killed me 😎
  • Joe LaBar
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent continuation of the series. I absolutely love how many callbacks there were - how many things we touched upon - and how in-depth a lot of the progression was. Although the original crew was well missed as were some of the promises made to the reader in the earlier books. Slice-of-life stuff is honestly the best stuff. Problem solving. Math. Social interaction. These are the things in which litrpg excels and why I am such a fan of the genre. And why Dakota is one of the better if not th Excellent continuation of the series. I absolutely love how many callbacks there were - how many things we touched upon - and how in-depth a lot of the progression was. Although the original crew was well missed as were some of the promises made to the reader in the earlier books. Slice-of-life stuff is honestly the best stuff. Problem solving. Math. Social interaction. These are the things in which litrpg excels and why I am such a fan of the genre. And why Dakota is one of the better if not the best authors working in the genre alongside folks like Aleron Kong and Pirate Aba. Although in this book he did trade out(or combine) an awful lot for sake of more expansion or just simplicity in the future. I really despise Sam. I didn't like him much in Bibliomancer, but now I despise him. So great work there because that was obviously the intention. This is absolutely a 4-star book for me. Yet, I have criticisms and concerns over the ending pr the change in style moving towards the ending. This is going to be Spoilers going forward... So critiques.....The epicness wasn't necessary. The death toll, the giant battle, 2 time leaps in a row. A sort of over focus on self-sufficiency. That's a great philosophy but philosophical purity is not how we grow. Joe and The Wanderers made a lot of enemies but they also made a lot of friends in the first three books in this series. The king and queen not only declared Joe an extended member of the royal family who can enter the throne room and request favors ANY time - but they also extended Nobility status to The Wanders Guild. "Moving against the Nobel Guild is the same as moving against the Kingdom or Ardania itself" - paraphrasing there. But when you end a book with that, the readers dont forget when the next book comes out. Also most of the Mages college, Tsnake and his guild. The City Guard. The Prince! Allies everywhere! Friends abound. And quite frankly the scholars should not have been an enemy. They totally should have behind Joe all the way. Science, learning, freedom of knowledge! Division among the scholars is one thing and I'm sure that's going to be elaborated on further in the future - but science doesn't choose sides. I would have liked to chapters just about scholarship and what was happening there rather than the reveal or nothing at all. "Oh Noes it's all just so bad and everybody is soo terrible and nobody will help us and there is no one to ask". Not only was that defeatist in attitude - but contrary to the results and rewards and all of the promises and growth made in the previous books. Removing Channeling and Healing and Mending and Shadow Spike and Solidify Shadow... Stop adding things and then taking them away.
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  • Soo
    January 1, 1970
    05/04/2020 Notes:I'll write up a review when the audiobook comes out. I'm sure I'll get the audio and re-read the story. Transition pieces are a tossup for me because they're necessary but not always the best "story". This book is about 400 pages and it is stuffed to the gills with a crazy amount of information, events & touches of character focused interactions. The amount of things packed into this book could have easily been spread out in 2-3 books. While the technical aspects of the story we 05/04/2020 Notes:I'll write up a review when the audiobook comes out. I'm sure I'll get the audio and re-read the story. Transition pieces are a tossup for me because they're necessary but not always the best "story". This book is about 400 pages and it is stuffed to the gills with a crazy amount of information, events & touches of character focused interactions. The amount of things packed into this book could have easily been spread out in 2-3 books. While the technical aspects of the story were great, a good chunk of the story was told in a summary fashion. The things that I enjoy about the series are the character based interactions and setting details. There's a lot to love in this book but there are so many things that it's hard to feel the true impact of each part because most of the story is told at the speed of a spastic dive into the abyss. - I found out that the Divine Dungeon series and Completionist Chronicles are in the same world. Which is cool! I now have to re-read DD to catch the cross references. I definitely caught a bunch of them in this book and they were pretty great.- Joe's 2nd Specialization. I DISAGREE!!! Going by the descriptions, I would have sworn it would have gone a different way but that's just my opinion. =DMan, it's probably going to be a while before the next book comes out. That kind of sucks but I'll be a happy camper and dive into that book when it gets published.
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  • David Fletcher
    January 1, 1970
    Good, but a bit frustrating at times.As enjoyable as the story itself was, the main character never seems to solve his basic issues.Stay differences great enough to cause you to have issues of almost every type? Don’t worry, no one will believe you if you point it out - no matter what their stats are. It doesn’t really matter anyways because you’ll spend a couple of months not leveling them even though you get 3/4 reduced training time. Joe just kept running into the same problems over and over Good, but a bit frustrating at times.As enjoyable as the story itself was, the main character never seems to solve his basic issues.Stay differences great enough to cause you to have issues of almost every type? Don’t worry, no one will believe you if you point it out - no matter what their stats are. It doesn’t really matter anyways because you’ll spend a couple of months not leveling them even though you get 3/4 reduced training time. Joe just kept running into the same problems over and over again. After all of the things he’s accomplished with his guild and on his own, no one ever just tries to be decent to him? No one cares the royals can take everything at the drop of a hat? Instead of going for a trade deal or asking him to do something with a quest, they just turtle up and die.We keep seeing ability and term references for the world to transition to cultivation terms, but nothing has really been changed or improved for anyone who has figured some things out.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    NPC side characters I just can't do it. How does he have NO friends 5 books in. There's so many characters and they all feel like NPCs more each book, no one cares about joe at all even his own party talked about kicking him out. And this whole side arc with Sam from the other book is just absolutely miserable, is Sam just an awful person because he is in this book? I didn't even finish this one and I enjoyed the last one, but eventually the main character needs to have some meaningful interacti NPC side characters I just can't do it. How does he have NO friends 5 books in. There's so many characters and they all feel like NPCs more each book, no one cares about joe at all even his own party talked about kicking him out. And this whole side arc with Sam from the other book is just absolutely miserable, is Sam just an awful person because he is in this book? I didn't even finish this one and I enjoyed the last one, but eventually the main character needs to have some meaningful interaction with someone.
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  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome book, can not wait for the next one in the series.Would like to know was Joe the first to successfully travel the bifrost?If yes will his choice of dwarf or elf going to force all humans with the same choice or can they chose differently?Is Joe’s only choice elf or dwarf or can he chose neither?If neither is a choice will he be neutral, friendly, or hostile to the other races?Can not wait to see what the answer is to these questions and more in the next book.
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  • Johnny
    January 1, 1970
    Book five Mistakes: I found only one mistake in this book.Plot: Grinding for levels, a little bit of politics, and a couple of big battles to protect the guild and the town.Characters: I enjoy the characters from this series for the most part. As dark as the Mc may seem at times, I would like him as a friend.8/10
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  • Michel B
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like it more, since its the fourth book of a series i have been following, but despite trying i can only say that the series is getting forced, things come from nowhere and the game system is not very cohesive.To me it was like The Divine Dungeon, where i just left the series in the third book, because it got into a mess. I love LitRPG, but it seems authors get so immersed in making their characters into powerful forces, that they start losing consistency when the stories develop.Sti I wanted to like it more, since its the fourth book of a series i have been following, but despite trying i can only say that the series is getting forced, things come from nowhere and the game system is not very cohesive.To me it was like The Divine Dungeon, where i just left the series in the third book, because it got into a mess. I love LitRPG, but it seems authors get so immersed in making their characters into powerful forces, that they start losing consistency when the stories develop.Still a fun read, but with too many holes in the story to make it a really good one.
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  • H Rez
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent read, yet seems too short, leaves me wanting more plot.
  • Shonari
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a hot mess. Pages filled with a whole lot of nothing.
  • Clint Young
    January 1, 1970
    Alert I hate trying to write reviews because there are really only pass/fail results for me. Did I make it all the way through? Yes? 5 stars. No? There would be nothing here to read. In all fairness, if an author holds my attention from page one to the end, they’ve done their job. Anything less than 5 stars is petty criticism from someone incapable of even doing the job let alone doing a better one.So in respect for the author and their work, I am going to start pasting this along with a generic Alert I hate trying to write reviews because there are really only pass/fail results for me. Did I make it all the way through? Yes? 5 stars. No? There would be nothing here to read. In all fairness, if an author holds my attention from page one to the end, they’ve done their job. Anything less than 5 stars is petty criticism from someone incapable of even doing the job let alone doing a better one.So in respect for the author and their work, I am going to start pasting this along with a generic review I found somewhere. “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.”Now, since I have to keep explaining myself to people who don't like my reviews, I guess some clarification is in order.1. I am 100% against criticism for works of art. Art is subjective, meaning reviews are irrelevant. The observer's opinion is only relevant to the observer. It is my belief that regardless of what others might say, I have to experience the art for myself.2. I read upwards of 20 books a month. The $10/month I spend on K U, feels like I am cheating the authors. But since I can't afford 20 books a month if I were to purchase them directly, all I can offer is a positive review. That leads us to the final point.3. If I get to the end of a book, then it was worth my time. I give those books 5 stars because it helps the author get exposure. That is the only reason I write reviews at all.I understand that people are people and they are going to do what they do regardless of my stance. I know the way that I review books upsets some people. I am sorry they feel that way but as many have said, they will just ignore my review going forward. In fact, if you made it this far through my review, you should definitely read the book and completely ignore all of the reviews here. You are a much better judge of what you will like than anyone here.Cheers
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  • Arthur King
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book within 24 hrs when it came out, but it's taken me a while to digest what I've read, and frankly, that's a bad thing. I want to be clear, I DID like this book. It did irreparable harm to the bibliomancer series, and I like Joe about 50% as much as I did at the conclusion of the second book, but there is a sufficiency of epicness and car chases that I can forgive a little bad writing. That being said, I'm not really sure what to make of this series anymore. Essentially, we jus I finished this book within 24 hrs when it came out, but it's taken me a while to digest what I've read, and frankly, that's a bad thing. I want to be clear, I DID like this book. It did irreparable harm to the bibliomancer series, and I like Joe about 50% as much as I did at the conclusion of the second book, but there is a sufficiency of epicness and car chases that I can forgive a little bad writing. That being said, I'm not really sure what to make of this series anymore. Essentially, we just mashed the big red DO-OVER button. (view spoiler)[Joe is hereby banished from ardania, but who even cares? (hide spoiler)] I am really a huge fan of this medieval system that seems to operate on Bill of Rights based feudalistic monarchy. Slandering a noble guild? Free speech, bro. Save the life of 2 seperate members of the royal family, construct 3 world wonders and complete 2 EPIC favors for the royal family? (view spoiler)[Well, we can't intervene directly on your behalf, but hey, we'll nudge, nudge, wink wink massage the political situation to keep you from being outright executed mr. "enemy of humanity" you!.. (hide spoiler)] and if you picked up on a little scornful sarcasm there, good for you.(view spoiler)[ So now, here we are, 4 (5 if you count rexus, I don't) books in. Joe is now sufficiently epic that (maybe?) he can go out there and perform some cool rituals as a "reductionist," whatever that is... and hey, there's a choice between elves and dwarves for ardania 2.0. I for one hope he picks dwarves. They like building cool stuff out of granite, right? (hide spoiler)]Also, for the record, thanks for turning Sam into a bully/griefer/con-man. I was one of the few people who actually wanted to see how Sam's journey progressed... well, not any more. Let's hope he stays in ardainia 1.0.
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  • Morten Bork
    January 1, 1970
    A return to the style I loved in book 1 & 2.We have gone back to a story style that was shown in book 1 & 2, and it works really well. Raze was not a bad book, but of the 4 im the series, I must admit my least favorite, however, book 4 has a style Which is a mix of book 1 & 2, and it just works. You can see. Bit of the humor comes through more genuinely than it did in rexus and Raze. Which is awesome.The story, stats and general pacing of the story is good to excellent, like people Will disagree A return to the style I loved in book 1 & 2.We have gone back to a story style that was shown in book 1 & 2, and it works really well. Raze was not a bad book, but of the 4 im the series, I must admit my least favorite, however, book 4 has a style Which is a mix of book 1 & 2, and it just works. You can see. Bit of the humor comes through more genuinely than it did in rexus and Raze. Which is awesome.The story, stats and general pacing of the story is good to excellent, like people Will disagree as it is subjective, but I loved it.I loved book 1, found book 2, to be really good. Book 4 is somewhere inbetween. But it is impossible to catch that new car smell, four books in. But he does a damn fine job of trying. I Will reread this series once the books have waited a bit, and I Will look forward to reading this part again.I have made it a ritual, to read the books in order before each new book.And the ritualist, regicide, rexus and raze, i know now, that ruthless Will be a great dessert on the main course of the other four. Cant wait Till the next book comes out.
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  • Karsten Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    I am at a loss for the proper words to convey how much I like this book. Please forgive me as I ramble. As soon as I got this copy I only did my game dailies so I could start reading this book. The eight month wait for this book was worth it. As with all his books, the puns are ever present and pop up in some of the most unique ways that had me in stitches. The promised crossover from Biblomancer is in this book and I look forward to the next in that series to get things as soon from Sam with ho I am at a loss for the proper words to convey how much I like this book. Please forgive me as I ramble. As soon as I got this copy I only did my game dailies so I could start reading this book. The eight month wait for this book was worth it. As with all his books, the puns are ever present and pop up in some of the most unique ways that had me in stitches. The promised crossover from Biblomancer is in this book and I look forward to the next in that series to get things as soon from Sam with hopefully some explanation as to why Sam seems to hate Joe so much. As with the past books, Joe faces each obstacle with his usual flair for the unexpected. I don't want to give away any spoilers, this book concentrates on Joe's efforts to get to the next level/area of the game. Pay close attention to some of the things in the first part of the book.
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  • Hillary Umane
    January 1, 1970
    Weakest book so far in the seriesI am at a loss of words for how I feel about this book....in a bad way. I feel like the first half of the book was made up of unnecessary filler scenes. Compounding the issue, the dialogues and POV felt shallow and were a jumbled mess. Joe’s personality felt flat and there was absolutely no sense of gravitas to give depth to his character or the importance of dungeon delves. Heck, one scene about an assassination attempt felt so boring, I only realized what happe Weakest book so far in the seriesI am at a loss of words for how I feel about this book....in a bad way. I feel like the first half of the book was made up of unnecessary filler scenes. Compounding the issue, the dialogues and POV felt shallow and were a jumbled mess. Joe’s personality felt flat and there was absolutely no sense of gravitas to give depth to his character or the importance of dungeon delves. Heck, one scene about an assassination attempt felt so boring, I only realized what happened 5 lines later...and I felt no sense of urgency/danger at all. smh.Finally ENOUGH WITH THE COFFEE ALREADY!!! That alone made up 1/3 of the book
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  • Roger Skorepa
    January 1, 1970
    Good, entertaining, read in one sitting.I do love the evolution of classes, skills, and spells that the author brings into his books. The end conflict was really fun to read. That being said...My biggest issue with this book is the general lack of descriptions on just about everything. Adding a sentence or two to describe people, places, and things would really bring these stories to a new level. Often times a character is introduced by dialogue. I could only describe one character after reading Good, entertaining, read in one sitting.I do love the evolution of classes, skills, and spells that the author brings into his books. The end conflict was really fun to read. That being said...My biggest issue with this book is the general lack of descriptions on just about everything. Adding a sentence or two to describe people, places, and things would really bring these stories to a new level. Often times a character is introduced by dialogue. I could only describe one character after reading the entire series and that Joe because of his baldness. I really hope that Krout will evolve his writing style to make his books more accessible and alive.
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  • Rodger Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is a great continuation of the series. Though I have to say Joe really, really, really, really, really should have looked into what some of his apprentices were doing under his nose. To use the blood of Gameover when it was EXPLICITLY forbidden to use and the cost was so high what kind of idiot would do it and also take out every safety that placed into rituals to make them safe. Well its rather sad. What is the deal with Sam though, he is more of an ass in this book than I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is a great continuation of the series. Though I have to say Joe really, really, really, really, really should have looked into what some of his apprentices were doing under his nose. To use the blood of Gameover when it was EXPLICITLY forbidden to use and the cost was so high what kind of idiot would do it and also take out every safety that placed into rituals to make them safe. Well its rather sad. What is the deal with Sam though, he is more of an ass in this book than he was in his book I mean seriously, some of the things he did was just plain dickish.
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  • Nathanael Keeler
    January 1, 1970
    So much happenedNot my favourite book of the series. It was all go from the moment it began. I like this type of novel when things are simpler and charters are learning the basics. This book is the climax of the current world and things learnt were bulldozed through to keep the broader narrative moving. Happily, a new plane is open for the next book so maybe it will be a change of pace. Despite my whining, this is a great series and I enjoyed the book. Look forward to the next.
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  • Zack
    January 1, 1970
    Fuuuudge yes. Worth the waitI fu**ing lives this book. Wasn’t as much as an adventure as his previous ones, but a satisfying war. Anyone who is a fan of this author and read the Devine dungeon series will love this book in particular in how it just barely touches on it in subtle-ish? Ways. The entire book felt like on big cliff hanger. Wondering how much more the older series will tie in. Wondering if he will continue that series. (I fu**ing hope so) and how he will continue this series. Go read Fuuuudge yes. Worth the waitI fu**ing lives this book. Wasn’t as much as an adventure as his previous ones, but a satisfying war. Anyone who is a fan of this author and read the Devine dungeon series will love this book in particular in how it just barely touches on it in subtle-ish? Ways. The entire book felt like on big cliff hanger. Wondering how much more the older series will tie in. Wondering if he will continue that series. (I fu**ing hope so) and how he will continue this series. Go read his books!
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  • Steven Penick
    January 1, 1970
    I very much like this series from this author. I have mostly fallen out of the other series he writes and I'm somewhat intrigued by the new series he is starting to write.For this book, the world has expanded a bit. So have the characters. and the situation in the guild. The political side of things rears it's head. The drive for survival on all fronts from so many characters is fascinating to follow.Just a big fan of Joe. I have Kindle Unlimited yet I own all of these books without regrets. I w I very much like this series from this author. I have mostly fallen out of the other series he writes and I'm somewhat intrigued by the new series he is starting to write.For this book, the world has expanded a bit. So have the characters. and the situation in the guild. The political side of things rears it's head. The drive for survival on all fronts from so many characters is fascinating to follow.Just a big fan of Joe. I have Kindle Unlimited yet I own all of these books without regrets. I will reread them at least once a year. Enjoy them very much.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent Chronicle This book was an excellent addition to the series. The pace was decent except for the frantic end battle but that seems to be the formula for this series. I like the grind and discovery of the MC. He gets power but has to work for it but again the MO for the MC in this series. With the changes in this book the next book should be very interesting. Can't wait.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Fast paced, and full of puns (it’s Dakota Krout after all.....)Took a bit to get back into the story as there is no preface to bring you up to speed and I’ve read a lot of books in between. However, the story picked up about a third of the way in and really hit its stride..As a fan, this series continues to please and certainly worth a read. Very excited for the next book though filled with..... oops, no spoilers...😁
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  • Christopher Ruotolo
    January 1, 1970
    Well written and a good addition to the seriesIn my opinion, Having read most of the books published by the author, this book was well written but felt a bit flat compared to the prior books. There was plenty of good content, but less of the humor that had me laughing aloud. This book was a great addition as it does add to the story but I'm hoping the next books have a bit more of the tongue in cheek humor that the others had. :)
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  • Scott Brown
    January 1, 1970
    FantasticI love this series. It is strange yet intriguing. The main character, Joe, is lovable and eccentric. It is fun to watch his progression as a character. The author does a great job of mixing the gamer world with the “real” world within the book. He has extensive details that may become a slog for some but for others of us, fun to read how the game develops the players.Good mixing of action and development.
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  • Jessie Gilliam
    January 1, 1970
    Is Joe going to be Oden now?You’ll understand my question by the end of the book… I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Contrary to many of the other reviews I thought this is a great addition to the series. It had a lot more training montage is then what is previously in the other books. It also had less actual town building. However, I think it was a much needed step for a mazing storyline
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  • Phil
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing book! It really seems like Mr. Krout has a truly endless well of creativity and talent when it comes to writing! We’ve all read series that tend to get somewhat stale in the middle but Mr. Krout works seem to just get better over time! I definitely can’t wait for more!
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  • Samuel
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t normally write reviews but I have to with this one. This is an amazing book it fits in nicely with the rest of the series my only complaint is the book wasn’t long enough I need more... the book is full size a battle was fought consequences felt but I am left with wanting to know what happens next
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  • Jaron Hinterlong
    January 1, 1970
    The Completionist Chronicles will always have a place in my heartUnlike many in the litRPG genre, this story is going somewhere!! Too often do I read a litRPG novel where it’s obvious that the author him/herself has no clue what happens next. Thank you DK! Nerdgasms abound, I can’t wait for what happens next!
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