The Land: Swarm: Chaos Seeds, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Aleron Kong's number-one best-selling LitRPG saga continues in The Land: Swarm.
The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do?
Crush the game, that's what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests, and in-depth world building!
What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel's secret spices?
Journey back into my world and find out! Come back...to the Land!
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 14 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 25, 2017|
|Publisher||Tamori Publications LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,866 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#44 in Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature
#70 in Fantasy for Teens
#81 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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I might offer some suggestions to the author, if he is reading the comments:
1. From a litRPG perspective - or this style of gaming in general - your character is progressing. While you're doing a good job focusing on the meaningful change to your character when it comes to strength, agility, and constitution and how they transform your character(s), you're not adjusting in the same way for magical attributes and charisma. Why, for example, is your character almost as immature in Book V as he was in Book I?
2. Book V spent a massive amount of time on stat and skill progression compared to the earlier books. The first four had much more meat to them. I found that book V allowed me to skip entire pages without losing track of the story. It impacts the pace so much that when "story" does happen, it has less of an impact. The cause of this was the inclusion of the talent system introduced through his profession, core buildings, and the scholar's hut - adding a level of complexity to the narratives that don't really drive the story forward.
3. I'm starting to lose track of the characters because you have so many. A smithy, two alchemists, two herbalists, a healer, a captain of the guard, another high-ranking guard member, two scribes, a shipwright, a builder, a magical assistant, a physical assistant, a slew of allies, a diplomat, two animal tamers, a sex interest, a pixie queen, a snake, and a familiar all jumbled together in minimal story that moves very fast. I'm sure I've missed a few (EDIT: Sion, I missed Sion). The cat is out of the bag now and you will have to wrangle it in a little. Perhaps book VI will deliver by thinning out the herd some. Because now it's getting to the point where it's hard to figure out why we care about certain characters and what they mean to the protagonist. Hell, I'm sure that if some of the characters were to die or abandon the protagonist, I would feel relief at the prospect of more meaningful non-protagonist development - rather than sorrow at the loss of a beloved ally to him.
4. You're hanging up too many story lines to dry. Currently, there are approximately ten to fifteen meaningful plot points that are unresolved and unless you plan to write this series forever, many of them will remain unresolved.
Rescuing remaining slaves
Dealing with the government of Yves
Assassin's guild hit job
Goblin army blood oath
Ridding forest of dark magic/building a portal
Finishing village powers
Leveling up village
Impact of pixie race
The grand antagonist in the extra-dimensional setting in chapter 1
Grand quest to compile Kobold coins
I'm certain I've missed some. This is quite a few stories, many of which seem to exist simply because you needed to fill space to develop the Richter/Alma bond (Lich knight in book V) or the Pixie/Sprite union which seemed to really have no purpose to it. Some of these have also remained unresolved since Book I.
Anyhow. I was hoping to read Book V based on the title "Swarm", but we really didn't learn a whole lot about the swarm story line.
I will continue to read simply because, despite my above feedback, I am still enjoying what you are publishing.
The author finally decides to truncate descriptions of some of the minor quests rather than going into detail with everything that Richter does. It's much needed as the story is not moving quickly enough with regards to the larger quest lines. There are things that have been lingering for 3-4 novels without being addressed and I sincerely hope that the upcoming entries start to get back to the main story.
As much though there is a ton of tangential plot threads; the book is riveting and a real page-turner. Richter has become a many-layered character and some of the most interesting parts of the book are his internal dialogue; where he questions his motivations and morality. Richter is a human being; not some perfect hero who never does anything wrong; and his flaws are what make him more interesting in a way. Early in the series I often found him to be a bit annoying but now I see growth in the character and inner-conflict. He's still not the most likable main character but he's not supposed to be.
There were a couple of strange character developments (including one that is sort of thrown in unceremoniously with absolutely zero foreshadowing but is actually very significant if I read it correctly) that I scratched my head at. I'll keep reading to see if anything comes of them but they were bizarre and off-putting. Additionally, despite the series being 5 books old now, there has yet to be anything in the way of romance, courtship or even just a meaningful connection between a man and a woman beyond a mother-son type of relationship. This is clearly a blind spot for the author and it is an area that is sorely missing form the main character's journey. His most intimate relationship with a female is essentially with his pet.
On a whole though, the book was great as was the development of the characters in it. I just want the author to start getting to the point. You can't drag out side-quests forever without people losing interest.
Top reviews from other countries
Still a fairly good book if you skip the pointless filler stuff. I'm not sure if I'll be continuing the series however