Narrator: Tristan Morris
Series: Emerilia #2
Published by Self Published / Indie on 16 October 2017
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, LitRPG, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Source: Author, Submitted
As the fight for Boran-al's Citadel draws to a close, Dave's learned one important lesson: To protect what he cares for, he's going to have to become stronger. He can't just sit back in Cliff-Hill and take things easy. Emerilia is filled with danger as well as possibilities. It's time that Dave becomes a Master Smith.
©2017 Michael Chatfield (P)2017 Michael Chatfield
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Benvari Mountains by Michael Chatfield laid out more of the journey of Dave the halfling, Dia and others that were in the first book. It also reintroduced Susie (earth reality) from the first book and who nows begins playing the online game, Emerilia.
This will be the last book of this series for me. The things that I hoped would improve in the second book, didn’t. Some of the things I didn’t care for in the first book, were delved into even more in the second novel. Unfortunately, the main thing that Chatfield excelled at in The Trapped Mind Project (that fantastic battle!) had nothing comparable in Benvari Mountains. If you’re a Litrpg fan and don’t mind listening to a narrated version of someone playing an MMORPG then this is definitely for you. One positive thing (or not) about listening to this series is I that I restarted my Runescape membership. (Compared to the fast-paced MMO’s that are out there now, I feel like I just confessed to playing Neopets again.)
Here’s what I liked and didn’t like about Benvari Mountains:
I loved the dragons and could have listened to much more about them. I really liked that the author didn’t create jealousy or fighting between Dia and Susie. Thank you so very much for that, Mr. Chatfield. The MC’s skill (Smithing) is not associated with the usual skill behind heroics; like Strength, Consitution, Attack etc) and that makes the Emerilia series refreshingly different. The constant reciting of the stats was really pared back in this book. Statistics are something that can be skimmed over in a private reading but will become redundant and mind-numbing in a narration of an audiobook. I didn’t mind that this book was half the size of the first. I felt like the first book was a meld of two novels so I didn’t have a problem with the length of this book.
I’ve read other reviews that absolutely loved the romance between Dia and Dave but I’m not one of them. There can be a good integration but I didn’t see it here. And the EPIC battle that Chatfield wrote in the first book was only a couple of skirmishes in the second. Honestly, that was the main thing that broke my bloodthirsty heart. That battle was such a brilliant part of the first book. The story arc in Benvari Mountains dealt mainly with Dave’s smithing and that wasn’t enough for me to get into a third novel. I had a difficult time finishing this audiobook.
The narration by Tristan Morris was again spot on. He creates just enough differences in characters voices that it’s clear who is speaking but not too different that it becomes distracting or pulls one out of the story. I’m definitely looking into more books he has narrated.
If you take note of this sort of thing: Benvari Mountains has a lot of profanity, sexual situations, and some violence.
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