Obligations Incurred: Delvers LLC, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Henry and Jason somehow survived being kidnapped to Ludus, a monster-filled, sword and sorcery world. They managed to make friends, pay their rent, and they even founded their own adventuring business, Delvers LLC.
Unfortunately, by overcoming the odds and creating a reputation for themselves in such short time, monarchs and nobles have taken notice of the two men from Earth. Foreign, deadly struggles may be unavoidable for Delvers LLC.
Henry and Jason are about to discover something even more dangerous than murderous monsters on Ludus: politics.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 21, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #20,025 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#97 in Magical Realism Fiction
#247 in Contemporary Fantasy
#517 in Fantasy for Teens
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This is a great addition to the Delvers llc story, adding backstory, lore, new characters, and answering some questions that, if you're like me, you may have been wondering about when reading the first book. Specifically, the view of LGB and quite possibly T, on Ludus, and in the cultures of the other races besides Human(Terran). The author also hung a lantern on certain social issues dealing with treatment and view of LGBT people, specifically with religion.
Now, because I know there's been people upset with the book and the author for the insert of the view of LGBT, the insertion of a Drag Queen character, Thirsty, (who got a power set that I think is totally awesome), and the calling out on a certain mainstream religion, I'll say this:
I'm a hetero cis male who considers myself Christian, and I find nothing wrong with any of the Author's insertions into the story and overall world of Delvers LLC. They build upon the world building of the setting, enriching it, and making the whole story less of a male power fantasy, and giving it a dash of realism into the story.
Beginning the books I was a little underwhelmed by the slower and extremely confusing first few chapters. The immediate onset of plot is a tool that needs precision and often fails as a hook. Beyond the first few chapters however (upon reaching the first town) the plot sped up nicely and the story was both gripping and smooth. The pacing was just enough to keep you reading, while not lacking in details. At the same time many of the descriptions balance the knifes edge of vagueness to let the reader fill in the small details and really immerse themselves in the environment.
The characters are where this book begins to really shine. The two MC's are typical enough that we already fell as if we know them allowing us to focus on their interactions. While interacting with each other they can feel a little ham-fisted at times (usually for forced plot purposes) the interactions with the supporting cast is second to none. The range of cast, and the vibrancy with their personalities truly fleshes out the overall dynamic and gives oceans of depth to the emotions being played. I'm particularly surprised with the female characters being having such detailed growth, which is difficult, neigh impossible, for most male authors. I also particularly enjoy the change, of having a female-centric society, even if the story is written from the male fantasy standpoint (perhaps specifically because of the male fantasy viewpoint. Sue me, I like the concept.)
The plot as a whole is fun filled and adventurous, paced in that anime sweet spot of giving us enough time to truly appreciate the small victories; but always alluding to the larger threat. Over time you come to feel as the characters are your own family and cheer their success's and weep for their struggles; always urging them onward to defeat the looming antagonist.
I rate this book 8/10, a must read for those in the genre, and a highly recommended read for all fantasy nerds like me.
The relationships of the main characters grow a bit and I actually wish Blaise Corvin had focused more on the engagement of the characters as well as nupitals. I find the concept of them building noble hoses on worlds with a three-to-one female-to-male ratio interesting and would be intrigued by seeing what they manage to develop. For example, I personally am curious what sort of other woman would be picked for the household given Henry and Jason have no say in the matter. We also get some good insight into Dolos building a war against his fellow gods, all of whom actually seem to be worse than the arrogant Lawful Evil manchild--if you can believe that.
The characterization of the leads regarding their commitment phobia to their love interests is cute for as long as it lasts as well as their problems relating to the values the rest of the universe follows. I also appreciated the greater emphasis on the two women in the group as they are arguably more interesting than the leads and work extremely well as co-stars. Keeja goes from being a somewhat gamebreaking (literally) character to a protagonist in her own right as well.
The anti-heroes (literally) in the opposing adventuring party are well-developed for their brief screen-time and you get the sense that being "dungeon delvers" slowly drives the majority of Terrans insane in this world. The Governor, for example, is a bombastic presence which would fit in many an RPG as a dwarf queen but is really just someone who has learned to live in a world where you can't talk softly even if you have a big stick. The fact the anti-heroes almost manage to kill the party repeatedly but have their own crippling personality flaws makes them very rounded villains.
There is a small problem in the book with the character of Thirsty who is a black drag queen (not transexual) homosexual. This is not the fact he is any one of these things. No, it's the fact Thirsty is annoying. He doesn't really bring much to the group other than annoying the two surprisingly homophobic female leads or encouraging a protectiveness from the male leads. If he was a spellcaster or brought some new insight to the world, it'd be different but he doesn't have much dialogue in the story nor seems to possess any special abilities. As such, he qualifies as what TV tropes.org calls "The Load."
Even so, I'm very eager to continue the next book and Dolos knows I love the characters. I also want to give extra credit to the artist for the beautiful cover of the book. It manages to evoke a WOW-esque beauty but much better than the actual art for that game. I'm reminded of Jennifer Connoly and that's never a bad thing.