Something: Full Murderhobo, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Trapped between worlds. Potentia might be the way out. Time to kill Something.
Luke is an apprentice leather worker, training with his family to one day take over the business. He and his friends Andre, Taylor, and Zed have known each other forever, and swear that nothing will ever tear apart their friendship.
Then the Royal Decree comes. With the Dynasty of Dogs invading, and strange monsters appearing in the Hollow Kingdom, a draft has been implemented. Everyone 17 or older is required to be tested for "Potential". If they have it, they will join the mysterious and renowned Ascender Corps. If not, they will be drafted into the Legion as a forced recruit.
Three of the friends test as powerful, or dangerous, classes of Ascender. Luke is found to have Potential, barely, but when he steps through the portal to begin his training…he is pulled to a plane that shouldn't exist. With no class trainer, the possibility of survival is low. Luke decides that he wants to live, and keeping his humanity isn't going to help.
His best chance is going Full Murderhobo.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 52 minutes|
|Narrator||Christian J. Gilliland|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 20, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,195 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#27 in Epic Fantasy for Teens
#28 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#113 in Teen & Young Adult Epic Fantasy
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2021
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The story unfolds from multiple viewpoints and characters and you really get a quick grasp on their personalities and psyches. All of it is entertaining and filled with the puns you know to expect from Dakota.
The stats and system are consistent with the quality we have come to expect from Dakota and are slipped into the storyline seamlessly.
This is a well-written book - great start to a new series!
Con: There are 3x perspective MC's, but i found Taylor, the "Archmage", so unmemorable I actually forgot her name after I finished and Luke, the titular "Murderhobo" to be off putting, so darkly tragicomic that I'm often not quite sure when his scenes were meant to be funny and when they're meant to be sad. I actually might not have finished it if not for Andre, the Terraformer, who felt like Dakota had swiped one of my old D&D sheets for a Verdant Lord Druid and brought it to glorious life.
I don't like giving one of my absolute favorite authors a mere 3 stars. This book has a solid start in worldbuilding and a great set piece battle for the climax, but the middle section lost my emotional investment in 2/3 MC's. It's not a short book by any means, but multi-MC stories need correspondingly higher page counts to properly develop the characters and I feel like some essential transitions were lost in editing. Hopefully a sequel helps fix that, or perhaps I can hope for an "extended edition" at some point.
The main focus of the book is three characters; Luke, Andre, and Taylor. Somehow each and everyone of them is unlikable at best.
By the halfway point I had to struggle to keep reading, I just couldn't immerse myself in the world anymore, in large part because I no longer sympathize with the three.
What started out as a fantasy world with plenty of potential ended with a resounding meh.
I literally read this entire book in less than 10 hours. It was without a doubt one of the best stories I have read in 2020. I am so looking forward to the next books in the stories. I can't wait to read more about murder world and the hunt for cookie.
Having read the Completionist Chronicles and the Divine Dungeon series, Dakota Krout has gained enough of my trust that, even with kindle unlimited, I decided to outright purchase the book immediately. And he doesn't disappoint.
The book can be a little slow to build but the framed narrative of a bard telling the origin of a famous adventuring party was enough to pull me in to the world.
In the opening chapters, we learn about a young leatherworker and his four friends. We learn the basics of the kingdom and the war, and we learn about how people get their Player Character classes.
All too soon this tabletop party has their classes and part roles named. The Mistress of destructive magics, the archmage. The cleric of the earth, the druid, the terraformer. The wiley, sneaky, thief of hearts and bard, the mindbender. And finally the front-line fighter who lives only for the next combat. The murderhobo.
Apart, they grow in power, they change, they evolve.
Finally reunited after years, maybe decades apart, what awaits this adventuring party? Read and find out.
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The story is packed with humour, excitement, action and well built characters. The use of time dilation to allow for the powering and development of characters without spanning a full lifetime is an excellent method of allowing the reader to get straight into the excitement while maintaining a believable progression for the characters.
I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone who has played D&D, reads fantasy regularly or enjoys RPG games with powerful characters. Hell, I wholeheartedly recommend this book for everyone!
The only reason why I did not feel I could give it the full five stars is that it does drag a little in the middle where the characters are going through their own personal "tutorial" worlds and they don't really get to form a party until the final third or so of the book. However I can understand that the author wanted to showcase how this universe works and the processes behind the magic and skills that the characters use, so this is easily forgivable.
The characters themselves are amusing both with endearing qualities and flaws which make them seem more human than some fantasy characters who can, at times, seem a bit too "perfect". We have Zed the Bard (who perpetually annoys his companions with his incessant talk), Taylor the Mage (stern and driven but very goodhearted), Andre the Druid (an affable nature lover with ruthless practical streak) but the undoubted star of the show is Luke, the titular Murderhobo, who is dumped on a plane of existence where everything is trying to kill him and subsequently has his body honed to physical perfection while his mind is pushed to the brink of insanity.
All in all if you like action, dry humour and a little bit of craziness I would definitely recommend giving this a try, I am eagerly anticipating a sequel because I'd love to see where these characters end up next.
This is the first book I have read by this author, after seeing the reviews I thought it was worth a chance. I have to admit that I did not like the title of the book but everything thing else about the book is highly enjoyable. There is good humour, the characters are excellent and the story moves at an exciting pace.
This is a wonderful page turned and I recommend getting a copy asap.