Brambles and Thorns: The Infinite World, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Life was simpler when someone was around to tell him what to do. With a band of Adventurers looking to him for direction, whether he likes it or not, Trent Embra needed to figure out how to lead them.
But how was he supposed to lead when there were so many things Trent hadn’t figured out for himself?
An unidentifiable seed in his Storage, and whispers in his head, Trent points his team west towards the wilds. It was as good a direction as any. Maybe in uncivilized lands, Trent would learn what it meant to be an Adventurer and sort through what mattered most.
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|Listening Length||19 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 April 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,956 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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29 in Dragon & Mythical Creatures Fantasy
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Orion's journey and reunion with clan embra doesn't happen, his story arc abruptly cuts off after the grimlock fight, the importance of his bond and restoration are unknown.
The ramifactions of the independence of the dross clan, dissolution of the charter and essentially a civil war don't happen, we don't hear from wygon or tersa much in this book at all.
Setting out into the wilds for discovery and adventure, doesn't happen (remember the prologue started in the wilds with the iron wolves what happened to that hook?) . Instead the last half of the book the party gets stuck in an inane and uninteresting 'puzzle' dungeon, a puzzle dungeon that seems to lack any real puzzles, you know the things with clues, hints and riddles?
Other 5 star reviews talk about character development but I don't even see that in this book either, felicia, kerry and eliora still don't know much about trent and he himself struggles to find perticular meaning or purpose in his life and future, the same can be said for the other characters as well, do we really know more about the past or opinions of the other characters?
The other books had either substances or suspense and the progression through them gave the story weight, but this feels like the author is throwing out one hook after the other and not really commiting or resolving enough of the prior hooks or developing the current hooks adaquetly.
Tldr: story meanders, feels like a filler episode.
Honestly, this series was never as gripping as most, but it feels more real than almost any other. The characters are respected and common tropes to build conflict are avoided.
That might make this story less popular among LitRPG fans, but it is one of my favourite in the genre and I wish there were others like it. There is plenty of LitRPG that focuses on characters, but none of the ones I've read got the details and dialogue right, while also being generally wholesome.
Character development isn't rushed. You're not spoon fed complete information on every topic, but are let to draw conclusions over a period of time, sometimes multiple books. This is a story that gets the detail of its characters right. The characters aren't slaves to the narrative or to the plot that the author wants to write. That necessarily means that there's more meandering and "meaningless" content, but it's a good trade for me. I appreciate characters that react realistically to what happens and the small interactions that aren't over the top, but draw you in and make you feel for them them like to do with real people. Some are annoying, others are okay, others are genuinely good, and others have complicated baggage that they still need to sort through.
I wish more stories focused on the identity of their characters, and made this trade in the narrative-vs-character spectrum.
When's the next one?
Ending on a bit of a cliffhanger, this is a great addition to the series, I love spending a few hours in this authors world!