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Dungeon Deposed

(Dungeon Deposed #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B07B4VYMJZ

Ryker only has one goal in his life right now:

Turn a certain adventuring guild into a flaming wreck while dancing merrily through the smoldering ruins. All for the chance to get back at a handful of people.

It isn’t as if they didn’t deserve it either.

They had driven him from his home. Chased him physically from the very guild
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published February 28th 2018
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Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m hope my review provides enough justification for my 2 star rating that anyone who reads this will be able to assess whether they want to give it any weight or not. If you think my concerns are pointless then ignore my review. If you think my concerns have merit then you may still purchase the book but will at least better understand what you are getting into.

As I will use some small quotes and examples from the novel and make some comments that might be considered minor spoilers I'll be mark
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really like reading about living dungeons and liked the Selfless hero series, also by William D. Arand, but the MC in this book was just so very, very, very unlikable. A mean, cruel and self-centered person that boasts about his great plans, but ends up only reacting to others instead.
Shawn Dibble
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is an incels/neckbeard fantasy. Seriously, if you go to subreddits about the above two groups, it feels like the author would fall into one of those two categories.

The main character is a childish rapist monster. He wants women to worship at his feet or treat him as he wishes (those who don't are his enemy). When he makes a decision, everyone else must fall into line. He claims to be a simple man, but can easily figure out in detail what is going on (although if you thought about any
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
The dungeon core parts of this book are kind of okay. Not terrible, and not great either.

The real problem is the characters. The protagonist is a guy who goes into blind rages fairly often. In the first chapter or so, he threatens to kill and use someone as a condom. He admits that this probably isn't an idle threat. What a lovely person.

There's a potential harem that pops up, which like with all harems, means that the women are boring, 2D caricatures of people. I can't say I understand the appe
Russell Gray
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: litrpg, reviewed
I feel like there's nothing wrong with harem stories and I don't mind when the harem genre tag wants to ride the coattails of something else which seems to be the case with this dungeon core/harem story. Just because I don't expect a literary masterpiece from a harem story, does that mean I should always expect the character to just be a complete piece of garbage? Is it really that hard to just put a legitimate human being in one of these things?

So I guess if you've ever read a harem story befor
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent as expected.

There are few authors whose books I will buy immediately on sight alone. Without reading any blurbs. Without even the courtesy glance to reader reviews or ratings. Without at least considering for a moment whether the new book before me may or may not be worth the time...
Not so with William D. Arand.
I bought this book as soon as I saw it. I cared not a whit what it was about or what others before me might have thought about it.
I was not disappointed. Nor shall you be.
Dave Stone
Aggravating. This exercise in unlikable protagonist, lacks charm

This book was infuriating.

We are told at the start that this is a story of revenge, it's actually a story of incompetence. The Main Character was dropped from the Adventures Guild with just cause for being incapable of doing his job. This abrasive jerk is then shocked to learn that no one likes him. Does he make any effort to fix what's wrong with himself? NOPE! He blames others, excuses his own faults, and sets out on one of the
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Plot: 9/15
Prose: 3/5
Character: 6/15
Setting: 20/25
Dialogue: 6/10
Enjoyment: 24/30

Overall: 68/100 (3.4 stars)
Vince Blas
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: litrpg
Another great book from Mr Arand! A really neat premise, and an interesting storyline with just enough curveballs to keep everything interesting. Very heavy on the wish-fulfillment (and boo to anyone that says that's a bad thing), plus a great ending that promises lots more drama in the future.
However, while I am a fan of all Arand's books, and I really wanted to give this one five stars, I couldn't quite justify it. Elements that didn't quite jive with me in Otherlife or Super Sales were easy e
Bolajide Adeyoye
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So Good....

W.D. Arand is one of "those" authors. He's good like an M. Scott-Earle or a Stryvant. And he writes these dynamic character driven stories that suck you in. At times when he's really on fire it seems might possibly even a little better than other writers of the genre in some aspects because his fan service is almost like an afterthought a bit of light frosting on a rich nuanced cake. He's good, really good, so good that I kind of hate him a little because he's not really all that prol
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good start and great ways this book could go forward.

One thing I can kind of complain about through this is that he never even considered trying to test limits with an avatar. Build himself a demigod body in his likeness. Practice spells to counter detect life etc. His main weakness in this entire book has kind of been the fact that he is vulnerable. With how much he tinkered with spells and limits it was almost out of character to not even consider messing with the avatar spell. I'm sure w
Jeff Dunton
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Dungeon story!

This book has a slightly different take on the usual dungeon pov. A semi regular guy, hellbent on revenge, controlling an entire dungeon and the resulting town around it. Great story, action, adventure, some sex, countless deaths, pick it up and read it already!
Steven Mein
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down.

Ryker is relatable and fun to follow. His plan for petty vengeance quickly grows more involved and expansive than he wanted and it makes for great reading. The moral dilemma makes the character much more likeable.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a mess. It's made of a lot of parts that shouldn't work well, but is better than the sum of its parts. Even though it is not bad, there are several issues that still manage to be tedious.

Firstly, this book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. THe blurb, and the first chapter, give you the impression it's a revenge story using a dungeon, that there will be lots of violent action etc. But it's not. The dungeon itself, where heroes go in and die, is relegated to the background. Th
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was presently surprised by this although I shouldn't have been since I liked everything else by this author. The narrator of the audio book did a fantastic job as well. Despite the other people complaining about the main character I never really disliked his motivations or had any problems with him albeit he is a bit petty sometimes. Additionally even with the warnings on the book while there are references to sex and its mentioned there is no actual description of sex at any point (in the aud ...more
Emma Ridderbos
Dec 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've read in years...

Want to in see someone obsess for 300 pages with the goal in the authors words to...

"rip off his skull scoop his brain out and shit in it"

What could this man have done to deserve this dark obsession? Murder his wife and child? His sister? At least his dog?

No Rob laughed and insulted him after it turned out he had been full of himself for 20 years and was actually incompetent as a mage.

That's cool maybe we just hate Rob whatever

On to enslaving, raping your slaves
Daniel Petrocelli
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book - as I really like all of Arand's writing. I didn't LOVE it like Otherlife or Super Sales. Can't really put my finger on the 'why'. I thought Ryker's rage to be a bit over the top - and certainly would impact those around him who would likely find it off-putting and borderline abusive.

Whereas I genuinely liked Runner and at least understand Felix's somewhat amoral viewpoint, I found I really, really didn't like Ryker. I couldn't even sympathize with him and so I guess I wasn't
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great world good story with porn level plot progression. lets use an allegory imagine a brash, drunk arogant diplomat walking into a state park and starts a fire knowing its a bad idea he gets angry at anyone who contradicts him and his guard shoot them then the fire goes out of control and he panics and puts it out this happens over and over with out end him never learning from this. that's where the porn level writing comes in the main character is not the main character the fire/chaos he crea ...more
Daniel D.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, fantasy
Alright, the concept of a Dungeon Core is ridiculous. This is the second book that uses it and it is a complete disgrace.

This is another litRPG book that focuses on the computer/MMO aspect. 'Farming' is a thing. If you're not familiarized with the concept, it consists of killing weaker monsters over and over again in order to gain more loot, sell it, gain levels, kill slightly stronger monsters, repeat.

The main character is the villain, and the author makes no effort to make him relatable.

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Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not litrpg

This is a dungeon story.
I read this book rather quickly, I think it was due to just being a Damn fine read.
I don't give very many five star reviews, but this one earned it by simply making me want more.
I will read this book again when book to comes out.
The harem aspect of this book is done in good taste, without all the explicit teen wet dream sex. I liked that.
I highly recommend this book for a fun read.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Original concept!

As a avid reader of LITRPG, Urban Fantasy and fantasy novels alike I must say this book was a wholly original concept. There have been other dungeon books but nothing like this. It is not for children or the feint of heart though so do not read this unless you can handle a main character with sociopathic tendencies.
Chris Kuntz
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for book two

I have been following the author for several books now, and while I wish he would have added to his existing series, this book was awesome. Quite a few original ideas and great character development. Can't wait for the next one, in this new series or any of the authors other series. Read the sample, you will be hooked and thanking me later.
Leif Barstow
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book.

Mr Arand, please, please, please, keep this story going. As in, don't write anything else, even though I enjoy Super Sale on Super Heroes, this is easily my favorite of your works. Picked it up, didn't put it down until I finished it a few hours later. I'm impatiently waiting for the next book.
Adam Shook
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not your typical dungeon core story

This story is addictive characters you both love and hate at least for me that occurred. There is plenty of character growth and loads of foul language a good read. However there aren't any firm game mechanics it's pure fantasy rather than litrpg or gamelit. I plan to keep an eye out for book 2
Ross Walker
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great new dungeon perspective

This book was great like all this author's books. It had a different take on dungeon stories, emphasizing how a dungeon could be used for greed and revenge rather than dungeon building or town building. It was fast paced and exciting to read, and the MC is a huge ass hole who is fun to read about!
Niels Baumgartner
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book i wanted to write

I don’t want to say it, but I found this to be a nearly perfect rendition of a dungeon fantasy story. I kept poking at it, expecting a plot hole or for the author to lose their way. It didn’t. The story was/is amazing. The plot is well paced and I could not put this book down.

Well done sir. And well written. I’ll be looking forward to book 2!
Michael Carlon
May 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not finish

I really like other books by this author but the main character was so unlikable and emotionally erratic I could not finish the book. I kept hoping for character development but he remained a mean spirited little shit who got all crazy butt hurt and plotted revenge for years.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay overall. But fun dungeon set up.

So, let me start by saying that warning that's in the description of the book is spot on. What I didn't like: Ryker is quite unstable sometimes and when he gets mad he tends to threaten some graphic rape scenario to the person he's mad at. It's a bit unnerving especially when it's to a women and each time they basically have no reaction to it. If you threatened rape to a women I can assure you it would garner a very different reaction....mainly fear or anger.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-rpg
While I liked the general idea of the story, I couldn't really get into it.

My biggest problem was that it was that it was unclear wether the main character was supposed to be a straight villain protagonist or a character that was supposed to undergo some character development to deal with the fact that he was committing evil deeds.

I have no problem enjoying a story from a character that is supposed to be evil or one that has done bad things but develops and deals with their problems. In this cas
Andrew Notohamiprodjo
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t forget to read the author’s other books

I’m enjoying this author a lot, so I’ll be reviewing the rest of his books as I read them (I don’t normally write reviews). To clarify my stars, I tend to give stars based on a combination on how satisfying a book is to read and how likely I would be to read it again. 5 means I enjoyed it and will add it to my rainy day list as books I’ll return to when waiting for new novels.

Overall this book was a solid read, with a quality you come to expect out of
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