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(The Completionist Chronicles #5)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Invasions and sabotage. Two civilizations doing anything to exist. War crimes are the norm.

Joe takes his first step into exile, and is promptly unable to breathe. This new Zone has a higher concentration of power, magnitudes denser. His first task is to survive, but mere survival is the least of his concerns.

The Zone he has landed on has been in a state of constant war for
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published March 30th 2021
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Arthur King
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Generally a good book with severe pacing issues. For what it is, it's not bad, most multibook series have a training montage book buried somewhere in their lineup, this is that. Joe pushes about a dozen skills up to master rank and even combines 3 of them into something new. He knocks off a few old quests that have been hanging around from previous books and re-learns how to ritualist now that he's actually barred from normal crafting methods.

That being said, the book's final resolution doesn't
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant continuation to the series

Really enjoyed this book, read it all in one sitting! Perhaps not as exciting in some points as others and the resolution wasn't as clean cut as what I would have hoped but a solid addition and I'm excited to see where it goes next.
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full detailed review

And a little lacking in other ways.

First, the good! I absolutely LOVE that the audio book came out right away!!! I prefer audio books SO much over reading because I can listen to them anywhere and the different voices help keep track of different characters. They also tell the tale at a more measured pace which helps me get more out of the book and miss fewer details. Luke Daniel's is one of my favorite audio book performers--and I use "performer" because he has a really cle
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
*Audiobook Review*
It was good, but not great. The world is amazing, the concept is great but my real issue is the MC
I don't quiet get what the author is trying to achevie, but the character growth of a sort went from stable amry vet that got the short end of the stick to a MC that is hopped up on caffeine, cocaine and crack. Seriously, the MC has a ton of abilities and skills but fails to use them because he keeps FORGETTING he has them, keeps dying and ending up to level 19 because he of his i
Steve Naylor
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.0 stars

Well there is good news and bad news. To be honest, it's not really bad news. The good news is that I love this series and I am glad that it is back. The bad news is that I didn't like this one as much as the others. In the other stories I could understand Joe's goals more. In this one he is on a new realm and is supposed to be setting the way for his guild. He has to chose between joining the elves of the dwarves in the war they have going on. He has to pick one or the other or
Clint Young
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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Joshua Spell
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'd probably rank this as my second-least-favorite of the Completionist Chronicles (I wasn't a fan of the Jaxon-solo book), but that is still very good. My main issue with this book was that some of the choices Joe made didn't seem very logical, and the story itself just felt a little lacking. Much of the characterizations felt like something that should have been a one-shot joke that just kept being recycled over and over.

Still, there were plenty of hilarious moments, some interesting game mec
Daniel Thomas
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Totally flips the world

The world that Krout had created in previous CC books is completely flipped with this one. Old expectations are subverted. Old ways of doing things don't work, and new ways have to be designed on the fly, with new resources and little training or information. Somehow, despite becoming even more powerful, Krout has managed to make the main character need to relearn his entire class. This turned what would have been a boring 'overpowered' character into a character with limi
Lucas Maxwell
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it!

I've read Dakota Krout from the very beginning and love how his books and stories evolve!! And the way that he is bringing Joe's story and the Divine Dungeon, plus Artorians Archives together is INCREDIBLE! From the time I started the Completionist Chronicles I could see the similarities between the 2 worlds, but never thought that he would be able to meld them together! Yet, the more books he keeps releasing, the closer and closer those worlds are becoming! He dropped the
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
OHHHHH WHY. I really wish it was longer, the events kinda feel like they could’ve been shortened a bit but there’s probably some follow up to that but what I mean is, I feel like it’s one half of another book. There was so much potential with the scrapyard and I really hope he revisits it cause I really wanted him to find something cool maybe an old blueprint that only ritualists could read and since ritualists had slowly died out the dwarves just threw it away. (Something like a ritual put on t ...more
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another good entry into this series, just to short as most good books sadly are.

This time around we got a mostly solo adventure with a familiar face thrown in at the end.
The book is mostly a combination of discovering the new zone and figuring out what his new class from the end of the last book can do.

From a timeframe it spans wide enough that I would expect one or more books about the rest of Joes group.
If it goes as Joe would like, we might even get a book with Joe almost entirely training
Ethan R
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good, but could have been great.

Feels like the MC's character development has stalled out a bit. This book still has the great sequences of solving problems and excellent delivery of depicting magical/scientific genius, but it feels like the MC hasn't really learned from the past at all. I also miss him having more character interactions to develop his personality. That being said the new environment and culture around him is hilarious. I hope we get to spend more time in this setting and that m
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it

Early Review.

Not bad read in the series but amount of books in this series is a lot and with no end in sight not into 20 book odd series's usually.

Was decant read nothing much happen that was a surprise really by now but was very dissapointed with dwarf description of female and facial hair eww why just why? I'm against it like elfs without pointed ears just noo.
I did like the increasing of skills and there levels and made me larf when said yep there all ideats lol, would of preferred m
David Fletcher
Apr 09, 2021 rated it liked it

The story moves along a bit. We learn why the wars are happening in the zones, a small amount about this zone, some more about professions, and that almost all of the non-Joe characters are still utter garbage.

Joe makes a bit of progress overall, but he keeps making the same mistakes over and over. Not raising your stats or using your daily use spells at all, no matter how many times you tell yourself to do it or make a mental note for it just makes the system feel less important un
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
A Stumbly Read, Get It from a Library

I like this series, and following Joe as he develops his character. This installment revolves around Joe’s use of another fundamental magical particle, so there’s that theme of exploring magic uses with him as in prior books.
Inflame could really use more editing. Joe’s character sheet didn’t support his internal monologue at least once; small words are frequently omitted or duplicated. I did ask myself if it was worth the price.
I also could not follow the t
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Not for me

Some what entertaining but not for me.
Joe is forced to choose a side in never ending pitch battled where the loser will be completed genocided or enslaved. the book makes light of war and it doesn't sit right with me. I'm hoping the next book we learn more about the war and Joe will some how comes up with some resolution but I don't think this is how the "game" works. I still think this is good series and Joe still has alot of potential to grow and I look forward to it. I consider thi
Ryan McCoin
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Solid addition to the series. It was nice to get more 1 on 1 time with the main character and leave some of the more recurring side-characters behind for a bit. A lot of the character/world changes and advancements were interesting and fun to read about. Some of Joe's decisions and use of his knowledge base seemed a little odd, in that he wasn't showcasing the full breadth of what he knew or could do, but it was usually explained away pretty well. All in all, a good continuation and I am looking ...more
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
MORE MORE MORE! I need more!

Someone chain Mr. Krout to the desk! But in all seriousness, this was a wonderful book and I am eagerly awaiting the next and the next after that. This series and its predecessor have been fantastic. It has highs and lows, extreme pressure, and timetables. It has solid progression and the occasional regression and even a snarky SYS Admin. Anyone that enjoys fantasy, litRPGs, or just good books, in general, should read this. I cant wait to see what happens next. Oh, a
Wilhelm Eyrich
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
This was fine.

Not a lot happens in the book and it seems like a lot of the time Joe is just trying to keep up. Plot was weirdly paced and jumped all over the place.

Humor didn’t land at all with me and DKs efforts to make unique races just ended up deeming and making fun of everything we’ve learned about dwarves and elves over the years.

Progression was abysmal and only gained some gratuitous gains.

Didn’t feel like a whole book but was still a pretty fast read and generally enjoyable. At least
Jessica Buzzard
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jessie Gilliam
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Buttery and salty goodness! Just like popcorn! However, just like popcorn… Ultimately unfulfilling

I really like this series. I really like the concept. I really like the characters. However, this specific edition seems more like a side story. Or a standalone adventure. Joe heads to the new realm and proceeds to do his normal thing… Make Frenemies… Find the honest way to get the simplest thing done… And just called chaos… However, there’s absolutely minimal character growth, and most of our favor
Roberto Flores
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
What happened to this character, why has he been forsaken?

The first two books were amazing. The main character who figured out new ways of doing things, who did it his way, who interacted with others in unique ways. That character was awesome, as were the books about him. This is not that character. This is a fumbling, forgetful person who bulls ahead without any thought. Set him in a realm that is a caricature of dwarves and elves and you have a boring experience that is frankly one unbelievabl
Apr 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book is a boring and a tedious read/listen. At no point do you feel there is anything gripping, interesting, or entertaining. Its like an annoying child that keeps coming back to show you something that they thinks is fascinating again and again all the way through until you stop paying attention and just zone in and out.

If there was any actual story in there it is so watered down that you can barely sense it.

The books prior books were amazing and I love going back to favourite moments. Wh
David Harriss
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
An idiot emerges

Joe was once a thoughtful, self aware man, easily able to plan for the future. Over five volumes of adventures, he has come to this: a flighty, impulsive, and forgetful mess that neglects to consider two thirds of his abilities and cannot plan for more than two hours.
Joe, the protagonist and lynchpin of all the relationships, has diminished from a mature retiree into an absent minded adolescent, even as the text tells us he has achieved hyper human intelligence and awareness.
William Howe
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love, hate, what’s the difference

The pain of pun...balanced by the joy of absurdity. I laughed out loud during several different scenes; during others, I cringed. “This is the whey.” Breathtaking, and not in a good way.

The stat sheet is a little long to see as many times as we do, but since the MC actually *loses* more levels than he gains it is less annoying.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next...but I guess I’ll have to.
Brent Michael
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great followup to book 5

I have been a fan of Dakota Krout for the past several years now, and I am always looking forward to new books coming out. I am very happy to have received this one today. I have loved the Compleationist Chronicles and Divine Dungeon series on audible while driving and have had several giggle-snort moments. Keep up your prolific writing and your bad puns.
Christopher Daly
An excellent tale

The latest instalment of Joes' adventures was thoroughly enjoyable as he gets back to bring the madcap scholar we know and love. Overall the story is well paced and fleshed out the realm and its unique conflicts. There are two flaws from my perspective the first is some minor but obvious grammatical/editorial errors and the second was the choice of Bostonian and Dude-bro as the personification of the two sides. Still I can't wait for the next book.
Robert Buckley
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm so tired. I haven't slept in 2 days as I read this book

I got to say I love the completionist series and this was an amazing addition to it!

Everything that I love about the completionist series was there and there's very little I can say that needs to be improved. I cannot wait for the audiobook because if the audiobook for ruthless was anything to go by this is going to be EPIC
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Arrogance saves a race

Joe does it again, breaking down everything around him for power. This time it was even ...mostly...on purpose. Things get to stay dramatic for our bald boy from page one. Zone 2 does not let up for our MC , and of course he goes for quite a bit of time without thinking, just doing, as he does. He gets to get back to his love of creating, too, we just have to be patient. Great fun had by...most.
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall pretty good; better for me to a certain extent as Joe tempers his douchery. The real weakness of this series for me has been the MC, as he tends to annoy me, and don't get me started on Jaxon...

The humour overall I find ham-fisted and unsubtle, but that's a subjective issue and things I find funny, people who like this stuff wouldn't likely enjoy. The book seems a bit unfocussed, but it still gets a 4 from me for overall experience.
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Dakota Krout - Author of the Amazon best-selling Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series

I live in a 'pretty much Canada' Minnesota city with my wife and daughter. Thanks to you, I'm now a web developer and computer programmer turned full-time author and indie publisher through my company, Mountaindale Press.

I started writing The Divine Dungeon series because I enjoy reading and wanted

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The Completionist Chronicles (6 books)
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