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Summary

For generations, nobles have gathered at a scenic estate once per year to compete. What transpires there is spoken of only in rumors, save for the prizes. Potent, powerful, and precious; the winners are said to receive a gift from magic itself.

Reeling after their loss to Kalzidar, the adventurers from Maplebark can only press forward, following advice imparted by the gods. Their divine directions will lead them on a series of twisting paths, branching between old friends and new challenges, before ultimately pointing at a particular estate on a specific evening.

Thrust from the familiar comfort of the wilds, the party will have to navigate the perils of noble society while keeping themselves in the competition. Between scheming nobles, a hidden high priest, dangerous challenges, and too many familiar faces, just making it out alive will be a challenge. But surviving alone won't be enough; not with a vengeful god scheming in the shadows, and a stolen soul waiting for rescue.

If the party wants their chance to strike back, they'll have to find a way to emerge victorious.

©2022 Andrew Hayes (P)2022 Tantor

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  • MetalWingedWolf
  • 04-08-22

Long awaited

The anticipated wait was worth every minute. This book is 24 hours long and needs a replay as soon as you finish it. It was wonderful right up to the literal last word. No spoilers, go listen to it, it is all kinds of epic that builds on parts of the characters that were entirely unexpected.
The only downside is the next wait. In the future when this series has been completed in its entirety there will be some ttrpg/ fantasy fan that gets it recommended to them and trades weeks of their life for an enthralling binge that they will carry with them forever.
In particular I feel like this series can be blindly recommended to anyone interested in the genre without risk of disappointing them.
Five stars all around, always on board for more of this.

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  • Daniel K
  • 03-08-22

The best in the series so far!

It has a great story, good humor, and a huge advancement of understanding the world and story. While all the other book were very fun and I loved them, this was the first one where I could begin to see a possible conclusion and begins to answer a lot of questions.
I personally love all drew Hayes books, but NPC was my first one, and have loved SS&S since. This was my favorite and the longest one, great narration and a great story, absolutely loved it

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 02-08-22

Drew Hayes does it again!!!

Awesome continuation of this story! In this book things have come to a head in that alot of the things that have been being set up or explored in the last few books have all been blown up and we're getting into deeper waters so to speak. We're playing a bigger game in this book as well as seeing new sides to some of our beloved characters and learning more of their complex history. As always Drew's character development and relationship arcs are flawless. This book did not disappoint one bit!! (as to be expected)🙌🙌🙌🙌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-22

Connects old story points so well!!!

I was so happy to see this world has been around sense the first addition of spells swords and stealth. I love his characters and story’s. Keep at it!!!

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  • AnneMarie
  • 06-08-22

A truly amazing author

As with all 3 or 4 (depending on how you count them) of Drew's series, he manages to PACK his stories with humor, twists, and action.

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  • ADM31
  • 06-08-22

Best entry yet

This was the best installment of the series so far. Many little hints and clues dropped in the previous novels were paid off, As the real world story and game story continue to intertwine more connections are illuminated while leaving the reader excited for the next installment. Very well done.

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  • Satisfied
  • 06-08-22

Good stuff

This is the kind of mature, entertaining content other litrpg falls short of. I highly recommend this series.

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  • 05-08-22

Another great book by Drew Hayes

This is book 5 in the series and still going strong. I have enjoyed the whole series and hope you will to.

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  • 05-08-22

Very much worth the long wait!

Thank you for a 1st rate product. Another great story of adventure with characters that fell real and that I care about. The narration given was perfect thanks for all the effort.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-22

Just Wow.

I loved this book!
it had a good story balance. made some unexpected links and you get to see the party Grow. 🥳