Roark von Graf never imagined how much his life would change when he inadvertently set foot in the world of Hearthworld. He’s battled numerous adversaries, pushing forward every second. All the while, he’s been learning the ins and outs of his current class. Unwilling to let the Tyrant King shape the world around him, he’s promised himself to take him down, no matter the cost. To do so, he’ll have to trust in the friends he’s made, while building a better world for them at every step.

While I’ve come into the Rogue Dungeon series via the third book, I have to say that it’s captured my attention and kept it with every turn of the page. This book keeps the reader guessing, taking him or her for such an unexpected ride. We’re catapulted into Roark’s dilemma, one he’s unsure of fixing in so many ways.

James and Eden have created such a complex character that it’s often hard to know what makes Roark tick. I love the fact that they’ve turned the book’s game mechanics on its axis. While most of us who write LitRPG tend to focus on building worlds around our heroes, these authors have given us a world centered around mobs and NPC’s. Among other things, of course. It’s such a unique world that you find yourself wondering how they’ll be able to further flesh out what they’ve already created.

That’s how good the story is. I kid you not. While this book is a part of a series, it also acts as a standalone. It provides the reader with enough backstory to make them familiar with what’s written in books 1 and 2 without bogging down what is waiting in the wings.

Roark has so much to contend with, yet he’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes. Not when he has so much riding on his shoulders. Whether he’ll make it back to his home world remains to be seen. I so can’t wait to see him get there in the long run.


Build. Evolve. Conquer. The dawn of the Troll Nation has begun…

Roark von Graf—former noble and hedge-mage, current mid-level mob in a MMORPG—has taken down the Dungeon Lord of the Cruel Citadel, but the battle has only started.

Lowen, right hand to the Tyrant King, has come to Hearthworld, and he is building an army of his own. Worse, Lowen and company have taken over one of the most powerful dungeons in the game, The Vault of the Radiant Shield. Even as a Jotnar and a newly minted Dungeon Lord, Roark is supremely outclassed and he bloody well knows it. If he’s going to weather what’s to come and topple the Tyrant King, he’ll have to unlock the secrets of the stolen World Stone Pendant, master his new Hexorcist class, form some very unlikely allies, and most important … Grief some heroes. Let the games begin!

From James A. Hunter, author of the litRPG epic Viridian Gate Online, and eden Hudson, author of Path of the Thunderbird and the Jubal Van Zandt Series, comes an exciting new litRPG, dungeon-core adventure you won’t want to put down!




James A Hunter

James Hunter is a full-time ink slinger, a member of SFWA, and the author of the Yancy Lazarus Series (Urban Fantasy), Legend of the Treesinger (Urban Fantasy), Rogue Dungeon (litRPG), War God’s Mantle (Fantasy), MudMan (Urban Fantasy), and the litRPG epic, Viridian Gate Online.

In addition to writing, he also runs a non-traditional publishing company, Shadow Alley Press, with his wife, Jeanette (who is absolutely amazing).

He is also a former Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and pirate hunter (seriously), not to mention a member of The Royal Order of the Shellback—’cause that’s a real thing. When he’s not working, writing, or spending time with his family, he occasionally eats and sleeps.



Eden Hudson

I am invincible. I am a mutant. I have 3 hearts and was born with no eyes. I had eyes implanted later. I didn’t have hands, either, just stumps. When my eyes were implanted they asked if I would like hands as well and I said, “Yes, I’ll take those,” and pointed with my stump. But sometimes I’m a hellbender peeking out from under a rock. When it rains, I live in a music box.

But I’m also a tattoo addict, coffee junkie, drummer, and aspiring skateboarder. Jesus actually is my homeboy.