Axiom by Dakota Krout, Dennis Vanderkerken

rustygorrilla420's review

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adventurous funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


wetdryvac's review against another edition

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Not my favorite writing style, but I enjoy the world a lot.

wolkenfels's review against another edition

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An Elder learns cultivation to rescue his towns children.
The beginning is loooooong - and I was bored. It take a third of the book and I nearly dropped the book.
But then the cultivation part began and it gave cultivation an interesting twist. Enjoyed that part and the fighting part a lot.

thinde's review against another edition

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4.5 Stars

I'm a sucker for a good cultivation story as I like the depiction of systematic and measured progress. This novel is a good example of the genre, taking particular care to describe the protagonist's methodology.

What elevates Axiom above its peers, however, is the depiction of loving wisdom. For once we don't see someone obsessively seeking strength out of fear or vengeance, but instead, they strive due to a protective instinct. There was a brief and fascinating scene where the Elder gave up the person he had been, in order to consciously become the person that his children needed. The moment resonated with me.

I also treasured the way his loving nature transformed those around him. Any decent person who came within the Elder's circle was shriven of their worries and departed, happy and purposeful. That's the sort of influence for which we all should strive.

Don't get me wrong, this is not high-brow, arty literature. It has plenty of action. But it also has a true heart.

tumbleweed1991's review against another edition

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Sound effects, are used in almost every line, which is extremely jarring. Italics over used with no reason as to why they're even being used. Point of view changes frequently, sometimes multiple times in a single page, with very little to indicate who the point of view is coming from.

The bad people are laughably 2D and are just obnoxious.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but the writing is so bad I gave up after the first couple of chapters before I even got to the cultivation.

Considering I loved Dakota Krouts other series, I think this book was written almost entirely by Dennis with Krouts name tacked on to increase sales

bakabacchus's review against another edition

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Delightful addition.

I can't believe the world building. The way an uninitiated explores cultivation is amazing. The best part is how all of the theorizing and experimentation flow within the narrative without bogging down the story. I don't want to wait until January for the next book.

jessbuzzard's review against another edition

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It honestly hurts my soul rating Dakota's books so low, but I've decided his collaborations with Dennis Vanderkerken are just not good. The other collab I've read was Bibliomancer and I HATED that book. They just don't read as "Dakota Krout". I can feel that it's different, and not in a good way. The narration was also not good in my opinion. I sadly won't be continuing this series, even though I'll be missing out on world building for the rest of his books

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bookslikegranola's review

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A huge improvement in technical execution from the Divine Dungeon series while preserving (or even improving) the progression strengths.

Axiom follows Artorian, an elder of a rural village whose village is massacred and the children stolen. He must learn cultivation (magic) to become strong enough to rescue them. I thought the much tighter plot and smaller stakes really benefited the story and the characters were certainly much more sympathetic, relatable, and fun to follow than those in the Divine Dungeon series. I really liked the in depth exploration of cultivation, although for some people might find this slows the book down drastically. I’m explicitly reading for detailed descriptions of magical theories, strengthening organs with magic, etc, so I was quite happy. Overall, the prose is still simplistic and the plot/character motivations are pretty black and white, so if you want complex literature, this is not it, but I really enjoyed it for what is was. I found the affable, wise, and endlessly motivated character of Artorian both believable and compelling. I do think you should potentially have read at least some of the Divine Dungeon series prior to this as not everything is explained. I listened to the audiobook so I have no opinion on the many reviews saying italics are overused. 

I would recommend this to wider fantasy readers; however, understand this is meant to be progression LitRPG so there will be a lot of time spent on explaining/experimenting with magic.

klieber's review against another edition

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DNF. This book just didn’t capture my interest and, after the first few chapters, I gave up. There just wasn’t anything to really get me invested in the story and I felt myself losing track of what was supposed to be going on.