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Book Review: Dungeon School

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“King Crow has made it through the first level of Toroth-Gol. After killing the world’s last giant, running afoul of pirates, and narrowly escaping a booby-trapped party store, he finds himself on a platform in the middle of the ocean, where he faces a new challenge…


Dungeon School isn’t like real school. Success doesn’t mean getting good grades, but finding the exit. It’s every man, woman, and talking potato for themselves. When a dark secret threatens King Crow’s relationship with the people he trusts most, he must learn new skills—and form new alliances—to survive.”

Title: Dungeon School

Series: Toroth-Gol #2

Author: Kenny Gould

Page Count: 302

Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Date Read: July 13th, 2023

For anyone that has been following along recently, I read The Castle with the 1,000 Doors by Kenny Gould just a couple of weeks ago. I ended up chatting with Kenny a bit during and after completing that read. He let me know book two was wrapped up and was looking to release on July 18th. He offered me an ARC for another honest review. I was holding out for a format that flows better on my e-reader. He got it in my hands in plenty of time to get to before launch. So here we are as I’ve wrapped up book two Dungeon School.
Dungeon School was more of the same as far as style and expectations after reading book one recently. This continues to be a solidly entertaining series as King Crows continues to meeting new allies and enemies as well as cross paths with old ones as well. Book two did have some good twists along the way. Still plenty of action and puzzle solving to keep things fresh.
The pacing of this series so far is definitely on the fast side. There is some ground work laid out here and there to help support the story as it progresses but most of these books have been pedal to the metal! This isn’t a bad thing as these have been great breaks for me from epic long reads. No issues with Kenny’s writing style or vocabulary to trip me up. The humor is still wildly funny to me at times as well.
The world building was done well again. Obviously we’ve been through a couple of levels in book one. Dungeon School primarily takes place on a single level with layers to this world being explored. We learn quite a bit about the Tower School that King Crow and Jocko attend and a bit about one other, but not much regarding the other two. I like the fact that Kenny includes a bit of history to the Tower that we spend the majority of our time within for book two.
The character development was probably the strongest aspect for my tastes this time around. We get to see further growth for our protagonist but we also see some quick growth with some new characters in this installment as well. For such short reads I do find myself having solid connects not only to King Crow but many of the supporting casts as well.
At this point I think it’s safe to say, Kenny is on my radar with the Toroth-Gol series and I look forward to seeing where things go from here!
I’d definitely recommend anyone who has had the chance to read book one of the series, to continue on with Dungeon School. If you haven’t had a chance to try this series yet and you enjoy a good science fiction fantasy progression read, give this one a try. As I said they are quick easy reads with plenty of entertainment.

World Building 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Character Development 4.5/5

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