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Summary

Fresh off their victory over Graves and his followers, Marcus and his friends have managed to enjoy a few weeks of relative calm and peace as they continue to build Aldford, preparing the town for a new wave of settlers coming from Eberia. But as the days wear on with no new arrivals in sight, they begin to fear the worse, eventually setting out to search for their promised reinforcements and soon realizing that they weren’t as alone on the frontier as they thought they were.

Just managing to rescue a caravan of settlers in the nick of time from a horde of bandits, Marcus and the rest of Virtus barely have a chance to catch their breath before they find themselves thrust into the middle of Eberian politics, revealing a plot that threatens not only to take away their hard-won independence...but to destroy Aldford completely.

©2018 Luke Chmilenko (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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aw3some

so true to genre, brilliant series
maybe we could all one day be vr warriors!

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Fantasy at it's most exciting!!!

I've really enjoyed this audiobook, perhaps more than any other thus far! This book builds on the previous two and the amount of action and intriguing storylines is extremely well written. Definitely the best book so far, you can tell the author is really getting to grips with his characters and storytelling craft. I was hooked after the first hour and it goes from strength to strength. I can't wait until the next instalment, hopefully we won't have to wait long!

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Fantastic follow-up!

Great story and very well narrated. Probably the best in the series so far. Would definitely recommend reading book '2' first despite it being a side story as it adds a lot of depth to new main characters in this book.

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  • Ruth
  • Norway
  • 22-06-18

Loved it!

Best of this zanr. Struggled to but to stop. Because needed to work and sleep. Cant wait for the next book.

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Good story and of course a great narrator

I'm really enjoying this series. Book 1.5 threw me for a bit of a loop, but it tied in with this one, so I'm glad I listened to it. The Story really ramps up toward the end with a great climactic ending. Luke does a good job of balancing story with LitRPG elements and doesn't overwhelm the listener with stat sheet updates

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Edge of your seat!

This was a brilliantly well paced story. The Characters are further developed and balanced giving them a depth that is often lacking in this genre. The battles are frequent and action packed. and Luke Daniels does a truly brilliant job on his narration.

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amazing

LOVED IT. Can't wait for the next instalment of this series narrated perfectly need the next book asap.

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Another amazing story

really looking forward to the next in the series. Kudo's to the author and to the narrator for bringing this story to life in great detail. you can really feel the action, the subterfuge and the Glory.

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Great book

I really liked this book leads on from the first one well has a good duration and covers a lot of ground . Already looking forward to the next instalment and this one only just came out ! Well read as well love the different voices .

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  • Allan
  • MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
  • 28-04-18

Great book fantastic Next book in the series

Really enjoyed this book not sure what do you consider this book 2 or book 3 or whatever anyway it now bringing all different characters from the previous books into one area.

Just wish The author would bring the books out faster as I have to again wait for next one to come out😉

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  • Jonathan
  • 15-05-18

MC often forgets his own powers.

I was thoroughly enjoying this book. It had humor, action, suspense, political intrigue, and a great game world. I couldn’t put it down until, the author has he MC forget his own powers. It is one of my biggest pet peeves in fantasy. It happens when an author makes his character too powerful and needs to create suspense.
For example the MC has a big battle with an old enemy, and not once did he use his blink step. He went from a badass who blinked across the battle field in previous battles to and idiot who slowly runs up the the bad guy who is fighting his friend. He use to be able to blink in an instant but now instead he gets killed and he deserved it (i understand the pressure of battle may make people react irrationally but his whole schtick is that he and his guild have trained and prepared themselves more than others). I actually no longer wanted him to succeed in the book. He is suppose to be a spell sword, but he almost never uses his spells. Sure he might cast a spell shield, but come on!! Aargh I wanted to actually yell at the author.
It’s lazy and you lost me as a fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-18

Characters could be better

I liked the game world and overall story. I found the main character unlikable. the game system doesn't seem thought out and the fact that blink step is a level 10 ability bugs the hell out of me. spellblades are majorly op... but there are only 2 in the book so far..

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  • ignacio
  • 07-05-18

the MC acts like an idiot

the MC acts like an idiot I spent a good amount of time just being mad

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  • casey
  • 24-04-18

Phenomenal!

Yet another fantastic dive into Ascend Online! A perfect blend of world building, character building and action. Luke Chmilenko manages to deliver a long and strong showing with this installment that starts fast and ends with a break necking descent into awesome!

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  • Joshua Mouch
  • 05-08-18

Lacks creativity and innovation

When compared to similar titles in this genre, like Awaken Online or Everybody Loves Large Chests, this book plays out like a grind. It probably appeals to WoW players obsessed with stats, but I'm looking for a little more creativity and less "wow, I'm level 19 and can get 10 intelligent points." I also have to laugh a little at some of the ways people act. I mean: a loot bag drops with a hundred people surrounding it and everyone doesn't care and ignores it other than the protagonist? Sorry, but I've played plenty of games, and realistically, it'd be an all-out click-fest to see who can grab what.

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  • Gus
  • 06-06-18

This is an okay book for fans of the genre

If you just absolutely love the LitRPG genre than this book will be a decent read. The fight scenes drag on a lot, and progress for the plot is slow. However the author does wrap climaxes up well, and develops a lot of the characters pretty well so it was not all bad. I did find myself struggling to finish it however. I will keep the book tho and buy the next one "assuming it is the same story not like the 2nd book". It's just not something I am going to be super excited about.

Narration is fine. Luke Daniels does a good job.

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  • Fonzie
  • 30-05-18

azure

The narration was great, and the story was solid if combat-heavy. What was neither great nor solid was the word azure, the overuse of which was genuinely distracting.

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  • The Duke
  • 07-05-18

Meh

Main protagonist is fairly annoying. Whines too much and doesn’t seem to know what’s going on most of the time. He survives on dumb luck alone. All the other characters are great though. Fully fleshed out and a contrast to the main protagonist.

Performance is as expected, awesome.

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  • Michael D.
  • 13-06-18

Couldn't finish it.

The story was fine, but I swear, if I hear the word "azure" one more time I'll scream. Just say "blue" instead, we get it. It sounds trivial, but that, plus the excessive use of adjectives instead of pronouns made me put the book down.

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  • Dr.InkDrinker
  • 09-05-18

It's Alright

Let me start out by saying that this book was enjoyable. I liked the story in general, and the world is a fun and interesting place.
That being said, this book could have used some editing. There were way too many characters and none have very distinct personalities. Many times the author would mention a character's name and I was hard pressed to remember who they were and what their relation to the protagonist was. I feel like many of them could be combined into just one character and serve the same purpose.
Another problem I had with the book was the main character. He's well... kind of an asshole. During several confrontations in the story, as a player of MMORPGs, I found myself siding with the people he was confronting. There were several issues of fairness or favoritism that other charcters bring up. I totally agreed with these other people that, as a leader, Lirian should have understood he was wrong and strove to be better or at least realized that he needed to work on these things. In the book though what happens is, these people are framed as selfish at best or paracites at worst.
There is a bit of a Mary Sue thing going on with the protagonist but LitRPG kind of thrives on this power fantasy so, I can forgive that. What annoys me is at no point does Lirian have any character flaws that he or his friends recognize. Everything he does is right and perfect. The only thing he ever does wrong is work too hard.

TL;DR: Decent book, protagonist is kind of annoying.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful