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Awaken Online: Ember

Tarot, Book 1
Narrated by: David Stifel
Series: Awaken Online: Tarot, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
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Finn Harris should have been the one to die.

But he wasn't - his wife took his place. What was worse, he only had himself and his company to blame. They let their passion outpace their prudence, determined to revolutionize the world. While all innovation comes with a price, he never imagined it would cost him Rachael.

Nearly a decade later, Finn is content to hole himself up and wait out the rest of his life - what little he has left. That is, until his daughter intervenes, forcing him out of his grief and into a new virtual reality game developed by his old employer. They're calling it Awaken Online, and she believes there's something unusual going on inside the game. And since Finn knows the company, knows their tactics - she might be right.

Finn wasn't sure what he expected to find when he logged in. But it certainly wasn't a manipulative fire god or a school for mages - where the students are pitted against each other in deadly duels and the faculty isn't shy about maiming or injuring novice mages to prove a point.

Now Finn must learn to fight, for his own life and a chance at redemption. He'll need to prove that his fire hasn't been snuffed out.

That there's still an ember burning...

©2019 Travis Bagwell (P)2019 Tantor

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Better and Better

Normally I am not all about Side Quests and Side Characters in a World but Travis Bagwell has done it again. I absolutely loved this book and we really got some good information on the creation story of our AI and the Magic System in AO online. I also enjoyed that the Main Character was an Adult, gives you a different perspective on the whole world, it also shows the abilities from Travis Bagwell. So we follow the story of the Fire Mage on his way to his Conquest in AO online. Like other Main Characters he has to overcome personal inhibitions and is Fixed by the AI. Excellent addition to the World.

Random Side note " Fire Mage " come on who doesnt want to burn everything?

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  • Paul
  • Free Lands
  • 12-05-19

My favorite Awaken Online story arch yet!

Come explore Finn’s journey as he rediscovers himself, inspiring awe in others around him, & ultimately re-ignites his passion for living. Simply sublime.

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Well, that might just have been the best litrpg I have ever listened to.

In fact, it was just a great book. The storyline in AO was just as deep as the story outside which made the story riveting. Great job Travis Bagwell.

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An Amazing book to 'burn' through!

Travis Bagwell has made another amazing book in the world of Awaken Online. You will find yourself on a journey of adventure that doesn't let up till the very end and leaves you wanting more.

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Great listen!

A fantastic addition to the Awaken online Universe! Enjoyed the new characters and cant wait to hear more!

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Amazing. I couldn’t wait to finnish it!

Welcome addition to the series. I love how this opens the AO universe to endless possibilities.

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Unfolding World

How does he do it? This addition to the story of Awaken Online is delightfully dramatic! I now want more of Finn AND Jason. We know what will be accomplished here, but how it gets there is intriguing:-) Way to do it all again Travis! Thank You!!

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The perfect expansion of an already amazing world!!!

Travis Bagwell has created the perfect expansion into the world of Awaken Online. A story so powerful it pulls at your very soul.
In this book you to to seen an in-depth view of the AO game play, from a mages point of view. The elaborate story pulls you in and drowns you gameplay of a man who seems to have lost all purposes of life. In a last challenge from an overbearing daughter, Fin finds rebirth and a full passion for life and AO. A must read for AO lovers. But beware this new story might just have you rooting for the Avatar of the Flame!

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Cant wait for the sequel

Wow, this was awesome, can’t wait for the sequel. The best AO spinoff in my opinion.

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Solid Side Story

Narrative- I have read the other available Awaken Online books released to this point and found them enjoyable. Though of the side/non-Jason stories, I would have to say that this is the strongest. Apathy, Unity, and Retribution are good self contained stories but lean upon the reader knowing emotional changes and character development that happens in the main plot. Thus, making them feel too narrow when compared to how the main series can cover more characters and more development. Ember and what I assume the Tarot series does better is that it completely divorces itself from Jason. Thus the characters and the story can go on its own path without the thoughts of how it ties back into the "main problem(s)". Finn is a great character I thought and offered his own perception and opinions on full immersion VR. His perspective is unique to the other POV characters the series has offered and it was enjoyable. I would however only recommend this to those already following the series as their are references that make the reading more enjoyable with the fore-knowledge.

Audio Performance- David Stifel delivered once again and performed on par with his other entries in the series. Strong sense of voice of the characters and he can really deliver emotional or dramatic beats in the story.

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  • Morris
  • 12-06-19

Better than the original

I absolutely love this book it tops the original. I cant wait for him to meet the original sins. The mc is a total badass, he is analytical and deadly. His power over fire is overwhelming to say the least!

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  • Silk
  • 12-02-19

Another exceptional novel by Travis Bagwell

Brilliantly written
Fantastic Narration
An amazing addition to the Awaken Online Saga.
Finn is a worthy side step from Jason and the main story and as such could be taken as a completely independent story that could stand on its own even if you haven't read the other novels, as a complement to them it shines like a star and fleshes out the AO universe.
Between Travis's writing and David's narration you connect and empathise with the characters, genuinely caring about their futures.
I await his next novels with baited breath!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-19

Stunning

Really loved this book and I want more!! This one was so amazing in multiple ways.