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A side quest adventure in the same world as the best-selling Awaken Online series. This story takes place after the end of Awaken Online: Precipice.

Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank.

With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi. Yet events quickly spiral out of control as she discovers that the bow's former owner has set her along a path of vengeance - with an entire city hanging in the balance.

©2017 Travis Bagwell (P)2017 Travis Bagwell

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A fantastic expansion of the AO universe


I’ve been waiting a year to hear how Jason explained away the dead bodies! Do we get good clean answers explaining about how the butler (Alfred) did it in the bedroom with the dagger? Not a CLUE (get it?)!

Instead, David Stifel wonderfully narrates this side bar story line that tightened the addiction I know I have for the Awaken Online universe. Darn you BAGWELL!!! Please, please do not turn into a Robert Jorden and pass away before the story is done. Don’t turn into a John Ringo and get bored with a story line and walk away after 3 or 4 instalments! Please Travis, stay happy, stay healthy and keep typing!

Read / listen to the first 2 books. They are worth the credits (audible) or the kindle down load. These are the foundations to the AO world. Mr. Bagwell does not spend time flash backs to bring new readers up to date (thank you). You will be enthralled with the world that Bagwell paints and the characters he skillfully develops.

I do not know Bagwell’s background or if he has people helping him with the social and mental material on bullied teens, but as a father of bullied teen, I can say he dead on the mindset of the bulling problem and how cruel kids can be to each other and themselves. This book is a great case study of a person going from victim to victor. The details of the world and characters are vivid. And he uses those details to pull you deeper into the story.

This story is worth the credit. The story line is binge worthy. Scratch off a day of work or give up a night of sleep. The story is that good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Lacking

I enjoyed both of the first books in this series dispute the poor ending of the second book. However this book lacks much of the charm and cleverness of earlier titles and is suffers from the burden of the ambitious cliffhanger of the 2nd title.

One major problem of the book is the difference between how the program responds to new protagonist. The first 2 books try to give the impression that the main character has the favor of the program but not getting to special treatment. This book dispels that notion as this protagonist does not get the same skill progression despite approaching things in interesting manor.

The section in the school is heavy handed as well moving past bullying to criminal activity, and the school to full on accomplices.

The core mystery is also a bit too obtuse with the intent being less drug by the nose but ending up feeling like the leaps are made because they only have one additional clue to go on.

The final felling is that the book is under developed and under the opressive weight of a cliff hanger unresolved and due to no development still feel s like it jumped the weight of the series to a place of no return.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Didn't let me down for one second

This series has become my most recommended and gifted books I've come across. If you are new to the genre than there is no better start than here.

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Wonderful!

Absolutely love this side quest, well paced, well written and a Wonderful story! I love the the new prospective change and also the new characters added in, can't wait for the new book to come out!

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wow great addition

for a side story this was well put together. Just wish the other first side story was on audible too.

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A great expansion on the world

It was a great book, and further journey into the world of awaken online. It expands or view of events outside the twilight throne in an interesting way. I can't wait for the next installment.

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I need more. More!

What a great surprise to see more story. I love the additional narrative focussed on Riley. Thank you.

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A good side story to help Riley evolve

Reading this actually made me really angry remembering my high school days. There are so many bad people put there. This story was a great chance to let Riley stand on her own a bit. Shows she can hold her own.

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A nice interlude

While I'm still aching to know how Jason is going to get out of the trouble from the end of the last book (that question isn't answered here), it's interesting to see things from Riley's perspective.

While I was a little frustrated with how Riley seems to be a natural leader in-game and docile in real life, I understood her feelings and actions.

The narrator is good, but something I can't put my finger on keeps me from giving him five stars. Regardless, I got hooked into this story fast and it wasn't easy to stop listening when life got in the way. A worthwhile read/listen while you wait for the next installment.

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2 thumbs up!!!

Excellent side quest. Great character development. Pushes the main story along. Can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Kaylee
  • 11-20-17

Perfect narration for this amazing world.

I adore this series! so well put together by the author and it is read amazingly. I adored the first two books and couldn't stop listening..the wait felt so long for retribution but it was so worth it. Seeing the world from a different viewpoint was great and it has made me love Riley more. I hope this isn't the only side quest. I think the amount of referencing to Jason is spot on. It's there enough to know it is the same game, but it is truly Riley's story. Travis Bagwell is definitely a gem of a writer and I am so happy to have stumbled on this nerdy, funny, awesome series. It is most certainly up there with my favourite books right now.

I could not imagine another voice reading out the ao books, the narration fits perfectly. Even when reading the text I hear it in David Stifel's voice 😂. I hope Travis and David collaborate together more and more as it just works. Mr Stifel is also turning into a bit of a favourite too.

All in all..I'm waiting for the next one not so patiently! Luckily I find the books very repeatable ..So I shall go and listen again and enjoy them just as much. Thank you!