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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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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.

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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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!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Az

Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure Azure. honestly it was okay other than the author's limited color palate.

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Plot, where art thou

Not much story here. Lots of minutia.

Lots of action without much direction.

Screw Flanders.

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Disappointed

The series had a good start, but fell flat on this book. The author is using the same stupid plot events to drag the story on, and the MC just keeps making the same mistake over and over.

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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-18

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
  • 06-22-18

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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  • Dingo 883
  • 06-19-18

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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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 05-10-18

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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  • matthew gardner
  • 05-06-18

amazing

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

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  • Wizard
  • 05-02-18

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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  • Martin
  • 04-30-18

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
  • 04-28-18

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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  • Xravia
  • 05-21-18

A great adventure!

This book has everything I was looking for, A charismatic protagonist, game mechanics, world building, interesting loot, stakes that matter, progression, novel runtime etc.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone elsebto try.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-16-18

What a ride

Solid sequel. Lots of settlement building elements, very light on character development, RPG components and leveling but an awesome read and a fitting sequel!

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  • Chris
  • 05-12-18

Great story

I'm looking forward to the next book, it's shapping up to be a good series

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  • Trent Cook
  • 05-10-18

Loved it.

Never a dull moment, only draw back is having to wait for the next book.

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  • Drew
  • 04-26-18

Loved it!!

Once again Luke squared have done it! this books takes every thing great about book 1 and 1.5 and improves even further... Stellar performance by Luke Daniels as always and a great ride for any litRPG fans and gamers alike!

good Story and character progression... really brought my gaming memories forward and allowed me to connect to the characters and game world!