Awaken Online: Ember: Tarot, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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...
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 26, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,156 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#940 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,601 in Epic Fantasy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
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I have read and enjoyed the other awaken online books. As someone who enjoyed RPG computer games in the past, I would consider them a "fun read."
The main protagonist of this book is Finn, an adult character whose background and emotional depth continues to develop as the book progresses. Unlike the other books, I found myself becoming emotionally involved in Finn's choices.
In the other book's we see Jason and friends treating awaken online as 'real life,' where as in this book we see Finn wondering to himself why he is so attracted to Awaken Online, because after all "It's only a game." There is also less talk about stats and leveling in this book (though this talk is still there), as the more mature Finn concentrates on strategy and tactics and his purpose in awaken online to a greater degree.
For me at least, in this book Bagwell struck a fantastic balance and I whole-heartedly recommend it.
I'd wager this is one of the best entries in the series- if Jason wasn't already our protagonist, Finn would easily be my candidate for the position. You can tell Travis had fun designing the character and simply put: This book is just fun to read.
If you're ever reading these Travis, keep up the great work!
I really like this series and still find it to be one of the best if not the best of the litrpg genre. I enjoyed seeing another avatar fleshed out - kinda makes me wonder about the others we haven’t seen yet - and the main character has depth.
I only have two minor criticisms. The first is that once we learn that Finn is old, it never really affects how he reacts to events and he becomes indistinguishable from someone much younger in that respect. That said I have no clue myself how to fix that and I have the same problem with Old Man’s War. The second issue is with the relationship between Finn and his daughter. It never really feels like father and daughter, but more like brother and sister. Again, not really sure how to fix that but it felt a little off. Otherwise it was a fun read and I hope to see Finn use his coding skills to craft some more awesome spells in future books.
He checks it out alright and finds himself drawn to the concepts and intricacies of the game. It's an all out war at times, with Finn playing to win. He puts his faith into his ability to learn a new language, create spells and casts multiple spells at a time. He is almost killed, then is killed but as a human, regenerated and returns. But something is amidst. Someone is setting him up.
This story held my interest. I like this dude. You will get lost in the pages.
Read on my friends
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So what makes Ember stand apart from the others? a new perspective, mature characters at the heart of the story as opposed to the normal teens / early 20’s in LIT RPG. Someone with both professional & life experience at the core of the story which I can only see benefiting the wider story in time to come.
The magic system explained in more depth than we have seen thus far in the other entries.
I genuinely cannot wait for the next entry in the awaken online ‘universe’ I do hope travis doesn’t burn out on these books as so far he’s built a complex story I can’t wait to see how it all pans out.