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  • Hell to Pay

  • Ascend Online, Book 3
  • Written by: Luke Chmilenko
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A side novel set in the same world as the bestselling Ascend Online series that takes place between Ascend Online and Legacy of the Fallen, and follows a different cast of characters.

Sometimes, just being a hero isn't an option. Sometimes, you just need to get the job done.

Lazarus Cain is a member of the Grim Shadows, one of the Thieves Guilds in the city of Eberia. Unfortunately, Lazarus is having a bad day. Waking up in a torture chamber, suffering from amnesia, he'd be pretty much screwed if not for the mysterious, magical sigil burned into his chest.

Sometimes a really bad day should be shared with others, especially professional torturers.

Lazarus will need to use all his cunning and skill to work with his comrades, uncovering schemes within schemes, discovering that The Grim Shadows are not the only Thieves Guild in the city mired in conflict. What's more, the leaders of the other guilds, the Thief Lords, don't respond well to treachery...

©2017 Luke Chmilenko (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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This take place between book 1 and 2.

While it was some intriguing back story, this isn't necessary to read to follow the main story! Good book still though! On to the next one!

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Loved it but

This is book 2 not 3 audible needs to fix that. With that out of the way I did not see this coming at all well done

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Top notch story for a LIT RPG

I really enjoyed how the game world in this book series ties in with the real world. discussions about the real world are light because the focus is on the characters game experience, but unlike other lit RPgs, The world presented here has an edge of believability that makes the story all that much more fun.

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BRILLIANT

Excellent series. Can't wait for more! The captivating deliver and superb writing make me hold my breath after every paragraph. Keep going Lukes! You're both amazing talents!

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  • Dia
  • 2018-05-22

Better than expected

Not as good as the first, but decent (especially considering it's book 1.5 and a separate story). I'm hooked, despite the dangling participles running rampant.

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  • Greg A
  • 2017-09-26

Not a continuation

Would you listen to Hell to Pay again? Why?

Only a couple of hours in to this book and it seems to be on par quality wise with the first Ascend Online. Just a notice that this is NOT a continuation of the first book, but a story regarding a different character entirely.

Only reason I am writing this is I was quick to order this book and expecting it to continue where the first left off. Slight disappointed as I was expecting something different, but the story so far is strong and I have been enjoying the listen.

If you enjoyed the first book, go ahead and purchase this one, just know this is a different story arc.

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  • J. T. Burman
  • 2018-05-26

This is Book 1.5, and you need to start with Book2

First get the real Book 2 (Legacy of the Fallen), and listen through to the start of Chapter 12. That's when Lazarus Cain is introduced. He's the star of this book (Book 1.5). But by then you'll have caught up with what's going on in the Village, and it won't be annoying to get his back story.

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  • Susanne
  • 2018-05-04

Skip this book

Even the talented Luke Daniels couldn’t make this book a worth successor to the first. This story isn’t captivating in the slightest. Such a big disappointment after how fun the fist book was. Do yourself a favor; listen to the last minute of the epilogue and go straight to book 3 ( or is it 2 since this is technically book 1.5)

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  • jghgdfsgdhgfghjk
  • 2018-05-27

Does not follow the story of the first book

The first one was okay but when you have a series it's supposed to be the same story I can't stand it when they completely change the story never coming back to the original story I wish I could delete this book off my device permanently.

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  • Canada
  • 2018-06-06

this book is the definition of filler

first off the good.
The narration was good, with all the characters easily identifiable by voice and tone.
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, and this poor performance will not stop me from seeking it out again the future.

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Nothing happens in this story, the main protagonist has very little to do with the events going on, none of the Mysteries in this story are addressed by the end.
the first book in the series was an adventure in World building, with the main character learning about the World As We Do. this book does almost no world-building and we learn almost nothing that was not covered in the first book better.

things I want the book to address but the author did not, what's going on in the real world with the games growing popularity, what was the first week of the launch like with a hundred thousand players in a town not able to support them, this was described as hellish in the first book and is not addressed in this book. most importantly the author fails to address the major theme of the story in the series, whether or not this game is real or not.

overall a poor performance. I haven't tried the third book yet, but I get the feeling that you could probably skip this book and not miss anything.

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  • Ariel Mozeson
  • 2018-04-04

So cheesy

Plot? check
Narration? double check
But the damn writing. Most of the time it's fine and then we get to these stupid standoffs where protagonist goes into dumb conversations with enemies and just acts like a moron and I'm lost. Author doesn't seem to be aware of his characters stupidity either which is troubling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-23

much better than expected

so like a lot of readers/listeners i was very annoyed with the totally new character arch. I expected the short book 1.5 to just not live up and be a money grab. While I don't agree with the complete new arch with no added content to the main story, the story is done in a great way that makes me believe Luke is expanding his original story from what was originally planned wile keeping solid quality of the new books. I, and it seems most readers, would much prefer continuing the multiple arcs in one book "game of thrones" style. I see why this isn't possible after making the first book and expanding to this one so i can't knock Luke hard because the execution was great.

as a stand alone book it is very good. It fits the world vey well and the characters are totally unique from the characters in the first book in more ways than just being new characters. the story is very solid and brings a new look onto the world as well as expanding the first book.

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  • jayquan
  • 2019-07-23

It should be titled "side story/quest

I didn't even bother reading. I'm not a fan of side story's and it should have been titled differently.

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  • Robin
  • 2018-06-09

Unrelated to first books character's

Though the story takes place in the same online relm, there was no connection to the characters of the first book. Disappointed in the lack of character continuity. Not sure I will continue to follow the dual path.

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  • Ryuho
  • 2018-08-27

Disappointed

Over the top performance and storyline that is completely disjoint from the first book makes for a disappointing experience.

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