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Legacy of the Fallen

Ascend Online, Book 3
Written by: Luke Chmilenko
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
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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.

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A nerds dream

great character development
loved the story, builds on previous novel.
left me with wanting more.

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awesome lit rpg

awesome story. i can't wait for the next book. this is the best lit rpg I've listened to.

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  • AY4
  • 2019-03-12

Great listening

Ok so book two was different and difficult for me to get through but I was pleasantly surprised at how it tied in to this one. I’m definitely going to get book four as soon as it’s released on audible.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2018-05-15

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.

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  • M. B. Richards
  • 2018-05-18

Deeply Satisfying

All the books in this series have gone above and beyond even my best expectations. Every time you get to a place the author COULD have ended it and drawn out the series as smaller, more episodic pieces...there is more! And the story, characters, world, and narrator are all so compelling that "more" is EXACTLY what you're hoping for.

If all books were this good, I'd spend more money on them every month that than I do on my rent. This series is my new "gold standard", which is unfortunate, since very very few other series will be able to live up to such a standard for me.

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  • Fonzie
  • 2018-05-30

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.

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  • Joshua
  • Pennsylvania
  • 2018-05-11

I agree with most of the reviews

I love the length of the book. Many Litrpg's I find are only 7 hours long and I avoid them entirely because it would be over before it began. The story is original and complex enough that it keeps me interested. I also like the fact that he is combinging the two main characters, although now I have found I like Lazarus alot more than Marcus.

Just like everyone else the one biggest problem I have with this book is the main character. I end up slightly agreeing with the other side much of the time. Like the duel with mazda or whatever where he beats him in a duel and then he goes all overkill with the punishments. Like yea he wanted to duel you, you won, leave it go. You dont know to crucify him for almost nothing. Also took way to long to find the Lazarus and get the full story on the very important political situation going on. Along with how whiny he can be...and dumb, just makes him rather unlikable.

It can be confusing how many characters are in this book and if i didnt listen to them back to back i would probably have been a little lost. Yet having so many people does make the story a little more realistic. Guilds are large.

One thing that i would have liked is a complete list of base classes. I'm not sure how id feel about the game just saying hey you'd prob like one of these classes and then picking one, but then seeing some dude with a class that would have been perfect for my interests at lvl 30.. eh a comprehensive list could put some perspective in things and maybe make spell sword look at-least a little less overpowered as all hell.

The one last suggestion I have is that to actually level people some more. They made it to level 10 in the first few chapters and apparently can do it in a bout a day if they go into the forest. Then it there stuck at 12 and 13 for a month. Jesus your doing something wrong kid cuz im sure there's some pro gamer out there at atleast level 20 or 25. I mean come on.. the max is over 100.

My complaining aside I'm still eager for the next book and will not let my irritation of Marcus deter me. The story is intriguing and i would love to what happens in the end with the politics with the npcs and delegations with other guilds.

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  • Holy Deer
  • 2018-05-09

Too much fighting and too little story!

A good book but felt like they just jumped from fight to fight.. So not enough time left for character development and story progress..
Ended up jumping over several fights as they become boring and I wanted to get on with the overall story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-08

Characters could be better

I liked the game world and overall story. I found the main character unlikable. the game system doesn't seem thought out and the fact that blink step is a level 10 ability bugs the hell out of me. spellblades are majorly op... but there are only 2 in the book so far..

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  • casey
  • 2018-04-24

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!

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  • ignacio
  • 2018-05-07

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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  • Dr.InkDrinker
  • 2018-05-09

It's Alright

Let me start out by saying that this book was enjoyable. I liked the story in general, and the world is a fun and interesting place.
That being said, this book could have used some editing. There were way too many characters and none have very distinct personalities. Many times the author would mention a character's name and I was hard pressed to remember who they were and what their relation to the protagonist was. I feel like many of them could be combined into just one character and serve the same purpose.
Another problem I had with the book was the main character. He's well... kind of an asshole. During several confrontations in the story, as a player of MMORPGs, I found myself siding with the people he was confronting. There were several issues of fairness or favoritism that other charcters bring up. I totally agreed with these other people that, as a leader, Lirian should have understood he was wrong and strove to be better or at least realized that he needed to work on these things. In the book though what happens is, these people are framed as selfish at best or paracites at worst.
There is a bit of a Mary Sue thing going on with the protagonist but LitRPG kind of thrives on this power fantasy so, I can forgive that. What annoys me is at no point does Lirian have any character flaws that he or his friends recognize. Everything he does is right and perfect. The only thing he ever does wrong is work too hard.

TL;DR: Decent book, protagonist is kind of annoying.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful