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A side quest adventure in the world of Awaken Online. This book follows Eliza (a character introduced in Awaken Online: Evolution) and tells the story of how she began playing Awaken Online. Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take prep courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned A side quest adventure in the world of Awaken Online. This book follows Eliza (a character introduced in Awaken Online: Evolution) and tells the story of how she began playing Awaken Online. Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take prep courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned out. Which is why she leaps at the chance to escape into a new virtual reality game, Awaken Online. What she wasn't expecting was to encounter a capricious god and his loyal "pet." Or to be chosen as this god's "avatar" within the game and forced to tackle a series of asinine quests. Yet, she just can't shake the feeling that there is more to the irritating god than first meets the eye.


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A side quest adventure in the world of Awaken Online. This book follows Eliza (a character introduced in Awaken Online: Evolution) and tells the story of how she began playing Awaken Online. Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take prep courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned A side quest adventure in the world of Awaken Online. This book follows Eliza (a character introduced in Awaken Online: Evolution) and tells the story of how she began playing Awaken Online. Eliza's parents are relentless - forcing her to constantly take prep courses to prepare for college and medical school. Sometimes, it feels like her entire life has already been planned out. Which is why she leaps at the chance to escape into a new virtual reality game, Awaken Online. What she wasn't expecting was to encounter a capricious god and his loyal "pet." Or to be chosen as this god's "avatar" within the game and forced to tackle a series of asinine quests. Yet, she just can't shake the feeling that there is more to the irritating god than first meets the eye.

30 review for Apathy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Narilka

    Awaken Online: Apathy is a Side Quest (novella) in the Awaken Online series by Travis Bagwell. This an origin story for Eliza, a character we meet in book 3. Eliza's parents have decided she is going to medical school and have loaded her schedule to the brim with studying. Needing an escape Eliza jumps at the chance to try out the latest hit game, Awaken Online. Not long after logging in Eliza runs into the most irritating god around and his pet sheep. Suddenly Eliza finds herself chosen as the Awaken Online: Apathy is a Side Quest (novella) in the Awaken Online series by Travis Bagwell. This an origin story for Eliza, a character we meet in book 3. Eliza's parents have decided she is going to medical school and have loaded her schedule to the brim with studying. Needing an escape Eliza jumps at the chance to try out the latest hit game, Awaken Online. Not long after logging in Eliza runs into the most irritating god around and his pet sheep. Suddenly Eliza finds herself chosen as the Hippie's "avatar" and sent on the most asinine series of quests imaginable. This book was so much fun! Eliza is quite likeable and easy to sympathize with. I love how the game pushes these characters to become better versions of themselves. It was great to see Eliza grow in confidence as her character progresses through a series of seemingly unrelated and bizarre quests. Speaking of the quests, AO has some of the best in game prompts I've ever read, they're hilarious. I really wish I could play this game. All hail Fluffy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Derek Adams

    Love these Side Quests While the main series of AO is one of the best series I've read, these Side Quests are nothing to sneeze at. World building, learning more about the other characters in Jason's party, and seeing how they all come together is wonderful and something I think other series can use to enhance themselves. My question is when are we getting a Side Quests for Frank!? I would love to learn more about him.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Wishful, wishful thinking. I hope this one sees the light of day as a fully fledged addition to the world of AO. atm it will sit here, waiting patiently. Come on Travis, don't let us down :) PS - Eliza is a calculating badass and I cannot wait to see her let go. EDIT: YES! The whole thing is finally here! For anyone that doesn't know I only had maybe eight chapters for the longest time with zero indication of getting more of this and then I waited. And waited. So worth it. While Necromancy is my Wishful, wishful thinking. I hope this one sees the light of day as a fully fledged addition to the world of AO. atm it will sit here, waiting patiently. Come on Travis, don't let us down :) PS - Eliza is a calculating badass and I cannot wait to see her let go. EDIT: YES! The whole thing is finally here! For anyone that doesn't know I only had maybe eight chapters for the longest time with zero indication of getting more of this and then I waited. And waited. So worth it. While Necromancy is my first love I can appreciate getting to know the other gods and their champions. Especially knowing that they're meddling rulebreakers. Nice.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chuck McIntyre

    This book is Eliza's (the alchemist from book 3) origin story and should probably be called book 2.75 instead of 3.5 as all of its events take place before book 3. I don't usually like following separate characters, but something about the way Travis Bagwell writes these really works for me. I very much enjoyed this book. The character of Eliza is very likable and accessible. She struggles with self confidence, and being pushed to be what her parents want. Eliza is given AO as a way to blow off This book is Eliza's (the alchemist from book 3) origin story and should probably be called book 2.75 instead of 3.5 as all of its events take place before book 3. I don't usually like following separate characters, but something about the way Travis Bagwell writes these really works for me. I very much enjoyed this book. The character of Eliza is very likable and accessible. She struggles with self confidence, and being pushed to be what her parents want. Eliza is given AO as a way to blow off steam and has never really played many games. This lets us get another discovery story about the world without the preconceptions of a gamer. Good action, good pacing, sticks to the one character, and all around a fun read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hamda

    I really good origin story. Eliza is your straight A type of student but instead of the know it all liza simpson she is more of the shy anti-social type with pushy parents. She learns to come out of her shell and face life head on through AO... actually she just mass murders people but same thing. The water is cute and I liked him a lot in this one, more then in the main story actually and I do hope we get more of him and fluffy. If you liked Jason's origin story from book one but wondered how he I really good origin story. Eliza is your straight A type of student but instead of the know it all liza simpson she is more of the shy anti-social type with pushy parents. She learns to come out of her shell and face life head on through AO... actually she just mass murders people but same thing. The water is cute and I liked him a lot in this one, more then in the main story actually and I do hope we get more of him and fluffy. If you liked Jason's origin story from book one but wondered how he would have fared if he was more timid and was nagged by an odd ball god all the time then here's the book for you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heath

    Good Read. A LitRPG story. The story from the beginning of the new character/player that shows up in book 3. Interesting story. Can be read before or after book 3. It is a self contained story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Graham

    Solid book that helps flesh out Eliza's character You could possibly read this before book 3. Though it might take a lot of the mystery out of a couple characters. Definitely a solid addition to the world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fred Wagner

    Sorry, Travis... but again the "Hippie" just annoys me. Yes... I know he is SUPPOSED to be annoying and whatnot. But honestly, well, I don't WANT to be annoyed when I read. Well, not for such an extended period of time anyway. And of course Eliza is mostly a "mouse" in disguise as the accidental "Ice Witch" and more. I actually don't have a problem with her. Though feel bad she is stuck with the Hippie as her water elemental god. Thank goodness for Alma. Anyway, there was great potential near Sorry, Travis... but again the "Hippie" just annoys me. Yes... I know he is SUPPOSED to be annoying and whatnot. But honestly, well, I don't WANT to be annoyed when I read. Well, not for such an extended period of time anyway. And of course Eliza is mostly a "mouse" in disguise as the accidental "Ice Witch" and more. I actually don't have a problem with her. Though feel bad she is stuck with the Hippie as her water elemental god. Thank goodness for Alma. Anyway, there was great potential near the end when Brian I believe had said that she NEEDS (and promises so) not take shit possibly but definitely that she NEEDS reach out for what she truly wants and let NO ONE or NOTHING get in the way of that. WELL....... she never did end up saying a damned thing to her parents... telling them to get bent about how THEY expect her to propel through school and their career path for her. She NEEDED in this book to actually TELL THEM OFF (basically) and assert herself and tell them she is NOT going to live THEIR dream for her BUT is going to do things for her own damned self!! That conversation NEEDED to happen in THIS book!!! If it had then to hell with the annoying Hippie and 5 stars this novel would've gotten. In the end she is still essentially just this meek little girl hiding from the world and never actually having done much with regards to speaking on HER OWN BEHALF, especially and notably with regards to her parents. Obviously she is somehow allowed by them to continue playing Awaken Online as is evidenced in book 3 "Evolution". But in that nothing is mentioned either of ANY "confrontation" between her and her parents. I realize the dynamics of such wouldn't be easy to work into these novels (or this novel in particular). However, it was ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IMHO!!! So 4 stars and not 5. Still though, that absolutely means I enjoyed my reading experience. Even that annoying FN s0-called god The Hippie. Can't wait for book 4 to come. And wondering if there will be a "Side Quest" novel on behalf of Frank or not. I don't think it is much necessitated or demanded. But still curious. Or even any OTHER "Side Quest" novels...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Another fun romp through the Awaken Online world. This was a great little backstory into the life and drive behind Eliza's character and the path she has been placed upon. And honestly I relate so much with her shy and very introverted persona who more or less prefers to be left to her own devices. This lonely attitude however doesn't stop her from achieving her goals, (view spoiler)[even if she does achieve them in a messy way. (hide spoiler)] Much like Jason she seems to have immediately Another fun romp through the Awaken Online world. This was a great little backstory into the life and drive behind Eliza's character and the path she has been placed upon. And honestly I relate so much with her shy and very introverted persona who more or less prefers to be left to her own devices. This lonely attitude however doesn't stop her from achieving her goals, (view spoiler)[even if she does achieve them in a messy way. (hide spoiler)] Much like Jason she seems to have immediately garnered the attentions of one of the games many gods based on who she is in her real life and how she has held back certain parts of her real self to the people who surround her. You also get to see far more interaction with the mischievous (and amusing) water god, The Hippie and his black sheep companion Fluffy. (view spoiler)[His antics seem to be a very round about way of guiding Eliza when compared to The Dark One's interactions with Jason, but then again Eliza is not Jason and in her real life has difficulty making decisions so I have to assume the AI knows what it is doing as it throws these challenges at Eliza. It is also interesting to note that through mistakes in achieving her desires (desires related to the dark affinity) is what is driving her to a balance of dark and water as opposed to simply leaning to straight water affinity. Very interesting to see these differences in how each character is relating to their respective affinities. (hide spoiler)] The evolution of Eliza is subtle but quite profound and sets us up to meet her in Evolution. Honestly I personally would have preferred to read this side quest before reading #3 Evolution, but that might just be me. In no way does reading it before or after #3 effect the fun of the books. I just personally appreciate knowing more about the character and how she comes to be who she is when we do meet her in Evolution since her entrance into that story line was pretty abrupt. This is great background and great fun, very excited to see how Eliza develops from here on out as well as to meet the rest of these gods and their chosen.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin Wolak

    Once again being immersed in the AO world was supposed to be a breath of fresh air. Instead I found myself not really caring about much of what I was reading. I was bored for the first half of the book, only interested in parts that pertained to Alma teaching Eliza bits about alchemy. Maybe my issue came with the fact that I only just now finished the book rather then having started it immediately after Evolution when I was still deeply enthralled with how the book ended. Whatever it may be I Once again being immersed in the AO world was supposed to be a breath of fresh air. Instead I found myself not really caring about much of what I was reading. I was bored for the first half of the book, only interested in parts that pertained to Alma teaching Eliza bits about alchemy. Maybe my issue came with the fact that I only just now finished the book rather then having started it immediately after Evolution when I was still deeply enthralled with how the book ended. Whatever it may be I found this book severely lacking compared to all of the other ones. Eliza herself is a wonderful character, I love how much humanity she brings to the game and the fact that she is part of the core group makes me happy. Seeing her start her adventure though left much to be desired. As she started to get a little more savage things got a little more interesting, but those moments were very few and far between. Honestly there didn't feel like there was enough substance for me in general. The quests felt like your absolute basic entry level fetch quests and I still do not enjoy the 'hippie' (water god) as a character. The only thing that felt like it was substantial happened quite literally on the last two pages.  I'm already heavily invested in this series so honestly I'm not going to quit just because I didn't enjoy this one book, but I will say this. Jason, Frank, and Riley better grab a hold of me with both hands when I dive head first into Dominion, because I MUST know what happens with the Twilight Throne after everything else we've all been through.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A fine addition although I probably wouldve enjoyed it more before Awaken Online: Evolution, If only to give me a better sense of Eliza before hand. My criticisms at this point are that there are no real mentions of people of color in the RPG. Even Skyrim has folks of different colors. I dont mean to have a whole population of blacks or similar; I mean theres not even a mention of an NPC having any melatonin, unless the color is leathernecked. Thats just odd. My second criticism is these are A fine addition although I probably would’ve enjoyed it more before Awaken Online: Evolution, If only to give me a better sense of Eliza before hand. My criticisms at this point are that there are no real mentions of people of color in the RPG. Even Skyrim has folks of different colors. I don’t mean to have a whole population of blacks or similar; I mean there’s not even a mention of an NPC having any melatonin, unless the color is leathernecked. That’s just odd. My second criticism is these are extremely reliant on the readers being experts RPG/RPGMMO gamers. If I hadn’t been playing for like decades now, a lot of terms would’ve slipped past me, like mobs for “mobile object blocks,” or basically creatures you encounter while adventuring out. I’m not saying explaining each one is necessary, but it was done more often in Book 1. This set is my first litRPG (which makes no sense to me, but ok), but I read a lot of Japanese light novels and fantasy/sci-fi and there’s generally some explanation, especially since Eliza herself won’t know what mobs means, and she might question its use there when used. Regardless, he’s got some good world building going on and the main characters are engaging, except Alex(ion), whose point of view just grates on my smooth Jason POV between chapters. (Again, I know it’s important information, but the POV switch when I’m invested in Jason is annoying.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jose Cruz

    This book had some very intense moments with some specks of predictability. He we follow Frank as he is trying to find his place in the Original Sin team. He eventually makes his way north and finds himself in some harsh lands inhabited by a druidic village. While in this village Frank learns more about his shifting ability and comes to find his very own power. The story, especially the ending, is savage and rather entertaining. However, there were just so many cliches that it was easy to forsee This book had some very intense moments with some specks of predictability. He we follow Frank as he is trying to find his place in the Original Sin team. He eventually makes his way north and finds himself in some harsh lands inhabited by a druidic village. While in this village Frank learns more about his shifting ability and comes to find his very own power. The story, especially the ending, is savage and rather entertaining. However, there were just so many cliches that it was easy to forsee where things were going at times. That is not to say that the story was not good; it did not struggle to keep me interested. Of the entire series this book ranks at about 4th or 5th favorite Awaken Online book. Some of my favorite moments involved Frank finding out the origins of his powers, Frank coming into his true power and horrifying his enemies, and the time Frank spends in real life with his family (I usually loathe his parents and sister, so that's saying something). David Stifel reprises his role as narrator and still has it down. There are also some new voices he adds to new characters. This is refreshing as Stifel has an issue with making Jason and Frank sound alike.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stefani Tremblay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I find this one much less interesting than all the other books by Travis Bagwell that I have read; I felt that the plot dragged on for a long time, that the action was too slow to come and that there was too many descriptions. Also, the most important question doesn't get answered: why on Earth did the water "god" (because damn, he looks nothing like a god) send Eliza on so many ridiculous quests that accomplish nothing?? Was there really no goals other than testing her behind those dangerous I find this one much less interesting than all the other books by Travis Bagwell that I have read; I felt that the plot dragged on for a long time, that the action was too slow to come and that there was too many descriptions. Also, the most important question doesn't get answered: why on Earth did the water "god" (because damn, he looks nothing like a god) send Eliza on so many ridiculous quests that accomplish nothing?? Was there really no goals other than testing her behind those dangerous and complicated expeditions? Did she actually make dozens of NPCs die at the farm just to get that god's useless sheep an equally useless decoration? I found quite a few funny parts in all the other Awaken Online novels - but much less in that one. That "god" wasn't funny - just plain annoying, and unless something really big happens later in the series that would somehow explain all of his stupidities, I can't see how I could ever be interested or have respect for "the Hippie". So yeah, that book is not terrible, however I found it pretty boring and far less satisfying than all the others, especially since it doesn't actually explain much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This one is a little different from Riley's side quest-instead of taking place between books, it is taking place at the same time that our boy Jason is also getting started within AO. Eliza's start to the game is much slower and uneventful. She get the game from her incredibly demanding parents as a "break" from all her extra studying to be pre-Med (what her parents want). And it starts out as just that, a way for her to relax and be herself. It's nice to remember that not everyone who plays AO This one is a little different from Riley's side quest-instead of taking place between books, it is taking place at the same time that our boy Jason is also getting started within AO. Eliza's start to the game is much slower and uneventful. She get the game from her incredibly demanding parents as a "break" from all her extra studying to be pre-Med (what her parents want). And it starts out as just that, a way for her to relax and be herself. It's nice to remember that not everyone who plays AO conquers a city their first week! Even when Eliza did start to go out on quests, she had a hard time of it, thanks in part to the Hippie and his nonsensical ways. She didn't reach as far in her potential by the end, but since she hadn't even joined up with Original Sin yet, that wouldn't have made sense. A few things did stand out though-1) did any of the members of Original Sin read about the Ice Witch on the forums? 2) what will the group think when they see how high her infamy is? 3) based on this book, it will be interesting to see how her powers grow (and if she can help Brian) 4) you could see the glimmering of water being acceptance

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    I was skeptical of this book for two reasons. The first is that I want to know what's going to happen in the main thread. That's the one I'm invested in. Thats the reason I even know this book exists. The second is I'm rarely interested in prequels. Unless they take place in the very distant past, its difficult to care what happens in them. However, Litrpg can get away with this more easily, as a lot of motivation is drawn from a simple hey let's do this quest because PROMPT. It can focus on I was skeptical of this book for two reasons. The first is that I want to know what's going to happen in the main thread. That's the one I'm invested in. That’s the reason I even know this book exists. The second is I'm rarely interested in prequels. Unless they take place in the very distant past, it’s difficult to care what happens in them. However, Litrpg can get away with this more easily, as a lot of motivation is drawn from a simple hey let's do this quest because PROMPT. It can focus on character development while still moving the plot along. Unfortunately, it’ll take time to fill in the distaste for prequels etched in my heart. That said, I liked this book. I liked it better than the previous book following Jason's adventures. If you've read the rest of the series and are on the fence about this one, give it a go. If you haven't, but like (or are interested in trying) litrpg, give this series a try. It's one of two I've read that I've genuinely liked.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The second side quest in the Awaken Online series surpasses the few faults the first side quest book had. Eliza becomes a greatly complex character, matching her relatively simple teenage problem in the real world with tremendous issues dealing with the in-game issues she has with the Hippie and just trying to be happy. The minor characters introduced were relatively few (particularly Alma and Lord Baer), and giving her purpose on an anticipated quest to revive her crush, (or one of her crushes) The second side quest in the Awaken Online series surpasses the few faults the first side quest book had. Eliza becomes a greatly complex character, matching her relatively simple teenage problem in the real world with tremendous issues dealing with the in-game issues she has with the Hippie and just trying to be happy. The minor characters introduced were relatively few (particularly Alma and Lord Baer), and giving her purpose on an anticipated quest to revive her crush, (or one of her crushes) that she managed to accidentally kill with her carelessness. Her character development in this prequel put her story in a very different perspective than what we're privy to in Evolution. I hope Travis can continue to develop Eliza in an intriguing way, leading to some interesting love triangles between seemingly almost all of our protagonists.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Atlas

    * * * 3 / 5 ~mini review~ I read this quite a while ago and forgot to write a review, to be perfectly honest, but I do recall feeling pretty "meh" about this side novel. This one follows Eliza, a relatively new character who I liked quite a lot. She's got a quite a typical normal life - confidence issues, badgered a bit by parents who 'want the best for her' and think she'll get it by being pressured into working too hard. In AO Eliza chooses an atypical path, becoming an apprentice to an old lady * * * 3 / 5 ~mini review~ I read this quite a while ago and forgot to write a review, to be perfectly honest, but I do recall feeling pretty "meh" about this side novel. This one follows Eliza, a relatively new character who I liked quite a lot. She's got a quite a typical normal life - confidence issues, badgered a bit by parents who 'want the best for her' and think she'll get it by being pressured into working too hard. In AO Eliza chooses an atypical path, becoming an apprentice to an old lady and spending all of her days simply picking herbs and wandering around. Until a god decides to butt in. Hippie is annoying and Eliza needed to grow a bit of a backbone, but otherwise this book is good enough if you like the main series. Read more of my reviews on my blog: http://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Scot Northern

    My least favorite of the series, so far I loved the other books in the series. Once I completed the previous book, I immediately started this one. Im sorry to say that I was rather disappointed. Eliza is the least interesting of all of the characters in this series. She honestly just seems like a rehash of the other ones. While this book was somewhat fun to read, because it provided a different set of magical skills, it moved really slowly and the quests were not the least bit interesting. My least favorite of the series, so far I loved the other books in the series. Once I completed the previous book, I immediately started this one. I’m sorry to say that I was rather disappointed. Eliza is the least interesting of all of the characters in this series. She honestly just seems like a rehash of the other ones. While this book was somewhat fun to read, because it provided a different set of magical skills, it moved really slowly and the quests were not the least bit interesting. Although, the last 10 pages made the effort it took to read this book, worthwhile. I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series. Hopefully it raises the bar back to where it had previously been set.

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Legend

    One of the few series / authors where i'll bother to read side stories or anything that isn't the main character. While I did love this book, I really wish I'd read it more as 2.75 before book 3 Evolution instead of 3.5. It all takes place before book three and only gives away minor spoilers of book 3 of who Eliza is talking to when she mutters to herself, that's it. Which I personally think seeing her appear in book 3 would have made more impact on the story had I previously already known all One of the few series / authors where i'll bother to read side stories or anything that isn't the main character. While I did love this book, I really wish I'd read it more as 2.75 before book 3 Evolution instead of 3.5. It all takes place before book three and only gives away minor spoilers of book 3 of who Eliza is talking to when she mutters to herself, that's it. Which I personally think seeing her appear in book 3 would have made more impact on the story had I previously already known all this back story about her. Only thing I did dislike is unlike Riley's side quest , Eliza's home life doesn't really get wrapped up since this all takes place before book 3. Can't wait , but will have to, for book 4.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Excellent read, really stands on its own I came back to this series after having burned out on the whole lit-rpg subgenre for a while. I like how the author has done the world building here, blending the game world with the real world and the various levels plots and subplots, all the characters having their own motivations and agendas. This story centers around Eliza, a new character in the previous book, and explores her backstory... how she accidentally came to be playing the AO game and how Excellent read, really stands on its own I came back to this series after having burned out on the whole lit-rpg subgenre for a while. I like how the author has done the world building here, blending the game world with the real world and the various levels plots and subplots, all the characters having their own motivations and agendas. This story centers around Eliza, a new character in the previous book, and explores her backstory... how she accidentally came to be playing the AO game and how her character developed into the person we meet in AO Evolution. I can absolutely see starting the series with this book, it really stands on its own just hinting at some of the things happening elsewhere.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristoffer

    This book was great. It could easily be read before Evolution though. Everything in this book takes place before that one and doesn't really reveal any spoilers. This book should maybe book book 2.75 instead of 3.5. One other thing to note though, is that in Evolution Eliza said the water god had previously told her to call him the hippy, but in this book she just thinks of him as the hippy and never is told to call him the hippy. Maybe the water god told her to call him the hippy between the This book was great. It could easily be read before Evolution though. Everything in this book takes place before that one and doesn't really reveal any spoilers. This book should maybe book book 2.75 instead of 3.5. One other thing to note though, is that in Evolution Eliza said the water god had previously told her to call him the hippy, but in this book she just thinks of him as the hippy and never is told to call him the hippy. Maybe the water god told her to call him the hippy between the events of Apathy and Evolution, but it seems unlikely given the relatively short separation in time. I did really enjoy this though. I loved the parts where Eliza is experimenting with alchemy and magic. This book was definitely worth the read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Onni

    This story did not need to be published. It is a back-story exercise. And I spent money on it. As I've said in reviews of the author's previous books in this Awaken Online series, there is some good story telling, some interesting characters and situations, but much of it could use a good editor. This side story, however, did not progress the plot evolution, did little to enhance the character of Eliza, and appears to be a long, drawn-out discourse on the ends justifying the means. A wise writer This story did not need to be published. It is a back-story exercise. And I spent money on it. As I've said in reviews of the author's previous books in this Awaken Online series, there is some good story telling, some interesting characters and situations, but much of it could use a good editor. This side story, however, did not progress the plot evolution, did little to enhance the character of Eliza, and appears to be a long, drawn-out discourse on the ends justifying the means. A wise writer (and editor) knows that not everything that is written needs to be put out there. This book I think falls into that category.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    I was a little disappointed in this story, because it didn't cover the whole time up 'til the main character hooked up with the original sin folks. I'm hoping that means ther is more to come, but id didn't look like it from the ending. Regardless, it was a very funny and entertaining read. We learn a lot more about the sheep (really, who doesn't love a good sheep story), and we get more insight into the gods of the world. Very good addition to the awaken online storyline. I love all of these I was a little disappointed in this story, because it didn't cover the whole time up 'til the main character hooked up with the original sin folks. I'm hoping that means ther is more to come, but id didn't look like it from the ending. Regardless, it was a very funny and entertaining read. We learn a lot more about the sheep (really, who doesn't love a good sheep story), and we get more insight into the gods of the world. Very good addition to the awaken online storyline. I love all of these books, and these sidequests are no exception. You really want to read this one if you've liked any of the other books in the series. Great fun here.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ross Thompson

    Eliza was introduced in the third full AO instalment, the water mage helping Jason and his crew in their quest to uncover the game's secret history. An unassuming young lady with unusual abilities but not particularly strong in battle, her introduction was not ground-breaking. Here she is given a back-story, telling the reader about her private life, how and why she got into the game, and her rise to power. A non-stop action and advancement story, she carries out a number of quests and explores Eliza was introduced in the third full AO instalment, the water mage helping Jason and his crew in their quest to uncover the game's secret history. An unassuming young lady with unusual abilities but not particularly strong in battle, her introduction was not ground-breaking. Here she is given a back-story, telling the reader about her private life, how and why she got into the game, and her rise to power. A non-stop action and advancement story, she carries out a number of quests and explores her skills and new applications of them to make up for her less physical attributes. Excellent character development and quite simply pure essence of LitRPG - there is no padding here, just pure story and action.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I really dug it. I think it takes a bit to get going because the first chunk of the book feels like a lot of reiteration of information about Eliza that we already learned about in Evolution. She's miserable because her parents have planned out her life path for her and are forcing her into something she doesn't want. She's overwhelmed by the work it takes to get there. She's too timid to stand up for herself. Where the story really shines is in the game world. Every fetch quest turns into I really dug it. I think it takes a bit to get going because the first chunk of the book feels like a lot of reiteration of information about Eliza that we already learned about in Evolution. She's miserable because her parents have planned out her life path for her and are forcing her into something she doesn't want. She's overwhelmed by the work it takes to get there. She's too timid to stand up for herself. Where the story really shines is in the game world. Every fetch quest turns into something much larger. If the day comes when she can finally cause the Hippie some pain, I'll be stoked. As long as nothing bad happens to Fluffy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    Short side story, but fun I enjoy the world of Awaken Online, and this book certainly focused on it. Not only did we get to learn more about a fun character from AO Evolution, we also got to learn more about some of the other goings on in the world. Especially at the end when there were some plot relevant threads referenced. I definitely enjoyed this book, but I will again state that I enjoy the main plot / storyline more. But with some of the different viewpoints we see from the side stories... it Short side story, but fun I enjoy the world of Awaken Online, and this book certainly focused on it. Not only did we get to learn more about a fun character from AO Evolution, we also got to learn more about some of the other goings on in the world. Especially at the end when there were some plot relevant threads referenced. I definitely enjoyed this book, but I will again state that I enjoy the main plot / storyline more. But with some of the different viewpoints we see from the side stories... it leaves more time for our main necromancer friends point of view. Looking forward to the next book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kikind

    Wow If you were to tell me I would be so addicted to a literary RPG series, I would have said you were on drugs. Travis Bagwell creates an amazing world that you want to visit and does what literary RPGs do, create two separate universes that interact smoothly. Getting to see these characters in two different lights really does an amazing job to tell these stories. On a side note, the more I read, the more obvious it is that the AI has not only achieved sentience, but continually creates more Wow If you were to tell me I would be so addicted to a literary RPG series, I would have said you were on drugs. Travis Bagwell creates an amazing world that you want to visit and does what literary RPGs do, create two separate universes that interact smoothly. Getting to see these characters in two different lights really does an amazing job to tell these stories. On a side note, the more I read, the more obvious it is that the AI has not only achieved sentience, but continually creates more sentient characters (sub routines) and I find that to be insanely fin and fascinating.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ioannis Desypris

    Mediocre I think this book was mediocre compared to the three (so far) main books in the series. The story was quite boring until the last arc even though the main character, the water mage Eliza from the third main book in the series, is somewhat interesting. Overall, you won't miss anything important in the main story if you skip this book. Recommended for those that really love the AO series and are looking for a short time killer in the same universe. On the plus side, the book is pretty Mediocre I think this book was mediocre compared to the three (so far) main books in the series. The story was quite boring until the last arc even though the main character, the water mage Eliza from the third main book in the series, is somewhat interesting. Overall, you won't miss anything important in the main story if you skip this book. Recommended for those that really love the AO series and are looking for a short time killer in the same universe. On the plus side, the book is pretty cheap.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Denson

    Bagwell's second side quest book covers the back story of Eliza, one of the new characters introduced in the previous volume. As seems to be the case with every new volume, the author's writing skills seem to grow more adept and he finds new and creative ways to depict the VR realm of this series and its implications. While this book does suffer from a bit of a slow start, the ending more than makes up for it as it further shows the author's ability to construct vivid and emotive scenes. Bagwell's second side quest book covers the back story of Eliza, one of the new characters introduced in the previous volume. As seems to be the case with every new volume, the author's writing skills seem to grow more adept and he finds new and creative ways to depict the VR realm of this series and its implications. While this book does suffer from a bit of a slow start, the ending more than makes up for it as it further shows the author's ability to construct vivid and emotive scenes. Overall, a good edition to the series, even if it doesn't add much progress to the primary storyline.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Williams

    I like this series but this was not my favorite edition. Unlike the other .5 story I didnt feel like I really got a clear idea of the character in this book. Maybe it was her personality but in the end she seemed a bit muddled and not a strong character. I still enjoyed it for a little background about her though. Just wanted to see more of a change in the character... but she seemed still the same at the end of the tale. I like this series but this was not my favorite edition. Unlike the other .5 story I didn’t feel like I really got a clear idea of the character in this book. Maybe it was her personality but in the end she seemed a bit muddled and not a strong character. I still enjoyed it for a little background about her though. Just wanted to see more of a change in the character... but she seemed still the same at the end of the tale.

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