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Awaken Online: Dominion

Narrated by: David Stifel
Series: Awaken Online, Book 4
Length: 27 hrs and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Following Jason's evolution into a Keeper, he finds his fledgling city once again in turmoil. A new and deadly enemy threatens the Twilight Throne - one that has no difficulty contending with Jason and the members of Original Sin.

Jason must work quickly to consolidate his city's power. That means securing the villages within the Twilight Throne's influence, finding a steady stream of income, and growing the city's military strength. Even as the group grapples with these changes, they notice that something is stirring up the native undead around the city, although the source of this strange influence is uncertain.

One thing is clear, however. Jason might have evolved, but his enemies have adapted with him. If the Twilight Throne is to survive, the group must grow stronger, and Jason must learn to control his newfound abilities.

Otherwise, the darkness may very well claim them all.

©2019 Travis Bagwell (P)2019 Travis Bagwell

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  • Zan
  • 17-07-2019

Another excellent chapter in the life of Jason

Can't get over the quality of the author's work to get me sucked into the story and make me feel for the character. Please keep it up!

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Fantasy at it's finest!

This storyline is amazing. Well written and awesome performance. A must read saga.
Thank you.

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as good as ever<br />

AAA class writer. Still at same level as first book. cant wait to see what happens

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Unbelievably good work.

Travis Bagwell is very quickly becoming the #1 name in litRPG. With fantastic world craft and a plot that keeps you hooked in the game and out bluring the lines between good and bad.

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Best of the Best

Greate story, best book of the series since the firat book.
A look in to the human nature and The futuristiska of Deep diverse, nerver the less a true AI.

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brilliant

might be better than the first book very good hits every stride perfectly loved it and where its heading

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  • Christopher
  • 16-05-2019

Stressfully depressing...

That’s the best way I can describe this latest installment of AO. Bagwell abandons the main things I enjoyed about this series and wholeheartedly embraces the things that most put me off about it.

The thing I have liked most throughout this series is the sense of adventure and character development/progress that the author has woven through both worlds. The thing that makes you really feel like you’re taking a walk through another world and that anything might happen around the next corner.

The aspect that has threatened to put me off of this series throughout every book has been the overwrought hand-wringing and overdone, moral indecision that Bagwell beats away on like highest hippie in the drum circle... I don’t mind this aspect when it’s woven into the story subtly enough that you don’t want to just slap the character/author and start looking through your wishlist for another book on Audible.

Unfortunately, in spite of this book being 20+ hours long it feels like most of it is filled with a bunch of YA moaning a la... “Should I do the thing thing that I know I’m going to end up doing no matter what?” and, “Even though I had no choice or wasn’t even the one responsible for the situation, I just have to obsess over and over about how guilty I feel about the thing that I in fact was not responsible for but for which I irrationally insist on taking responsibility!” and on and on.

There is very little adventure here. Everything is unnecessarily drawn out and picked over until you just feel like you’re on edge and stressing along with the characters, but you don’t actually care about the outcome... for about 19 out of the 20 hours. Also, the bouncing from character to character device doesn’t have the same impact of dropping in big plot turns and “oh sh!t!, no he didn’t” information reveals. In spite of there being a big question about the nature of the world running through the whole installment, this book lacks the advancement of our knowledge of the world and the deeper facets of the workings of both the AI in the real world and the gods/power players in the online one.

In fact I feel like this whole book could have been condensed down to one of the x.5 side novellas and still have been a bit short on plot/character advancement.

That said, the book is (as always) well written and well edited. The narrator does the same fairly good job he’s done all along. However, I find the quirks of his own personal accent endlessly annoying and frequently jarring, but they’re no more or less present than in the rest of the series. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about here then just pay attention to how he pronounces the word “popcorn” throughout these books and try to tell me that it doesn’t bother you too).

In the end, I just hope this is a temporary dip in Bagwell’s otherwise engrossing and imaginative story telling, and that the next books get back on track with the immersive and exciting adventures and character development.

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  • Musicman93
  • 14-05-2019

Gripping

This book has been well written and is an excellent read. The plot is fast paced and the characters as real as they come. The most frustrating thing is how short sighted Jason can be. Though he is just a young adult so there's some leeway.

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  • David R
  • 24-05-2019

Just Awful! What happened? WHY?

Ok, I have no Idea why the author ruined this series. If I wanted to read a 13 year old middle school romance novel and drama, I would be reading romance. This book (almost 28 hours long) is a good 15 hours of awful teen drama bad romance. Even the few chapters where the MC levels, he no longer actually plays as an RPG game, he doesn't even city build, he trains in a chamber with his love interest but the training is really just the setting during the entire time its still bitchy romance crap. O and he is a necromancer right?! Nope his units are crap and die so easy, he also gets nerfed so he can't build a skeletal army anymore (point of the entire book so far...) and now he is a melee dark sometimes I cast magic staff monk something or other... Yeah... 20 hours into the book, does he fight a single real enemy… Does he engage in a single real battle... Nope... Does he 20 hours in STILL drama about the girl and constantly whine worse (yes worse) than the twilight novels... YES... I had to set this book down so many times because the bitchy annoying complaining that sounds like it comes from a 13 year old cry baby OMG. I have 2 hours of this book left, If by the end of this book he is STILL bitching about the girl I will never read another book from this author again. So much for the epic LitRPG turned middle school romance series Awaken Online. If I could give this 0 stars for story I would.

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  • Thaddeus Ryker
  • 10-06-2019

Interpersonal writing needs serious work

I generally enjoy the broader story that Bagwell comes up with and the imaginative ways in which the characters use magic in the books but the interpersonal writing kind of sucks. There is more melodrama in this book than a middle school packed with teens. The main characters come off more like a couple of angsty thirteen year olds than young adults. I found myself skipping ahead on countless occasions where the melodrama was just obnoxious. Also Bagwell tends to want to write out every emotion and every thought the characters have, telling you all about it, rather than letting a reader determine it from events. It's like he's trying to spoon feed you every bit of drama, which frankly is just boring and exasperating.
Many of the characters come off more like hollow caricatures than fleshed out individuals. Gloria reminds me of a Disney villain the way she acts (Cruella de Vil comes to mind). Also, for "smart" individuals, the main characters are incredibly stupid at times (such as leaving crucial items lying around in the street, though I could make a list of other events).
Then there is just the constant contrived events of bad stuff happening to the main characters, one after another as if they are the only people in the game getting repeatedly crapped on. I mean I get that these are the main characters and thus the primary focus of the book, but we are given 0 indication that any other players/cities in the world are getting screwed over, thus it sure feels like reality (as it were) has conspired to give them the shaft over and over again.
I really hope Bagwell's writing improves in all these respects, but I won't know, because I don't plan on spending any further money on his books.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael P.
  • 27-05-2019

Darker and Deeper

This latest installment takes us deeper into hardships faced by Jason and friends. It also takes us a bit more into how he meets his challenges and what the darkness means for him. Though certainly not a good place to start the series, it is an excellent continuation for those familiar with the earlier books. It will leave you eagerly awaiting the next book. Highly recommended, just be sure to start with book one.

David Stifel continues his solid performance of the previous books, doing well with conveying feeling in the dialogue.

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  • Jake Hilts
  • 14-05-2019

WE ARE KIN WE ARE LEGION

So far this was the best book the series. I need more! Please don’t take long on the next book.

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  • Rick J Brady
  • 11-07-2019

What a great series.

Not the usual hero book. A nice twist on an anti hero maybe. Very well written and narrated.

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  • Gilbert Walthers
  • 10-07-2019

beautiful book this series has always intrigued me

this book has always intrigued me and I cant wait for the next one in the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-2019

Can't wait for the next one.

I can't get enough of Jason and his kin's struggles and triumphs. looking forward to Frank's side story.

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  • Stephen Fisher
  • 25-06-2019

Amazing Series

Started slow, but picked up and ended amazingly. love these books. keep it up man!

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  • Pete
  • 29-05-2019

keeps getting better

travis and David deliver in the next part of the story. looking forward to the next part!

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  • Alyn
  • 23-05-2019

awesome as usual

loved it just like the rest, although Jason and Riley was so infuriating at the beginning.

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 15-05-2019

yeah no !!!

the writer has gone a bit over board with the story no more clever plot twists no more upgrade like action.

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  • Ian
  • 06-07-2019

Brilliant

the hole serise is amazing, the depth, the story line, the multitude of events going on, both in the game world and real life. the characters are great, the banter between them, the quirks, the humour. it's by far one of the best litrpg book serise out there

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  • richard
  • 28-06-2019

Wow

ok so another bloody good book and story these books have yet to disappoint me in anyway other than ending to soon.

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  • fretlots
  • 27-06-2019

Just gets better with each book

Really enjoying this series and looking forward to the next part. I think I see where this is heading and it will be interesting to see if I am totally wrong. David gave excellent narration as usual and at no point in the book did i get bored

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  • Mr Mask
  • 19-06-2019

Continued listening

There's a lot to unpick in this one.
The Jason/Riley teenage heart-throb failure to communicate arc was incredibly tiresome. Yes, he's a teenaged boy without much of a clue, but rehashing this tired cliche added nothing to the overall progression of the story.
The court case is a nice addition however Delores Umbridge, sorry I mean, Gloria Ogawa is a cardboard cutout pantomine villain.
The arrival of Thorn and his homeboys was necessary but serves to highlight the problem LitRPG has - main characters become overpowered really fast, and ever increasingly badass antagonists are required to provide any level of danger.
*ding ding ding ding ding ding* Jason had just gained another 14 levels. Are we in a hurry?
Finally, David Stifel is a poor narrator. Yes, this is subjective, but his accents are awful, his pace of speech is incredibly slow and his tone of voice grates. No change to the other books, and nothing against Mr Stifel personally, but he's the main reason I stopped listening to another book series.

Now the good news. This was a solid continuation of the adventure, and Travis Bagwell clearly has plenty of story to tell. This is most excellent. A little less shark-jumping and riding on the back of cliches and this would be most splendid. As it is, it is only "really good".

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-2019

A great new book to the series 👍

i loved the other books Soo much could not wait for this release and it did not disappoint!! the performance was superb! the story carried on nicely saw some of the characters finally start to open up to each other! only down side to this book was I felt like the characters have gone super whiny. and the audio felt a little messy at some points nothing that ruined it though all and all I would recommend this book to anyone!

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  • m ward
  • 31-05-2019

a downward turn

ultimately, while still good a good listen, set in an interesting world, this book threw so many challenges against impossible odds, while the "bad" characters were free to wander around with no such challenges of their own and act as they pleased, it came across as too unbalanced - Its not that the main character had so many challenges, but the others did not,
...that Jason and co should fight so hard, for so little, while the Alex side do what they like and get it all.

That and taking a great character with an interesting build and a focus on innovative use and tactical planning, and changing them to a lame melee character was less interesting to listen to, and reminds us all who have played MMOs what a gimped character class that would be.
i found myself thinking, along the way that i'd have just quit that game

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