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Publisher's Summary

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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It's book 1.5.

The book dosent really do much that the first book didn't already do other than provide perspective on the city and introduce primordial energy.

Things like setting up daenerys or whatever as the capitals baddie or the land across the sea had an emperor that wanted to become a god; explaining resources are expensive because of competing guilds and are fluctuated because of the influx of adventures are arguably done better in the first book, I'd prefer the second book to be released instead.

It's a rehash of the first book with a detective/amnesia take , relabeled as an expanded universe.

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Skip it

The first book was great. I finished this one but did not enjoy it. The story does not carry on and does not have the same feel

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Unbelievably amazing

Narrator was perfect for the format of the book and story telling, with a vast array of unique voices made each character come alive. Please hurry and release book 2.0, I'm not sure what to do with my life after book 1 and 1.5!!

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Great

I love the emerging litrpg genre, and the world and mechanics in the ascend online series in particular. Also Luke Daniels is a great narrator.
Bring out the next book in the series please, and keep them coming!

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great series

i love the series but feel like this story ended a bit abruptly. word, word = 15

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  • Greg A
  • 26-09-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2017

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Joel
  • 27-10-2017

Good read for the adventurer in all of us.

It's as if someone took the exact slice of the multiverse that I wish I was in and made a book about it.

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  • S. O'Conor
  • 13-10-2017

Can't wait for more

I love these books. And as much as I would want to read instead of listen to them, this is one case where I feel like you would really be missing out on an outstanding vocal performance.

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  • Leeda
  • 29-09-2017

Loved it! Awesome book!

I had a hard time putting this one down. So much action and the fighting scenes are incredible!
It is well written and just as exciting as the first book. Locks you in deep to want to keep listening.
Characters are well developed and by the end I started really caring to what happens to each of them.
I highly recommend you getting this one. The narrator is amazing!
Hell to pay is a side story. Read the blurb so that there are no surprises after you get this book and rate this book on its own merits.
This standalone storyline provides the readers with a deeper understanding of the Ascend Online world and I wouldn’t be surprised if the author is going to tie all the main characters together at one point.
I look forward to seeing the author’s master plan unfold in his next books. Can’t wait!

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  • Criss
  • 29-09-2017

absolutely awesome

This book is absolutely as epic as book 1 was and makes me eager to listen to book 2: legacy of the fallen will be better than perfect im sure.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2017

love it!!

I enjoyed the story it was entertaining had me fully captivated. Can't wait for the other book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-2017

phenomenal

both the author and the performer did an absolutely phenomenal job. well done across the board. I can't wait for the next one

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  • Ariel Mozeson
  • 04-04-2018

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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  • Logan Spidell
  • 26-10-2017

Great book!

A great story! A great bridge to the second book! Lazarus is a great character. I can't wait to see how he develops on future books.

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  • Nick
  • 27-03-2018

Not up to the standard of the previous one

Luke’s performance is great as always but this book is a bit of a let down - it’s the same story as the first with a few cosmetic changes. Not bad for a casual listen but missing the sense of wonder that made the first one so good.

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  • Liam
  • 29-01-2018

Another grate story

Another grate story with more of this amazing universe explained and yet still more left to explore.
The naration is of good quality and easy to listen to.

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  • Coxeh
  • 24-10-2017

An excellent side story

set a couple of weeks after release of ascend online this book provides a different view on the world established in the first book.
I was only disappointed that the book was not as long as the first and it left me hungey for more!

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  • mr
  • 20-10-2017

a fine listen

this series is becoming quite immersive, great performance of an action packed story with the only downside being the repetitive reading of the character sheets, possibly better if kept brief and to the point, though they would make for wonderful illustrations in the hardback version, assuming they aren't already