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The title says it all — AO: Ember is live. Here’s a link!

The print should be up in a few days and the audio is already in production. We’re aiming for November 8-9th for the audiobook preorder and late November for the full release. These are just targets and I should have more firm dates soon.

I hope you all enjoy the book and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  • Seth
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    I been reading your series from the beginning and have loved it. I also have an idea for the earth affinity. You can make them like Jason where he uses summoned minions but his would be depended on the materials they use. Such as the different between sandstone and granite. One would make the construct easier to move but very brittle, sandstone. While the other would make the other harder and stronger but slower, granite. It just an idea and also sense your also having different cultures as a theme for the element, Rome for Light, Persian for Fire, etc. You could you Japan/Chinese for the earth element. They both have strong themes of peace in their cultures and myths. Just thought of passing the ideas on.

  • Torva Messor
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    This is unrelated to the book itself but I want to know what Mr. Bagwell thinks.

    Saying AO was to be picked up as a Netflix series or any other stream service. Who could you see playing everyone?

  • Alex Hughes
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    Hi Travis. I’m intrigued by this audio book pre-order. I would love to get a copy that soon, but I can’t find anything on Audible or Amazon. Is this because I’m looking in the wrong place, or is this a UK based issue?

    • Travis Bagwell
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      The pre-order hasn’t gone live yet. Probably around the 7-8th. I’ll make a separate post so you don’t miss it!

  • Joe Vang
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    Whoa, Tarot Book 1! So is this a new series in the AOVerse? Cool beans!

  • Amber Hamilton
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    Since this is labeled as Tarot Book 1 I assume we’re diving into a new narrative arc dealing with another player that is serving one of the gods. My question is are you planning to jump between the two narratives for book releases, like we’ll have this then another dealing with Jason, then back to this? I’m excited for a new book either way, but I am kinda dying to know wtf is going to happen with Jason and the gate pieces.

    Also I just want to say I absolutely adored AO: Unity. Having more insight into Frank’s life and not just making him a one-note punching bag was really refreshing. Especially the bit at the end with his sister.

    • Travis Bagwell
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      I was wavering and asked for some feedback at the end of Ember. The pretty much universal response seems to be that people want me to finish up Finn’s arc before going back to Jason. Since those events all take place before book 5, that sort of makes sense. It’s a lot of build up I suppose, but I suspect it’s going to make book five feel freaking awesome!

      Glad you enjoyed Unity — that one was super fun to write.

      • ben endicott
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        I’m glad to hear that – as anxious as I am to get back to Jason’s story, Ember was excellent. I’m very much looking forward to book 2.

  • Matthias
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    just finished it and left a 5-star review on Amazon. Great story, great characters – top addition to the series. Looking forward to the next entry 🙂

  • Christopher Ryan
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    Please don’t stop. I just picked up this series on audio and have fallen hard. I’m on the last book now and have to face that it’s the last for the foreseeable future, it hurts.

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Ooh, and maybe after that noble character stops Alex, the person’s mentality will turn to thinking “I will end Original Sin no matter the cost. Their horrendous rampage of carnage & violence is over!” Then go to Original Sin only to find that they’re misunderstood (Still evil, in a way, but eh…) and, to make things interesting, even side with them! It’ll be a different change of pace for Jason because oh boy I can just imagine the noble character befriending Jason but then always nagging about their underhanded and “cheating” way of doing things during the adventure. It might be fun and interesting!

  • Landon Siqueira
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    or not cheating but “excessively violent” is the better term.

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Hello Travis! Your series is my new favorite book series to read! I love how the role of villain and hero is switched where the good character sides with the dark while Alex the sociopath sides with the light! I feel a bit sad for the light affinity b/c I believe that it shouldn’t have Alex, who’s manipulative, apathetic, and doesn’t necessarily care about the well-being of anyone. If there’s a perfect candidate for light, it should be that responsible, virtuous, noble, “leader” type of character who sees the good in others. I suggest someone like that possibly starting the game in the Crystal Reach, somehow discovering what Alex is truly like, and then proceeding to BEAT THE STUFFING OUT OF HIM TO REPENT FOR HIS SINFUL ACTIONS! MWAHAHAHA! It’s just an idea though but it’s just very unsatisfying that light has to have Alex, a character that doesn’t really deserve to be the Lady’s champion. Otherwise, I LOVE the characters! I’m rooting for Original Sin all the way!

  • Max
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    I do not know how you make these books. Most books degrade as they go along the plot, and the story falls short of expectations at the end, but this is so not true with this series. Actually, to tell the truth, I only have read three book series that do not degrade as they go along the plot, and I am proud to be able to read yet another one. Good job and keep up!

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Hi Travis! I has a very curious question: With light magic, is light magic only good for healing-like properties or buffs? I’m curious if like a character is super confident and has a positive mindset but wants to use attacking magic. Is that possible? Like maybe for example shooting a beam of light that acts like a laser beam that pierces through anything!

    • Travis Bagwell
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      That actually happens in the books… Maybe you haven’t made it to the Nephilim yet?

      • Landon Siqueira
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        I finished reading the Conquest book about Frank but I made it so far past that point that I forgot. :l

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Also is it possible for a God to abandon their champion for a character with a higher affinity or are they permanently tethered so they’re stuck with them?

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Would you consider Alexion’s character alignment to be Lawful Evil or a different alignment?

    • Travis Bagwell
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      A good alignment. Alfred was clear that alignments are based on general player perception, not actual behavior.

  • Jack
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    Hi Travis, I’m enjoying the Tarot diversion in the books. Good solid character and world building. Cant wait for more. But do you have a rough timetable worked out for when you’re going to release the various upcoming titles? Will it be 3 years (I was figuring a year per book, Tarot 2, then 3, then Main 5) before we see another book about Jason and co? Because man… That is a long time to wait…

    • Travis Bagwell
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      Ha. I released three books just this year…

      I’m aiming to publish both the remaining Tarot books in 2020, plus the next book in Jason’s arc. If I don’t quite manage that, Jason’s next book would come out early the next year.

      So short answer is that we’re looking at about a year for all three.

      • Jack
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        Well poke my eye and call me Mandy. That’s an incredible publish rate… I take back all my concerns! Now stop checking your website and write! Don’t let some fool like me slow you down!

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Hi! Sorry to keep pestering you…but I hereby take back my idea! I realized that if true justice should be served to Alex, maybe instead of having a single character beat him up after finding out about his true self, but a character should actually EXPOSE Alexion’s shameful acts to all of his brainwashed “admirers.” Give him a taste of his own medicine and turn everyone against him! I want to see his face shoved into the mud and get a grip to change his ways! Oh it’ll be sooo delicious! It’s frustrating how everyone’s pooping on Jason when Alex is the one committing all the heinous acts but others think he’s “so noble” when he’s not. PLUS, I realized how Jason has to suffer on his path with blood and tears to becoming stronger but Alex? All he has to do is preach the Lady and boom he’s immediately on equal footing as Jason. IT’S SO UNFAIR AND UNJUST! Plus the game seems like first-come-first-serve by giving the first characters who enter the game with high elemental affinities god like abilities while any other characters with equally high potential have to fend for themselves just cause they came second after the champions were already chosen. Game balance my butt!

  • Landon Siqueira
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    P.S. I’m very sorry if I sounded obnoxious or critical. ;-;

    • Travis Bagwell
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      Not at all. Just super busy — especially at this time of year.

      You might want to join the Discord or our FB group. Tons of people there to discuss the books and much easier for to me to chime in on occasion.

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Hey Travis I just thought of this…(I am so sorry. I’m just a huge geek when it comes to RPGs. I’ve become like a nerd of Awaken Online video game knowledge.) But for water and earth magic, I feel like their traits are pretty much the same. Like isn’t acceptance the same as inner-peace? E.g. Accepting yourself leads to inner-peace and inner-peace felt by your awareness of yourself and surroundings can lead to acceptance for others and having patience. Is there a major difference between them? I forgot how acceptance and inner-peace became different traits for water & earth. Just curious.

  • Landon Siqueira
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    Wait, OOOOH!!! Wait a minute! When I suggested the ideal candidate for light, I just realized that an ideal leader would go under the fire magic affinity! Because they’re influential and inspiring with a golden heart! OH GOODY! Maybe Finn would possibly butt heads with Alexion if they ever met in-game! Nevermind, Alex can have his light god. Finn’s gonna come along and knock some sense into him! Mwahaha! Muhaha! (Psychotic laughter) AAAAAHAHAHAAAAHAHAA!!! …Sorry got carried away with my excitement.

  • Sivan
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    I love the series but I feel like 2 more books till we get back to Jason is really long. Do you have a plan on when Tarot 2 will come out?

    • Travis Bagwell
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      Tarot 2 is almost complete (then editing). So a couple of months left. Probably 3-4 months for book three and then Jason’s book before the end of the year.

      That’s the plan anyway!

      • Sivan
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        Yay! thanks for making such a great series.

  • Sivan
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    Ok you must have some magical powers. How is it that my all time favorite series has three book published a year? There must be some wizardry involved.

  • Sivan
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    How did you come up with AO? I’ve never read any books like it.

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