Awaken Online: Retribution (Side Quest)

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A side quest adventure in the same world as the best-selling Awaken Online series. This story takes place after the end of Awaken Online: Precipice.

Riley's real-life took a nosedive after her confrontation with Alex. The girls at school torment her and she feels powerless to do anything about it. At the same time, Jason has mysteriously disappeared, sending only a terse cryptic message to Riley and Frank.

With some time on her hands and with her frustration with her real-life reaching a breaking point, Riley decides to strike off on her own in-game. Her goal is to investigate the quest related to the strange bow she discovered in the dungeon north of Peccavi. Yet events quickly spiral out of control as she discovers that the bow's former owner has set her along a path of vengeance - with an entire city hanging in the balance.

My Opinion: 276 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

This novel is all about Riley, the female archer and sort of love interest of Jason the main character in the Awaken Online series. In this novel you get to see what makes Riley tick and what the consequences are for her taking Jason’s side over her ex-boyfriend Alex. There’s lots of great character development for Riley.

The in-game story seems to be part world building and part ‘who done it’ mystery as clues lead to several suspects in a magical plague case. On the world building end, the reader gets to learn about how the magic system in the game works and about a new mage city. On the mystery end, well let’s just say I wouldn't have been surprised if at some point someone yelled, “It’s the Col. Mustard, the fire Mage, in the Library with the Candlestick. Fun stuff.

There’s still plenty of action and adventure but the addition of a bit of mystery makes this side story stand out from the main Awaken Online series.

Score: 7 out of 10

Awaken Online: Retribution (Side Quest)

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