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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Chloe Priebee on 15-07-2018

amazing sequel to an amazing book

I am absolutely loving this series, if you want a great adventure pick this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By pa81trick on 09-06-2018

Very enthralling and an amazing universe

I was initially less interested because it follows a new character, this changed as the story progressed and the mystery unravelled

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4 out of 5 stars
By Greg A on 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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59 of 61 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Anon on 22-05-2018

Okay

I was a huge fan of the first book in this series. It was engaging, smart, quick paced, and believable- at least as much as a LitRPG can be. This installment (same world, totally new characters) was much, much weaker. Stilted dialogue, forced plotlines, and ridiculous situations abounded. Yes, even for a LitRPG world.

That being said, I still finished the book.There was something compelling enough in the story to get me to the end, so it wasn't completely irredeemable.

Looking forward to book 3 and the return to Book 1's characters. Hopefully this downhill slide was because of trying to force out a story after the success of book 1, not a harbinger of series collapse.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr Mask on 27-06-2018

Luke Daniels sounding a bit bored

The first book in the series was fine, but by the end had started to shift away from LitRPG into being a straight-forward fantasy novel. That's fine I guess, but not what I signed on for.

This second book shifts characters, which is also fine, but then seems to forget that they're playing a game.

That this is a game they're playing should be (in my humble opinion) central to the story, not an afterthought.

As another note, Luke Daniels is one of my favourite narrators and throughout this book he just sounded bored, which I can't fault him for.

I won't be back for any more in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr P A Daines on 15-07-2018

doesn't disappoint.....

doesn't disappoint, can't wait for book 3 and hopefully a return to the adventurers in book 1

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