80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1)

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What happens when you take a pair of ordinary, miserable 14 year olds out of their ordinary, miserable lives and throw them into another world and another time? Chaos, fear, magic and excitement - that's what. When Phoenix and Jade somehow end up in the bodies of their own warrior Avatars in the online fantasy game, 80AD, they have to play the game through to get home. Do they have what it takes? More
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About Aiki Flinthart

Aiki lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, (Ernest), teenage son (Leonidis - not their real names, obviously), aging dog and directionally-challenged fish.
In between being a wife, running a business full-time and helping Leonidis with homework, she squeezes in a few hobbies, including:
Martial arts, painting, writing, reading, bellydancing and playing three or four musical instruments. Occasionally she even sleeps. Very occasionally.

About the Series: 80AD
If you've ever played computer games and wished you could be your avatar, this is the series for you. When Phoenix and Jade are sucked into the game 80AD, they are no longer 14yo ordinary kids, but are now their 17yo avatars. Phoenix is a warrior and can't wait to kick-ass in a way he can't in his real life. Jade is a spell-weaver, but she just wants to get home. To do that, they'll have to play out the game and defeat the villain, Feng Zhudai. But nothing is as it seems, for this fantasy world is connected to the real world. If Phoenix and Jade fail, their world could fall to Feng Zhudai as well. And there's no unlimited re-spawns here - just seven lives. Once they're gone, you're dead. Forever. So Jade and Phoenix will have to overcome their differences and defeat monsters, druids, Romans, gods and their own fears in order to succeed.

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Review by: sourav kothari on Oct. 26, 2015 :
one of the best books that i have read in long time
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Review by: readly6 on Sep. 15, 2015 :
Another review from a OLD person lol, have read the whole series and enjoyed them greatly.
Skyrim was never like this.
Thanks for putting it out there for us to devour
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Review by: Panther on July 10, 2013 :
I have just devoured the complete series. This stands out as the best book(s) I have read in years - and I really mean that. What a totally brilliant theme. Talk about action bursting out of the pages. Absolutely wonderful.
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Review by: Dean Johnson on March 1, 2013 :
I hate to rain on the parade, but I didn't enjoy this book very much.

While Flinthart seems to be a talented stylist, I felt the characters were poorly realized. Jade was so whiny, she made me want to stave my head in with a rock, while Phoenix seemed too articulate and measured in thought for a middle-schooler. Maybe the writer knows real kids like this, but I'm not looking for realism in an adventure story aimed at kids. I want characters that take charge of their destinies by acting proactively, not complain about how they want to go home to a life that sucked.
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Review by: bonnieride on Jan. 6, 2013 :
A little slow to start but very good action, fantasy story.
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Review by: Pam Rounseville on Aug. 19, 2012 :
Review by: Pam Rounseville on Aug. 19, 2012 : (no rating) (Remove)
The Jewel of Asgard is the first book of this series that focuses on an unlikely team of heroes/heroines. And I was skeptical about how long this would keep my interest. Gotta say that the first and the rest (I have read only through Book 4 so far) have been very engaging. Flinthart has skillfully created very engaging characters and is sending them on quests capture the reader's attention and pull him (in my case 'her') into the maelstrom of the stories.

You've got my attention, Aiki, and my appreciation. My kids will have a real hoot about this, particularly since I think our youth's attention is taken far too much by video games. I'll never be a gamer, but this is a great series. Bravo and encore!
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Review by: Robert Solway on July 2, 2012 :
60 year old sci fi fan since about 15. Read over 3000 sci fi books. This author can become one of the all time greats. Great plot, very good characters, very good at suspense with the reader unable to predict what comes next. I have just downloaded the rest of the series hoping the author keeps producing.
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Review by: Raw L on June 17, 2012 :
I am 14 years old and this book is the first book that I read.I must admite that I found it extremely entertaining,I loved the characters,the style of writing,and everything about it.I can't wait to see what happens in the next books of the series!
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Review by: Dean Thompson on May 24, 2012 :
[comment relates to the whole series] Wow, what a story. I thought this might be good for my son (13) and read it myself (51). Certainly not just for young adults/teens. A very well written series, the writing style is excellent, editing is good (I spotted perhaps 5 places in the whole series where the odd word was missing), and the series shows evidence of a reasonable amount of background research (enough that it could be used as a primer for several mythologies - Norse in particular).
Anybody who liked Dave Duncans Seventh Sword series is sure to enjoy this.
My only adverse comment is that perhaps it would have been better if the starting age of the main players was more like 16 give the adult-like thoughts and actions they were given within the series, but hey, its fantasy!
Gripping right through to the very last page. I couldn't put the last book down. Well done Aiki - surely you should be charging for these!
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