80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1)

Rated 4.74/5 based on 19 reviews
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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Words: 61,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458142313
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.

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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 01, 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. 06, 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 02, 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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Review by: C.J. Schmidt on May 15, 2012 :
Love this book, and I am neither a teenager (50+) or a gamer. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I can't understand why such a well written and edited book is free. As I was looking for the next in this series I figured it would be well worth it to pay for the remaing books, they are really that good. Thank you for the free books, looking forward to reading more from this very talented writer.
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Review by: Jessica Cambrook on April 12, 2012 :
Although this is the same concept as "Shadow of the Minotaur" published in 2000 which features the same 'sucked into an old world by a virtual reality portal' idea, and the main characters of both books are called Phoenix, it is a well written and very enjoyable story. A few grammatical errors but other than that, it is full of suspense and fun. Would recommend!
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Review by: Lily Hawser on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I feel extremely lucky that I stumbled across this series of books once they were all published, because I'm not sure what I would have done if I had not been able to get closure. ;) The writing style of all the books is very clean and professional, a jewel amongst other Smashword finds.
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Review by: R. McCullough on Jan. 04, 2012 :
Just finished reading book 5 of the series…………….
FANTISTIC series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Easily could make an excellent miniseries!
Gamers – read the books.
U will not regret it.

Old youngsters – yes absolutely – I am 68!
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Review by: David Thompson on Jan. 04, 2012 :
Although this book is rated as young Adult/teen and I am short of teen by at least 45 years the description seemed to be the sort of thing I like to read (Scifi/Fantasy) so I gave it a go. Well I thought it was excellent reading and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. So maybe the category should include "old youngsters"
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Review by: lfsims on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Fantastic book fast paced, great characters, superb plot and makes you want to read more...
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Review by: R. McCullough on Nov. 21, 2011 :
I played a lot of D&D in my youth and found this story EXCELLENT!
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Review by: Ty Allan Jackson on Oct. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed this book. The real history hidden within adds to this exciting gamer fantasy adventure. Cool concept also! Ms. Flinthart made it so believable, I want to hook into my kids Wii and pray I don' t come out! Great job Aiki! Uploading number two as soon as I'm finished writing this! Oh, and I LOVE the Leonidas joke! Named my goldfish Leonidas!
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Review by: Calvin Grenfell on Oct. 03, 2011 :
Really good book... i enjoy fast paced books like this
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Review by: nique on Sep. 01, 2011 :
You know it's a great book when you can't turn the page quickly enough to discover what happens to the characters next! I found myself doing this constantly as I read this well researched book, inhabited by very realistic teen characters. This book is a delightful mix of history and fantasy, and will appeal to male and female readers alike. I can't wait to read the next one!
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: Xavier Budd on July 25, 2011 :
This was a brilliant book and it has a great story line. I can not wait until the next book comes out because I am really addicted to the story and need to no what happens next, the suspense is killing me. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fast-paced adventure books and medieval settings.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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