Hi Everyone!

I know it’s been a long time since our last update on this site, especially one about Ascend Online, but I promise that’s because I’ve been super busy working away on it! As of this current writing, I am happy to say that things have been going very well with Glory to the Brave in terms of raw content. At the moment we have 245,000 words written in the story so far, with roughly another 15,000-20,000ish words to go until the current arc that I’m on is wrapped up. Which I expect will put the story at a mighty 260,000~ words. I also have about 20,000 more words that have already been written and need to find a new home in the story somewhere during the editing process too.

Unfortunately, despite all that awesome stuff being said, it’s at this point where I’m forced to admit concern of just how large the book is getting. Because based on my current outline, I have one more final arc planned for the book after I finished this current arc, which based on my most optimistic guess, will be ‘at least’ another 60,000 words, possibly more.

This would put the book at its top end, around 340,000 words pre-editing, which I’ll admit, is terrifying to think of, because I almost always add even more things during my edits.

As a reader I can understand the excitement of such a large book, but as an author, I think I’ve reached the point where I need to get the hatchet out and split this massive chunk of words into two separate books with a more fleshed out and faster pacing of each. There is certainly more than enough content already written to do so.

So, with that being said, I am afraid that I will have to be most likely postponing my original goal of a December release for the next Ascend Online entry as I try to do just that in a way that provides an exciting reading experience. I know that this is not ideal to hear, and that it has been a really long time since the last book’s release, but I feel that based on my gut and the opinions of a few trusted beta readers, this is the best move for the overall story. Hopefully I can turn this around reasonably quickly and put two solid AsO books out in quick succession with only a little more delay.

However, with all of this being said, I am not going to be leaving you all in the lurch with nothing to look forward to, nor without a little bit of a tease of what to expect from the next book(s) coming down the line. So, in closing with this blog entry, I would like to present this newest piece of art that I have just recently had finished, which is titled: “The Siegebreaker”. I hope it entices all of you to keep looking forward to what’s coming next!

See the image in High Res here


48 thoughts on “Ascend Online: Glory to the Brave Update!

  1. Hey Luke! I really appreciate the update. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for a while now, but I trust your judgement in splitting it up. Does this mean that part II will release quicker than part I? Thanks again!

  2. Yes! I am hoping that the gap between the two books will be much shorter! I’ll need to see how it works out in the end though!

  3. Brother, I’ve read the first 3 books at least 5 times in the last year waiting for the next book. I’m giddy with excitement waiting for this! Please release it soon!

  4. I’m writing as fast as my hands can take me! I just want to make sure that it’s good in the end!

  5. I’m working on it as fast as I can! Hopefully I can get the first one out ASAP!

  6. I am just really really upset right now…
    You have me completely hook on 2 series now.
    I love Ascend Online and A Mark of Kings.
    I can not wait for more to come. Please do not cut them short.

  7. Haha, I am glad that you’ve enjoyed them both! I hope to have the next books coming out as soon as possible!

  8. I’m just glad that it’s still being continued, I was terrified when I had yet to see another book.

  9. Really love your writing man, its top notch stuff. Pretty hyped for more AO. Will this have an audible version too? Hopefully with the same narrator

  10. Thanks so much! And yes there is more coming and with Luke Daniels again! I am hoping to have the next ebook out early 2020, and the audio to follow soon after! Will have to see how scheduling goes!

  11. This makes me happy because it means more books but saddens me because I buy the audio books so I know it’s going to take even longer for that.

  12. Writing is like music, knowing when to let things breathe is difficult yet tasty task to master. Luke, you know these characters far more intimately than any other your audience (despite the sense of ownership that we feel as readers) and their journeys. Trust yourself and our experience will be better for it.

    Ps, shut up, take my money and give us moar book(s).


  13. Haha, thank you so much! I still hope to get it out as soon as possible! Hopefully for the spring if things work out!

  14. Just finished book 3 and decided to check up on the series. Glad to see that book 4 and 5 should be around soon. Early 2020 looks like it’s going to be a banger for LitRPG’s. Good luck on the writing.

  15. I was trolling Audible and thought “Where is AsO book 4?! – It’s been a long time… I hope it hasn’t died…” – I had to Google the series to find this post, which made me all warm and fuzzy inside! This is one of my favorite series and I’ve read hundreds of books. Glad to hear it’s still alive 🙂 I’ll keep my eyes peeled in 2020!

  16. This is the most up to date update I have right now! I’m hoping to maybe have one out ‘soon’ to wrap up the year. Life is a little hectic at the moment with the upcoming holidays!

  17. Luke, I’ve been reading fantasy books since the seventies and Ascend online is awesome. It’s as good as anything I’ve read. You take as long as you need to but just be aware of one thing; We need the series to go on for as long as possible.

  18. Thank you so much Sean! I really appreciate hearing that! 🙂 I’ll be sure my best to make sure the story stays awesome and exciting every step of the way!

  19. Thank you for all you do, this is the mmorpg book that I was looking for. I finished all three books in a week or so. The story feelS real, and the mechanics of and mystery of ascend online keeps me interested. I really want to know what games, if any, inspired you? Did you ever play dark souls or rune scape, or were you a d@d kinda guy? Just curious, and again thank you for all you do!! Look forward to the next ascend online!!!!! Also there’s nothing wrong with a long book, I’m a Jordan and Sanderson fan so in my opinion the longer the better!

  20. Hey man! I am super happy to hear that you enjoyed the story so far!

    The biggest games that made an impact for me on the writing end of this was a mix between DnD, Everquest, and World of Warcraft, though I’ve played pretty much every single MMORPG under the sun at one point or another. Can’t get enough of them! I’m hoping that with a bit more time to get it sorted I’ll be able to have book 4 out for you all to enjoy soon enough!

  21. Hey Luke, I’ve really enjoyed the books to date so I was bummed to see it was going to be a bit longer before the next came out.

    Having said that… take your time, make them tight and do them right. I enjoyed your series so far because it’s not just a slog of battles or crazy leaps in plot. You and Drew Hayes are my two favorite writers in this genre – largely because of character development and plot. 😀 Keep at it, and I’m looking forward to the next release in it’s due time.

  22. Thanks man! I appreciate the understanding for the delay! I really want to make this the best story possible and sometimes that involves going back to tweak a few things to make it better. I hope that you love it once it’s done!

  23. Luke, I just wanted to add my voice to the horde of believers. While I am eagerly awaiting the next installment, I trust you to know when it is ready. I also wanted to shout out your willingness to respond to fans as you did with me a while back. Good luck and we look forward to the release.

  24. Thanks so much Galen! I appreciate the kind words! I hope you love the book once it’s out!

  25. Damn Luke, this is a great story. Love the depth that hasnt been mentioned much. Like the god’s tapestry. reminds me of Cephreals Hand.
    So keen to get a paperback of these next couple. Take youre time bro.
    Ps. Luke Daniels does a BOMB job on the audio

  26. Awesome! Thanks so much Jarrod! I am so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed the series so far! Hopefully you enjoy the rest yet to come too!

  27. Thank you for the great books can’t wait for the next one(s) take your time and make sure there are no mistakes i love the series and would love a signed copy if at all possible (if not that is ok)the series has inspired me to take up coding to try to create a game like this thank you for writing this book series

  28. Hello, I was looking for a fan theory site but could not find one, so I thought i would just ask the author. If this is too much I guess RAFO is what I would expect, but just to get the speculation ball rolling maybe I would ask if the Lady that is using Graves is the fiance of the King. I think it would have to be her because her motivations don’t seem to line up with that of the Dowager Queen.
    Also, I’m wondering if the Kings fiance could possibly be Destruction?
    Will they find another more intact Nafar city in the North?
    Will the next book open a way for Lerian to be able to help Lazarus access the plane that Molly is on?
    Will the layline provide ether to Eberia in time to help against the Holy Ascendency? Will Gonner learn magic and save them all ?

  29. Hi Luke

    Ascend online is one of my favorite series on Kindle. I’ve tried my hand at writing and I know how hard it can be to keep the flow of the story just right. So take your time an we will love it when you get it finished.

  30. Thank you! We’re plugging forward as best we can and will hopefully be on the other side sooner than later!

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