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Last Bastion

(FFO #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Bastion was supposed to mean safety. It was supposed to mean a break from fighting for their lives and a chance to talk to someone who might actually know what’s going on. Access to their gold and some beer would have been nice, too.

They got none of those things. When Tina and James arrive in the capital, they find a city on fire in more ways than one. Players and non-play
Kindle Edition, 563 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Aaron/Bach
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Nancy O'Toole Not that I'm aware of, but Travis did mention sometime earlier this year the book is in the professional editing stage. So hopefully soon?

EDIT- The an…more
Not that I'm aware of, but Travis did mention sometime earlier this year the book is in the professional editing stage. So hopefully soon?

EDIT- The answer is now April 30th(less)
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TS Chan
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
30 Apr: Last Bastion drops today in both ebook and audio formats.

I received an advanced reading copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

"Bastion was supposed to mean safety."

It seemed, however, that Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach decided that safety will be a bit boring for the fictional characters and the readers. Hence, they gave us a heart-pounding, fast-paced, action-packed and dangerously addictive MMORPG-style adventure in the world of Forever Fantasy Online with a great cas
3.5 stars

Book 2 of 3 of Forever Fantasy Online. Opens inmediatly after the end of the previous book, when the arrivals at the Sacred City of Bastion. Tina and the rest of players looking for a portal viable to go back home; and James with Fangs in a mission.

I used to like the so-called 'manly films' with tons of batle and action but lately I avoid war films, so it happen here that I skip several pages of mortal combat because there tons of violence and gory going on.

Tina is an obnoxious charact
Michael Sanchez
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent continuation of the story! I've really enjoyed this series, the characters that annoy me are products of their past and it makes sense. I can be frustrated with them and like them because I know how they became who they are. ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

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OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Last Bastion is the sequel to Forever Fantasy Online, the new LitRPG trilogy by Rachel Aaron & Travis Bach. With Forever Fantasy Online, they introduced us to James and Tina and the world of Forever Fantasy Online aka FFO. The first book dealt with the repercussions of the players finding out that the FFO world is a real one and that they are the intruders. The NPCs of that world hate them for their very existence and would actively wan
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the players (see what I did there?) from book one are back, and this time they have a whole lot more to deal with. Logistics! Ethics! Politics! Consequences! Relationship difficulties! Familial issues! Invading undead!

Relatable AF.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, this was another long book, but it just flew by due to all the excitement and action. I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the Forever Fantasy Online series.

At the end of the previous book there was some relief, since our two parties had finally met up and they were able to achieve their goal and port to the capital city where they thought they’d be safe. But turns out, things are not great in the capital either. There seems to be little leadership in the city and both players and NPCs
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my least favorite Rachel Aaron book ever. Of course, it's still a Rachel Aaron book so it's well worth the read, but it's just missing the heart and fun that her books normally have. I just found myself hating half of the characters, especially Tina, and wishing it were over. That's not a good sign. Here's hoping the last book in the series brings it all back together. ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Continuing from book 1, book 2 is well written, action packed read with some great characters to root for. The humor/relieve moments are great as I started to expect from the author since reading her other works (Heartstrikers).
In the sea of trash "Isekai" series (currently popular in Japan), FFO is one of the good ones and sure deserves to be put on anyone's "must read list". It doesn't invent anything expecially original but uses the standard tropes of "Isekai" genre to its full potential.
David H.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a bit frustrating due to our protagonists arguing or working at cross-purposes for 80% of the book, and there are two big "mysteries" that are left unsaid still (view spoiler).

All that said, it was still really fun and is making me want to fire up some computer games, and I look forward to whenever the final book comes out.
Feb 15, 2021 added it
Shelves: 2020
I dreaded picking this back up again because the good guys not communicating properly is one of my last favorite plot points ever.

Plus litrpg is just REALLY not my thing.
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Still engaged and still pretty interested in seeing how this is all going to turn out.

This part got a lot...darker and more visceral than I had expected though.

Nothing outside the realm of possibility or of what made sense to the story, but still, just a shade further than I thought it was going to go.

I did like the development of the relationships and the characters.

I did find it a tad annoying that NONE of the major questions of the first book were remotely answered or even really hinted a
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do I review this one? 2hrs into the book, I put it down... and almost didn't pick it up again, due in part to the fact that I was having trouble reconnecting with the characters, but mostly because of Josh Hurley's over the top narration. At the time, it just seemed like too much to take! To be fair, I quite enjoy these authors, and I had enjoyed their first book in the series, so I put "Bastion" away, thinking that maybe I'd just listened to too many LitRPG's recently, and needed a break fr ...more
Andy Zach
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Last Bastion by Rachel Aaron was the second volume of her Fantasy Forever Online series about gamers in a virtual world that becomes real and they cannot escape. If they die, they die for good. It's a wonderful premise that grabbed me and kept me through the first book.

In the second volume the problems continue and get worse. The biggest boss in the game, the Once King, plans to invade the game's main fortress, but the players and the NPCs, now just normal citizens and knights, are fighting each
The Bookshelf Wars
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FFO Is No Longer A Fantasy

Tina and James Anderson are finally reunited, but their struggles are far from over. These gamer siblings now find themselves on opposite ends of a bloody war, with a far more deadly enemy on the horizon.

As a veteran warrior, Tina lets her anger and aptitude for violence cloud her judgment. James, on the other hand, is determined to resolve the conflict peacefully, though his self-doubt is tripping him up. The painful history between them keeps getting in the way, so th
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book. A lot of the story was focused on Tina and Jame's relationship now that they've been reunited in this volume. There was a lot of drama and some strong character development, giving the characters a lot of life. Tina could quite frustrating with her stubborn and unwillingness to listen, which is funny considering I often got frustrated on her behalf in the first book. It was frustrating but it gave her character a distinct personality and life.

The story had an quite an epic trail and
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bronwyn McNeil
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is different to Rachel's other books and she did warn readers. I read the first book in the series and enjoyed the character development and setting. However, I found that there was just too much blood and gore in this one, especially towards the end and I skipped the last 2 chapters to see what happened. I also got a bit tired of the antagonism Tina showed towards her brother and kept waiting for a good reason to be revealed. The reason for SB's refusal to reveal his real life problem is a ...more
Chris Evans
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Picks up right where the last one left off and goes full throttle the whole time. If anything, too full throttle. I took off one star from an other wise highly enjoyable book just because it was too extreme without enough down time to breath. It does do a good job of putting across the stress of narrative, but I could really have used a chapter or two of something simple, like crafting.

(view spoiler)
3.5 rounded down.

If you look at my reading updates you can see that I have a lot of feelings about Tina. Sometimes I don't mind that a character infuriates me. I can still love the story with them in it. But Tina... Oef. She belongs in the story but where in the first story her character made sense now she felt a bit too one-dimensional. But saying that also feels like it's a bit not fair because the story takes place over just a few days? How much character development can you have in what 3 da
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Very nearly DNF'd the series at about the halfway mark. I think the author delves into realistic subjects, and important ones - but I don't really care. I'm reading fantasy. I'd read about the Israel/Palestine conflict if I wanted realism.

So this has helped me be aware that I don't care for books where there are two teams of good guys fighting each other. I knew it already, morally grey characters really do nothing for me. I feel like I get enough of it in my news feed.

I'm reading fantasy to ex
Jon Koelzer
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Love the world building. Irksome in some parts, however. Tina is a mega b**** to James in the beginning and no one seems to notice. The whole thing seems shoe-horned in. feels as though the author is delaying character development too long, stirring fueds and anger where unjustified. Same can be said for characters like kuro kawaii etc. Minor nit-picking though. A story is a story and if you're looking for fantasy-epic with litRPG elements this is right up there with the ranks of the best. Plus ...more
vanessa parks
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is the second book in the in the FFO series and it does not disappoint . .

The characters are complex in that they are not all good or all bad. One minute I'm rooting for Roxxy and thinking she's the hero and the next minute, I think she's the villain. The world building is amazing and actually makes sense considering the characters are trapped inside a video game. The books don't end in cliff hangers but it still leaves plenty of questions about background stories unanswered. I can't
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really long book! I was surprised at how many hours I got for my Audible credit. :)

It's a continuation of the story in which video game players are trapped in the game. This book focused more on Tina / Roxxy and not so much James, which is probably good because James is kind of annoying.

All that time though and we still end up with a cliffhanger! Fortunately Rachel Aaron writes fast.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last Bastion

So, I'm a big fan of the author and a gamer myself which means the FFO series should have been the perfect read for me. That said, I didn't love the first book. But like I said, I'm a fan of the author so I gave Last Bastion a chance. So glad I did. Enjoyed this to the point where I say down and started an MMO and then had to resist the urge to start as a tank.
Well developed world with a good story arc.
Fate's Lady
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: litrpg
The drama between Tina and James has risen to an annoying level and they're honestly both starting to grate on me. The other micro dramas are either resolved or stabilized, it seems, and the majority of the plot centered on the struggle for survival and the war with the undead. The larger plot was okay but I struggled to get invested since I don't like either protagonist much. ...more
Stephen Kruger
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first one

I had a hard time getting into this series, if I were not a Rachel Aaron fan, I would have given up after the first few chapters of book 1. But much like wheel of time, once I got halfway through the first book, I was hooked. This book is as gripping, and was start to finish. Definitely read the first book first.
Johanna Dobbs
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for #3

Awesome world building and well written story. I was glad there was some resolution between Tina and James. If you enjoyed SOA and like to read then this book is for you.
Justin Barber
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and full of action and feels

Love this one even more than the first. Aaron is an amazing storyteller that really creates complicated characters who you care about intensely. Best series I have read this year. Please keep them coming.
Alex Matheny
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good read

Such a unique perspective to the trapped in the game scenario. Really liked this first book, and the second builds so wonderfully on it.
Rebecca McKinnon
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this one ALMOST as much as the first.
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