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A Warrior's Knowledge, Book 2

The Castes and the OutCastes
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Castes and the OutCastes, Book 2
Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Summary

With A Warrior's Path, Davis Ashura introduced fans to Arisa, an ancient world rich with history and myth where humanity struggles to survive the never-ending battle with the demon Suwraith and her hordes of Chimeras. Now Ashura's best-selling epic continues with A Warrior's Knowledge.

Rukh Shektan and Jessira Grey struggle to reach the OutCaste city of Stronghold before winter's snow bars all passages. Their travels test Rukh's will and hope as Chimeras hound their footsteps, but the most difficult challenge proves to be Stronghold itself. The city is not as Jessira described.

Rector Bryce and Mira Terrell form a reluctant alliance. Rector is forced to do the bidding of Dar'El Shektan - the man he betrayed - and works with Mira. They seek a means to bring down House Shektan's most bitter rival, Hal'El Wrestiva, the man responsible for Rukh's banishment. Meanwhile, Bree and Jaresh continue their search for the Sil Lor Kum. Danger lurks, and the withering knife murders continue as Hal'El Wrestiva, the SuDin of the Sil Lor Kum, furthers his own intentions.

And high in the heavens and watching over the world is Suwraith. Her clouded mind is clear for the first time in millennia, and she makes her own plans. The sorrow bringer has learned of Stronghold's existence.

©2014 Davis Ashura (P)2015 Davis Ashura

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A worrior,s knowledge

This is the second book in the series and has continued on with the story an excellent endever only over to quickly. As the story builds it keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for more can t wait to start book three but I suppose I should get some sleep as it has been a long couple of nights following the story keeping me awake till. Early hours most enjoyable read

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  • Kent
  • 16-06-16

I've tried to like this series, but I'm done.

The premise is interesting, and the characters are almost compelling. They should be, but they're hampered by the lackluster editing and dreary internal dialogue. I'd be willing to bet that there are literally hours of wasted words of monotonous, redundant internal dialogue in this book. The characters' struggle with puritanism, morals and prejudices are extremely important to the story. I get that. But after being repeatedly hammered with it, I find that I'm simply wishing I could skip ahead to ANY type of action or substance. The author is so obsessed with the internal struggles of ALL of the characters that he often chops up the story, interrupts the time line, sidelines the plot and hijacks his own story just to get a few more licks in about how awkward everyone feels about everything ever. Perhaps early in book one this might've been useful. A reminder or three in book two would have sufficed. However, if you were to cut out all the internal struggle from this book it would be about half its length. I'm tired of swimming through mundane monologues of thought just to reach some type of story arc.

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  • Boris Fomitchev
  • 18-01-19

Too much teen angst

This book droned on too much about inner struggle/ angst. Could have been way better if it was half as long.

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  • CaptCarey
  • 20-12-16

drama drama drama

characters just keep getting dumber and dumber. not even interested in reading another book to listen to them get dumber

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • ByEqualMeasure - julie
  • 02-12-15

The Enemy of My Enemy is my Brother!

A warrior's Knowledge, Book 2 is an uplifting sequel!!
It begins where Book 1 left off. In this book plot ties made in the first book are strengthened. We get to know the characters more: some come through tribulation stronger and wiser while others completely give over to their darkest nature even knowing it leads to insanity.
I really grew to care for the characters especially Rukh and Ida.
Character development all throughout the book is strong. The chosen few that have accepted old enemies as "friends" and shared their mind with powerful wild beast slowly- through their actions and choices- begin to spread hope for a new more unified world. More and more people are asking themselves hard questions which begin opening up their heart for new ideas to take root.
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud, cheered for those in peril and cried for those whom faced the end with courage.
Well worth a credit!

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  • Stu M.
  • 03-03-18

Poor

Too much time is wasted on everyone looking at each other through "hooded eyes". A sad follow on from the first in the series.

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  • Shane
  • 28-01-18

I could barely finish it

Narrator was great, story was like a teen romance novel except twilight had more depth. I love the aspect of the chimera humanism, but damn.

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  • magnus
  • 03-01-17

90% filler

A promising story that turns into a teenage romance novel. Boring and poorly written aswell

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  • Jacob
  • 29-08-16

A solid follow-up to the first

AWK does a good job of continuing the story of the Castes and OutCastes. The story remains decent, though it is extremely predictable. Problems are solved all too easily, leaving the reader to jump from 'incident' to 'incident' with little connection between them. I was hoping that we would begin to learn more about the world around the characters, but unfortunately we do not. My feeling is that this sequel is very much in line with the first book; if you liked the first, then you will like the second.

Nick Podehl's voice acting remains passable. He struggles with female characters, resulting in a universe of women that all seem to be flighty valley-girl types, regardless of how they are described in the text. Part of this is Ashura's fault; the female characters exist largely as romantic foils for the male characters. But part of this is Podehl's relatively narrow range of voices.

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  • BubbaTree
  • 12-12-15

Good Good Good

I liked the building story. Hopefully this will not be a 10 book series. I really want to see how the queen is beaten down. The narrator grew on me throughout this book. I still have a problem with his voice performance of some of the women characters. In trying to sound feminine, it just sounds like a "flaming" homosexual instead of a lady, but on everything else I really think he does a better job than most I've heard. I also respect this author for creating a strong attraction between two characters without going to deep into details.

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  • Shawn M Bester
  • 14-03-18

good story too much basis on real life

I like the concept of the book the only problem I'm running into in this story is the lack of creativity in the world like food and names and ceremonies etc it throws you back into the real world when you are listening .The narrator is my fave though so I keep listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful