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Summary

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess.

He never returned.

Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

If he can survive the trials, Corin will earn an attunement, but that won't be sufficient to survive the dangers on the upper levels. For that he's going to need training, allies, and a lot of ingenuity.

The journey won't be easy, but Corin won't stop until he gets his brother back.

©2017 Andrew Rowe (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Joe
  • UK
  • 05-08-17

Fun "D&D" style adventure.

I really enjoyed this. If you like coming of age stories where a protagonist has to apply problem solving to overcome difficult situations and underdog encounters then you will probably like this.

The style is a bit unique, and I can see a huge influence from D&D or similar. The majority of the "fights" are dungeon type encounters, and other puzzle rooms reminiscent of games and tabletop gaming.

I really enjoyed it, but I could see some might have issues with the pacing in the middle-end of the book.

The narrator was excellent.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

Tower is interesting, the magic is well thought out with good rules and it keeps you on your toes. great ending to book one 1. loved it

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Loved the funny voices of the narrator, good night

I can finally have a proper sleep, it's indeed true that, it will keep you up at night and now I can't wait to start with the next one. The narrator improve the experience, making it more colorful with the different accents given to the different characters. Overall all it's a good book for teenagers, with a good vocabulary and it is amusing for both genders. I would recommend it after the works of Jk Rowling and Suzanne Collins

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Amazing world building

I loved this story and was amazed by the level of detail given to the world. I could imagine this being made into a epic RPG game I would love to play.

The story was excellent and well thought out. I didn't see the final twist coming and it was very interesting.

I am looking forward to any more in this series as there is so much more to be explored in the world and the story line.

Also I though the narrator did an excellent job and made it an enjoyable listen. Hope it's not too long till the next.

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Loved it!

Great world building, interesting characters and a detailed plot. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Great magic system

This book has strong characters with a varied and well thought out magic system. Definitely recommend ^^

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Enjoyable fantasy adventure

A rather enjoyable fantasy adventure, reminiscent of many a night spent playing dungeon role playing adventures. The main characters are well fleshed out, if occasionally predictable, the story flows well and I am now waiting for the next in the series.

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Amazing story

Great story, wonderful engaging characters and very well Executed.
It draws you in to want more.

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Epic DnD style fantasy

absolutely enthralling book, Loved it - new fantasy at its very best. I'm now gutted that there isn't a second one yet!

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Really enjoyed this

A great audio book. Performance quite possibly notched it up from a 4 to a 5, very good. Good story, nicely written and a good magic system very comprehensively explored. If you like your traditional coming of age fantasy this book's for you.

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  • Jason
  • 20-07-17

Very good book

Books I like.

Name of the wind series
Anything from Brandon Sanderson
The warded man series
The light bringer series.

I say this to you in hopes that if you liked those books you will probably like this one as well. I won't tell you about the book as it does matter what I say. Nick is a very good reader makes the book easy to listen to. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • CJinMD
  • 07-08-17

Great listen!

A story that keeps you waiting to see what's next as the potential is endless and the character development is really good. Of course Nick Podehl's narration is stellar as usual. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!

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  • Jason
  • 28-08-17

Listen to tons of fantasy. Easily my favorite of the year

Listen to tons of fantasy. Easily my favorite of the year and possibly before that. I started reading because I like the narrator and quickly got super into this specific story and now listening to authors other books. I cannot wait until the next in this series comes out it was just sooo good.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph Zurat
  • 08-07-17

Great first volume of a series

Andrew Rowe is definitely writing for me specifically. Both of his series scratch the itch that I feel for Anime/Game-inspired Hard Fantasy. The characters and plots are fun. There are some nice twists at the back end. As far as structure, it feels like each chapter is a chapter or so of a Manga, and the first book is roughly three story arcs. I dig that pacing.

Also, Nick Podehl is always a very consistent reader, and this time is no different. I look forward to more!

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  • Eric
  • 10-07-17

Worth a listen.

What did you love best about Sufficiently Advanced Magic?

This could easily, with a few changes fit squarely in the Lit RPG category. It is not told that way but I get the feeling the idea may have started that way with the author. that is obviously just my opinion and I could be wrong. It is a good book and I will get the next installment as soon as it comes out. There is only one thing in the whole book that irritates me, and again this is just me and may not bother anyone else. The creatures, and there are many are all called simply "monsters" throughout the book. I don't know why precisely, it just grated. Also, I think at this point I would listen to a cook book if it was narrated by Nick Podehl as he seems to only narrate stuff I like, within whatever category it resides. This is no exception.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-07-17

Overall great

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author did a great job of creating well thought out world.

My problems, which keep me from giving a 5. ** may contain slight spoilers **
Corin - it is annoying how he can so scared and brave throughout the book. In addition, he wants to (has to grow stronger faster than anyone) progress but refuses to use his own mental powers. It's so frustrating.
Plot line - the are many different threads that the author will probably get to but they are weaved in and out and a lot aren't answered.
Characters - are all unique but don't have the greatest depth or growth
Pace - jumps around and gets slow at points.

48 of 58 people found this review helpful

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  • Gus
  • 04-07-17

My brain was engaged as much as my heart in this.

1st. it probably goes without saying. Nick Podehl is an outstanding Narrator. He is the reason i decided to pick up this book and I am so glad that I did. Not only does he make the story come to life like no other, but it seems like he only reads books that have worthy content.

This book has a lot of world building, a richly thought-out magic system, and strong main characters that really feel good to root for. At the end of the book I found myself drooling with anticipation. Truly a Gem of a book. I cannot wait for the next.

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  • Dante Mekaj
  • 09-03-18

My god this book was great

What made the experience of listening to Sufficiently Advanced Magic the most enjoyable?

The narrator was exceptional and voiced the character he was supposed to be quite well. His female voices were all fairly convincing and I quite appreciate that. The book has a great balance of magic and worldbuilding elements and although it can be slow at times when it picks up BOY does it pick up. I'm furious that it's over and I can't immediately begin on the next in the series even in print.

What other book might you compare Sufficiently Advanced Magic to and why?

It's like grown up harry potter but significantly more interesting.

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

His female voices and his ability to voice the perfect emotion for the character he was supposed to be. Excellent work.

Any additional comments?

BUY THIS

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  • Jonathan
  • 19-12-17

First ever review

I’m listening to it as I write this. I’m a 75+ books deep and most of those multiple times. This is my first ever review.

Disconcerting. I heard the word “disconcerting” a thousand times. “Well that’s disconcerting” to be more exact. One time, I was thinking about the main character saying “well that’s disconcerting” and would you know it, he said it.

The magic system isn’t very fleshed out. The most in depth it gets is pushing “mana” around through different parts of their bodies. Where the used the mana and where they had a mark changed how the mana works? Don’t know how. Never really effects anything either except that the main character is a little bit of a bitch and is afraid to use his head mana for few of hurting himself. Dude is obsessed about not using his head mana.

There are kinda cool monster and demigod things but, they are talked about more than actually being present in the book. Maybe book 2? I’ll give it a shot mostly because of Nick Podehl. He’s one of my favorites.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jake E Fisher
  • 23-10-17

Great beginning to a series

This was such a fantastic book. It took certain things I don't normally care for in a story and made them interesting and good. I like the idea of DnD style challenges and puzzles. And I absolutely love the concept of getting new powers items and abilities thus changing the fundamental capabilities of different characters. I can't wait to read more of the series and see where it all goes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful