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Sufficiently Advanced Magic

Arcane Ascension, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Arcane Ascension, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
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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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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.

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Glad I kept going!

I regretted purchasing this book for some time as I struggled with the narrator's voice, but im.really glad I persisted. The story is excellent, a unique fantasy world and a twisting story that is well written. I even grew to... tolerate the narrator. I'm already looking for more from this writer!

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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

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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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Whingy teenager plays RPGs

Listen to the preview. If you can deal with that, you might enjoy this book. If the winy voice recounting what appears to be some sort of quest game sets your teeth on edge, do yourself a favour and stop. It doesn't get any better when the self-obsessed teen's friends show up. I literally lost count of the number of times they rolled their eyes.

And what's with authors making up swear words? You've imported names and offensive gestures from our English-speaking world: why make up some new swear and use it exclusively? Ooh, so edgy.

Maybe it gets better in the second half. I returned it before that.

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not too bad... well just okay... it was alright.

the magic system was unique but some times un-necessarily over powers the story. the main character's progression through the story is always underwhelmed by his mental regression so the two contanstly flip-flop back and forth which becomes tedious at times. Nick Podehl does an excellent performance but sometimes his voices don't range very well, which mixes up whose actually talking. otherwise enjoyed it and looking to what follows.

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Very niche book

I brought this audio book after really enjoying Nick Poedhels narration of Cephraels hand. I enjoyed his voice regardless of the story. The book itself is more like a narration of a dungeons and dragons game than a fantasy epic. The characters are unfortunately fairly typical, I didn't feel myself warming to them sadly. The story revolves around a 17 year old in a 'magical school'. The world building and magic system are good and offer some interest but in terms of story it fell flat. The author tries desperately to draw the audience in with a number of twists, however they are so cliched that I was waiting for them to happen. I will probably buy the next part to pass the time driving to work. All in All, the story is ok, it just didn't wow me

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Trash fantasy but really fun

I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting and fun. You always feel as though the characters are progressing & improving in their skills, part of the reason people love playing RPGs. It is a book I would be ashamed of telling anyone I had read mainly because the author makes it too much like an RPG. There is so much focus on “levels” & people having 48 mana that I started to cringe. More like playing Diablo 2 than reading a book in the end. I hope the sequels feel more genuine as a story and less focused on the magic system.

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A computer game?

like a literacy form of a (computer) game, for people, who doesn't play themselvea. More specifically, a RPG (roleplaying game). Thus, it doesn't justify the execptionally high rating for me.

On a positivw side. Main character wasn't hero himself, he was a glue, which held group together. Emphatic guy, relatively witty and also doing smart things and acting quickly; also not a selp blaming type ("oh noes, it is all my fault!" starting with bad guys actions and ening with poverty and famine in the world).


Overally, I'd rather play a game, than listen to another part in series.

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forgettable

Not the worst book I've read but easily forgettable. The book never seems to show any growth... although the a sexual lead was an inspired choice.

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  • 13-01-20

Levels doesn't matter

So the levels of the power doesn't really matter as you can see even a first year student can hold off experienced higher level opponents with some prepping. Let's just make up stuff while we go, shall we? And the LGBT bit was dropped in like a bomb without preamble. It is got a good world setup but all gone to waste.

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  • Brian
  • 10-04-19

The protagonist gets on your nerves...

I almost sent this book back, but I kept slogging through it because the story had some potential. I liked some of the characters, some interesting plot twists, but it could not stay on track. It obviously is playing on the success of the Harry Potter line, which I really enjoyed, but it did not do a good job. The plot had "dragon-sized" holes in it. The Tristan "thread" did not ring true or authentic. The whole story with Corin's family was very thin. What is up with Mom?! Corin's level of angst, second-guessing himself and seeming incompetence (which the author describes in excruciating, annoying detail) does not make sense based on the level of training he did. This book was unnecessarily long (please don't have a spell that takes over five seconds to say while you are in combat!). Having said all that I did finish the book. I am still debating whether I will buy the second book. I have not read the reviews and I don't know if I can take any more of Corin Cadence. If I do, I will have to change my mindset. Just try to enjoy what is done well. I read/listen to a lot of this genre. This is not IMHO a book as good as Rowling, Card, Bujold, Hearne but it has some good points...just not enough of them.

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  • Colton
  • 10-02-19

Feels like an RPG

In most magic based series it's hard to understand how strong/skilled a person really is and even harder to truly understand their growth. This author made it a whole lot easier by giving us actual numbers and words any gamer could easily understand. One of the reviews here states the reader couldn't get passed a certain point because the protagonist of the series isn't remotely as skilled with magic as the reader assumed he would be based on the characters background, I happen to disagree, but maybe we understood that background a little differently. The main character grew up in a family famous for being very skilled in regards to dueling. In fact it is their militaristic prowess that helped them become nobles in the first place, the author makes it clear that the character was pulled out of public school to be privately trained for the previous 5 years in the art of dueling. And one could assume this meant magic too, but reading onward you should realize that until they receive an attunement magicians are fairly weak and have little to no useful skills. Thus, the character was brought up as a "melee" duelist, he happens to be far more skilled than most of his peers in terms of physical combat. Not magic although he certainly has potential. I'm not in any way a writer so please pardon any grammatical errors, I have also begun the second book so I'll stop here to avoid any spoilers. Give this series a shot, I definitely believe it deserves it.

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  • Midwest Male
  • 22-03-19

juvenile

I assume the target audience is teens, because this book has no plot whatsoever. it's like a lame D&D RPG game brought to life. It essentially starts in a dungeon and assumes the reader gets excited by listening to how someone else chooses their adventure. literally that's how new characters are introduced....random encounters.

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  • Keith Murray
  • 23-01-19

Book is pretty bad

The narration is good, but the story is honestly not very good and poorly written.

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  • thomas
  • 23-03-19

Performance can't overcome poor story :/

I had high hopes for this series, but it really is a 2/5 in many ways. I don't have much to say on this book except it's very cringey in many spots, and I would really like to be warned ahead of time before they talk about underage homosexual potential. I am actually going to return this book if I can and this is only second time I've done this. Be warned - although minor and not graphic, normal dudes just do not want to hear about homosexual stuff, period. I have 2 friends who are gay, but the last thing I ever want to hear is about teenage boys having a crush on one another and thank god they didn't put anything graphic in this book or I woulda stopped it immediately. I will not purchase book 2 and I highly recommend people are prepared for a very boring book that uses the word disconcerting a ton. Also the magic system is really bland and the main character is a scared ass who's outshone by his sister and several others

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  • Brian
  • 18-03-20

Author deceives audience for first 3/4 of book.

75% of the way in you find out its just pushing authors agenda. which is sad because i really loved the world. And i really liked the over analyzing. Then, with absolutely 0 buildup or any foreshadowing the main character is now gay. even though he spent the whole book noticing female beauty. Im ok with a gay protaganist, just please dont change personality mid way to make a name for yourself.

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  • Andrea
  • 15-01-19

mc

an extremely unlikable main character, and even some of the side characters. I will not read the second book

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  • Foster
  • 10-04-19

Lackluster

Book has interesting concepts but main character is needlessly ignorant of many seemingly well known concepts in the world. For a person who was privately trained to be a magical warrior he seems to have missed a large portion of the magical part. Was hard to keep listening and finally dropped it when the author randomly added a love path with an interesting character out of no where for seemingly no reason or purpose.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-18

Completely misleading book

This book had me pulled in and relating with the main character and took an awful turn in an attempt to be edgy.

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