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Transcendent

Ascendant, Book 2
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Ascendant, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (496 ratings)

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Summary

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard.

Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

©2016 Craig Alanson; 2018 Podium Publishing

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Anticlimax

If I had to describe the trilogy in one word it would be 'anticlimax'. I felt the first two books and much of the third were constructing an interesting story, and nearing the end of the 3rd book I was wondering what the next book would bring. But then, in a few chapters, the story suddenly came to an end in an utterly disappointing way, almost as if the author couldn't be bothered to continue the story.

I read other reviews on the first and second book and saw some people described them (especially the second one) as page fillers. At the time, however, I thought the author was creating an extensive world and story. I was wrong. When I finished the final book, I realised most of the first and third book as well as the entire second book, are completely irrelevant to the overall story arch.

I endured what I thought to be minor imperfections in the first and second book (mistakes, needless repetition, slow pace, derivative naming of places and characters) because I felt the story had potential, instead I should have realised they where symptoms of something more problematic, an author who only half heartedly threw together a fantasy story.

*SPOILERS*

Koren takes two books to realise he is a wizard, and then in the third book he receives no training whatsoever before beating the demon in a way that could have happened at the end of book 1.

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Just a gap filler.

Felt like this was unnecessary filler just so he could have a trilogy of books.

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Outstanding

Love almost every second of all three books. Craig Alanson has become one of my favourite authors and Tim Gerard Reynolds performance is simply excellent.

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Epic story

Was unsure about this series but 2nd book down in as many weeks . that must speak for itself.

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brilliantly written

I dived right in instantly after book one. this is a worthy sequel. I enjoyed every word

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good book

it was a good book but it needed more action with corran involved. more action

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Great book, great narration

It is difficult to stop listening to these books, it's a great series. Well written and the narration brings the book to life

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GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters

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Epic. Well written. Always keeps you guessing.

Came to these books in the break pending the next instalment of Spec Ops (by the same author).
Blown away. love every second of this story. Well done!!

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Transcend

5 star I loved cedran but the story was a bit jumpy so u can’t find ur way back to the bit that u were listening

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  • Christopher
  • 08-01-18

Can't wait for the next one...

My only complaint about the first book was the author's reliance on repeated miscommunications to move the plot. I was a bit wary when I spent the credit on this book as I was totally fed up with the "if they'd only told him the truth" device that was used to create the major character conflicts in the first installment.

I'm happy to say that this book was much better in that regard. If you are on the fence about continuing the story I whole-heartedly recommend that you invest the credit.

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  • Evan Rose
  • 04-01-18

Cut the boy some slack

I’ve fallen in love with this series. And for a while I couldn’t figure out why. Was it the story? The story is decent but the motions are predictable to someone who knows the flow of novels such as these. Is it the magic? While interesting the magic is mostly soft and is based on feelings, and needs of the character. Was it the Characters? Most of them are archetypical: The young ruler hoping to prove oneself, the wise and world weary mage, and the kind hearted protagonist.

Then it hit me. The thing that made me fall in love with the series is its sincerity. Everyone is acting completely rational and towards what they think is best, either for themselves or others. And that often leads to the tragedies the characters suffer through. In fantasy it is often that good natured characters do so simply because they were written in one shade of ink. They do because they are. But the main character acts the way he does almost out of misplaced guilt and honest thanks for all those around him. Which is what leads to the heart reaching points when that faith and trust is abused and life continues to beat him when he is down. I listened to the 2 books out because I as the reader, know that the protagonist deserves better and I want the best for him. I could care less if the army of darkness takes over the whole world, all I want in that universe is for the protagonist to be treated the way I know he deserves to be.

Tim Geared Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators on the site (I recommend his performances in Dawn of Wonder, and the Riyria books).

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  • Jar233
  • 15-01-18

Filler

Nothing happens. Nothing important. We could have skipped almost 98% of it and moved to the next book. The characters didn't grow in any meaningful way either. It just feels cheap, more content, but lower quality. Hope this was a fluke.

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  • Brian
  • 09-01-18

Alanson's first miss with me.

First the good. I like the world and the color added to it. Although rather small overall, there were a few nice moments... but...

This was a hard listen. It is a bridge book where so little happens that in another book would be covered in a couple chapters.

There were times I honestly wondered if Craig is getting paid by the word. Almost every detail is repeated so many times. Since most everything isn't actual plot advances, it gets crazy dull fast.

All the characters loose IQ in this book, not that book 1 gifted them with great intelligence, but the story was a good setup with room to grow.

Quite frankly, I feel confident that you will be able to move straight to book 3 when released and miss nothing important that won't be repeated twelve times in the first couple chapters of book 3.

I've liked all of Alanson's other books and provided solid reviews. and this is a rare bad review from me. The only two things that happen of any real plot are greatly telegraphed and obvious from book 1. These plot advances should have happened in book 1 then ended for a sequel.

I'm hoping for reparations to his fans by a solid book 3.

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  • drynick
  • 25-02-18

amazing

easily one of my favorite series, story telling was superb as well!!! found myself listening when I should have been working/sleeping or i'd find myself driving around just to listen more it's that good!

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  • thomas l stewart
  • 23-02-18

hurry up with book 3!

another wonderful book from Craig Alanson! I absolutely love them and cannot wait for the 3 book in the series.

of course the narration is amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds is simply the best narrator of all time.

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  • lee
  • 04-01-18

This is a good book and held my interest

Alanson knows what he is doing. Great talent. you Will not be disappointed. Can't wait until the next book.

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  • Kaleb
  • 04-01-18

Even better than the first!!

The characters from the first book were fleshed out more in the second book and the world felt more lived in. Intrigue and battles were far more prevalent as well. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. 5 stars.

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  • Fransmom
  • 06-01-18

Too slow to get to the crux

Can’t believe that it took a he end of book two for this teen to put two and two together. At this pace the series is going to be extremely long. I think I see wha

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  • Frank Valdez
  • 23-02-18

Excellent

Good story.
Excellent performance. Mr. Reynolds is by far my favorite.
Highly recommend for fans of the genre.

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