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On the Shoulders of Titans

Arcane Ascension, Book 2
Auteur(s): Andrew Rowe
Narrateur(s): Nick Podehl
Durée: 24 h et 46 min
5 out of 5 stars (218 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 43,85
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Description

Corin Cadence finally has a firm reason to believe his brother, Tristan, is still alive. Unfortunately, finding more information isn’t going to be easy. Tristan appears to be entangled with a clandestine organization that calls themselves Whispers. And Corin’s last brush with the Whispers didn’t exactly end well.

As much as he wants to follow that lead, Corin has more pressing problems to deal with. Sera is still suffering from a mysterious malady that has stolen her voice and her magic. Corin knows that a portion of that is his fault, and he’s determined to fix it. His mother is still off in another country, and there are growing odds that she’s involved with a conspiracy to overthrow the visages.

Corin has also been branded with a new magical mark on his right hand - one that even veteran climbers don’t seem to recognize. He’s going to need to figure out how it works, otherwise it could be more of a vulnerability than an asset.

Corin still hasn’t finished his first year at Lorian Heights. If he fails his final exams, he’ll be sent off to the military and lose his chance to investigate his brother’s fate. And finally, there’s the issue of enemies. He might have made a few of them.

The biggest problem? He’s not sure if Jin, once one of his closest companions, is one of them.

©2018 Andrew Rowe (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Great series<br />

Great narration and good story. Interesting magic system with a main character that isn't overpowered.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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amazing

The performance was unparalleled. Story kept me going all the way through. thanks for the tale.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Too awesome!

Love the amount of representation in this story!! I am so happy I found this and looking forward to more!!

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  • Wes
  • 2019-02-09

Great Sequel! Nick is the best.

Great book, and of course Nick Podehl delivers another amazing performance! Solid sequel, although if the epilogue is true I'm not sure I'd be as interested in a side story rather than the next entry...

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    5 out of 5 stars
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awsome

a great continuation of the series. Nick Podel does a amazing job at bringing the characters to life. now I'm in holding for the series to continue.

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    4 out of 5 stars

great story

loved the story and characters. the performance of the narrator was epic. my only issues were with a few things corinne does that's out of character especially regarding his father's scenes.

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    1 out of 5 stars

Why did you have to go that direction?

I understand the way of the world these days, but i really wish the author didn't push this Social justice warrior BS into his book. I didn't want a lesson in pronouns, i wanted a fantasy story.
The entire story feels forced and lazy, like an after thought, it has left a bitter taste in my mouth.
I thought I would try and give it a second chance after the first book, but I am very un impressed.
Nick Podehl did amazing as usual, even if the characters were whiny and a bit over the top, he delivered them with masterful skill.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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PC culture propaganda

The first book was fine the mane character is gay but no biggy, this book though starts to get into dilusional gender propaganda there is only 2 sexes and you don't get to choose. I find it offensive and can't finish the book when it's propoganda. I'm bisexual and I find this offensive.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Interesting Dungeon Delving/university fun.

I love the world, the story and Nick's performance. The only failing in my eyes is that it's another awkward white guy as the protagonist, which while it's the demographic you're going for makes it hard for me to try to get some friends to move past it when I recommend it. Loved the lbgtq friendliness built into the society.

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  • quelSaabOwner
  • 2019-01-19

well performed, good story

Wish there was more, climatic battle not as epic as last one. Feels like a foundation or bridging book to the overall story.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert Taylor
  • Lancaster, PA
  • 2019-01-18

Fills a void.

I was super excited for the second book in the series with the ramp up of the previous. I just couldn't get into this one the same way. There was interesting magic, a few exciting scenes, but it was also very fluffy and dragged in many parts. Corin can get very annoying, and it starts to grate on you. I'm not saying to skip it, but don't expect the same excitement as the first book.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael B.
  • 2019-01-16

I really dislike the chapter on gender neutrality. it felt fake and nearly ruined the entire story. focusing so heavily on one religion of the society and breezing over the many other religions make it seem as a ploy to express the writers whim or real world beliefs. I dont want a book with a sprinkling style of writing to force political beliefs down my thought all at once but by slowly dispersing the information threw out the book building to a clear picture like all the other aspects of the world so far.

37 personnes sur 48 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Derek Treadway
  • Dayton, OH
  • 2019-02-19

Great series but pushes unnecessary politics

So I loved the story. The things I don't love are the unnecessary addition of lgbtq politics. In the first book the author basically made one of the most mysterious characters into a stupid love interest and that character hasn't found a way back into the story in real vigor because of it, way to ruin a great character making them senselessly gay. Now there's another character who "identifies" as a man/woman but it was done with that being a character quirk and not even a real aspect of her character, just that she is to be referred to as "they". I can live with that because it doesn't take from the story, like the first lgbtq injection, but the author doesn't stop cratering and has to re explain the politics multiple times. As a reader it's takes you out of the immersion to see an author that already recites things multiple times because the main character has the confidence of a shrew but to have to push through bs modern politics in a book that doesn't need them or just feeling as if the author thinks you're an idiot needing to include flash backs from the previous chapter.

Overall I really like the story and the characters. My gripes are the injection of LGBTQ politics senselessly and the authors disbelief that readers can remember what happened a chapter before. The series reminds me og a Korean manga called tower of God a lot. Would recommend to those who can stomach useless lgbtq politics.

21 personnes sur 27 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jonathan park
  • 2019-01-16

The author tries awfully hard to be hip and modern

The author likes to talk about using gender-neutral pronouns, and mixes in our cultural biases without any explanation of how it fits into the fantasy society. It's often distracting and haphazard at best. Sarah seems more likable than our main protagonist. Other than that the story is good for the most part. Neat ideas and directions are taken that makes the story still enjoyable. I just wish our author introduced the society a little better, it just takes away from the story when you add in random modern day political beliefs into a fantasy story without even doing it smoothly. I read these kinda of books to get away from all the political stuff on TV today. Not be reminded of it again in a random way that doesn't even fit with a medievalish society.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Marc Welch
  • 2019-01-19

Love this series

When I first read Sufficiently Advanced Magic, I was hooked. I could not wait for this book to come out. After finishing this book, I know that this is one of my favorite book series. Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator and I cannot wait for more books in this series. I will definitely tell everyone about this series. I highly recommend reading it.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • kyle
  • 2019-01-21

good concept full of shit

too much political garbage, and 1D characters. however the magical world the author created is amazing.

it felt like an entire chapter was dedicated to gender identification, super annoying. worst of all referred to the genderless person with a plural pronoun making it rather annoying to figure out if the author is talking about 1, 2, or 3 of the siblings. turns out there 2.
the character are really flat and new characters are only introduced to further story progression. with this bad habit of the author you know any person the start to talk about is ether going to play a large part helping the mc. or be a bad guy fight or embody what the author sees as evil.
I dont even want to get into the mc. issues.
however the world created is s great amalgamation of the video games we grown up with and fantasy books. the idea to break apart magic into different schools is an old one but the way the author did with different types of magic was very enjoyable. I believe this idea could of gone as big as harry potter if not for the above issues and political garbage. I will however be looking forward to the next book in Hope's that it improves and to see how he grows the world

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dante Mekaj
  • 2019-01-26

A great continuation, just as good as the first.

First off, I think that the other readers who are giving this story 2-3 and even some 1 stars because they are complaining about the political view on genders have completely allowed their prejudice to cloud the splendor of the story. To be clear I am a straight man and literally could not care less about gender politics. For people on the fence about this because of those reviews, I would like to offer that the entire portion other people are complaining about is all of 3-5 minutes long and is literally talked about twice for less than 3 minutes each time. Although I can clearly see how this reflects the authors views and the current political climate I am amazed that people are giving this excellent story such low reviews for all of 4 minutes of audio and one character being nonchalantly referred to as they or them instead of him or her (literally completely unobtrusively) and in addition to that although it was not the most graceful way to include a quick opinion the author does use an at least semi viable way to bring the subject up and uses it in the context of the story. It still feels a little bit forced but I don't think it is as horrible as some reviewers would like you to believe. If you are like me and don't care much for what people want to call themselves or don't really care about politics and other peoples made up problems then i think the story is well worth listening to and is a great successor to the first, and the issue that other reviewers are bringing up is not even enough to make this 4 stars instead of 5. It's like literally .00001% of the story.

As for the actual book, if you liked the first one, you will like this one. More of the mystery unraveled! More mysteries introduced! Epic battles! Structured magic! If you liked the first one this is easily 5-stars. I love that the main character uses intelligence to solve issues with a limited set of hard rules and tools. It's so different compared to some books where the character has a ton of unfair advantages. I have listened to tons and tons of litrpg and although this is a bit more light-rpg I think that this is one of the top books and is very entertaining on top of being well-written, much moreso than many other books in this sphere. Highly recommend.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Kasel
  • 2019-01-29

Agenda detracted from the narrative

I think the main plot is great, but there was too much emphasis on the gender neutral topics and a lot of the emotions came off as forced. I enjoy the battle between gods and men, but I also feel like this could start to detract into unreal situations. Kindness and being friendly to fight your way to the top just comes off unrealistic. There are good aspects, especially in book one, but not keen on the second books narrative focus.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Rebecka
  • 2019-01-17

Disappointing

This book doesn't seem to be finished. A lot of things happen but there isn't really any coherent plot. It's messy and the potential of the story is lost somewhere in the middle. I think this could have been a really entertaining sequel but it is structured like a bad TV show with arcs that lead nowhere, fillers and episodes shot out of sequence. The narrator was great though!

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