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Transcendent

Ascendant, Book 2
Auteur(s): Craig Alanson
Narrateur(s): Tim Gerard Reynolds
Durée: 16 h et 10 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (122 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 47,03
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Description

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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Au global

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  • Au global
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The story was very bland and Predictable

I downloaded this book while still only in the first part of Book 1 as it intrigued me to the story. It wasn't until thew second half of the first book that the simplistic story telling and the use of one dimensional characters started to show and bother me.

But since I had bought the second book and read so many good reviews praising the series I decided to continue. I made it ~75% of the way through book 2 before I had to give up on it. In this book I have not read about a single character that interests me beyond their first introduction. There are the bad guys (who are bad just because....) and the good guys (who the good guy thinks are bad because he keeps overhearing partial conversations very conveniently). It is very frustrating to listen about how smart and great a protectionist is and then have him jump to a ridiculous conclusion in the very next scene because he overheard a conveniently small part of a conversation.

The only upside I found to listening to these stories (besides the voice acting which was well done) was that I bought/downloaded the Lord of the Rings trilogy to compare the storytelling (I had read it years ago and held it in a very high regard). Doing so I was able to confirm that it wasn't a genre issue that caused me to dislike this story which i was worried I may have grown out of it, but a specific issue with this Series.

I know it's not fair to compare this story to LOTR but even compared to other less know Fantasy stories I find it doesn't hold up well. If I had to describe it with one word I would use: Simple.

As well I did enjoy Expeditionary Force (Same author) quite a bit so I was surprised that I found this story so off putting.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Decent, predictable, not Alanson's best, but good

TGR is always quality. No complaints about the performance. Story was decent, but predictable. Alanson's Expeditionary Force series is predictable at times, but has much richer characters. This was good, but I'm still not tremendously invested in Koren's story. he's a bit flat. It follows fantasy tropes pretty tightly. I'll still listen to the next book.

  • Au global
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The world expands and more adventure

#Audible1 The story is simple but fun and enjoyable. I reveled in the adventure and thoroughly enjoyed the characters. As always great narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds, he is one of the best.

  • Au global
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Middle Book Syndrome

This series certainly has me hooked, and the reader is fantastic. However, this book is definitely a "middle book". Many parts had me distracted with other things while listening; and although it was still a great listen and had it's exciting moments - it felt as though it was a means to an end to get to the next part of the story, without any real story of it's own. Still, I am quite enjoying the series! #Audible1

  • Au global
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fun summer series

this series i listened to over the summer and inoyed the good vs evil and the ruknown hero clasic story line. #audible1

  • Au global
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Exceptional. Couldn't stop listening.

I didn't think I would be as invested as I've become in Koren and Ariana's adventure! As always the narration is excellent, and the story is just so much fun! Pirates, bandits, epic battles what more could you ask for? Can't wait to start book 3.

  • Au global
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Great second book.

Story moved along continuing the story from the first book. Can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Au global
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great book

great story. very captivating and kept me listing and engaged throughout the whole story. can't wait to listen to book 3

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  • JSM
  • 2018-01-22

great!

good character development and intertwined stories. enjoyed it more than book 1. looking forward to next audiobook!

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  • Rob
  • 2018-03-08

Good story

The performance by Reynolds is, as always, top notch. The book is good but not great. Alanson has better work with the Expeditionary Force Series.
I think what bothers me is that the major plot device is a misunderstanding that is perpetuated through a weak sense of obligation. It makes it seem a bit childish. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the series and will pick up the sequel once it's released.

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-01-08

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Evan Rose
  • 2018-01-04

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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  • Au global
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  • Jar233
  • 2018-01-15

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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  • Au global
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  • Brian
  • 2018-01-09

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-01-06

it was ok

the first book was amazing.. the second was a lot of filler... can't wait to read the third book hopefully it finishes with a bang.... if not still a good read or listen on a long trip...

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Fransmom
  • 2018-01-06

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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  • Au global
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  • drynick
  • 2018-02-25

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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  • Au global
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  • thomas l stewart
  • Englewood,CO
  • 2018-02-23

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • lee
  • 2018-01-04

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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  • Au global
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  • Kaleb
  • 2018-01-04

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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