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  • On the Shoulders of Titans

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 2
  • Written by: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (923 ratings)

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On the Shoulders of Titans

Written by: Andrew Rowe
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
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Publisher's Summary

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

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

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I’m new at this

I haven’t listened to many audiobooks but the narration of this one was amazing. Nick did a great job with the voices and I often thought that there must be more than one person doing the voices. The story was solid and I loved the humor. I am looking forward to book three but I will be waiting for the audiobook. This was just way to much fun!

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Fun!

loved the book. Can't wait for part 3! I read the 1st book and listened to the 2nd. If I read the 3rd all I will hear in my head is Nick podel's glorious voice for Corin Cadence and the rest.

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  • MJR
  • 2020-05-11

No plot. All exposition.

Pros: great a describing fights and duels. Obviously put a lot of time and effort into world building and the magic system. Good representation of non binary characters and an asexual protagonist.

Cons : no plot. Repetitive first person angstyness. It feels like the story was squished in to have an excuse for a book. Reads like a video game. Lots of levels, grinding for xp will be returning for credit.

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Holy Unecessary Monologues Batman!

Do you want to read a book where the main character manages to be both annoyingly incompetent at everything and yet simultaneously always “wins the day?”

Where you listen to the inner thoughts of a young man as he questions literally everything in existence but never for any reason that is obvious or interesting to the reader?

But best of all, where you can listen to literal Godlike beings of “insurmountable” power come down on multiple occasions to fight the mortals and instead just stand there and repeat “hmmm interesting” and “hmmm you have piqued my interest” and “hmmm you did better than I expected” and “hmmm I think I might enjoy this fight” and “hmmm I like you I think I’m going to kill you next” all while the mortals just stand around and take turns whacking the godbeing over and over and the main character sits there and you get to listen to them do nothing while chanting “I need to do something! What can I do!!” Every 60 seconds for like 8 hours straight?!?!?!

Well do I have the book for you!!!

Seriously if I have to listen to another paragraph of big bad evil thing pontificating on how interesting and fun the mere mortals are in a fight and how they “might have to take this a tiny bit more seriously now than they originally wanted” I’m going to stick a screwdriver through my ears.

Semi-interesting series just totally ruined by obnoxious enemies and an annoyingly competent incompetent main character.

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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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amazing

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

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I thoroughly enjoyed

really enjoyed this book it tied up some loose ends from book one and left room for more interest in the next. the characters are well-rounded and it's interesting watching how Corrin figure out how to use his abilities.

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sounded good and was fair story...

but they decided to bring identity politics into the story.
it was extraneous to the storyline and thus brought nothing to the story other than checking a box.

I am done with this storyline.

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I really want to like it

The main protagonist leaves me wanting more. His surroundings cast of characters wants me to have the author focus more on them. This story needs work

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Jared
  • 2019-01-18

Eh...

This book was disappointing after the first one. Never hooked my interest. Also I am all for characters with diverse sexual orientations, but I do not think that that should be a characters defining characteristic. It feels like the author would rather push a agenda rather than tell a story.

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  • Robert Taylor
  • 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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  • DJ B Wamm
  • 2019-08-09

Great Story. Distracting elements.

Author deeply interested in pressing an agenda within the story. It was very distracting.

Ending seemed rushed and a bit inconsistent with some of the "power level" rules established throughout.

Nick could read me a cookbook and I'll sit for every word.

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  • Derek Treadway
  • 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.

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  • Dakota G.
  • 2019-01-17

I signed up for fantasy.

I’m not a bigot but I want some damn fantasy not the social politics that are going on in 2019. I don’t even right reviews but this just upsets me.

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  • User
  • 2019-01-25

Really wanted to love this

World building is great, characters are unessessarily annoying. That's what makes it really difficult to review this book. There're many times in throughout these first two books where I just mentally cringe at what the main character says and does thinking to myself what? That's not something anyone would actually do or say especially if they are supposed to be some super shy introvert who doesn't like other people. It feels like every other thought he had was thinking about how someone was gonna feel about him doing something which really contradicts his whole supposed introvert persona. Also on the thought on contradictions there are many things that just absolutely made me stop listening and think "wait did he say that he was an unfit bookworm when he had been supposedly training for the past 3 years" only then to have him say later in book 2 that he was fit from training his whole life. It's just things like that, that absolutely ruins and takes you out of the world. Overall characters are one dimensional and hoping for that to change in the next book because the world and magic system has alot of potential to be interesting.

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  • joakim garly
  • 2019-01-20

Too bloody political.

I didn't have a problem with the main character possibly being gay or whatnot. However when the non gender specific pronouns shit began. I lost it.
I love the story, but the need for some people to push this kinda shit into their books, I just lose hope in humanity.

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