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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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amazing

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

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pathetic

the main character is pathetic and I would never recommend this book series to anyone.

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Good book, mediocre acting.

The book struggles to be woke. The moments discussing non-binary emotions and sexuality seem forced and present just to be inclusive. That's not to say they won't be appreciated by minority groups lacking any representation at all among the pop-fantasy genre, it just further breaks an already jarring ride.

I also struggle with books read by Nick Podehl. I find his voice acting falls because he reaches too far and doesn't quite make it and the picture falls to pieces. His attempted accents for non native English speaking characters are quite jarring. They are often on par with somebody mocking another individual for their language. It makes me very uncomfortable.

The world presented is fascinating and well designed. I am concerned that the main characters are ramping in power so quickly one has to assume they are being helped behind the sidelines, as the alternative is a book breaking preference for the main characters.

Not as gripping as the first book in the series, Significantly Advanced Magic, but I would give it a listen and just be ready to cringe a bit. Remember that if you keep going it's worth it.

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Another gripping adventure from Rowe

I loved it! Exceptional storytelling, and lively narration made this a most enjoyable production.

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looking forward to book 3

Fantastic story. loved the Narrator, who really helped bring this story to life. As a gamer this story has all the awsome elements. well done and thankyou for creating something wonderful and fun to share. where can I find book 3????

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great acting, wonderful audio book

enough said. great listen for commuting. Nick Podehl does a great job keeping you hooked with his many great voices

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  • Samantha Knight
  • 2020-01-31

Fantastic, in more than one sense

It isn’t often that I encounter fantasy with so many passing nods to nerdy tropes. It’s even less common that the work normalizes inclusion. Not only is Corin likely Ace (possibly spectrum?), but non-binary folx are a normal part of this world. This book also addresses some of Corin’s trauma at the hands of his garbage father. As a genderqueer ace person myself, I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on this series.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeff Dibonas
  • 2020-09-18

WhooooHoooo!

Amazing! Fantastic! Extraordinary! And any other words of excitement and awesomeness. Well worth the purchase.

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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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  • Geoffrey Dang
  • 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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  • Tall-Hiker
  • 2020-05-25

What happened?!

The first book was amazing. This one however felt like a veggie burger, no meat.

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  • Justin
  • 2019-09-10

Fantastic!!!

I love how the book isn't fast paced. The author truly takes his time to flesh everything out and giving all characters the development they need. The story continues from where the first book ended. Throughout the story, we learned more about Tristan and what happened to him. Even a little of what he's planning. Nice world-building with more details of the tyrant of gold and his children. With new villains that are as powerful as Keras himself if not stronger. More of old villains from the first book like Mizuchi for example (sorry if I butchered her name).

The action was absolutely phenomenal and completely had me on the edge of my seat. Keras was such an interesting character in the first book. Now, he's one of my favorites characters if not my favorite. I loved learning more about him and his fighting style. The mystery of what he actually is and his other friends are making me so excited to find out more. The power scaling is very good and it's just starting to rise. I can't wait to see how strong the main character will become eventually.

Lastly, I really recommend this book you will enjoy it a lot if you liked the first one because it's even better!

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  • AKB
  • 2019-08-19

When does the plot start?

Returning this book as around 10 hours in, the only thing that's happened is a never ending series of duels, along with Corin practising to increase his mana (or whatever it is).. Even with narration increased beyond race-caller speed I just can't take it any more.

The prospect of a longer version of (something like) book 1 sounded good. Unfortunately this isn't like book 1. It's a book about a level-up grind, without the interesting bits to go with it.

1 Star and returned for something less painful.

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