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Publisher's Summary

It doesn’t take a legendary sword to make a legendary swordsman, but it certainly helps.

Keras Selyrian is already well on the way to cutting his name into the annals of legend. He’s fought false divinities, thieving sorcerers, and corrupt demigods - and left them defeated in his wake.

But he’s a long way from home, and Kaldwyn offers a different brand of danger than he’s used to. He’s already got a sword of unfathomable power, but it’s damaged and leaking world-annihilating mana, so he’s in the market for a new one. Possibly six. The more the better, really.

The Six Sacred Swords are Kaldwyn’s most famous artifacts, forged as the only means to defeat the god beasts. Each sword must be earned by a worthy champion, and no single person has ever managed to collect them all.

Not yet, at least. Keras is just getting started.

Six Sacred Swords is a lighthearted fantasy adventure inspired by Japanese game series like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Fire Emblem. It takes place in the same universe as the Arcane Ascension novels, but years earlier and with a different protagonist. While the books are interconnected, they can be listened to on their own in any order.

For appendices with further details on the magic and characters, please download the supplementary PDF.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Andrew Rowe (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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much better then the last one

normally I not a fan of prequel like story's. but the way it's written like the character is telling the story in the present makes everything feel more relevant to the previous books because all the character are hearing the story as well adding to there own insight for the future. on top of that the book was just a really fun and funny adventure. if you liked the previous books don't miss out on this one like I almost did.

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Disappointing

The story goes no where. You barely learn anything about the SIX Sacred Swords. The lead character spends 3 hours of the 10 hour audio book worrying about things that will never happen. The most intriguing plot was in the last 10 minutes! Glad I only wasted a credit on this. Only positive is the fantastic narration of Nick Podehl.

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Dawn is Hilarious, love the back story for Kara's.

In this story you pick up after Kara's has been telephoned by the wise sage. This series of books has weirdly set timeliness so this book is being told as a story on a train after "On the shoulders of titans" but takes place chronologically before "sufficiently advanced magic" but after "Defying destiny" so really you can puck any one of the the 3 series to start with and you'll be fine.

I love hearing about how Kara's grows stronger and meets new people along the way and you pick up little details from the other books like his trouble coats origins and learn about his history.

Great series and love the author and Narrator!

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Can not wait for next book save the date required

Nick podehl has the perfect storytelling voice and even when he talks for the women in this you can't really complain Andrew Rose writing has you wanting more and keep going even when time for sleep is endangered. but oh so worth it

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Good Series

Enjoyed the book and narrator. It appears reviews must be 15 words long and simply saying I enjoyed it and narrator was not enough.

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6 sacred swords

    Six Sacred Swords, is the 7th book in Andrew Rowe's wonderful world. It also begins the next series of 3. 

  In this book we follow Karis Celerion, in relaying to Corin Cadence and friends, about him arriving on their continent. His experience in befriending a spirit dragon named Rekha and one of the six sacred swords, Dawn Bringer. Who just happens to be an intelligent sword. 

   Once again Andrew has impressed me. While maintaining a well passed writing, animated characters, fun and scary moments, action in an adventurous world. He has perked my attention with Dawn Bringer. The dialogue between her and Karis and how their friendship grows has gotten me even more emotionally involved in the book's. 

     Nick Podehl continues his excellent work as narrator of Andrew's world. Verbally bringing to life the many charters and articulating what happens in a very professional manner.

    Truly dear readers this is a worthwhile read/listen. If you are a fan of adventure, magic, intrigue. This author is very talented and I am looking forward to hearing many more great stories.

     Truly, as ever, I give my deepest thanks to all involved in the creation, production, distribution of thies great stories. Keep up the good work. 

Yours, a true fan. 
David Evil Midknight

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An absolute pleasure

This story was an absolute pleasure to listen to.
It had good humor, lots of action and an interesting world. I am looking forward to the next book.

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Odd book

The idea of the book is good and interesting but the actual execution of the story doesn’t sit well with me. The main character has a crazy sense of moral obligation that far surpasses What you would see in any other book in a bad way the main character to the point where he’s trying to save made up beings because they have their own feelings. It just made the book feel weird because of how unnecessary it all is.

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interesting story but shallow

good story but not nearly as fleshed out as the originals, not as many characters nor as much intrigue.

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bad side characters and worse humour

loved the previous works but this one is not nearly as good. reika and dawn bring it down as neither is a great character like lydia or jonah. further more the story lacks a straight man. reika is naive and dawn doesn't really take anything seriously. Karis is arrogant and rarely acts cautiously. all previous works had a cerebral character that analysed the world and gave decent info. nothing like that here and the story suffers for it. Lastly Dawn's humour is repetitive and annoying after the 4th dead rock joke. Guess the author hadn't heard it's best to avoid humour that's the equivalent to beating a dead horse.

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  • Jim
  • 2019-11-19

Fun and entertaining!

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This story is a lot of fun. I found myself laughing out loud a few times and having to explain to people around me that I was listening to something. I can't wait for the next installment of the series.

The dialog between Karas and Reika is spot on and Nick Podehl does an amazing job of giving them each a voice and personality! (I will never look at ducks the same way again.)

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The only thing about the book that drove me absolutely bonkers was that Andrew Rowe used the word "sapient" instead of "sentient". For MULTIPLE objects that are clearly sentient (not sapient).

For example: Dawnbringer is a sentient sword. She can speak to her wielder, throw out sass, and feel when someone cast magic through her blade. All of which falls clearly into "sentient" meaning of "able to perceive or feel things."

For contrast, "sapient" means "wise, or attempting to appear wise." OR "relating to the human species" and given that Dawnbringer is a sword who confesses to have never been out in the world, she is clearly not either definition of "sapient".

I won't give anymore details of the book to prevent spoiling it.. Just know that you will hear "sapient" used and if you are confused, replace the word with "sentient" -- I really wish the publisher's proof reader had caught this (LOL)

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Still well worth the listen and I'm totally hooked on the series!

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  • Roger W. Amidon III
  • 2019-11-11

Awesome addition to the world!

Loved it. great companion series to the Sufficiently Advanced Magic series. I can't wait for more!
Nick Poedel is the best!!

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  • S. Edmondson
  • 2019-11-22

An excellent blend of humor and swashbuckling fun

As usual, Nick podehl did an excellent job near Reading this Book. Andrew Rowe wrote an entertaining introduction to his new series and I look forward to reading the next book. this is the first book of his that I've read, and I'm very happy to have come across him. his blend of humor and heroism and swashbuckling fun was engaging and extremely entertaining.

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  • Logophile
  • 2019-05-16

Different names, same characters. One trick pony?

I gave the first book of the Arcane Ascension series a rave review, although I did not rate the others in the series. As this is a spinoff of that series, I feel an obligation to offset that rave.

The lead character in Six Sacred Swords, Keras Selyrian, was introduced in book 1 of the Arcane Ascension series as a somewhat dark, mysterious, knowing and worldly man. (Spoiler ahead - skip to the next paragraph to avoid.) When he reappeared at the end of that series, his character had changed, although it is only in retrospect that it becomes glaring that his back-story and character had not been developed until then, and was likely due to Rowe's plotting out this book.

Now that Karas has his own series, it is evident that Karas has lost the mystery, several years, and much of the apparent knowledge and wisdom with which he had been introduced. The only mystery left is kept as an unanswered question. It is so blatantly stated that you even know what the question is - it is just not answered. I find that that question alone is not enough to be interested in Karas, and I almost did not finish the book.

Quite early in this book, I realized that the character, Karas, was the same in mannerisms, speech and thought patterns, as the lead character in the prior series, Corin Cadence. - In fact, I had to go back and double check that it was supposed to be a different person, and that I hadn't been confused about the names! - Corin was ok for one series, but there isn't enough meat in this plot to carry another him through it, no matter what his name is.

Nick Podehl does a great job with the narration, as always, and he clearly does what he can with the character. He can, however, only work with what he has been given by the author.

I will not be buying the next book.

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  • Susan Stevens
  • 2019-05-05

Enjoyable but...

This was a perfectly acceptable off shoot to the Arcane Ascension series that the author has started. But like many offshoots it falls short of the original. It is an entertaining story but the complexity and character development is not as in depth as the original series.

Nick Podehl, as the narrator in both series, delivers a flawless performance as usual.

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  • alex
  • 2019-11-22

Really fun story with mix of comedy and action.

The audio performance was spot on and the story itself was written well enough to keep me happily guessing u tomorrow the end.
Great job to the whole team.

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  • Reaper
  • 2019-11-21

great listen

fantastic listen it made me laughter and sometimes cringe by the way combat was acted out.

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  • Kevin
  • 2019-06-17

Doesn't meet the standards of Rowe's other series

I know this book was to provide background on his other series, but I don't think it provided enough to make up for shallow characters and a weak story. I also think it was trying a little too hard to be humorous. If it wasn't for my love of Arcane Ascension series and my like of The War of Broken Mirrors series, I probably wouldn't have finished and gave it a 1 star.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2019-05-03

My God he can write a book

Seriously. Yes this is a lore fill book but at the same time it ties up the story and how characters come to meet and come to power. Can't wait for the next book in THE S. A. M series to see what happens next. This book runs along side the main series but it's own series as well. Keep them coming Rowe seriously keep it up. And nick keep up the narration!!!

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  • Scott
  • 2020-01-16

Too ‘lite’ of a story for me

I know the reviews say this is a lite listen, but I couldn’t finish it. I kept hoping for a little more meaning, but when the adventure started repeating itself (repeated ‘tests’ to prove the champion’s worth), it became too much like an RPG book. Various forms of magic/special abilities are a constant way out of difficulties. Obviously I am not a fan of RPG books.

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