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The Tournament of the Sacred Sword sounded like exactly the type of thing Keras would enjoy: a series of challenges for thousands of contestants seeking a chance to fight for the Sacred Sword of Earth.

He knew there would be challenges. It wouldn’t be a high-stakes tournament without a few high-profile assassinations and mysterious murders, after all. But Keras wasn’t ready to run into someone from his homeland, and he certainly wasn’t prepared for the revelations that came from their confrontation.

Still reeling from the strange revelations of their meeting, Keras plunges back into the fight, preparing for the battle royale - a massive free-for-all contest outside of the scope of the standard tournament rounds. When the consequences of that match tear at the bonds between his allies, he’ll have to face new challenges alone.

Satoshi Muramasa, the strange swordsman from the distant kingdom of Artinia. Crown Princess Edria Song, the Wielder of Diamantine. Ishyeal Dawnsglow, the Wielder of Soulbrand.

When their blades clash, the heart of the world will tremble.

©2021 Andrew Rowe (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A story of a swordsman in a love triangle with a sword and dragon

The story has gotten a little outlandish compared to the other two series. I found myself not caring much for the long fight scenes and enjoying more and more the political subplots. Truly this is just a side story to the arcane accession series as a prequel to the main plots. Overall, great performance and the last third really picks up!

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Extreme Fantasy.

I just can't finish listening to this audiobook series anymore. I find myself doing something I've never done doing when listening to any of my previous audiobook collection. Hitting the fast forward button on multiple occasions to hurry up end this book. Even with 3 hours listening left, I've lost all interest. I understand that this is a fantasy book, but when certain scenarios go overboard with fantasy ideas and then the author continues to layer it on over and over again. It ends up ruining the story from the 2 previous books in this series. Battles now are like every bad guy teleports, has body doubles... triples, quadruples. Single battles are stretched out to extraordinary lengths, lead character has infinite amount of blood and dynamite like explosions just tickle people. Author describes how main character just had an epic battle of his life, he's exhausted beyond belief, but 5min later he's ready to go for another super epic battle with another boss. Huh? Ugh, impossibility after impossibility. Too much fantasy with too little realism.

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A well written story, would 100% recommend

Ok, so the only thing I didn't like but understood was the amount of Filler stuff there was as the tournament progressed. However, I understood it and appreciated the little side antics and adventures we went on. Overall, this book was awesome! was a pleasure to both read and listen to it on Audible.

Sadly, like all good storytelling, I was left wanting more when it ended. Not sure if I will survive the waiting for the next book to come out. I need MORE! :'(

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Some fantastic adventure and interactions!

I found some of the long long battle scenes a bit *too* long but I'll still re-listen again someday. huge fan of this series, and loved the creativity, and item descriptions, and the way they were used in battles creatively. Nick always brings such life to these stories as well!

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Amazing as always

Definitely his best work yet! So easy to become lost in the tale. Nick is fantastic as expected and makes it fun and easy to follow along as if you're reading it yourself. Can't wait for the next book!

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The best book of the series so far!

These books just keep improving. I really hope it's not 3 years for the next installment. Invested in characters.

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Awesome series

Soul brand is great keeps you intrigued from start to finish hard to put down

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Oh MY GOD, you learn so many things in this book.

First of all this book 3rd in the weapons and wielders series wrapped up the sacred sword tournament and there are so many Twists and turns you're not sure where to look. Friends become foes and foes become friends, alliances are made and deadly battles fought. We get some serious back story for lots of different characters including some from other series in this universe.

Of course this series is filled with fights, sparring matches, magical trinkets, tricky maneuvers, sass, and sharp quips and jabs.

Andrew Rowe does an amazing job at building a world (worlds) that are so real you feel what they feel. and Nick Podehl really brings it into 3D Technicolor. the two together are unstoppable.

I can't wait for more of their stories.

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amazing world building for an amazing series.

Nick: I honestly look for audio books based on your involvement, and your ability to play multiple characters makes you a treasure.

Andrew: You have created an inclusion army world built of out characters with dimension. There are things in your writing that apply good role models for younger audiences and I hope you know how appreciated that is in a fantasy series.

overall : this isn't my favorite series in this world. yet it still manages to keep me tuned in, interested, and feeds me information on the world. it has some luls, but each one is used to set up another point of action or emotional payoff.

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  • 2021-12-06

Loved it!

As ever, another amazing performance by Nick and fantastic storytelling by Andrew. I enjoyed every moment of this book.

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  • Misty J.
  • 2021-11-29

Rowe & Podehl both get ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s here👍🏽

Andrew Rowe & Nick Podehl great combo. I love this series. It’s fun, characters keep developing. It will be nice to get back to our favorite friends from the war of broken mirrors / academy kids & others, but I appreciate new answers & new questions.

I probably couldn’t finish the series without Nick Podehl. So glad he is our voice on this journey:) Five stars for him as always⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Andrew Rowe is growing as an author & it’s so great to benefit from his sufficiently advanced confidence as an author. It feels similar to experiencing Jim Butcher come into his own via Dresden Files. (Sadly we stalled out there -lost Jim to the challenge of the Furries series🙄- hopefully we’ll get him back soon) ➡️waiting on Dresden I discovered War of Broken Mirrors & Rowe, so I really can’t complain:) I’ve also enjoyed the other books by Rowe outside this series. There
arent many on audible, but worth the credit.

- not necessary but a very cool side note- Andrew Rowe is a great example of excellent masculinity. That said I’m gonna mess up that compliment by trying to explain. The thing about Rowe is the great dialogue his male characters have- internally & with others. I absolutely cheer when a simple exchange gives examples of respect -especially for feminine style characters. I appreciate the feminine characters having thoughts & feelings & boundaries. I don’t require this in the books & series I consume -but I very much appreciate male / masculine characters that give good language/ examples to navigating interpersonal boundaries with others even at a cost to themselves. It’s not a big deal but it is such a big deal. Thanks Andrew.

For Soulbrand -Five stars Andrew ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ thanks looking forward to the next one 👍🏽🙏🏽

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  • Rebecca
  • 2021-12-04

The Best Book So Far

This is my favorite one of Andrew Rowe’s books so far! He masterfully weaves clues and secrets into his stories, some of which are revealed in this book while others are kept hidden. The characters are complex and deep, as are their relationships with one another. The plot is filled with action-packed combat, heart-wrenching tragedies, and clever banter. Nick Podehl does an amazing job as narrator. He gives each character a distinct voice, and sometimes I forget that it’s the same person reading! Soulbrand is a joy to read and listen to and I eagerly await the next book.

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  • cornellius
  • 2021-12-21

Finally Some Details!

I am so glad that we are back from the detour of a detour. Although this book is still not about the main Academy students. I personally like hearing about Kerris's background and the new enticing piece of the puzzle we got of who or what Kerris is. I enjoy the story and was on the edge of my seat for the entire story. I was deeply saddened when it was over. This book took me through a gambit of emotions and I found myself reaching for Dawn when the tale was over. Great story.

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  • jessica goldman
  • 2021-12-17

Incredible

Nick Podehl is the best narrator in the world. This book was amazing. I need more!

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  • Lucas Maxwell
  • 2021-11-24

Another Amazing Book by Andrew Rowe!

Another Amazing story in the weapons and wielders series! I still think my favorite Rowe books are his first ones with the cadence's, Corrin and Sarah. I love how these books take place in the present day as Sufficiently Advanced Magic!

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  • Aleksey Belotserkovskiy
  • 2022-01-08

Blah blah blah

Very weak story. Super repetitive and clearly the author was just trying to get to certain number of pages. Your can skip full chapters and not miss much

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  • Kevin Dobler
  • 2021-12-22

A lull in the series

This and the Sufficiently Advanced Magic series are usually fun, slightly funny adventures. This one dragged for me though.
Not sure if it was the fact that the whole book centered on the contest, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much. The characters don’t really learn or grow despite all the agonizing over their decisions and philosophizing.
The narration is fantastic as usual, and what kept me going.
As a side note: the use of “instantly”and”in an instant” has become ridiculous in this book.

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  • Matthew Dellsite
  • 2021-12-17

There was almost a story....

There was almost a story in the 25 hours of audiobook. If you call a dragon and sword being angry at a person for no reason a story. Half the characters in the book eventually get mad at Caras for him not doing everything for everyone despite his best efforts. The idiocy of people being mad at him for their friends/family getting killed by others is only topped by the stupidity of a Dawn being upset that Caras didn't share his life altering news with strangers an hour after hearing it himself.

Seems like his series sequels suffer from him constantly jumping between them. The Arcane Ascension series is now the only descent one.

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  • Isaac
  • 2021-12-16

Another great fantastic book

Andrew Rowe and his various series are among my favorite, if not the favorite, series’ I’ve ever read. On top of that Nick Podehl being the narrator brings it to a whole other level. This book in particular was one of my favorites. It’s filled with the usual interesting magical powers, colossal fight scenes, and intriguing/humorous banter we all like from fantasy books like this. Andrew does a great job of keeping you guessing as to where the story will go and this one has a muuuuch more satisfying ending than Diamantine did. A top listen.

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  • Christopher Schumacher
  • 2021-12-14

Another Outstanding Book by Andrew Rowe

Yet another outstanding book in this series. Questions answered and lore unfolding, in such a rich world. I can't wait for the next book. Keep them coming!

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