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  • Stealing Sorcery

  • The War of Broken Mirrors, Book 2
  • Written by: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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

The immortal sorcerers - three legendary figures that toppled the empire of Xixis. Each has lived for over a hundred years, leaving a powerful legacy in their wake.

But their children do not share their renowned immortality, and when the firstborn son of Edrick Theas is killed, sorceress Lydia Hastings is called to investigate the murder. When she discovers a sorcerous trail left by a creature of unfathomable power, she quickly realizes she needs outside help. And while Jonan Kestrian - a spy for a rival military power - might not be Lydia's first choice for an ally, she knows that he has the knowledge and skills that she needs.

While Lydia and Jonan trace the assassin's trail, Taelien undergoes the Trials of Unyielding Steel, a series of tests to ensure his entry into the Paladins of Tae'os. As he trains for his trials, Taelien faces his fiercest rival yet: Velas Jaldin, a former member of Orlyn's Queensguard with the power to manipulate motion at her whim. With skills far beyond those of an ordinary soldier, the former Queensguard might be the killer that Lydia seeks - or the assassin's next victim.

©2016 Andrew Rowe (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Great! But listen to Arcane Ascension Series First

Good series, very enjoyable to listen too. Nick Podehl is fantastic as always.

I will say that I'm very glad I listened to the Arcane Ascension books first.

I would definitely recommend doing them in that order.

Overall, Andrew has done a great job slowly building the whole universe of his books.

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Great story for hard core Gamers

As a dyslexic, I use RPG'S to help me learn to deal with my invisible handicap. Gaming taught me to utilise reading and writing comprehension, math, and even sociology.
Andrew Rowe's would is full of game mechanics when it come to magic and approaches divine and arcane arts into more of a science. with makes sence in a world that has developed magically. his character's are individuals in there own Wright. he also has a interesting political hierarchy with divine being, half good, and just plain people.
Nick Podell, I feel compliments Andrews world with a wonderful narrative. Clearly articulated and full of expressions.
Thank you all involved in putting this together for the public enjoyment.

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Entertaining

Enjoyed the complexity of the spells, magic as it makes the story more interesting as well as the characters. I look forward to listening to the next addition of this series. Nick Podehl is a great narator.

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Good series

I have enjoyed this series as a whole, this book is good just like the other ones.

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A Bit Too Much Action

This book was thrilling, though I think it suffered a little from middle book syndrome. The world building and adventure are still in high form, and the addition of a murder mystery makes for a great read.

The characters are solid and fairly distinct from one another. All the plot lines and arcs weave into each other by the end, which is explosive.

While there were plenty of action scenes, which meant the book was never dull, I didn’t find the tournament arc compelling. Usually I love them, but I find that it’s mostly padding in second books.

Still, there were some surprises and danger in the climax. The prose is still a lot of telling and explaining, but at least the magic is inventive.

I’m still intrigued enough to read the final book and know what happens. I do think this is a good pick if you’re looking for action-filled fantasy, but just be prepared for a lot of extraneous action scenes.

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Fantasy Masterpiece

Absolutely spellbinding from start to finish. Andrew Rowe is quickly becoming my favorite author and Nick Podehl does a fantastic job bringing the characters and world to life.

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not bad

great narration. The story isn't bad tho less interesting then previous works. Talien is annoying in this book as the author makes him arrogant even after many failures. His character is capable of planning but ignores common sense often. There are a few plot holes involving the climax. One instructor states they wouldn't give them a test that couldn't be monitored but then the final events take place during a test that isn't. Also many applicants are ridiculously suspicious yet are allowed to take part in the test and the climax without issue. Wandering war was obviously not normal never wore a uniform like the others yet no one questions him.

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less than great

it jumps around a lot. the first book was great, this seemed .... unfinished. there is a lot of substance that seems missing. characters appear out of nowhere kind of like this review hi ts at a lot but really says nothing

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I need the next one, more then I need air.

amazing book with perfect pacing and fantastic performance. Andrew Rowe continues to evolve this universe in such compelling ways. I can't wait for the next one!

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phenomenal!

brilliant story, fantastic intrigue with characters you really come to love and identify with.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2016-09-04

Wonderful Improvement

What made the experience of listening to Stealing Sorcery the most enjoyable?

Stealing Sorcery, the second book in Andrew Rowe's series, The War of Broken Mirrors, is very much a coming of age novel in every way: for the characters, the plot, the antagonists, and, most importantly, the author. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Nick Podehl's rendition of the characters as he took on the growing cast. Andrew Rowe's world is starting to grow from an interesting idea into a more polished and dangerous place. Whereas the the first book in the series, Forging Divinity, seemed a bit cutesy at times, this second book has worked hard to bring more relevance to the characters' actions and driving purpose.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed learning more about what drove each of the characters to act as they do. I also liked some of the intrigue, although it still feels a bit forced at times. The magic system is interesting and starting to mature a bit as the fields of sorcery are broadened and expounded upon. Much of the plot seems to be based around a sort of gulf between those that have new/elite/ancient knowledge of sorcery or abilities and those who do not. Even though I believe this gulf could have been exploited a bit more to bring a bit more color and, perhaps, a bit more realism to the story, it nevertheless provides an interesting story dynamic that Rowe is tapping into more and more. It is always fun to learn with a character as they uncover their own capabilities and learning along with Sal is no exception.

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As usual, Nick Podehl delivers a great performance. I enjoyed the different accents that Nick chose to embody the different elements of Rowe's society. In fact, I really feel that Nick's narration lifts this story a bit by bringing a bit more lucidity to elements that are still a bit lacking in background information. ~ A great marriage between author and artist here.

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  • Ingrid
  • 2017-02-09

Excellent

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I'm glad I pushed through some slow parts in the first book, because book 2 was so worth it. I love everything about Velas, and the dynamic between all the characters is great. The trials are all interesting in their own way -- no straight forward duels in this book. This is probably the best book I have read in months.

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  • Leaping Llama
  • 2017-08-04

The War of Broken Mirrors sharpens its fragments

Picking up where Forging Divinity left off, Stealing Sorcery is a superior sequel. The plot develops in a more interesting manner and the reveal is satisfying than Forging Divinity. Andrew Rowe has improved his storytelling between books and I continue to enjoy his style of switching first person perspectives with each chapter.

Nick Podehl continues to deliver amazing performances. I will continue to choose books based on his narration as it has led me to good books and top notch performances. He does a fantastic job of layering on characters with his unique voices for each character.

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  • joey
  • 2016-09-28

Loved it

The story picks right back up where you left it. I loved it and I wanted more at the end.

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  • Nicol
  • 2017-08-17

Alright

I loved Sufficiently Advanced magic, and thought to see what else the author had written. This is a bit heavy on exposition for me, I had trouble caring about the characters. May be great for someone else.

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  • Clayton Guerry
  • 2017-06-16

Great Story, Great Narrator

This story does away with the all-too-common Mary Sue main characters, allowing them to have problems and failings. This gave it a very rational feel. The story was a pleasure through and through, and the narrator is the best I've heard.

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  • Listener
  • 2016-06-16

Better than the fIrst book.

Better than the first book. A worthy sequel by all accounts, with excellent narration!!!

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  • Melissa
  • 2018-09-06

The Best !

As usual Nick delivered ! He is the best narrator ! The characters come to life and take on their own personalities even though one man is speaking ! I continue to marvel at the talent of Nick ! The book is fantastic and I loved the twists !

Thanks for another great listen,

Melissa M

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  • J.K.Yates
  • 2017-07-04

Another Awesome book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Stealing Sorcery to be better than the print version?

I am sure it is due to the narrator....he is awesome

What other book might you compare Stealing Sorcery to and why?

Cycle of Galand

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

Taelien is the best

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  • Zizan
  • 2017-05-13

great book!!!

I loves it just as much as the first one and now can't wait for the next book!!! it was just what I was looking for, i was not sure at first but then I thought of try it out and I am so glad I did. I live the adult humor and ever characters I also liked how the author wrote this book with the different characters and where they all go into place while the current events are also going!! Plus i really cant believe I found a book that's got a amazing magic system and they even explain how it all works. On top of a great narrator Nick put outs the best in each character.

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