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On the Shoulders of Titans

Arcane Ascension, Book 2
Lu par : Nick Podehl
Série : Arcane Ascension, Volume 2
Durée : 24 h et 46 min
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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/03/2020

Way too much focus on "woke" themes

The first book in the series was OK. The author tends to spend a lot of time on unnecessarily long monologues that don't advance the story. I decided to give the second book a try to see if his writing improved. This was a big mistake. Big chunks of the book are filled with completely unnecessary monologues and descriptions of socially progressive woke themes that are awkward and add no value to the story. As a result, they're incredibly distracting an annoying. This includes a insane 20 minute long segment describing a transvestite. Don't waste your time or money on the book. It just doesn't work.

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  • Robert Taylor
  • 18/01/2019

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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  • Nick Kasel
  • 29/01/2019

Agenda detracted from the narrative

I think the main plot is great, but there was too much emphasis on the gender neutral topics and a lot of the emotions came off as forced. I enjoy the battle between gods and men, but I also feel like this could start to detract into unreal situations. Kindness and being friendly to fight your way to the top just comes off unrealistic. There are good aspects, especially in book one, but not keen on the second books narrative focus.

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  • DJ B Wamm
  • 09/08/2019

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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  • Timothy
  • 23/05/2019

Well, yea...

I wanted to like this. I love Nick Podehl's work. After I finished one of his narrations I looked to see more of his work. Found this series and got both books. The rating for it was quite high. While the world was well built. Some of the characters were likable. Unfortunately the likable characters were not the main ones. The sexual orientation and gender neutral elements seemed forced. It feels like the gender war parts were a pushed in as after taught. I should of read more reviews before getting both books.

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  • Geoffrey Dang
  • 25/01/2019

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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  • Jared
  • 18/01/2019

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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  • Dante Mekaj
  • 26/01/2019

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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  • Jonathan park
  • 16/01/2019

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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  • quelSaabOwner
  • 19/01/2019

well performed, good story

Wish there was more, climatic battle not as epic as last one. Feels like a foundation or bridging book to the overall story.

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  • Max Levigion
  • 22/01/2019

Just what I'd expected

Good book, some cringy jokes, some great fights, constant progress for the main Charakter :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/01/2019

Keeps the huge promise of the firtst book

I loved the first book and was hoping the second wouldn't disappoint. Needless to say, I am satisfied.

More magic, bigger battles and more sharp interactions

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  • Fabian
  • 05/07/2020

Guter Sprecher, mittelmäßige Story

Insgesamt hatte mir die Broken Mirror Series sehr gut gefallen, welche ich nur weiter empfehlen kann. Da mich die Geschichte von Keras interessierte, hörte ich mit Arcane Ascension weiter.

Dabei fand ich den ersten der beiden Teile gut, mit einer steigernden Charakterentwicklung immer wieder einem Mix aus Spannung und Durchschnaufmomenten war es ein runde Sache für eine parallele Welt.

Im Gegensatz dazu erfährt Teil zwei kaum Charakterentwicklungen. Im vorderen Teil des Buches geht es mehr um Waffen und Artefakte an die man sich eh nach einiger Zeit nicht mehr erinnert. Zudem bremste das die Entwicklung aus dem erstem Teil extrem ab. Neben leveln und looten ist hier in der ersten Hälfe eher wenig von Storyentwicklung zu merken. Die Charakterentwicklung die stattfindet vor allem bei Koren wirkt eher schlapsig. Erst gegen dreiviertel des Buches nimmt die Handlung wieder fahrt auf.

Alles in allem guter Sprecher aber eher mäßige Story

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  • Thorsten
  • 17/01/2020

caught me, liked it a lot

I am looking forward to the next part. was ingenuitive and delicious. Write more, man!

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  • FreaK
  • 25/10/2019

Very enjoyable book. Best speaker experience ever.

I really liked listening to this and the first book. (I didn't check the next part of the series yet, because I dislike that its much shorter)
Even tho or maybe especially because the main character has his flaws and very own special way of thinking. You will not always agree with him. But that´s not what you have to. It is very nice and interesting to accompany him on his journey.

I listened to a lot of books in the past decades and the speaker Nick Podehl did here the best job I ever heard in an audio book. How he voices the main character is so perfectly fitting. And also all the other characters, the voices the styles of speech. Its wonderful.
If I have to rate it very critically, id say.. It´s perfect! period.
I'm going to miss this experience in my next audio book for sure. He should get a price for this performance if there exists one.

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  • Achnée
  • 11/10/2019

Wunderbar gesprochen von Nick Podehl

Wie schon im ersten Band sind hier wieder viel lebensbedrohliche Rätsel und magische Kämpfe zu bestehen. Die Figuren bleiben interessant, werden aber zum Teil nicht weiterentwickelt. Unbedingt aber eine Freude dem Sprecher zuzuhören.

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  • buhmann88
  • 05/06/2019

awesome

just awesome. one of the best books i had in a long time. please tell us more about Corin Cadence and is adventures. Please!!!

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  • mschubert
  • 06/05/2019

Super Buch

Hat mir sehr gut gefallen! Freue mich auf den nächsten Band. 1 1 1 1

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  • Roman
  • 29/04/2019

as thrilling as the first book

this book starts off exactly where the last stops and continues being thrilling and captivating.
many questions are at leasy partly answered and several plots revealed. again, great work.
I loved it till the end.

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  • Alexander Propf
  • 16/04/2019

Perfekt

Die beiden Bücher sind einfach spitze , ich habe jede Minute genossen. Ich kann das nächste gar nicht abwarten .