Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality.
Lydia Hastings is a knowledge sorcerer, capable of extracting information from anything she touches. When she travels to Orlyn to validate the claims of the local faith, she discovers a conspiracy that could lead to a war between the world's three greatest powers. At the focal point is a prisoner who bears a striking resemblance to the long-missing leader of the pantheon she worships.
Rescuing the prisoner would require risking her carefully cultivated cover - but his execution could mean the end of everything Lydia holds dear.
©2015 Andrew Rowe (P)2016 Podium Publishing
If ever there was a novel where it seemed certain that both the author and narrator worked closely to craft a novel that exploited the best characteristics of each, this is it. The story evolves around 3 unlikely protagonists, 2 untrusting sorcerers and one naive orphaned swordsman, agreeing to work together to help help the swordsman find a teacher he was directed to meet by his adoptive parents. Each of these characters have their own separate agendas that at times coincide and other times conflict; yet they end up working wonderfully, if ever untrustingly, together.
That combination in itself would have made it a very good story but the author took care to create several other characters, some antagonists and other allies, who are equally intriguing and interesting.
The narrator is excellent in his ability to put life into the telling of the story. There is some deaths; after all, it is a fantasy, but surprisingly, there are very few. I liked it so much I immediately looked to see if Book 2 was available but, alas, as of this review it's only available for pre-order.
Forging Divinity was an excellent read, so I couldn't resist picking up the audio version once it became available. Mr. Podehl really helps to bring the story and its characters to life.
One of the things I like best about Forging Divinity is the magic system. Where many other books leave their magic unexplained or without consequence, Mr. Rowe has written a setting in which delving into the complicated - and often somewhat dangerous - varieties of magic in the world causes some very serious effects.
This book is an excellent read/listen. As the first installation in the War of Broken Mirrors series, Forging Divinity delivers a story that is engaging and fast-paced with an abundance of clever, well-written characters and an entirely unique setting.
The earlier part of the story can be confusing at first but as I delve deeper into the story, the world was visible in my imagination.
The narrator did an amazing job with the book. The best I've heard so far in my library. Can't wait to get my hands on the second book.
I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.
I immediately was swept into this book right from the beginning. The world and character development were nicely done. I like the idea of the use of magic causing a physical cost to the user. The action scenes were incredibly engaging. Nick Podehl is as masterful as ever. I had a hard time putting this one down. Moving on to the second book and I already can't wait for the third.
I wanted to like this - I really did. I like the world, the magic, the rough outlines of the characters...
But even with a first-rate narrator, the mediocre storytelling drags it all down. It took me a little while to put my finger on it, but all of the myriad small actions just feel empty. She adjusted her glasses. He shrugged a shoulder. She sighed with relief. He nodded thoughtfully. She QUIRKED HER GODDAMN EYEBROW (sorry, but this last one put me over the edge).
Anyway, my point is that all of these actions are like empty filler. They don't develop a sense of character. They don't create a sense of place. The dialogue was also fairly empty. The conversations were long, and the reader/listener is bludgeoned over the head with exposition. The mental comments were also jarring. Overall, everything feels shallow but with potential for depth.
After this last round of eyebrow quirking (I think I'm about halfway through), I'm done with the audiobook. I got the kindle version for the whispersync deal, and I'm going to skim the rest of the book to find out what happens. The material is not half bad, but as another reviewer said, the author needs to mature and gain experience.
This book takes a while to get interesting. The first few hours u was regretting my purchase. However, as the story continued my interest grew. This book is a slow burn, but it builds up to a great place. Very interesting characters and plot.
great book and as usual Nick Podehl is one of the best narrators I have heard. so looking forward to the 2nd and hoping to see a 3rd soon
I had started this book physically and life got in the way and I didn't get a chance to finish, but I was given a copy of the audio book by the author and I picked it back up that way.
The narrator had to grow on me but it only took a few chapter for me to get use to the way he did voices and his pacing. I ended up really enjoying his narration and I am glad he is also doing the sequel.
As for the writing, Rowe felt Sanderson-esque is the way that the story started slowly, picked up in the middle and the end was an explosive and amazing ride. The character took a bit to get attached to but I was very attached once everything was laid out plotwise. While I felt Taelien was a bit too child like at times and I felt he needed a good smack, he was still liked. My favorite character ended up being Johnan which surprised me because I didn't trust him when first introduced. He and Lydia's interactions once they sort of trusted each other were my favorite and I look forward to their dialog anytime they were together.
I enjoyed this and can't wait to start the sequel!
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