• Forge of Destiny: Volume 2

  • Destiny Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Yrsillar
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Argent Peak Sect has proved to be a place of wonder as well as danger.

Awoken as an Immortal, Ling Qi must contend with her peers on the mountain now that the great truce enforced by the Elders of the Sect is no longer in effect. In an Outer Sect increasingly falling into two camps, her friendships have made where she stands clear. To continue climbing the steep mountain of cultivation and maintain the friendships and allies she had gathered to her side, she must strive like never before. But it soon becomes clear that there is someone watching her from the shadows...someone with an unhealthy interest in her advancement. 

Enemies lie in full sight and out of reach as well. Now comes the test of the foundation she built in her early months at the Sect. Will it be enough to support her through the turbulent Outer Sect? 

Inspired by ancient folklore, modern martial arts, and Xianxia, Forge of Destiny cultivates a world both fantastic in setting yet familiar in the humanity of its inhabitants. Don't miss this second installment of one of the most popular titles on Royal Roads - with more than seven million reads - elegantly performed by Earphones Award-winning voice artist Natalie Naudus.

©2021 Yrsillar (P)2021 Podium Audio

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One of the best cultivation stories continues...

Another step on the road to excellence for our ground breaking author, Yrsillar. A bit gushy sure, but still true all the same. Yrsillar continues to provide us with nuanced and intriguing characters, a complicated and slowly growing world, as well as character development with more significance than just punching ability. They have brought a 3D world into a genre plagued with 1D facsimiles . It is a true treat to see what this genre is truely capable of, once people stop just trying to copy shonen anime and manga troupes to a medium not designed for such things.
Natalie Naudus is a perfect voice for Ling Qi and her crew, i cannot imagine them in any other way now that i have listened to volume 1 and 2. Truely a stroke of luck, worthy of Ling Qi herself, to have gotten her as the narrator.

I am looking forward to the many volumes, I hope, to come.

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YA Novel

This is more of a high school drama with a taste of cultivation.
Doubt me? Two long books starting with a 14 year old girl, and ending with a 14 year old girl. That should tell you how slow moving the pace of these books are.

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Meh

I couldn’t finish. Ifelt like the main character was handed everything and barely struggled to progress. The world building is lacking narrator I proved from the first book, not awkwardly stopping and pronouncing all the Chinese names and words and it flows more now.

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Hidden Gem

New to me author and was not disappointed! This is a wonderful story, good characters, and I love the authors focus on character over general plot. Don’t get me wrong, there is a plot, but time spent on development of character is beautifully balanced within the plot. I loved it! On to book 3!

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Good fun.

I have recently found how much I enjoy the genre of cultivation fantasy books. That said, this is only the second author I find I can enjoy besides Will Wight. The first book I felt hesitant on but this one has me sold on getting the third. If you're a Wight fan, I can't say this will quite hit that bar but it's definitely worth a credit.

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nice but to much politics and Less action

loved it but there is a lot of politics and scheming and less bang and excitement guss that would be in the next book!,also it's hard to track the names of new/side characters 😶

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Solid 4 stars but slow for me

I liked this second book for what it was but it is way too slow for my taste and I am not sure I will continue. Both books so far have been a little to slice of life for me and less a cultivation fantasy. After 40 hrs we are still only halfway thru the first year at the sect and still in the second realm. There is no overall bigger plot being set up outside the sect as far as i can tell. Basically its not a bad book to kill time with but not amazing and is really really slow and lacking a bigger overall plot to drive things forward.

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Interesting story, needs editing

I’ve been enjoying the twists and turns of the story and getting to see more of the powers that are possible for people in this universe. The pacing feels extremely slow to me though, and I find myself frustrated as I listen to characters having what feels like the same conversations/revelations/fights over and over. Worse, I keep being taken out of the moment when I come across such poorly constructed sentences that I’m shocked an editor didn’t catch them. For instance, “Their faces were obscured by crystal masks that covered half their faces”, or “They were finally able to rest upon discovering a small island for them to rest upon.” There are LOTS of sentences like this, with exact wording repeated at the start and end, and this coupled with repetitive conversations can make a reader/listener feel like they’re walking in place instead of moving forward. I like the universe and the concepts, but I wish things had been tightened up. I also must confess that none of the characters really connects with me in a way that gets me actively rooting for them in particular, though that may be a symptom of the excessive formality in most of the interactions. I feel like the bones of this book are good, but it needed more work to be really gripping and streamlined.

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Continues to be a solid Cultivation series

I really like this series. It's just, it's very refreshing to me, how much emphasis is put onto the story, the emotions, and the culture of cultivation, moreso than I've seen with other novels in the genre. I mentioned this in my previous review, but the fact that the author actually considers how cultivating for spiritual enlightenment, would necessarily rely on you actually improving yourself as a person, and overcoming your mental issues and baggage, is incredibly refreshing, and fitting for the genre!

The amount of relationship development, is equal to the amount of just regular power growth, and the balance makes for a really enjoyable read.

My thoughts on this book are basically on par with my thoughts on the first one. I don't really have anything new to say here.

Solidly written, solidly paced. My only issue, is the names, and how I have difficulty remembering who is who, when the names are rattled off back to back, very quickly.

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An anime in Audio book format!

This was fantastic... I hope there will be more of it. The descriptions are very detailed. Visualizing the characters comes naturally with an intense attention to detail. The performance was perfect. She had a destinct voice for ever character. (there are many!)