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On the Shoulders of Titans

Arcane Ascension, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,812 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Andrew Rowe (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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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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Loved it!

This might be the only book I like even better in audio than the original print version! I didn’t have enough will power to pause it very often. As always, I loved the writing and the twists and turns, and especially the sass. Definitely READ IT!

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Love this series

When I first read Sufficiently Advanced Magic, I was hooked. I could not wait for this book to come out. After finishing this book, I know that this is one of my favorite book series. Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator and I cannot wait for more books in this series. I will definitely tell everyone about this series. I highly recommend reading it.

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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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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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I really dislike the chapter on gender neutrality. it felt fake and nearly ruined the entire story. focusing so heavily on one religion of the society and breezing over the many other religions make it seem as a ploy to express the writers whim or real world beliefs. I dont want a book with a sprinkling style of writing to force political beliefs down my thought all at once but by slowly dispersing the information threw out the book building to a clear picture like all the other aspects of the world so far.

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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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this is a great story. some intense moments

loved the story. greatly expands on the magic system and throws in some interesting wrinkles

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I love this book series

Another amazing adventure !!!!!! Hands down one of the best book series of the 21st century

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Better and better.

I loved it! Had me hooked from the beginning. I suggest this for every everyone's Library!

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  • lasse juul
  • 02-12-19

Couldn't put it down

Entertaining and well written throughout! In humble opinion even better than the prequel, looking forwards to the sequal!

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  • Burroughes.N
  • 02-15-19

Excellent

An author on the rise. The catchup at the beginning was very welcome as well.

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  • Ross O'Donoghue
  • 02-14-19

Loved it

One of the best stories I've heard on here. Hopefully, the next one comes out soon.

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  • Jonas
  • 02-09-19

It really keeps one listening.

As the first book it really kept one at edge not knowing what would happen next but still giving the listener all the information the character has when facing danger. The narrator is really good at keeping the voices different aswell.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-19

A stunning listen

A great follow up to the first book, made me excited for the next book in the franchise!

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  • krishna a
  • 02-05-19

great read

Andrew never disappoints love the characters and the aetting,looking forward to the next book.Nick is awesome as usual.

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  • Snuffles
  • 02-04-19

loved it

Interesting, detailed, gripping, amusing, fun, and sometimes silly. The series is a well balanced joy.

I am still amazed at how something relatively light hearted can have moments that are poignant and thought provoking and even one moment where a single sentence from the main character reveals the damage done to a young persons life, the subtlety of that moment made it ever more impactful.

Love the fact that the author is not afraid to portray relationships and possible love interests.

Hopefully there are no spoilers in this review and congratulations to the author on another great book.

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  • Aaron W
  • 02-04-19

dissapointed

I loved the first book but not this. there were overly long periods of description which really ruined the audiobook.

Nick as ever was ace but the book not for me.

if you like detailed information dumps this is for you, if not don't bother.

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  • luke
  • 02-01-19

An outstanding series so far, long may it continue

I really enjoyed book 1 arcane ascention and book 2 did not disappoint which I'm glad about after some mixed reviews.
After listening to over 105 titles and around a dozen fantasy series this is one of if not my favourite world.
Other people mentioned that in this book too much time was spent on how things worked and how corin builds items but I can't say that I felt it was over done at all, it's easy to say something does one thing or another Because it's magic and that's it but there's no depth to that. I think it was an excellent balance of story progression and world building and you can't have world building without explanation of how certain things work.

Also characters with relatively minor roles still feel like they have personality largely due to how they're written and I'm sure also due to nick podehls performance.

One thing I would agree with that's been mentioned by others is that it's a little annoying corin struggles so much with human contact though I understand that having him suddenly fixed and happy go lucky is a bit Disney and people with anxiety in real life often struggle for many years or even never rid themselves of it completely so in that way it's more real and there are small signs he's working through it.

Lastly I'm not sure how I feel about the partly A-sexual/bi-romantic nature corin seems to have though it is different I feel like I'd prefer him to pair up with Mara, I don't dislike jin but I feel like that story route will end with dancing and hand holding where as with Mara it would end in haystacks and debauchery.

Either way its a 5 star series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-19

fantastic again!

I love this series
I love the detail of magic and equipment. I love how there is little emphasis on character looks but rather on personality. I love the slightly awkward main character. Honestly, I am pretty fussy but have thoroughly enjoyed the first two books
great narration as always too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-19

Lacking a sense of adventure

There is no major goals, no major challenges and no real mystery. This book has replaced any excitement with a bloated highschool drama and gender politics. I found myself becoming irritated with the main character and his endless reasoning in a way that didn't happen in the first book. If you enjoyed the first book but wished it focussed more on the school, then you'll love this. Otherwise, skip it.

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  • Carl
  • 01-19-19

Annoying modern gender politics

Story is decent but, the constant gender issues being brought into the story is dull and unnecessary. Its getting beyond silly now, would not even be surprised if in the next book Jin turns out to be a girl confusing Coren even more.

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  • john
  • 01-18-19

Disappointing

Its a fantasy story where people are trying to kill/hurt each other yet we are being 'preached" about using gender neutral pronouns. If i wanted a social politics book i would of bought one.
Yes it does take away from the overall story because theres whole chapters that are pretty much about social politics.

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  • Anup
  • 02-09-19

great book

It's a good amount of humor and theoretical magic. Sad thing is that the next one will probably be in 2025

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  • MR R S BROOKES
  • 02-01-19

best book ever

SPOLIER


It was really cool how tristan was alive a was not able to leave the tower

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  • Christ
  • 01-26-19

Epic<br />

On the edge, magic, adventure, danger, technical details and stratergy.
little short still good length read packet with entertainment.
this is what the King killer chronicles aspire to be.

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  • Granmarfunk
  • 01-23-19

Huge magical detail

Very unique style, you certainly feel like you are learning the magic as you progress through the book. The magical system in this book is so complex, and this book introduces compounding atunements and abilities very well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-19

If you enjoyed the first you will enjoy this

Good continuation from the first book
Has some of the same repetitiveness but doesn't take away from the story