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Forging Divinity Audiobook

Forging Divinity: The War of Broken Mirrors, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    David 10-06-16
    David 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much too fast."
    Would you try another book from Andrew Rowe and/or Nick Podehl?

    Yes I would. This book was a lot of world building and setting. And the world is very interesting if not all throw at you all at once.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The world it's set in is by far the most interesting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    This book throws a ton of names, places, and overall exposition at you right out of the gate and it never really feels like it lets up. The world is interesting and I liked the characters but there was so much to keep straight that I tended to lose track. I still enjoyed the book but i'm hoping the second will focus more on characters since the world was mostly build in this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sailfish 05-10-16
    Sailfish 05-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A promising and enjoyable fantasy start"

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Noel 04-19-16
    Rachel Noel 04-19-16
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    "Original and engaging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Kinston, NC, United States 07-09-16
    Lawrence Kinston, NC, United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2015

    I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.

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    "Definitely a keeper"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hot and Cold"
    Would you try another book from Andrew Rowe and/or Nick Podehl?

    Yes.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    All the voices were very distinctive and fit the character's personality. I thought he really overacted in the first chapter with Taelien, but I got used to his style and it stopped bothering me.


    Did Forging Divinity inspire you to do anything?

    No. Who comes up with these questions?


    Any additional comments?

    Pros:<br/>The characters are distinct and colorful- especially Jonan and Lydia.<br/>Lydia was definitely on the same level as the male characters in terms of her roll in the story and her development. There are some raunchy jokes made by both male protagonists, but I never felt like her primary purpose for being there was to be a love interest. And she was not defined by her looks or her sex appeal. A+++.<br/><br/>Cons:<br/>This book reads more like a text book or an encyclopedia most of the time. My goddess, the author will interrupt literally anything to lecture the reader on every little detail of the world. And it feels like a mind-numbing lecture. Most of it is totally irrelevant to what is happening, it's repetitive, it's dull, and it's voluminous. He never has the information come up naturally during the course of the story. Good luck remembering any of it if/when it becomes relevant.<br/>The author over-explains everything, not just the world. A character will say something, and another character will sit there and analyze the statement for 3 pages. He or she will imagine every possible scenario before taking any action. It makes the story drag. <br/>What the heck is up with the main character and wanting to jump off a bridge after killing an enemy in self defense? Wasn't he in military training for 6 years? I just don't find him believable at all. I believe that he would be haunted- heck, just being in the torture chamber seems traumatic, but his reaction was too simplistic. <br/><br/>I am more than half way through the book but I don't know if I will finish it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Muhd 08-20-16
    Muhd 08-20-16
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    "Amazing Book!"

    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.

    Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miachi MD 07-08-16
    Miachi MD 07-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good material but lacks good storytelling"

    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    JKYates waverly, TN, United States 05-02-17
    JKYates waverly, TN, United States 05-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book and Great narrator"
    If you could sum up Forging Divinity in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, exciting and loved it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forging Divinity?

    The arena fight


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick is a great narrator and puts his soul into the characters.<br/>


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 02-14-17
    Laura 02-14-17
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    "Great World"

    Loved it. I bought this hoping it would love up to my standards and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cool world building, interesting discipline of "magic," great characters. Can't wait to listen to the second book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel 01-19-17
    Nathaniel 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Really Enjoyed It"

    Interesting World, Great Characters, Great Performance. I'm about to buy the second book in the series tonight

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • CeNedra Red
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    3/19/17
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    "Not For Me!!"

    I tried to listen to this, and just couldn't get into the story. The only reason I listened for the four and a half hours that I did, was because of the wonderful narration by Nick Podehl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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