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Sufficiently Advanced Magic Audiobook

Sufficiently Advanced Magic: Arcane Ascension, Book 1

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Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess.

He never returned.

Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

If he can survive the trials, Corin will earn an attunement, but that won't be sufficient to survive the dangers on the upper levels. For that he's going to need training, allies, and a lot of ingenuity.

The journey won't be easy, but Corin won't stop until he gets his brother back.

©2017 Andrew Rowe (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Jonathan 07-09-17
    Jonathan 07-09-17
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    "Overall great"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author did a great job of creating well thought out world.

    My problems, which keep me from giving a 5. ** may contain slight spoilers **
    Corin - it is annoying how he can so scared and brave throughout the book. In addition, he wants to (has to grow stronger faster than anyone) progress but refuses to use his own mental powers. It's so frustrating.
    Plot line - the are many different threads that the author will probably get to but they are weaved in and out and a lot aren't answered.
    Characters - are all unique but don't have the greatest depth or growth
    Pace - jumps around and gets slow at points.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It is OK!"

    The idea or premise of the story is good. The romance is forced and out of place. The main character is annoying, whiny, and a bit of a coward; not completely likeable. The story is slow. The majority of the book is explaining and building the world and some of the characters. I never really cared for any character, so it was hard to get engrossed in the story.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gus 07-04-17
    Gus 07-04-17 Member Since 2017

    I live in the real world. If I am going to read a book, it better be something I can't find here!

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    "My brain was engaged as much as my heart in this."

    1st. it probably goes without saying. Nick Podehl is an outstanding Narrator. He is the reason i decided to pick up this book and I am so glad that I did. Not only does he make the story come to life like no other, but it seems like he only reads books that have worthy content.

    This book has a lot of world building, a richly thought-out magic system, and strong main characters that really feel good to root for. At the end of the book I found myself drooling with anticipation. Truly a Gem of a book. I cannot wait for the next.

    41 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    David 07-11-17
    David 07-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't make it through the whole book"
    Any additional comments?

    I got to chapter 9 and just had to quit. (minor spoilers follow)<br/><br/>Let me explain the problem: The main character is the son of a noble house known specifically for their ability to fight and win in magical duels, and his parents are particularly famous for this. It should be noted that he was removed from public schooling specifically so that his father could teach him (for years) to fight in such magical duels. His family lives in a magically warded house that has a library full of books on magic, and virtually every aspect of his world is run by people who have magic abilities gained from 'atunements'. He comes off as studious, intelligent, introspective, cautious, prepared, and completely focused on one goal, going into a magical tower and participating in a coming of age type challenge, where he will fight magical creatures and overcome magical traps, to gain an atunement (granting magical abilities) and to find his brother, who disappeared 5 years ago in his own tower test. Notice how many times I used the word 'magic'?<br/><br/>Now, the story starts with the hero going into the tower, and moving from room to room on his quest fighting monsters and such. At this point it's pretty good, and I would probably give the story a 4 star rating. However after the first few chapters he makes his way out of the tower and gets sent to a Hogwarts style academy for new people to learn how to use their new magical powers. It is at this point made painfully clear (for the reader) that the main character knows NOTHING about how magic works. zip. zilch. nada. No understanding WHATSOEVER other than that it exists. <br/><br/>Now, this would make sense if our hero was a peasant from some distant village who had never had any schooling or reason to learn about magic, but, considering the character's backstory, it makes no sense at all. This would be like talking to an intelligent 18 year old whose parents are doctors, and whose whole life mission has been to also become a doctor, and when you point out that he's going to have to take an admission test says to medical school says, "words? letters? sentences? numbers? what are those? I've heard of them before, but I've never seen them. What's a scalpel? You mean the human body has organs in it?" I wouldn't expect the main character to know complex magic any more than I would expect our hypothetical 18 year old to know about dissecting a kidney, but he doesn't seem know ANYTHING about it. <br/><br/>The reason for this is that the author has created a very complex and detailed magic system and needs some way to explain it to the readers, but good God if he didn't pick the absolute worst way to go about it. I really wanted to like this story, but I can't get over this MASSIVE plot hole.<br/><br/>Oh, and the other thing is that the kid never gives any reason for why he might believe his older brother is still alive after FIVE years in the tower when it's made very clear that anyone who doesn't come out after a very short period (given the lack of food and water I'd say it lasts no more than a day) has died from some monster or trap .

    40 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Caro Everywhere 07-14-17
    Caro Everywhere 07-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Where's the next Book!!! I can't wait!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sufficiently Advanced Magic the most enjoyable?

    The book is very well written. But more important the story is completely original. I love fantasy books but have come to expect basically the same story, just different names and places. This book, while being a little like that, has a completely original story line. I am very impressed. I can't wait to continue the adventure.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sara. She is a complete mystery to me.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Can't really say. They all were very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh. It was not really funny, but made me smile.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Charlotte, NC 07-10-17
    Eric Charlotte, NC 07-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth a listen."
    What did you love best about Sufficiently Advanced Magic?

    This could easily, with a few changes fit squarely in the Lit RPG category. It is not told that way but I get the feeling the idea may have started that way with the author. that is obviously just my opinion and I could be wrong. It is a good book and I will get the next installment as soon as it comes out. There is only one thing in the whole book that irritates me, and again this is just me and may not bother anyone else. The creatures, and there are many are all called simply "monsters" throughout the book. I don't know why precisely, it just grated. Also, I think at this point I would listen to a cook book if it was narrated by Nick Podehl as he seems to only narrate stuff I like, within whatever category it resides. This is no exception.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Zurat 07-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great first volume of a series"

    Andrew Rowe is definitely writing for me specifically. Both of his series scratch the itch that I feel for Anime/Game-inspired Hard Fantasy. The characters and plots are fun. There are some nice twists at the back end. As far as structure, it feels like each chapter is a chapter or so of a Manga, and the first book is roughly three story arcs. I dig that pacing.

    Also, Nick Podehl is always a very consistent reader, and this time is no different. I look forward to more!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher B Thomas 07-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth the credit."

    The story is very good and kept me interested the entire time. I will strongly reccomend this book to others.

    The book starts off with a young man being judged by entering essentially a sentient dungeon with puzzles, monsters or other challenges. Successful candidates earn a mark that allows them to use magic via an attunment mark.

    The attuned (magic users) then go to a school to learn the magic system. Along the way we learn how magic works, make new friends, and prepair for his next journey to the dungeon.

    The main character a very strong motivation for exploring the tower but along the way becomes embroiled in plots of others that concern other nations.

    Everything that happens seems quite reasonable by the author. In addition this is the first book of this type I can recall where the main character isn't a death dealing super human and is actually quite weak relative to his friends as his magic gives him no direct combat abilities.

    Over all a good story well narrated.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Bret E McCarley 07-11-17
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    "A new trick"

    I found the story entertaining. I am not a big fan of this style though. Over half the story was about gaining more power to reach the next level to beat the next challenge to get more power and so on. Perfect for online video games, but not great for depth of story.

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    Rachel A. Coles 07-26-17
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    "Dungeon crawling, magic item making and an unfolding twisting plot"

    Loved this book, it was like being behind the scenes in a dungeon crawling game. The lore and reasoning behind how magic works and items are made was great

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TELFORD, United Kingdom
    7/26/17
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    "name of the wind + dungeons
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    its not epic fantasy but it gives enough detail so as to fit as much action and character building in while still retaining a believable world.

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  • Alexander
    7/22/17
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    "waiting for the next books"

    loved it
    can't wait to see the next books
    keep me interested till the end of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • katrina
    7/21/17
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    "this is a great book best read all year to day!!!"

    this is the best book I have read all year. I love it easy to get into and has a great feel to it. what I mean is it does not feel like you always waiting for it to start to get interesting it is from the off. read it your going to love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EvilMidget6 ;)
    7/18/17
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    "Great listen - highly recommend!"

    Really enjoyed this which is so pleasing when you take a chance on a new series. Great detail and love the lore Andrew Rowe has created. Now looking forward to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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