Six Sacred Swords

Weapons and Wielders, Book 1
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Weapons and Wielders, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7,520 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It doesn’t take a legendary sword to make a legendary swordsman, but it certainly helps.

Keras Selyrian is already well on the way to cutting his name into the annals of legend. He’s fought false divinities, thieving sorcerers, and corrupt demigods - and left them defeated in his wake.

But he’s a long way from home, and Kaldwyn offers a different brand of danger than he’s used to. He’s already got a sword of unfathomable power, but it’s damaged and leaking world-annihilating mana, so he’s in the market for a new one. Possibly six. The more the better, really.

The Six Sacred Swords are Kaldwyn’s most famous artifacts, forged as the only means to defeat the god beasts. Each sword must be earned by a worthy champion, and no single person has ever managed to collect them all.

Not yet, at least. Keras is just getting started.

Six Sacred Swords is a lighthearted fantasy adventure inspired by Japanese game series like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Fire Emblem. It takes place in the same universe as the Arcane Ascension novels, but years earlier and with a different protagonist. While the books are interconnected, they can be listened to on their own in any order.

For appendices with further details on the magic and characters, please download the supplementary PDF.

©2019 Andrew Rowe (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Fun and entertaining!

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This story is a lot of fun. I found myself laughing out loud a few times and having to explain to people around me that I was listening to something. I can't wait for the next installment of the series.

The dialog between Karas and Reika is spot on and Nick Podehl does an amazing job of giving them each a voice and personality! (I will never look at ducks the same way again.)

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The only thing about the book that drove me absolutely bonkers was that Andrew Rowe used the word "sapient" instead of "sentient". For MULTIPLE objects that are clearly sentient (not sapient).

For example: Dawnbringer is a sentient sword. She can speak to her wielder, throw out sass, and feel when someone cast magic through her blade. All of which falls clearly into "sentient" meaning of "able to perceive or feel things."

For contrast, "sapient" means "wise, or attempting to appear wise." OR "relating to the human species" and given that Dawnbringer is a sword who confesses to have never been out in the world, she is clearly not either definition of "sapient".

I won't give anymore details of the book to prevent spoiling it.. Just know that you will hear "sapient" used and if you are confused, replace the word with "sentient" -- I really wish the publisher's proof reader had caught this (LOL)

CONCLUSION:
Still well worth the listen and I'm totally hooked on the series!

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Awesome addition to the world!

Loved it. great companion series to the Sufficiently Advanced Magic series. I can't wait for more!
Nick Poedel is the best!!

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Enjoyable but...

This was a perfectly acceptable off shoot to the Arcane Ascension series that the author has started. But like many offshoots it falls short of the original. It is an entertaining story but the complexity and character development is not as in depth as the original series.

Nick Podehl, as the narrator in both series, delivers a flawless performance as usual.

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Different names, same characters. One trick pony?

I gave the first book of the Arcane Ascension series a rave review, although I did not rate the others in the series. As this is a spinoff of that series, I feel an obligation to offset that rave.

The lead character in Six Sacred Swords, Keras Selyrian, was introduced in book 1 of the Arcane Ascension series as a somewhat dark, mysterious, knowing and worldly man. (Spoiler ahead - skip to the next paragraph to avoid.) When he reappeared at the end of that series, his character had changed, although it is only in retrospect that it becomes glaring that his back-story and character had not been developed until then, and was likely due to Rowe's plotting out this book.

Now that Karas has his own series, it is evident that Karas has lost the mystery, several years, and much of the apparent knowledge and wisdom with which he had been introduced. The only mystery left is kept as an unanswered question. It is so blatantly stated that you even know what the question is - it is just not answered. I find that that question alone is not enough to be interested in Karas, and I almost did not finish the book.

Quite early in this book, I realized that the character, Karas, was the same in mannerisms, speech and thought patterns, as the lead character in the prior series, Corin Cadence. - In fact, I had to go back and double check that it was supposed to be a different person, and that I hadn't been confused about the names! - Corin was ok for one series, but there isn't enough meat in this plot to carry another him through it, no matter what his name is.

Nick Podehl does a great job with the narration, as always, and he clearly does what he can with the character. He can, however, only work with what he has been given by the author.

I will not be buying the next book.

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Not worth the credit or the time

So, is everyone of Andrew Rowe's books written in this world where no one dies or if they're killed it's implied only. Truly garbage, I expected something else and something with some substance but how disappointed I was listening to this.
Let's be clear the hero who is so strong and carrying a sword called destruction which can cut through anything, but he's afraid to use it. He gets beat up over and over to the point of almost dying because he didn't and doesn't want to kill people. He complained that he doesn't want to die, then refuses to kill people who want to kill him, even in an ambush. It makes no sense since he clearly said he doesn't want anyone to get the sword of destruction, but at several points he only barely survives. If that's not careless I don't know what is. This idea that you can't kill people in a medieval, magical modern world with monsters is garbage. People die daily in our current world, so why is this world so special. In truth it's not it just ruins the story for me.
A glaring hole in this is that if he was attacked in waves he would be dead since he wasted all his energy and gets injured in the first fight to the point of not being able to keep fighting due to him not wanting to kill people or use the sword destruction. Wasted credit and their are so many better stories and better use of a credit. I have never been so ready to return a book than this one. We have over 50k dead from Covid 19 in 6 weeks in the USA, and Andrew Rowe can't kill one person in his entire fairy tail of a wasted story, I'm getting a refund.

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An excellent blend of humor and swashbuckling fun

As usual, Nick podehl did an excellent job near Reading this Book. Andrew Rowe wrote an entertaining introduction to his new series and I look forward to reading the next book. this is the first book of his that I've read, and I'm very happy to have come across him. his blend of humor and heroism and swashbuckling fun was engaging and extremely entertaining.

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Really fun story with mix of comedy and action.

The audio performance was spot on and the story itself was written well enough to keep me happily guessing u tomorrow the end.
Great job to the whole team.

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great listen

fantastic listen it made me laughter and sometimes cringe by the way combat was acted out.

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Doesn't meet the standards of Rowe's other series

I know this book was to provide background on his other series, but I don't think it provided enough to make up for shallow characters and a weak story. I also think it was trying a little too hard to be humorous. If it wasn't for my love of Arcane Ascension series and my like of The War of Broken Mirrors series, I probably wouldn't have finished and gave it a 1 star.

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My God he can write a book

Seriously. Yes this is a lore fill book but at the same time it ties up the story and how characters come to meet and come to power. Can't wait for the next book in THE S. A. M series to see what happens next. This book runs along side the main series but it's own series as well. Keep them coming Rowe seriously keep it up. And nick keep up the narration!!!

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  • Ivan
  • 07-19-19

magic, might and #metoo

I could not get on with this book. I loved sufficiently advanced magic, and I was expecting might, magic and adventure... which Is sort of there... but this book seems like it's entirely about a skilled swordsman with great power and ancient god killing artifacts... who is only concerned with not hurting anybody's feelings, befriending and trying to free anything even remotely sentient, constantly worrying about consent or proprietary, and his bizarre three way flirty/therapy relationship with ancient biengs of teenage personality...

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  • Jonathan
  • 07-30-19

Fun, enjoyable, not his best work

I'm a big fan of Andrew Rowe, especially the Corrin Cadence books, but this book seemed to be lacking something the other books have. Perhaps it's the reduced threat because Kerris is so powerful, perhaps I'm just less of a fan of the writing style for this series.
Nick Podehl remains my favourite audiobook voice actor but I did notice him slipping out of character a couple of times, especially when the narrator starts sounding like his natural voice (sorry if you can't unhear that).
Overall, the quality isn't up to their normal standard but it is still fun and well worth it if you like Kerris or want to know more about the lore, history and connection between series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-19

Fantastic listen

Another wonderful book from Andrew Rowe.
Nick Podehls performance is a masterwork as usual. what a team.....

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  • Stephen
  • 08-20-20

Terrible, unengageing and boring

Nick did his best to save it, but can't save a terrible story with a sexy voice

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  • A. Hurst
  • 06-06-20

awesome

very good light hearted fantasy novel 👍. Enough humour to keep you smiling for hours - I certainly did after listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-27-20

Funny and thrilling

Loved it, left me needing more! Odd concept having a book series live in between 2 other series but it works so well when the world's clash and join together so we'll.
Looking forward to book 2 and lota more I hope.

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  • Jake Green
  • 10-09-19

fantastic

great addition to arcane enhancements series. highly recommend. great narrator. easy to follow (why 15 word minimum!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-19

great book

really good book love the cast and how it flowed, cant wait to get the other books

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  • Thomas
  • 06-16-19

loved it

such a good book best one he has written so far. have listened to all of them and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-10-19

was a fun book as long your not a rock

this was a real pleasure to listen too. The second book of Sam series had a odd feel, still good but just was not put together like the first.

story is strong and simple, fun. Well worth a go if your a fan of Sam.

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  • Rory
  • 05-29-19

Saccharine, Cloying and so logical.

Andrew Rowe’s arcane ascension series has been a hard read. I’ve found the world building, characters and prose to be very cloying and trite.
If someone was to make Kingdom Hearts into a fantasy series, it would be this series.
This book in particular is the current capstone of this summation. One truly powerful and competent magic man goes on a quest with two faithful friends. But it’s not his skill or wit that allows him to prevail, but the power of friendship and the truth in his heart.
That seems like the common theme in this series, and it’s boring.
That’s the main problem with this series and this book in particular, it’s not very exciting.
You see the twists coming from a mile away, and the humour is very bland.
I’d still recommend it to fans of anime, or for younger readers as an entry level introduction to fantasy.
The narrator did a solid job with the material he had.

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  • Gerard
  • 11-06-19

Great listen as to be expected after the others

I noticed that the voice for Corin seemed more like the voice of Patrick from the Arcane Ascension series which put me off for a bit, but overall it's not too big a deal + in this book they are barely included, still a great listen and great book

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  • Trent Vanbrugh
  • 08-22-20

Fantastic

Adds a lot of lore to the world. it's interesting because the book is told like it's being told you you as a story. And not someone just reading a book it's fantastic

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  • Granmarfunk
  • 06-29-20

Whos the lead?

only problem is, Keras and Coran are too similar in thought patterns. Even Dawn displays some of the same banter as from the Coran group. An example is the pun humour, which is funny and intellectual, right up until the characters point out the fact.

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  • Tessa
  • 09-17-19

Boring

I was very disappointed with this book of this series I ended up returning it

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  • adrian currey
  • 05-04-19

love it

The only issue I have with this incredible author is that his books are too short for such incredibly captivating stories.

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