Narrator: Nick Podehl
Series: Arcane Ascension #1
Published by Podium Publishing on 04 July 2017
Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy
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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
Five years ago, Tristan Cadence disappeared in the Serpent Spire, a tower filled with monsters and challenging puzzles. His disappearance tore the Cadence family apart. The mother left her family. The father made sure that Corin, the younger brother, understood that he was vastly inferior to Tristan and not worthy of the Cadence name. So when the time came for Corin to go to the Serpent Spire for his Judgement test, he had a lot of pressure on him to live up to his family name while also trying to find his brother who disappeared in the same tower. If you survive the tower, you come out of it with an attunement. An attunement is a magical gift given to you by the visage of that tower. There are different types of attunements, however, Corin would prefer to be given a combat attunement as his family is known for their prowess in combat. And, of course, that’s what his father wants.
So he enters the spire and is met with a puzzle right away. Corin gets through this part easily and is allowed to continue. Soon he comes to a room containing people locked in cells. Here he faces a dilemma. He could leave the people where they are; obviously, they were put there for a reason. Or he could free them and hope they will join them in his journey. This is the pivotal decision at the beginning of Sufficiently Advanced Magic. This one decision affects everything that follows even though Corin will not know that until later.
Corin makes it out of the spire and achieves an attunement. Though not the one he wanted. He returns home to a disappointed father and some surprising news. But while attunements cannot be changed, more can be earned by returning to the Serpent’s Spire.
Corin doesn’t have to deal with his father for long though. Because he achieved an attunement, he gets to enter a school that will teach him how to control his powers.
Here Corin must learn to work with others, including his half-sister Sara if he ever wants to get back to the tower and find his brother.
I must admit, I was a little confused at first. However, after about 10 minutes I understood what was going on. You get more details and explanation as you go along. I really enjoyed the action in this book. There’s lots of action from the beginning and continues throughout the book. Corin is in peril quite a bit actually.
Character development is really good. The story is told from Corin’s point of view but through very good dialogue, you get a very good sense of the other characters.
The narrator was Nick Podehl. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and Mr. Podehl is a narrator that I will look for from now on. All the characters were spot on. Different voices for each character. I really felt like I was there with them.
Sufficiently Advanced Magic ( Arcane Ascension Book 1 ) by Andrew Rowe is the best book I have listened to in a while. I do listen to a lot of epic fantasy ( i.e. the Wheel of Time series) and sometimes with the longer audiobooks, they seem to drag on at certain parts. However, this book did not do that at all. I really enjoyed Corin’s exploits. I hope the second book in this series comes out soon.