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What made the experience of listening to Stealing Sorcery the most enjoyable?
Stealing Sorcery, the second book in Andrew Rowe's series, The War of Broken Mirrors, is very much a coming of age novel in every way: for the characters, the plot, the antagonists, and, most importantly, the author. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Nick Podehl's rendition of the characters as he took on the growing cast. Andrew Rowe's world is starting to grow from an interesting idea into a more polished and dangerous place. Whereas the the first book in the series, Forging Divinity, seemed a bit cutesy at times, this second book has worked hard to bring more relevance to the characters' actions and driving purpose.
What did you like best about this story?
I enjoyed learning more about what drove each of the characters to act as they do. I also liked some of the intrigue, although it still feels a bit forced at times. The magic system is interesting and starting to mature a bit as the fields of sorcery are broadened and expounded upon. Much of the plot seems to be based around a sort of gulf between those that have new/elite/ancient knowledge of sorcery or abilities and those who do not. Even though I believe this gulf could have been exploited a bit more to bring a bit more color and, perhaps, a bit more realism to the story, it nevertheless provides an interesting story dynamic that Rowe is tapping into more and more. It is always fun to learn with a character as they uncover their own capabilities and learning along with Sal is no exception.
Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
As usual, Nick Podehl delivers a great performance. I enjoyed the different accents that Nick chose to embody the different elements of Rowe's society. In fact, I really feel that Nick's narration lifts this story a bit by bringing a bit more lucidity to elements that are still a bit lacking in background information. ~ A great marriage between author and artist here.
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Any additional comments?
I'm glad I pushed through some slow parts in the first book, because book 2 was so worth it. I love everything about Velas, and the dynamic between all the characters is great. The trials are all interesting in their own way -- no straight forward duels in this book. This is probably the best book I have read in months.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great sequel, l found myself not being able to stop listening. An all round wonderful story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have recently started to listen to Andrew Rowe's books and I am very impressed with the characters and the imagery set out. Also big fan of Nick Podehl narrating. Can't wait to hear the next follow-up. Must admit it's up there with my other favourite authors Brent Weeks and Anthony Ryan