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Six Sacred Swords

Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Arcane Ascension, Book 2.5, Weapons and Wielders, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
5 out of 5 stars (117 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Andrew Rowe (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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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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Authors Evolution

I love this book sooo much, its very different from Andrew Rowe's previous works as this book feels more relaxed and creatively free. This book is overall a great time and Nick Podehl does an amazing job bringing out the humour and imagination as usual. I feel like this one is better written as well as I had a much more enjoyable experience and there are moments when Keres jabs the other books for certain things which I actually agree with as an authors self reflection. Absolutely amazing.

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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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  • Jonathan
  • 03-05-2019

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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  • Susan Stevens
  • 05-05-2019

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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  • Logophile
  • 16-05-2019

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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  • Raychelle M. Lee
  • 25-07-2019

Once again...

Once again your books leave me wanting more. I cannot wait until the next one comes out.

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  • Juan Carlos Ilijic
  • 20-07-2019

Epic side story to an epic series

This book cleared a lot of things up and made the first two books really come together. I wouldn't call it a 2.5 book but I will accept it. Nick does a great job as always. I will need to rehear the other four books from Rowe to refresh my memory. awesome how the two book series came to a crossing.

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  • Stephen Baumann
  • 10-07-2019

Andrew Rowe and Nick Podehl are the best story telling duo on audible ever. period.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2019

LOVE IT

Im not going to lie, I was hesitant to pick up a book that wasn't in the main series (Arcane Ascension). After just listening to the first few chapters I realized I loved this book. I really like the badass "unbreakable" character is also a witty person. The humor to badassery is fantastic. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-2019

Awesome first book!

This is my first audible book and I have to say, I loved this book! I’m an avid player of rpg’s and I got to say those games definitely helped my imagination with this book. Very well written and read out loud amazing. Can’t wait for the next book!!!

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  • June C.
  • 11-06-2019

I want more!!!

I love Andrew’s work on Sufficiently Advanced Magic books! Light, interesting and not hard to follow. In this book, Dawn Bringer was hilarious and life of the party! Can’t wait for the next audiobook!

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  • Brad
  • 05-05-2019

Nick podehl is an amazing narrator

Nick podehl is an amazing narrator

favorite narrator I've found on all of audible. h

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  • Jonathan
  • 30-07-2019

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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  • Ivan
  • 19-07-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-2019

Fantastic listen

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

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  • Thomas
  • 16-06-2019

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
  • 10-06-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2019

Read the others first.

I love this book, as I love all of them (though Arcane Ascension remains on top) but I really recommend reading all the others first despite the 'read in any order' in the discription. This book feels like it's more dialog than events and, though it might be important to the world building (the more I think about it the less I believe it to be true) quite a bit feels like its just repetitive filler.