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  • The Silence of Unworthy Gods

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 4
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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The Silence of Unworthy Gods

By: Andrew Rowe
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
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Summary

Upon returning to Valia after his journey to Caelford and the Unclaimed Lands, Corin Cadence is confronted with a familiar foe—his own father.

While his strength has vastly increased since his last encounter with Magnus Cadence, Corin knows that he’ll need every trick at his disposal—and maybe a few new ones—if he wants to survive a duel with his father intact.

While Corin struggles with his family, his friends must face a second year at Lorian Heights with new classes, familiar but new chancellor, and deadly new enemies both on and off the campus. But school itself is the least of their worries. As the year progresses, the nation of Valia faces new travails at the emergence of a mysterious faction targeting attuned commoners and foreigners.

Casualties mount as Corin’s allies seek to unmask the leadership of this deadly order—and discover a threat that they cannot hope to face and emerge unscathed.

The Silence of Unworthy Gods is the fourth book in the Arcane Ascension series, a progression fantasy epic that mixes dungeon crawling and magical school content. This book also references events from the Weapons & Wielders series up to Book three, a connected series that takes place several years earlier with some overlapping cast members.

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OK story that has gone far from what it started as

I really enjoyed this series. But the last 3 books have been plodding and listless.

The main character hasn't advanced in his main goal for 3 books.

the side characters are often forgotten. To the point where a character who was maimed in the last book doesn't have her injuries even commented on.

the author is falling into a pattern with all 3 of the series I've read of him. treading water with the plot and a directionless main character.

performance is very good, probably wouldn't have finished the book otherwise.

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good, with flaws

very good story, great plot and magic system, it does, however feel like I'm being beat over the head with some political views. things like racism and inequality are important, but the author does seem to use it as a plot tool like a sledge hammer, and a badly aimed one at that. I come for fiction to get away from societal issues for the most part. and it's fine, if not important to reflect on some of these things, but the story, especially towards the last half feels like it's trying to lecture you unprovoked.

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I just want more!

As someone who's enjoyed every book in the series and extended universe, I found myself wishing this book was double the length. I love the world and character building but feel a slight disappointment that I will have to wait for the next book to be written to get more progression on the story.
That said, I hope this story continues for a long time , so I'm happy with the pacing and excited to hear more!
Story was fantastic, the depth of the universe is immense and characters are all unique enough to provide value to the story.

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Surprisingly good

I found the main character to stay annoyingly safe at times but the ending made up for it. The series keeps getting better.

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Loved it

Another great installment in the series. The story keeps evolving and is yet to bore me for even a moment. Love how the subject of trauma is handled.

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Fantastic

Absolutely amazing listen, I’m already on my 3rd play through. Voice acting was 10/10 as always.

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Great ending but 90% is just character building and not exciting as nothing of note happens for 19hrs

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Long May it continue

Absolutely love this whole saga. Nice to see that the story is being allowed to play out in full… would have loved to have seen the same with other related books (such as War of Broken Mirrors). Great story, great characters, great narration. More please.

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Return

Anticipated this book and pre-ordered. It does not disappoint. A return to Lorien Heights, with plenty of action, tinkering and magical rules. Nicely read with a "ooooh just 15 more minutes" (audio book one more chapter equivalency there) storyline. More please...

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Finally

After the previous and painful installment in the series which was pure filler I wasn't sure whether I would pick this book up or let the series fade from memory, safe to say that I caved and it is also safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. sadly the previous book has plenty of relevance to the story so I cannot say 'skip it', this one may be worth the suffering. leaves me with hope for the series to follow, if only they could up the rate they were produced!

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  • Phades
  • 30-12-22

Wasted chapters and filler

The build up and transition between the last book and this book starts with a glimmer of logical continuity. It was a bit of a cop out initially, but did follow logic to buy time and prepare.

Then, a different problem is introduced and forgotten. It was forgotten, due to a strange need to waste time on discussing the potential ethics of dating a replica of someone who died ages ago; the teasing of someone who simply has no time or interest in those kinds of relationships in the backdrop of functional civil war, real possibility of disownment in a society where familial connections matter; the loss of assets and connections; and the need for growth, but being largely beyond what can be taught to Korin. This makes large sections of the book redundant, irrelevant, and in several parts jarring by including sermons about privilege and bigotry to the reader rather than having the characters act upon it until the very end of the book in an extremely rushed manner as if the author forgot what the plot of the story and the primary focal points of the series had been so far.

The resolution between Corin and his father was anti climactic and rushed. It barely spent time on his development for the applied solution and was buried within the above described wasted space. This also was a distraction from his other angle of research presented, that was also similarly rushed in the wrong part of the story forcing it to occur after certain plot devices were removed from the story and made the choices made illogical for Corin chronologically and ultimately a deux ex machina at the end of the story. Had less time been wasted on the other elements, the unimportant or uneventful periods skipped over wouldn't have been necessary to give the sense of time passing or personal development of the character. This element of description and development was handled far better in the first book.

The asset removal was also extremely rushed, as it would have logically tied in directly into how Corin needed to actually be taught, then properly prepare for the immediate and obvious issues setup at the end of the prior book. Ultimately it seemed like it was just bait, or vehicle to deliver the sermon throughout the middle of the book. Dangling bits of hope that it would move on, but fails to do so until the very end.

If the next book follows even remotely along this pattern, it will be the end of the series for me.

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  • Bodhi
  • 29-12-22

Textbook toxic narcissist

I loved the first book. Each successive sequel has been a steady decline. Sarah’s character has become absolutely unbearable. I find myself hoping she gets stomped by Misuchi.

Corrin: deals with his father’s abuse in the present.

Sarah: “Tristan hurt me when we were kids ten years ago.”

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  • Jay Bryant
  • 29-12-22

Shoves SJW down your throat

Overall I really do love this series. I bought it on day one and listened to it as much as I could. Throughout the series you get a hint here and there that Corin is a scared kid and that’s why he doesn’t pursue friend or women. Then it shows a skewed interest in a guy because said guy isn’t a mean. And it’s iffy the other books. Now? Left and right there’s they/them this and racist that. And it’s not even slowly, it’s just BAM. I understand the concept of getting social issues addressed through fiction but it would be a lot better if the book was drowning in it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-22

The dynamics of the magic system keep the story interesting

Firstly what I like.
1.the magic system and the implications the magic system bring forth about the history and God like creatures.
2. Nicks Performance.

What I dislike.
1. The amount of progressive ideology without a proper foil.
2. Story drags and conflicts though sensible lack good foreshadowing.
3. In this series of book more is less and the amount of info dumping is outrageous plus to often problems are put to the back of characters minds because that’s a quirk of theirs.

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  • Jeff Wilkinson
  • 07-01-23

Preachy

Too much preaching and too little plot development. I will try the next book but if things don't improve, I won't continue with the series.

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  • Jonathan Tullier
  • 29-12-22

Ambivalent on most of this one.

This one feels like mostly filler. I was very much looking forward to the resolution of the duel between father and son but it has to be the most short shrift/anti climactic piece. The author may as well have left it out entirely if he was going to close it out like that....

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  • finley
  • 12-01-23

crybaby politics pissed me off

I dont think I'm coming back to this series, corren pissed me off with his offstandish whining,

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  • Sean
  • 29-12-22

Another great entry in the series

Another great entry in the series! I really enjoyed the delving even further into the magic system created it is always the best part of the series. The only downside is we keep getting new questions with little to no answers to old ones. Nick Podehl as always did a fantastic job!

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  • Alex
  • 26-01-23

The one-sided political bias has become too much.

I used to love Andrew Rowe's books, and the world building has been second-to-none thus far. The War of Broken Mirrors series was written beautifully. The Arcane Ascension series had some notably left leaning ideas in the first few books which I thought was fine, especially since I consider myself socially left leaning. However this book just goes off the rails, barely bothering to hide any attempt at trying to force political parallels from real life, and then painting an extremely biased and skewed portrayal at anyone who might not be Antifa-woke. No one disagrees racists are bad, but this book basically accuses anyone who isn't a radical extreme liberal of being a terrible, privileged racist scum. It starts rambling about how foreign powers easily manipulate the book's extreme conservatives into hate, trying to paint parallels with real life, even though there's an insane amount of ignorant hate coming from progressives. However no mention of that at all in the book; nothing to show a balanced or well informed parallel. I'm embarrassed to even recommend this series to other people anymore, it's devolved into just an incoherent propaganda piece. To the author: I support LGBT rights. I support helping those in need. I support surely many of the causes you do. But by painting such a one-sided picture without making any effort at understanding actual logical arguments of conservatives reveals your ignorance. Most conservatives aren't motivated by "keeping the peasantry down" or "protecting their privilege". I understand it's fiction, but the parallels to real life at this point have just become too blatant and ignorant to ignore.

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  • sofia klotz
  • 12-01-23

Bad storyline development

Agree with other reviews, lost sight of the plot from previous books. Overwhelmed with new irrelevant storyyand details.

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