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  • Andrew Rowe
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  • 09 February 2018
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  1. says:

    455 starsSimply enthralling and fun from cover to coverThis kind of book is why I’m thankful for the SPFBO competition because without it I might have never heard about this book at all Like Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft or The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French Sufficiently Advanced Magic SAM by Andrew Rowe is truly a gem in th

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    I read Sufficiently Advanced Magic for the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off It was promoted to the finalist stage by Bookworm Blues and is the first novel in the Arcane Ascension series It sits nicely within the Li

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    I'm going to go so far as to say I loved this It was brilliant and in fact I am now really torn on how good all these finalists for #SPFBO are going to be So far this one is only very slightly behind the one I put forward as my finalistand I have another 7 still to readSo as I mentioned above I read this as it's a finalist for the #SPFBO competition I am really really glad that this one became a finalist as

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    DNF at 68% Why Well it's complicatedFirst off I want to say that Andrew Rowe is a writer with a lot of potential I've read many authors with 'better' books who I didn't think had the same degree of promise in their writing so even though this particular novel wasn't for me I look forward to seeing what Rowe writes in the futureLet's start with the good1 Sufficiently Advanced Magic has some very interesting worldbuilding The idea of magical

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    read this book a while ago but right now the review is in massive wall of text form and not in the format I’ve been doing the other reviews so I’m redoing itI loved this book it was the first time I dipped my toes into the LitRPG genre and its a mix of LitRPG and epic fantasy It’s a great place to start for people who enjoy traditional

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    A better name for this book is Sufficiently Analyzed Magic because of all the hair splitting analysis and corollaries with caveats ifs iffs and therefores The magic system is simply described waaay too much and there are whole pages of information dumping while the main character scratches his chin regarding how to do this or that m

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    I've been going on a spree of LitRPG books lately and I have to admit I'm having a grand fun time with them all Maybe it comes from my gamer background or perhaps I just love the whole gamut of rules associated with complicated and arcane magic systems but I'm also pretty sure this transcends all that kind of

  8. says:

    Surprise surprise I will be controversial again This book is bad I'm about 23 in and it's just not worth this time I wasted on it already Here

  9. says:

    Done That was a uite enjoyable mix between LitRPG and EPICYA fantasyThe last 10% has interesting revelations I look forward book 2RTC

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    This was a strange mix between a regular YA coming of age fantasy story set in a magic school and a litRPG fantasy I thin

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Ficiently Advanced MOBI #224 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 tri read this book a while ago but right now the review is in massive wall of text form and not in the format I ve been doing the other reviews so I m redoing itI loved this book it was the first time I dipped my toes into the LitRPG genre and its a mix of LitRPG and epic fantasy It s a great place to start for people who enjoy traditional fantasy and want to try out LitRPGThis is also a semi finalist and I totally agree with the nomination because it s awesomehttpwwwbookwormbluesnet201708Bingo Self PublishedPlotThe book starts out with Corin the main character starting his way through an enormous spire filled with puzzle rooms and monster rooms He s going through a trial to see if he can earn his Attunement this worlds way of being granted magical abilities by god like beingsAfter the trial he sets off to a magic academy where students typically spend two years of study before starting their careers There s a lot of magic school stuff where you learn how the magic works and how the world works through their classes and professors I had a lot of fun with that there s a lot to learn about this worldThere s also a second test where students are put through mock spires in preparation for their real re entry into the tower as a judgment for how well they re doing They have to get into groups and go through several mock trials before they are ready for a real re entryWhile in the spire during his first Attunement trial he had a bunch of things go wrong in the tower that I can t talk about without too many spoilers He may have gotten himself involved in a war against the gods or a war between the gods The details are murky and he s not sure what s going on other than he s involved in something way over his headThere s also a subplot going about a possible war between the nations as well with sabotage and spies trying to take down their cities defensesCharactersCorin the main character and since this is a single POV story we see everything through his eyes He s a really easy to like character for me a softy for animals he doesn t want to kill a cute bunny like creature in one of the first rooms of the trial so he goes another way He also second guesses killing monsters and feels bad when they cry out in pain I m a sucker for animals so this is an easy way to get me behind a character He also has a lot of interesting almost ocd like tendencies and social anxiety disorder where he prefers to be alone is awkward in social situations and doesn t like to be touched He s smart and likes to experiment although sometimes that goes poorly and he ends up in trouble He makes some dumb decisions but I ve come to expect that from 17 year old protagonists Ultimately I was very much on his side rooting for his success through the bookSara his half sister smart ass very smart and very capable I liked her a lot as a character she was level headed most of the time and a great asset to the team of students going through their second trials in the mock spireJin One of the members of the group very mysterious He won t reveal what his Attunements are or where they are places he s possible spider division He s also foreign and he won t disclose anything about that either he was a good friend to Corin and a capable team mateThere are a lot of side characters I loved especially Professor Velum who was like Professor McGonnagall with even sass There s a bunch of professors and students and they were all pretty interesting Vanniv was a summoned monster that Sara can use during battle and he s the absolute best fully intelligent and not just a monster he s sarcastic and powerfulWorld BuildingThere are all different sorts of Attunements and depending on which one you were granted depends on which dorms you re put into almost harry potter like with the division of the school into different subsets competing against each other for points There could possibly be a Spider division that s a class of students training to be spies and if you can correctly identify these spies your house gets 50 pointsThere are too many Attunements to go into them all but they are markings that are gifted from the gods on your head hand thigh chest or back Hand marked Attuned cast through their hands Leg marked Attuned can deliver crippling blows in melee Lung Marked Attuned cast through spoken spells Heart marked Attuned channel through both their hands and heart it s dangerous but powerful Mind marked Attuned can cast spells in their minds without any form of motion or spoken spells The MC is Mind marked but it comes with a serious downside if you deplete your mana you can go insane and this is a big part of Corins obsession through the book not wanting to end up like his grandfatherSome people can go back into the spire and get multiple Attunements You also level up your Attunements with each level up your aura changes color according to how powerful you areYou start as clear uartz then red Carnelian orange Sunstone yellow Citrine green Emerald and hypothetical blue SapphireWritingPacingToneThis was fast paced at points and other times it slowed down to talk about magic theory and how it worked for some people this may slow you down but I loved reading about that so it sped by for me I think the book was about 630 pages but I blew through it in a couple days and then re read it several months later for fun The audiobook by Nick Podehl is also fantasticThe tone is light and fun the dialogue is sarcastic and witty which kept things in high spirits even during danger There were puzzles and monsters and so much going on but there was also down time from action with character development and world buildingAudienceFor people who love a lot of magicFor people who like LitRPGFor people who like magic schoolsFor people who like a lot of actionFor people who like monstersFor people who like puzzlesFor people who like a lot of adventureFor people who like twists and turnsFor people who prefer single POVFor people looking for LGBT elements in the book not a huge part but it s there

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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 Suf I m going to go so far as to say I loved this It was brilliant and in fact I am now really torn on how good all these finalists for SPFBO are going to be So far this one is only very slightly behind the one I put forward as my finalistand I have another 7 still to readSo as I mentioned above I read this as it s a finalist for the SPFBO competition I am really really glad that this one became a finalist as I absolutely wouldn t have discovered this otherwise and it s so very worth reading Right from the start of the book I could tell it was going to be a good story It starts off following a character called Corin Cadence a son of the Cadence line who is expected to go through the Judgement a magical test in a tower filled with monsters and puzzles and come out the other side with a strong Attunement His family are renowned for being great fighters and he s on a personal mission to find out if his older brother who went in to the Spire and never came out is still alive What I loved about this is that it feels like you re in a game whilst you read I ve heard some people call this a LitRPG and I think that is an accurate description of the way that this book feels To me it seemed at various points of the story that we were doing things we may see in a game like picking up items learning how to use magic dungeon crawling gaining allies etc It seemed as though it was a very natural part of the story but it also felt really fun and exciting I also loved the characters of this world Corin is a character we kind of have to root for as he s our main one but luckily he s resourceful and doesn t always take the obvious path which made him interesting to be sure He s the lead of the story but as we got through we meet Sera Marissa Patrick and Jin who later become major players too Of the extra characters I think Sera and Jin are the two I was most interested inSera is a character who joins the school at the same time as Corin They have some ew family ties that they are just now exploring and they aren t uite sure how to react to one another so they do the default teasing This sarcastic but fun relationship builds over the course of the book and it was something I really enjoyed seeing I also have to say that by the end of the book I was thoroughly a fan of Sera not only for her inspiring magic abilities which are pretty bad ass but also for the care she showed to others on the team Jin is a character who remains mysterious for the majority of the book and he s someone I found very intriguing throughout There s certainly a lot to come and learn with Jin as the series goes on but I am probably most intrigued about his motivations and powers as these are things that he keeps very close to his heart most of the bookAlongside these three main characters we also have involvement from the teachers at the school and the Visages and monsters of the towers There are lots of people involved in this story and each one has an interesting role to play but mainly I think this is a completely solid start to the series In terms of other things to note There is the barest hint of an LGBT romance that could happen in this book It s never really explored but maybe we will see as the series goes onThe other thing I wanted to note is that mental health is a huge part of the book and it s an underlying worry and concern for our main character I really liked that Corin isn t just perfect and that he actually really panics at times and has issues with trusting people making friends and touching He s a character who I find interesting because he feels real and honest through dealing with these issues and I love that element The magic of this world is super cool and I would put this firmly into the high magic category as magic pretty much permeates through everything the characters do and that the world is based around In this world there are many towers and a Goddess who supposedly rules it all Each of the towers is filled to the brim with magical monsters and puzzles and there are many in this world who will brave these towers because this is how they will gain a magical ability themselves It seems that in order to gain an ability you must reach a certain point of the tower and in order to gain multiple abilities you must do this time and time again Some Climbers as they are known even try to meet the Goddess herself as they believe that she will grant a great reward We follow many of the characters in this book after they ve completed their Judgement and go to essentially magic school and yes I did actually get Hogwarts vibes from this and it didn t disappoint There the characters learn about mana and how magic they have gained through their Judgement works They are taught by teachers who also have their own abilities and some of the teachers end up involved in the mystery too We then have the monsters themselves who later become of a presence when they start to stray from the tower It was completely fascinating to read about each of the different monsters and I really enjoyed the creativity of the beings and I could imagine them vividly too Finally Corin s ability leads him towards inventing things and I just have to say I loved some of his inventions and his creativity and I really ant a mana watch too and some manaOverall this book was a brilliant read and the only very minor uibble I had was that some things we were told once we were then told a further few times later on For me this was a slight annoyance as I already knew it but not anywhere near enough of a detractor to dock a star so I would say this is a firm 5s ALSO I NEED book 2 as the ending of this one was EXTREMELY dramatic and had some HUGE revelations and now I have to know what is going to happen 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Als 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 Surprise surprise I will be controversial again This book is bad I m about 23 in and it s just not worth this time I wasted on it already Here we have our people who get magical powers from a goddess if they complete puzzles in a tower Corin s brother went in never came out so yeah Corin wants to go in and find him He goes in gets entry level power goes to magic uni to level up to go back in to find him This thing is fucking LONG man Not even justified long because it can be that way without feeling like a bogged down crawl though molasses Here it just looks like no editor was ever found which sucks one could have probably broken out the red pen of doom and carved out huge chunks of unneeded stuff Now what are these unneded things Corin is a magical version of some sort of an engineer okay He makes magical items He also narrates the book so it means we have to read him thinking about shit Not interesting stuff Like how to make basic level items that he doesn t really know how to so it means endless brainstorms of shit that he will probably not make What is worse every time he finds a goal it just gets disovered he will need to do 75 other shit before he gets to it Not kidding To get to his brother he needs to get to the tower get little power get to uni build items build items for his buddies but for that he needs mana but he has very little he needs crystals but those cost cash so he needs to learn to make crystals to make times to sell to get cash to get supplies to make the better items for team to get to exams to get points to get into elite dorm to get better supplies to get points to get to elite military to get to tower to get to brother spoiler he is only been to school in less than aa semester we are nowhere near Why the fuck am I doing this to myself people Kill me Just take me out and kill me The nonsensical story structure and world building doesn t end here The power levels have like aa gaillion rating systems Like depending on what class he is where on his body his mark is then mana levels then rated in gemstone names all gemstone levels also rated by letters Fucking why Oh also classes can kinda do the same things with different techniue so mumdo jumbo By now you probably get why this is slow So much useless information you have to exactly learn or you won t get shit By the way people can work above their level as I said classes kinda merge in some ways so it all means ThanksI sound salty becuse I am And now let me talk about Corin this cardboard idiot Imagine a character who is probably a shitty robot masuerading as a person but is failing That s right It s him His personality is awkward I am convinced the author is trying to write a protagonist with autism engineer type with autism so original but this was just uncomfortable Corin is absolutely oblivious to everything in life In their society they have nobility and peasants and it took him 17 years to realise it means read carefully now I will go deep that they are not all treated eual LE GASP He also benevolently concedes that it s WRONG I m baffled Oh also Corin our resident genius is even worse Beatin C3PO in the robotic department our dude excells He never cares about dating nobody Doesn t even really cares Then a dude asks him out and in the span of 2 seconds he realises he is gay A dude he didn t even think about or care about at all He didn t even really properly LOOKED at him BTW other dude is also a pseudo Asian foreigner royalty from an enemy country for maximum angst possibility points Why are you fucking useless Corin Why What comes next Other than it being a retarded way of making a character behave how far can we go from subtlety Yes the dad dislikes how Corin is not in the family battlemage business but he himself likes this We got the message of being yourself and not worrying about others expectations We don t have to literally check all the different boxes that exist I can t wait for him confronting his dad about yes I am a family disgrace who is autistic besties with peasants gay literally fucking someone from a country that will inevitably attak us No cheese please I am 100% sure his bro is alive btw wonder what he can be hiding after THIS He s probably a weed smoking communist furry none of which dad would like prolly I hope he has nipple piercings and a soul patch Everyone loves this but to me it was misery Impractical choices how are you even alive characters a worldbuilding that reads like I m trying to learn the wikia of some RPG by heart slooooooooow I don t recommend it I won t continue I probably won t try another series by the author Just leave me alone now Good night and let me leave this tower of terror