• A Necessary Heresy

  • Instrument of Omens, Book 3
  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (447 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Prophesized heroes are reborn. The burden they bear is as terrible as it is necessary.

The dead city of Mahadev. In 3,000 years, none who have entered those ageless walls have returned to bear word of what evil lurks within. And yet it is there that Cinder and Anya must journey. A hard road with mysteries and dangers abounding.

And the greatest of those perils is imprisoned within the ruined temple at the very center of the necropolis’ dark heart. There, Cinder and Anya are given insight into the terrifying truth the world faces. It is an evil so vast that even the dark god Shet must bow before its will. It is the bringer of apocalypse, the ender of civilizations. If ever freed, the world will be helpless before its horrific power.

Forging an alliance all would have rather avoided, Cinder and Anya have no choice but to work with Shet to take on this greater enemy. Worse, it is a pact that will see them give away that which they hold most precious.

©2022 Davis Ashura (P)2022 Podium Audio

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was pretty damn good until one really strange part

spoilers

What was the author thinking with the character regression, by making them forget their memories AGAIN? It's such an iritating distraction for the reader, and even the characters, especially since we spent so much time getting over it all ready, I actually skipped to the last chapter right after thry plan to make them forget again, and they STILL hadn't resolved it by then, the characters were acting like different people with entirely different points of view... just seems like a cheep, and annoying way to add drama and pad out a story, and it wasn't entertaining. I dont even know if I'll bother finishing this book now. sad. up until that baffling choice I would have giving it a 5/5 now it's maybe a 3...

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Saddened by this

I don't usually write reviews, but this book made me feel the need. I loved the warriors path series and the first two books in this one. The first half of this book was fairly good, but then the filler and terrible plot ruined the entire series. Boring chapters of other pointless characters . The only positive is Nick podehls performance.

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90% through the book and I'm quitting the series

[SPOLIERS BELOW]

90% into the book, the characters elect to have their memories altered so they forget one another for a reason that is confusing and contrived. The memory alteration was done by a demon, who they knew was going to betray them, nonetheless they did it anyways. And the demon, while betraying them, not only wiped their memories put implanted false memories, changed past interpretation of events, and made the main characters hate one another. In short, the protagonists' personalities were completely changed 50 hours into the series. No exaggeration.

Save yourself the heartache and end after book 2 (which I loved). I wish I had.

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What Happened?!?

This is the third and final book in The Instrument of Omen series. The first two books were great and I’ve listened to them twice each. The third book however, has be confused.

The first 1/4 of the book this book is a continuation of the story line. The next 1/4 of the book begins a bunch of side stories when it should be bringing all story lines together. By mid-point, the book introduces new characters-lots of new characters, some with their own story line. The lead up to a big battle is resolved in a couple of paragraphs and the main characters are Incognito

Did the author change? Did the audiobook get compiled incorrectly or the wrong version offered? This book has taken such a turn for the worse that I can’t even force myself to finish listening to it.

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first half great.....then

seriously was going great then half way through complete regression not sure I can finish this one I'm very disappointed.

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not worth it

I was super pumped about this book which might be why I was disappointed they just their memories back and they cut them out again. I stopped the book there. I know this happens a lot in books but it seems forced in this one and I was just over it.

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Ashura changed the recipe, and I can't swallow it

I have enjoyed all of the Castes and Outcastes series as well as the first two Instruments of Omens books. I eagerly anticipated this third book. With 9 hours left, I gave up on the book and returned it. The main plot drug to a screeching halt while lots of tertiary story arcs and characters were introduced. And there were so many holes in the story. My theory is that Ashura actually wrote a much longer book, but the editor said, "it can't be that long," so they just cut sections out and let the reader imagine what the other scenes were with little hints here and there. When the plot threads should be coming together... they multiplied and shot out in multiple directions that I could not/would not follow. I tried multiple times to finish it, but just got more and more frustrated each time, and finally gave up. No mas, Mr. Ashura.

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Great writing bad story line

the writing is excellent but the story takes a turn that it doesn’t need to take half way through the book. The I felt that the other characters being brought up we’re unnecessary and the way the story went was disappointing.

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how many names do these people need

Okay major problem with this book the main character has more names than I can count. everyone uses a diffrent name for him. Everyone in the book has multiple names as well gets ridiculous

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Uninteresting

I did not finish this book, i really tried but just couldn't. i am not sure where to even start, there are so many problems. The biggest issue for me was the overuse of very long names and terms in another language, sanskrit i think. This was confusing and resulted in unmemorable characters, places, concepts, basically everything. I had no idea what entire paragraphs were about because they used multiple non english terms.

The story was simply not interesting. The characters are flat and they do almost noting. It seemed like they were just traveling from one place to another, but i don't have any idea why.

The magic system is not well explained, when it is talked about it sounds complex, when magic is used it is beyond basic.

I love Nick as a narrator, but the demon voice was terrible, could not tollerate it.

For those who rated this 5 stars, go read Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Patrick Rothfuss and come back and tell me this is still a 5 star.

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  • 06-02-22

echo's of the finale of chuck and just as annoying

2 and a half books leading to the main protagonists becoming themselves and feeling a little contentment that this overly draged element of the narrative was concluding and he uses a clunky plot device to stretch a plot point which was the annoying part of the whole story out further,it's like having to start a game from the begging because you have no save point so have lost all progress,I tend to stop playing those games cos they are by nature repetitive and tedious,skipped the final third of the book because the dialogue was almost back to the middle of testament of steel with internal musings on each other,will try the next book but if this is now just a story with no progression that will be the last

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  • 06-28-22

plot vomit and cringe romance

I dont know how I kept listening for so long. I drive a lot and I paid for it i spose. The story and plot is painfully slow then all of a sudden memories are attained, and skills suddenly available, characters suddenly appear, demons and other enemies. the magic and world is never explained properly and the romance is so childish and cringey and there is almost no action. On top of this for a good section of the book the narrator has a bad cold and it sounds so nasally it was painful to listen to.
And why are there so many mentions of Indian food like tikka masala etc? it's random and childish. Verbal diarrhoea.