• Blighted

  • The Quintessence: Crucible, Book 2
  • By: C.M. Carney
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Determination. Predestination. Redemption.

Aryc Tal Venn was supposed to be the savior of the universe. But a fateful decision left him blighted, unable to cultivate the primal Aether into the life-empowering energy of the Quintessence. With nothing but hope, Aryc undertakes a desperate quest to reverse his blighting. 

Yet the way is not easy and there are those on Crucible who covet Aryc’s lost power. Those who will do anything to take it for themselves. Despite the dangers, Aryc must fight. 

But when a terrible truth challenges everything he believes, Aryc is forced to question whom he fights for and why. Destiny comes for Aryc Tal Venn, and the fate of the universe rests in his hands.

Blighted, book two of The Quintessence: Crucible continues the epic progression fantasy cultivation universe brought to you by C.M. Carney, author of the number-one best-selling LitRPG Saga The Realms.

The book is chock full of qi cycling, measurable power progression, immortal gods, intriguing characters, deadly mysteries, and universe-shattering threats. It is perfect for all fans of progression fantasy, including lovers of LitRPG/GameLit, isekai, Western cultivation, wuxia, and xianxia.

©2021 C.M. Carney (P)2022 C.M. Carney

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Heck of a ride

The waiting for the second story for a long time I have to say I was not disappointed at all I had to recommend just need to both back to back

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A great continuation

Narration: nothing much to say here. I mean, it's fucking Nick Podehl what more could you ask for?

Story: the story was overall very enjoyable. I particularly like the insights in to the other "side" if you will. Love seeing things in different perspectives.

One minor complaint is the flow seems a little all over the place at times. On the bright side this means a great deal happens and there is not much, if any, "filler"

Aside from that, looking forward to the next.

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main character emo much....

Way to much self pitying it's getting old. I dont like him and at all. Get over it and move on....

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Still good but the mind construct voice was inconsistent

For some reason “Dwighted’s” (not sure how they spelled the name) voice changed to a girl voice right off the bat after it was a deep male one for not any real reason. It was pretty inconsistent because it would go back to male at times. It’s kind of annoying because you get use to a voice and when it’s different you pause to think who is talking

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Great continuation!

A very well done second installment. Highly recommend this if you've started with the first. Interesting developments through the book keep it fresh and flowing. The MC definitely has to overcome adversity and he keeps growing for good character growth.

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Where is the other half

The story was “ok”. The writing is pretty good and Podehl is my boy, but this was just a small part of the story. There is some character development /growth and some answers found, but the experience is like an exploration of the characters emotional state and boom, a few quick resolutions. now we have a confederate of anti first ones and initial plans. Book end. This could have been the first half of a good book but instead we are getting a few chapters every couple of years.

I don’t really have anything against the story, more the package or structure of how it is being released.

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Weak lead character gets old…

I was excited to see the new book after the first entry was pretty good but the constant doubt, self blaming and questioning led me to not enjoy this book. Hopefully the next is better…

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Solid. But not fleshed out enough

I've been really looking forward to this second book. And, while it's ok, it definitely feels like it could have been longer, more of the character interactions could've been fleshed out, and the pacing made more smooth. It's only ok when it could have been really good or even spectacular.