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Path of Honor (Path of Fate) [Mass Market Paperback]

Diana Pharaoh Francis
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459916
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 922,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Path Of Honor 19 Jun 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A year has passed since reisil's destruction of the wizards. However instead of being treated as the heroine she is, reisil is treated with suspicion. Kodu Riik suffers from famine the threat of war and worst of all a plague is spreading through the land, and reisil find she cannot cure it. Her powers are becoming erratic and there is only one place she can turn to... The Wizards.
This book is a definite equal to it's predecessor Path Of Fate and is followed by Path of Blood (released in 2006) 9/10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating "bad guy" 16 Jan 2014
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
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One of the really interesting people in "Path of Honor" is Verit Aare. Verit Aare is the heir to the throne and eager to replace his father. As his father has been more or less absent the past six months, Aare's lust for power is growing. Unfortunately for Koduteel (capital) and all of Kodu Riik Verit Aare is a psychopath/sociopath. While a lot of us have psychopathic traits, very few of us reach Aare's level of sociopathy. According to Psychology Today one needs to show a lack of empathy (cold-heartedness, an inability to feel deeply); show a lack of shame, guilt, fear or embarrassment at ones actions; a tendency to blame others for their own failures, or no shame if confronted; show a strong ability to remain focused on a task; appear charming yet have a tendency toward pathological lying, and they seem comfortable even when found out; incredibly overconfident, as if they cannot fail; impulsive; incredibly selfish and parasitic; lack realistic long-term goals; and finally be prone to violence.

I feel certain most of you would be worried if a person like this lusted for the leadership of your country. Yet Aare seems to fulfil most of these criteria and for me that is the reason I find him especially fascinating and possibly revolting. Take how he treats his sister, the Vertina Emelovi, and what he does to his father's hostage, Soka.

When Soka was nine years old his father had broken the terms of the hostage agreement. Something had to be done to avenge the wrong and it was decided that Soka would lose an eye. But the Iisand was not able to attend the removal and sent his son, Verit Aare, instead. Aare made the little boy remain awake during the procedure but had Soka drugged so he would remain docile while it went on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars when the magic goes awry 24 Nov 2009
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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second in a trilogy of fantasy novels, following on from Path of Fate which are the story of Reisil. Orphan girl from a village called to become a member of an elite order who share a mental bond with animals. After discovering her powers and destiny in the first book this one picks up the story after a year has passed for her.

There isn't too much recap and there are a lot of made up names to get used to so you're better off starting with the first volume rather than this one.

This being a middle book in a trilogy does what they usually do and develops the story whilst also setting it up for a finale in volume three. Here, Reisel's abilities start to go awry,and she and other characters gradually discover there are various threats to their kingdom.

This runs for 380 pages and it takes it's first two thirds to set all this up, so things do develop a bit slowly. but it remains more than readable once you get into it. Things do move very well in the final third though with one shock revelation and lots of things happening at the same time. all of which leaves it ending on a very big cliffhanger.

A solid read once it gets going and a good continuation of the story. Reisel being stubborn and determined makes her an appealing lead character.

There is one rather gory torture scene when one character falls into bad guy hands but it's never gratuitous.

The story concludes in Path of Blood (Path of Fate). I'll get to it as soon as I can, as this volume makes me want to know what happens next. which is the mark of a good read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 10 Mar 2006
By Rylin
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just finished this one right after the first one. Excellent story and good character developement. It's good to see a strong woman play the lead in a fantasy. Most women seem to be simply there to support the men, but they have strength too. Good job.
**A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Complicated Path 15 Feb 2005
By Sharman Horwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The problem in writing a trilogy is the second book. It is one that has to provide enough complications to warrant a third book, and yet do so without confusing the reader, at the same time as keeping the reader's interest. Some writers fail to do this well, which really indicates that the book should be in two parts, not three. (Sean Russell's recent trilogy really should have just been two books rather than three.)

However, Path of Honor manages to keep the reader's interest. It also provides enough intrigue to show that this story warrants three books, and will therefore make a strong trilogy. The characterisation could be made a little stronger, but overall this is a minor weakness in the novel.

The story IS complicated, but that is necessary in order to develop the entire tale.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much unnecessary detail 26 Jan 2005
By Fred the Oyster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading "Path of Fate", I had high hopes for this new book. "Path of Fate" presented a coherent picture of a well-created world. Sadly, in the new book, the author felt it necessary to introduce far too many new plot devices and too wide a range of new characters. Why did we need the other world, from which two of the characters come? Why a rift between two worlds? [done before, better] Where did the coal drake appear from? [seems to be a plot device to handle a couple of rough patches in the plot] Why introduce the land of Scallas and the sorcerers? [unnecessary extra detail] Why has the Lady withdrawn her presence from Kodu Riik? [given that her presence is vital to the concept of the ahalad-kaaslane] Why did we need the graphic descriptions of torture? [we certainly would have got the picture that the bad guy was bad without such extensive graphic descriptions] And why oh why are all the names so confusing? [I think especially that it was a mistake to use a term as convoluted and hard to pronounce as "ahalad-kaaslane" for the key concept]

The most distressing thing about the book is that it doesn't finish. It leaves you in mid-plot, with the promise of a new book to come out next year. I think a lot of extraneous material could have been excised from this book, the plot tightened up, and the story finished within the page count provided.

It is said that everyone has a book in them. For this author that book was "Path of Fate". To produce more than one good book requires a lot of work. I trust that the third book will be an improvement on this second one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better than the original 13 Nov 2008
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Path of Honor" has some darker and more disturbing elements that aren't really found in the first book, "Path of Fate". And the political and religious significances found here may not be suitable for some fantasy fans, but I enjoyed reading about the world that Diana Pharoah Francis has created.

The characters (Reisil, Kebonsat, Metyein, Emelovi, etc.) are what make this book. The author has created some distinctive personalities, which makes this a fun read. However, I did have a problem with Yohuac. It's not the Native American similarity (I'm fascinated with Native American culture), it's the excessive ale and the wine that ruins the image for me. Francis should've went past that stererotype. But anyway, Sodur keeps getting more mysterious than ever, and that's what makes the suspense tight and overwhelming. The bonds that the Alahad-Kaaslane have with their animals are still made with interest.

Aside from Yohuac's drinking, I also had problems with the names of places and people. Most seem to have hard pronunciation, like Juhrnus and Patasverme and ahalad-kasslane. And there is one point in the middle of the book where various characters are introduced all at the same time. One might get confused in which one is which at that point, but later on, it all makes more sense.

As I said in my review for "Path of Fate" this isn't an excellent fantasy tale, and the cliches and formulaic structures are prevalent. But the characters and their dialogue are the strongest points in the books. And I enjoyed the "stubborn" personality of Reisil: she's not the typical femme fatale found in other fantasy stories. So hopefully, the conclusion fo the "Path" trilogy will be worthwhile.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I'd expected 25 Jan 2005
By S. O'Connell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading Path of Fate, I half expected Path of Honor to follow along the same lines... a good, fast read, but relatively light in mood. Was I wrong. This book is considerably darker with a lot of fascinating political intrigue. Francis is a master of the natural world and her skill in "court" is equally involving. Some of the names and titles are a bit confusing at first, but once you get into the book, it gets easier. I'd love for her publishers to include some extra world info in the back... I want to know more about Kodu Riik, Patverseme and this newly introduced land, Scallas. Overall a good read. I recommend this book to any fan of fantasy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating "bad guy" 16 Jan 2014
By humanitysdarkerside - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the really interesting people in "Path of Honor" is Verit Aare. Verit Aare is the heir to the throne and eager to replace his father. As his father has been more or less absent the past six months, Aare’s lust for power is growing. Unfortunately for Koduteel (capital) and all of Kodu Riik Verit Aare is a psychopath/sociopath. While a lot of us have psychopathic traits, very few of us reach Aare’s level of sociopathy. According to Psychology Today one needs to show a lack of empathy (cold-heartedness, an inability to feel deeply); show a lack of shame, guilt, fear or embarrassment at ones actions; a tendency to blame others for their own failures, or no shame if confronted; show a strong ability to remain focused on a task; appear charming yet have a tendency toward pathological lying, and they seem comfortable even when found out; incredibly overconfident, as if they cannot fail; impulsive; incredibly selfish and parasitic; lack realistic long-term goals; and finally be prone to violence.

I feel certain most of you would be worried if a person like this lusted for the leadership of your country. Yet Aare seems to fulfil most of these criteria and for me that is the reason I find him especially fascinating and possibly revolting. Take how he treats his sister, the Vertina Emelovi, and what he does to his father’s hostage, Soka.

When Soka was nine years old his father had broken the terms of the hostage agreement. Something had to be done to avenge the wrong and it was decided that Soka would lose an eye. But the Iisand was not able to attend the removal and sent his son, Verit Aare, instead. Aare made the little boy remain awake during the procedure but had Soka drugged so he would remain docile while it went on. Finally, a map of Soka’s father’s lands was sown into the lid of his eye as a reminder of the deal. It had not been the Iisand’s intention that the procedure would be so cruel for the boy, but Aare liked the feeling it gave him.

Once again, Soka is in his power. Naturally, Soka is scared s***less. What will the Verit do to him this time?

On to Verit Aare’s sister. Poor Emelovi. She has to live with the man on a daily basis and he is not a good brother to have. Her fear of him is intense, yet he has kept his father duped as to the depths of his depravity. Perhaps that is because people tend to see what people want to see. Vertina Emelovi, on the other hand, is quite familiar with her brother’s cruelty. He expects nothing but complete submission. If she does not do what he tells her to, she suffers greatly. The first time she was made aware of that was when he killed her puppy because Emelovi had refused to dance with one of his friends. Since then, well. One does what one has to with such a maniac in the vicinity.

Aare does not like Reisil. He does his best to turn the court against her. Lucky him. Sodur (another ahalad-kaaslane team) has made his job much easier. On his part, Sodur did have the best of intentions. But what do intentions help when consequences are what determines the value of them. Poor Reisil, the consequences for her are stinky. Things are looking up for Aare when it comes to using his charisma and power-hunger against her.

Reisil is not completely alone. Kebonsat has come to court Emelovi on the chance an alliance between Kodu Riik and Patvermese might happen. Hmmm. Despite this task, Kebonsat does not forget his friendship with Reisil. Nor has Juhrnus. Reisil is thankful to have two such loyal friends on her side as it seems the rest of the powers of Kodu Riik have turned against her. But friends do turn up in strange places and sometimes lives change because of decisions one has made. She does have the “common people” on her side. But the common people do not have much power. Not really. Like us, the common people in Kodu Riik trust that the powers that be must be interested in the best of the country. Man, we are suckers, aren’t we.

Then two new powers turn up at court.

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