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4.0 out of 5 stars Making a hard choice, 25 Nov. 2003
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Katrine Berg "book addict" (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Path of Fate (Mass Market Paperback)
Reisil is an orphan taken in by the city of Kallas, who have fed her and paid for her apprenticeship with a healer. Now her greatest dream is to become the city's healer. But then her world is changed at an instant, when a goosehawk finds her and she knows she is destined to become ahalad-kaaslane, one of the Lady's chosen.
She tries to shrink from this responsability and remain in her known world, but her path of fate becomes know, when a noblelady is abducted in order to ruin a peace treaty and cast her country once again into war.
This book is certainly worth a read, and don't expect to put it down to sleep. Reisil is a very worthy heroine, and it is a joy to follow her grow into her powers and into a place in life. I liked the world drawn in this book and look forward to reading about it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars destiny, 22 Nov. 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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this novel is the first in a trilogy of fantasy stories. It's pretty much self contained but does set some of the subsequent story up at the same time. It runs for roughly 368 pages. It involves a young lady living in a quiet village who rails against her destiny, then spends the rest of the book pursuing it and coming to terms with it. in the process she bonds with a bird and shares a telepathic link with the creature. the kingdom in which she lives is beset by war and political intrigue.

so far so familiar. there are lots of fantasy series that follow the same formula as outlined above.

so is one worth your while, and one that will make you try the rest of the writer's works?

yes.

because it contains the elements required to make it what we look for in books like this. it's a good read, thanks to solid characterisation producing individuals you can care about, very good and readable prose, and characters who develop over the course of the story.

a good bit of escapist entertainment, and a worthwhile read. and yes, I've just ordered the next in the series. I look forward to it
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Path Of Fate, 19 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Path of Fate (Mass Market Paperback)
Abandoned as an infant reisil is cared for collectively by the people of kallas. Frequently cast out by other children she grows up in solitude. Now, older she is a Tark (healer) and is trying to earn the respect of kallas. However, when a goshawk arrives from the lady (goddess) she knows her destiny is changed and her humble life as a Tark shatters around her.
Soon the whole of Kallas hangs in the balance and it is up to to stop the oncoming war.
This Book is a rare find and is well thought out i would reccommend it to all 9/10
p.s. The story continues with Path Of Honor and then Path Of Blood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic has taken a hit, 16 Jan. 2014
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Magic. Not all fantasy books include magic, but a lot of them do. "Path of Fate" is definitely about magic. We have the bond between the ahalad-kaaslane, Reisil-Tark's evolving power and the power of the Patvermese magicians. All of these types of magic come together and open up a discussion about power, politics, gods and responsibility.

My rhetoric question of the day is: If you have power, do you also have a responsibility for how that power is used? Hell, yes!!! But just because you have a theoretical responsibility does not mean that translates into having to answer for your use/abuse in the real world. We all know that. Even I know that and I am not the best person in the world when it comes to paying attention to what goes on around me.

Reisil-Tark's greatest role in Path of Fate seems to be to put a light to the abuses of power going on in and around Kallas during the story. We join her as her own sense of responsibility grows and embeds itself firmly into her mind and heart. Watching her come to realise that the people around her are not what she had thought/hoped for is an interesting process. It hurts when people we trust betray that trust. More difficult is seeing how we, ourselves, betray the trust of others. Reisil-Tark has to come to terms with that side of herself as well. My experience is that the reality of myself is the most difficult one of face. Being able to say that I screwed up or need to change a part of myself hurts. The pain is in many ways similar to the pain I have experienced whenever there has been need for surgery. This is the kind of pain I am sensing from Reisil when she has to come to terms with herself.

"Path of Fate" is Reisil-Tark's story. She is an enjoyable character who does her best to deal with the life she has been given. Finding her strength in a world where she is pretty much alone is a process and we get to follow her on that journey.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to new series, 10 Mar. 2006
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Very enjoyable work. The part which I liked best is when the action began when the war is impending. Exciting and thrilling. The character develpement was well done and the story is progressed nicely though the use of dialog. You will enjoy it.
**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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Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Mass Market Paperback - 1 Nov. 2003)
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