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Path of Fate (Path #1)

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In the land of Kodu Riik, becoming ahalad-kaaslane is the highest honor one can achieve. It mans the Lady has chosen you to bond and be united forever with one of Her specially blessed animals -- soul to soul...

Abandoned by her parents as an infant, Reisil grew up perpetually reminded that she did not belong. There wasn't a moment when she didn't feel like apologizing
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Roc (first published 2003)
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Aug 18, 2010 Bagtree rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, fantasy
The best of the Path trilogy. Not that the latter two books are bad, but this one stands on its own. Reisil is tough, interesting, and never so important that she can't get called on doing stupid or embarrassing things. Saljane is one of the best-realized telepathic companion animals I've encountered - she provides love and support and all that wonderfulness, but she is a bird and she acts like a bird, always, not only when it would be cute or plot-convenient or funny. Kebonsat is fantastic, and ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Karyogini rated it really liked it
As I've mentioned before, I'm not really into this Historical Fantasy type of books. I like Urban fantasies. Since I'm having a hard time waiting for Diana Francis' other series, Horngate Witches, I've decided to read this series of hers.

Having said that, I was curbing my expectation for this book. Surprisingly, I liked this book. :) Sure there were a lot of, "huh? what's that?" and lots of travel travel for days... Those I didn't care for. But the plot was captivating and the characters are int
Aug 09, 2013 Healthbar rated it liked it
I've found myself craving reading books with strong female characters, and for the most part I've been disappointed with the tales that are told. Romance always seems to overtake and turns the female and turns her into a dribbling mess who cannot exist without her other half. Other times the female character is a type of over powered super god who floats over all her obstacles. With Path of Fate, the relationships were very well done. Riesil did not subcome to high school romance and she remaine ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
The book had a strong start, but midway through things became too convenient. The protagonist acquires power very easily, it's almost like cheating. Actions/events lose their value when Reisil's plot hax aka healing ability kicks in. She can fix anything just by tapping into her god given magic without consequences. Well, there are supposed to be consequences but the author works around them.

Also most characters don't have a lot of depth, and they love loooong and *rational* monologues.

Path of
3.5 Stars
A solid enjoyable fantasy read, the writing was good, the main character was likable and the story was engaging.
The world building was quite good, I have read other reviews that said they found it a little confusing, but I didn't find that, I thought it was a good introduction to the world, the political system, gods etc and the author managed to avoid any info dumping. You learnt as you read so to speak and not everything the main character knew and thought was immediately explained -
Coucher de soleil
Nov 23, 2014 Coucher de soleil rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
I enjoyed this one. The world building was very well done and original. The characters were quite likeable. The plot flowed well and I found myself wondering what would happen next to Reisil, our main character, as well as her friends (especially Saljane, her bonded bird).

Some might find this one a bit slow going (in the beginning especially), particularly if they're addicted to constant life or death situations. The reason for this is that the author does take her time to build a well-crafted
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it liked it
Reisil is a tark---a healer---fresh from her training, serving in the village where she grew up. Without mother or father, she's tried hard to make a home for herself, so when a goshawk comes to claim her for the ahalad-kaaslane, who wander the realm unceasingly, she refuses the bond. But the bird is stubborn, and soon her own duties as a tark force her to take on the role she wants least in order to prevent war from tearing apart everything she holds dear.

The plot is, for the most part, straigh
Jan 16, 2014 Lise rated it really liked it
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 th
Bethany C
I really enjoyed it- just bought the other 2 in the trilogy as soon as I finished it. Exactly what I look for in fantasy.
Dec 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
This one started a bit slow, but was worth the effort. There are some motifs I've come across many times before in fantasy: orphan protagonist, companion animals that humans mind-meld with, evil mages, an initially-disliked romantic interest. That said, it was still a fresh read. The protagonist (Reisil) is very sympathetic, and stronger than she thinks. The interactions from her companion animal, a hawk named Saljane, were (somehow) believably bird-like; I'm not sure how that was accomplished, ...more
Chrissy Wissler
Oct 19, 2009 Chrissy Wissler rated it it was amazing
I finally sat down to read this book on Saturday. On Sunday, finished reading and rushed off to Barnes and Noble to buy books two and three. I haven't done that in awhile, but I really connected with the main character, Reisil, and I wanted to see where her story took her next.

The story starts with Reisil, the female protagonist, finally finding her place in life. Abandoned as a child by her parents, she was raised by the entire village. She had no place to call 'home,' no family, always felt li
Mar 28, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
This book started out really great for me. The author either knows something about birds or really did her research, because I'm a falconer and didn't get angry very often while reading it. Haha. Raptors don't eat cooked meat, for example, but I enjoyed Reisel's relationship with Saljane and Saljane's perspective on things.

This book really needed a glossary or something to help keep invented words and titles straight. The foreign words really got ponderous at times.

By the end of the book, I cou
I am a huge fan of Kristen Britain's series the Green Rider, (which is neither here nor there) so when I looked at the Reader's Also Enjoyed list and saw Path of Fate , I was excited.

Riesil is a strong woman. She knows what she wants: to be a healer. And nothing is going to change her mind, not even a gift from the beloved Lady. But Riesil must soon make a choice which will change the world.

^^ That sounds really interesting right? And it was, to an extent. The reader does get to know Riesil p
Dec 02, 2013 Susie rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I thought it was an interesting story and a good filler booker while I wait for the next Maria Snyder or Kristin Britain book. It was not very dense and a really quick read. I was actually surprised when I got to the end of the because it only took about 4 hours to read cover to cover. Sometimes that's a nice change of pace, though.

The only thing that really, really, REALLY bothered me was all of the crying the main character did. Ever chapter, she cried or got teary at least
“Path of Fate” was my first read of Diana Pharaoh Francis. It was good read. Although the plot wasn’t original, it was well written enough, with plenty of plot twists and with interesting characters. I really liked that Resil was a little insecure and clumsy, she actually made some bad character judgements and mistakes. Another good point in this book, is that the romance doesn’t overtake the adventure and fantasy. It was a nice, light and interesting read.
Oct 18, 2014 LaSibila rated it really liked it
El unico inconveniente con esta novela son los nombres de los personajes, ciudades y términos inventados para tal fin.
En un mundo diferente, varios reinos se encuentran en la etapa posterior a la guerra, pero antes de firmar un tratado definitivo de paz, secuestran a la hija del rey. Para poder encontrarla, otra joven debe aceptar el llamado de una deidad, transformandose en una guerrera elite que tienen un vínculo con un animal sagrado.
Nov 19, 2014 Miryam rated it liked it
This series was really nice. It beings with the heroine refusing to become a heroine, which was really fun and felt like a parody of the genre which I found really cute and appealing.
I really liked the characters and their development. Very well done. Aside from the sex thing that goes down in the (third?) book, these are great and definitely appealing!
Erica Blunt
I've recently decided to go back and read through all my old books. That being said, Path of Fate is the first one I turned my attention to. My memories of the book were vague at best, since the first time I read it I was only about fourteen. I also didn't really understand much about it.

I love books with a strong female lead where the woman doesn't come off as brash, masculine, or overbearing. Reisil is a strong, caring, compassionate young woman with a strong no nonsense attitude. I love that
Jan 12, 2010 Rhianon rated it it was amazing
First in the series, Ms. Francis sets the stage and does it well. This book isn't quite the same caliber of her newer series; all the same, it stands as one of the more eloquent and finely crafted fantasy novels I've read.

From character development, to plot depth and world-building, Ms. Francis knows how to balance everything without weighing the reader down. I honestly had my doubts when I began reading: "oh, the cliches: chosen one, must save her people from certain destruction, and only SHE h
Dec 26, 2014 Jen20man rated it really liked it
I read a lot of fantasy adventure books. This one held it's own. Yes, a little predictable, but I still enjoyed the growth of Reisil and Saljanes relationship. I found myself hoping that this would be a series, and, yay! It is.
Apr 14, 2007 Steph rated it did not like it
I feel guilty saying this about any book, but... I thought this one was a complete waste of time. In the "show, don't tell" sense, this is a very "tell" book. The cardboard characters and inconsistencies in plot and description had me practically tearing my hair out. The limits of magic were not well delineated, and except for the main character's hawk, all the magic users' animal familiars were pointless decorations in the story. On top of that, as the book progressed, the main character was gr ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Mj rated it really liked it
A good story with well-written characters. It's hard to see what the next story will do since this one was 'world saving'. It will be interesting to see.
Heather Fryling
Aug 21, 2015 Heather Fryling rated it liked it
A high fantasy story that hinge's on the heroine's commitment to being a healer. Also, the character described looks nothing like the character on the cover.
Mar 30, 2015 Kaelyn rated it liked it
Good book. Enjoyable read, but not compelling enough for me to read more of at this time. If I didn't have so many other books in my queue it might be different. Found the names to be tedious. May read more in the series at a later date.
Dec 16, 2008 Roxanne rated it liked it
Recommended to Roxanne by: Mike Carcel
I actually really enjoyed this book! It's the kind of fantasy novel where Our Plucky Heroine is chosen by the gods for a great fate she doesn't want, and she has to accept her destiny and save the world. In that sense it reminded me a lot of Kristen Britain's Green Rider books, and indeed, Britain read early drafts of Francis's manuscript, but it's definitely different and worth reading on its own. There are also totem animals that communicate telepathically, and who doesn't love that?? Overall, ...more
Nov 21, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
First time I read a book by this author. Really injoyed it, ened up reading the whole trilogy.
Shari  Mulluane
Mar 19, 2009 Shari Mulluane rated it really liked it
The story itself is very enjoyable. There is adventure, romance, friendship, and betrayal. Some parts are touching while others are tragic. The pacing is even for the most part. This novel does suffer alittle from first book in a trilogy syndrome, there is alot of setup and back-story to cover, but I did not feel that it bogged the story down very much. Overall, a nicely paced light read with well-balanced elements of tragedy and triumph.

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Aug 23, 2009 Christine rated it did not like it
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Dec 26, 2007 steven rated it liked it
Strikingly similar to Britain's Green Rider, not necessarily the world itself, but the scope and feel of the story. Same principle character, too: young woman granted extraordinary powers to save kingdoms in peril.

There's an interesting theme of lack of choice that the author explores, especially poigniant in a world of magic, where the gods take an active role in everyday affairs. In such a land, can free will exist? Is there any such thing as choice? The Greeks and Francis seem to agree that o
Nov 25, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Yeah. Yeah, I liked this book. It was difficult for me to get into, I had to force myself to the end, but that's how Simon R. Green's books are for me. Doesn't mean the story isn't good. I enjoyed watching Reisel grow, watching her relationships with Saljane and Kebonsat deepen, while others had to be...pruned. And if I do say so myself, she turned into a pretty awesome heroine. And I loved Juhrnus. He may have been annoying, but he was willing to own up to his own mistakes and he grew quite a b ...more
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