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Refusing to fulfill her destiny as one of the Lady's ahalad-kaaslanes, a servant whose soul is bonded with one of Her blessed animals, Riesil soon learns that her decision has profoundly affected the entire kingdom of Kodu Riik. Original.
Title: Path of Fate
Author: Francis, Diana Pharaoh
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2003/11/01
Number of Pages: 384
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Roc (first published 2003)
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Bagtree
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
Karyogini
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...more
Healthbar
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
Melinda
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 -...more
Coucher de soleil
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...more
Lise
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...more
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.
Chrissy Wissler
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...more
Melissa
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...more
Alice
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...more
Susie
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...more
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...more
Rhianon
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...more
Steph
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
Roxanne
Dec 16, 2008 Roxanne rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Shari  Mulluane
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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steven
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...more
Michelle
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
Ria
It was fine. The build up to the climax was fun enough - a calm sort of adventure through the country side. The climax was terrible. The heroine did nothing but stand around and watch other people solve their own problems. I wondered what the point was.
I stuck with it simply because it was a bit of fun, but I'd only recommended it if you have nothing else to read, or want something really light.
I have started the next book in the series, but I'm on chapter 2 and it's not shaping up well. I might...more
Aferris86
I loved it ;). Really an enjoyable read.
Kate McDougall Sackler
I really enjoyed this, despite the cheesy cover art. Hope I can find the next two books!
Michelle
What path would you take?

You will not be disappointed with this story as you follow Reisil, a young woman torn between continuing her dream as a town healer or the challenging path as a chosen protector of the nation.

The land of Kodu Riik has been ravaged by war and many people have been left homeless and injured. Reisil must now do her part to help cure the people and the land, restore peace, and learn the true meaning of friendship and unconditional love.
Latis
This book was a pretty darn decent read. The setting is rather reminiscent of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar universe, though without such an intricately formulated "magic" structure. It was easy to read and get into. I'd rate it PG13 (aka: ok for any adults in my family to read, though, I don't think it appropriate for children & anyone under 13 or possibly even 16 would likely be too into it). I'm down with getting the next one to see if it is as enjoyable.
A.M. Burns
Overall this was a good book. The characters are well developed and interesting and the world holds great potential. One thing that disturbed me was her lack of animal knowledge which for folks who know critters was glaring. If the poor goshawk ate one more fish I was going to scream. There were a few other inconsistencies which the editor should have caught. But other than those few things an excellent high fantasy book with great characters.
Rachell
In reading this book I found it to be a little bit of a drag to follow all of the concepts of the world but still enjoyed the story line of the book. Overall I thought that the second reading of the book was much better as I caught things the second go round that I just couldn't catch the first time because I was so focused on keeping things straight.

Overall I found the book a good read and have read it twice now.
Holly
A really good book, especially for a first novel! The main characters are well rounded and believable. There are a lot of secondary characters that can be sometimes hard to keep track of, but overall well done. Especially nice is the lack of explicit sex scenes. Some sex is implied, but that's all, so I would give it 5 stars on the "clean fantasy" scale--and that doesn't happen often any more!
Kelsey
This book was interesting, although lacked pace in the beginning. The premise was good, and the action kept me interested. I was disappointed in how rushed the love story was, and it only occurred in the last 50 or so pages, then all of the sudden the two jump into bed together!

I give this book 3 stars, although I am not choosing to read the next in the series.
Kyla
I started reading this book because I saw on a website that it was one of Kristen Britain's favourite books, and since I love her work I was curious to see what she liked in a fantasy series. I can say I didn't like it quite as much as Green Rider, but I really did enjoy this book and am definitely going to read the rest of the series.
Amily
The beginning was difficult to get through because the names of places and the names of characters were very similar. A map would have also been helpful. Once I was past the beginning the story took off and kept me captivated the entire time. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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