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Path of Fate (Path #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,952 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Roc (first published 2003)
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Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the Horngate Witches trilogy by this author. It was a fast paced UF with a dash of fantasy. It had a kick ass heroin (which I'm a sucker for) and interesting secondary characters.

Unfortunately this earlier fantasy series wasn't quite as engaging. I loved the animal familiar component and the independent heroine, but it just took too long to get going for me. The last 1/4 had some great magic and build up, but overall it wasn't enough for me to continue with the series anytime so
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
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 26, 2010 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
Apr 22, 2013 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
Apr 14, 2007 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
The Captain
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .

Title: path of fate

Author: Diana Pharoah Francis

Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

ISBN: 9781504037716

Source: NetGalley

When I saw that Diana Pharoah Francis had a book available on NetGalley I got excited. I thought “oh I love her writing” even though silly me couldn’t remember the name of the book that I had previously read just
This is the story of an orphan, raised by a town yet never feeling like she had a real home. When she is called by her goddess to serve, she resists because it means leaving the home she has worked so hard to achieve. But, events conspire against her, and she finds that she must accept her calling in order to save lives.

This book started out very slow for me. We spend a couple of days following Reisil around on her trips to gather herbs, help deal with health issues she comes across, and follow-
Michelle Johnson
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
QUICK PITCH: A girl gets a bird. Adventures ensue. First in the Path trilogy.

VERDICT: The worldbuilding is a bit shaky—there were several moments where I wondered whether I was actually reading book two, or whether this series is a sequel to a different series, which I don't think it is. Overall, though, this is the best of the Path trilogy by a long shot.

It helps that the POV sticks with one character (Reisil) instead of flitting around, and that the core conflict gets locked fairly quickly a
Oct 28, 2014 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
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 -
Sep 25, 2015 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
Coucher de soleil
Jan 12, 2012 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
Aug 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Path of Fate

I read this series many years ago when I was maybe 15. I loved it, though I did not understand much of the book at the time. Rereading it now, I was able to have a much better understanding about what the book is about.
⭐ Character development: Reisil, was a girl that was raised by the village, not much is said about her family, but since her village/town had taken care of her, she has always wanted to be a tark(medic/doctor), and be able to serve her community. Thing happen is Path o
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, 2017
I found it impossible to read this book without mentally comparing it to the Valdemar series. I don't know why - something to do with animal companions choosing worthy humans to serve as sort of police/judges/military in times of need. Also the idea of these people having special powers that are bestowed upon them by a goddess (it's generic gods in Valdemar I think) and these powers are NOT magic which is a different and not as holy/pure/good thing. Also the part where the people they're at war ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
So - this whole ahalad-kaaslane thing is interesting, and I'm not ... entirely sure I get it? they exist to ... "mete" out the Lady's justice? Only ... it mostly seems like they're a bit of a mess. But.

And Reisil and Kebonsat. I'd hoped for Edelsat but I get her and Kebonsat only then the ending ...
Interesting story => as usual though I blew through the entire series before I managed to update GR so I've had to go back to remember how each ended. :P

I definitely liked it enough to keep going i
LR Braden
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Path of Fate has a slower rhythm than a lot of books I've read recently. The main character is a strong woman who spends at least as much time fighting her internal battles as those presented by the world. I thought the relationship between the protagonist and her spirit-bird companion was well done. The world is unique and interesting, though at times I felt it could use a little more detail to help the reader really understand it. In general, I found this to be an enjoyable adventure with memo ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Less than 5 stars because even after reading a whole book about them, I can't spell or pronounce Kodu Riik, ahalad-kaaslane, or half of Reisil's friends' names without reading carefully and sounding them out, and for a couple chapters, I wanted to throttle Reisil for her initial rejection of Saljane. Interesting story I'm looking forward to reading the rest of.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
The story was good, once it finally started getting going, but the writing was not good. Lots of exposition and telling instead of showing, especially in regards to the characters. And the love story felt tacked on and cheesy. It's too bad; this felt like a good first or second draft of a story that could have been really good with more revision.
T.S. S. Fulk
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
There were many things to like about this book. The main character was interesting as was the magic system of the world. However, there were too many unrealistic conversations and reactions from the minor characters to warrant a better score.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun fantasy, but development of the magical system was a bit forced (more tell than show) and the character repeatedly rehashed her same flaw, so was not as complex as I would have liked. Travel times were also a bit confusing: a long time to get there and then a very rapid return.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book. Onwards to Book 2
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
meh, 2.5 stars not even a good time waster... on to the next...
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Honestly, this reads like Valdemar fan fiction with the serial numbers filed off. The monarchs of the enemy country are total badasses, though. I'd like to read a book about just them.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this.
Jan 16, 2014 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
Chrissy Wissler
Feb 14, 2009 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
Nov 27, 2013 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
Jul 06, 2011 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
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