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A Warrior's Path

(The Castes and the OutCastes #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,051 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN-10: 0991127617 / ISBN-13: 9780991127610

Winner 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards for Fantasy! Bronze Medal for General Fantasy in the 2015 Reader's Favorite Awards! Finalist 2015 International Book Awards for Fantasy! Finalist 2015 Indie Excellence Book Awards for Fantasy! The characters, dialogue and action are mature enough to satisfy readers
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 8th 2014 by Dusum Publishing, LLC (first published December 29th 2013)
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Davis Ashura
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Davis by: My conscious and subconscious
I won't discuss why this is the finest work of fantasy fiction since J.R.R. Tolkien gave us Middle-Earth. I can't because I am deeply reticent about boasting so freely regarding my prodigious talent. And if I must tell the truth, then I'll have to admit that A Warrior's Path does not rise to the stature of Professor Tolkien's work. It is merely at the level of Frank L. Baum and Oz.
I'll try harder.
And, of course, all of the above is utter bollocks and meant in sheer fun. Except for the five-star
Steven Naylor
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating 5 stars

Yep. That's a big old 5. Excellent epic fantasy with hints of Brandon Sandersons Stormlight Archives. When I write reviews, I usually take a paragraph or two to explain my mindset while reading the book. It has nothing to do with the plot or story of the book. Anyone not interested in that, who actually reads my reviews, should skip to the next paragraph. Last chance to skip ahead.....Okay. I find my reading habits to be just like everything else in my life. When I was growing up,
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book deserves far more recognition than it has thus received. I just happened to stumble upon it, and it's by and large one of the best new fantasies I've encountered in a long while. By laying the groundwork of his worldbuilding in traditional Indian ideas and social structures, author Davis Ashura gives us a story that's fundamentally an Eastern epic, which is as refreshing as it is exciting.

We're thrown into a world divided into seven Caste
Almney King
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5⭐️ A Wild Epic Fantasy

I say again this book was WILD! Vividly written battle scenes and... magic? There’s a lot going on in this tale of good and evil. Caste systems, each with their different special abilities, dark creatures, a stunning city, and a wickedly insane demon queen reeking havoc across the land! Woah! The details of the world are richly described. The action was a constant, if not a little too dragged in some parts, but always intense, leaving your heart pumping! The characters w
Kevin Potter
Okay, first of all, Nick Podehl. Do I really need to say more? If you haven't experienced an audiobook narrated by Nick, then you need to fix that. Like, right now.

Now, the story.
Davis Ashura is a skilled writer, no question. I could be wrong, but I believe the world is heavily influenced by classical Indian (or possibly hindu) mythology and culture. It made for a fascinating world with some very different dynamics than I'm used to seeing.

It was definitely refreshing.

The characters (sorry, I'm n
S.L. Saboviec
A Warrior's Path contains an interesting perspective on a different social structure than is present in other fantasy I've read. Although I had trouble getting into the book, the hierarchy and interplay of beliefs gave me something to think about.

This book's society is a strict caste-based culture, where every rank can only inter-marry within itself and all its members are prescribed certain careers and magical abilities. The story follows several people who discover that they have abilities--an
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
I recieved a copy of this book in return for my honest review. :)

Ever since the demon Suwraith appeared over two thousand years ago the First World has been plagued with deadly attacks from her terrible creature, the Chimeras. Humanity struggles to survive as the land is torn apart by war and brutality. And yet Suwraith will not be content until all of civilization is destroyed. But from the darkness, hope shines forth. Rukh is a fighter from the warrior caste who is extremly proficient with wea
Igor Ljubuncic
I got this book in return for an honest review.

Unfortunately, I did not finish reading the book. It's not that I did not like it. Just that the story did not compel me. I can't say if it's good or bad, simply not my kind of fantasy. Like Harry Potter, for example. Not for me. The world setting is unique and refreshing, the cast seems intriguing, but then the plot eluded me. The sum of all parts is, well, unknown.

Writing this kind of evasive, mellow no-star-rating review is perhaps cowardly, but
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Speculative fiction is an excellent medium to explore questions about humanity. There are some scenarios and questions that can be addressed better via science fiction, but some others need fantasy as a vehicle. Fantasy is a genre that often values good old times and criticises some aspects of contemporary culture. Davis Ashura with A Warrior's Path does a modern take of epic fantasy that explores a speculative scenario, a challenge of the established values and traditions in a fantasy soci
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent start to a trilogy

Really enjoyed this. Wasn't sure at first, because the fantasy had had a different...taste. But in a good way. The story kept a good pace and Ashura does an excellent job narrating the action. A part of the setup removed me of the Harrington series by David Weber, wherein the main character and their family are truly good people, opposed by broken or truly evil people. The characters had depth which was uncovered along the way, and the stakes are sufficiently high for
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

Overall rating = 3 & 1/2 stars

Loved this book wherein Davis Ashura combined Indian mythology and western fantasy tropes to provide a thrilling story that begins slowly but ends on a big climax. Absolutely action packed and with a big character cast. This debut marks Davis as an author to follow and see what he does next.

As for me, I'm starting with book 2 immediately. Full review forthcoming....
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I struggled a little bit at the start to get into it because of the very simple language. I do enjoy a book that shows rather than tells, but I did start to enjoy it and I will definitely continue the series.
Russell Gray
This was a difficult book for me to get through. On one hand, I would say that in many ways, it was well-written and presents a variety of offerings. It's probably more of a 4 star, but based on my personal lack of enjoyment I couldn't see how to rate it as such considering how I'd rated other books that I think do the same thing much better. I think that from the perspective of a young adult or starter epic fantasy, this book is a great read. But having read many epic fantasies, this one just s ...more
Ash (It's a Word Vomit World)
How is this book so highly rated? It just went on and on about the caste system and where everyone belonged in it. I mean, I guess it's in the title of the series, right? But I didn't expect so much of the book to be dedicated to it.

All the information about the different castes, and everyone's strengths and weaknesses according to their race, felt like big info dumps. Every conversation seemed to be added only to push the point home, and give us more information on this "fascinating" world we'r
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked the audio book up in the recent Audible sale for $2, because why not? I'd heard a little bit about this book online and did not really know much going into it.

The book starts out with the main character taking part in his first Trial, guarding a caravan across the deadly wasteland between the few remaining cities. We then get a flashback scene and some pretty heavy exposition to set the scene and give the reader a background understanding of the world. Normally, this puts me off of a b
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, magic
This story is a bit of a mix between Wuxia light, YA and general fantasy.

The first 1/3 of the book is a bit slow, but it really picks up from the midpoint on and the last 1/4 of the book is tremendously entertaining.

I listened to it and the narrator was amazing.
Ryan Mueller
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
This was a very good book. I haven't read a lot of self-published fantasy, so I can't speak for all of it, but if this book is any indication, there is some good stuff out there.

Ashura created a very interesting world with a (usually) fast-moving story and characters I grew to like (though it took a little bit of time). At the same time, he also makes some social commentary with the novel's rigid caste system. It's not preachy or anything, though.

There's a lot of action in this story, and it's t
Stephen Spratt
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially found this book via an ad on r/fantasy and saw it was going for $0 on amazon. All I can say is that I am glad I picked this book up when I did. The world and overall story are extremely interesting since it comes from a different background than the usual western origins. I felt the pacing was excellent and never really got bored with the book. My only issue was some of the dialogue felt a little childish for the situation, but the descriptions of action and places kept me interested ...more
Luis Ramon
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books i have read in a long time. I got the feeling i was reading something from Brandon Sanderson in some parts of the Story. You start With Rukh as the main character, at first i didnt understand a thing about the book because it starts with a Battle right from the start. But after reading the first 100 pages i just couldnt put down the book. Great Plot, the characters have a nice and steady growth, the way the city and places are described helped to have a clear image of their ...more
Jim Culp
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books I have read in the last year.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-best
There's some books you just can't finish... ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, Kudos to the author for creating such a rich and engagin story. A little long from what I am used to, but none the less worthy. The charatcers can be worked up more but it isn't for the lack os skill on the author, more that sincerely there wasn't more space for it after all the plot is heavly rich with a great amount of description to details and setting. I have to say the characters I ended respecting more in the book has to be Rukht parent, the smart and bravery that the both sh ...more
Michael Killen
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start with the awesomeness of this book... It really did have everything. Per the title, it mostly had action, which I greatly appreciated. But it had humor, drama, adventure, love, betrayal, politics, and everything in between. And it had it in just the right amount. Not overly complicated or pushy on any measure, except maybe one or two. The author reiterated two ideas a couple too many times. The idea that a warrior can also be smart and sensitive and idea of bigotry. It was brough ...more
John Anderson
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would like to start by saying, I have no affiliation with the author. I saw some suggested advertisement for his book on facebook of all places. First time I had ever seen them try to push a book on me. So I actually checked out the ad, read the synopsis of the book, and thought I'd give it a try. Mostly because of the Indian influences I could tell the author infused into the story. I am somewhat enamored of hindu religion/mythology and culture, so the prospects of seeing how the author tied ...more
Janice Smith-gentry
A Warrior's Path.

This is a great book. The differences between the people are well described. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did because it was a little jumbled for me at the beginning. Now I can't wait to read the second book.
Jay Collins
3 to 3.5 stars. It was a little confusing at first but about half ways I started to get it a little better. I enjoyed it for the most part and the middle and ending are better than the beginning. I liked the main character but had some issues with the plot/story at times.
Steven R.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waste of time...

Boring, author goes on and on droning detail after detail (ad nausium). Story doesn't move along. Shoves at least 9 different creature types, with various crossovers, at you. These have powers, those have different ones, and 'your cursed' if you crossover, not that you can control it.
I am so disappointed...
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars. It was interesting enough, but I found the naming structures really annoying. For example there were multiple enemy species with their own species name and each species had it's own group name - it felt like a vocabulary comprehension test, and a little bit indulgent on the author's part. A sufferer of world builder's disease perhaps? The text was generally over descriptive. There were pages and pages dedicated to describing each street the characters were walking down, what the flowe ...more
Riki Strydom
I thought long and hard on how to write the review for this book because it had to be good to do the quality of this book justice. I spend too much time searching for new fantasy series and to my surprise Amazon sends me a recommendation for this book. And what a great surprise!!! From the first moment I was absolutely hooked! Davis Ashura brings us an EPIC. A totally new magic system that is properly explained, something that a lot of authors are not doing nowadays. Just the right length 500+ p ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In "A Warrior's Path," Ashura creates intricate characters who do not easily fit into the classic categories of "hero" and "villain". Instead, he allows us to glimpse their complex thought processes - their doubts, their motivations, their misgivings, their longing for cultural change, and the fear that arises from blazing new trails in their world's history. Faced with situations that defy their long-held world view, these characters react in ways that are believable and relatable, if not alway ...more
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Davis Ashura is an author of such sublime depth and beauty that his works have been known to cause a tear to fall from the eyes of even the hardest of hearts.
Just kidding.
But he does write.
This humble writer, who refers to himself in the third person, resides in North Carolina, sharing a house with his magnificent wife who somehow overlooked Davis’ eccentricities and married him a

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