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The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection

(Chronicles of the Necromancer)

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These are the untold tales of Jonmarc Vahanian, hero of Gail Z. Martin’s best-selling Chronicles of the Necromancer series.

Jonmarc Vahanian was just a blacksmith’s son in a small fishing village before raiders killed his family. Wounded and left for dead in the attack, Jonmarc tries to rebuild his life. But when a dangerous bargain with a shadowy stranger goes wrong, Jonma
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Solaris (first published June 2nd 2016)
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Petra I honestly wished I'd read this before the Summoner, because I would have appreciated the character even more!
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Never having read Gail Z. Martin’s Chronicles of the Necromancer, I went into this short story collection with a completely open mind, determined not to let the author get my stamp of approval just because I’m a fan of her other works. Obviously, I was hoping and expecting to like The Shadowed Path, because I generally do like whatever Martin releases, but even I was surprised how much I enjoyed my introduction to Jonmarc Vanhanian.

It all begins with Jonmarc as
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Bob Milne
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since Gail Z. Martin debuted on the fantasy scene with The Summoner, the first book of her Chronicles of the Necromancer. I can still remember spotting that brilliantly designed cover on the shelf, and being completely sucked in by the promise of dark magic and sweeping epic fantasy.

If you've read the series, then you are already well acquainted with Jonmarc Vanhanian. You know the man, and you know much of his story, but The Shadowed Path stil
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Space Cowgirl
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Purpose Of A Man🐺🔪💀💔

Wow! What an amazing saga into the early life of Jonmarc Vahanian. The book is set in medieval times in what I assume is a fictional country. There are also paranormal creatures and people with special powers.
I haven't read any of the other books by this author because of cost, but this one is wonderfully written and I was instantly completely immersed in the mostly primitive and savage 🌎world the author has created!

Jonmarc is the son of a soldier turned blacksmith and
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Deirdre
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting back story Set of short stories following the life and adventures of Jonmarc Vahanian and how his life was complicated and messy and how he gained skills that he had to bring him to where he became a hero.  Followed by a curse he tries always to do the right thing, sometimes not succeeding too well but it's interesting to read these glimpses into his life.
M. C. (MagsTheBookWorm)
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Shadowed Path is an action-packed fantasy/adventure chronicling the early years of a young blacksmith in training by the name of Jonmarc Vahanian. We get to see him lose everything time and again, seemingly to a curse. Fed up, the young man joins a traveling carnival of sorts and learns to properly wield a blade along the way. In the end, his dream is to make it across the continent to the bustling city of Principality to become a mercenary. The problem is, danger lurks around every corner a ...more
Cath
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the tale of the beginning of the path followed by the main character, Jonmarc Vahanian. From his early childhood and the events that change his life’s direction in his mid-teens, to just past his eighteenth birthday and his decisions for his own future. This book brings together ten or more short stories about this character and was the first I had read. I have read another series by this author but hadn’t yet started on the Chronicles of the Necromancer, in which this character stars.

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Adena Lee
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Gail Martin has created a character that really speaks to me. Jonmarc may had grabbed the imaginations of readers of the Necromancer series (like Bobba Fett in Star Wars), but not having read the Necromancer series yet, this is my first introduction to this side character and I really feel for the young man who becomes the mercenary you readers already know. People say that we should be grateful for the way our lives go as someone else has it worse. Boy, did Jonmarc have it worse. I e ...more
Miriam
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Trouble follows Jonmarc wherever he goes, from his childhood village to the caravan that gives him a home. These stories flow nicely from one to the next, telling the story of how Jonmarc goes from the son of a blacksmith to eventual mercenary and the tragedies that lead him on that path. I liked the flow, the individual stories were short enough for a lunchtime read, but still with a good depth to the main character and nice set of supp
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Laure
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jonmarc Vahanian is a teenager when his village is attacked by raiders. He fights to his best ability, but he is badly wounded, and left for dead. His entire family, as well as the rest of the village residents are murdered. Jonmarc does his best to make it to the closest village, and warn them about the raiders plans to attack their village.

Wow, an epic fantasy adventures with magic, paranormal creatures, lots of bloody violence, and enough twists to keep me turning the pages. Fascinating, well
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Steven Wendell
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories on Jonmarc's origins.

A good look into the development of Jonmarc Vahanian, a much loved character first introduced in Martin's Chronicles of the Necromancer series. Also introduces some other characters and locals you will recognise from the series. Overall I thought it was very well written and I enjoyed it quite a bit. You could read this before or after the series but I liked already knowing the characters and getting a glimpse of them years before the seri
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Debbie Benson
I received this book as part of an ARC review. I agreed to read this book as I have enjoyed the other books of Gail Z. Martin that I have read. The writing in this book is as good as ever. The writing is realistic and appropriate to the time period. Unfortunately I personally could not get into Jonmarc's character and it is sad how much hardship he endures. However I would not hold my personal opinion of Jonmarc against the book which is still good.
Dawn
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the "Chronicles of the Necromancer" series, so it's no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories. It was a real pleasure to delve into the past of Jonmarc Vahanian and begin to see how he got to be the man we meet in "The Summoner".
You definitely need to read the "Chronicles of the Necromancer" series - not necessarily before this collection, but you'll be sure to want to after!

I voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy.
irvin r russell
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was well worth getting.

You are kept on the edge and wondering we is going to happen next, but that makes the book good. You want it to keep you on your toes while you read.
E.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
***This book was reviewed for San Francisco Book Review***

The Shadowed Path by Gail Z Martin is collection of short stories giving insight into the murky past of Jonmarc Vahanian, telling the story of how this young man got started down the path that would eventually cross with Prince Tris. I was so tickled to read this collection. I read the Chronicles of the Necromancer many moons ago and loved it. I even had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Martin and having two of her books signed. She took the t
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M Beal
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
I love this collection! I read the Chronicles of the Necromancer a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Getting more of a background of one of my favorite characters is wonderful. I know there are more short stories out there not included in this collection. Looking forward to reading all of them.
Danielle
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Gail Z. Martin amazes me. The intricate nature of her story telling, the solid skill of her writing...The Shadowed Path is a series of stories she's written separately over a span of years, and yet each one remains consistent, the thread unbroken. This is characteristic of all of Martin's writing. She is a powerhouse.

Of course, one of the drawbacks of pulling together a collection of individual but related stories is that each was written with the expectation that some readers will be coming int
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Ashley
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm going to go ahead and rate this because I've read around 12 of the 19 short stories already.

Jonmarc was my favorite character in Chronicles of the Necromancer. I was excited to see Martin was writing short stories about him. I've been buying them for a bucks each since they started being released.
I wish each story was a little longer and did less repeating of who Jonmarc is and what he looks like. If we're on #7 short story I think it's a safe bet we know the shit Vanhanian has been throug
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Ralph
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

It has been several years since reading the Chronicles of the Necromancer, but remember Jonmarc. As I recall it, he attracted my attention more, because Martin never really got into his backstory. This collection of short stories are events in Jonmarc's history to explain some of his skills he has later in the Chronicles. For me it was pretty quick read, though I think there are about 8 of the short stories in all
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Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Fun, fast-paced novel with great stories about Jonmarc's past.
Roxanne
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a Goddreads win review. This is fantasy book about a blacksmiths son and he lost his family in a raid and he had to on the run.
Michelle Kemp
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Helped me understand the man better.
Audrey Terry
So much nostalgia packed in here. I read Chronicles of the Necromancer a few years ago and absolutely devoured them, so it was nice to see a lot of the old cast for a minute.
Neil
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is written in a short story format and although enjoyable it was a shame the stories did keep repeating themselves.
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Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for science fiction, fantasy and ghost stories in elementary school. The first story she wroteat age fivewas about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14, she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three childr ...more

Other books in the series

Chronicles of the Necromancer (4 books)
  • The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #1)
  • The Blood King (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #2)
  • Dark Haven (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #3)
  • Dark Lady's Chosen (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #4)