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The Path of the Lost (The Path of the Lost, #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The first book in a timely fantasy series about discovering the power of representation and perception in a world without art.

Zynthia is a Delver of the Cosm, one of the last of her kind. She has the ability to unleash the power of art, melody and narrative in a world that has outlawed creative expression. After her grandmother’s death, she is left to Delve on her own in t
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 2nd 2018 by KoHR MEDIA
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For a book with so much colour and creativity, this is actually incredibly DULL.

I wanted to like this. I really did. Not just an Aussie author, but one from my hometown, Melbourne? A YA fantasy novel, set partially in Melbourne, that draws on the creative arts for its magical themes? YES PLEASE.


So there I am, struggling my way through at only the 20% mark. I put it down for a few days. I pick it up again, determined to put in a little more effort. At ar
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Just not able to immerse myself. The writing is lovely and lyrical so will be trying again soon.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
The Path of the Lost definitely had a unique concept, where in the Cosm, creative expression is outlawed. It was beautiful how dance, artwork, story and song were powerful and well respected in this world, despite being forbidden. The imaginative world of the Cosm, plus The Guardians protecting it along with the creatures that appeared in the world were interesting as well.

I liked each of the four characters well enough, from James, the shifter from Melbourne, Zynthia, a Delver who is looking t
James Whitmore
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by the force of imagination in this book. Zynthia is the first character we meet. She is a Delver (a kind of artist-magician) in a world called the Cosm. In this world art, and its makers, has a kind of supernatural power, and has largely been stamped out by a ruthless order policed by Guardians.

Next we meet James, a 20-something guy with a quarter life crisis in Melbourne in our world, who wakes from a nightmare on a tram into something far worse. As someone who lives in Melbo
Timothy Webb
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Path of the Lost is an impressive debut novel, telling the story of a mythical place called the Cosm, where Guardians seek to eradicate all forms of creative expression, or Delving. There are those who Delve in secret, those who rebel against the Guardians and then there is James, a regular guy from our world. When we initially meet him in a thoroughly recognisable (and pitch-perfect ) Melbourne, he is coming to terms with having to meet expectation in a society that values success more than ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last time I allowed myself to get lost in this much art, colour, fantasy, and vivid imagination was when I read The Neverending Story as a child, which has remained a favourite ever since.

I was instantly drawn into the story as it started in Melbourne, and described the city's gorgeous landmarks and bustle in such detail, and related to the common Melbourners' disdain and burden of people and the every day monotonous hustle. But as soon as the city begins to morph into an eerie nightmare fo
Roy C
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beau Kondos' "Path of the Lost" is an intriguing and creative jewel that you can't turn away from. The different points of views of the characters is a compelling way of telling their own story. Trying to figure out who you like the most gets harder with each page. It's very creative and well put together on how all of them meet and later rely on each other. It makes you want to know them individually and from the different views of the characters it does just that. Living in Houston Texas I wa ...more
Ali Salah
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Original concepts and ideas. Style of writing, was very poetic. The depiction of artistic talents as “super powers” was very attractive and novel.

Enjoyed the authors style of describing situations and emotional states of the characters. I also enjoyed how the book is written from different perspectives allowing the reader to understand each character: their thoughts, emotions, perspectives and how they grow whilst on their journey.

Also, shout out to the author for making diversity part of the
Susan Feteris
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gripping, rich and complex tale which challenges our notion of 'normal'. This book will stimulate discussions of what constitutes 'success' and 'worth' in our society, without any precursors of preachiness; the story is based on philosophical arguments which are encased in fast-paced, accessible action. Beautiful, evocative writing: some of my favourite phrases are "A serpent of unease", "Tendrils of darkness", "A slap of sunlight" - Beau Kondos's first novel exhibits his skills as a researche ...more
Nicole H
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This is a strikingly original book, with a truly gripping plot, in a world vividly described and explored.
I would like to pre-order my copy of the sequel now please!
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! All the magical elements and raw human emotions that are encompassed within this novel are refreshing to read. It was a true pleasure to be immersed in this world.
The knowledge that the author is Australian sends a buzz through you when the reality of Melbourne as a setting in this novel, comes to life, which is fun.
The interpretation of how creativity, art, music and dance can affect us all is explored deeply and is moving. I adore that this is what our hero's are fighting for. A joy
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Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A modern Wizard of Oz-like tale exploring the classic themes: duty, sacrifice, love, redemption.

Beau weaves together this parallel world with great passion and ferocity. Fast paced, action packed and at times unrelenting, one feels almost breathless while devouring page after page, being drawn deeper into the lives of this unlikely foursome.

The author has created a cast of characters that sing out with unique voices and touch our hearts as they endeavour to find their place in the world while
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Beau Kondos grew up in Melbourne and was captivated by strong women kicking arse on TV. After realising he wasn’t cut out to save the world, he started training to be a geeky sidekick by soaking up the contents of Greek mythology and philosophy books.

He has a double bachelor’s degree in media and communications/commerce from the University of Melbourne and a graduate diploma in creative media from