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Path Unchosen: A New Adult Urban Fantasy

(Daughter of Ravenswood #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  91 reviews
When everyone lies, who can you trust?
Judy Hudson has no idea of her power, or vulnerability. Adrift without purpose, or ambition, all she knows is fear and suspicion. That is about to change.
Purah—a beautiful, otherworldly stranger—whisks her to a mysterious, old mansion, and reveals a life-changing secret. 
Judy is a witch who can raise the dead. She's dangerous, and s
Kindle Edition, 341 pages
Published January 30th 2019 by Raven's Lair Publishing (first published September 7th 2013)
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This book has one of the most amazing covers I ever came across. After reading the description I was almost drooling. Zombies, mysteries, necromancer … Give me this book NOW! I was ready with a cup of hot chocolate, I was in the right mood, I was prepared to be swept away by AWESOME.

I was not prepared for a major disappointment. Don’t judge a book by its cover is all I can say. I am almost mad this mouthwatering cover is bound around this crap content. I want to take the cover and write the sto
Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)
When I signed up to participate in this review tour I did so because the cover seemed to call to me, I know I’m a little weird, but it did. The simple raven on the headstone is haunting. Also, I was looking for something that I don’t usually read, I was getting a little bogged down in the usual YA.

By the time I finished the story I was happy jiggy dancing around my living at picking such a fabulous story (one that also scared me a little) well enough for me to lock my doors when I was alone one
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Lines “What if I make the wrong choices?” You will learn from them, and try again.”

“Do you know how beautiful you are?”

“I would get the balance right. I would learn and understand this gift. In time, I would love it.
I belonged here. This was who I am.”

This was a dark and suspenseful book. Judy/Meagan is a necromancer who was left alone when she was a baby. She ends up in a orphanage. The nuns and priest are so horrible to her! Then one day everything changes when she meets Purah. He tel
Jenny Cleary
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first venture into the fantasy genre - I'm hooked!

Love the characters and the story. I found myself picturing the environment perfectly.

I got lost in this book. Can't wait for the next one in the series.

Thanks so much for introducing me to a whole new world of reading.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I really wanted to like this book. I finished reading another fantasy novel about a necromancer a little while ago (review coming next month as part of a blog tour!), because of this I was so thrilled that I would be able to dive into that world again with a different author, with added zombies!

The cover of Path Unch
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Path Unchosen is the first book in the Daughter of Ravenswood series. This book is told from the perspective of Judy, an eighteen-year-old orphan.

The story starts off with Judy thinking about how badly she wants to move out and find a job. She doesn't want to spend her life doing mundane chores at the St. Stephen's Orphanage. Her decision is firm once she finds out that the adults in the orphanage intend to keep her there until she dies. However, they changed their minds when they found Judy in
Kylie Hancox
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Cleary's debut novel takes you away to a fantastical place where zombies, necromancers, dragons, otherworldly creatures and three amazingly crafted male characters sweep you up and make you believe in what you may have never thought you could.

You'll instinctively know which baddies to despise and you'll champion the fight against their evil along with the main character Judy, but I dare anyone to decide between the other men influencing her life and journey of discovery. Each makes you fall
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley. In exchange, I am providing an honest review.

My initial thought, after reading the book description and going gaga (maybe drooling a little??) over the cover, was that I was going to really LOVE this book! And, truth be told, there were parts of it that I did enjoy. Unfortunately, the parts I liked were eclipsed by those I didn’t.

The skinny:
This book is about an 18 year old girl, Judy, who discovers she is a necromancer. As she fights zombies
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary is an Urban Fantasy novel that you’ll certainly like it.

The book describes a world where gothic atmosphere is at home. The beginning seems detached from a Dickensian novel, dark and sad, or Jane Eyre’s one with our heroine on the verge of being expelled from the orphanage that housed her. I liked the fact that the author has managed to create and maintain the impression of a 1800s world and several times I flinched at an element that suggested the modern world (but a
Scott Spotson
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t normally my genre (a book that deals largely with zombies, although the emphasis is nicely subdued and worked into the background) but I enjoyed this book, and much more than the sequel, which I had reviewed first. I found the sequel more convoluted, but here the original flows nicely and is more in a logical framework.

There were some instances of over-the-top gore or horror schlock fest that didn’t appeal to me and in which I think could be further curtailed, but the story itself is
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just going to say it. I loved Path Unchosen. I have been sick the last few days and have put off reading anything because if it was something I didn’t really really like, I didn’t want to put forth the brain power needed to finish it, but I can say I should have started this earlier. It would have made moping in bed miserably a lot easier.

We have Judy, who grew up in an orphanage, with some sisters who weren’t very nice, at least from the little glimpse we got of them. She has no idea who s
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Path Unchosen is full of surprises, twists, and turns. When I started Path Unchosen, I really thought it was going to be a twist on zombies using a necromancer, but what I got is just so much more. There is incredible world building in Path Unchosen with Judy and her finding out about her gifts. Just when I thought, I had a handle on what was happening and where it was going, something new was introduced. While some times that can be a bit overwhelming, it all worked very well together in Path U ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Path Unchosen is a dark paranormal fantasy that pulled me into its richly developed world from the very first page. I started this book late at night and was loath to put it down. It was the first thing I picked up in the morning, and I finished it before starting my own work.

Judy is a well developed character. My heart ached for her from the first chapter. She's the type of character a reader can really get behind and root for
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We've all read books about zombies,how they are brought back to life and the only way the protagonists can kill them is with a bullet in the head.But what about being able to read a zombie's mind and control it?That would be kind of awesome.And that's where our main heroine,Judy,comes in.She's 18 years old and she's lived most of her life in a pretty close society where everyone has a strong belief and
Nicky Peacock
With soooo many zombie books about nowadays it’s hard to find a good angle that hasn’t already been flogged to death, risen and been shot in the head. But Kim Cleary has actually managed this with Path Unchosen. To have your main character as a necromancer in the zombie invasion is a brilliant concept!

It kind of reminded me of ‘The Forest of Hands and Teeth’ where, although its set in the future, it very much feels like we’re with the characters in the past. The beginning of the book was a littl
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Path Unchosen is simply an amazing read that I truly enjoyed. I usually don't read zombie books but this one is so much more than I expected having zombies and necromancers which by the way I love necromancer books!

Judy Hudson is an orphan. She does not know who her family is but she sort of has one at the orphanage. But when Judy turns 18 she is on her own. She knows she is different and she tries hard to suppress her powers but it is hard for her. All she wants is a normal life. One where she
Veronica Morfi
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5/5

Path Unchoses is a unique story set in a even more unique setting. It this book Lucy, the main character, is raised in an orphanage until the age of 18, when she meets a mysterious stranger and at the same time she starts to experience some very confusing situations. Lucy is a necromancer and in a world where the zombie invasion just ended.

The best thing about this book were the settings and how Kim Cleary described every place, everything was eerie and sometimes dark, it gave of a
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In Path Unchosen, the first book in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer. But her powers can hurt the dead, so she wants to deny who she is, and live a normal life. But when an otherwordly man, claiming to be her guardian, saves her life, she’s forced into makign some choices that will make an ordinary life almost impossible.

Judy is not the only necromancer out
The Zombie Plague is over, so when rotting, skeletal zombies rise up and kill several unfortunate townspeople fingers point to the newest arrival, Judy Hudson as the cause of the unnatural activity. Judy is an orphan who unexpectedly learns she has supernatural powers. She is driven to find out her origins, and learn what happened to her family. In so doing, she uses her newly acknowledged powers, even though her control over them is slipshod.

I loved the action in this book, and felt the charac
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PATH UNCHOSEN seems to be a self-published book, but fear not - it's actually quite good, and worth your time.

There are a few paragraphs that the author and the editor might have kept working on, but they are few and far between. Overall I like Kim Cleary's writing style very much.

The plot line, as well as the somewhat dystopian world the author created, are interesting, even though the heroine of the story seems like a pre-adolescent hothead at times. I also liked the well thought through the
Tayla Lowe
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great. I loved the story base and the way the book flowed. My favourite character in the book is Judy, I like her personality and character. I also like Purah, I like the way he's described in the story and the way he's always calm in a situation. If you like a good fantasy book this is definately a good book for you. I can't wait until the second book comes out. I loved how I wanted to keep reading and I want more, I hope Kim's progress is going great. i can't wait, good ...more
Joyce Barnard
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book because I have never read anything like this before. But after the very first Chapter I was totally involved in the story, and couldn't stop reading it. I became very attached to the characters and became immersed in their world. I found that the book was very well written, and everything was explained quite clearly even for a complete (78 year old) novice like me. I enjoyed it so much I have recommended it to all my friends. Now I can't wait for ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid beginning to what will hopefully be an enthralling series. Judy is a charming rather naive 18 year old with a sheltered upbringing who is suddenly thrust into a world for which she is initially unprepared. She needs to learn fast as she discovers things about herself, and others, at a rapid pace....coping with ghosts, zombies, dragons, beaurocrats, and feelings of romance along the way. Starts slowly but picks up pace like a snowball effect. I look forward to the 2nd installment.
Cynthia Gunnels
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I entered to win a copy of this book through goodreads, and was fortunate enough to receive one. I really didn't know what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised by it. It was a fast paced and very enjoyable book to read. I have to say that I am looking forward to the next one. Even if you think that you don't like books of this genre, give it a try, I think that you will become a fan!! Kim Cleary you have made a fan of me. Thank you for sending me this!!!
Cassandra Vinci
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know your reading a great book, when your mind wanders throughout the day back to the last page you read and you can't wait to pick it up and delve back into the characters world.
I loved the storyline, the characters and how easily I could close my eyes and imagine I was in their world.
Superbly written.
I can't wait to read book two.
Amanda Dunwoody
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a refreshing spin on a genre that has been played over and over. Kim Cleary did an excellent job of developing the character of Judy, and making her an easily likeable, compassionate, brave young woman. I can't wait to read the next installment in the series.

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It took me a while to get into the story and characters, I felt as if everything moved too fast in the first chapters, and I couldn't get my bearings.
But when I did, it was a really good story, very nicely crafted 'post-apocalyptic-zombie' world.
I'm always fascinated how people treat the necromancer story - there are so many possibilities when you can communicate with/raise/control the dead!!
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully engaging novel from the first paragraph. It takes you on a magical tale that makes you want to return to see where the dark adventure will lead. Highly recommend!
When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees first-hand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she just wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, but that's a challenge when a beautiful otherworldly man, who claims to be her guardian, saves her life. Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on a spirit she raised, but new zombies attack—zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like he ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the mysterious beginning to the story about Judy, the orphan girl who others thought so strange and nuns who seemed to hate and fear her for some reason. Hated that she was so ill treated and dumped into the middle of nowhere by the horrid priest but once the real story started to unravel and things became clearer this could all be put into the past where it belonged because this is a coming of age story about a young woman who comes into her own powers, powers she had no clue she owned, ...more
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Kim Cleary is the award-winning author of Path Unchosen, the first title in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, which earned a bronze IPPY award in 2015. She grew up in Birmingham, United Kingdom, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in Southern Australia, and has worked all over Australia a

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