Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
path of fate (Diana Pharoah Francis)
Title: path of fate
Author: Diana Pharoah Francis
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
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 that I loved it. As soon as I started reading this novel, I knew I had read it before. It is likely that I borrowed this from a library back in the day. Turns out the book is being re-released in eBook format. As the details in my head were so fuzzy i.e. almost non-existent, I got excited to re-explore this novel.
I loved it all over again. The story is about Reisil who is a tark (a healer). Reisil has finished her training and is settling down in the village of Kodu Riik where she feels that she has found her purpose in life. Only the gods have other plans. You see there are these people called ahalad-kaaslane who have telepathic bonds with their animal friends. They serve as guardians of the land. When a goshawk appears in Kodu Riik and claims Reisil has been chosen, Reisil rebels. When a kidnapping threatens a truce to end the war between two neighboring lands, Reisil must make a choice. This book details the choice Reisil makes and its consequences.
I loved Reisil and how she comes to terms with the beginning of her destiny. Of course having telepathic abilities with animals is awesome. Ahalad-kaaslane have lynx, lizard, and other companions. I like that Reisil’s magic bond is not instant or natural. She has to learn to use her talents. She of course is smart, loyal, and caring. I also love that for the most part the light romance aspects of the novel are more realistic. First loves do not always last. Neither do second ones. There was a small unnecessary love triangle in his book which did irk me but overall did not spoil the book for me. Also the portrayal of the gods in this story was fun. I rather liked them.
The author’s website describes the trilogy as:
The Path books (PATH OF FATE, PATH OF HONOR, PATH OF BLOOD) are traditional epic fantasy. The first focuses on Reisil and how she has to make a choice to do something she absolutely doesn’t want to do, even though everybody else thinks is a great honor. In the second book, she finds out that not everybody is what they seem to be, and that evil can be really seductive. In the third book, she finally comes into herself and must really embrace who she’s become.
I want to definitely read the rest of the trilogy.
So lastly . . .
Open Road Integrated Media!
The publisher’s website had this to say about the novel:
Unlikely heroine Reisil and her goshawk companion face their unexpected destiny in this captivating first novel of an epic fantasy trilogy.
Orphaned by her mother and passed from family to family in the village of Kallas in the land of Kodu Riik, Reisil feels as if she will never truly belong. But her training as a tark, or healer, offers her the promise of acceptance by the townsfolk, and as her talents emerge, it appears she will finally be able to hold her head high.
But fate has another path in store: A goshawk named Saljane swoops into her life, and Reisil discovers that she is able to communicate telepathically with the animal. This is an undeniable sign that Reisil has been chosen by Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, to become an ahalad-kaaslane—a guardian of the land who must live a life of constant travel and forgo the very bonds of family and community the girl healer so desires.
Though the role of ahalad-kaaslane is a noble one, Reisil cannot bear the thought of losing the ties with society she has worked so hard to form. She rejects the Lady’s appointment, ignoring the goshawk no matter how persistently it follows her. But when a kidnapping plot breaks a treaty with the neighboring country of Patverseme, Reisil realizes the sentient bird of prey is the only creature capable of tracking the traitors down and saving Kodu Riik from the evils of war. Reluctantly, Reisil accepts her destiny as an ahalad-kaaslane, and embarks on a dangerous pursuit of the kidnappers—and a perilous trek of self-discovery—in order to save two kingdoms.
A feminist fantasy of honor and perseverance that features a special soul-to-soul bond with a blessed animal, Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.
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