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  • Title: Paths of Alir
  • Author: Melissa McPhail
  • ISBN: 9780990629122
  • Page: 248
  • Format: ebook
  • In Melissa McPhail s award winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow Light, she introduces her readers to the realm of Alorin and a magical Adept race facing extinction The race s tragic decline is the result of Malorin athgul, powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos, whose presence in Alorin has caused a shift in the cosmic Balance Fate bends to their wilIn Melissa McPhail s award winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow Light, she introduces her readers to the realm of Alorin and a magical Adept race facing extinction The race s tragic decline is the result of Malorin athgul, powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos, whose presence in Alorin has caused a shift in the cosmic Balance Fate bends to their will, and this is set upon Alorin s destruction Alone in understanding the threat they pose, Alorin s Fifth Vestal, Bj rn val Gelderan, has launched a desperate plan to stop them a great game played upon the tapestry of mortal life Now, in Paths of Alir, A Pattern of Shadow Light Book 3, Bj rn s Players have taken the field Along the lush Caladrian coast the truthreader Tanis returns to the place of his birth and finds mysterious and wonderful workings waiting for him But the zanthyr warns Tanis that ominous events lie ahead, and the lad soon wonders if even his mother s magical lessons will be enough to keep him alive.In the dungeons of Tal Shira held prisoner by the Adept Inquisitor Taliah hal Jaitar, Prince Trell val Lorian is facing a life of enslavement Only two paths lie open before him one means an eternity of torture fighting Taliah s attempts to break him the other requires surrendering to her will But can he really sacrifice everything he is to walk Taliah s path of twisted magic known as mor alir In the snow bound Castle of Tyr khartaPrince Ean val Lorian must choose between saving his brother Sebastian or his loyal men But to choose his men means leaving Sebastian to an eternity of enslavement while rescuing Sebastian means abandoning his friends along with his honor Either decision will test Ean s newfound skills as well as his conviction, for as the prince soon learns once a man becomes a Player in the First Lord s game, not even death can give reprieve.
    Paths of Alir In Melissa McPhail s award winning epic fantasy series A Pattern of Shadow Light she introduces her readers to the realm of Alorin and a magical Adept race facing extinction The race s tragic declin

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    1. I love this series but this installment tried my patience I still believe that this is a great series and that THE PATHS OF ALIR is an excellent book But let me get my gripe on Firstly, there is nothing in literature that bothers me than a stinking quotation at the beginning of every chapter Sanderson is the only author that I ve read who cleverly tells a storyline through this device Every other author uses it poorly and boy does it infuriate me The pre chapter quotations in this book always f [...]

    2. Occasionally, I come across a book that has me so conflicted I have a really hard time trying to review it It s usually because it s a beautiful book, but the contents are just so disturbing you feel a little singed at the soul by reading it This for me this was like Gone Girl, you get it, but do you have to agree to like it Or do you just agree that even though you like it, you can t possibly enjoy it Or you enjoyed it, but do you actually like it It s all quite confusing, and that s why this i [...]

    3. Oh My God What a PHENOMENAL book 2 days, I spent doing nothing except pouring over this book, experiencing a myriad range of emotions Really Isabel and Ean, Alyneri and Trell, Bj rn and Alshiba, moments simply captured me and took me to a new world I cried openly reading what happened.I can t wait for the next book I feel like my life has changed It feels so empty now Give me the new book ASAP

    4. I love stories I ve read many, many books, watched a ton of TV and movies I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, but Melissa McPhail has done something that very rarely happens for me any in any story in any medium She surprised me In the climactic section of the novel she surprised me not once, but twice I was on pins and needles with the tension of the scenes she portrays, and I was delighted by the logic and beauty and horror of the denouement of those same scenes This kind of artistry g [...]

    5. Full review to come closer to release date Aug 19th Paths of Alir is on Look at the beautiful new cover And Bj rn s Players have taken the field Be there September 27th

    6. New review, of book with new content, revise and upgradedSpoilers Below I owe the author of this book a sincere and heartfelt apology The apology is for the conclusions I drew and expressed regarding her motivations, conclusions that were clearly wrong I realize apologies aren t always enough but offer mine just the same.Ms McPhail, I apologizeI had previously written a highly critical review of this book when my reading of the text led me to the conclusion that a female character had been raped [...]

    7. 3.5 StarsAnother fantastic continuation from Cepreal s Hand The Dagger of Adendigaeth I gave the other books both a 5 star rating but i couldn t quite bring myself to reward Paths of Alir the same privilege This feels of a personal failing than that of the writers i will admit, for her writing never deteriorated it was simply how certain scenes had me squirming in my seat in dismay Which only attests to the Authors skill.It s been a while since I ve felt so divided on a book before This book is [...]

    8. I really don t understand the glowing reviews for this book, it was overlong, badly paced, and the series is still highly derivative honestly, I feel like I m being generous at 3 stars.Every main character has ALL the powers, the twists are extremely predictable I saw Tanis parentage coming last book , the magic system is very vague and that is used to keep adding deus ex machina powers and abilities to get characters out of trouble.Further, the main characters all have 5 Plot Armor, which remov [...]

    9. Revised review, of a wonderful bookI owe the author of this book a sincere and heartfelt apology The apology is for the conclusions I drew and expressed regarding her motivations, conclusions that were clearly wrong I realize apologies aren t always enough but offer mine just the same.Ms McPhail, I apologizeI had previously written a highly critical review of this book when my reading of the text led me to the conclusion that a female character had been raped and that act had been glorified The [...]

    10. This series only gets better and better It grows a bit in adult content with this book, but overall this is one of the most complex series I ve read since Wheel of Time It has a wonderful story, with tid bits of reveals as the story progresses Some of them I m able to catch before the author reveals, but others I am completely surprised I would definitely recommend this to someone who loves a complex epic fantasy with a fascinating world, engaging characters, and a master story line The audio is [...]

    11. Wow Just finished the book and can t wait for the next one I really like the way the character arcs are coming along and the story is progressing So many times I ve been disappointed with a middle book in an epic series, where everything is just about setting up for the next book or books Melissa McPhail still is setting up for a conclusion, but doing it a way that keeps you captivated and draws you in and even wrapping up some storylines.

    12. To write a good summary of Paths of Alir is almost impossible so many things happen in this book, with so many separate threads aligning and so many new ones spinning off When I first opened it on my kindle, I was shocked to see a reading time of 15 hours which managed to adjust itself downwards to maybe about 9 so I just had to go and check out how hefty the tome would be in print It clocks in at 782 pages as compared to Brandon Sanderson s Stormlight Archives which stand at about 1,000 pages e [...]

    13. Paths of Alir comes on the backs of two very strong books to start off A Pattern of Shadow Light In the previous books readers were introduced to a plethora of interesting characters and an interesting world I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, but Paths of Alir was a major step in the wrong direction.I ll try to be brief as my complaints lie in three sections The characters have started to blend together In the first two books each character was distinguishable by character traits and different s [...]

    14. Characters 5 Universe World Building 5 Plot 5 First, let me get this out of the way I absolutely loved this book and I love this series I only wish I had realized that only three of the five books were published when I started I am going to hate waiting for this in the same way that I hate waiting for the Patrick Rothfuss or Michael J Sullivan.Think of this author as a cross between George RR Martin and Michael J Sullivan Very high praise coming from me The characters have the sense of joy and w [...]

    15. There are many strands of magic to be weaved Strands that can lead a man to every part of the world Strands that can make a person do unimaginable things Strands that can shape and change existence as one knows it It s those strands that set paths into motion that can leave a lasting mark on those it comes across.This is a fact Ean has come to know well He s tried for so long to make sense of his entire existence, hoping to glean some insight on the secrets that have been kept from him Though he [...]

    16. Mind blown Amazing and agonizing Such a wonderfully imagined and written book If there is any fault in Paths of Alir it s how deeply you care for the characters and the pain you go through when they are in jeopardy At last some of the bigger mysteries are revealed and wowzers, there are some BIG reveals I hadn t anticipated the biggest one and it was pretty spectacular.Now I m forced to go through however long it will take for the author to finish the 4th book Write quickly Melissa

    17. I was a little disappointed by Paths of Alir, as McPhail admitted in the forward that the book suffers from the illness that often plagues epic fantasy way too many POV characters and plot lines She indicated that she felt that she had to include all of these characters to really tell the story, but I m not sure I agree Two of the main characters don t even show up for the first 400 pages or so Still, I really enjoyed immersing myself back in the world, and the plot was moved forward nicely.

    18. Definitely the best book in the series so far at least , although I was worried in the first few hours of listening because suddenly a bunch of new characters were introduced that I didn t care about yet and their stories didn t seem to fit in with the rest I wanted to get back to Ian, and Tannis, and and and But this book had many twists and turns, and not so predictable Still had a lot of the same editing annoyances as the previous two, but I guess I m getting used to it because it bothered me [...]

    19. I ve really enjoyed this series in that the plot line is very interesting Even though there are a whole bunch of characters, you finally get them straightened out and keep up with all their doings, both the good and bad.However, in this third book, McPhail took a new tact which was unnecessary While it s OK for the bad guys to be really bad, in this book some of the bad things were just over the top It wasn t necessary, it did not add to the tale Also there were characters brought back and then [...]

    20. Pretty much the same as previous books, with same pros and cons.The story is still great, the characters are ok though in this book some characters done 180 for me in both directions some became interesting and likable, some went nose deep down.The writing itself doesn t get better for me though The progression still feels somewhat unnatural, too much deus ex machina effects and stupid plot moments And while the ending of it all was pretty satisfactory, I did not enjoys the journey to it at som [...]

    21. The story continues I have to say that by the end, I got kind of tired of everyone s tireless feelings, it started to feel like they were getting pretty repetitious, it makes me kind of reticent to read any further The characters are great, there are some I really like There are some that are REALLY evil I m starting to get concerned that the series may never wrap up, that it will just keep spinning new directions All in all, still an enjoyable read Just be warned of some mildly racy magical tor [...]

    22. Another great part of the story I really love following the storylines of each character as they develop and become larger parts of Bjorn s game I was so surprised at the end by the revelation of Tanis parentage I am really looking forward to listening to the next book, as I feel like I ve really gotten to know a lot of the characters I m hoping that Trell and Ean finally get to see each other too

    23. Good stuff This book has lots of twist and turns thar kept me at the edge of my seat and constant pondering and creating a mental storyboards with strings linking events trying to puzzle out the bigger story Nay, not just this book but the series itself

    24. with each book the story get convoluted it is just an interesting read but at the same time it feels quite heavy so i had to read it slow still it is an amazing read that pulls you in deeply in its world

    25. Trigger warning at this point we re up to 5 different fairly graphically to very graphically portrayed rapes in the series I otherwise like this series why is this necessary What does this add thematically

    26. Amazing series must read series.One of the better fantasy series I ve read in quite some time A well developed world with a meaningful plot and characters you can get behind This is series that you will not get enough of and will hate to see the end of.

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