Powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos have come to the realm of Alorin. Fate bends to their will, and their will is set upon Alorin's destruction. Alone in understanding the threat they pose, Alorin's Fifth Vestal, Björn 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, Björn's Players have taken the field.
Along the lush Caladrian coast of Agasan, the truthreader Tanis d'Giverny returns to the place of his birth and finds mysterious and wonderful workings waiting for him. But the zanthyr Phaedor 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'kharta, Prince Ean val Lorian must choose to save 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, and his honor along with them. 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.
©2014 Melissa McPhail (P)2016 Podium Publishing
beautifully written amazing characters a world you can truly loose yourself in. am so excited for book4 to come to audible asap :)
I love this series never a a dull moment if you love fantasy you'll love these books the narrator is superb
I was a skeptic of audible books, but I've been won over! I listen to my books everywhere, even while cooking. Audible is a perfect escape!
Firstly this series is fantastic and mesmerising- you'll want to see it through not only because you'll have invested so many hours reading it, but also and mainly because the story just keeps building up with intrigue, mystery and complexity, leaving you desperate to see the culmination of the plans and plots and, especially what seems will be the most epic battle in the history of sci-fi!! It's like Game of Thrones but thankfully and hopefully, unlike GOT, we will be rewarded with an end!
This, Book 3, unfortunately contains very graphic details of rape and torture (something for which I'd liked to have been forewarned). It'd would have been nice if the voluntary acts of lovemaking were given equal and more erotic description but alas, the author obviously has a greater appreciation of the perverse.
Also, this Book, though containing a lot of action, is really that part of the series where we really get to know the key players in the game, their history and see their key moments of character development. It therefore becomes very obvious from the start as you oscillate between boredom and ordinary interest, that this is not the final book, and that given the pace and building complexity of the story, neither will the next book bring forth the end that we so anxiously seek.
Another disappointing aspect of this particular book is that at many points the story becomes predictable.
But I've been too harsh in my analysis, compelled by the much better quality of story in the previous books 1 and 2. I have no doubt that Book 3 is integral to the understanding of the story as a whole; this book forms that necessary interlude one needs to gain understanding and preparation for rest of the story as it builds towards its conclusion.
It's been a while since I enjoyed a series of books like these. I cannot recommend them enough absolutely fantastic on all counts. I challenge any fantasy fan to disagree Mellissa Mcphail is one hell of a writer. Thank you so much for your work Melissa.
"Just getting better"
This series (with the exception of the crazy love scenes in book 2) has been amazing. The magic system and world building is tremendous!
Such a great ending, but goodness gracious... McPhail sure can be sedistic in the way she treats the characters you grow to love. It was gut wrenching, and, at times, very hard for me to push through the story, because of the vile things enacted against certain protagonists -coupled with the consistent sense of foreboding and dread that said individuals might actually experience even MORE gruesome and tragic circomstances. But what an ending! My heart is still recovering from the traumatizing ups and downs of this book, but here I sit, excitedly awaiting the next instalment in the series; and, also, intrigued to see where exactly the author plans to lead us next on her Pattern of Shadow and Light.
As a side note... Way too much sex. I mean, seriously. There was a point, it was crossed, then crossed again (and again) for what seemed like merely good measure -especially in regard to all the rape. But I digress..
Excellent series! i cannot wait for the next. it is right up there with the wheel of time! !
"awesome all around"
Love Nick Podehl. Love this series, the characters, and the vocabulary. Dont pass it up or wait til later. Book four will be released in one week.
This book had a lot come together and there was a lot of action. A lot of loose ends are tied up and I was able to follow the storyline and all the characters. Great job by Nick Odelle and Felix was annoying.
Most books have multiple threads but rarely do they each keep your interest in each as well as this story. The pace is incredible. You will not want to put this down.
"okay. when will book four be out?"
okay. when will book four be out? the only issue with audible is they don't complete series.
"This series is incredible!"
I've listened to a lot of the major fantasy series available on audible, and very few rival this one. McPhail has crafted a living and breathing world, one filled with the depth and emotive expanse of humanity itself. Fantastic characters, a tight pacing, and gripping poise combine in a work that has left me yearning for more. Nick Podehl's male character voices are fantastic, and although the range of female voices he uses is limited it's still pretty well done. The combination of the two has made for a sublime experience. I can't wait for the next book
"great story with some offensive content"
it was an excellent story but it had some very mature content put forth in a very disturbing manner. I couldn't put it down but I was absolutely repulsed by some of the content.
the performance was one of the best I've ever heard and I have hundreds of audio books.
good listen.but after 3 lengthy books i am.looking towards a conclusion.i hope the wtiter does draw iy out too long
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