At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?
In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return. Now, he must confront the man he's long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord's darkly magnificent game.
The Vestal Raine D'Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother, Björn, through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T'khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he's facing his greatest enemy yet - not in Björn, but in the truth.
Elsewhere in Alorin, the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin's temple, hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.
The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord's masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.
©2012 Melissa McPhail; 2016 Podium Publishing
High any book I would listen to again rates high there are so many plot lines running through the story
when Tanis was asking the Captain about selling the horse I was actually laughing
no its like game of Thrones in the depth of Character and depth of story lines it can be quite intense but if I had a few days off work I may have listened in one go.
CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 3
Great storyline, characters seem to jump out at you, as you follow the twists and turns of this compelling story, well narrated as well, keeps you hooked, already downloaded the next instalment, can't wait. Absolutely brilliant!! Top notch!!👍👍👍
"great narration horrible story"
There was too much cheesy romance and sexuality. McPhail got so distracted trying to make people sexy that she forgot to give the book a plot. What plot the story does have is scattered and torn. Again McPhail used phrases repeatedly when they are not necessary and they get overused. The magic is awesome and the story could be great but it isn't. It also felt like McPhail was trying to be Ayn Rand and she definitely is not. As always Podehl did an amazing job narrating. He is phenomenal and the only reason I was able to get through this book.
"one of my top 5 series, right up there with Jordan"
Definitely one of my favorite series. and Nick Podehl is the icing on the cake. seems like whatever he does is a really great story plus with his storytelling skills I have neelver been letdown. but this one is one of my top 5 series. great magic system, this book actually breaks it down and explains how it works
"OK but not Good"
Drawn out.. Some points could have been expressed easier and in less time. It is brutal from ch.1-25. and multiple chapters from there on.
"This needs to be a Tv or movie series"
This series of books is the most intricate & spellbinding I have ever read. The creation & interwoven mythology interact with the humans in a fascinating way.but greed & evil constantly think they are the stronger & try to be dominate. But the "good guys" and plans in this series are not black & white it's a series unrivaled & I would be more than thrilled for it to be a series!!
"Just too much going on and too many characters"
The book had its moments but, for the most part, it is just too complicated. There are so many main characters, both good and evil, that it's hard to care.
The narration is good but this book has too much romance for my taste!
I stopped half way when i realised that romance was going to be the main alley of continuation.
"fantastic series.. enjoyable sequel"
I read the first book, it was great. A perfect melting pot of dragons, shape shifters, magic, other dimensions, portals, time travel, you name it. The reviews for the second book made me a little unsure, but I risked a credit and it paid off !! The second one unravels whole new layers of complexity and it is soundly built on the first book. So Im wondering, did the reviewers writing the negative reviews about romance/sex etc even read the same book?? And with Nick Poedhl narrating, its even more enjoyable. A book credit well spent.
"Romance author got lost in a scifi book."
Stick with the fantasy aspect and leave out all the romance and sex, the book drops into pure harlequin mode and stays there.
Yes, very solid reader, he was doing well with what he had.
Anything that includes "his loins, inflamed, penetrated her, feverish desire, consumed by thoughts of her.
Yeah audible gets this one back, nothing worse than picking up a scifi, and it morphs into a romance. I have two rules for blacklisting a author, Leave a cliffhanger or write a romance and hide it in a scifi cover.
"excellent performance and captivating story"
Nick Podehl is a brilliant narrator who conveys DEEP emotions and true character empathy through practically every word read. no narrators compares to his performance in the epic fantasy genre.
This, coupled with a story that has amazing detail and structure leaves the reader greatly satisfied. although the character count is exceeding and can be overwhelming to follow initially, the author separates them well and it quickly turns into an adventure that has just the right amount of action, humor, horror, love, and grand mystery that keeps you hooked.
"this series has been on replay in my audible."
Nick Podehl does a phenomenal job on with this story and its characters. In both book one and two. I cant wait for books three and four to be released. Until then I find myself replaying both books.
I only got into this because of the narrator. But now I feel hungry and stayed up til three a.m. to finish Paths of Alir.
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