Top marks for world building, interesting characters and plot development. A couple of week areas, e.g. There aren't many details of what/why/how the ..Show More »magic works nor how the characters learn it, and every scenario is wrung out for maximum possible impact which gets to be a bit much as it all becomes obvious long before the characters get around to realising/saying it. My main gripe is the language - I've never seen or heard 'thusly' used so often in prose and in my opinion it makes what is quite an interesting story overly dramatic and a bit too self important. I will probably buy the next audio book in a couple of months when I can't find anything else I'd like to get with my audible subscription.
Paths of Alir has become one of my favourite audiobooks. The series "A pattern of shadow and light" lures you in with Cephrael's hand, and once you ar..Show More »e familiar with the characters it becomes addictive to find out how each character's path interacts with others.
The imagination that Melissa conveys is magnificent. The descriptions are full and vivid but easy to envisage. For me this was the best of the series so far, primarily because the adepts explore their powers a little more.
I can't write a review that gives this book and Melissa's world enough credit.
Nick Podehl's performance was yet again flawless. Can't wait for the next one to be released in February!