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Path of Fate

Path of Fate

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In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane-to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will.

But Riesil refuses to bow to fate-a decision that may have repercussions across the realm...

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In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane-to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will.

But Riesil refuses to bow to fate-a decision that may have repercussions across the realm...

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Abandoned Reisil has been trained as a tark: a healer. She is just starting to feel comfortable with her efforts, the village, and a possible lover. Then a black-and-white goshawk tries to attach herself to Reisil. Although the tark is emotionally taken with the large bird, she knows that the Blessed Lady has marked Reisil to be an ahalad-kaaslane: a leader who can have no homeland. Reisil tries repeatedly to avoid the goshawk and the mantle of leadership, but she is finally compelled to seek them out when a princess is kidnapped. Losing the royalty seriously jeopardizes the fragile truce between two lands, and Reisil is the only one uniquely equipped to rescue the princess-and peace. To succeed, she must face untold danger, and loss of her love. This well-plotted fantasy explores the illusions and inner truths of good and evil. Both males and females are well portrayed in the process. Clear writing and good character development make this a satisfying read. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 369p., Ages 15 to adult.
— Dr. Lesley S.J. Farmer
VOYA
Reisil is content to be a tark, a healer, repaying with her remedies and skill the town that raised her from an abandoned baby to young womanhood. The ahalad-kaaslane is the Blessed Lady's elite guard, each member bonded telepathically with a companion animal, keeping peace and justice throughout the land. Only truly special people are chosen to serve, and Reisil knows that she could not possibly ever be worthy. Her surprise and confusion is natural when a goshawk named Saljane calls to her to bond and become one of the Lady's own servants. Reisil would have preferred to refuse this gift, but when the Dure's daughter is kidnapped during a peace treaty council, her hand is forced. It is up to her and her companion to track and find the missing girl before civil war tears apart the land once more. This fairly standard fantasy adventure moves slowly at the beginning, as the stock character heroine (strong, unusual, eventually gifted with superhuman magical powers) equivocates between being a healer and becoming ahalad-kaaslane. The action picks up after the kidnapping, as Reisil is pulled into a web of deceit, betrayal, and dark wizardry. The novel is filled with imaginary language that is confusing in the beginning. In addition, when the author slips into mundane terms, such as treating ailments with laudanum, it does not ring authentic. Neverthless fans of Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series will find similarities and comparable enjoyment in this pleasant but unchallenging first novel. VOYA Codes 3Q 3P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Roc, 369p.,pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Arlene Garcia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451459503
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/04/2003
Series:
Path of Fate Series, #1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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