Shadow Path [NOOK Book]

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Magic and crime. Agatha Christie meets J.R.R. Tolkien in “Shadow Path,” the first book in the new Portals series by author P.L. Blair.
An Ogre murdered with a rune-inscribed sword is just the beginning as Kat Morales, a very human detective on the Corpus Christi, Texas, police force, and her Elf partner Tevis McLeod follow a blood trail that leads to Pixies, necromancy and Magic of the Blackest kind ... to its climax in a stronghold Between worlds, where Tevis must duel spell ...
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Overview

Magic and crime. Agatha Christie meets J.R.R. Tolkien in “Shadow Path,” the first book in the new Portals series by author P.L. Blair.
An Ogre murdered with a rune-inscribed sword is just the beginning as Kat Morales, a very human detective on the Corpus Christi, Texas, police force, and her Elf partner Tevis McLeod follow a blood trail that leads to Pixies, necromancy and Magic of the Blackest kind ... to its climax in a stronghold Between worlds, where Tevis must duel spell for spell with a former lover who wants to see her old flame extinguished permanently.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - Nash Black
P. L. Blair's SHADOW PATH is the first in the Portals series. An excellent stand alone, which has little backstory to confuse the reader. A detective/fantasy tale with links to ancient mythology. This series should attract avid fans for its moving plot, acute characterizations, and light touchs of humor.
Amazon.com - Su Halfwerk
Shadow Path has some enlightening moments when mythology met P.L. Blair's imagination half way. An intriguing read, indeed. It was quite entertaining to research Greek mythology to find out where Blair's creativity sparked and changed things or even added to them. Reading how Arvandus and Gairth met Kat and Tevis was like meeting old friends after a long time; I had goosebumps all over my arms. I smiled.
Amazon.com - Mistress of the Dark Path Suzie
This story proved to be a lot of fun to read. While it certainly has fantasy elements, I loved that the author put the setting in the modern world. Not only that, but she managed to conduct her world building in a way that felt very believable. All the necessary explanations are given, but done in a way that doesn't bog the reader down in details. Instead, it came in bursts as the information was needed. That allowed the story to keep moving quickly so people can stay engaged in the tale.
Amazon.com - Natalie Wyant
Shadow Path is the first book in the portal series by P.L. Blair and I eagerly look forward to reading the next! The author has an artistic flair for mixing the realities of this world with the magical world of the Otherside. With each page I was left desiring to know more about Tevis the quiet, level-headed Elf and Kat the gutsy, more impulsive detective.
P.L. Blair excels at providing detailed background information while introducing new characters at just the right pace!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013196216
  • Publisher: Studio See Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Series: Portals , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 318 KB

Meet the Author

P.L. Blair is a native of Tyler, Texas. She currently spends most of her year in Rockport, Texas, where her family lives, and summers in Sheridan, Wyo. - where she lived full-time for more than 20 years. She has worked for newspapers for more than 30 years. She is now author of the Portals series, novels that blend fantasy, detective mysteries and the occasional touch of horror. In addition to her human family, Blair shares her life with two basset hounds, a longhaired dachshund, and two cats.
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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    A wonderful blend of Crime Fiction and Fantasy at its best.

    Take a generous blend of mystery add to it a healthy dose of fantasy set in our world in the near future and you will find the "Shadow Path".

    Author P L Blair..has succeeded in writing a book that will appeal to both the lovers of a damned good crime mystery, and those who are officiandos of the fantasy genre...Yet her voice remains unique, she has successfully introduced two new and very vivid characters in this her first book in the "Portals" series.

    Meet Kat Morales, detective, human, gutsy and warmly drawn, there are no insipid characters in this book, Author Blair has given breath and life to each characterization on these pages; through the use of fast paced dialogue and descriptions that make these individuals highly visible, yet her touch is gentle enough to allow the reader's imagination to add more flesh, this is storytelling at its best.

    Meet,Tevis. Tevis is an Elf. A clever, intelligent and powerful being. Yes I did say "ELF". For the author has changed the world as we know it. She has cleverly crafted a place where the myth and legends of ancient times have become real, the alleged imaginings and tales of the ancients have finally allowed themselves to become visual.they have come through the open portal from the 'otherside' at last.

    However not all that come through are for the power of good. The author introduces us to Goblins, Djinns, Dwarfs, and Elves, Ogres, Banshee's, and Wizard's from the 'Realm'.

    The murder of an Ogre. send Tevis and Kat on a journey. A journey that will see them threatened by powers of darkness, an overwhelmingly powerful force in the shape of a female Elf known as Coira .. Malevolent and determined to destroy. Who is it she seeks? And more importantly.why? I will not spoil the book for you by giving away any more.

    Suffice it to say.it's a fine read. I have no hesitation recommending it to lovers of fast paced and intriguing fiction. I look forward to reading the rest of the "Portals" series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Two cops in Corpus Christi are investigating a murder. Pretty r

    Two cops in Corpus Christi are investigating a murder. Pretty routine – except one of the cops is an elf, and the murder victim is an ogre. It seems an ancient portal has opened and all the mythological creatures we read about as children are real, and they have crossed over into our world. Only some of them are a little different from what we pictured.

    A mix of Greek mythology, fairy tales, folklore, and fantasy with a twist, Shadow Path takes us on an adventure to the ‘Otherside’ and the world in ‘Between’, where the elf detective must fight a former lover to save our world. Thrilling and suspenseful, Ms. Blair has used her genius imagination to present a fabulous story. She has a talent for dialog and description, and puts the reader into the scene with her characters. Storytelling at its best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    I loved this book. It had action, adventure and magik and flowed

    I loved this book. It had action, adventure and magik and flowed easily throughout. I love the relationship between Tevis (an elf) and Kat (a human). It is clear that their relationship is one of trust and genuine friendship. They are detectives dealing with unusual events connected to beings from the other side.

    I love the concept of portals being opened so the two worlds merge. The bringing together of humans and other worldly beings, such as ogres, Djinn, elves etc. Tevis although working as a detective taps back into his abilities as a wizard to go ‘Between’ to save the day.

    I particularly loved the cats and the fact that they go ‘Between’. It certainly explains where my cats go when I can’t find them.

    This was a very easy book to read keeping me on the edge of my seat so to speak. I love the writing of PL Blair and look forward to reading more

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