Paths of Alir

Paths of Alir

by Melissa McPhail

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Paths of Alir by Melissa McPhail

In Melissa McPhail’s award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow & Light, she introduces her readers to the realm of Alorin and a magical Adept race facing extinction. The race’s tragic decline is the result of Malorin’athgul, powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos, whose presence in Alorin has caused a shift in the cosmic Balance. Fate bends to their will, and this 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, A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 3, Björn’s Players have taken the field:
Along the lush Caladrian coast…the truthreader Tanis returns to the place of his birth and finds mysterious and wonderful workings waiting for him. But the zanthyr 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 between saving 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 along with his honor. 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046102130
Publisher: Melissa McPhail
Publication date: 09/26/2014
Series: A Pattern of Shadow & Light , #3
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 252,932
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, she is passionate about the Fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations. Ms. McPhail lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats. Cephrael's Hand is the award-winning first novel in her series A Pattern of Shadow & Light.

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Paths of Alir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mella_bee More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book to come out since about a week after the release of The Dagger of Adendigaeth, when I finished reading that one. Sooooo worth the wait! I love this series because while on the surface there are "good guys" and "bad guys", the characters are much more nuanced. Yes, McPhail has rich language, a big, complex world, and many other earmarks of great fantasy, but to me it's alllll about the beautiful, awful, everywhere-in-between, completely engrossing characters. The overarching plot of the series is this huge, fascinating arc that's not good-vs-evil as much as it is a question of WHO is good or evil, and why. This book expanded nicely on that question. I've never read so much adventure as philosophy or philosophy as adventure. It's the darkest yet in the series, but when you read it you'll see why. It all makes sense in relation to the big questions that McPhail is chewing on. One final note: My favorite character from the last book was Pelas. If you've read Dagger, you know why! No spoilers, but his storyline in this book definitely didn't disappoint. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read. Period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books! The author is gifted. I recommend these books to anyone who loves fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I began reading , it took me a few chapters to get back into the various story lines. But, once my memories kicked in I really couldn't put the darn book down! Now I have a very long wait for the next volume. Great fantasy story, dark but not depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very talented author, I look forward to reading many more.