The Warrior’s Path – Tales of Gorania, Book 1
Themes & Genres: Dark Fantasy, war
A true warrior never stains his hands with the blood of an innocent.
Forced to slay his father to avoid committing atrocities of war, Masolon flees the justice of his clansmen, through the madness of the haunted desert, to the fabled lands of Gorania—a journey he survives with his body, but not with his mind.
Tormented by the guilt of his sin, Masolon seeks redemption through the war he wages against the tyranny of lords and the savagery of outlaws.
As enemies and false friends close in from all sides, Masolon must discover if it’s possible to find peace in Gorania for his restless heart…while following the bloody path of a warrior.
What I think of the book:
I wasn’t in a reading mood when I was supposed to begin perusing this ARC, but The Warrior’s Path quickly changed that.
The book was engaging from the start. Right from the Prologue, I wanted to keep reading on.
While this is a fantasy world, it’s not overwhelming and it is easy to keep up with it. One of the reasons might be because the books starts with a map, something I consider essential for all Fantasy novels. Another is that the characters names aren’t… Well, too creative.
Sometimes in order to give the reader a exciting, fantastical experience, the authors decide they should give everyone and everything the most unpronounceable names, which often leads to two things: one – annoyance because “Darn it! How am I supposed to read this?!” and two – confusion, because unfamiliar, odd names are hard to remember so you can’t keep up with who is who, especially when characters have similar names.
Not a problem here. There were names made up by the author, but they were reasonably close to languages existing in our real world.
But back to who is who, that’s to say: the characters.
We have enough to make this feel like a real world, but (as I pointed out above) not enough to overwhelm us. And they were well-written. Sure, there were some that were pretty mediocre, a bit clichéd even, but those were the guys who were going to die in the next chapter or two anyway, and were what I like to call “background characters” – just there to show us that there’s more to the world than our heroes and their foes.
Lastly, this novel doesn’t spend a whole page describing a grain of sand or a rock that the character is thinking of climbing on to. This might seem like an odd thing to mention, but one of the reasons why I rarely read High Fantasy is because the authors would sometimes go overboard with detailed descriptions.
Again: not a problem here; the descriptions are just long enough.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend The Warrior’s Path to everyone who loves reading about new (although somewhat familiar) worlds. If you are intimidated by long books, don’t worry: this one isn’t.
My rating: (5 out of 5 swords)
Would I re-read this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes. I’m interested in the rest of the series.
Where can you buy the book?
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Other books by this author that I’ve reviewed:
- Queen of Rebels – Tales of Gorania, Book 2 (Dark Fantasy, war)
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