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Paths of Alir Audiobook

Paths of Alir: A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 3

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Powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos have come to the realm of Alorin. Fate bends to their will, and their will 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, Björn's Players have taken the field.

Along the lush Caladrian coast of Agasan, the truthreader Tanis d'Giverny returns to the place of his birth and finds mysterious and wonderful workings waiting for him. But the zanthyr Phaedor 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 to save 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, and his honor along with them. 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.

©2014 Melissa McPhail (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    D. Kuhn 10-31-16
    D. Kuhn 10-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Starting to drag... starting to get repetitive..."
    Would you listen to Paths of Alir again? Why?

    Doubtful... while there were some quite good parts to the book, where it should have been a 'penultimate' it was instead a 'middle book'. Why can't authors just stick to Trilogies... they all seem to be able to keep things tight that long but middle books tend to fall apart when they decide to go for more.


    Would you recommend Paths of Alir to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you're reading the series then yes... but I'd wait for book four (which hopefully will be the last).


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Nick is great... nuff said.


    Any additional comments?

    Great in spots but suffering from middle book malaise. And whats the deal with men getting raped and borderline pedophilia against boys... I suspect the author was afraid to include that sort of violence against women - but it's OK if its a man or boy?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun Krogulski 02-09-17
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    "had higher hopes for this book"

    I really enjoyed book 1, book 2 was a bit of a let down so this one really had to knock it out of the park. unfortunately it didn't. Many of the concepts and rules established in the previous books were either reverse or just ignored. Many plot points took to long to get to where you knew they were heading. Overall I wasn't happy with most of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 11-11-16
    Margaret 11-11-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Just getting better"

    This series (with the exception of the crazy love scenes in book 2) has been amazing. The magic system and world building is tremendous!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-02-17
    James 06-02-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Dropped off in the ending"

    The story has some forgivable holes in it, but it really drops off toward the end. It becomes very predictable and makes light of talents unimaginable in earlier books. I'll give the next book a shot, but I feel like the strength has left this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Alaniz TX 05-27-17
    T. Alaniz TX 05-27-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent"

    Overall not bad. I struggled with some of the artificial guilt that the characters were supposed to be struggling with. Also, some of these characters are supposed to be geniuses and protoges, they shouldn't miss obvious things so often. All in all, a decent book, just not a great one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa 01-09-17
    Teresa 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "More Exciting with Each Book!"

    Each book in this story not only extends the story line & adventure, but also each character expands exponentially. As McPhail's universe becomes larger it also becomes more real. Her storytelling is magnificent & amazingly detailed and immersive, but not so much that it blocks the reader from adding from their own imagination.
    Each book only gets better!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lajeunesse 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This series is incredible!"

    I've listened to a lot of the major fantasy series available on audible, and very few rival this one. McPhail has crafted a living and breathing world, one filled with the depth and emotive expanse of humanity itself. Fantastic characters, a tight pacing, and gripping poise combine in a work that has left me yearning for more. Nick Podehl's male character voices are fantastic, and although the range of female voices he uses is limited it's still pretty well done. The combination of the two has made for a sublime experience. I can't wait for the next book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ufuk Germany 08-17-17
    Ufuk Germany 08-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The fawning and yearning continues, no stakes"

    in a story where the "good guys" are omnipotent and omnipresent, and the bad guys squabble and underestimate their opponent all the time, there really can't be any sense of dread or tension.

    like the two previous books, the story falls utterly flat to excite and grip the reader. It felt more like a chore to listen to this book than a joyride.

    The narrator was great as always. without his performance, I would have stopped listening halfway through the first book.

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    Brian R Schwartz 08-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    excellent story! Look forward to the next book. :) :) :) :) :) :) :)




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    Derrick 08-01-17
    Derrick 08-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Intriguing overall story"

    This series has a good overall story, but the characters are lacking. I find the secondary characters to be more interesting that the primary ones. The other thing that has raked on me is the overuse of certain word choices. Lesser used or unusual words are great in a story, but its awkwark and jarring when those words become the norm. I've never heard the word deluge used more in this story than in all other readings combined. There are a few more oddities such as this. Yet, I'll likely read the next book. It just gets under my skin a bit as I listen and makes me wish the editor had flushed out things like that.

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  • Chris
    2/3/17
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    "An exceptional book"

    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 are 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    10/31/16
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    "Fab book"

    Loved this book and find that the series is really gathering pace. Can't wait to find out what happens next.

    If you love the Wheel of Time books you'll probably love this series too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    10/25/16
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    "Serves as a Long but Necessary Interlude"

    Firstly this series is fantastic and mesmerising- you'll want to see it through not only because you'll have invested so many hours reading it, but also and mainly because the story just keeps building up with intrigue, mystery and complexity, leaving you desperate to see the culmination of the plans and plots and, especially what seems will be the most epic battle in the history of sci-fi!! It's like Game of Thrones but thankfully and hopefully, unlike GOT, we will be rewarded with an end!

    This, Book 3, unfortunately contains very graphic details of rape and torture (something for which I'd liked to have been forewarned). It'd would have been nice if the voluntary acts of lovemaking were given equal and more erotic description but alas, the author obviously has a greater appreciation of the perverse.

    Also, this Book, though containing a lot of action, is really that part of the series where we really get to know the key players in the game, their history and see their key moments of character development. It therefore becomes very obvious from the start as you oscillate between boredom and ordinary interest, that this is not the final book, and that given the pace and building complexity of the story, neither will the next book bring forth the end that we so anxiously seek.

    Another disappointing aspect of this particular book is that at many points the story becomes predictable.

    But I've been too harsh in my analysis, compelled by the much better quality of story in the previous books 1 and 2. I have no doubt that Book 3 is integral to the understanding of the story as a whole; this book forms that necessary interlude one needs to gain understanding and preparation for rest of the story as it builds towards its conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    10/21/16
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    "This series is a masterpiece"

    It's been a while since I enjoyed a series of books like these. I cannot recommend them enough absolutely fantastic on all counts. I challenge any fantasy fan to disagree Mellissa Mcphail is one hell of a writer. Thank you so much for your work Melissa.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alma
    6/19/17
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    "Loved it"

    Amazing story and brilliantly read, makes for an awesome experience. Loved every moment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    5/1/17
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    "Excellence"

    Melissa McPhail has the most wonderful imagination and great skill in writing, this is highly complemented by the magnificent narration of Nick Podehl. His mastery of voices, accents and characterisation is beyond great, it's brilliant!

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  • A. Hardy
    England
    3/13/17
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    "Good, if slightly predictable"

    I disagree with some of the character progression but overall I still liked it.
    I thought the very last bit of the epilogue really felt like a step back for the character involved and I expected a more adult response instead of a baby response.
    I am still very much hooked so that's definitely a good sign.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/7/17
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    "great"

    very entertaining and enjoyable. looking forward to continuing the series and seeing what happens next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dani M
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    1/17/17
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    "Compelling and spellbinding."

    3 books in and story is still compelling. The delivery and timing flawless. I highly recommend this reading as I eagerly await the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss W.
    1/11/17
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    "another great book"

    anther great boil only disappointed I cannot start the next book in the series straight away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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