PATH OF BLOOD

In this final book of the Paths trilogy, ahalad-khaaslane Reisil must travel across a country beset by war and plague in order to seal the rift between the material world and that of the gods. Accompanied by her faithful goshawk Saljane and her partner Yohuac, she faces challenges and obstacles that seem nearly impossible to overcome.

This is a solid conclusion to the series, but it's necessary to have read the first two books in order to follow along. There are many characters with confusing names, the point-of- view characters are constantly shifting, and the reader is well into the book before being able to figure out how everyone relates to each other and to the main plot. Reisil is a sympathetic character and her actions throughout the book are interesting to read about, but the seemingly endless battle scenes tend to run together. (May, 464 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs