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PATH OF BLOOD
by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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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

Publisher: Roc

Published: May 2006

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