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Book Title: Path of Blood|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 328 KB
v The author of the book: Diana Pharaoh Francis
Date of issue: May 2nd 2006
ISBN 13: 9780451460820
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Read full description of the books Path of Blood:I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed with this one. Okay, so Reisil saves the world, and keeps her bird, and everyone loves her because she's the hero. But EVERY OTHER DAMN CHARACTER gets screwed.
Sodur becomes a nakula; Juhrnus becomes a plague healer (not a bad deal overall, but he's not Juhrnus anymore, not really); Metyein gets tortured and then BEHEADED by his best friend, when Metyein was possibly the best character in the book; Soka has to live with the fact that he had to kill Metyein; Ceriba gets raped and tortured AGAIN, only she dies this time; Baku gets blown up, and Yohuac gets disemboweled and then gets to spend the rest of Reisil's natural life as a ghost. WTF? Francis should have found a better damn way to fix that.
I never really bought Reisil and Yohuac's undying love to begin with; he just sort of popped up randomly midway through book 2, and she didn't really seem to notice him until he kissed her at the end of book 2, and then all of sudden beginning of book 3 she feels for him what she's never felt for any other man. And now he's a ghost, and they'll never be able to have any other children or even sex, and Reisil's a young woman. It's kind of a crappy ending, really.
And the way that the world got saved, with the Lady having to pull back from Kodu Riik, was kind of lame--now it's just going to be like every other magical world in a fantasy novel. And we never had explained where the plague healers even come from--my theory is that, when the plague hits a person with magical talent, the plague's magic and the person's magic fuse so the person becomes a plague healer. But that's not clear at all, and you'd think more plague healers would be running around if that were the case. For that matter, where did the plague even come from? We got an explanation about the nokulas that made sense--the magic in Mysane Kosk wanted to BE something, and so it attached to any living thing that came near and transformed it--but where did the plague come from? It's obviously a magical plague, but no explanation. Oh, and where did Reisil's parents end up? I feel frustrated that I poured so much energy into reading these books and the ending was so unsatisfying. They were definitely enjoyable to read, and fun, but I'm not really happy.
Read information about the authorI was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern California (outside a town called Lincoln which is now part of an enormous sprawl). I taught myself to ride a horse at the age of six, as no one had the time to teach me—they were all busy learning how to irrigate, how to cajole an angry bull into another field, how to pull a calf… Afraid of heights, and absolutely sure I was going to die, I managed to scramble up on the back of a very patient and lazy strawberry roan destrier, and plod off into the sunset.
Thereafter, I spent much of my early life on horseback, or so far buried into a book that the rest of the world ceased to exist (much to the annoyance of my family—it took several attempts to get my attention). We all had very specific jobs on the ranch and mine was horses and cattle—out rounding up at dawn. And since I rode bareback, my standing request was to wake me up 5 minutes before everyone else headed for the barn—time enough to dress and eat my Wheaties, and no sleep time wasted on saddling.
After high school, I attended college after college, racking up a BA and MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in literature and theory. My very patient and supportive husband traipsed across the Midwest and back to Montana for me (though my husband insists that he’s been running and hiding and I just keep finding him), where I now teach at the University of Montana-Western. We also a son Q-ball, who in our humbly unbiased opinions, is the most wonderful son ever produced, and a daughter, Princess Caesar, who is the most wonderful daughter ever produced.
I have a fascination for the Victorians, weather, geology, horses, plants and mythology, I like spicy food, chocolate and cheesecake, and I have an odd sense of humor. (Or so I’ve been told. Often.) Incidentally, the Pharaoh is in fact my real name, and oddly enough, is of British origin.
Some of my current favorite sf/f writers are Ilona Andrews, Carol Berg, C.E. Murphy, Patty Briggs, Lynn Flewelling, Rachel Caine, David Coe, and Anne Bishop.
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