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Paths of Alir

A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 3
Auteur(s): Melissa McPhail
Narrateur(s): Nick Podehl
Durée: 34 h et 44 min
5 out of 5 stars (34 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 56,44
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Description

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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  • Au global
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sooooo good

this series is just amazing. it's so good that I lose sleep wanting to stay up for 'just another chapter' that always ends up being 3 or 4 of them. a must listen too audio book for any fantasy adventure lover

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  • sam
  • 2018-02-16

great story

adventure and magic combined with an amazing story. A twisting tail of well made characters.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Shaun Krogulski
  • 2017-02-09

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.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Margaret
  • 2016-11-11

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!

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • D. Kuhn
  • 2016-10-31

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?

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • prettypenny
  • 2017-05-26

Could have been great

the story itself is fantastic. Epic world building, awesome magic concept. I am often annoyed with the authors over use of archaic words ex, if I hear the word troth again I may puke. she goes off on philosophical tangents much much too often. and for Petes sake stop arching eyebrows and biting lips (where are those editors?) I also am not fond of the overly explicit scenes of sexual torture. that's where she lost me as a major fan. while I would still rate Mcphail in my top 10 of great epic fantasy writers, I think this kind of graphic content goes overboard. There is an art called subtle innuendo. Not everyone wants their ears/minds raped over and over.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Shelby Clark
  • 2017-08-30

Upsetting Story Plot

I loved the series until this book. The sheer amount of rape in the story made me sick to read. I couldn't finish it.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • James
  • 2017-06-02

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.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • T. Alaniz
  • 2017-05-27

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.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CJinMD
  • 2016-12-11

My best audiobook so far! All 5 stars!

This is the perfect union of impeccable narration, expert story crafting and marvelous world development that leaves no loopholes to shatter the developing story. Amazing!

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-01-22

Gratuitous rape, violence, and betray.

There might be some spoilers here.
So if you think the sex/rape scenes in the previous book were disconcerting, you haven’t seen anything yet. The author basically whores out Isabel, Trell is turned into some weird sex slave, and Ean is turned into a cuck. Chapter 60. Completely ruined the book and the series for me. Nick Podehl’s narration was marvelous, but the writing of the book....I need a series of showers to get the filth off of me.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Isaac
  • 2017-10-31

Definitely took a turn in the series

Rape. Abuse. Situational morality where the end is justified by the horrific means of whoring out. I guess the author thinks self-worth and sex are cheap. Would not recommend starting the series after getting to this book. Definitely not my taste.

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