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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
The Author of this book it a little long winded. There are issues that are brought up over and over to the point of redundancy. I have found in some points the introspective narrative to be nearly identical to text previously in the novel.

This book continues the story started and well written in the first installment. This particular addition was a little slower than the first book. The end was inevitable and easy to foresee, but it was still entertaining to read and arrive at the final point.

I am very concerned that this book will turn away from the fantasy driven flow and point itself to a overly religious/political bore of a book (as R.A. Salvatore did with his DemonWar Saga).

In general it was a rather long-winded but interesting second installment. I would recommend to a friend, but it wouldn't be at the top of my list. I will however read the third, whenever it arrives
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
Let me begain with this.The story line is good the action scenes are good I think that this author has a very good chance of being a top tier writer one of these days.The first book alot of people said it was too wordy.I don't think so I enjoyed the trip of him growing up.But with both books the self flagulating goes on and on and on kinda reminds me of one of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever books it gets old and on the second book I would bypass whole sections of the book for this reason.But still this man can write he just needs somebody to edit his books.For the price I would recomend buying these two books they are a good read even with the three star review.

PS.As a farmer in Western North Carolina we have a saying if you need your apple trees pruned and done right get someone else to do it you wont have the heart to do it right.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
First off I LOVED the first book. It was fantastic. I Loved this book as well. The whole concept just grabbed my attention and held on. Not many authors decide to make the main character an actual god, when they can so generically make them the pawn of one.
Most of this story is Jural coming to grips with the fact that he is the God of War and just what that means. He realizes that thousands of people are going to die, all in his name. And if you've read the first book then you know what a big hairy deal this is to him. He finally makes progress in accepting that they are warriors who choose to risk their lives in battle, in effect sacrificing themselves to him, and that his roll in the universe is critical for balance. (I liked that explanation of him actually being a god of balance in the larger picture of things.)Unfortunately that brings me to the reason the book didn't get all five stars. It takes him until the freaking last couple of chapters to come to grips with this. I understand that this is a HUGE concept to grasp but through most of the story he is not trying to understand, he's whining, sulking, and letting his friends down. And when I say letting his friends down it is in a BIG way. I don't know how many times I found myself yelling at my kindle "Oh for crying out loud grow a pair!" This does sound like a bad thing. But the fact that I was so into the story that I was yelling at an inanimate object should say something. I had invested myself emotionally into the story and that sadly doesn't happen often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2011
I enjoyed the first story, but in the second volume, Blood of War, I tired of the whining by Jurel, the main character. The plot moved along and I think that it was a good middle book for a trilogy, but I found myself skimming while the MC moped. He moped and whined in some interesting places, but I think ten or fifteen thousand words could be cut out of this book and the impact would be greater and the reader kept much, much more interested. The characters were interesting, although some were overly stereotypical.

There world creation is sound and there is plenty of conflict and action.

The first book in the Rites of Ascension series was much better and the action continued to flow. I still recommend the series as a good read and will certainly purchase the next in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2011
I am sure that this book hasn't been out that long since it has no reviews. I am here to change that. If you liked the first book then you'll definately love this one. I would recommmend however that you review for yourself what happened in the last book. I read the first book about three months ago but I was able to get into it fairly quickly. Remi Michaud writes wonderfully, she allows room for imagination while also describing in enough detail. The book is fairly long but it entertains through out, it is a bargain at 2.99. I recommend it of course and I look forward to the next installment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
This review is for both "The path of the sword" and "Blood of War".
This is a coming of age epic fantasy series. I have reread the books three times since I bought them :).
The first book begins with Daved Histane, a soldier, finding the five years old son of an innkeeper his friend in a city destroyed by war. The story continues describing Jurel as he grows up in a farm, often bullied and isolated from the other children due to his excessively frightened reactions to any hint of violence.
After he finally reacts to the bullying, overhelmed by a strange surge of darkness, he is forced to flee the farm and begins a journey of self discovery in the company of a misterious herbalist. Chased by a powerful religious order, he has to learn how to fight and finally realizes his true identity as the God of War.
In the second installment of the series Jurel finds love and learns (with a lot of hardship and two very different teachers...:))how to use his godly powers; he also has to understand, through very hard lessons, what it means to be the God of War and to be responsible for the lives and deaths of men.
To "The path of the sword" I would actually have given four stars because the first half of the book was a bit tedious...don't get me wrong, I love very very long books, I appreciate descriptions and like to have a strong background of a character, but I think a lot of people who would like the series could be deterred from reading on. This first half is dedicated to Jurel's childhood and it is useful to better understand the character's progression so...try to get over it, it'll be worth the pain! ;)
The characters are all very well defined: you feel like you really know them because small parts of the story are written from their point of view...the beautiful thing is that those parts aren't too long so I was not too displeased to be taken away from the protagonist. The climax at the end of the first book is magnificent!
And then there is the second book...here I loved the first half: it was pensive, sweet and it made me fully appreciate Jurel's dychotomy in the second part...it actually smelt of spring. The second half was a harsh winter storm. Jurel makes a terrible mistake which leads to more mistakes and I actually hated him for a little bit: I was all "What are you doing! They need you and you're there whining and Facing Your Past!!"...but it's all right, a bit of hating makes you love a story more...Odi et amo...
Read these books, you will not regret it!

PS: sorry if there are mistakes but this is not my language :)
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on March 26, 2012
Well written, (some additional editing would be helpful), fun characters and engrossing tale. I really enjoyed the first two books of the series and look forward the next. The author has created his own unique slant within the tale of Gods/nations/men. Solid battle scenes and a main character that you find yourself rooting for.
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on July 23, 2014
This book was made in 2011, so why did the author not make a third one yet? It is very frustrating considering I'm addicted to the series. So please write another book soon!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2011
Remi has done a great job at this book. It has everything a sequel needs. The characters keep growing and the action is fast. If you read and liked the first one, you must get this one.
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