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The Path of the Fallen (The Fallen Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dan O'Brien
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Book Description

Set against the backdrop of the tundra and a world desperate for hope, the journey of a young man, E'Malkai, will come to define a realm that has been broken by an evil that does not sleep. A bitter betrayal, and the inception of a war that will consume the world, forces E'Malkai to confront the past and undertake a pilgrimage that is his by birthright. Follow him on his journey and be transformed.

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Dan O'Brien is an amalgamation of the sentiments of two coasts. Having been born on the East Coast and currently residing in California, his broad cross-section of life experiences affects his unique writing style. A martial arts and philosophy enthusiast, his writing voice reflects those disciplines. Path of the Fallen is only the beginning of a sprawling fantasy series.

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The form of Fe'rein was an abysmal one; the energy that cascaded around him as he descended the skies of Culouth was one of crimson and shadow, death and blood materialized. He lowered himself through the atmosphere feet first, as if gravity really held some control over him, his dark black boots the first to emerge and set foot on the platform outside the Commerce Deliberation Hall. His energy trail diminished like ash and fog and his features returned, his white suit unfettered as if he hand done no more than walk leisurely down the street.
The great balcony was a sight to behold; golden railings ran the length of the three sides that lay exposed to the outside. The wall facing inwards into the interior of the building was a tapestry of stained glass, ornate shapes and colors danced across the crystalline surface. His feet clicked on the marble tile of the ground, his arms strict at his sides, as if restrained by some force and his hateful eyes pointed forward, though a cruel smile crept onto his lips. As he approached the wall of tempered glass, a grand sound resonated in the open air, though if Fe'rein had heard or cared at all he chose not to show outwardly so.
"Fe'rein mion, you have returned unscathed I see," called the voice over the expanse of the air and Fe'rein regard him with a critical eye though not bothering to turn as he passed by the diminutive form of the orderly whose name he had chosen not to remember. The orderly opened his mouth to say more, but Fe'rein continued on. Fe'rein moved through the wall next to the metallic port and remerged with in the confines of the inner chambers of the highest echelons of the Deliberations, the personal chambers of High Marshall Kyien. His seat being the only of singular power within all of Culouth, second only to the seclusion of the tribunal of the Intelligence.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Path of the Fallen"... An epic quest... 3 1/2 Stars November 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Path of the Fallen" (The Fallen Chronicles) is a Sci-fi fantasy adventure by author Dan O'Brien. This Kindle e-book was a 953 Kb download (approx. 604 printed pages) and sold for $4.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: the author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Most of this tale is set in a desolate, frozen landscape where a global conflict is about to erupt between the forces of good and evil. It has been thrust upon L'Malkai, our young hero, to embark upon a quest to fulfill his destiny... that to become a savior entity known as the Original Creator. This was a title his father (Seth) was suppose to attain until he was murdered by his brother (L'Malkai's uncle)... a vile individual who used the power to attain personal goals and eventually became the omnipotent dark lord, Fe'rien. Thus begins the L'Malkai's journey for justice and retribution for his father's death, and become the lands only real hope of victory against the evil onslaught.


Some thoughts on "The Path of the Fallen"...

The Pros:
1.) an intriguing tale, generally well written featuring an ending that was foreseen well in advance... the entire story revolved around this obvious showdown.

2.) some graphic and gory descriptions of confrontations.

3.) important characters that can be seriously injured or killed... adding a sense of realism to the story.

4.) the entire story was told as chapters featuring sequential POVs, lending to some interesting character and plot development. This technique allowed the reader to get a sense of the ideology behind each of the opposing forces in this classic good vs evil struggle.

The Cons:
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BAD EFFORT December 18, 2012
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THE PATH OF THE FALLEN by Dan O'Brien is not a bad book, but didn't blow me away. It got drawn out and slow in the last part of the book. I think more editing would have been helpful. This is a sci-fi/fantasy story about good vs evil that is fairly predictable. Again, not bad and I am sure some will like it more than others. For me it just missed the mark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars just plain cool! December 30, 2012
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I was asked to review this work by the author, and struggled for a little while over whether or not I should. This is not my usual genre. As I am certainly not a sci-fi buff and tend to like traditional fantasy, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. What I found, was a story that was not only compelling, but on the verge of intoxicating. You can feel what these characters are feeling and see this world through their eyes. I found myself thinking "why don't I read this stuff more often?"

Where I am usually more concerned with whether something is realistic enough to be believable, all of that was put aside after reading this book. I am simply amazed by the scope of this author's imagination. Dan O'brien has created a world that is familiar and yet not, strong characters that make you wish the best for them, and parallels between the current state of affairs in our own world with his futuristic fictional world.

The monsters that roam his planet are truly terrifying and yet remind the reader that we have our own monsters to deal with here on earth. This book was a full length work and yet it ended up taking little time for me to finish as I was so interested in it. I will not include spoilers as I don't wish to ruin this for anyone else. This book took some unexpected turns and left me thrilled and satisfied that I had just read the first book in this genre that I actually enjoyed for a really long time.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves futuristic book s and sci-fi. Even if you don't you might find this book enjoyable. I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you from the first sentence! October 16, 2013
By Angel
Format:Kindle Edition
This book will grab your attention from the first sentence and you will not want to put it down until you are finished! I'm not good at writing book reviews, and don't want to spoil the this book! Find out what everyone is talking about!! Loose yourself in a world so fantastically and carefully created. Get ready to be swept away by this fantastic book and grab yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate, a cozy place to read and turn off the phone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good September 7, 2013
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I really liked the way the story evolved and it is hard to know of the paths he must take. I am looking forward to reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Fantasy/Sci-Fi July 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'The Path of the Fallen' is the epic journey of E'Malkai, a young man following his destiny and going up against an evil force.

I very much enjoyed this story and the main character E'Malkai. The boy has a lot expected of him and rises to the challenges, showing his birthright is not wasted on him. I found the mix of fantasy and sci-fi interesting and I would probably say it felt most like a fantasy novel with some sci-fi elements / technology. I thought it was a nicely atmospheric read, with the tundra setting providing an excellent backdrop to the story. There were definitely some chilling moments, particularly towards the end of the book.

For me, the last quarter was the most thrilling part. The suspense was sufficiently built up so that it was edge of seat reading by the end - I could not put it down! I found the story a little slow to begin with but once it got going I got into it pretty quickly. There also seemed to be a few too many characters at the start but this was less obvious as the story went on and I believe it was just all the strange names that made it seem as if there were too many to keep track of!

Overall this is a very atmospheric and powerfully told story. I would recommend to fans of epic fantasy and fantasy/sci-fi novels!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Path of the Fallen
Marion is on a ship, when everything is going crazy. Glass is shattering, and boots are running over it. Marion is then talking to this man, who is not human like he is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Serenity
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
[Full disclosure: Dan O'Brien sent me a print copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.]

After not reading epic fantasy for a very, very long time, I had a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Mad Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I loved this book! It drew you in right away and wouldn't let you go. I am a fan of books that tell you right off the bat things that are different from the world that you know so... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Emily
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacking some.
When I first got this book, my thought was "That is a BIG book". I haven't picked up a book that thick in quite some time. Read more
Published 17 months ago by HomeMaidSimple
4.0 out of 5 stars Light vs. dark epic fantasy
E'Malkai is 17 years old when suddenly his world is turned upside down, war is threatening to destroy everyone, and they are all counting on him to save them. Read more
Published 18 months ago by WiLoveBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence is Not What You Think
Wow! I was blown away. 5 Stars for readability, excitement and character development.

It's a sci-fi allegory of today's society. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elliot Malach
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi Messiah
There are many aspects of this book which will remind the reader of Dune. Like Herbert's book, the story takes place way in the future on a desolate planet that is filled with... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Roberts
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Dan O'Brien has written over 20 books, including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club's Top 100 novels of 2012. Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at: Contact him today to order copies of the book or have them stocked at your local bookstore. He can he reached by email at

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