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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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  • File Size: 1815 KB
  • Print Length: 603 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470177900
  • Publisher: Amalgam (September 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009D2PNIU
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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 be reached by email at

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"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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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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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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[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 hard time getting into The Path of the Fallen, even if it's a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. Still, as the pieces of the narrative fell together and we got a bigger picture of E'Malkai's world, I began to really get into the book.

The Path of the Fallen is, quite simply, not a book for everyone. Avid readers of epic fantasy will love it for its unique ideas and the combination of technology and magic. However, if you don't read fantasy as a rule, it's probably best to read some so you can keep up with all of the names, the rich history and the complicated plot. I personally had a hard time keeping track of all of the names in the beginning because they all seemed to have apostrophes in them or were unpronounceable (although the main characters have reasonable names). But once you get into the book and learn the personalities of the characters, the names won't distract you at all.

What I liked most about The Path of the Fallen was the fact that there was technology in an epic fantasy novel. This is not your regular swords-and-dragons epic fantasy, oh no! Dan O'Brien has crafted a new world based on both technology and magic and it blends well together. What explanation does he have for this interesting mix? A very good one that makes complete sense in the context of the book, as it turns out. Although there's not much science, per se, I would still classify this as a fantasy/sci-fi crossover novel.

E'Malkai is actually a hero I can identify with. No, he doesn't experience a lot of Young Hero Angst, but he does deal with inner struggles as well as his outer struggles.
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