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- Publication Date: October 3, 2015
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- Language: English
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This genre is well outside my usual choice, my eyes tend to roll at the mention of spells, wizardry, the super natural, but the story totally captivated me. I’m sure this book is aimed at the young reader market, I don’t quite qualify, but prejudices and preferences quickly dissipated the more I read.
Books in a series can frustrate me when there is no conclusion, I feel cheated when a story stops at an exciting point – buy the next book to complete the story. This book almost did that, the adventure had not reached a conclusion, but in this case, I will let my criticism pass. It sort of reached a satisfactory place to end. The next book will be worth waiting for.
Ms. Flores did an excellent job of creating a phenomenally spectacular world and an interesting main female character. All the characters seem so realistic as well.
What I like:
• That we got some glimpses into Zendra’s life before we find out that she is a Vendrix. I thought that was cool and it helped develop the character for that plot to work.
• The idea behind the Vendrixes is so cool. Well okay even though you have a demon living in your body waiting to wreak havoc on everything and everyone you love. But it’s still a cool idea and something not seen in the world of young adult fantasy.
• I love the banter between Zendra and the whole group. It helps get through some of the horrific scenes.
• Then there is the love triangle, and it isn't forced and something that needs to happen. It’s a pretty standard thing to be happening during all of this fighting that the characters are going through together.
• And the last thing that I like is the villain. He’s a great character and someone that you want to die but also care for as well.
What I dislike:
The only thing that I didn’t like is that Zendra doesn’t believe that she will live long after completing her task.
To Enter the Path by Stephanie Flores is a unique change to the books that we usually find in the young adult fantasy genre. It’s one of the many things that I like about this book. However, I can’t tell you the others as that would spoil it for you.
Ms. Flores is a great author and one that I can’t wait to read more of her books. I am especially looking forward to the last one for this duology. I am giving this book a five-star rating since it's an excellent book and one that I didn't want to put down.
The next book in this series is To Wander In Purgatory by Stephanie Flores.
Anyways until next time enjoy this review brought to you by,
Karen the Baroness.
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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The story is a bit slow to start (understandable, as it's told as a legend), but it really picks up around the end of chapter 5 after the introduction of Valen. Watching Zendra and Valen work off and sometimes against each other can be pretty entertaining. The snarky tones the conversations take are a little reminiscent of older Dean Koontz, who is a personal childhood hero of mine. Zendra faces a lot of loss but never really loses her tough attitude. Valen lets a lot roll off him like water off a duck, especially when it comes to Zendra.
The tale reads a little like an older PlayStation RPG--another thing I'm a huge fan of. There are quests, there are quippy lines, and there is action. In those aspects it reminded me a lot of Okage: Shadow King, so I had a lot of fun reading it.
I did detract a star because there were a couple pet peeves that detracted from my enjoyment, and they were:
1) The Bram Stoker-esque chunks of paragraphs and info-dumping. Some people love this. It never reached Ayn Rand levels, but it made it really hard for me to read sometimes since my eyes would wander unintentionally. Again, it's a personal preference, but a lot of the paragraphs could have been broken up and made for a smoother read.
2) The main character is INSANELY overpowered. I couldn't feel much tension for most of the book when something happened to her simply because I knew she had a way out. This can be done well, but even when it is, I hate seeing it.
If neither of those things bother you and you want a quest-like story with fun, amusing characters and a good book to read in those small spaces of time you have between your busy day and going to bed, I recommend this one. And even if they do bother you, I recommend giving it a shot if only for the characters.
Top international reviews
As a child, Zendra has to witness the horrific murder of her parents by an evil magician and following that she is rescued and raised by an assassin. Then her life gets complicated when she discovers she is the Vendrix, host of an evil demonic force known as the Victus Lameit, which allows her the ability to use any kind of magic. She sets out with a small group of men to destroy the magician who murdered her parents. They must travel along the Path of Fatality to the Mountains of Murk….
'In front, a small wooden sign with bubbly and inviting handwriting read: WELCOME TO THE PATH OF FATALITY!'
What I Really Liked:
- The story was really strong and progressed well keeping me engaged and wanting to know what would happen next.
- The touches of humour. These were sometimes brilliantly comedic, most often well placed but did fall flat on some occasions.
- The world building was highly creative, with lots of interesting details that seemed very original to me. The two together resulted in a marvellous unfolding tapestry of events with fantastical but well-explained features that kept on intriguing me as a reader all the way through.
- The magic system. Often a real weak spot in fantasy stories this one is well explained.
‘With each panic-stricken stare into the gloom, her heart sent deep exertions of pain throughout her chest, hinting its lack of oxygen.’
What I Struggled With:
- The characters would sometimes behave quite unpredictable and odd ways that made little sense to me, making it hard to get a grip on their personalities.
- The key feature of the demonic possession of Zendra is never clarified. Its appearance was very random and her control over it never really explained or explored.
- The technical structure of the writing was not always good, I was sometimes thrown out of reading immersion by awkward phrasings and word choices. This was especially marked during the action sequences.
- There was some ambiguity about which character’s point of view the reader was in and at times this did get a bit confusing.
Star Rating: 3.5
I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun fantasy romp! With just a few less road bumps in the reading, it would have been superb.
Who Would Enjoy this Book:
All fantasy lovers, especially those of YA fantasy, should take a closer look at this one.
The opening is gripping and takes you right into the action. The main character, Zendra, soon trains under the tutelage of Sarc. And just when their dynamic is beginning to get interesting, we time leap forward, leaving Sarc a distant memory - a surprising leap.
The book feels long for the ground that it covers. And although I had been warned to expect an abrupt ending, paving the way for book 2, the sudden ending is still no less jarring.
The range of characters work well together, bringing a real sense of life and joy to an otherwise dark and forboding path.
I found the ‘Path’ itself to be the most intriguing aspect of the novel. However, on the long journey, there are a few too many fights with random beasts and thugs. When all that really matters is the dark force haunting Zendra’s dreams since her childhood - and the internal struggle she has with her own powers.
There’s a lot here that works well. It’s just not quite ‘there’ for me yet.
This novel is packed full of adventure and action – the fight scenes are well researched and exciting. The dialogue between Valen, one of Zendra’s companions, a handsome and talented magician sparkles with wit and humour and the reader waits impatiently for the romance that must surely blossom between them.
Zendra is a complexly drawn character. On one hand she is the fearless warrior, skilled in the art of combat and possessing the unrivalled powers of a Vendrix. Yet she is constantly uncertain of herself, lonely, full of sorrow and terrified of losing control to the crazed beast – the Victus Lameit, that lurks in the heart of each Vendrix providing the powers necessary for their magic. The book ends on a cliff hanger and we are left wondering what will happen next.
Stephanie Flores has woven a wonderful world of fantasy, filled with mythical beasts where good and evil battle for dominion. The reader is left wanting more. The second book in the Vendrix Trilogy is eagerly anticipated.