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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I’ve always been a sucker for the any books with a sort of coming of age influence or theme, so I admittedly did go into the read with high hopes and expectations – I just had no idea how well they’d be met until I gave the book a chance. What I admire about “Path Unchosen” is that it’s genuinely unique and I would consider it far from the norm that fans of this sort of genre are accustomed to or come across in their reading sessions. What I mean by this is that there’s an almost dark-fantasy and dare I say even Gothic sort of vibe that keeps the read interesting and unpredictable with a chilling thriller sort of feel that always has you guessing what is going to happen next, yet rarely being able to foresee how the scenes play out. I dare not give away any spoilers but, to put it briefly, I am more than impressed with the author and I think “Path Unchosen” is a great start to the series – I will definitely be seeing what’s next to come.
I’m a fan of gothic tales and stories that carry a little edge and darkness, as well as seriously creep me out at the same time. Cleary did a fantastic job doing just this, creating an eerie tone with a unique plot that introduced a young woman who is living in a post zombie apocalypse world. I also liked the idea of a necromancer especially from the Anita Blake series, so I really wanted to try out another story with a focus on that ability.
Path Unchosen follows Judy, who has never really fit in at the Orphanage where she grew up. One of the fathers had found her and brought her in but the sisters constantly treated her terribly. She is eventually abandoned exactly where she was found, but a mysterious man is waiting for her and guides her on a new path. She’s a witch and finally has a direction in her life. When she discovers that there is someone else like her causing trouble, she jumps in to help the innocent in a town before its too late.
Judy is a character that has a lot to learn about herself and her ability to summon the dead. I was always curious about her past and wished the beginning had a little bit more detail about what more had happened at the orphanage. I was confused about her age, being 18 because she had a much more youthful immature persona. Judy isn’t a character I could connect too, but I was still curious on her growth and magic. She also has two love interests, Purah and Glynn, but neither really grew on me and they felt almost too mature for Judy. I’m rooting for the next book to capture the romance a bit more and hopefully get some more details on the guys so that I can connect to them.
Overall this was a really intriguing story, the concept was clever with necromancers existing during the time of a post zombie apocalypse. My only issue was the pace; it was slow at the beginning and would of like more details to be added so it didn’t feel drawn out. Another instance was when the reader’s meet Purah, everything felt rushed and moved from once place to the next, so I felt confused. I feel if there is a solid setting then everything would come together and the readers can concentrate on the characters developing.
This was a good start and definitely has a lot of potential. I look forward to some more character development, the interesting magic, the great secondary characters and Judy discovering more about herself.
You'll know which baddies to despise and you'll champion the fight against their evil along with the main character Judy, but I dare anyone to decide between the other men influencing her life and journey of discovery. Each makes you fall just a little bit in love with them.
Richly crafted, well researched, and beautifully descriptive, it left me satisfied and wanting more simultaneously. I'm very much looking forward to book 2 in 2014.
What a great read, I couldn't put this book down