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All the Paths of Shadow Free download Æ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook × “Walk warily walk swiftly walk away”The king’s orders were clear enough “Move the tower’s shadow” he bellowed “I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark”As the newly appointed mage to the Crown of Tirlin Meralda Ovis has no “Walk warily walk swiftly walk away”The king’s orders were clear enough “Move the tower’s shadow” he bellowed “I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark”As the newly appointed mage to the Crown of Tirlin Meralda Ovis has no choice but to undertake King Yvin’s ill conceived. All the Paths of Shadow is kind of a whimsical fantasy that stands well on its own even though it's part of a series I've seen it referred to as Steampunk and there are some very slight Steampunk elements dirigibles in the sky and a scientific approach to magical gadgets But it was just a slight Steampunkish flavorI think what I enjoyed most about this was actually the non human characters Meralda is a court mage and has the most uniue familiar I've ever heard of a plant He was one of my favorite characters and the difficulties of him being a plant familiar kept me entertained Then there are all sorts of magical gadgets in her laboratory some of them taking on character status as well There are a couple of human side characters that I also found entertaining although I wouldn't say any of them were very deep I felt a very low key amusement at this strange conglomeration of characters and magic and the daily life of a court mage and I enjoyed how they all bumbled together to win the day in the endThe world building and magic building are a bit sparse and there's not a lot of action At the beginning there is a lot of activity but it's not the kind that really furthers the plot It just made me feel how busy Meralda is The king is very demanding and unreasonable in his expectations So there's lots of Meralda running around trying to get ready for the upcoming Accord between nations The king is planning to give a speech at the big tower and wants her to move the shadow for it I felt really sorry for how much the king was making her do meaningless magic for entertainment when there was real work to be doneSo the plot moved really slowly at first but once the representatives began to arrive for the Accord it finally caught my interest Sinister plots were revealed and the magic of moving the tower's shadow also became complicated and dangerous The thing is the tower is believed to be haunted and what Meralda discovers when she tries to attach her magic to it endangers the entire city and the future of all the nations at the Accords Now we're talking I ended up really enjoying it although I wouldn't recommend it for everyone The slow start and meandering pace would bore some people to tears But this might work for you if you're in the mood for something lighter and whimsical and you're not so picky about intricate world building I thought it was imaginative and fun and plan to pick up the seuel

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Task Tirlin’s first female mage and the youngest person to ever don the robes of office Meralda is determined to prove once and for all that she deserves the title The Tower though holds ancient secrets all its own Secrets that will soon spell destruction for all of Tirlin unless Meralda can unravel a mo. I enjoyed this book so much than I think perhaps I should have given certain uibbles that I'm going to explain how bad the reading circumstances were before saying anything about the book itself The next paragraph entirely skippable soI got this all downloaded on my phone ready to spend the day in hospital with my mother who was having the battery on her pacemaker changed Theoretically a lot of sitting around with her dozy or being proceded upon after I'd done all the sitting around with her wide awake and somewhat apprehensive Also very impatient In practice I had a bit of time to grab something to eat and read and then a nurse came down and told me that my mother had become uite unwell after the procedure uite unwell turned out to mean blood pressure shot up breathing laboured and unresponsive Reading obviously did not happen after that However a brain scan and all the heart tests repeated showed it to have been nothing than an extreme reaction to the sedative By the next day they wanted to send her home but had to wait till she was safe on stairs again which meant one night in hospital and now four nights in a nursing home The point of all this rambling being that a stress to the max; b I was only getting to read for a few minutes during the day in whatever facility and a bit at night when I could stay awake and alert enough ; and c I was reading on my phone in the hospitalnursing home but on iPad at night in bed and the two did not always sync properly I discovered about halfway through that I'd managed to miss a chunk and spent uite a bit of time trying to find where that chunk started and ended which probably contributed to a feeling that the magic was uite complicatedAnyway There was something Patricia McKillip ish about the book which I hadn't expected at all and which I hope nobody else expects after my saying it and which I'm finding hard to pinpoint exactly It might have been something about the relationship between Meralda and her two teachers who were delightful old men It definitely might have been something about the Tower whose shadow Meralda must prevent from shading the King as he opens the very important talks between the nations of this world and the way it's such a mysterious ancient magical place And it might have had to do with the way Meralda has to work her backside off to figure out the spells reuired to well to do any of the things she has to do her abilities are a wonderful combination of creative thinking mathematics and sheer bloody minded hard slog It's not the prose as although there's nothing wrong with Tuttle's it's not McKillip level prose My main criticism was the way we were brought into the plot; King Yvin was an absolute idiot to have ordered Meralda to do something so drastic to such an important relic for so vain a reason and initially at least she seemed less than bright not to have tried harder to get out of accepting the task And that would have been fine except that later on in the book it becomes clear that he isn't actually an idiot or nothing like as idiotic as he seemed earlier making the whole get the plot rolling point look than a bit shakySecond was the fact that the mysterious Hang who come across the Great Sea at infreuent intervals and who turn up at the start of the Accords are so completely made to sound like the Chinese Seriously the names the physical descriptions their titles and then Donchen cooks egg rolls and fried rice And they eat with chopsticks of course It's just odd to have one group of peoples in a fantasy world likened so strongly to peoples in this world while the rest remain fantasy world Again my reading was not a fully brained one and I could be making some very thick observation hereI only noticed when I was thinking about it afterwards that Meralda has no female friends or non friends for that matter and in fact there are only two other female characters of note in the book both ueens one in her own right the other King Yvin's wife It isn't a big problem as much is made of the fact that Meralda is the youngest person ever appointed mage to the Crown and much of a challenge the first female mage and if she fails there'll be many blaming it on her being a woman trying to do a man's job All the same it would be nice to have evidence of sisters back home she was close to or something There is however a lovely twist about Meralda's appointment view spoiler when she talks to a long dead mage and finds out she actually is NOT the first female mage just the first openly female one hide spoiler

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All the Paths of ShadowNstrous curse laid by a legendary villain seven centuries before she was bornAn ancient curse A haunted tower A clamorous gathering of nobles mages and kings from the Five Realms come together in Tirlin for the fifth year Accords Meralda finds herself facing far darker foes than any mere shadow of the towe. 35 stars By the end of All the Paths of Shadow I can happily say that it was uite an enjoyable light fantasy read which is not something that I would have said had you asked me how I felt about this book at the halfway point There is good characterization here and the dialogue is zippy the prose flowing and easy to read but the world building and plodding pace of the first half made for a rather uneven resultA major reason for the gap in uality between the first and second halves of this book was the world building so crucial to fantasy stories such as this or lack thereof I repeatedly had the feeling that the author had made detailed notes on the world that he's created different countries their customs dress appearances perhaps even with maps but completely forgot to tell us about any of it by including this information in the actual text Instead we had names tossed at us there are the Vonats the Hang the Eryans the Alons and Tirlish people famous mages like Tim the Horsehead and Otrinvion the Black the Tower thaumaturges etc By the 20% mark I was ready to welcome even an infodump We do eventually figure out over the course of the novel what these names actually refer to but no reader wants to hit the 20 30% mark in a book and still have no real idea what these various races of people are like aside from differing labels view spoilerIt only becomes clear around midway that the Hang at least are not so subtly based on the Chinese and Tirlin is most likely the British Isles the rest is very much like Earth geography hide spoiler