Path of Fate

The Path Trilogy

Book 1
Open Road Media
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A young heroine and her goshawk companion face wizards and gods in the first of a trilogy: “I thoroughly enjoyed Path of Fate” (Kristen Britain).

Orphaned by her mother and passed from family to family in the village of Kallas in the land of Kodu Riik, Reisil feels as if she will never truly belong. But her training as a tark, or healer, offers her the promise of acceptance by the townsfolk, and as her talents emerge, it appears she will finally be able to hold her head high.
 
But fate has another path in store: A goshawk named Saljane swoops into her life, and Reisil discovers that she is able to communicate telepathically with the animal. This is an undeniable sign that Reisil has been chosen by Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, to become an ahalad-kaaslane—a guardian of the land who must live a life of constant travel and forgo the very bonds of family and community the girl healer so desires.
 
Though the role of ahalad-kaaslane is a noble one, Reisil cannot bear the thought of losing the ties with society she has worked so hard to form. She rejects the Lady’s appointment, ignoring the goshawk no matter how persistently it follows her. But when a kidnapping plot breaks a treaty with the neighboring country of Patverseme, Reisil realizes the sentient bird of prey is the only creature capable of tracking the traitors down and saving Kodu Riik from the evils of war. Reluctantly, Reisil accepts her destiny as an ahalad-kaaslane, and embarks on a dangerous pursuit of the kidnappers—and a perilous trek of self-discovery—in order to save two kingdoms.
 
A feminist fantasy of honor and perseverance that features a special soul-to-soul bond with a blessed animal, Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.
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About the author

A recovering academic, Diana Pharaoh Francis writes books of a fantastical, adventurous, and often romantic nature. Her series include the Path Trilogy, Diamond City Magic, the Horngate Witches, the Crosspointe Chronicles, and Mission: Magic. She’s owned by two corgis, spends much of her time herding children, and likes rocks, geocaching, knotting up yarn, and has a thing for 1800s England, especially the Victorians. Follow her on Twitter (@dianapfrancis) and visit her online at www.dianapfrancis.com.
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Jul 12, 2016
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Pages
369
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ISBN
9781504037716
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Fiction / Fantasy / Romantic
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
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The healer Reisil and her goshawk companion must work with wizards—who were once enemies—in this tale filled with “likable characters and plenty of action” (Locus).

One year after the events of Path of Fate, in which the healer Reisil joined the ranks of the guardian and defenders, the ahalad-kaaslane, the young journeywoman feels disillusioned. Her fellow ahalad-kaaslane are fearful of her, and she does not fit in with the magilanes either—those priests and priestesses who, like her, share a telepathic bond with predator birds.
 
To make matters worse, the blessed Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, whom Reisil serves, seems to have abandoned her people. Deathly plagues, drought, and famine ravage the country; mysterious creatures attack people in the mountains; and the ruling lisand has gone into seclusion.
 
Reisil tries to help her countrymen, but is horrified to find that she has lost her ability to heal. When she catches wind of a group of mysterious ambassadors who are visiting the royal family in secret, she fears they have an evil agenda. Without power, and with only the companionship of her intelligent but enigmatic goshawk, Saljane, Reisil is determined to figure out what is truly ailing the land. She soon realizes that she must seek out the very wizards she once fought against in order to defeat the plague—and to do so, she must also come to terms with the destructive force within herself.
 
For lovers of strong female characters and compelling animal companions, Path of Honor is the suspenseful second installment of an emotionally gripping fantasy series, replete with a sinister plot, dark magic, and mystery lurking at every turn.
The fierce healer and guardian Reisil journeys with her goshawk to a realm of dark sorcery in the final battle of an epic fantasy trilogy.
 
Guardian priestess Reisil of the ahalad-kaaslane thought she had destroyed the stronghold of the Patverseme wizards, whose dark sorcery is wreaking havoc on all realms—but they were not so easily defeated. The plague decimating the population of Kodu Riik in Path of Honor continues with increasing destruction. Meanwhile, armies of the power-mongering Aare go on a murderous rampage in an attempt to usurp the throne. In doing so, they pit family members against one another, and sorcerers against the ahalad-kaaslane.
 
In order to save her people from the worst of all fates—obliteration—Reisil must outsmart the unrelenting wizards and render them powerless. Key to her success will be deciphering the mysterious wizard runes and, in turn, healing an ever-widening rift between two worlds.
 
Accompanied by her telepathic goshawk, Saljane, and her loyal lover, Yohuac, Reisil travels across a war-ravaged land and into an alternate realm. Only there can this strong heroine ascertain the form of magic needed to solve the problems that threaten existence as she knows it. Will Reisil choose the right path despite impossible odds and crippling self-doubt or will her destructive impulses and the dark will of the gods have irreversible consequences?
 
An intimate story of a strong female character and her profound bond with her animal companion—as well as a gripping saga of good versus evil—Path of Blood is a thrilling conclusion to acclaimed author Diana Pharaoh Francis’s epic fantasy trilogy.
 
Ashai Larish is an assassin from the brutal Denari Lai order. Religious zealots, Denari Lai are kept loyal through an addiction to the same magic that makes them unstoppable. They have become the main weapon for the nation of Nishi'iti, and in a hundred years, they have never failed.

Until now. Ashai just has to kill Pushtani King Abadas Damar and his daughter/heir, Markari. He infiltrates the king's inner circle, putting him in the perfect place to strike. Only the venerable Captain Bauti of the Royal Guard, whose love for Makari is well-known in the palace, suspects Ashai of anything.

Except Ashai has fallen for Makari and cannot complete the hit. When a second Denari Lai strikes, Ashai finds himself fighting for Makari's life instead of taking it. To make matters worse, the order cuts him off from his magic, leaving him weakened and in withdrawal.

Meanwhile, far north, in the Pushtani mines that border Nishi'iti, a slave named Pachat learns that his love, a hand-slave to Makari, has been killed. His grief ignites a rebellion, with him as the leader of the other miners. Urged on by Nishi'iti special forces, the rebellion sweeps across the borderlands, threatening to erupt into all-out war. Yet all Pachat wants is to avenge his beloved's death, so he walks away from the rebellion to seek his lover's killer.

As Pachat makes off for the capitol city, Ashai is forced to rely on the capitol city's organized crime gang. Despite his best efforts to hide it, Makari discovers Ashai's true identity, and suddenly, he finds himself without her love, without his faith, and without the Denari Lai, Ashai finds himself alone at rock bottom.

Can Ashai kill the second assassin and win back Makari's love? Will Pachat gain the revenge he so lustily seeks?

The healer Reisil and her goshawk companion must work with wizards—who were once enemies—in this tale filled with “likable characters and plenty of action” (Locus).

One year after the events of Path of Fate, in which the healer Reisil joined the ranks of the guardian and defenders, the ahalad-kaaslane, the young journeywoman feels disillusioned. Her fellow ahalad-kaaslane are fearful of her, and she does not fit in with the magilanes either—those priests and priestesses who, like her, share a telepathic bond with predator birds.
 
To make matters worse, the blessed Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, whom Reisil serves, seems to have abandoned her people. Deathly plagues, drought, and famine ravage the country; mysterious creatures attack people in the mountains; and the ruling lisand has gone into seclusion.
 
Reisil tries to help her countrymen, but is horrified to find that she has lost her ability to heal. When she catches wind of a group of mysterious ambassadors who are visiting the royal family in secret, she fears they have an evil agenda. Without power, and with only the companionship of her intelligent but enigmatic goshawk, Saljane, Reisil is determined to figure out what is truly ailing the land. She soon realizes that she must seek out the very wizards she once fought against in order to defeat the plague—and to do so, she must also come to terms with the destructive force within herself.
 
For lovers of strong female characters and compelling animal companions, Path of Honor is the suspenseful second installment of an emotionally gripping fantasy series, replete with a sinister plot, dark magic, and mystery lurking at every turn.
The fierce healer and guardian Reisil journeys with her goshawk to a realm of dark sorcery in the final battle of an epic fantasy trilogy.
 
Guardian priestess Reisil of the ahalad-kaaslane thought she had destroyed the stronghold of the Patverseme wizards, whose dark sorcery is wreaking havoc on all realms—but they were not so easily defeated. The plague decimating the population of Kodu Riik in Path of Honor continues with increasing destruction. Meanwhile, armies of the power-mongering Aare go on a murderous rampage in an attempt to usurp the throne. In doing so, they pit family members against one another, and sorcerers against the ahalad-kaaslane.
 
In order to save her people from the worst of all fates—obliteration—Reisil must outsmart the unrelenting wizards and render them powerless. Key to her success will be deciphering the mysterious wizard runes and, in turn, healing an ever-widening rift between two worlds.
 
Accompanied by her telepathic goshawk, Saljane, and her loyal lover, Yohuac, Reisil travels across a war-ravaged land and into an alternate realm. Only there can this strong heroine ascertain the form of magic needed to solve the problems that threaten existence as she knows it. Will Reisil choose the right path despite impossible odds and crippling self-doubt or will her destructive impulses and the dark will of the gods have irreversible consequences?
 
An intimate story of a strong female character and her profound bond with her animal companion—as well as a gripping saga of good versus evil—Path of Blood is a thrilling conclusion to acclaimed author Diana Pharaoh Francis’s epic fantasy trilogy.
 
An ingenious melding of espionage and the occult based in part on a true event in the secret history of the Battle of Britain during World War II.
 
The year is 1940, and Great Britain’s forces struggle against the invincible Nazi war machine. France has fallen easily to Adolf Hitler’s army and England is next in his sights. A British secret agent pays the ultimate price to deliver early warning of the Führer’s secret plan to harness the awesome power of the occult to conquer Great Britain by launching a supernatural assault that no defending military force could possibly deflect.
 
British Intelligence operative Col. John “Gray” Graham of MI6 is not only a valuable player in the great game of wartime espionage, he is also a practitioner of the ancient occult arts. In this life—and other lives before—Gray’s destiny has been firmly intertwined with that of his close friend Prince William of the British royal family.
 
Now, with the future of Britain at stake, these two men, the spy and the royal, must rally the hidden adherents of the Old Religion, hoping to unite the British covens in defense of their endangered island homeland. But it will take more than combined Wiccan sorcery to repel the Reich’s black magic on Lammas Night—and the sacrifice required might be greater than imagined and truly terrible to endure.
 
Lammas Night is a spectacular feat of creative imagination from the author of the acclaimed Deryni fantasy series. Smart, affecting, and brilliantly conceived, it is an enthralling combination of historical fiction, war novel, and the occult that will appeal to fans of all fantastic literature.
 
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