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Title: The Path Of Destiny
Author: Mike Shelton
Publisher: Published September 5th 2016 by Michael Shelton
ISBN: 9780997190007
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A Prophecy. A Powerful Sword. A Reluctant Wizard. Darius San Williams, son of one of King Edward's councilors, cares little for his father's politics and vows to leave the city of Anikari to protect and bring glory to the Realm. When a new-found and ancient magic emerges within him, he and his friends Christine and Kelln are faced with decisions that could shatter or fulfill A Prophecy. A Powerful Sword. A Reluctant Wizard. Darius San Williams, son of one of King Edward's councilors, cares little for his father's politics and vows to leave the city of Anikari to protect and bring glory to the Realm. When a new-found and ancient magic emerges within him, he and his friends Christine and Kelln are faced with decisions that could shatter or fulfill the prophecy and the lives of all those they know. Wizards and magic have long been looked down upon in the Realm, but Darius learns that no matter where he goes, prophecy and destiny are waiting to find him. If you love magic, sword & Sorcery and wizards read this first book in The Cremelino Prophecy to find out what destiny awaits Darius.

30 review for The Path Of Destiny

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    It wouldn’t be the first time father and son disagreed on politics, but for Darius, it is a matter of public note because his father is one of the king’s councilors. Young Darius wants to abolish the lines between the upper class that takes and controls and the lower classes who carry the burden of hard labor for little reward. Is it because his heart belongs to a lower class girl? But now Darius has a bigger problem, of prophetic proportions, as he discovers a hidden magic within him that he ha It wouldn’t be the first time father and son disagreed on politics, but for Darius, it is a matter of public note because his father is one of the king’s councilors. Young Darius wants to abolish the lines between the upper class that takes and controls and the lower classes who carry the burden of hard labor for little reward. Is it because his heart belongs to a lower class girl? But now Darius has a bigger problem, of prophetic proportions, as he discovers a hidden magic within him that he has little or no control over and magic has long been outlawed in the Realm. Follow Darius, Christine and Kelln as they become entangled in an ancient prophecy, in a land filled with strife as they become players in a game of fate as they start down the paths they are destined to follow. Yes, there will be help in an unexpected form, there will be hard times ahead, danger and death, but Fate never takes the easy path, does it? Like any good epic fantasy, the players must be introduced and begin their fleshing out, their changes and Mike Shelton is setting a stage filled with turmoil, chaos and questions, so many questions with no clear answers yet. The Path of Destiny is definitely not clear cut and Mr. Shelton has taken us on a huge leap into the unknown, along with his characters. Brilliant scenes that become mental pictures, character conflict, both within themselves and from others, the ferocity of battle, distrust and the power of agendas coming to fruition. A very strong start to an action-packed series for all ages, YA on up, leaving enough balls in the air that the rest of the story begs to be read. I received this copy from Mike Shelton in exchange for my honest review. Series: The Cremelino Prophecy - Book 1 Publication Date: February 9, 2016 Publisher: Mike Shelton Genre: YA Fantasy Print Length: 308 pages Available from: Amazon  For Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

    DNF @ 19% This review comes as a surprise to me. I didn't think I'd love this book, but I thought I'd like it well enough. And it started out on the path of 3 stars, which is good in my opinion. (4 is great, 5 is OMFGAMAZING.) But it quickly lost steam. After Darius discovered his powers in chapter 1, nothing really happened. It was all very repetitive, with Darius getting angry thanks to his new powers, reacting and then regretting getting angry. I got so bored of him regretting everything. I also DNF @ 19% This review comes as a surprise to me. I didn't think I'd love this book, but I thought I'd like it well enough. And it started out on the path of 3 stars, which is good in my opinion. (4 is great, 5 is OMFGAMAZING.) But it quickly lost steam. After Darius discovered his powers in chapter 1, nothing really happened. It was all very repetitive, with Darius getting angry thanks to his new powers, reacting and then regretting getting angry. I got so bored of him regretting everything. I also didn't feel like the characters had fully fleshed out personalities. They were very 2D, with stated characteristics, but I didn't see them as real people. Kelln was a troublemaker, Christine was...nothing... Don't get me started on how condescending Darius was to Christine and other farmer families: "These were good, hardworking, simple people." *eyeroll* Darius wasn't exactly an inspiring character either, which isn't great for the MC of the book. I just couldn't connect to him at all. I feel like the book could have had some editing from a third party to really tease out the plot, as well as to catch all the repetition of details and phrases. On one page, for example, the king is said to be wearing a crown twice. ("The King wore the royal crown", then a few paragraphs later: "A crown sat atop his brown hair.") I think maybe others might enjoy this book, but it wasn't for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    (I received this book free to review) The Path of Destiny opens with the promise of a classic sword and sorcery adventure; though it manages to hit all the notes along the way, it doesn't really deliver. The world manages to avoid most of the typical stereotypes but never gets really fleshed out; predictable but fairly enjoyable characters are hampered by flat dialog and choices that serve the plot more than their personality and motivation; the spirit of thrill and adventure is stymied by a lack (I received this book free to review) The Path of Destiny opens with the promise of a classic sword and sorcery adventure; though it manages to hit all the notes along the way, it doesn't really deliver. The world manages to avoid most of the typical stereotypes but never gets really fleshed out; predictable but fairly enjoyable characters are hampered by flat dialog and choices that serve the plot more than their personality and motivation; the spirit of thrill and adventure is stymied by a lack of ever really feeling like our heroes are in danger, or even at risk of failure. Clunky writing and a lack of polish makes this read more like a first draft than a finished product. I'm left slightly dissatisfied and not invested enough to continue to the next volume.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I was asked to review this by Inspired by Kathy. I was really pulled into this story from page one, this was a really unique story- a new world. There are twists and sideways turns - really could not put this down, the author has written the plot and characters well. This is true escapism with magic and intrigue thrown into the melting plot. The story leaves you wondering what happens next so I will be looking out for the next book in the series- cannot wait.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Enjoyable! :) This has a very interesting story. Definitely going to read the next book because I want to see how the characters would develop. I honestly don't like Darius (he might be more likeable in the next book, maybe...?) but I want to know what happens to this kid. (I reaaaaally like Mezar.) There might be some parts that need minor editing. I think I may be a little old for this book. But I would recommend it to people slightly younger.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (Books and Ladders)

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way affects my opinion. DNF @ 25% This is one of those books that is bogged down by too many words, over explanation of the world, and the need for someone to read it over a couple times to cut out the excess. It is very obvious that Shelton knows a lot about the world, but he wants to explain everything on page immediately rather than letting the reader explore the world as the characters do. I think had these firs Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way affects my opinion. DNF @ 25% This is one of those books that is bogged down by too many words, over explanation of the world, and the need for someone to read it over a couple times to cut out the excess. It is very obvious that Shelton knows a lot about the world, but he wants to explain everything on page immediately rather than letting the reader explore the world as the characters do. I think had these first few chapters been read through a few more times to be edited and cut down, it would have made the beginning of the book flow that much better and not make me think the whole book would be this bogged down and dry. I love high fantasy, so I was pretty excited for this, but I am sad to say it just didn't fit for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stuart

    Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite The Path Of Destiny (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 1) by Mike Shelton opens with two boys of eighteen, soon to graduate from school. Darius, the key character, is the son the king’s first councillor. Richard San Williams expects his son to behave like a noble but Darius’ friend, Kelln, leads him astray once too often. Trapped in an underground library at their school, in terrifying total darkness, Darius discovers he has the ability to create fire. Cou Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite The Path Of Destiny (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 1) by Mike Shelton opens with two boys of eighteen, soon to graduate from school. Darius, the key character, is the son the king’s first councillor. Richard San Williams expects his son to behave like a noble but Darius’ friend, Kelln, leads him astray once too often. Trapped in an underground library at their school, in terrifying total darkness, Darius discovers he has the ability to create fire. Could he have other powers? Might he be a wizard? If he is, he faces either jail or banishment from the kingdom known as The Realm; wizards have been forbidden since a wizard rebellion a hundred years before. Worse, if anyone guesses he will never see Christine, the farmlands girl, again. The Path Of Destiny (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 1) echoes the fable of Sir Lancelot and Excalibur just enough to intrigue; it is no pale copy. Darius, son of a counsellor to King Edward, ruler of the magic land, The Realm, and his friends, Kelln and Christine is character-driven, as all the best stories are. It has everything, even an innocent love interest. There is also a secret that Darius’s father is told but keeps from his son for his safety. It could affect Darius’ destiny, but does it? Adventure, strong feelings, desperate problems, yet Mike Shelton’s sense of fun, and his enjoyment in writing this book, shine through. Buy it for the youngsters in your family, but be sure to read it first; it will appeal to all ages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leserling /Belana

    This book drew me in right from the beginning. It's a wonderful story about forgotten magic, amongst many other things. Darius is a likable character, although I *am* worried about him -- and I'm worried about Kelln. The book doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but the story isn't finished, which,of course, leaves me unsatisfied, especially since the sequels aren't available as audio (at least, I couldn't find anything). This means, I'll have to actually read them. *gasp* -- but I *must* know This book drew me in right from the beginning. It's a wonderful story about forgotten magic, amongst many other things. Darius is a likable character, although I *am* worried about him -- and I'm worried about Kelln. The book doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but the story isn't finished, which,of course, leaves me unsatisfied, especially since the sequels aren't available as audio (at least, I couldn't find anything). This means, I'll have to actually read them. *gasp* -- but I *must* know how it is going on. To my relief, the sequels are available in print, and text to speech is enabled, so I'll have it read to me by a nice enough computer generated voice. Of course, this can't compare with John Pirhalla, who does a great job narrating the story, but in lack of audio versions of the sequels, it will have to do. I enjoyed the language, too: no swear words or adult content, so you can listen to it with your children. It's a wonderful adventure, and a great listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna del C. Dye

    The Path of Destiny by Mike Shelton is an interesting high fantasy tale with magic and great characters. I enjoyed the story of two best friends who just graduated and are ready to conquer the world. That is until one of them is chosen by a magic sword, a beautiful horse and can do magic... all in a kingdom that condemns magic users. The story is a good a fantasy tale and a good read. The author takes the reader together with the characters on a trip of self discovery. As all good high fantasy, t The Path of Destiny by Mike Shelton is an interesting high fantasy tale with magic and great characters. I enjoyed the story of two best friends who just graduated and are ready to conquer the world. That is until one of them is chosen by a magic sword, a beautiful horse and can do magic... all in a kingdom that condemns magic users. The story is a good a fantasy tale and a good read. The author takes the reader together with the characters on a trip of self discovery. As all good high fantasy, this tale contains all the elements to make it one of your favorites. The Path of Destiny by Mike Shelton is a great choice for reading for all pre-teens, teens and is a clean story. They will find something interesting and entertaining throughout the book. The Path of Destiny by Mike Shelton is a great addition to any library be it at school or at home.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire Luana

    I enjoyed the story of Darius as he figures out that he has magical abilities and discovers that he has a greater destiny. This book explores the fact that power can change a person, and Darius struggles to become the person he needs to be to help his troubled realm. I found myself disliking Darius as the book progressed, but this is only the first in a series, and hopefully the writer will redeem him! The fantasy world is nicely-developed, and there is a good cast of secondary characters to kee I enjoyed the story of Darius as he figures out that he has magical abilities and discovers that he has a greater destiny. This book explores the fact that power can change a person, and Darius struggles to become the person he needs to be to help his troubled realm. I found myself disliking Darius as the book progressed, but this is only the first in a series, and hopefully the writer will redeem him! The fantasy world is nicely-developed, and there is a good cast of secondary characters to keep things interesting. As a writer, I believe the book could use a little more showing, and a little less telling, but overall, fantasy fans should give this book a try! 3.5 stars overall.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Del bianco

    I was asked to read this for an honest review. I really like the fantasy involved with this book. I love the time period it was set in, the medieval ages. I love that period of time with kings and castles and wizards. So this book had a well written plot and was exciting. I did find it a bit strange that he found out he had magic in the first few pages of the book. But it was a good young adult fantasy book. I believe there's a second book so the end leaves you wanting more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    A good book that keeps you moving through it. I started off liking Darius and Kelln, both different but are great friends who care about each other. The they get drawn into things they don't really want. Then Darius starts things up with another girl who isn't his love. I Started to change my feelings toward him cause he is letting things go to his head and is changing for the worse. Kelln needs to straighten him out! All in all A good story, well worth the read. Good Reading Everyone!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Pan

    Imaginative and epic read. The author does an excellent job with world and character building. Although it is a work of fantasy, the story touches on real world issues such as prejudice. While it is a novel geared towards young adults, adults who like the fantasy genre will love this novel. I can't wait to read the next installment.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andie Shipgood

    I was given this book in exchange for a honest review so here goes. As 1st I couldn't put the book down but I did lose interest half way through but was very glad I carried on reading it as by the end of the book I was wanting to see how darius develops and what else is in store for him

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I am torn about this book. I started out liking it, even allowing for logical fallacies such as how someone sent to get something quite large and conspicuous for the king could sneak another on board a ship. Then another person who shouldn't have had the "something" could parade about the countryside without anyone asking questions. (I'm trying to not give away a major plot line.) The book starts out following three young adults. Christine, Darius, and Kelln in the beginning of the book are quite I am torn about this book. I started out liking it, even allowing for logical fallacies such as how someone sent to get something quite large and conspicuous for the king could sneak another on board a ship. Then another person who shouldn't have had the "something" could parade about the countryside without anyone asking questions. (I'm trying to not give away a major plot line.) The book starts out following three young adults. Christine, Darius, and Kelln in the beginning of the book are quite likeable people. By the end, Darius is someone I don't care for much, Christine is so torn by grief that we leave her spouting off ideas that are totally opposite of what she stood for, and Kelln -- well we don't see much of Kelln. Instead of finishing the book, scrabbling for the next page in the series, I found myself asking if I wanted to order the next book. It is on my wish list, but it isn't a high priority. I think that people who like fantasy and don't mind wallowing in teenage angst might well enjoy this more than I did. I would suggest Mercedes Lackey's Arrow Trilogy as a good alternative to this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    Mike Shelton is a new author for me, but based on his The Path Of Destiny (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 1), I’m promising myself that we will become well acquainted. As the book’s blurb notes, this book is designed for those who “love magic, sword & Sorcery, arthurian style books, and wizards”. Thats me, so no surprise that I found this novel to be, quite simply, wonderful. This tale had just what I wanted and was well written and with a great plot. Darius San Williams, the lead here, is perf Mike Shelton is a new author for me, but based on his The Path Of Destiny (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 1), I’m promising myself that we will become well acquainted. As the book’s blurb notes, this book is designed for those who “love magic, sword & Sorcery, arthurian style books, and wizards”. Thats me, so no surprise that I found this novel to be, quite simply, wonderful. This tale had just what I wanted and was well written and with a great plot. Darius San Williams, the lead here, is perfectly crafted and his supporting cast (especially Christine and Kelln) is also superb. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend and I’m definitely looking forward to book 2.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephani Austin

    Not bad 3.5 Stars. I enjoyed a lot of the characters, especially at the beginning. However, the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. I mean, I realize there are loose ends that will continue on in the next book, but it seems if Darius is changing his character to a power hungry guy who will determine what is right and wrong and completely giving up on the girl they spent the first half of the book proving he was in love with no matter the odds. As the main character, I’m not sure that I still li Not bad 3.5 Stars. I enjoyed a lot of the characters, especially at the beginning. However, the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. I mean, I realize there are loose ends that will continue on in the next book, but it seems if Darius is changing his character to a power hungry guy who will determine what is right and wrong and completely giving up on the girl they spent the first half of the book proving he was in love with no matter the odds. As the main character, I’m not sure that I still like him... and there are so many other storylines to consider. It just gets to be a lot. I’ll stick the following book on my “to read” shelf though. I loved the horses and the magic as well as the plot twists with the true royal line.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Overall rating: 4.7 These characters wasted no time spirally down this epic tale! I found myself wavering back and forth about whether or not I like Darius, which I imagine was done purposely by this author. Another brilliant twist in this tale is the unsurity of which pairs of characters should end up together. It seems deception is heavily at play but the truth is yet to be revealed. The rift between father and son does not seem to be getting any better at this point either. I absolutely love a Overall rating: 4.7 These characters wasted no time spirally down this epic tale! I found myself wavering back and forth about whether or not I like Darius, which I imagine was done purposely by this author. Another brilliant twist in this tale is the unsurity of which pairs of characters should end up together. It seems deception is heavily at play but the truth is yet to be revealed. The rift between father and son does not seem to be getting any better at this point either. I absolutely love all these plot twists and turns and anxiously await book 2 being released in October!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    He wants nothing to do with his father politics and he wants to go out to protect the realm. Things will change when an New but ancient magic grows inside of him. Now he will be given many different choices. He may try to escape his fate but it will find him. What will be do? See how he will get I

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Dewey

    From a child to a commander with power to world in magic but I'm denial. Will the realms survive or go under in war? What does the next book bring I purchased and received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dionne

    Great book! I enjoyed your book. It was so good I couldn't stop until I finished it. I particularly enjoyed Darius. I hope he ends up with Christine because she's perfect with him.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nate Ott

    Loved it!:) Author is a Great fantasy writer!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tony Sommer

    Awesome Story Full of action and intrigue throughout the story. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I can’t wait to get the next book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Jones

    “Age does not matter in bravery or command. All it takes is a certain type of man. I can tell that the King picked the right man in you.” She smiled at him and he once again became all flustered. “You will be the first commander. You will always be the first, no matter when others gain a command. You will run the King’s Elite Army, Darius. You will go down in history for this. A new breed of warrior.” Darius thought for a moment about what she was saying. He surmised that she was trying to flatt “Age does not matter in bravery or command. All it takes is a certain type of man. I can tell that the King picked the right man in you.” She smiled at him and he once again became all flustered. “You will be the first commander. You will always be the first, no matter when others gain a command. You will run the King’s Elite Army, Darius. You will go down in history for this. A new breed of warrior.” Darius thought for a moment about what she was saying. He surmised that she was trying to flatter him for her own reasons. Yet she was right. He had gained the first command. Anger built for a moment as he tried to figure out if he was indeed in charge or if the political machine of the Realm had manipulated him again. He felt his power well up inside him. It always happened in response to his anger. He thought about how much he still disliked the King and his father for sending him here without any notice or choice in the matter. If you had power inside of you, power that was frowned on by everyone in the world, how would you handle that aspect of life? Any power that you had would play on your emotions and grow stronger with time, allowing you to protect yourself from injustices…sometimes outside of your control. Shelton has an incredible YA fantasy, one that will leave readers craving more of this new and intriguing world supposedly devoid of magic. Darius is now a young man, as is his friend Kelln. Both men get trapped in an underground basement of sorts…somewhere that they are not supposed to be, but they find themselves locked into the darkness. The fear of being trapped inside causes Darius’ powers to rise to the surface, allowing him to bring forth a ball of fire into his hand at first…then further throughout the room to candles and lanterns against the wall. All while his friend is in awe! Darius knows that the realm had banished wizards a long time ago, but what would happen if they found out that a noble’s son, could bring power back? As the two friends find an escape out of the room, Darius also finds a sword that calls out to him. It responds to his touch and so he takes it along with him…not understanding that his journey has just begun—one which may lead both of them into different directions. Darius’ power plays on his emotions, making it difficult to control at times of anger…like when he is angry at his father for chastising him about his love of a farmer girl named Christine. He gives his heart to someone that his father deems unworthy, even though Darius sees her as an equal…before going out on a training mission under the King’s secretive orders, he gives her the most important gift of all…a Cremelino horse. These creatures are pure and only take one owner in their entire life. They also know…the prophecy of the realm is coming close and it involves Darius, Kelln and Christine to find themselves before unfolding. Shelton has superb character development in this first installment of the Cremelino Prophecy. He knows his characters, their strengths and their flaws well. The originality in this story is fantastic as well as the world building! The words are easy to read, making the story fast-paced and entertaining. There are so many factors that have come to light within this story, leaving the reader with curiosity of what is to come in the second and third novel within this trilogy. If you are a reader of YA fantasy, this may be perfect for your tastes. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Good start This is a great story...sometimes the dialog is a little awkward..but this is well worth reading. This is a clean and exciting story and i will read the next one with interest!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kassie

    The Path Of Destiny Darius San Williams is the son of the second most powerful man in the realm, the senior councilor to the King. His home city of Anikari, the capital, has a bitter history of ancient hereditary lines of magic. War ensued when wizards challenged the authority of the King and were expelled from the city and the Realm a hundred years ago. While wizardry is despised within the Realm, they serve openly in other kingdoms. Some exiled wizards intermarried with the peasant farmers and The Path Of Destiny Darius San Williams is the son of the second most powerful man in the realm, the senior councilor to the King. His home city of Anikari, the capital, has a bitter history of ancient hereditary lines of magic. War ensued when wizards challenged the authority of the King and were expelled from the city and the Realm a hundred years ago. While wizardry is despised within the Realm, they serve openly in other kingdoms. Some exiled wizards intermarried with the peasant farmers and remnants of diluted bloodlines remain, which contributes to the suspicion and disgust exuded by the elite Anikari dwellers. Rumors of the Preacher, a wizard breaching the borders of the Realm, reach the King as unrest plaques the Realm and Anikari’s enemies see an opportunity. Darius isn’t the typical noble’s son. His young love is an intelligent farm girl, Christine, of whom his father disapproves. His best friend, Kelln, is the son of a blacksmith. Darius has honorable intentions to serve the kingdom. While his fellow city dwellers yearn for power and success, he wants to protect all the people in Realm with honor. He seeks to control his life by serving as a soldier, not as a bureaucrat like his father, until fate and a prophecy get in the way. Darius needs to decide if he’ll meet the new challenge and use the gifts he is given or succumb to temptations that would lead him and the Realm to a bitter end. The Path of Destiny is the first book of The Cremelino Prophecy. The characters are tangible with Darius the nobleman, Kelln seeking answers, and Christine attempting to keep the peace. The conflicts they encounter are revealing. Secrets and cryptic prophecies weave a worthwhile read. It’s a promising start to this Young Adult fantasy series that explores a young man’s intention to do good, while encountering temptations that threaten to draw him away from the path he has always striven to follow. Note: The reviewer received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roshan

    I thought the book started with a lot of potential. The characters introduced in the beginning, Darius and Kelln, both were so lovable with their sense of humor and humility and such great scope for growth. And there the story ended!! Many cliched characters (The king, Darius's father, Darius' Mother...), easily acquired over powering skills and abilities including magic, cliched villains, foregone conclusions... there is nothing new in this book. I understand that fantasy can have only so so ma I thought the book started with a lot of potential. The characters introduced in the beginning, Darius and Kelln, both were so lovable with their sense of humor and humility and such great scope for growth. And there the story ended!! Many cliched characters (The king, Darius's father, Darius' Mother...), easily acquired over powering skills and abilities including magic, cliched villains, foregone conclusions... there is nothing new in this book. I understand that fantasy can have only so so many permutations and combinations... but this was abysmal. If the characters had started out as imbeciles this would have been no lose. But as it is I am just too sad I wasted time looking for a saving grace somewhere in this book. Overall the only character who maintained any sense of sanity is Kelln and he was so underused in the story. I certainly won't recommend this book to someone who is just developing an interest in reading. A more regular reader might be able to move on from this book without hard feelings :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Schoppa

    The Path of Destiny is a story of seeking your identity. All stories begin with the author introducing us to the characters and settings and then they move along into the adventure. In The Path of Destiny, the characters are still trying to determine who they are. This results in less adventure and more character development. In essence, this first book of The Cremelino Prophecy is one long character development story. This has a tendency to make the story drag a bit. It was harder to engage wit The Path of Destiny is a story of seeking your identity. All stories begin with the author introducing us to the characters and settings and then they move along into the adventure. In The Path of Destiny, the characters are still trying to determine who they are. This results in less adventure and more character development. In essence, this first book of The Cremelino Prophecy is one long character development story. This has a tendency to make the story drag a bit. It was harder to engage with then I would like. Before posting this review I did go ahead and read the second story in the series, The Path of Decisions. I can tell you that it picks up and you start to enjoy a true fantasy adventure story. It earned four stars from me as opposed to the three stars I have given to The Path of Destiny. So sticking with book one is worth it as you move on to book two. Mike Shelton introduces heavy topics such as the seeking of identity, leadership, family dynamics, good and evil, love and hate in a way that is helpful but not heavy. Interlaced within is the fun of magic; one aspect of which is the Cremelino horses. It’s worth reading just to find out about these horses. I’ll take one, please!! If you can deal with a slow start in order to enjoy a story that grows into a very interesting fantasy, read The Path of Destiny and then pick up The Path of Decisions. I’m on now to read The Path of Peace to round out the trilogy. I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author, publisher, and Kathy at eBooks for Review. For all of my reviews visit Blessed and Bewildered

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Free ebook in an exchange for an honest review. "Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot that you always make fire come out of your hands. Just a normal occurence for you." This book revolves around a young man called Darius, who is the son of the Kings' senior counclear. We follow him and his friends through their lives in the Kingdom of the Realm, where every day more and more trouble arise. First of all, I want to say that I liked this book, even though in my opinion it wasn't really good. Multiple points of vi Free ebook in an exchange for an honest review. "Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot that you always make fire come out of your hands. Just a normal occurence for you." This book revolves around a young man called Darius, who is the son of the Kings' senior counclear. We follow him and his friends through their lives in the Kingdom of the Realm, where every day more and more trouble arise. First of all, I want to say that I liked this book, even though in my opinion it wasn't really good. Multiple points of view and the writing style made it far more enjoyable for me; the book flowed better and it was easier to read it. Multiple points of view gave us different characters' opinions and thoughts, which made it easier to understand some characters and their actions and also see more of the story (in different parts of the Realm and beyond it). The world was medieval and it was interesting, with quite a few unexpected events. But when it comes to the characters and the plot, I was quite disappointed. I started off liking Darius, Christine and Kelln; but soon it started to seem like Darius and Christine were out of character and seemed to do things only for the plot to go the way it did. The only person I liked in the end was Kelln, but I didn't really care about any of the characters. Also, I didn't really see any point of this book, except to show us the world. In my opinion nothing important happened and it seemed like a really long preview to the rest of the story rather than the first book in the series. I'm not sure I would recommend this book, although I still didn't mind reading it. I may continue with the series and give it another shot, but it's currently not on my list of priorities.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Racquel

    Protagonist went from Perfect to Prick As I read the first chapter, I was giddy with excitement. Who doesn’t want a magical sword? Who doesn’t want magical powers? My excitement quickly waned the further into the book I read. I loved the protagonist, Darius,...in the beginning. As the novel progresses, he becomes an arrogant, egotistical prick. The old Darius would never have been tempted by another female’s attention. He also wouldn’t have allowed praise and power to go to his head. I found my Protagonist went from Perfect to Prick As I read the first chapter, I was giddy with excitement. Who doesn’t want a magical sword? Who doesn’t want magical powers? My excitement quickly waned the further into the book I read. I loved the protagonist, Darius,...in the beginning. As the novel progresses, he becomes an arrogant, egotistical prick. The old Darius would never have been tempted by another female’s attention. He also wouldn’t have allowed praise and power to go to his head. I found myself more interested in the other characters, especially Kelln and Christine. This novel does a lot more telling than showing; I found my attention constantly wandering away from the novel. There are multiple POVs. One part of the novel that struck me as odd was the fact that a character wasn’t introduced until the 18th Chapter; whereas, the other characters had been introduced early on in the novel. The ending was anticlimactic. Obviously, there are other books in this series, because this novel’s only purpose was to introduce the characters and explain the novel’s world. I thought the idea behind the novel was fascinating. I love knights, wizards, and magic. The writing was good. There were a few spelling and editing errors. With that being said, there were more negatives than positives for this novel, and I will not be getting the next book in this series. “I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”

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