Winner 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards for Fantasy!
Bronze Medal for General Fantasy in the 2015 Reader's Favorite Awards!
Finalist 2015 International Book Awards for Fantasy!
Finalist 2015 Indie Excellence Book Awards for Fantasy!
Sweeping from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders, enter a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.
Rukh Shektan has always understood duty. As a member of Caste Kumma, the warrior Caste, nothing else is acceptable. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. Though the mission is dangerous, Rukh's hope and optimism are undaunted. Karma, however, is a fickle fiend. His caravan is destroyed by the monstrous Chimeras; twisted servants of their fearful goddess, Suwraith. While Rukh survives the attack, events force him along an uncertain path. Morality becomes a morass - especially when he encounters a mysterious warrior, Jessira Grey, a woman whose existence ought to be impossible. The holy texts warn against her kind: ghrinas, children of two Castes, abominations. They are to be executed whenever discovered, but for the first time in his life, Rukh defies duty. Jessira may be the key to his city's survival.Meanwhile, a secret society seeks Ashoka's demise; foul murders cloak a deadlier purpose; and behind it all looms Suwraith. But it is the Baels, the leaders of Her Chimeras, who may hide the greatest deception of all.
Book 2, A Warrior's Knowledge, is also available.
©2013 Davis Ashura (P)2015 Davis Ashura
"The characters, dialogue and action are mature enough to satisfy readers at the older end of the YA range, and the author weaves them all into an attention-sustaining tale...the milieu is markedly original...first rate world-building". (Kirkus Reviews)
Very good book. The pacing was good. the world is interesting, magic system good characters who grow and have depth. Complicated political structure. Nick Poehle did a fantastic job of narrating.
good fights to start then spent 2+ hours with an uninteresting side character. managed to get through a chapter and a half of bree but the boredom was too much after the awesome fight scene.
"great author and one of the best narrators ever"
loved the book. very well rounded fantasy. unique magic and society system in this book. author and narrator compliment each other's talents very well. sounds like it was written for nick to perform it. only complaint is you don't get left with enough of a vision of what's to come
"Very Bad... why all the good reviews?"
I got this because it has around a 4.5 average review. For the life of me I can't understand why. The fantasy genre has some very good books in it, the Warriors Path is not one of those.
Ashura is not a good writer. I could not figure out if this was meant to be a young adult read (and thus I was missing the point because I'm an old codger), or if this was meant to be a serious fantasy read on par with Game of Thrones or Name of the Wind (its not).
The world imagined by Ashura is paltry. It has these clans that can work a sort of magic. The clans co-exist in isolated cities surrounded by a wasteland desert of goblin like creatures that want nothing other than to kill those in the cities. This has been going on for 1000's of years.
The story follows a few different youths that act naively. I wanted to thrash them because they were so annoying.
The plot is goofy. Mostly a coming of age story with sappy B romance thrown in.
The writing is bad. I could not care less about what was going on. Both in the prose and the story structure. Ashura is not a good writer.
So why was this book nominated for so many awards? Why the great reviews? I don't know. I must be missing something.
"It didn't get any better"
Warning* contains some small spoilers, easy to include when you don't like the book.I felt like I was listening to a soap opera. Like many of the other reviews said there is a lot of action and something is always happening but the characters and their interaction is so unbelievable that It made the whole book a disaster. Only reason I stayed to the end was that previous reviews stated it would be better at the end and worthwhile. It didn't, and I don't understand how they could write that in the reviews. You only need to read the first chapters in this book, then you can put it to the side because nothing else story wise happens. It ends exactly the way it started.
Things that bothered me (there are a lot and I wont take all)
Love drama from the start to the end. If I wanted that, I could read the twilight books. Besides the fact that the dialoge between the "lovers" is a disaster and unbelievable the author includes not only 1 relationship, but 3 that we are forced to endure. This of course doesn't drive the story forward but backwards.
The human race is at the brink of extinction, but doesn't allow people from different cast to procreate and thus improve their powers. Unbelievable.
The imagination of the author is unimaginative. The city Ashoka could be any town in modern society, they have theaters, bars, restaurants, prostitutes, police. To make things more annoying, the author spend to much time on describing a society that really doesn't require any further explaining, as it is a copy of ours.
As the city is described in detail, we don't get any description of the world outside Ashoka, and yet the characters spend months outside Ashoka.
The people of Ashoka is given a great tool to fight evil, but no, they won't use it because their culture won't accept it. If any culture is at the brink of extinction they would use it no matter what and in the end, it was this fact that made me hate the book.
It might have if this was the first book I read. Fortunately it isn't and I have read many great works that make me love the genre. I fail to see how this book could be liked by anyone over the age of 20.
This book was recommended to me because I have read books performed by Nick and thus I gave it a try. I don't think he is a bad narrator, but if he continues to perform for these shitty books I might avoid the books he has performed in the future.
Do not read this book. I believed the other reviews, I shouldn't have. If you like me have read the great works available, this book will be a big disappointment.
"Making wildest dreams come true"
The subject line is mainly for the author. Can't help writing a review with the prompt at the end of this book.
As I've written before. I'm not a full fantasy reader. But I've dabbled here and there. I've listened to a bunch in between mysteries and thrillers. Son of the Black sword, Was my last review but not my latest fantasy book. I've been off on my reviews lately, Not writing very many. This was probably one of the better fantasy books I've listened to an a while, not counting Son of the Black Sword. Though I may have liked it almost as much. Nick Podehl is one of my favorite narrators so that didn't hurt.
The simple review would be that this is very likable book, with a great cast of characters. The worst fantasy books for me are ones that are filled with tedious ongoing stories and little action. This doesn't jump around all over the place with a million different names you have to try and remember that all sound the same. This book had a nice easy flow and I've already downloaded the second book. Hopefully it is very similar.
That's my while working - Quick review.
For what it's worth, J
"A Well Thought Out Story"
The audio performance was absolutely great. I was able to vividly imagine and immerse myself in the story. It was a great introduction into the world. This has led me to go out and also buy the print version of it.
Dar’El Shektan is by far my favorite character. Rukh, being the main character is a favorite is well, however, his father is the far more interesting one. The ability to be able to put his children in compromising situations in order to keep them safe and to achieve to long term goals at the same time takes a special kind on bread.
There are some many scenes to choose from, I loved the triad going to a quad; the satisfaction of honor between Jaresh and Suge; the conversation between the Baels and Rukh; or perhaps the warriors honoring Roqh with the chant of Champion.
This is by far the best book I have read/listened to in the last decade. It is a wonderful story with great characters, plots, subplots, and growth. I am curious to see the further development of the main characters and to see their struggles and conquests.
Have recommended the book to all my friends.
"Looking forward to book 2"
Since 4.5 stars wasn't an option, I rounded up. I really am looking forward to the second book. I think this one was well done. I enjoy books with well developed characters and A Warrior's Path had them. Hopefully, if Mr. Ashura has a day job, he can now quit and focus on adding to the series. Good job!
I was surprised at how amazing this book was. I was hooked from chapter one. The action was fantasic without over doing it, there were hints of romance which left you smiling and the intrigue left you wanting more. Overall a great read I highly recommend it.
on a side note; the narration was fantastic.
Great story to listen to. Only had a few slow spots. Really loved it! Helped the long miles pass quickly.
"Focused story, intense story line"
First, Nick Podehl was bloody perfect for this book. Just, awesome. He brings the story to like in a brilliant, energetic way.
The story stands on its own. I love the progression of the characters and the conflicts they have to overcome. Right from the beginning the story sucked me in. There's no long build up where you have to "just stick with it". Nicely paced!
I'll stand ready to get the next volume.
"Great book and promising start to a new series."
A very engaging story with excellent character development. The author created an excellent blend of mystery, magic and action that kept me interested throughout the book. Nick Podehl is a master craftsman in the art of narration. I can't wait until the next book is available but I guess I will have to be patient.
"This audiobook was purchased by me, myself, and I at the cost of 1 audible credit so you can most certainly be assured that this review is completely unbiased."
really enjoyed this book,characters and plots are well thought out and brought to life by Nick,am lookin' forward to book 2
"A hero brought low by political machinations"
loved every thing about this book apart from the main villain reminding me of the wicked witch of the west
Nick led me to this story via narrator search after listening to his previous work
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