The young world of Onneron has known peace for years. But now unease has spread across the land as disagreements between factions threaten each other's way of life.
The Brothers of the Onneron College dedicate themselves to higher learning and to mastering Paths of magic. They wish to remain independent, but the Onneron Church feels threatened by their ability to heal and vies to take control of their order. Treace, bullied and belittled, is unaware of the plan his deceased father has for him. A mentor sets him upon a path to join the prestigious college. Even if he is accepted, the tides of change are coming.
To Treace it's not about where we end up - it's the Paths we take to get there that matter.
Path of the Calm is the first book in the epic Saga of the Wolf series that follows Treace as he grows into a young man. It explores the bonds of friendship, deception, life lessons, love, swordplay, and magic.
©2015 Kris A. Hiatt (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"You've read this book many times before"
Extreme wish fulfillment where the protagonist is the smartest, most noble, most talented at literally everything, with no flaws to speak of.
Poor world building that makes the whole thing feel very small.
Defent enough performance.
Flawless, "genius" protagonist who is great at everything he does. Typical pure evil antagonists. Many of the decisions made by the main and supporting characters seem unreasonable and only serve to force the story in the direction intended by the author. Many of the reactions and decisions are naive at best and just outright unbelievable at times. On multiple occasions, you'll be able to foresee (well in advance) what the terribly shallow, evil antagonists have planned, but our "genius" hero and his friends are completely blindsided. This was painful to finish.
"Good, but not really epic"
I enjoyed this book, but it really just felt like a build up. You expect that at some point the main character will defeat an enemy in an epic battle, but at the very end when it does not really come to it you get a little disappointed. Climaxes of this book can be very anticlimactic. This does have some good old things that I did like though. A kid overcoming being bullied. A magic school with a really big jerk of a teacher who is somehow respected by the other teachers. It kind of scratched that itch that you have after waiting for other books to be published. This world is supposed to be epic, but it feels like just a conflict between two cities. The world building makes it feel larger, but when you only really know of 5 cities in the book it seems really small. Also when people are trying to be secretive it just seems weird how they would use their own well known names at times.
If you like books like Name of the Wind or Dawn of Wonder you might like this book.
needs editing a stronger character development but not bad, good story line. great effort for 1st time writer. I will finish the series.
"great but not too thrilling"
I felt the book is great overall and it is sensible. But the main character gets annoying after a while. Satisfying things seem to happen but for some reason I don't get the emotional reward all that often from these big events. I didn't really feel like I was drawn in to the whole premise since there's no intricate designs tying anything outside of their corner in the world.
I am sure things will get a bit more interesting as the new books come out. 4/5
"Ho humm not to good"
Alright so I picked this book up because I desperately wanted a great fantasy stories and while many people complained about the genius perfect hero in their reviews I figured I'd still give it a shot. The good news is that it's not a terrible book. The bad news, for me a least, is that it's not a great book either. Put simply this is yet another middle of the road quality fantasy book that if you're okay with mediocre this is fine, if you really wanted a great book than this boos is not it.
There isn’t any of the rather agnsty drama that make you wonder what the actual age, maturity and intelligence of the characters.
The story moves as good clip, there’s no slow places or lags, every scene has a purpose and his cleanly cut.
There are no obvious errors that slow down the listening or make it unenjoyable, it is a very professional written story.
It's a good start to laying a foundation for a larger series
Well in all honesty with everything I said above this should have been a great book and that’s the biggest disappointment. Why? Well, when I read a fantasy I expect fantastic things, I expect ‘wounded heroes’ to actually have pretty major wounds, I expect emotion and to have an emotional response to those emotions.
The issue this book has is that there is no feeling in it. The main character loses his father at an early age, is socially shunned and his reply, well I have more time to do something productive? It’s a very mature response and a very stupid one. These are events are the sort that leave permanently scars and cannot be just shrugged off which the character supposedly does. The most emotion we get is when he get a letter from his dead father. He breaks down to cry, for about three minutes and then we’re onto the next section of the story where the character doesn’t care that his father was apparently murdered. He falls in love with a girl that is kind of being forced to date the local noble. Yet instead of being a 16 year old who sees the girl they love being oppressed by a jerk that abuses his power the main characters shrugs it off and goes off to school. I mean come on, there’s maturity and then there’s just plain being cold and unemotional.
There’s the fact the character often thinks almost exactly what will be said or paraphrased a minute later. I get that it’s supposed to make him seem smart but it’s really just annoying.
There’s way to much exposition, or so it feels since even the character’s thoughts seem boring and stale.
Then there’s the little issue that minus the much more calm and passive protagonist and less fleshed out world of this book it is is strikingly similar to the Kingkiller chronicles, they’re almost the exact same story.
Honestly I’ve only gotten through half way the book, but given the sterile emotional vacuum, the excessive summary and exposition, the lack of actual personality in the characters, and lack of emotional stirrings in either characters or myself I’m going to be returning this one. With that said I cannot recommend this book unless you need a decent fantasy books that isn't extraordinary.
I would recommend that you go buy the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, or Harry Potter both are similar enough to this book that you won’t miss not reading it and both are much better books. if you have those and want something similar, that would be the only reason to pick up this book.
"Good story, kinda showboaty"
I like stories wherein the protagonist strives to be the best... But at times the author seems to be trying too-hard to paint the hero in a good light..
the reader was good, though a bit monotone at times
In the top 15 for sure.
I was very disappointed to find out that book #2, "Path of Tears" is not available at Audible. I hope that this is just a delay and not permanent.
"The novel itself was too calm"
The author's writing was fine but the story itself was too slow and unexciting. The backstory of the protagonist from his youth to to his entry into the academy was very tame and even the few sections of conflict were of the typical bullying variety. The novel also had a somewhat annoying characteristic of taking a long time focusing on everyday life at a particular age of the protagonist and then suddenly jumping ahead a couple of years. The narrator had excellent diction but tended too often recite the passages in empathy mode. Also, his female characters often sounded more gruff that the male characters.
"the wolf was too calm"
The story line was okay but too slow moving for me. But I will give the next book in the series a listen.
"I love this book!!"
I find it really hard to find a book and a narrator that's any good but I have to say this is the best book I've listened to in ages and I listen to ALOT! It's a bit rusty in the first 5-6 chapters but it gets better and better as it goes on. Well worth a listen and I can't wait for the next edition! Well done Tim Bruce :)
"Good, just a small issue..."
my only issue was that the reader had a slightly strange pace when he spoke and often paused at moments when I felt there shouldn't have been one. This was irritating at first but I got used to it by about chapter 7.
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