Path of Flames should be up for the Gemmell

Davis Ashura

Mixes poisons and sharpens knives with Kylar
Path of Flames is entered in Mark Lawrence's second SPFBO, and I learned about it from Pornokitsch's review of it. The reviewer believes the book is entered in the wrong contest. The reviewer believes it should be entered for the Gemmell Award.

Last weekend I read Path of Flames and the equally awesome sequel, The Black Shriving, and I'd have to agree with Pornokitsch: the book should be up for the Gemmell.

Here's Pornokitsch's review, which I largely agree with.

BTW a word of warning. I'm also the guy that loves Dawn of Wonder, which I get the sense isn't as loved on this site, so maybe you should take my assessment with a grain (or boulder) of salt.


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Interesting -- I'll have to take a look at it. I would have loved to participate in Lawrence's new SPFBO, but alas, I didn't have time this year. The next one I'll give it a go.

Thanks for the rec -- I'll take a look at it!

Regarding your opinion of Dawn of Wonder, well there are thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) that disagree with me. Diversity is the spice of life and makes for better recommendations.



Ryan W. Mueller

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I'm reading it right now, and I'm really enjoying the story. The writing is mostly good, but there are a few spots where I find it's overdescriptive with overly long sentences. They're well-constructed sentences, just not to my tastes completely. Thankfully, that minor quibble isn't taking anything away from the story for me.


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Thanks for the heads up Davis. I'm going to start with the "prequel" which he must have added later. Free for me as I'm still in Kindle Unlimited.

Ryan W. Mueller

Journeyed there and back again
I finished it last night, and I was blown away by how good it was. It was probably the best book I've read so far this year. The only POV that I was a little bored reading was Tharok. I'm guessing he's going to be very important, but his story felt a bit disconnected.

That's really my only issue with it. Otherwise, it was brilliant. I wish I could find more fantasy like it.