The Path of Flames

The Path of Flames A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire Agerastian heretics armed with black fire and fueled by bitter hatred seek to sever the ancient portals t

  • Title: The Path of Flames
  • Author: Phil Tucker
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire Agerastian heretics, armed with black fire and fueled by bitter hatred, seek to sever the ancient portals that unite the empire and in so doing destroy it.Asho a squire with a reviled past sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin BeA war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire Agerastian heretics, armed with black fire and fueled by bitter hatred, seek to sever the ancient portals that unite the empire and in so doing destroy it.Asho a squire with a reviled past sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin Beset by tragedy and betrayal, demons and an approaching army, the fate of the Kyferins hangs by the slenderest of threads Asho realizes that their sole hope of survival may lie hidden within the depths of his scarred soul a secret that could reverse their fortunes and reveal the truth behind the war that wracks their empire.Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Path of Flames is the first installment in a gripping new epic fantasy series.

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    1. Buddy read with my friend, Michael. 😊 OMG! I loved it! I have already put the paperback on my wishlist for when the price goes down because I want this bad boy on my shelf! I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I love this book! There is magic, demons, people with powers, gates to who knows where, secrets, evilness, etc and so on. I loved so many of the characters. I loved Asho and Kethe, Tiron and so many more. These characters all have different strengths in the book. I don't want to g [...]

    2. Yowzah, what a great start to a series! I have a good feeling that this series will rank even higher on my list of favorite fantasy as I progress through each installment.Let's start off with a bit of information for anyone who hasn’t heard of this book or series yet. The Path of Flames is the first book in The Chronicles of the Black Gate series by Phil Tucker that also won the second place in the SPFBO (Self Published Fantasy Blog Off) of 2016 held by Mark Lawrence; that’s second place out [...]

    3. Path of Flames came 2nd in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2016. Three hundred books were entered!mark---lawrenceI can see why the blogger who put it forward was enthusiastic about it. It’s an enthusiastic book that gets a lot into its sizeable word count (~250K).It opens with a battle scene in which we’re treated to monsters, magic, and mass carnage. I had some trouble visualising the scene in places but for the rest of the book Tucker paints a full picture that never left me trying to [...]

    4. So, I’ve found a new epic fantasy that I’m now adding to my favorites list! This book was amazing, completely mind-blowing and thrilling in equal measure. PoF was a mix between The Lord of the Rings and the Riftwar saga, which was an intriguing combination that made for one heck of a story. Unforgettable/unpredictable characters that kept me guessing what they were going to do or achieve next. Almost all of the characters played significant and fascinating rolls, some of which had me rooting [...]

    5. Easily a solid 4 star book. Buddy read with the ever lovely Melissa! Even if she is the fastest reader I've ever read with (I kid, I kid) 😊I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I was honestly a bit worried that I wasn't going to like it. No real reason to back up why I might have felt that way. We follow a group of people who aren't really what they may seem at first glance. This book starts out with Iskra's (aka Lady Kyferin) husband, Lord Kyferin, being struck down [...]

    6. THIS IS A LONG REVIEW FILLED WITH GUSHING AND VISUALS, PROCEED WITH CAUTIONI'd like to open up my review with one question: How come this hasn't been published yet?!It's definitely now up on my favorites shelf, I loved this first installment to pieces and will soon be diving in the second one because I AM LIVING FOR THESE WONDERFUL CHARACTERS!Since this is a not very known series, and since I love visuals to accompany my reviews, I used my limited Photoshop skills with photos of the video game D [...]

    7. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/04/03/If you’ve been following along with the progress of this year’s SPFBO competition, then I don’t have to tell you, 2016’s crop of finalists all look incredible, and of the top ten books remaining in this second phase, one of the ones I’ve looked forward to reading a lot is Phil Tucker’s The Path of Flames. From its description, I had a feeling this would be a novel right up my alley—epic fantasy with a bit of an old-school f [...]

    8. I judge a book by it's cover. I don't care that it's wrong and stupid. THE PATH OF FLAMES with its brooding elf with a black sword with fiery red runes on it caught my eye and peaked my interest. Though Asho is supposedly NOT an elf he was still an outsider trying to compete for glory in a world that hates him which is nearly as good. You see Asho's albino complexion marks him as a member of the lowest caste of humans in the Ascendant empire, a world in which where you're born dictates your comp [...]

    9. I tend to only jump at reviewing when I feel I have something useful to say about a book (or have been asked to review an ARC as is beginning to happen!). The Path Of Flames is a confidently executed novel and it sets up an epic fantasy saga effortlessly. It's clear why this series has taken off the way it has, so, in the end, what more can I say? Delving into personal niggles isn't really worthwhile either. Perhaps I can talk about Tucker's style and how it has influenced me. I feel I've grown [...]

    10. A really fun story that reminded me of the classic fantasy yarns I breathed in like oxygen when I was a teenager. There's a bit more depth here, though, as much of the book deals with how the various viewpoint characters deal with the death of a man who dominated their lives - his abused squire, his wife, and his doting daughter. Mr. Tucker handles this tricky situation very well. I also really enjoyed the perspective of Tharok, the orc-ish creature whose plot thread never intertwined with the o [...]

    11. Fast and fun epic fantasy. A princess who wants to be a knight, a slave who wants to be a knight, an imprisoned knight who wants to be a knight again, an ancient keep, moon gates, swords and horses and tournaments and white magic and black magic and horned demons and secrets to be revealed and battles galore. Oh, and ogre/troll tribes with a magic sword and an intelligence crown and wyverns and big goats to ride on. And yes there is a dragon. And did I mention it moves fast? Really fast. Wonderf [...]

    12. I had read this one a while back, but because it's somewhat complex and also really long I decided I'd revisit it via audiobook to write my review.This is my favorite Phil Tucker book and I really hope it gets, even more, attention - it was a finalist in last years SPFBO.Plot:There are several POV's and most of their plots are related, but there's one that's set apart from the others.There are two separate but related stories being told in this book, and those storylines don't cross over in thi [...]

    13. MY INTRO TO THE ‘CHRONICLES OF THE BLACK GATE’: Initially, I sought to learn about the story that edged out Josiah Bancroft’s SENLIN ASCENDS in one branch of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. However, I admit to feeling some hesitation when I read that THE PATH OF FLAMES is over 600 pages long and the first in a planned pentalogy. Investing in a doorstop series requires quite an investment, not the least of which in patience which I do not possess an abundance of. Then I l [...]

    14. Ok, so I'm going to come straight out and admit that initially I totally misjudged this novel. It opens on an extremely action heavy battlefield scene, with all the screaming and crunching and twirling that comes with it. Tons of people love that sort of thing, but it is very decidedly not my cup of tea. That's not really a criticism of the novel (in fact, I intend it as an endorsement if you like that kind of thing), just an aside about my taste as a reader before you continue. So my first impr [...]

    15. If you love A Song of Ice and Fire, most Brandon Sanderson books, and other epic fantasies, definitely give this book a read.

    16. Loved it!Asho and Kethe are great characters and easy to root for. They're both very much underdogs, overcoming their race/gender to prove their worth, and I really wanted both of them to just become badass and make everyone in their world feel bad for underestimating them (despite, you know, in Asho's case, it being a theological teaching that he is just not as good as everyone else (view spoiler)[I LOVED that he just owned it at the end, though. Fuck all y'all and your doctrine racism. Bythian [...]

    17. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I'm not just referring to self-published books. I'm referring to all books. This one opened up with a great action scene. Then it proceeded to make me care deeply about the characters. There was only one POV that I didn't connect with completely, and that was Tharok, who is separate from the rest of the characters.I loved reading in Audsley's POV. It's so much fun to see the scholar type of character getting involved in things so far ou [...]

    18. Woaaa, this was a very good beginning for a fantasy series!True, it has some downsides, the pacing sometimes it`s very fast, there are a lot of new things that are explained on the course of the book, some narrative threads will not converge in this first volume, but all it`s for the best has a interesting story that involves knights tournaments, magic, some fantastic creatures, tournaments, fights and honor, betrayal and revenge, magic portals (!) and orcs, mysteries and all long forgotten info [...]

    19. Though it has a strong ending, the characters still haven’t managed to really impress me.The writing is good, but not my favourite style.The world however is the best part, very interesting, and because of this I will most likely continue the series.All-in-all, a very good read.

    20. I'm going with three stars, but it was almost 4Overall I enjoyed this book quite a lot! I liked the characters, though they were a bit too "perfect" at times, and felt a bit unreal or tropey at times. Most of the times I enjoyed spending time with them though, and definitely wanted to know what would happen to them next.The plot was split into two threads - one following humans who are banished to a castle that can't be held due to some mythical things, no one knows more of. And then there is th [...]

    21. I picked this up due to the SPFBO and I was not disappointed. It started out fast with the opening battle, but then took me a little while to get into due to the multiple POV and having to learn about each character. Once I got to know them all I was hooked. I can't recall a time where I read a multi POV and enjoyed all the characters. So far Asho and Tharok are my favorites though. I really enjoyed when the Tharok chapters came up and took me into a whole different story. The world the story ta [...]

    22. This is quite a good book. The world is interesting, the heroes have interesting pasts and choices. I want to see how will different heroes meet in future books.

    23. I definitely enjoyed this book. It falls comfortably in the epic fantasy category, while containing enough fresh ideas to keep my attention. I certainly was left with enough questions and interest to compel me to seek out the second book. :-D

    24. A thrilling and magnificent start to an epic fantasy series, with an intriguing system of magic and thought-provoking religious system driven by a karmic series of reincarnations.Hooked me, so can't wait to see what's next.

    25. This book didn't start well for me. Usually, it's good to start with a bang, but the battle in the first few chapters just didn't do it for me. I felt it was contrived and showed some lack of research (this is a topic which usually does not bother most readers, but I'm a bit of a history nerd, so). However, the story improved quite significantly after the battle.What impressed me the most were the characters. Every single one of the main POVs is well written. My favourite is Tiron. A deeply conf [...]

    26. Full review: spychocyco/2016/0I remember a time, not so incredibly long ago, when I wouldn’t even accept a self-published book for review consideration because I’d seen so many awful ones. But, as Dylan famously sang, the times, they are a-changin’.Over the course of the last year or so, I’ve discovered a string of fantastic self-published books, the latest being Phil Tucker’s “The Path of Flames,” a finalist in the second edition of Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Of [...]

    27. Well hello everyone! I hope that everyone is settling in to 2017 nicely. This is my first major review of 2017 and I am very excited about it. Why? Because I have just finished reading The Path of Flames, book 1 of the Chronicles of the Black Gate by Phil Tucker and I can honestly say that this gets a 10/10 from me because I really enjoyed it! This is a fantasy novel which establishes a very divisive and cruel medieval-esque world very quickly and opens with a epic battle scene as well, this in [...]

    28. Interestingry very interesting, up until the last page, I am still guessing, thinking and re-thinking on this book, we have new creatures never seen before, naugrimm, kragh(this one I am really excited) and another take on a magic system(reminds me of dark sun, magic uses the life force of anything alive, the more you use magic, the more you destroy your surroundings!!) and knightswho doesn't love knights, armored, noble, a twisted opinion on their own self worth and the people they govern!!!!Al [...]

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