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Path of Fate

(2003)
(The first book in the Path series)
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A young heroine and her goshawk companion face wizards and gods in the first of a trilogy: "I thoroughly enjoyed Path of Fate" (Kristen Britain).

Orphaned by her mother and passed from family to family in the village of Kallas in the land of Kodu Riik, Reisil feels as if she will never truly belong. But her training as a tark, or healer, offers her the promise of acceptance by the townsfolk, and as her talents emerge, it appears she will finally be able to hold her head high.

But fate has another path in store: A goshawk named Saljane swoops into her life, and Reisil discovers that she is able to communicate telepathically with the animal. This is an undeniable sign that Reisil has been chosen by Lady Amiya, the goddess of Kodu Riik, to become an ahalad-kaaslane - a guardian of the land who must live a life of constant travel and forgo the very bonds of family and community the girl healer so desires.

Though the role of ahalad-kaaslane is a noble one, Reisil cannot bear the thought of losing the ties with society she has worked so hard to form. She rejects the Lady's appointment, ignoring the goshawk no matter how persistently it follows her. But when a kidnapping plot breaks a treaty with the neighboring country of Patverseme, Reisil realizes the sentient bird of prey is the only creature capable of tracking the traitors down and saving Kodu Riik from the evils of war. Reluctantly, Reisil accepts her destiny as an ahalad-kaaslane, and embarks on a dangerous pursuit of the kidnappers - and a perilous trek of self-discovery - in order to save two kingdoms.

A feminist fantasy of honor and perseverance that features a special soul-to-soul bond with a blessed animal, Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award.

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Praise for this book

"I thoroughly enjoyed Path of Fate" - Kristen Britain


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Paperback Editions

November 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Path of Fate
Author(s): Diana Pharaoh Francis
ISBN: 0-451-45950-4 / 978-0-451-45950-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Roc
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Path of Fate
Author(s): Diana Pharaoh Francis
ISBN: 1-5113-9768-3 / 978-1-5113-9768-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Path of Fate: Path, Book 1
Author(s): Diana Pharaoh Francis
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Path of Fate: Path, Book 1
Author(s): Diana Pharaoh Francis
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Path of Fate: Path, Book 1
Author(s): Diana Pharaoh Francis
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Path of Fate (The Path Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Diana Pharaoh Francis
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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