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Paths of Malice (The Venatrix Chronicles Book 3) Kindle Edition
Poisoned. Trapped. At the mercy of a ghost . . .
She can handle this.
A month into her competition with Venator Terryn, Ayleth seems no closer to winning the Golden Prince’s trust. Why else would he call Terryn to serve at the castle on some secret mission, leaving Ayleth to manage the borough on her own?
No matter. She’ll prove her worth to the prince come what may. Plenty of mysteries plague the land under her protection . . . including the mystery of Terryn himself and the strange, dangerous talisman he’s been keeping hidden in his room.
Her search for answers soon finds Ayleth on the trail of her deadliest foe yet. A ghost from the prince’s past has returned to haunt the present, possessed of a powerful phantom shade capable of walking the dark paths of the Haunts. Ayleth is totally outmatched and unprepared to face such an enemy alone.
But when has she ever backed down from a fight?
Welcome back to a world where enemies and friends can be difficult to distinguish, where angels are deadly and demons desirable, and shadows of the past loom dark across the future. If you like your heroines brave, your heroes tormented, and your action non-stop, try The Venatrix Chronicles today!
About the Author
Emily Lawrence, an actor and writer, is passionate about bringing stories to life. She has narrated more than 190 audiobooks, half of which were USA Today or New York Times bestsellers, and has also worked in film, television, and theater.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07WSZRJHS
- Publisher : FireWyrm Books (October 30, 2019)
- Publication date : October 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5226 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After a fast pace and action packed opening, the team of Aleyth and Terryn are split up for the time being as he’s called away for a special mission, leaving our heroine alone in the wilderness full of danger. And danger she does get herself in. Meanwhile, Terryn is dealing with his own issues on this special mission with danger there as well. The development of Aleyth and Terryn takes a big step up in this installment as they grow through their trials and start to feel a bit of friendship between each other despite the competition. I enjoy where it ends up. The other returning characters were easy to grasp this time around and well developed. There’s a few new characters introduced in the prologue and play an important part in the story, and while I liked and appreciated them as characters, I got confused between the sisters and was slightly lost on some of the exact details, though it didn’t deter me too much from understanding what was going on.
I love the story this time, I couldn’t stay away for too long as I kept reading find out what was going to happen next. I wasn’t too big of a fan of Visions of Fate as it felt like parts of the story dragged on for a while, but not here, there’s always advancement in each chapter, and the development and the fast pace felt stronger. There was danger at every single turn and I was concerned for the characters and what was going to happen to them. Some parts of the overall story arc are expanded as well which makes me want to read the next installment to find out what’s going on. The world is still solid and there’s new bits introduced, like those that don’t believe in the Venatrix and more details of the magic system, which was already well developed and complex, putting the dark in dark fantasy.
Looking forward to the next installment!
I gobbled this book up just as fast as the previous two and it'll be a long wait till the next one. One of the things I particularly love about the world Sylvia Mercedes has created here is how strongly it harks back to the actual historical medieval period. There's a lot of generic """medieval""" fantasy out there that shows little if any familiarity with history: but in the Venatrix Chronicles, you get a taste of the Templars here, a whiff of the Cathars there, a ton of Frankish-sounding names and a religious/magic system strong enough and real enough to the characters to really evoke medieval history while remaining entirely its own creation. I love it all so much.
Paths of Malice has been my favorite in this series. I love these characters, I love the world-building, I love the realism. The plot of this book was just so well set-up and the conclusion was so incredibly thrilling and a little unexpected. The romantic tension is starting to build between Ayleth and Terryn. Will they be able to fight against preconceived notions to see one another for who they truly are?
I was further intrigued by Gerard and especially by his fiancé Cerine. She is a welcome addition to this growing cast of characters. She’s gutsy and brave and certainly does not act the part of a fainting princess!
Cannot wait to read Dance of Souls. Mostly, I’m looking forward to the inevitable moment where Ayleth and Terryn realize their feelings for one another. 😊
Top reviews from other countries
Ayleth is so beautifully flawed and perfect and I just wish I could be her hunt sister 🙈 she is the definition of a strong woman. She overcomes. She lives, she struggles, she makes mistakes but she is still strong, smart and powerful and PERFECT 🙌
I also love seeing more of Terryn's emotions and internal struggles with this book. He is still very much the stubborn, consummate professional but it's really nice to see little embers of that slow burn Romance. 🔥
Paths of Malice finally had a much stronger focus on Dread Odille and her lieutenants and their history and stories which I've been waiting for since the first book 🙈
No spoilers but this book is just as exciting, Dark, twisted, devilish and magically thriller-y ❤ Three out of three books of this series being brilliant? You should definitely read if you're a dark fantasy fan 👌
The secrets about the past of the characters become more clear and is a continuation of the devolpment of the last book.
Ayleth became my favorite lead character, she is so brave and it is not rude because of her qualities. Also, she is kind but serious -at the same time- with her job and doesn't take the things for granted just because someone said it was this way. I can't describe how incredible this character is, this book talks for itself. The cover of the first book looked like she was Mulan and now she is so brave as her.
Also, Therryn's personality became more clear in this book and I could have more empathy for him.
Although I don't like enemies to love couples, this one worth it
This book show this very well and make me more anxious to see how they will be, this book had a lot of scenes to put gasoline on my imagination
The writer's way of writing became better too, what I am happy for her, I really liked her stories.
In the end, it was amazing to live this story and I am already running to read the next one.💜
Book three focuses more on the characters and their histories rather than magic and world-building. An excellent change of pace and I can't wait for the next installment.