Friday, March 6, 2015

Path of the Heretic by Ivan Amberlake (The Beholder, #2)

Path of the Heretic
by Ivan Amberlake

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Beholder - Book 2
Publication Date: March 5, 2015
Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 248 pages
Available from: Amazon


After Emily Ethan is gone, Jason is left with too many questions unanswered. Betrayed by the one he loved and yet hurting after losing her, Jason is eager to find out what actually happened to Emily.

When he least expects it, the Darksighted return to New York City, but they are not after Jason. They seek to destroy those who may know something about where Emily can be.

The more Jason gets to know the world of Energy and Sight, the harder it is for him to belong in this world. He can’t enter the Sight when there are too many people around. And then Emily comes to his dreams and gives him clues of where to look for the answers.

The question is: should he believe her, or is it just another attempt to get him killed?

My Review
Path of the Heretic by Ivan Amberlake

Welcome back to Ivan Amberlake’s dark and chaotic world of good vs evil as Jason and his allies once again face off against Pariah and his dark minions. Path of the Heretic is the second fast-paced novel in the Beholder series and takes off out of the gates with all of the intensity and intrigue of its predecessor, Beholder.

Jason, prophesied to be the great warrior who takes down evil has grown from the disbelieving and uncertain new kid on the block to a much stronger, and wiser leader on a mission to destroy Pariah and his threat to the un-sighted humans. His path will not be easy and past losses will haunt him in dreams, but are his dreams of Emily really clues or visions? With his closest friends and allies surrounding him, Jason needs to learn how to defeat Pariah, discover who the Heretic is and what he knew that would aid him.

The Darksighted are coming, they are on a mission to search and destroy. What is their true ultimate goal? Are they after Jason or someone else? Could it be that Emily’s betrayal and death are not what they seem? Could she be alive on another plane of existence and not just fantasies in Jason’s tormented soul? Heroes will fall under Pariah’s spell, the pain of their loss worse than death, and the danger of their knowledge of the Lightsighted could mean the battle is lost. Will Jason fall prey to Pariah or will he find the Heretic and gain the weapons of knowledge he needs to save a world unaware their very souls are at stake?

Ivan Amberlake has once again taken over the controls as he leads the way through this truly complex and uniquely different, dark fantasy tale. With rapidfire pacing, brilliantly detailed scenes and emotions, reality fades away and Mr. Amberlake’s world is all you will see, feel or hear as each pulse-pounding page uncover’s another layer of intrigue. Not only has Ivan Amberlake brought greater depth to Jason, but each character becomes more lifelike in their wonderfully, humanly flawed ways. Is it all gloom, you ask? Why no, there are still brief moments of love, friendship and loyalty that peek through just enough to help balance this incredible tale of bravery against the odds, uncertainty of survival, and with willingness to die to make things right.

The most painful part for me? When I got to that last word on that last page, because this leg of the journey was over. That is what excellent story-telling is about, an author connecting with his readers so well, that he has to practically scrape them off to send them back to reality when it’s over.

I received this copy from Ivan Amberlake in exchange for my honest review.

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