Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 2 Stars - Had potential but we didn't like it.
chance for victory against an onslaught of unstoppable evil....
Path of the fallen is like an amalgamation of several different Sci-fi stories and concepts that seems to find its main source influence in the likes of Frank Herbert’s Dune and Ian M. Bank’s Culture series, with a little bit or lots of other ideas thrown into the mix for good measure.
That is not to say this isn’t original in its own way because it is. It is just that anyone of a certain age who has been reading Sci-fi for a long time now will recognize some of the authors inspiration for this story and may feel a little that they have seen similar things done before. And done better....
In this book, there was heavy, storming Sci-fi action set against a vast villainous intelligence that the odds say can’t be beat, coupled with long often unpronounceable names and varying points of view. I was slightly less impressed and though I kind of liked the direction this story eventually takes, I did find it a bit slow to start and had trouble really getting to grips with the universe O’Brien had created here very early on. You are kind of thrown into E’Malkai’s world a little, sink-or-swim style and it took me a few chapters to really work out who was who and what was going on.
To say I enjoyed this book would be overstating my experience slightly. I found it okay but never really got over my initial problems getting to proper grips with the plot. This kind of tainted the rest of my reading and I did find myself struggling a little to maintain my interest in parts. That said, I found this okay as far as heavy Sci-fi goes but no more than average at best.