All the Paths of Shadow

All the Paths of Shadow Walk warily walk swiftly walk away The king s orders were clear enough Move the tower s shadow he bellowed I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark As the newly appointed mage to th

  • Title: All the Paths of Shadow
  • Author: Frank Tuttle
  • ISBN: 9781618770035
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Walk warily, walk swiftly, walk away The king s orders were clear enough Move the tower s shadow, he bellowed I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark As the newly appointed mage to the Crown of Tirlin, Meralda Ovis has no choice but to undertake King Yvin s ill conceived task Tirlin s first female mage, and the youngest person to ever don the robe Walk warily, walk swiftly, walk away The king s orders were clear enough Move the tower s shadow, he bellowed I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark As the newly appointed mage to the Crown of Tirlin, Meralda Ovis has no choice but to undertake King Yvin s ill conceived task Tirlin s first female mage, and the youngest person to ever don the robes of office, Meralda is determined to prove once and for all that she deserves the title The Tower, though, holds ancient secrets all its own Secrets that will soon spell destruction for all of Tirlin unless Meralda can unravel a monstrous curse laid by a legendary villain seven centuries before she was born.An ancient curse A haunted tower A clamorous gathering of nobles, mages, and kings from the Five Realms come together in Tirlin for the fifth year Accords Meralda finds herself facing far darker foes than any mere shadow of the tower.

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    1. An ice cream sundae of fantasy reads; sweet, flavored with familiarity, a variety of pleasing textures. Tuttle has created a heroine I wish I could have found at fourteen, a more self-reliant one than Aerin in The Blue Sword--no kidnapping or aging paramour warrior kings necessary. Meralda is an eighteen-year-old mage who uses logic, math, courage and persistence when confronting an array of challenges, both human and occult.Meralda is the youngest mage and the first woman to be appointed to the [...]

    2. All the Paths of Shadow is kind of a whimsical fantasy that stands well on its own even though it's part of a series. I've seen it referred to as Steampunk, and there are some very slight Steampunk elements - dirigibles in the sky, and a more scientific approach to magical gadgets. But, it was just a slight Steampunkish flavor.I think what I enjoyed most about this was actually the non-human characters. Meralda is a court mage, and has the most unique familiar I've ever heard of - a plant! He wa [...]

    3. I can't do it any more. I just cannot keep reading books in the hope that they will get better when it's quite obvious to me that they won't. It took me ten weeks to make it halfway through this book. I can't even begin to tell you how many other books I had started and finished in that time. (Actually, after looking it up on , I can. Ten books.)So, what's wrong with this book? Ugh, what isn't?Setting: The setting makes no sense. You get take-out coffee and donuts along with newspapers (I think [...]

    4. An enjoyable light fantasy, this novel blends steampunk and magic, dirigibles and talking plants into a charming, seamless tale. The protagonist Meralda is the new Thaumaturge of Tirlin. Despite being only eighteen, she is the smartest mage the kingdom has known for centuries, a brilliant girl genius – a refreshingly original concept in fantasy fiction. She fights no battles; she embarks on no quests. Instead, moving between her home and her laboratory, she solves problems, using magic, mathem [...]

    5. Meralda Ovis is a woman with a very big problem. Mainly the fact that the king wants her to move the shadow of an extremely ancient and reputedly haunted tower. Things only get worse from there. She's assigned two guards that she doesn't need or want. The rival kingdoms are coming together to renew their fractious peace and someone appears dead set on trying to stop that renewal. The mysterious people from across the sea decide to show up as well. Oh, and Meralda is first female royal Mage and m [...]

    6. I enjoyed this book so much more than I think perhaps I *should* have, given certain quibbles, that I'm going to explain how bad the reading circumstances were before saying anything about the book itself. The next paragraph entirely skippable, so!I got this all downloaded on my phone ready to spend the day in hospital with my mother, who was having the battery on her pacemaker changed. Theoretically a lot of sitting around with her dozy or being proceded upon, after I'd done all the sitting aro [...]

    7. 3.5 stars. By the end of All the Paths of Shadow, I can happily say that it was quite an enjoyable light fantasy read which is not something that I would have said had you asked me how I felt about this book at the halfway point. There is good characterization here and the dialogue is zippy, the prose flowing and easy to read, but the world-building and plodding pace of the first half made for a rather uneven result.A major reason for the gap in quality between the first and second halves of thi [...]

    8. Ugh i hate writing a review when its been a while. I'll give it a go and hope for the best.So All the Paths Of Shadow is an interesting book. Its set in a different world to what we live in but not by much, there are quite a few similarities, For one its kind of set in a relaxed Victorian era, you also have the Alon's who sound Scottish in dress and attitude. The Hang who sound Asian, possibly China or Japan. then there's the Tirlin, Eryans and the Vonats. Now I'm thinking Tirlin is more like En [...]

    9. Fantasy Review BarnThere is an old story that this reviewer is much too lazy to do any research that would verify or debunk. The story says that a man who went by Dr. Suess wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a dare based on only using a hundred distinct words. I bring this up only because I wonder if there was a dare behind ‘All the Paths of Shadow.’ “Mr. Tuttle,” I imagine a smug friend of the author saying (though he probably wouldn’t use the impersonal Mr but rather a more friendly Frank). [...]

    10. This is one of those books that ticks all the right boxes for me. Spunky female lead – check. Detailed world building – check. Interesting magic system – check. Humour – check. A bit of a romance – check. Talking plant – check. Wait, what? A talking plant? OK, whatever. And yet, somehow it doesn't quite work.The premise is a good one. The kingdom's first female royal sorcerer (called a thaumaturge here) is given an unusual challenge by the king: ensure that his speech to the coming A [...]

    11. This was really good. suggests this book as Young Adult Literature, but it was just a rousing good fantasy for any age. I'm looking forward to the sequel and many more in the series. I got it as a free download ebook from amazon and have now bought several of the author's other books. UPDATE: Passed this along to my 13 year old son for a school project. The teacher thought it might be too long, as he has a learning disability and has a hard time with reading. He LOVED it, and is bugging me to g [...]

    12. Could have been for me. Unfortunately, I realized something was amiss when I started to skip whole chunks of this book. How many times do I have to climb the stairs up the Tower, pray tell ?Anyway.Meralda. Ah Meralda. Youngest Mage/Thaumaturge ever and first female to boot. You'd think she'd be happy with her job. Well, it doesn't seem that she is. She keeps complaining about the "impossible tasks" she is given by the (decent, imo) King whom she doesn't even respect.Mug (the genius dandelion) is [...]

    13. My first impression of the opening was that it was somewhat lackluster?The first chapter opens up by telling (not showing; why can so many authors never seem to learn this?) us all about how the arrogant king has just ordered our plucky heroine to perform an impossible task so he won't have to give his speech in the dark, and how she has to do it even though she knows it'll be a bad idea. Okay, I already read all of that in the synopsis so why did it seem so much more compelling in the synopsis [...]

    14. This book is exceptionally well written, full of intricate detail and a polished style of writing. Author Frank Tuttle does a superb job in showing his reader the specific elements of the story instead of just telling. His world of Tirlin is quite imaginative yet reminiscent of our own society. His story centers around Mage Meralda Ovis and her difficult task of moving the shadow from the tallest tower in the kingdom by order of the king in time for the Accords, the peaceful meeting of five nati [...]

    15. I want to start by saying that I think the cover very much misrepresents Meralda. The lady on the cover looks like she is perfectly coiffed Meralda wasn't at any point in this book. She came across as a brilliant mathematician who cared more for her enchanted dandyleaf plant, science, and numbers than about her appearance. And those are the very reasons I fell in love with her story! She's incredibly headstrong and independent. Always my favorite type of heroine. The story itself is mostly predi [...]

    16. I have just finished reading All the Paths of Shadow and can't stop thinking about the main character, Meralda Ovis. As mage to the Crown of Tirlin, she presents exactly the type of young strong female protagonist we love and need to see more of. She's independant and strong and brilliant, using wits, skills, and hard work to solve problems. She's wise beyond her years and possesses a grace, bravery and intellect that you don't normally see in YA books today. She must rely on her own devices to [...]

    17. Doe this book have a strong independent female character?Yes.Good, then that's all I need to know.No seriously, Meralda is now one of my favourite heroines. She's super kick ass and knows complicated maths stuff and can do magic and she doesn't get moon-eyed, flirty or stupid over random good looking guys (of which there are some in this book).This book was really good, but the magic system that Tuttle created made my head hurt a little bit, but that's probably because a lot of the magic relied [...]

    18. I got "All the Paths of Shadow" for free on and I have to say I never imagined it would be this good. When I started this book, I thought I would give it a try before I threw it on my DNF pile. But the truth was I couldn't put it down at all. I devoured it in two days!It is a very light read with the author infusing elements of steampunk and fantasy into the story. There is a strong female MC, a smart alecky houseplant, a sweet love interest and scary dark magic hiding in a tower. If the author [...]

    19. A few passers-by recognized Meralda. The sorceress, both the first woman and the youngest mage to ever occupy the seat of Thaumaturge in the long history of Tirlin, had briefly been the subject of notoriety in the papers.My reaction when I read that?Noooooooooooooo! Not another Mary Sue, please!I mean, all the checkboxes are ticked. There are no mentions of her parents. She is the youngest. She is the first. All the signs point toward a Mary Sue. But, thankfully, somehow, the author still manage [...]

    20. Enjoyable light fantasy with a female read. I enjoy this book overall though I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I had some problems with the characterization - a supposedly strong female mage but she is continuously being saved by males and there is a bit of unnecessary swooning thrown in as well.

    21. An exciting steampunk fantasy with a strong female lead and all the things I like about good YA fantasy - developing characters, exciting plot, light romance, and the fate of the world in the balance.

    22. I enjoyed this very much, despite some flaws. In particular, I enjoyed seeing a truly competent female protagonist and characters who trusted each other.There are a few editing issues, but only a few. Breech instead of breach, Bellringer's instead of Bellringers', passed instead of past, boogie instead of bogey, sherbert as a misspelling of sherbet, whickers instead of whiskers, millenia used as the singular, and belied used to mean betrayed were the ones I caught, plus a couple of cases where a [...]

    23. It took me two starts to get into this book, but I'm really glad I did. The characters are well developed and interesting, and I liked Meralda a lot as a female protagonist. She is strong, independent, intelligent, who manages to take care of a whole lot more than "simply" moving the shadow of the 700 year old wizard's tower no monarch has been able to topple so it won't cover the king when he gives his speech at the very important Accords. This book covers a lot of ground--politics, what length [...]

    24. I have a weakness for Frank Tuttle's story telling and humor! Also, I am stating here and now -- I too WANT a dandyleaf! A fun romp through a fantastical world with talking plant, flying staffs, wizards both buzzards and smart-aleck's! Political intrigue, nearly impossible tasks to accomplish all the while trying to learn what's going on in the wizards tower, when all Meralda would like to do is take a long hot bath. The story made me laugh on several occasions, which is a good thing. And last b [...]

    25. This was a Kindle freebie by an author previously unknown to me. I chose to read it because I liked the cover and the reviews were promising. The story takes place entirely in one city, in a world with steampunkish technology and scientific magic. It is not Earth, but retains many Earthly details or their analogs, sometimes in ways that convey either a tongue in cheek attitude or lazy worldbuilding. Meralda, the sensible protagonist is (interestingly or not) the only female character I remember. [...]

    26. I genuinely enjoyed this book. It has all the elements of the type of book I love—strong female protagonist not solely motivated by romance, alternate world, magic, steampunk (in theory). The talking plant, Mug, was absolutely delightful, and was easily one of the best parts of the storyline.Although the world building was solid in the beginning, it would have been wonderful to explore it more in depth throughout the book. The different nationalities and relationships between them could have b [...]

    27. Despite the airships, trolleys, and newspapers, this book feels far more like traditional humorous fantasy than steampunk. The magic system, which relies heavily on math, is one of the few I've ever seen that actually sounds difficult to master, rather than being something the reader could easily manage if only they had the power. The heroine is exceedingly likeable, the hero is pretty nearly perfect (despite not being alpha in the slightest), the plant familiar is hilarious, and the guard twins [...]

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