A Book To Make You Think - Path of the Heretic (review)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Title: Path of the Heretic (The Beholder #2)
Author: Ivan Amberlake
Release Date: March 5th, 2012
Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books
“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?”

RELATED: The Beholder 

My Review

*Author provided a copy for an honest review.*

The Beholder started off with a man who knew nothing of the sighted world. But by the time Path of the Heretic rolled around Jason believed he had a handle on things. Except there was still a mystery to solve, one that made him question everything he thought he knew and everything that happened to him. Emily may be missing, but she's left behind a puzzle that he needed to figured out.

Suddenly having this epic power could change a man, and there was no question Jason grew during his experiences during book one, but he was still very much the same man from the beginning. Jason cared about others, believed in his friends, and wanted to protect innocent people. 

Maybe it was his loyalty to his friends, maybe it was just basic hope, but Jason refused to believe Emily was a traitor. He refused to believe she was gone for good. As the clues started coming in, he was more than determined to find out the truth.

A lot happened in this book. We were taken all over the world to familiar places and to some new ones as we searched for clues and barely stayed on step ahead of the Darksighted. I liked seeing this sighted world, and all it's layers as we traveled. 

This book was full of danger and heartache, but also full of hope and excitement. As you moved through the story, and things start to unravel, you got to see how things set up in book one were coming into play now. Even the thing I did not want to happen but knew was destined to occur.

Aside from a few things set up in book one that I figured must come about, or else why bother talking about them, I really did not know where this book was going to go. I had my theories of course, but things happened that would take the story one way one minute and we'd crash that ship and crawl across nails the next.

Words To Live By

"Why did things have to change like this?...Something got broken. We're different people now, Debbie, you, and I. We're like strangers. Everything's not the way it used to be." (23%)
"There's an illusion in your minds that you all call hope, but it never gets you anywhere. Is it some kind of blissful deception that I don't understand?" (25%)
"Fleeing from them is admitting outright that we have no chance against them." (80%)


Overall this was an interesting, quick read. If you like books that really make you think about right and wrong, and the line between good and evil, then this series may be for you.

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