#Review & #Interview: The Path of Destiny by Mike Shelton

Posted February 17, 2017 by Jamie in Interviews, Reviews // 0 Comments

bamfs-aloud-recap#Review & #Interview: The Path of Destiny by Mike SheltonThe Path Of Destiny by Mike Shelton
Series: The Cremelino Prophecy #1
Published by Michael Shelton on September 5th 2016
ISBN: 0997190000
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 308
Format: ebook
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"Forgotten lines of ancient magic and the power of the throne. One will make them both his own if his heart sees the true power. . . " So begins the ancient Cremelino Prophecy.

Darius San Williams, son of one of King Edward's councilors, cares little for his father's politics and vows to leave the city of Anikari to protect and bring glory to the Realm. But when a new-found and ancient power emerges from within him, he and his friends Christine and Kelln are faced with decisions that could shatter or fulfill the prophecy and the lives of all those they know. Wizards and magic have long been looked down upon in the Realm, but Darius learns that no matter where he goes, prophecy and destiny are waiting to find him.


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Dani’s Review

DNF @ 19%

This review comes as a surprise to me. I didn’t think I’d love this book, but I thought I’d like it well enough. And it started out on the path of 3 stars, which is good in my opinion. (4 is great, 5 is OMFGAMAZING.)

But it quickly lost steam. After Darius discovered his powers in chapter 1, nothing really happened. It was all very repetitive, with Darius getting angry thanks to his new powers, reacting and then regretting getting angry. I got so bored of him regretting everything.

I also didn’t feel like the characters had fully fleshed out personalities. They were very 2D, with stated characteristics, but I didn’t see them as real people. Kelln was a troublemaker, Christine was…nothing… Don’t get me started on how condescending Darius was to Christine and other farmer families: “These were good, hardworking, simple people.” *eyeroll* Darius wasn’t exactly an inspiring character either, which isn’t great for the MC of the book. I just couldn’t connect to him at all.

I feel like the book could have had some editing from a third party to really tease out the plot, as well as to catch all the repetition of details and phrases. On one page, for example, the king is said to be wearing a crown twice. (“The King wore the royal crown”, then a few paragraphs later: “A crown sat atop his brown hair.”)

I think maybe others might enjoy this book, but it wasn’t for me.

Jamie’s Review

DNF @ 25%

This is one of those books that is bogged down by too many words, over explanation of the world, and the need for someone to read it over a couple times to cut out the excess. It is very obvious that Shelton knows a lot about the world, but he wants to explain everything on page immediately rather than letting the reader explore the world as the characters do.

I think had these first few chapters been read through a few more times to be edited and cut down, it would have made the beginning of the book flow that much better and not make me think the whole book would be this bogged down and dry.

I love high fantasy, so I was pretty excited for this, but I am sad to say it just didn’t fit for me.

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About Mike Shelton

Mike was born in California and has lived in multiple states from the west coast to the east coast. He cannot remember a time when he wasn’t reading a book. At school, home, on vacation, at work at lunch time, and yes even a few pages in the car (at times when he just couldn’t put that great book down). Though he has read all sorts of genres he has always been drawn to fantasy. It is his way of escaping to a simpler time filled with magic, wonders and heroics of young men and women.

Other than reading, Mike has always enjoyed the outdoors. From the beaches in Southern California to the warm waters of North Carolina. From the waterfalls in the Northwest to the Rocky Mountains in Utah. Mike has appreciated the beauty that God provides for us. He also enjoys hiking, discovering nature, playing a little basketball or volleyball, and most recently disc golf. He has a lovely wife who has always supported him, and three beautiful children who have been the center of his life.

Mike began writing stories in elementary school and moved on to larger novels in his early adult years. He has worked in corporate finance for most of his career. That, along with spending time with his wonderful family and obligations at church has made it difficult to find the time to truly dedicate to writing. In the last few years as his children have become older he has returned to doing what he truly enjoys – writing!

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