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The Path of Man

(The Soul Stone Trilogy #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  74 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Arkin's world is changed forever when a stranger rides into town looking for an artifact that Arkin's father would trade his own life to protect -- a book that holds the secrets of the past and possibly the fate of the future. Suddenly, Arkin is thrown into an age old war between the Order and the Dark Society. The kingdom is already in turmoil over the scarcity of jobs an ...more
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published October 27th 2016
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Esmerelda Weatherwax
Gah! I've been having so much fun with Indie authors!
This was a short and fast paced book with an even faster more action filled ending that left me going "damnit, what happens now?!"

I'm looking forward to the sequel
This book is multi POV, and what I liked was that we are introduced to the next POV before we get their POV so I'm not left thinking "who is this and why should I care?". I do that sometimes with a bunch of POV's being introduced in the beginning.

What I liked even more is we see both
Raymond St.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The style is a bit off. Behold a far-reaching character-driven epic adventure-fantasy told in fairy-tale narrative strokes. Fairy-tales are quick and clear. They tell us who is wicked by their sneers, who is wise for the twinkle in the eye; who must be up to no good with their rat-like manners. But for'slice of life' requirements of a trilogy, fairy-tale 'telling' instead of 'showing' shall grate at times. Recall how Tolkien starts in that key, then shifts to a deeper, more nuanced moo
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had a really good run lately with the self-published books of many talented authors and The Path of Man is definitely no exception! This was a fast-paced, hard-hitting read that I devoured almost too quickly and already have my finger poised on the order button for the sequel.

Throughout the story, we're witness to two sides of a war for power that has been brewing for some time with pretty clear definitions of who's "good" and "evil". However, there is one character that seems to precarious
William Bitner Jr.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Just finished reading ‘The Path of Man (The Soul Stone Trilogy Book 1) by Matt Moss. First off I’d like to say thank you to Matt for the gift of a digital copy of this book, I appreciate it so very much. This is the debut novel by Matt and I must say it’s quite a good start to a what I believe will be a wonderful series. Action packed fantasy with sword, crossbow, and bow and arrow fighting, along with a little magic called soul tapping which allows special abilities to be performed. It’s a good ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Hin und wieder findet man zufällig ein Schnäppchen. »The Path of Man«, Teil eins der Soul Stone Trilogie von Matt Moss war solch ein Fall. Der Roman ist der Auftakt seiner selbstverlegten Fantasy-Reihe.

Als eines Tages ein Fremder vor Arkins Tür auftaucht, wird sein ganzes Leben auf den Kopf gestellt. Arkins Vater gibt ihm ein seltsames Buch in die Hand und heißt ihm zu fliehen, ehe er sich selbst dem Fremden stellt. Arkin findet sich damit auf einmal mitten zwischen den Fronten eines alten Konfl
Roxie Prince
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘The Path of Man (The Soul Stone Trilogy Book 1)’ by Matt Moss
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Finished on February 3, 2018
FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $4.99 on Kindle | $11.99 in Paperback

The Dark Society has finally emerged from the shadows after years of silence. Their mission is clear and they won't stop until the Order is destroyed.

The Order has been waiting for this day. The Prophet has already
Epper Marshall
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, magic
The main problem with this book that kept it from being a 4 or 5-star book is mainly the naming of things. For example, the original religion is called 'the Faith' and the newer religion is called 'the Church'. This is very confusing and broad. Many of the character names seem like they are taken from the bible and so it gives the feeling that it is based on actual history (conflict between religions, naming, etc). Then when the author mentions lore of the stories universe it makes it feel more ...more
Joshua Hair
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first effort, Matt Moss did a pretty darn good job! I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the action. As someone else mentioned, the dialogue needs a bit of work, and there were some very cliche moments, but overall Mister Moss wrote a very fine first novel. I'll be waiting for the next one.
Nancy Foster
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spfbo
I got an ARC copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing in exchange for a review.

I feel torn about this book. It mainly follows the path of two opposing characters: the archetype hero Arkin who discovers his mild mannered father Levi was a prominent member of The Order, a mysterious society of trained warriors and erudites that maintain stability in his nation while being the devoted servants of King George.

The second main character of the story is a mysterious assassin with a powerful d
Shelby Rollenhagen
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The Path of Man captures readers, pulling them along through turmoil, loss, and bloodshed. Quite the beginning of a series; I can't wait to delve into the next book.

The Path of Man follows the life of a young man, Arkin, who is entrusted with an important book. Readers follow his quest as tragedy sets the story in motion. However, readers also are presented with the happenings elsewhere that are important to both the main character and the entire world around him. The story ends with him set dow
Mr A J Hay
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good and interesting story

A good and interesting story. The first part obviously sets up the next book with plenty of plot threads to pursue. Quality of writing generally good bit some of the characters need fleshing out more. Maybe this will develop in the next instalment. Hopefully the generally above average quality of the writing can be maintained
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author shows a lot of promise. However, more time should be spent on character development and dialogue shouldn't read like Reddit comments. I thought the plotting was pretty good, though.
Jamie Tilson
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first book I was very impressed. I've read tons of new authors that I could not make it through the book, which is very hard for me. The book read and flowed like a veteran author. The story was well thought out. The characters and their stories were well written with many layers of story as well. It kept my interest. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The twists and turns were unexpected, which is good, but fit with the story in the end. There have only been maybe 10 books in my l ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway and I loved it. I found Arkin endearing and was rooting for him the entire book. I believe Torin would be my favorite character because I just found him to be a good man. This book was well written and I did enjoy it. I believe there will be two more book in the series and I look forward to reading those as well. Hope my review gets others to read it, it really is worth while. I was fascinated by an ability called soul tapping in this book and as a writer I wish I h ...more
Donna Barney
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a surprising ending..very good!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's The Order, lead by the High Priest who runs the Church, while The Prophet heads up The Order's acolyte training camp. The Order wants everyone to heed God, yet they guide the King to tax hard and make life hard on the peasants. And there's The Dark Society that violently split from The Order. It's lead by Victor who seems to be a master manipulator with a lust for power. He wants the world to heed him & The Religion (not God).

I found myself thoroughly unengrossed by these nondescript
Shannon Wolf
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the previous ratings

This book is about a 2.5, and it is a round down. The plot and the politics introduced in the story are a bit naive. I feel like I was suckered by all the morons that gave it a 5 star rating. The story was pretty easy to what was going to happen next with all the bouncing back and forth between characters. I could only get about two thirds before I had to put it down. I probably would have enjoyed the book more if I didn't go into it with high expectations.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
If you liked Lord of the Rings, then you will probably like this book. There is a quest, opposing forces, dynamic characters, plenty of blood,mayhem, and killing, righteous indignations, love interest, and from the ending of the first book, vengeance
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great, quick read. A bit refreshing after trudging through some of the longer fantasy stories. I enjoyed the characters and found myself anxiously tearing through the pages at certain points in the story.

Some of the dialogue did feel a bit awkward at times but for a new author I don’t expect perfection.

I will certainly be reading the next book.
Hershel Darby
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