The Path Of Decisions

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
334 Pages
Reviewed on 05/01/2016
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Holy Moly! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading The Path Of Decisions, which is the second book in the excellent Cremelino Prophecy series by author Mike Shelton. This story is one that grabbed me from the very first words, and kept me reading obsessively all the way through until the very end. This book continues the story of Darius San Williams, now the first commander of the King’s Elite Army, as well as of Christine, Kelln, and Mezar. Darius is struggling to master his growing powers, but he must do so in order to keep those that he cares about safe from harm. Christine is back in Anikari, trying to alleviate her people's oppression; Kelln is being tormented by an evil wizard; and Mezar is a captive and is keeping careful watch over all that is going on, as well as keeping his own important secret. Will the four be able to protect both their friendship and their kingdom? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I so enjoyed The Path of Decisions. Author Mike Shelton has done a fantastic job in continuing the story of what has turned out to be an absolutely great series for young adults. His characterizations are spot on and his world creation abilities are simply second to none. Any reader who enjoys a great work of fantasy, whether young adult or not, should absolutely read The Path of Decisions. I highly recommend this book, and will be anxiously waiting to read the next book in this incredible series as soon as it is available!

Sarah Stuart

The Path of Decisions (The Cremelino Prophecy Book 2) by Mike Shelton opens with Darius, who was introduced as the young son of the King of The Realm’s first councillor in The Path of Destiny, Book 1 of the series. He is now Commander Darius San Williams, First Commander in the King’s Elite Army. Chapter one opens with a very readable update of events prior to the present so The Path of Decisions can be read as a standalone novel. Darius’ magical powers are increasing but not yet fully developed as he seeks to protect the kingdom from invasion and enemies within. Christine, his friend and first love, is in Ankira, struggling against the oppression of her people, whilst Kelln remains the prisoner of an evil wizard.

Mike Shelton has written a superb opening to The Path of Decisions, instantly engaging readers. The magical action, set against a vivid backdrop, is ruled by the Cremelino Prophecy. “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. He will bring light to fight darkness and love to fight hate if he reaches into the power of his heart.” Intriguing questions build rapidly. Is Darius, who defends his right to disobey the king when his orders conflict with his own judgement, “the one”? Will Christine escape violent persecutors who burn her people’s land? Can Kelln trust Alessandra, or is she in league with the enemies of The Realm? Mike Shelton’s joy in writing floods every chapter; the epilogue ensures that reading Book Three, The Path of Peace, is irresistible. I enjoyed it very much.

Lisa McCombs

Months after being separated for the sake of social equality, Darius and his childhood friend Kelln feel the undeniable urge to reunite. They were never more powerful than as “partners in crime.” But with Darius struggling against the strong pull of a mysterious force of power, the two friends find themselves at odds emotionally and physically. As the friends combat this silent power, Christine, the girl who holds Darius’ heart, is also up against unpopular decisions by her villagers and family. She is not the pure, sweet girl she once was. Darius moves closer to conflict with his beloved King's Elite Army as he attempts to seek a balance between what he knows to be true and the enticements of his own power. The reader may expect the fairy tale ending, but won’t be disappointed in the journey it entails.

The Path of Destiny: The Cremelino Prophecy, Part II by Michael Shelton is the second installment in a planned trilogy about a nontraditional evolution of a young king. Shelton’s vivid description and imaginative character development make the perfect combination for a young adult medieval theme. As young Darius struggles to understand his inexplicable resemblance to the wizard of old, he learns about the irrelevance of class structure in the success of a safe and happy environment. Because “boy books” are such a rare treat, I am excited about the continuation of Shelton’s series.