Book Review: Path of War By David Green

After reading book one of the Empire of Ruin series by David Green, I had high expectations for book two, and I was not disappointed.

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book follows Calene, Arlo, and the others during the aftermath of the fall of Solitude. Arlo and his Banished companion, Tilo, head north to the lodestone, while Calene and her companions head south to try and save Vettigan from the shadow that consumes him. Only, everything is far more complicated than one might anticipate, and the Empire is poised for change.

The plot of this book was a bit more involved than the previous book, simply because it focused on more characters. I think it worked out reasonably well, and everyone got to where they needed to be without too many unnecessary detours along the way. I think the plot worked out well.

2. Thoughts on the characters

It was nice to see more of these characters, since I had such a good time reading book one. I really think Calene’s journey was the most significant, and I liked seeing her development throughout the book very much. I will say that Arlo’s journey was perhaps the most important to the plot, and I wish we had a bit more about him (book three, I’m guessing, will involve him more). And, frankly, I could have done without Nexes’ chapters entirely, as they didn’t feel massively significant to the plot and he was a bit of a flat character to me.

3. Favourite part

Calene keeps destroying buildings. It’s a thing, now.

4. Critique

My only real critique is just the fact that I didn’t enjoy reading Nexes’ chapters. I get why they were put in there, but they were fairly flat, and his primary characteristic seemed to be that he was a truly terrible guy with some misguided loyalty issues. It didn’t feel very significant to plot and I was a little bored by them.

Overall, though, I would say that Path of War was a good second book to the series. Very entertaining.