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The Path Traveler: Crisis of Faith based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book had a pretty promising start, but didn't really pan out. I did love the flashback of Wulf's story, though
This engaging and philosophically charged story is a good read for anyone interested in Eastern culture and martial arts. The story delves into the world of man who has lost faith in his culture and religious beliefs. It applies to anyone who has ever doubted what they were taught growing up. The plot line is gripping and tightly woven, but I would have liked a little more character development. One highlight is the backstory of Wulf, which is done in a beautifully alternative style of illustration-- almost like Egyptian pictograph. It created the feeling of a short movie clip within the book-- it had great storytelling impact, and it gave the reader a reason to care about him. Wulf is probably the most accessible character to Western readers because of his Viking heritage. One (light) cristicism I have is that the scenes with supernatural events were a little choppy... the characters seem to accept chaotic and provocative actions (like a dead emperor taking his own severed head from the ground and reataching it, and the killing of a god by a mortal) a little too much is stride. Even though the people believe in gods and demons, I felt there should have been more attention to how these events matched their preexisting beliefs, and whether it challenged or strengthened those beliefs. The colors and visual mood of the book are fittingly dark and consistent with the content. A good read-- I highly recommend it.