‘Path of Beasts’ – your reviews

October 5th, 2012

Now that Path of Beasts is available in Australia and nearly available in the US, I’ve decided that it would be interesting to have a page where readers can put up their own reviews. This is it!

US cover of 'Path of Beasts'

I don’t just mean that this is where you write ‘Terrific book. Loved it!’ or ‘Utterly vile book. I wouldn’t read it again if you paid me’ etc.

I mean real reviews. Thoughtful reviews. The sort that other kids will look at and say, ‘That looks interesting. I’d better read it.’ Or ‘Urk, that sounds really nasty.’

Imagine you’re writing the review for a newspaper, or a website (which you are). Put a bit of effort into it. Write it out by hand first, or type it into a word document, then past it into the comments section.

So here are the rules:

1. No spoilers! In other words, don’t give away any of the book’s big secrets. (Yes, you know the ones I mean.) If your review contains spoilers I’ll chop those bits out.
2. You’re allowed to love or hate the book, but I want to know why. (That’s what I mean by thoughtful.)
3. The review can be long or short, as long as it’s what you genuinely think.
4. Actually, I don’t think there’s a fourth rule. If I remember one, I’ll add it later.

Get to work, folks. I know that quite a few of you want to be writers, so this is your chance to practise your skills. πŸ™‚

Australian cover

And for those people still hanging out for a set of character cards, I’ll do another giveaway on Monday (which is Sunday evening in the US). So keep your eyes peeled and your fingers on the keyboard …

In other news, it’s nearly time for the two Tasmanian launches! Did I tell you we’re having a mystery guest at the Hobart launch on October 14th? I have no idea who it will be – all I know is that the Keepers of the Museum of Dunt have promised to send someone along. Will it be Olga Ciavolga? Will it be Sinew? Or Toadspit? Or Morg?

We’ll have to wait and see. But to celebrate, we’re asking people who come to the launch to bring a stuffed beast, so that we can build a guard of honour (our very own path of beasts) for the mystery guest.

If you’re in southern Tasmania on October 14th, BE THERE!

Hobart Baha’i Centre, 11 am.

0 thoughts on “‘Path of Beasts’ – your reviews

  1. Sofia says:

    Hi lian,
    Right now I am up to chapter 19 and so far I am really enjoying it!
    It has taken a whole new turn from the other books and it is very exciting!
    I will give you more feedback when I am finished.
    Loving it!

    1. Lian says:

      Sof, how nice to hear from someone who is right in the middle of it! I promise you it is about to get even MORE exciting! πŸ˜€

  2. Lily says:

    I couldn’t take my eyes off the book . . . literally! The whole day I was reading, didn’t stop to eat, or play or even go to the toilet! So many exciting and shocking twists, so many scary and amazing secrets, so many frightening and mysterious characters that got my teeth grinding, my heart racing and shivers running down my spine. At one point I’d be squealing, then another I’d be crying. Another I’d be gasping and the next I’d be grinning. This book is the best my eyes could ever engulf and the ending I’ll never forget . . . read it and you’ll see how hard it was to put my love for Lian Tanner and her books into words. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

    1. Lian says:

      Wow, Lily, what a great review! I really like the way that you’ve made it sound so exciting without actually giving away any secrets. If I hadn’t read it already, I’d go off and grab a copy right away. πŸ˜€

  3. Lily says:

    (I took the book to the toilet and to eat . . . Tell me that’s not dedecation! I dare you!)

  4. Lily says:

    Thank you. I’ve put in some of my work for the review I’d like to read at the launch. I’m not finished and there is no way I could put all of my affection into two minutes so I’m just going to put in the parts I like best and give it to you through email. Sound good?

    1. Lian says:

      I think that’s a good idea. The best writing is always edited down to the best bits anyway. We all tend to write a bit too much in the first draft, and then cut it in the second. (I’ve just cut about 8,000 words out of Ice Breaker, and it’s a much better book as a result.)

  5. Lilli says:

    Could you ever imagine being Goldie???

    A fighting thief ,that’s ready to pounce at any moment!

    Not to mention that she is the Fifth Keeper of the Museum ,plus she always has a grizzlehound beside her ,wouldn’t want to be her friend!

    For some reason Toadspit ( also a thief ,and is pretty good with a glazing sword) can handle Goldie ,as being one of her closet friends ,they embark and loads of adventures together.

    But when Goldie enters the Path of the Beasts ,what will happen?????

    1. Lian says:

      Well, that certainly makes ME want to read it, Lilli! πŸ˜€ Very exciting, you’ve done a good job of writing a review.

    2. Lily says:

      Ooh, wow thats sounds Kool! Makes me want to read the series for a fourth time! and a fifth! and a sixth!

      1. Lian says:

        I agree, Lily.

  6. Lily says:

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  7. Laurel says:

    i’m in chapter 8 now and this book is already so full of suspence that i am having troubles putting it down! i am going to use it for my upcoming school book report and i think it will be one of the most interesting books that you could ever write a reveiw on!

    1. Lian says:

      Glad to hear it’s keeping you in suspense, Laurel! I hope the school book report goes well.

  8. Lily says:

    Golden Roth, Fifth Keeper of the Museum of Dunt. Your tale is enthrilling, your secrets, deadly. Your limbs may not be bound, but your last adventure has woven ancient secrets into your blood. You cannot afford to struggle with it. You cannot afford to stop for one moment. The fate of your home rests on your shoulders. Don’t let Merne overcome your soul.

    That’s kinda creepy πŸ™ didn’t come out how I wanted to but I still kinda like it. BE WARNED! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

    1. Lian says:

      I kinda like it too, Lily. It’s very dramatic and exciting, and it hints about all sorts of things without actually giving anything away.

      1. Lily says:

        Oh, good thing it doesn’t give anything away, I thought I’d done something wrong there. Phew! (wipes forehead)

  9. Laurel says:


    Goldie Roth is dying to come home after a terrifying journey in Spoke. Who knew that when they came back that they would again find terror in the city of Jewel? The city is in desperate need of help from the Keepers of the Museum of Thieves and Goldie, as always, has the perfect plan! Will the Keepers be able to hold back against the evil forces waiting just outside the museum, waiting to strike? Wll Goldie and her friends survive the dreaded terror? Will enemies have to come together and join forces? Find out in this thrilling novel!

    and lian, i do agree, Broo played a very bold role in this book! What did Broo do to help save Jewel? Find out when reading the chilling and charming novel! πŸ˜‰

    1. Lian says:

      And I love your review, Laurel. It’s a ripper, and Lily is right in her comment below – ‘chilling and charming’ is a really good description. I love the way you’ve used questions to raise the tension, too. Very exciting! Personally, I think all you girls should get jobs writing the blurbs on the backs of books. πŸ˜€

  10. Lily says:

    Good words! Chilling and charming . . . Why didn’t I think of that? πŸ˜‰

  11. Laurel says:

    wow thanks Lily and Lian! i hope to become a real author some day… πŸ™‚ are you a huge keepers fan like me lily? πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      Hmm, I think I can hear Lily shouting ‘Yeeees!’, all the way from northern Tasmania. πŸ™‚

      1. Lily says:

        Ha ha ha! I couldn’t have said it better myself, Lian!

  12. Sofia says:

    Hi Lian,
    Just sitting at the airport waiting to go home.
    I just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed the launch!
    It was great to meet you and you are even lovlier in person.
    I finished the third book the day affter I bought it, and it was better than I could have imagened!
    Loved the launch, loved seeing Broo and loved Tassie!

    1. Lian says:

      It was great to meet you at last, Sofia. I was so pleased that you and your mum came all the way from Melbourne for the launch. And also very glad that the whole thing went so well, especially the mystery guest! It looks as if I might be coming to Melbourne some time next year, when the paperback of Path of Beasts is published, so perhaps I’ll see you again then.

  13. Laurel says:

    Wow, your lucky Sofia i wish i could have gone to the launch! I was just thinking, pounce was a really mean character in book two and i liked him less then i liked harrow and flence but in book three he really became a nicer person and i liked him alot!

    1. Lian says:

      I agree, Laurel – I thought Pounce found a lot more heart in the third book.

  14. Lily says:

    Pounce is such a good name for him . . . it makes you think he’d be the worst enemy, and the best of friends in a protective, suspicious and edgy way.

    1. Lian says:

      I think that is a perfect way to describe him, Lily.

  15. Laurel says:

    Hi Lian! I just finnished reading “path of beasts” for the fith time!!!!! LUV IT!!!!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Laurel – the FIFTH TIME!!!!! You must almost know it by heart. Do you have a favourite scene? Can you tell me what it is without giving away any of the book’s secrets?

  16. Laurel says:

    i think my favorite scene would be when Goldie was saving the children from that certain boat… (didn’t want to ruin that part) and they were all being really good actors and actresses while moaning and stuff. i also love it when she immatates nothingness… i am convinced that i have performed that trick once during a hide and seek game in the dark… the seeker looked right at me and didn’t see me! and the whole time i was thinking “i am nothing… i am a dew drop on a leaf…” and so on… πŸ˜€

    1. Lian says:

      LaureL, I am deeply impressed … I have tried and tried, but have never managed to attain nothingness. However I HAVE discovered that, if I don’t want someone to notice me, it is best not to think about them. For example, if I’m sitting there thinking ‘Don’t notice me!’ they’ll turn and look at me. But if I’m deliberately not thinking about them, and thinking about dewdrops instead, they are far more likely to ignore me. So I guess that’s on the way to nothingness. πŸ™‚

  17. Io says:

    Hi Lian! This is Io, remember the girl at Ironside State School? I finished your book on September 27 because there was a copy at the Brisbane Council Library which was soooooooo good!!!!!!!:) Just one question….
    When will the new trilogy, of when Herro Dan and the others were smaller, come out?

    I can’t wait!

    1. Lian says:

      Hello Io, of course I remember you. Thanks for visiting my website. I’m afraid I don’t yet have a date for the next trilogy. After all, it is not even written yet.:-) But this is what I think will happen … ‘Ice Breaker’ is coming out next year, 2013, at the beginning of October … that’s fairly definite. ‘Brizzlehound’, which is the first book in the Olga Ciavolga/ Herro Dan trilogy, will PROBABLY come out the following October – that’s 2014. I know it’s a dreadfully long time to wait, but the books do take a while to write.

  18. Laurel says:

    hey lian, is icebreaker coming out in america? AND YES that is a dreadfully long time to wait.

    1. Lian says:

      Don’t know about America yet, Laurel. I’ve just sent the final manuscript to my agent, who will send it to the American agent she works with, and then THAT agent will send it to the publisher. So I’m holding my breath a bit, waiting to see if the US publisher likes it or not.

  19. Hannah says:

    I finally have the book!!!!!!!!!! Just got it yesterday! I already started to read it and it is so good. I will have a review up as soon as I finish.

    1. Lian says:

      I’m looking forward to seeing your review, Hannah.

  20. Io says:

    Thx for the information!

  21. Io says:

    Lian, will there be another ‘Path of Beasts’ book giveaway?

  22. laurel says:

    hey Lian! i’ve read Path of Beasts 8 times now!!! i know most of it by heart and i have gone through to examine your writing style. the way you write books is very amazing and i have been looking at how you show detail. thanks for being such an amazing author, its people like you that inspire my writing career! thank you sooooo much for being awesome!!!!

    ~ <3 Laurel

    1. Lian says:

      Laurel, you amaze me! Eight times! You’re a reader after my own heart (and the awesomeness goes both ways). I’m so glad that you’re finding my writing useful as an inspiration – I think that reading and rereading your favourite authors is an excellent way to learn.

  23. Laurel says:

    Hey Lian! I was meaning to write to you Sunday- but my computer crashed! πŸ™

    I remembered from an earlier post that you had said your birthday was on Saint Patrick’s day so…. HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY LIAN!!!! Still trying to get my hands on Ice Breaker- I’m in America! πŸ™

    Oh well- I will keep looking and I can’t wait for your next release!

    Keep doing what you do best!


    1. Lian says:

      Hi Laurel! Thanks so much for your late birthday wishes. I actually spent part of the day speaking on a panel and reading aloud from ‘Path of Beasts’, which was a fairly odd way to spend my birthday, but it was okay. πŸ™‚ You definitely won’t be able to get your hands on ‘Ice Breaker’ yet, wherever you live. It hasn’t been published yet. It’s coming out in Australia at the beginning of November, and we don’t yet know if it will come out in America. My US agent has the manuscript and hopefully she will soon show it to the publisher and we will get an answer. My fingers are permanently crossed!

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