Forbidden Paths (Paths Trilogy #1)

Book One

by Rod Mortin

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Members of three tribes are drawn by fate into the menacing Rift Valley. They come from opposing tribes yet follow individual paths that lead to love and friendship. The story opens with a tough-minded, take-action woman fleeing the brute who replaced her father as leader of the Mila Tanari tribe. She chooses to jump into the Rift rather than be the pawn of the tribe's new leader. A cute and brilliant inventor descends into the valley via ropes and pulleys with his lover, Kareel, to escape the persecution of his Geneer tribe. Together they make a home and are happy until Kareel’s untimely death. A handsome and sensitive healer, a member of the MeTech tribe, is so troubled by the greed of his new stepmother that he trips while gathering plants and tumbles into the Rift Valley. These three are as different as their tribes. Chased by the beasts that patrol the valley floor, the unlikely allies must forge a path toward friendship to survive. Curiosity lures them down a dangerous path in a quest to understand the ruins long protected by the carnivores. The secret they discover changes everything they thought they knew about their tribes and their world.

Forbidden Paths is Book One of an exciting trilogy by Rod Mortin. Filled with non-stop action, powerful relationships, and a quest for truth, the Paths Trilogy will inspire you to examine your own beliefs about those outside your tribe.


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Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: 13-17 (Young adult)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Space - Beyond Our Galaxy
Realism: World is similar to ours, but plot elements exceed our current tech level
Setting Type: Pastoral (rural & small towns)
Time Period: N/A

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Confident/Self-Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Nature-based survival action
Political/Social Commentary: Story is intended as metaphor for social or political theme(s)
Romance: Significant romantic themes
Genre Science Fiction
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements transcend modern science
  • Science stretched but possible (possible science of the near future)
  • Science of far future, attempts for rigorous accuracy
  • Science well beyond modern definitions, bordering on fantasy
Setting Type:
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Space
Time Period:
  • 2020 - 2030
  • 2030 - 2050
  • 2050 - 2100
  • 2100 - 2200
  • 2200 - 3000
  • Far Future (3000+)


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About the author

Rod Mortin

Rod Mortin hails from the Pacific Northwest. He holds an advanced degree in plant science and years of experience as a music instructor. Rod enjoys travel, gardening, and writing, though not necessarily in that order. He loves learning from the biographies of famous people, but he writes young adult fiction because he is a young teen at heart. Rod uses his science and musical training to weave tales of adventure aimed to support the daring and the visionary.

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