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The Blood Gate [Kindle Edition]

David Ross Erickson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

160,000 words/600 pages

"Engages the reader quickly from the beginning and transports him into a world of war and treachery. A definite 5 stars out of 5."

"This book is awesome—go read it."

"Strong sense of action, engaging characters, and well-penned prose."
Behind a wall in a hidden chamber lies a dark secret: The Blood Gate. Legend hints at its awesome power—and its dreadful costs. Since ancient times, the mysterious portal has been kept sealed and hidden. Only the great Xarhux himself had ever dared to enter...

And he emerged with the strength of a god.

And the mind of a madman.

Now, a young descendant of the Conqueror, the exiled Prince Hurrus, must discover the Blood Gate's terrible secret if he is ever to reclaim the throne of his father.

His people fight and die for his return. Bands of rebels wage a hopeless war against vast supernatural forces. Outmatched and increasingly desperate, a single dream keeps them alive—the dream of the return of their king. The dream of Hurrus.

But he must first face what few have survived—hired blades of the famed Prathian Guard...

Unforgettable characters, non-stop action, romance, and intrigue…

Military fantasy for fans of historical fiction. Based loosely on the era of Alexander's Successors. From the author of The War God's Men.

Product Details

  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Rockford Road Publishing; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q9TCRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sure to keep you engaged until the end July 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
when the author promises unforgettable characters, non-stop action, romance, and intrigue, he most certainly delivers. The Blood Gate engages the reader quickly from the beginning and transports them into a world of war and treachery. A definite 5 stars out of 5.

This may be my shortest review, but there is a limit to the number of ways I can say this book was awesome--go read it. It has multiple subplots ranging from hired mercenaries, treasonous brothers, insane Kings, and prophetic pseudo-mothers. And last but not least, a war for freedom and a search to harness the power of a god. The author is a master of description and keeps the reader guessing as to what trouble his characters will find themselves in next. A central theme of the book is power coupled with madness, which makes for very intricate and original personalities.

In the true spirit of epic fantasy, there are too many characters to name. The author gives the characters such complex back stories and motivations, I felt like I understood each and every one, even the more minor characters. The main character, Prince Hurrus, was upstaged for me by Xanthippus and the heart-wrenching flashbacks to his childhood. I admittedly felt a little nervous for Xanthippus at the end of the book and couldn't help but wonder what life would bring to him after the book's ending--I fear there is much more heartache headed his way.

One of my favourite things about this work was the author's establishment of his world's religions and gods. I am forever fascinated by authors who can create deities so flawed and so captivating and that exist so far outside the realm of our current religious systems--and yet make them believable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pseudo-historical fantasy novel January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Blood Gate by David Ross Erickson was also another book which the author hadn't approached us for, but again the blurb and excerpt worked in its favor. The story begins by introducing several characters in a land which is similar to Egypt and is called Tygetia. The author begins the story by introducing us to the two main characters Xanthippus and Hurrus, who are the main focus of the story.

Xanthippus is a warrior who travels to Tygetia with his blood brother Nydeon for a specific cause as some one is looking to hire them for a job of sorts. Hurrus is a prince of a far away land who is looking to return as a conquering victor. They however will have to contend with a lot more issues than they think are present. Also in the midst of things is the titular object which can grant mystical powers but also granting madness at the same time. There are many more characters and thus there is a lot more drama. The story is a myriad one wherein there are multiple plot threads and the author slowly introduces each and every one of them, slowly and surely building a tapestry for the reader to view. The story then spiral to its fantastic conclusion and has an epic ending of sorts.

What I liked about the book was its understated epicness, whilst the characterization was a strong point. The main draw of the story is the plot twists, the author has thoroughly planned the story and made sure that the reader who closely follows it will be thoroughly rewarded. Another excellent point about the story is its standalone nature, nowadays with huge series with more than 5/6 books, its very heartening to see an author pitch out an epic story and then contain it within the confines of a single book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy,... September 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Blood Gate is an epic fantasy tale with rich characters, tons of action and intrigue, romance, and great storylines. The world the author created for this book was extraordinary, with a created mythology of dieties and religion that was somehow still fully believable, despite being so far out of our own reality and mythologies.

Sometimes epic fantasy can become muddied with all of the subplots that are a part of the epic story, or those subplots can feel incomplete. Neither was an issue with this book. The subplots were almost stories in and of themselves and were woven together without a bit of the muddiness. The action and the intrigue was kept at a great pace that kept the rather long novel from ever becoming stale and kept me turning the pages.

I don't know that this is a book that would appeal to everyone, but I really enjoyed it. It has a lot of depth and character and really draws you in. Fantasy or not, it has a very historical feel to it, thanks to an incredibly well-created world. The characters, whether you root for them or not, are very relatable and draw you right into the story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm certainly not breaking any new territory in saying there is a hefty amount of indie fantasy on the market these days--I should know, I'm one of the multitude that has dived into that market--but that makes it all the more endearing when you can pluck a gem from the pile, and the Blood Gate is certainly one of those gems. An epic fantasy heavily paralleling more ancient fields of our own history, this book is rich with characters--characters with real personality, mind you--and detail, while still managing to entertain with a hefty dose of action. It breathes with all the facets of a real world, and for all the curious deities and strange doses of magic and religion scampering across the scene it still maintains a strong sense of immersion and depth to the world, in a way I daresay is reminiscent of quality historical fiction. Though some of the glow begins to run off by story's end, it is a quality testament to the quality indie and self-pub authors can achieve--quality that is every bit as captivating as any of the "Big Six" published writers on the market today.

If you're looking for a unique setting with sound entertainment value on your hunts for quality fantasy, The Blood Gate is certainly a good way to go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Well-done Story!
Excellent story and fast-paced action. Great look at ancient war-fighting tactics and strategy. Interesting from beginning through the conclusion.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Get it for a good price and read it in one day
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, kind of real predicable. Get it for a good price and read it in one day.
Published 4 months ago by Larry Lambert
3.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Gate
This book is a military based Fantasy "historical" novel, which to be fair, is not the sort of book that I would normally read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
Loved the strong characters, slightly Egyptian feel, and interplay amongst the story lines. Very enjoyable read that left me wondering more about other potential books with some of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Misty Cherie
2.0 out of 5 stars Blood Gate
I tried reading this book. One of the reasons I'm not thrilled about it is the names are impossible to pronounce. I don't understand why authors do this. Read more
Published 23 months ago by dj
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wow
An epic kidding. From rich, well-formed characters, including wrong women who love to fight. Read more
Published on October 28, 2012 by Megan Pink
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
A page turner for sure.I enjoyed this book a lot.David Erickson is a great author so at least try the sample
Published on October 10, 2012 by Todd R White
2.0 out of 5 stars bloodgate review
The writer does not take the time to set up the characters so you do not know anything. Also when he switches scenes it takes you a couple of paragraphs to figure out where this... Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by m.mccord
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically inspired fantasy
An interesting mix of fantasy with lots of historical ideas/concepts that results in an enjoyable and easy to read story. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Guy de Carufel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much
Weak, weak, weak! Started out slow and never got anywhere. I finally gave up in disgust. The review promised a real thriller, problem was, the book didn't deliver. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by Deacon Pete
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More About the Author

David Ross Erickson is the Charles S. Roberts Award-winning designer of such popular historical computer war games as "Horse & Musket", "Dragoon" and "Combat Command." He was also the long-time publisher and editor of the influential periodical "Wargamers Monthly." His passion for military history is evident in both of his acclaimed novels, "The War God's Men" -- a faithful dramatization of the opening years of the First Punic War -- and "The Blood Gate" -- an action-packed fantasy inspired by the era of Alexander's Successors.

His latest novels, "A Midnight Dreary" and "My Clockwork Muse," published under the name D.R. Erickson, reflect his life-long fascination with old-school Gothic horror and the fantastic.

He is currently working on the next novel in the "Poe Files Mystery" series. He resides in the American Midwest with his wife, children and a dog named Edgar.

You may contact the author at DaveErickson0818[at]gmail[dot]com

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