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The Crimson Vault (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Will Wight
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As the conflict between Enosh and Damasca builds to war, Simon finds himself caught in the middle.

Alin is bound by prophecy to the Grandmasters of Enosh, but he begins to doubt his fate when he discovers that their talk of freedom hides a darker agenda.

Leah has never questioned her loyalty to Damasca. Now, she finds that allegiance tested as she is forced to oppose her own rebellious brother.

With these two powers on the brink of open war, the land soon trembles in the face of an even greater threat.

Who can stand against the Wanderer?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1118 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing; 2 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV12PH0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad, and the Incarnated August 29, 2013
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The Crimson Vault does not begin where House of Blades left off. Rather, the book starts off with a bit of back story. Who saved Simon from the two Travelers at Latari Forest? Why was Simon and his family attacked in the first place? Who exactly is this Valin fellow? Answers to these questions are all contained within the first fifty pages.

And that's really what this book is about: fleshing out the details. House of Blades had an almost superficial quality to it. Witty dialogue and flashy action scenes? Yes! Detailed descriptions about culture or geography? Not so much. So after reading House of Blades, I felt a bit incomplete. The prose was excellent, the characters well thought-out, and the story line enjoyable. But where was the worldbuilding? Where was the nitty-gritty minutate that brings out my inner fan girl? I wanted to immerse myself into House of Blades, but there just wasn't enough substance for me to latch onto.

That's where The Crimson Vault comes in. It had depth. It has texture. It has richness. The same brilliant writing is there but there is a sense of underlying context behind every word. The attention paid to the social structure, history, and political relationships helps make this world as immersive and real as possible.

Of course, even good worldbuilding can't manage to overshadow the epic battles showcased throughout The Crimson Vault. Valinhall, as it turns out, has a lot more goodies to offer Simon besides liquid steel and Nye essence. Stone, diamond, and black gauntlet - I love how Will Wight introduces these new powers - they make each and every confrontation between Travelers memorable.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good followup to the House of Blades August 29, 2013
By Mane
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The House of Blades broke the old cookie-cutter mold of the fantasy genre by telling the story of Simon, your typical Villager A, along with Leah the Princess in Disguise and Alin the Chosen One. Their stories continue in this sequel.

Simon slowly becomes less Villager A and more Hero, all without the obligatory super talent. Will Wright avoids the pitfall of turning Simon into an invincible hero without having to marginalize his existence. There is no "special training," and every superpower has glaring flaws. We saw Simon him grapple with doing the right thing in The House of Blades, and that struggle continues in The Crimson Vault.

Overall, it is a great sequel that keeps all the things that made its predecessor worth reading while also introducing small new twists. Being the Chosen One isn't so great when the people worshiping you are basically terrorists. I look forward to seeing what Will Wright does with the next title in this trilogy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome entry in the series. August 30, 2013
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I read the House of Blades a week ago and was pleasantly suprised to see the sequel come out so quickly (props to Will Wight for his speedy writing). I started reading it this morning and I literally couldn't stop reading (I may have decided not to go to some things I should have). Like the first, this book is heavy on action. There are very few scenes in this book without fighting or crazy magic and monsters. I love the characters and the humour and the story is never too predictable.

Like the first it is low on details but I think that is mostly a good thing as some authors can really waffle. Because the main characters, especially Simon, are in danger so constantly you do stop being concerned when they are in danger. Also the book tends to gloss over the fact that lots of innocent people are dying and could capture the horror of situations like that a bit better.

I think this and the first book are an amazing effort from a new author and I can't wait for the next book and I will be recommending this series to friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Second Book. Can't wait for #3! August 29, 2013
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Excellent followup to The House of Blades.

I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this novel, and was not disappointed. The world is a much bigger place than HoB let on, and all of it is excellent. I'll definitely be rereading this one. The stakes are higher for Simon & crew, and the rammifications of his actions in Book 1 are not glossed over in the least.

More Valinhall, lots more
Simon levels up, and how!
Kai is called out on his failings
Epic battles
The world is much more realized - lots more information on the territories is given.
Leah is a badass
Alin is less of an idiot

2014 release date for book 3
Only one more book in the series
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars better than the first book February 19, 2014
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This book was much better written and more polished than the first book. It could have benefited from a good copy editor though. It was an enjoyable read and certainly worth the price, but definitely not worthy of its overly high 4.5 star rating. There are a lot of kindle books with high ratings like this and compared to similar kindle self published books which all read like fan fiction then I can understand the high rating. But compared to other similar fantasy books like Erikson's Malzan Book of the Fallen, which also has a 4.5 star rating this book is not even close.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good
I do not like the "Perils of Pauline" type novels like this. If you do then you might like it as well as the first.
Published 17 days ago by Phil Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars starting to really like this series
At first I felt these books were simplistic in its style and development. Some of the characters lacked depth, but I enjoyed the story and the different territories that one can... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Todd F. Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!!!
This story picks up with the same pace where the first story ended. I could not put this book down.
Published 20 days ago by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting better and better
Seriously, just try the series. The concept Is awesome and I cannot wait to start book 3. I am hoping they pass on making this a movie as it won't do it justice.
Published 22 days ago by C. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved it
Published 24 days ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars The adventure continues
Leah, Simon and Alin move forward to war as various Territories and factions fight to overcome the king of Damasca and the violent incarnation Valin. Read more
Published 1 month ago by m4pax
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book
Having finished the trilogy, I think this was the best book in the series. The character building is excellent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Midnight Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it. Typical fantasy plot.
Published 2 months ago by Lance Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story with some holes
A good read, interesting story and development of characters... but the world/magic/setting that seemed like the author was coming up with as he was writing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Church
3.0 out of 5 stars Author has the potential be great. Keep writing
Decent. Author has the potential be great. Keep writing :-)
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More About the Author

Will Wight is the author of the Traveler's Gate trilogy, and he has dominion over all sea creatures. He has lived for 25 years, and plans on living for at least two hundred more. Under the light of a full moon, he is revealed as a sentient penguin.

Will graduated from the University of Central Florida with his Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He still lives in Orlando, and he can smell fear.

Visit his website at for dark secrets the world was not meant to know.

If you'd like to contact him, send him an email at, or else just turn around. He's behind you.

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