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THE GATEWAY (An Epic Fantasy Novella) (Harbinger of Doom Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Glenn G. Thater
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Warning to readers: The Gateway and the other books in the Harbinger of Doom series explore religious and political topics that some may consider highly controversial. Proceed at your own risk. The author has written that, "The nature of good and evil is explored in ways that led to the Saga's banning for either religious or political reasons in much of Western Europe for centuries." 

The Gateway
 is a novella length version (approximately 25,000 words) of the first volume of the epic Harbinger of Doom series. The full length version of the first volume is entitled Gateway to Nifleheim (approximate length 66,000 words).

Praise for The Gateway by Glenn G. Thater

"Glenn Thater's, The Gateway, is a masterfully crafted epic fantasy about the ages old struggle between good and evil." ---- Carol Marrs Phipps, author of Elf Killers
"...as good as any fantasy tale you will read, it honors the tradition, and adds to our lore a story so good, so well told, I hope it will be remembered forever."  ----- Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands.
"...a must read for all fans of classic sword and sorcery. A blend of howard, moorcock, wagner,with a twist of lovecraft. Well written and hugely entertaining." ---- Jimmyonly (an Amazon reviewer)

In
The Gateway, Glenn G. Thater transports us to an age of high adventure where knights battle supernatural horrors, magic is real but hidden, and the line between good and evil is all too thin.
This introduction to the epic Harbinger of Doom series is certain to delight fantasy fans everywhere.
The Harbinger of Doom saga centers around one Lord Angle Theta, an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him. But for all his skills, he is but one of us; a man, a human, who shares our faults, our dreams, and our ambitions. He boldly strides across the land, fearless, peerless, and cloaked in mystery; all his will bent on righting such wrongs as he deems fit.
Until the day the Gateway opened and turned the world on its head. On that fateful day, Korrgonn came and washed away our dreams. And his outre' realm of Nifleheim set its unholy mark upon our world and claimed it for their own. Only Theta and his companions see our end coming- the end of civilization, the end of the world of man.

But no man, not even our greatest hero, can stand against the Lords of Nifleheim and the dark armies at their command. Fiends that infiltrate unseen within our ranks, that tear down our temples and our traditions; that devour us from within, unseen, unknown, unheralded, and unopposed until the hour grows far too late. One man pierces the veil of magic that blinds us all and marks the world as it truly is, revealing secrets, secrets of Angle Theta, so horrifying as to shatter a man's mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
When mad sorcerers open a gateway to the very pits of hell, releasing outre demons of darkest nightmare upon the world, only the intrepid knights of House Eotrus stand in their way. Claradon Eotrus takes up the mantle of his noble house to avenge his father and hold back the tide of chaos that threatens to engulf the world and destroy mankind. Claradon recruits Angle Theta and Gabriel Garn, mysterious knights of mystical power to stand with him. Theta and Garn take up their swords one last time against the coming darkness -- a darkness from which only one will emerge.

BOOKS BY GLENN G. THATER

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA

GATEWAY TO NIFLEHEIM
THE FALLEN ANGLE
KNIGHT ETERNAL
DWELLERS OF THE DEEP
VOLUME 5+    forthcoming
HARBINGER OF DOOM
(Combines The Gateway and The Fallen Angle into a single volume)
THE HERO AND THE FIEND
(A novelette set in the Harbinger of Doom universe)
THE GATEWAY 
(A novella length version of Gateway to Nifleheim)





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Editorial Reviews

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"...as good as any fantasy tale you will read, it honors the tradition, and adds to our lore a story so good, so well told, I hope it will be remembered forever."  ----- Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands.

"...fast paced and exciting with characters real enough to leap out of the pages...leaves the reader craving more."   ----- Franz McLaren, author of Demon Drift and A Night of Dark Delicacies.

"...Non-stop action that is written so well you can't stop reading it!"  ---- G.A. Endless, author of Issla: A Vampire Living in the 21st Century."

...The author paints each scene and battle so clearly that I felt I was in the middle of the action.
"  ----- Mike Monahan, author of Barracuda.

"....Thater writes with a realism like no other." ---- Glenda A. Bixler (vine voice)

"...a must read for all fans of classic sword and sorcery. A blend of howard, moorcock, wagner,with a twist of lovecraft. Well written and hugely entertaining." ---- Jimmyonly (an Amazon reviewer)"

"Lord Theta is a stand out character... He should take his place among the "greats," like Gandolf, and Drizzt Do'Urden.....
if you enjoy R.A. Salvatore and Tolkien, then you should most definitely check out Glenn Thater." ----turbokat42 (an Amazon reviewer)

"Glenn Thater's, The Gateway, is a masterfully crafted epic fantasy about the ages old struggle between good and evil.
" ---- Carol Marrs Phipps, author of Elf Killers

From the Author

Floating at the surface of the Harbinger of Doom stories (commonly known as the Thetian Saga) are action, heroism, villainy, fantastical creatures, magic, and intrigue, obvious and entertaining to all those that skim its pages. But for those who delve deeper, the Thetian tales present truths both shocking and eternal. The nature of good and evil is explored in ways that led to the Saga's banning for either religious or political reasons in much of Western Europe for centuries. Ironically, a more careful reading of a wider swath of Thetian canon affirms the time-honored truths and values taught by the Church and upheld by the best of nations.
The Thetian Saga presents a vast, complex world populated by a myriad of memorable characters, and beset with magic, monsters, mystery, myth, and mayhem. It is epic fantasy on its grandest scale. Dropping a reader somewhere amidst that maelstrom is a daunting prospect for author and reader alike. To ease the entrance, I begin the telling with the novella, The Gateway, which is decidedly not epic in scope but introduces some of the most beloved characters of the saga, showcases Theta at his finest, and features the realistic, gritty action the Saga is known for, while also hinting at the wonders and mystery that define the ancient world of Midgaard. Fantasy readers may find it reminiscent in scope and feel to some of Robert E. Howard's stories of Conan, Kull, or Solomon Kane. Subsequent volumes of the Saga expose the reader to the vast landscape of Midgaard as the Saga's reach spirals outward and becomes truly epic in scale and complexity.
As you take your first dip into the waters of Midgaard and experience the vivid descriptions of the landscape and the heart-thumping action, you may, as I do, feel the urge to pick up a sword and dive into the fray. Although we can't fight at Theta's side, take solace that we can revel in his exploits and follow him again and again as he strides across Midgaard in the days of high adventure.

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss April 13, 2010
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The Gateway by Glenn G. Thater is the first of a trilogy of fantasy books also contained in a single volume called The Harbinger of Doom. In the Gateway, we are introduced to a coterie of brave knights from the House Eotrus who are investigating the mysterious disappearance of their lord and his army. Along the way, they discover a mystical gateway through which the forces of evil plan to enter the world. It is up to Lord Theta, Sir Gabriel, Brother Claradon, and the rest of the Eotrus Knights to stop this otherworldy invasion. Failure to do so will result in the end of the world as it is plunged into darkness by the hordes an unholy army.

Glenn Thater uses many tried and true plot devices to tell his story. However, although there are some memorable moments, The Gateway seems to miss as often as it hits. I find Thater's writing inconsistent in his use of dialogue. Characters inexplicably slip in and out of colloquial modern slang to poorly written archaic speech. I'm a little confused as to why the author sees the need to allow his characters to indulge in the incorrect use of 'thees', 'thys', and 'thous' when his story works just as well without them. This could be overlooked by most readers since they may not be familiar with archaic English. Yet, I am at a loss to understand why Thater's characters speak in archaic English when most of the time they speak in ordinary modern diction. Confusing to say the least.

I also find the occasional shift in point-of-view to be disconcerting. Since this book is mostly written in the third-person, there's no justification for why certain passages are written in the first-person. However clever the author may think he is, this is an unconventional method of writing a story that is entirely distracting.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Fantasy Saga May 29, 2008
By Sunil
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is highly recommended to anyone that is interested in adventures set in the medevial period. The stories depict a battle between humans vs dark and hideous monster like villians that entered the earth's realm through a mysterious portal. Their sole purpose is to create havoc and the destruction of the human kind.

The author draws you into the story with detailed and graphic descriptions of the surroundings and events. The fighting scenes are so well described that the events become very vivid in your mind, transporting you through time.

The main character seem to be Angle Theta, a very mysterious individual with combating skills beyond the imagination. In stories of this type, the battle is usually between good and evil where the hero represents good. However, the line between good and evil is very blurred in this story. Events and decisions makes you question the morality of individuals.

The author seems to suggest that the main characters and stories are based on actual events. Regardless if this is true or not, the book is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Gateway August 23, 2009
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I honestly have no idea why anyone rated this book as anything higher than a zero. Having read the other two reviews, I started reading with great anticipation. I found the characters poorly developed, a strange mixture of language styles (modern slang mixed in with thees and thys). The dialogue was juvenile at best - I felt as if I were listening to 13 year olds squabbling rather than adults weighing a serious situation. I read the whole book waiting for it to get better, but it never did. If you are looking for a really good series of books set in a medieval period, I highly recommend THE ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I like best in an Epic Quest tale October 1, 2011
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This was one of those weeks in which I only had time to read one book and what a book! Thater starts out running and the action doesn't stop.

In `The Gateway', indie author Glenn G. Thater has created a mythology and a world that feels as real as that of Tolkien's Middle Earth. It begins with a Foreword that uses the intriguing plot device of purporting to be the culmination of years of research into the existence and mythology of a `legendary' figure, Lord Angle Theta. That foreword hooked me immediately, history and mythology geek that I am.

At the outset, Brother Clarendon Eotrus attempts to discover what happened to his father, Lord Aradon, who has mysteriously vanished along with his rangers into a strange fog. They had gone to investigate in the daylight hours why horrible and mysterious noises emanate from the Vermion Forest at night, driving the residents mad. Those who live in Dor Eotrus must stop up their ears with wax in order to sleep.

Joining Clarendon are Gabriel Garn, the wizard of Dor Eotrus and several other amazingly fleshed out characters; including a wonderfully cranky Gnome named Ob, who is one of my favorite characters in this tale. Lord Angle Theta and his servant, Dolan Silk also join the quest. Theta is mysterious and enigmatic; appearing out of nowhere for the sole purpose of joining the quest, having been'led' there. It turns out that he is a reknowned knight and is old friends with Gabriel Garn. He is a man with arcane knowlege, who knows that the barriers are breaking down between the Worlds of Chaos and the human world of Midgaard. He has come to stop it.

The plot moves along at a good pace, with the back-story presented in such a way that it does not interfere with the action; and there is a great deal of action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.... interesting read...
This was a really interesting book... good story... kept me reading.... I don't have a lot of time to read so that's a pretty good sign that I liked it!
Published 12 days ago by Randy Benjamin
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I seen to remember an archaeology professor in an undergrad class mentioning Angle Theta, but this is goofy.
Published 22 days ago by Wesley Saults
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job.
Well written. Riveting. Great job.
Published 1 month ago by Charlene Iverson: Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
OK.
Published 1 month ago by June851
5.0 out of 5 stars Yupp
Great
Published 2 months ago by Thatgirljenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Kept me interested the entire time. Easy to keep reading til it's done. Can't wait to start the full saga but please don't let it go past the seven books
Published 2 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
Published 2 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars The Gateway
Slow going, content was alright, too much incedential and unnessary info (filler) very slow paced for me - would make good reading before sleep.
Published 3 months ago by Dolores Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars a great story in the making
Excellent read. Just a few hours but a full story which grips most of the way! Very well research and written.

Earl Stevens. PhD
Published 6 months ago by Earls58
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but too short
The story was good but it was too short. The plot could have unfolded with more detail and given the reader an even bigger adventure
Published 8 months ago by D. Failacci
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For more than twenty-five years, Glenn G. Thater has written works of fiction and historical fiction that focus on the genres of epic fantasy and sword and sorcery. His published works of fiction include the first six volumes of the Harbinger of Doom saga: Gateway to Nifleheim; The Fallen Angle; Knight Eternal; Dwellers of the Deep; Blood, Fire, and Thorn; and Gods of the Sword; the novella, The Gateway; and the novelette, The Hero and the Fiend.

Mr. Thater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with concentrations in Astronomy and Religious Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Structural Engineering. He has undertaken advanced graduate study in Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Astrophysics, and is a practicing licensed professional engineer specializing in the multidisciplinary alteration and remediation of buildings, and the forensic investigation of building failures and other disasters.

Mr. Thater has investigated failures and collapses of numerous structures around the United States and internationally. Since 1998, he has served on the American Society of Civil Engineers' Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE), is a member of that Council's Executive Committee, and is the past Chairman of TCFE's Committee on Practices to Reduce Failures. Mr. Thater is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and has testified as an expert witness in the field of structural engineering before the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Mr. Thater is an author of numerous scientific papers, magazine articles, engineering textbook chapters, and countless engineering reports. He has lectured across the United States and internationally on such topics as the World Trade Center collapses, bridge collapses, and on the construction and analysis of the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.


Many of Mr. Thater's stories and story excerpts are posted on his official website http://www.glenngthater.com, where fans may leave comments and questions.

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA

The Harbinger of Doom saga centers around one Lord Angle Theta, an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him. But for all his skills, he is but one of us; a man, a human, who shares our faults, our dreams, and our ambitions. He boldly strides across the land, fearless, peerless, and cloaked in mystery, all his will bent on righting such wrongs as he deems fit.
Until the day the Gateway opened and turned the world on its head. On that fateful day, Korrgonn came and washed away our dreams. And his outre realms of chaos set their unholy mark upon our world and claimed it for their own.
Only Theta and his companions see the enemies aligning against us. Only they foresee our end coming - the end of civilization, the end of the world of man. Only they can hope to turn the tide of madness and preserve all that we hold dear.
But no man, not even our greatest hero, can stand against the Lords of Chaos and the dark armies of Nifleheim at their command. Fiends that infiltrate unseen within our ranks, that tear down our temples and our traditions; that devour us from within, unseen, unknown, unheralded, and unopposed until the hour grows far too late.
Through the murk and mist that hangs before our eyes, one man only sees true. One man pierces the veil of magic that blinds us all and marks the world as it truly is, revealing secrets, secrets of Angle Theta, so horrifying as to shatter a man's mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
Join us now on our journey back to the days of high adventure.

BOOKS BY GLENN G. THATER

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA
GATEWAY TO NIFLEHEIM
THE FALLEN ANGLE
KNIGHT ETERNAL
DWELLERS OF THE DEEP
BLOOD, FIRE, AND THORN
GODS OF THE SWORD
VOLUME 7+ forthcoming

HARBINGER OF DOOM
(Combines The Gateway and The Fallen Angle into a single volume)

THE HERO AND THE FIEND
(A novelette set in the Harbinger of Doom universe)

THE GATEWAY
(A novella length version of Gateway to Nifleheim)

THE DEMON KING OF BERGHER
(A short story set in the Harbinger of Doom universe)

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