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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: OnMyOwn Publishing (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061547876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615478760
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,467,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"...an original story, well written and reasonably compelling... There are powerful forces gathering to conquer the kingdom, loyal friends, dangerous spies... I enjoyed the novel and believe others will too."  -Piers Anthony, best-selling author of the Xanth series and the Incarnations of Immortality


"...Jones' well-plotted story has wonderful twists and turns to catch and hold a reader's interest... The battles and confrontations are as riveting as they are page-turning..." -ForeWord Clarion Reviews


"well thought out and orchestrated... a great coming of age story." -The Flashlight Reader Blog

"Well written and fast-paced, Jones has expertly crafted a world of magic, monsters, and modern heroes... the perfect way to kick off a fantasy series." -Oktopus Ink Blog

About the Author

Eric Jones is a single father living in southern Indiana. He has always been interested in creative writing, but did not complete his first full length novel until his early thirties. Eric is a computer technician, and an avid reader of fantasy, sci fi, and horror novels, comic books, and the occasional pulp story. He is a movie buff, a fan of Doctor Who, and a trivia whiz on all things Superman. Totally aside from his writing aspirations, he also has a pretty decent singing voice.

More About the Author

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Eric Jones, author of The Door to Canellin, book 1 of the Gatehouse series. To start off, allow me to share with you my "about the author" blurb from my print version, which is accurate and informative, but slightly tongue-in-cheek at the end.

"Eric Jones is a single father living in southern Indiana. He has always been interested in creative writing, but did not complete his first full length novel until his early thirties. Eric is a computer technician, and an avid reader of fantasy, sci fi, and horror novels, comic books, and the occasional pulp story. He is a movie buff, a fan of Doctor Who, and a trivia whiz on all things Superman. Totally aside from his writing aspirations, he also has a pretty decent singing voice."

I've always felt that most "about the author" sections were, in general, kind of dry and boring. While I'm impressed with the awards my favorite writers might have won, or their qualifications for writing, they really don't tell you much about the people behind the books. In this age of modern technology, we have much better avenues for finding out more about the writers we love. If you would like more information about me, and the books I write, why I write them, and the way I write them, you can find much more interesting information on my blog!

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Excellent story with great characters.
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Although this book is recommended as a YA read, I think it would be enjoyable for adults as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JoEllen Bush on April 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Over the years, I have read many young adult science fiction/fantasy books with my sons, and I truly believe this novel will make a great addition to the genre. The author skillfully paints a picture of the world of Canellin and transports us there. The characters are well-developed and, as I read, I quickly came to love them. I worried with Ryan as he feared for his son, and I commiserated with Wes as he suffered the pangs that are a part of growing up. I felt as if I lived the adventure right along with characters, which, in my mind, is the mark of a good story. I was sad as the adventure came to an end, but hold out hope as I eagerly await the adventure behind the next door. The possibilities are endless! Great job Mr. Jones. Keep them coming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
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I really enjoyed this YA Fantasy novel by new author E.H. Jones. It has all my faves- YA Fantasy, believable & realistic characters, and also "ordinary person goes thru a gate into a fantasy world" sub-genre.

Wes is a pretty realistic Teen, reminding me a bit of myself. Bright, but only OK as a student due to a tendency to daydream. Not a troublemaker, but occasionally getting into trouble, and one who fights back against bullies but is then branded as `fighting in school". No special talents other than his trumpet playing.

And, Wes doesn't have a special homelife either. Yes, he's a single parent kid, but that's not unusual these days. And his dad- Ryan- tries hard to be a good dad, but just isn't around enough, due to work. Again, realistic.

The world is well done- the Big Bad Evil Guy is really Big, Bad and Evil. It's a fantasy world, but fairly realistically done.

Good coming of age story too.

Due to the fact the author managed to hit many of my faves in a single volume, I am giving this *****. Yes, it is a new author, but I saw no major stumbles or issues. Jones can only get better. I am looking forward to more from this new author!

I rcvd a copy for review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jynna on May 28, 2011
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This book has already been reviewed very well so I am really only adding my support of what has been already written. I came across this in the new Meet Our Author forum and I am very pleased I decided to check out the link and buy the story. Great job and I am looking forwards to more to come. I am also quite pleased there is a blog I can go to for updates. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2011
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I was entranced from the first chapter. Excellent story with great characters. Can't wait to see how they continue to develop as the series continues. I'll be first in line for The Door to Justice! Recommending to my nieces and nephew along with all my sci-fi/fantasy loving friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veronica L. Smith on May 15, 2011
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I was so engrossed in it I had trouble putting it down. I spent most of the day reading it; I just couldn't put it away. It was an epic adventure that is sure to become a wonderful series that I hope continues for a long time. Wes was an unlikely hero at first but I have grown to love him. Now that I finished reading it I already can't wait until the next book comes out. It was wonderfully written and the descriptions made me feel I was there and were already comfortable. "Mint with just a hint of chocolate" - my favorite combination. It's an incredible fantasy story at its best! Keep up the great work Eric. I look forward to your next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valdieron on May 13, 2011
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Gatehouse: The Door to Canellin follows the story of modern-day boy, Wes, who stumbles across a mysterious house in the woods behind his grandparents house. The "gatehouse" is home of doorways which lead to various worlds and universes. Wes finds himself pushed into one such doorway by the mystical dwarf-like figure, Pomander, who tells Wes he needs to slay an evil dragon to return to his world.

What follows is an entertaining and well-written story as Wes first comes to terms with the medieval environment of the `Collegium' where he finds himself, as well as the knowledge that he is capable of magic. I won't go into detail and spoil the story, but what follows is a quest undertaken by Wes and an old soldier, Gideon, who aids him in escaping the collegium to begin the quest. unknown to Wes, his father Ryan also enters the portal to Canellin, searching for him. Finding Wes had left weeks earlier, the result of time distortion between worlds, Ryan gathers his own companions and sets off after Wes.

The two story lines offer an entertaining perspective to the story, giving the reader the chance to relate to multiple characters. It also explores the father/son relationship between Ryan and Wes, giving it a modern twist in a medieval realm. Jones' narrative voice is excellent as he draws the reader into the world of Canellin, with very few typo's or grammatical errors, no more than you would find in most mass-published books. I couldn't fault it, and although the sudden power the two earthlings learn rapidly seems a bit too convenient, it was explained well and did not leave me feeling too ripped off. Perhaps a little more description here and there wouldn't have gone astray in terms of setting up a likeable world and people, as I didn't really feel a connection with the plight of the common man.

With a second book in the works, I look forward to returning to the Gatehouse.

~Robert Day
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seedlady on May 12, 2011
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i'm not exactly a fantasy reader, but i work at a school, and this book just pulled me in, one word at a time. i could see the lunch lady, i could see the principal's office, and i could see the dad getting called to school.

then, boom, i landed in an altenate universe, and spent several happy hours there.

at least 4 of my friends have bought this book after i talked about it, and really, truly, even if you don't know me, take my word here- buy the book!

at the very least, grab the sample, because i'm pretty sure the same thing will happen to you, and you will walk through the door to canellin, and keep reading to find out what happens next....what happens next...what happens next?

my copy was given to me after entering a contest, but i do advise you to start reading. and when the next book comes out, enter the contest!
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