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Land of Shadows (The Legend of the Gate Keeper Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Gunzel
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Book Description

(Book #1 The Legend of the Gate Keeper)

In a land teeming with corruption and immorality, where values are lost and your only hope for survival means ignoring your conscience and becoming as brutal as the rest, the innocent and the softhearted always end up last.

Eric Aethello thought he had his life figured out. The son of a blacksmith, he was born in the town of Bryer and spent all his life there, being trained to follow the footsteps of his father. One day his whole life is thrown into chaos when flying creatures attack his town. He's uprooted from his familiar surroundings and forced to embark on a journey for answers after finding out his whole life has been a series of lies. Accompanied by the only true friend he has and by a beautiful girl with a mysterious, complicated past who saves his life, Eric heads to the kingdom of Taron, where he will start the journey that leads him to the fulfillment of his destiny.

A wonderful, intricately woven tale of heroes and villains, Land of Shadows is the first book in the Legend of the Gate Keeper Series, which follows a band of mismatched companions in a fantastical quest through long-forgotten lands.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

The Legend of the Gate Keeper Series Reading Order:

The Shadow: (A standalone prequel: Book 0)
Land of Shadows: (Book 1)
Siege of Night: (Book 2)
Lost Empire: (Book 3)
Reborn: (Book 4)

Editorial Reviews


There is action from the beginning of Land of Shadows. Talk about intense scenes that just grip me and will not let me go. - humanitysdarkerside

Jeff Gunzel has written an ebook here in which the world he has created is entirely believable and true to its own internal logic, and has very little that is familiar from our world in it anywhere, it is a total world he has dreamed up, which I for one appreciated, as it made believing in the whole saga so much easier.... - ebookanoid

In all, this was a great book. In the end, the author has developed strong characters and great story line. - bilbosbookends


From the Author

The Shadow: (A standalone prequel: Book 0)
Land of Shadows: (Book 1)
Siege of Night: (Book 2)
Lost Empire: (Book 3)
Reborn: (Book 4)
The Trials of Ashbarn: (Book 5)

Product Details

  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Gunzel; 4 edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QQ60BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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188 of 218 people found the following review helpful
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Apparently this author's definition of "mature" is quite different from my own. To me "mature" is understanding that there can be a literary need for violence (it can help to build up the heroes and can ensure little to no residual compassion for the bad guy when the hero offs them, among other things). Apparently this author understands "mature" to be people who are okay with reading highly tasteless and overly graphic mutilation of children. Last I checked that type of material was filed under "disturbed". Please be warned.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There's A Story In Here... Somewhere... July 14, 2013
By Joe
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Ug. And things were starting out so good.

I actually didn't finish this book. I stopped at 15% through and I really hate that I had to. There's a really good story in here, but it's unfortunately buried in a mountain of exposition and poor editing. As an independent author, I always try to support other indie writers by giving their stuff a shot. Jeff's world was very well thought out and his characters were genuinely interesting. The poor editing I could forgive at first, but it just got worse and worse as the pages turned. Poor sentence structure, missing punctuation, tense changes, and some confusing jumps in point of view just filled the pages.

Like I said, I was willing to forgive these things. After all, indie authors have to start off somewhere and Jeff definitely has a lot of potential. What I finally just couldn't forgive was the mind-numbing amount of exposition. To be fair, I've written plenty of high fantasy where no character can serve as a reader-surrogate (i.e. someone in the story that is also new to the world so the other characters can explain stuff to them and thus weave exposition into the narrative). When facing that kind of writing challenge, often you simply have to just tell the audience stuff. The issue came when there started to be more exposition than story going on. I reached the last straw when an entire half of chapter three was nothing but exposition. By the time something started actually happening in the story again, I no longer cared.

This really upset me, because the parts of this book that were good were really good. There were some action sequences that grabbed my full attention and some characters that, while kind of cliche, really intrigued me. I'm giving this two stars more for the potential of the writer than for the book itself. I hope the author doesn't become discouraged because there's real talent here. It just needs a lot of polish.
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79 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very amature and thus not worth the time May 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This has been very badly written It seems that the authors has no idea of how to put a good story together. Here are some examples and spoilers:
1-almost every charachter "glides" no one walks or strides or move etc No they glide.
2-The action sequences are relayd as if its a 7 year old boy telling about an animation movie he has seen.
3- There are so many cliches that i had to stop counting.
4-This trained assumed small build girl fights big strong tough trained mercenaries while wearing a rain soaked black cloak which covers her from head to toe and after she had ridden and walked in a heavy rain storm for at least an hour!
5- Later she practices in the barn wearing only a little white top and "lace" panties!! What?
6-The violence is crude and poorly presented So is the naked ladies in the "bad" bar and the girl's sexual fantasies when she's alone in her room. All rather tasteless and immaturely presented.
7- It seems all the humsns in captivity except for the 1 hero, all cry and sob and moan and go insane and soil themselves. Really! You want me and other readers to believe this?
While the idea has some merit, I am afraid it was messed up rather badly by the authors. They need to go back to school to learn how to write a novel. Thank goodness it was free and I also couldn't finish it So there is no chance that I will buy any other books by these authors.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars land of shadows review. May 31, 2013
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It is a fast pace book with a halfway good story line, the only problem is all the info dumping. The writer seemed to want to get the readers fully into his world, and be understanding everything way too fast. If he had written the book with the information just a little bit more spaced then I would give it 4 stars but with the info dumping I can only give it a 3 star
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced fantasy novel that is unique August 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a fantasy book reader; have been all my life. As such, I have an understanding of the basic elements that go into a good fantasy story: hero, plot, hero's friends, villain, some/a lot of magic, beasts, different races. This story has them all! And a unique storyline so far, with a twist of mystery thrown in and a full taste of adventure. I definitely lost sleep trying to make extra time after work to finish reading it, and I eagerly await the next installment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't bad January 17, 2013
By NicoleH
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I found this story to be entertaining, but the writing was disjointed and I think some of the flow in the telling was unfocused. Don't get me wrong I will be reading the next book I will hope Jeff doesn't jump around so much (Morcel ended back at the castle what!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateur (Contains mild spoilers) January 30, 2014
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The book is barely worth the 'free' price tag that I paid for my kindle version. The writing is amateur and needs to be proofread for grammar and consistency (e.g. at one point the author refers to the 'mantle', a few chapters earlier he referred to it as the 'platform above the fireplace'). The story is cliched, simplistic, and not particularly well-told.

The characters are flat and bland. They are each so skilled in combat that there is no real threat to them in the many, many fights 'against the odds'. The single character with any real likability to him is introduced in the first chapter, disappears, and is not reintroduced until three or four chapters from the end of the book. A chapter later he leaves the story permanently.
The main three characters do not 'team up' until nearly the halfway point, after which it only takes a few lines of dialogue and narration for them to become the best of friends. This causes a suspension of disbelief at the unrealistic speed of their friendship.

It is obvious the author wished to write an 'epic' fantasy tale with compelling imagery and identifiable characters. However, he failed to do so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is good. Some of it is cliche
The book is good. Some of it is cliche, while others are definitely different. One main issue that I had with this book is the author's writing style. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Keely Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
This book, while no spell binding, was a enjoyable quick read. The author could have punched up the character development and delved deeper into their abilities and talents and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dwmear
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not my normal genre but a very good read. Entertaining and page turning.
Published 8 days ago by Bleacherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 11 days ago by Chad Parnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
Good reading but too short before you have to buy 2nd part to continue reading. I won't invest anymore I'll stick to book in hand
Published 11 days ago by Gary Byous
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Grreeeaat Read! Definitely should be made into a movie! Loved it!
Published 13 days ago by D. Akers
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Published 14 days ago by jet
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Published 17 days ago by Austin L Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great use of imagery, great story line. Not really for younger readers, but a great airplane book that is a must read, can't wait for the second book!
Published 21 days ago by jletamu95
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. :)
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Jeff Gunzel grew up in Chicago Illinois but now lives in Loveland Colorado. He graduated from Devry University with an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics & Computer Technology. A few years later he started writing fantasy and never looked back.

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