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Spirit Gate (Crossroads, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007
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“This promises to be a truly epic fantasy.” ―Publishers Weekly on Spirit Gate
“A treasure for readers who enjoy the journey as much as, or more than, the destination.” ―Sci Fi Weekly on Spirit Gate
“Spirit Gate makes an exciting start to a new series, rich in varied characters, intriguing cultures, and subtle conflicts.” ―bookloons.com
“Every once in a while, you run across a book which is wonderful in every respect, and one you can't put down. Jaran has everything a reader could want: adventure, space travel, history, romance, and intrigue.” ―VOYA
“Elliott's writing keeps getting better. She handles a cast roughly the size of The Iliad's and still makes each personality distinct, and she excels at depicting quiet character moments.” ―Starlog on The Burning Stone
“A broad, adventurous novel that draws successfully from historical fiction, SF, and even romance writing in creating its background and interpersonal tensions.” ―Science Fiction Chronicle on Sword of Heaven
“A rich, enthralling adventure that left me wanting more.” ―Locus on Sword of Heaven
“Just when you think you know where this epic is going, Ms. Elliott impressively pulls the carpet right out from under your feet and opens up dazzling new vistas for your imagination to savor.” ―Rave Reviews on Law of Becoming
“This engrossing saga should appeal to fantasy lovers and fans of historical epics alike.” ―Library Journal on Prince of Dogs
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...And that's where I started to lose faith. That was a Jordan-esque behemoth of a series that would've worked ten times better as a trilogy or even just a duology.
I never would've bought Spirit Gate, after having suffered through book one and part of book two of Crown of Stars. So it is fortunate that it (Spirit Gate) was given to me as a gift, or I never could have gotten to enjoy it. Even though it promises to be the start of another 7-book series (oh my god, AGAIN??), this one is so much more entertaining. The setting is a nice blend of the familiar and the strange, without being so far-out just for the sake of being far-out. The characters are nicely done, just sympathetic enough to have me rooting for them (especially poor Joss), and at the same time they are not portrayed as super-men and -women. There is also much left unsaid about the main characters, enough to keep me in suspense, but not so much that I felt cheated when I finished this first book.
The Eagles are a very nice touch; it's been a while since I've seen the trope of fantastic-animals-as-steeds handled this well. Especially imaginative is the hang-glider-like rig used to 'steer' them. Cool visuals.
So... even though I have to invest yet more time, money, and energy into ANOTHER multi-part publishing/marketing frenzy, at least this time I can do it with a clearer conscience. And thank god, Elliott writes much faster than George Martin. :D
However, there becomes just too much of this background and scene setting. Every time someone walks down the street, every detail of that street needs to remarked upon, every peddler, beggar, fruit stand, scent, and building. The world mythology is detailed multiple times, frequently with the exact same words. After a while, this continuous descriptive work becomes overwhelming and smothers the story. In a planned series of books, I don't expect the first book to have a great amount of story/plot development, but here I found only enough to really occupy about a 200 hundred page book. As it actually runs to over 400 pages, that's a lot of filler.
Her character development is good, with enough depth given to several characters to make me care about what happens to them, and I found these people to be generally likable even with their obvious character flaws. The problems her characters face grow naturally from the environment and the starting premise of the book.Read more ›
Then the reeves and their eagles start to disappear.
This fantasy novel is a multi-viewpoint affair, sometimes confusingly so. There are enough love stories to warrant reviews in the romance blogs as well as "Sci Fi Weekly" and "Publishers' Weekly." The life-styles of the reeves, merchant families, mercenary soldiers, priestesses, and bonded servants are minutely detailed. There is lots of sex and violence--enough to require parental guidance if "Spirit Gate" were a movie, but not enough lingering close-ups for an `X.'
Except for the monstrous eagles, there is very little magic in this first volume. The reader is treated to careful world-building, as multiple characters travel hither and yon, building relationships, and fighting shadow-armies. A once peaceful land is toppled from its golden age into war and chaos. The peasants are slaughtered like sheep. Farms and villages are set to the torch, almost with impunity, until the reeves and an outcast band of mercenary soldiers begin to organize and fight back.
I found "Spirit Gate" a little slow in places, especially when the viewpoint switched to yet another new character. I also would have preferred a few more touches of fantasy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Crossroads Trilogy is one of my favorite things ever!
In Spirit Gate, something sinister is afoot in The Hundred. Read more
This book caught my attention by the title. I enjoy all manner of science fiction books and love the magic that a new author grabs my interest and attention. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SHIRLEY A. GODFREY
Terribly written. Boring. Hard to get into. Not worth your time. I bought this because it was suggested to me as a fan of Melanie Rawn but I was sorely disappointed.Published 14 months ago by J. Szekely
Very good read - I got this on the Kindle from my library and was surprised how long it was - there are several threads to the story, the characters are engaging, the plots are... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robin in FL
ok this is a great book. only reason I did not give it five stars is there is just a lot going on and the story line jumps around a little to much for my taste. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jason savage
I didn't like it at all but i am sure there would be others that would enjoy itPublished 17 months ago by Rayner
So I am a big fan of Kate Elliott. I read the whole Crown of Stars series and while they could have definitely been a couple books shorter, I still loved them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erin
I love fantasy novels, and as far as publishers go, TOR releases alot of good books by great authors. But I am really really struggling to like this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A fan of this product
This was a book that took me awhile to get into but I've starting to enjoy the plot and will read the series.Published 23 months ago by Ms. Anna L. Green