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Elliott's elaborate first entry in a projected seven-book fantasy series introduces a once prosperous but now lawless land called the Hundred. Its godlike Guardians, who dispense justice, have disappeared; the eagle-riding Reeves, who have kept the peace, have lost authority; and a mysterious, ruthless new force preys on the towns and inhabitants of the Hundred and neighboring empires. But after years of dissolute behavior, a Reeve named Joss is regaining his will to defend his land. Meanwhile, Outlanders Captain Anji; his resourceful bride, Mai; and his well-trained band of Qin soldiers come to the Hundred by necessity. Elliott (Crown of Stars) crafts complex if not wholly original characters, including strong women who persevere in repressive, nonegalitarian societies. She is equally adept at outlining intricate religions and myths. This promises to be a truly epic fantasy. (Oct.)
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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)
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 5 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 10 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 12 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 12 months ago by jason savage
I didn't like it at all but i am sure there would be others that would enjoy itPublished 13 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 15 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 16 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 19 months ago by Ms. Anna L. Green