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Product Details

  • Series: Crossroads (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765349329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765349323
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Elliott delivers a solid, rousing conclusion to her sprawling Crossroads epic fantasy trilogy (after 2007's Spirit Gate). Charismatic foreign captain Anji, heralded as a savior, and reeve commander Joss, known more for bedding women than leading men, have defeated the army of the corrupted Guardians. Though the secrets of the Guardians are finally uncovered, Anji refuses to relinquish his belief that the Guardians are incurable demons. Meandering plot lines may initially confuse newcomers, but Elliott's hardworking prose quickly seals the gaps, and she expertly juggles an ever-expanding cast of memorable and racially diverse characters whose captivating superstitions, passions and fears are the highlights of this expansive and complicated tale. The conclusion's final twist won't surprise readers, and some remaining loose ends suggest an imminent return to this fascinating world. (Aug.)
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Kate Elliott has definitely outdone herself with this book ... Kate has given us a richly detailed world FantasyBookCritic A solid, rousing conclusion ... memorable and racially diverse characters whose captivating superstitions, passions and fears are the highlights of this expansive and complicated tale Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Kate Elliott lives in Hawaii, USA. In addition to the Crossroads series and the Crown of Stars series, she is co-author of THE GOLDEN KEY.

Customer Reviews

I had read the previous series by this author and enjoyed it.
P Stuart
There are too many narrators and too many characters, making for a fractured story told in bits and pieces and skipping over events instead of flowing as a whole.
City Witch
Each book in the series was one I would stay up late reading - excited (but dreading coming to the end).
D. Hewitt

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Ambrose on May 30, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After being intrigued enough to read through both Shadow Gate and Spirit Gate, despite the irritating problems I had with both novels, I decided to see about reading Traitors' Gate (if only to be the annoying lukewarm reviewer for all three). Alas, but my track record has been shattered. Well... Sort of.

Traitors' Gate continues the conflict between the corrupted Guardians of the Hundred and nearly everyone else. Most of the forces against the villains have realized that they do actually have to fight and the book follows the currents of that trek all the way down to the last little eddy.

I am quite happy to report that quite a few of the threads that I felt didn't budge in the last book actually did get rolling at a much better pace than anything in the previous two books. It still doesn't quite get to that "can't put book down or clowns will eat me" pace (which would cost me sleep), but it does get trundling along at a decent clip. Considering the complexity of the plotlines and the plethora of characters to love or loathe, it could have easily bogged down to a crawl, epic battles and back stabbing not withstanding. In any case, it ties up quite a few of the the loose ends in this interesting tapestry of a tale and I felt that there were enough loose ends left over to keep me wondering about what came next without losing the sense of closure that the book had.

As seems to be the norm for this series, there were even more supporting characters introduced. I would start complaining at length, but there was enough characterization and enough context surrounding them (particularly Arras and his cohort) that their inclusion made sense. Indeed, most of the characters that were carried over from the previous novels had a new dimension added on to them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melita Kennedy on August 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Traitors' Gate is >500 pages of the smallest print I've seen in a new book for a while. It would have to be long to give space for all the open plot threads from the previous books. I was wondered how easy it would be to remember what had happened, and who all the characters were. I shouldn't have worried, as each plot thread was started, there were enough hints for me to think, 'oh yes, I remember this.'

For me to like a book, there has to be sympathetic characters. I've never been able to make it through Elliott's Crown of Stars series because I don't like most of characters. I wanted to know what was going to happen next to the people in the Crossroads trilogy like Joss, Mai, and Anji.

I enjoyed this series immensely. It's wonderfully intricate. We have the Hundred with a complex mythology--can you call it mythology when the 'myths' exist?--and at least four other societies (not including the nonhuman ones) complete with different religions and cultural mores. The cultural shifts occurring in the Hundred due to the war could lead to some interesting problems in future stories. With luck, the series will sell well enough that Kate Elliott will be able to publish more books. I, for one, look forward eagerly to that day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Smiley on May 10, 2011
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I enjoyed the first two books, but this one blew me away; a solid 4.5 stars. At this point, everything has been set up, the tension is high, and the increasingly ominous foreshadowing had me finishing this book more quickly than either of the others, even though it is longer. Obviously more action here, and there's a new POV character on the "evil" side who does a good bit to dispel the notion that this is traditional good-vs-evil fantasy. The ending, although well-foreshadowed, was unexpectedly bittersweet and brilliant. I don't know why more people don't read Elliott, and have to assume they're turned off by the slow beginnings and cheesy covers. And they shouldn't be, because neither is representative of how good this trilogy really is.

A spoiler-free review of the trilogy:

STORYLINE/PACING: Like many an epic fantasy, this could be summarized as "a defensive war against evil." But being a character-driven book, the plot is as much about each character's individual arcs and subplots, and being toward the realistic end of the fantasy spectrum, good and evil aren't clear-cut. There's much more character interaction than swordfighting, and the pacing is maybe a bit on the slow side, but once it gets going midway through the first book, the plot is compelling and something is always happening.

While there are logical ending points for the first and second books, like most fantasy trilogies this one is of the "three-volume novel" variety, and I rushed through them all back-to-back. But although more novels are planned in this world, there's a solid resolution at the end.

CHARACTERS: The character development overall is quite good, and most of the main characters are sympathetic and likable if at times frustrating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great conclusion to a great trilogy and stands as one the best fantasy series around. Period. Elliott's characters are complex and real. The plot moves along at just the right pace, that is if you like epic fantasy and this is a great epic.

Three long volumes is perfect for this type of series, and Traitors' Gate is an excellent book to end up on. Unlike her previous series that went on too long, the Crossroads story ends at just the right time. This was a wonderfully realized world, complex, coherent and fascinating. But beyond the grand themes, the people who inhabit the book face believable dilemmas in which they sometimes exceed themselves and sometimes fall short, making them all the more human. I treasure it. Kate Elliott has now firmly established herself in the top tier of fantasy and I eagerly await her next venture.
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