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I also really, really needed an Eleanor. What I mean by that is that I needed a kickbutt heroine who also had real vulnerabilities and real, complex issues of her own. Often, you get these one-dimensional female protags who are all mouth and action, but their inner voice is either simply "whiny" or just plain old undeveloped. Eleanor has the sort of inner voice that we can all recognize, because, if you take away the world-ending doom and magic she faces, she sounds JUST LIKE US. In a good way. Not just "oh does my bum look fat?" or "I have Daddy issues." We really get a sense of her struggle. It's brilliant.
So what about the story?
If you are really wanting to be completely swept up in a crazy new UF world, this is it. The Cardinal Gate is starkly original and stunningly well-crafted. Amy Cissell does something few authors manage--she makes the background as interesting as the action. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! I mean, I live in Brooklyn, I am conditioned to regard Portland as nothing more than the sad, white wannabe of my hometown. But, I found myself worrying over its possible destruction. (Point of fact: I only really care about Portland in this world--mostly.) The action feels very compact and brutal, but before you know it, MORE STUFF IS HAPPENING AND OMG WHAT IS THAT?!?! It's like walking through Barney's and suddenly the kilt wearing, unicycle riding, Darth Vader just rolls through the Vuitton section. It's that surprising. And that beautiful.
G-d I wish I would run into Raj on a unicycle in Barney's. Oh, who's Raj? Read this boss book and you will understand why you want to run into Raj--pretty much anywhere. Especially a place with a bed, or really any flat surface. How big is the seat on a unicycle? Asking for a friend.
I can't wait for book 2. Is it out yet? I'll just wait here.
A perfectly imperfect heroine, complex relationships, fabulous dialogue and a quest! What more could you want in a Fantasy novel?
Oh yeah, good sex scenes that are not gratuitous and don't feel contrived within the plot.
I ordered this book on the recommendation of a friend, and it did not disappoint. I read it in the span of 3 days and 2 long flights. I found myself identifying with the heroine (although I wish I could be more like the wise mage) and I loved the writing style and flow from this author. The dialogue is top notch.
Book 2 soon please!!
Eleanor is the main heroine lead. Now if you enjoy strong female protagonists, this is your girl. She’s a beer drinking, junk food eating (dang I hate her, lol), don’t take no crap kind of woman. She doesn’t want to be saved and feel defenseless. She wants to learn and protect herself…and she has a lot to protect herself from.
The meeting between Eleanor and Isaac is fabulous. I laughed. And whoooo that man sizzles! There is some instantaneous attraction there. Big time (Don’t blame her!).
And you have Finn…. Poor, friend-zoned Finn. I felt so bad for him. I honestly didn’t like how Eleanor treated him in the beginning. I understand that she ended their romantic relationship and said they were no longer friends with benefits, just simply friends, but he’s got it bad. And at times, she was insensitive to that. Won’t get too much into this as I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Can’t forget Raj, our Bollywood vampire! He’s temptation on legs. We’ll have to see how this unfolds in Book Two, The Waning Moon.
Overall, this book is a fantastic, fun read. Never a dull moment. My only criticism (And this is personal preference) is that I feel the relationship between Eleanor went a little too fast for me as they knew pretty much absolutely nothing about each other, only what they’ve seen while traveling. It doesn’t take away from the story, though. Highly recommended read!