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"...as good as any fantasy tale you will read, it honors the tradition, and adds to our lore a story so good, so well told, I hope it will be remembered forever." ----- Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands.
"...fast paced and exciting with characters real enough to leap out of the pages...leaves the reader craving more." ----- Franz McLaren, author of Demon Drift and A Night of Dark Delicacies.
"...Non-stop action that is written so well you can't stop reading it!" ---- G.A. Endless, author of Issla: A Vampire Living in the 21st Century." ...The author paints each scene and battle so clearly that I felt I was in the middle of the action." ----- Mike Monahan, author of Barracuda.
"....Thater writes with a realism like no other." ---- Glenda A. Bixler (vine voice)
"...a must read for all fans of classic sword and sorcery. A blend of howard, moorcock, wagner,with a twist of lovecraft. Well written and hugely entertaining." ---- Jimmyonly (an Amazon reviewer)"
"Lord Theta is a stand out character... He should take his place among the "greats," like Gandolf, and Drizzt Do'Urden.....if you enjoy R.A. Salvatore and Tolkien, then you should most definitely check out Glenn Thater." ----turbokat42 (an Amazon reviewer)
"Glenn Thater's, The Gateway, is a masterfully crafted epic fantasy about the ages old struggle between good and evil." ---- Carol Marrs Phipps, author of Elf Killers
From the Author
Floating at the surface of the Harbinger of Doom stories (commonly known as the Thetian Saga) are action, heroism, villainy, fantastical creatures, magic, and intrigue, obvious and entertaining to all those that skim its pages. But for those who delve deeper, the Thetian tales present truths both shocking and eternal. The nature of good and evil is explored in ways that led to the Saga's banning for either religious or political reasons in much of Western Europe for centuries. Ironically, a more careful reading of a wider swath of Thetian canon affirms the time-honored truths and values taught by the Church and upheld by the best of nations.
The Thetian Saga presents a vast, complex world populated by a myriad of memorable characters, and beset with magic, monsters, mystery, myth, and mayhem. It is epic fantasy on its grandest scale. Dropping a reader somewhere amidst that maelstrom is a daunting prospect for author and reader alike. To ease the entrance, I begin the telling with the novella, The Gateway, which is decidedly not epic in scope but introduces some of the most beloved characters of the saga, showcases Theta at his finest, and features the realistic, gritty action the Saga is known for, while also hinting at the wonders and mystery that define the ancient world of Midgaard. Fantasy readers may find it reminiscent in scope and feel to some of Robert E. Howard's stories of Conan, Kull, or Solomon Kane. Subsequent volumes of the Saga expose the reader to the vast landscape of Midgaard as the Saga's reach spirals outward and becomes truly epic in scale and complexity.
As you take your first dip into the waters of Midgaard and experience the vivid descriptions of the landscape and the heart-thumping action, you may, as I do, feel the urge to pick up a sword and dive into the fray. Although we can't fight at Theta's side, take solace that we can revel in his exploits and follow him again and again as he strides across Midgaard in the days of high adventure.
I was pleasantly surprised by this novella. It's a quick read and the rather long synopsis above says it all: War. With supernatural beings. Much of this novella hinges on a very epic battle that reminded me so much of the awesome battle scenes on screen in the Lord of the Rings movies. Those were amazing scenes, and Thayer aptly paints a riveting picture of a very different battle raging, in this novella, at the gateway as warriors fight to close the portal and keep evil at bay. Some will perish, some will triumph, and some will get away in this awesome fantasy novella that sets the stage for the full novels in the series. Based on this novella alone, I'd be more than willing to try the first novel in the series, even though I'm not really much into fantasy, as it were.
It was a little hard to follow at first with so many characters being thrown at you all at once. But by the time you get thru it, you're down to the few that actually matter. Very, very fast paced, so, little character development, but just enough to make you care about them a little. It's an incomplete story as so many are these days, just a tease for the rest of the series (this drives me nuts, hard to get a good fantasy writer who actually gives you the whole story in one book) but am interested in the rest. If you like a lot of action, killing and evil demons out to rule the world...this is one to consider. (Liked the Theta twist, was not expecting that! His background is intriguing and leaves you wanting to discover who he really is and how he ended up a champion for humanity.)
The Gateway is a an extremely well written, hard to put down book, that I would highly recommended to anyone that is interested in adventures set in the medevial period. The stories depict a battle between humans vs dark and hideous entity from the underworld that entered the earth's realm through a mysterious portal. Their sole purpose is the destruction of the human kind.
The main character the Angle Theta, is a powerful, a very mysterious individual with combating skills beyond the imagination. In stories of this type, the battle is usually between good and evil where the hero represents good. However, the line between good and evil is very blurred in this story as if the main characters and stories are based on actual events.
The author draws you into the story with detailed and graphic descriptions of the surroundings and events. The fighting scenes are so well described, presented with such multi-sensory detail that the events become so vivid in your mind you feel as though you are a participant compelled to choose with whom to stand and bear arms.
This is the second time reading The Gateway which captivated my attention as readily as the first read. A must for any fan of science and mysticism.
Norse knights battling demon spawn, with nary a woman nor a pretty boy in sight. These are the kinds of knights I adore, and Thater couples it with some epic prose and intriguing history.
However, despite the build up to being a great story, I just didn't get the Gateway. It didn't help that the protagonist (although arguably not the main character) is called Angle Theta, and another character is called Tanch Trinagle. I was really waiting for a maths joke to be the punchline. I spent the story wondering whether I was meant to be taking the entire epic tale seriously, or if there was a joke that I wasn't quite getting. Couple that with the ending, which I totally expected to be a follow up of the events which happen in the story, but is actually something totally different, and you have one confused reader.
It would have perhaps helped me to read the Amazon description more thoroughly; that the Gateway is an excerpt from an longer novel. However, I am half of the opinion that the book should stand on its own without the reader constantly acknowledging that character development and a proper conclusion would take place in the novel, rather than in the book they're currently reading.
Thater (is the author's surname the same as the protagonist's?) gets points for creating a dark and portentous atmosphere while only occasionally being pretentious. I can't say for certain whether it gains or loses him points that the entire time I read the story, I could hear the Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom music in the background, or that Angle Theta's dialogue was read in the voice of Troy Baker's Excalibur. It was an intriguing story, yes. But it was baffling. And that did it no favours.