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Gatehouse: The Door to Canellin Paperback – April 29, 2011
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"well thought out and orchestrated... a great coming of age story." -The Flashlight Reader Blog
"Well written and fast-paced, Jones has expertly crafted a world of magic, monsters, and modern heroes... the perfect way to kick off a fantasy series." -Oktopus Ink Blog
About the Author
Eric Jones is a single father living in southern Indiana. He has always been interested in creative writing, but did not complete his first full length novel until his early thirties. Eric is a computer technician, and an avid reader of fantasy, sci fi, and horror novels, comic books, and the occasional pulp story. He is a movie buff, a fan of Doctor Who, and a trivia whiz on all things Superman. Totally aside from his writing aspirations, he also has a pretty decent singing voice.
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It would be nothing without conflict though, so the first conflict is brought into play. This conflict is brought into play through an accumulation of people that seem to be against Wes. He loses his first chair position in band, he gets in trouble for sticking up for a classmate, and a bully torments him. Wes goes ballistic on him, breaking the bully's nose and getting suspended from school.
Showing his prowess as an author, Eric takes the result of this conflict and uses it to create a new conflict. That conflict is between Ryan, the father of Wes, and Wes. I say the conflict is between them because it feels wrong to say that the conflict was between Ryan and his boss. It was Wes' actions that brought about Ryan nearly losing his job, after all.
So after a misunderstanding, Ryan drops Wes off at his(Ryan's) parents' house and returns to work. This is what leads to the good part of the book. You see, Wes eventually goes exploring the woods behind his grandparents' house after he tells them what really happened. And there, he discovers the Gatehouse. What is the Gatehouse, you ask? Well, you'll have to read it yourself if you want to know that.
Soon, Wes and Ryan find themselves in another world, though they arrive at different times- a two month difference in times, actually.
As the story unfolds from there, things become amazing. Between the switching back and forth between Wes and Ryan, the introduction of fun and likable character, the excellent world building, and the smooth, amazing writing stile, you can't go wrong with this story.
I give this a five star review. It's better than many traditionally published fantasy novels.
What follows is an entertaining and well-written story as Wes first comes to terms with the medieval environment of the `Collegium' where he finds himself, as well as the knowledge that he is capable of magic. I won't go into detail and spoil the story, but what follows is a quest undertaken by Wes and an old soldier, Gideon, who aids him in escaping the collegium to begin the quest. unknown to Wes, his father Ryan also enters the portal to Canellin, searching for him. Finding Wes had left weeks earlier, the result of time distortion between worlds, Ryan gathers his own companions and sets off after Wes.
The two story lines offer an entertaining perspective to the story, giving the reader the chance to relate to multiple characters. It also explores the father/son relationship between Ryan and Wes, giving it a modern twist in a medieval realm. Jones' narrative voice is excellent as he draws the reader into the world of Canellin, with very few typo's or grammatical errors, no more than you would find in most mass-published books. I couldn't fault it, and although the sudden power the two earthlings learn rapidly seems a bit too convenient, it was explained well and did not leave me feeling too ripped off. Perhaps a little more description here and there wouldn't have gone astray in terms of setting up a likeable world and people, as I didn't really feel a connection with the plight of the common man.
With a second book in the works, I look forward to returning to the Gatehouse.
Hot on his heals, though, is Ryan, Wes's father. Investigating the disappearance of his son, he tracks him to the dilapidated house and is sent after his son, only his arrival is two months after his son's arrival. In that time, the son has already learned he possesses some skill with magic, and with the help of a loyal friend, has started out on his quest.
I really enjoyed this story, as I'm particularly fond of books that deal with the discovery of portals which lead to magical lands. You'll find an evil dragon (as illustrated by the awesome cover for the book!), its loyal dragonmen, and epic battles. I was drawn to the conflict that existed in the beginning of the book between Wes and his father. Right away the reader can see that Ryan cares tremendously for his son, and is willing to follow Wes anywhere in order to make sure he's safe. Wes, in turn, learns that a father's love is unconditional, and together, the two of them forge a new relationship that includes trust and respect.
To anyone out there that enjoys a good fantasy story, give this one a try. You'll not be disappointed. Eric, I truly enjoyed your story and can't wait for the next one to come out! You'll have to let me know when it's ready! Good job!
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