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House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Traveler's Gate Trilogy
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- File size : 2939 KB
- Publication date : June 1, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- ASIN : B00D52X58Y
- Publisher : Hidden Gnome Publishing; 3rd edition (June 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,519 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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4 for very good (definitely read a series or try another title by the author)
3 for enjoyable, 2 for I finished but wouldn't return soon and 1 for please don't waste your time
This was a solid 3 and I finished all books in the trilogy before writing. No spoilers, no content relating to the story here.
- Unique and original settings / worlds
- 'Some' interesting characters
- Some very good scene sequences
- Easy reading
- 'Some' not interesting characters and fillers
- Inconsistencies in statements about characters or environments throughout the book
- At times, reads like a YA title especially with some statements by characters (which sometimes seem way out of place)
Not a bad read and was interested enough to finish all 3 but wouldn't say this is close to a 5 star or even a 4 star title. What kept me drawn in was the unique way to achieve greater skills, the primary character and one of the secondary. If you try the first, the 2nd and 3rd are very similar. If you don't like it, it doesn't necessarily get better, just an extension of the same style of writing.
There is no gratuitous sex (in fact, no romance at all). There was no point at which I wanted to scream at a character for being ridiculously stupid and short-sighted. All the characters were mature and thoughtful. There are very strong male characters but equally as many and equally strong female characters (and some really kick-ass weapons wielded by all). At no time did some dumb damsel-in-distress need rescuing by a big manly dude! It's a good solid story, set in an interesting world, with an interesting "magic" system. I said "magic" because there are no spells, witches, other things associated with witchcraft-type fantasy books. This is a solid fantasy book without all the silliness you see in some fantasy books.
This is truly a well-crafted trilogy. I read all three, one after the other, and there is none of that annoying rehash of what happened in the last book that you see way too often in a series. Honestly I can't speak to "cliff hangers" as I didn't feel like there was such a tease associated with these three books. The story just flows beautifully from one book to the next. It has a very satisfying conclusion. There is plenty of room for more stories in this world but this particular story ends well and completely, nothing to leave you head-scratching, no gaping plot-holes.
If you are looking for an enjoyable fantasy I highly recommend this trilogy.
The best way to explain it is to say it is roughly what the Wheel of Time series would have been like if it were a trilogy and written from the point of view of someone who wasn't "the one." It's actually an interesting, and sometimes humorous, take on the usual fantasy prescription. To be honest I didn't really expect much from the book but after reading the Kindle free sample I bought it with the justification that the sample was decent enough to see where it goes from there. I'm glad I did. Worth every penny and the better part of two days that I put into reading it (and the same for the sequel).
- The author doesn't drown you in minutiae about all the crap you really don't care about when describing a scene, room, place, person, or whatever. I liked Robert Jordan but half of each of his books were describing the details of a piece of trim in the corner of the room or some such. No such thing here. You get the idea and can picture it in your mind without falling asleep or skipping pages to get to the interesting part. The story is almost always progressing as you read.
- One of the most interesting magic systems I have seen in a long long time. Simple but clever.
- The important people are believable. There is some depth and complexity to all of the important main and side characters.
- The lack of detail does sometimes get in the way of an otherwise engrossing story. I didn't always get a good feel for what someone or something looked like. It's not enough to ruin things entirely. Just a weak point.
- The point of view changes were informative but I felt like they took away from the story subtly. The side characters who got their 15 minutes of fame weren't important (and lasting) enough to warrant an actual point of view from the perspective of the story as a whole.
- The story feels a little rough around the edges. Not first draft rough, jut not quite as polished as it could be. I feel like it could have been expanded a little to give a... richer experience. You didn't get the "the world is alive and changing" feeling that you get with some of the more accomplished authors.
Despite the bad points I listed above, the series is really quite engaging and a very good read. The author's bio says he is only 23 which would go a long way to explaining why some of the work feels the way it does. All in all, this is a very promising start in the fantasy genre for someone with a real talent for clever story. In another 10 years, with more experience, I fully expect his writing to be spectacular. It's good, just not "great" - yet.
Top reviews from other countries
Unfortunately I'm finding it a bit "young adult" in its tone and it's not gripping me. One of the main characters (at this stage I'm not entirely sure WHO is supposed to be the lead) is Simon and, so far, he's just driving me nuts with going on about his mother. Thankfully (yes, showing my cold hearted side) she's died a few chapters ago - but even that couldn't endear me to it.
The author has a vivid imagination and clearly has put a lot of work into inventing an unusual World / Galaxy / Characters. But I suspect that I'm too old for his target audience.
I'm not interested in the young love squabble. The female character is very much not a damsel in distress, it's nice that she is critical and unimpressed with both young male characters' actions. Having this multi-perspective narrative made some of the narrative driving motivations very shallow, it's easy to criticise the characters, so it also made it easy to dislike the characters. House of blades wasn't a page turner for me. Despite this, it is a well written book.
Back to the review. The main character, Simon, is decent and the author makes a decent job of fleshing him out. However none of the other characters were particularly interesting, they either just fitted in to well known archetypes or didn't get any time to grow. In fact with many characters they weren't even just uninteresting they also seemed pretty silly and unbelievable.
The plot was so-so, I liked some of the ideas like the magic system which seemed to have a lot in common with the magic system in Steven Erickson's books. However I felt like the author was using another idea from Erickson's books, namely covering up for nonsensical plot elements with vague references to larger terms/ideas which then weren't explained. I found that approach annoying in Erickson's books and the same is true here.
I also found that the few actually interesting ideas were poorly dealt with. In particular (spoiler alert) the idea that the house and in particular the Nye were trying to kill Simon and all other guests was quite nice. However the idea was ruined when it later it turns out some guests get a free pass.
Other than that I'm not sure what to say. Its a pretty short and simple book with very few original or decent ideas, but it that wasn't too bad a read especially at the price.
The magic system is the most obvious aspect about the book that is original and well thought through. The concept is that there is one main world where everybody lives, but there are eight other "territories" that exist separately. If you can find your way to these magical realms and survive in them, you will be rewarded with spectacular abilities, the nature of which are very much specific to your territory. People who have these powers are known as Travellers. Add in a further two "special" territories and the fact that some Travellers can belong to more than one, and you have an extremely rich magic system that lends itself well to magical duels or more epic battle scenes, as well as more subtle uses of the various powers.
Less obvious is the author's deliberate twists on standard conventions seen in the majority of Fantasy books. Here there are two warring factions, but there is no clear dividing line to say one is Good and the other Evil. In fact, both of them commit atrocities and acts of benevolence alike, and as the story progresses a good job is done in showing how both factions can reasonably consider that they are "in the right". In other words, it's more realistic in terms of human nature, politics and the wielding of power than you might expect.
Also novel is that the main protagonist has a tragic childhood, develops amazing powers in his teens and goes adventuring. So far, so very ordinary (not that there's anything wrong with that trope per se). But, there is a twist in that despite all of this, from the perspective of the world at large, he is very much an incidental character, being overshadowed by a bigger player, whom he resents. I won't go into any more detail for fear of spoiling things, but it's a subtle, welcome change to the norm.
Finally, what makes the book are the characters. They are likeable, quirky and interesting, which pretty much ticks all the boxes for me.
I especially like the addled swordsman with an unhealthy fetish for his dolls...
My only subjective criticism is that the speech of many of the characters uses some modern expressions that I personally find jarring. I don't expect fantasy characters to have to speak in "Olde Englyshe", but I do find that too modern a tone can spoil the escapism a bit for me.
It's a cracking read. It introduces a novel magic system which is always a good surprise when it works well, which this does.
You feel real attachment to the main character, the plot changes and gains depth as you read on - challenging your first intentionally instilled misconceptions.
I've read the next book as well and wait eagerly for the next!
Read the entire series now - wow....really really good. The main character has flaws but it fits with the story - the additional characters become well rounded and fleshed out. Excellent series. I'd strongly recommend you buy these if you like this genre.