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Nine Gates (Breaking the Wall) Hardcover – August 18, 2009

4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Breaking the Wall Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Readers unfamiliar with 2008's Thirteen Orphans may occasionally find themselves lost over some early references to the magical Land of Smoke and Sacrifice in this complex sequel. The Land was inadvertently created from Chinese myths and legends in 213 B.C. Some decades ago a few of its residents were exiled into our world. Now the last surviving Exiles and their descendants face both an invasion of our world and a faceless enemy of great power draining the life from the Land. Weighted down with intricate details of Chinese lore, the pace is slow until the protagonists leave our world and face almost impossible magical challenges, like dealing with a mythical beast whose death might poison the realm. Readers who enjoy martial arts and myth-based settings will be most willing to put up with the extensive backstory and exposition. (Aug.)
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About the Author

JANE LINDSKOLD is the bestselling author of the Wolf series, which began with Through Wolf’s Eyes and concluded with Wolf’s Blood, as well as many other fantasy novels. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Breaking the Wall (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nine Gates (2009) is the second Fantasy novel in the Breaking the Wall series, following Thirteen Orphans. In the previous volume, Honey Dream restored the memories of Flying Claw to Foster. Then Waking Lizard brought ill news from the Lands Born from Smoke and Sacrifice. The four newcomers signed a treaty with the Thirteen Orphans.

In this novel, Pearl Bright is the Tiger among the Thirteen Orphans. She had been a child actor in her younger days. Now she is a rich woman.

Shen Kung is the current Dragon. He lives in New York.

Deborah Van Bergenstein is the current Pig. She lives in Michigan.

Brenda Morris is the daughter of Gaheris, the current Rat. She has been learning about the Lands and studying magic with the other trainees. Since she is only the Ratling -- the heir of the Rat -- Brenda differs from the other trainees.

Righteous Drum is a Dragon from the Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice. He is the father of Honey Dream, but has other children back in the Lands.

Waking Lizard is a Monkey from the Lands. He has only recently arrived in the home universe.

Flying Claw is a Tiger from the Lands. He is now a different man than before he recovered his memories.

Honey Dream is a Snake from the Lands. She is the daughter of Righteous Drum.

In this story, the four latecomers from the Lands are now allies rather than enemies. They are participating in a weapons training exercise with the Thirteen Orphans when sixteen men from the Lands materialize and attack the group. Most of the attackers are only using material weapons, but a couple are also using magic.
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I have been eagerly anticipating this sequel to THIRTEEN ORPHANS, wondering what new challenges Brenda Morris and her compatriots would encounter. Much to my satisfaction, NINE GATES was an excellent story.
Unlike many other books where characters become type-cast as predictable villains and heroes, NINE GATES allows the characters to grow and develop. People are wounded ~ people betray one another ~ people are selfish... and yet, the characters do not remain one dimensional. NINE GATES is enjoyable because the reader is challenged to think along with the characters.
Beyond the unusually strong character development, NINE GATES also has an intriguing plot. What will happen as the characters make their journey through the Guardian Domains? Will their "novice" skills be sufficient? Can Brenda and her allies learn to work with their rivals to succeed?
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I'm still in the middle of the book, but I'm enjoying it every bit as much as the Thirteen Orphans, the first in the Breaking the Wall Series. The characters are varied and interesting. In all Jan Lindskold's books, I enjoy the depth of plot and levels of intrigue. Nine gates doesn't disappoint.

The magic in this urban fantasy is not just limited to this world as Brenda, Pearl, Des, and the rest open the gates...
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I am a fan of the author's Wolf books, so it was a natural buy. This book, the middle book in a series of 3, takes the characters first presented in 13 Orphans and continues their quest to find a way for exiles from a society like China with magic to find a way to return from their exile. People who have journeyed from this world are committed to their deaths, so they must also overcome this problem. Good characters, reasonable plot. No question I'll read book 3.
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This was a great continuation of the story of the Thirteen Orphans giving the story a whole new twist. Just when you think you know the story and eveything seems to be coming to a end something unexpected happens.
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This book does not disappoint, it moves the events and expectations of reader and characters along to rethink the layers of challenge in the story.

Where the first book (13 orphans) bloomed slowly, dragging tiny details and secrets into view...this book starts with a bang and steps up the pacing. Character development actually starts to 'rotate Point Of View' through the cast, a feature that most authors will not attempt and can be distracting. Here it adds just the right sense of mystery and culture clash.

Highly recommended.
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Third in a series, the author guides you through a different world filled with magic based on mahjong tiles. The characters are real, the writing clear and compelling.
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