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I found the mechanism of magic, and how it works, starts to be better explained in this volume, so that we (at the same time as Jute) begin to understand it. The world that is described is one that you both would love to live in and avoid completely for your own safety.
Things go wrong, even with the best of planning or the strongest of power. Chaos unravels order, in fits and starts. Jute begins to come into his own, and the Knife becomes a surprise.
I cannot reccomend this series enough for a different kind of fantasy I think you'll enjoy reading.
The story took some time to pick up momentum, but I believe that is partly because I forgot quite a few details about the boy Jute, Severan the scholar, Levoreth and Ronan the Knife. But the story gathers steam and reaches its climax at a showdown during a ball where all the important lords and ladies gather, and another climax during a tense escape by some central characters from the city.
The writing is mostly clean and crisp and even flowing poetically at a few spots. The plot thickens and there is plenty of tension. The worldbuilding gets more intricate and fantastic, in the most positive sense of the word. Importantly, some characters show depth, especially Jute, Levoreth and and Ronan, although their development is a bit lacking, in my view. Also, without spoiling too much, I am happy that Christopher Bunn is not afraid to kill his darlings.
The Shadow at the Gate is not perfect, unfortunately. The pacing is good for two-third of the novel, but lags at places, especially towards the end. The antagonists seem quite one-dimensional, which is a pity. Although most of the magic is very well thought out and steeped in mythology, it at one point lapses into cliches like people turned into mice and annoying ghosts.
Overall, after reading two-third of the Tormay Trilogy, I am looking forward to read the final installment, and won't wait as long as between the first and second book. If you're looking for an affordable indie trilogy of high fantasy, the Tormay Trilogy is a good find.(less)
This is the story (I should actually say that 'these are the stories', for there are many engaging characters and a finely detailed storyline for each one) of a young thief named Jute who is drafted into committing a burglary. After an attempt to kill him fails, he begins an adventure that had me spellbound throughout the entire book.
Whether or not you are a fantasy/science fiction fan, if you love excellent writing, great characters and engaging, well-crafted plots, these are the books for you. I'd give them 6 stars if I could. If you are like me, you will want to start the next book in the series straight away. I just bought the third book and can't wait to start devouring it.
I was disappointed in some of the characters that were killed off; particularly Nio who was so interesting. I guess I was hoping for some sort of redemption, but alas, it was not to be.
This is a good book for teens and young adults, but not younger than 13, I would say. There's no sex or profanity, but there's a lot of killing in this installment, and some of it is violent, like when Smede gets eaten alive by cats. It's not really a complaint, just an observation.
That being said, I love this series so far and I am anxious to continue the next installment.
Overall, an awesome book and I look forward to finishing out the trilogy!