Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spirit Gate (Crossroads, Book 1)

Mulluane | 3:38 PM | 2 Comments so far

Author: Kate Elliott

For hundreds of years the Guardians have ruled the world of the Hundred, but these powerful gods no longer exert their will on the world. Only the reeves, who patrol on enormous eagles, still represent the Guardians' power. And the reeves are losing their authority; for there is a dark shadow across the land that not even the reeves can stop.

A group of fanatics has risen to devour villages, towns, and cities in their drive to annihilate all who oppose them. No one knows who leads them; they seem inhumanly cruel and powerful. Mai and Anji, riding with a company of dedicated warriors and a single reeve who may hold a key to stopping the deadly advance of the devouring horde, must try, or the world will be lost to the carnage. But a young woman sworn to the Goddess may prove more important than them all . . . if they are not too late.

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Spirit Gate (Crossroads, Book 1) by Kate Elliott

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Adult, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765349302
| ISBN-13: 9780765349309
| Cover Design: Micheal Kaluta
| Mass Market Paperback: 722 pages
| Publisher: Tor (October 2, 2007)
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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Spirit Gate (Crossroads, #1)

♥ Mini Review ♥
One of the reasons why Fantasy is my genre of choice is the escape it provides. While other types of fiction tell a great story they don't take me out of THIS world. However, when you encounter a superb world builder like Kate Elliott, the escape is total. The world she has created with the Crossroads Trilogy is both vivid and detailed, and yet does not override the characters' stories. Often I read books that get bogged down in the details. Pages and pages of nothing but descriptions of the local scenery, customs, laws and religions. I find my eyes skipping down the page to "get to the good stuff". Not in this case. Instead, I found myself as fascinated with the world they lived in as I was with the characters themselves.

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♦ My Thoughts.  The characters are just as well written as the world they reside in. At first there are multiple storylines, seemingly unrelated except to get you comfortable with both the character and the part of the world they resided. The switch between characters was masterful. No cliffhangers that make you want to skip chapters to find out what happens to that specific character next. Ultimately they all come together almost without you even noticing the transition.

The story flows seamlessly. Characters grow and develop. Some for better, some for worse. Divergent countries are experienced along the way with their own cultures and religions. Problems are solved while worse problems develop. And various mysteries abound throughout, lending an aura of suspense to the tale.

♦ Conclusion. Honestly, I cannot think of anything I did not like about this book, unless it is how many times that "read one more chapter" caused me to look up and see dawn breaking. Well, maybe one thing. It does end with a lot of questions left unanswered. Not quite a cliffhanger but enough incomplete info that you really want to pick up the next book immediately. (Which is exactly why I only read and review completed series. No patience for waiting a year or more to get those answers.)

♦ Highly recommended! Stay tuned for my review of book two. After all, sleep is highly overrated right???

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Epic Fantasy Book Review of Spirit Gate (Crossroads, Book 1) by Kate Elliott - Reviewed by Mulluane - on June 22 2013 - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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  1. You say there aren't many cliffhangers that make you want to skip ahead, despite having multiple storylines? I'm intrigued. I'm always skipping ahead to see what happens to this group, then going bac to get more of the overall picture. This involves enough re-reading I'm getting a bit tired of the whole thing. {lop-sided Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. There were 3 things that struck me as I pondered my unusual lack of "skipping ahead" due to lots of story lines. Number one maybe be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

    1, I was not emotionally engaged, like say I was with Robin Hobb's characters. Fascinated, but not in love with the characters.

    2, Kate Elliot had a way of leading into the next story line. For example one character wondering what another was doing. Next chapter would smoothly provide the answer.

    3rd, while there were all kinds of folks all off doing their own thing, in their own unique ways, there was a common goal. Defeating the evil that was taking over their home. Because they all had a common goal, skipping ahead would accomplish little. What A did depended on what B did which depended on what C did which in turn determined A's next move. You needed to visit them all to tie the events together. I was literally in awe at how seamless and logical, the path was.


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