Author: Kate Elliott
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| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Adult, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765349329
| ISBN-13: 9780765349323
| Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages
| Publisher: Tor Books; (March 2, 2010)
| Cover Design: Micheal Kaluta
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
This book for awhile there had me really really worried. It was a huge 896 pages long but as I got closer and closer to the end my heart began to sink. There was just no way I thought, that all of these story lines can be tied up in the remaining pages.
I was wrong. Yes I actually admit it, it is rare I know, but there it is. How you might ask did Kate Elliott accomplish it? Simple! By shocking the heck out of me with twists I did not see coming. I love being shocked. At my age it gets the blood flowing which proves I am still alive, something folks around here sometimes doubt as I sit absolutely still for hours, nose buried in a book.
So, now we know it has a great ending but what about the rest of the book?
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
♦ My Thoughts. Traitor's Gate is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a light read. Everything about it is complicated and intense. The people, the relationships, the diverse cultures and, of course, the battles. I also want to note that there is no main character. Not even a pair of main characters. Instead there are a slew of players in this drama who all play a major role. With some we are given an insight into their thoughts and feelings. With others we have no clue at all. This intrigued me for some reason. I am sure that I have read other books with no distinct main character but never really noticed. This time however, I did. I came to this realization when I was considering how well the book flowed from one chapter to the next. Each person in this series is unique. Each has their own fascinating backstory. Each has their very own place in the big picture. I noted that, by not focusing on a main character (or several), every story was equally important and each, in its own way, was linked to every other story. Seriously, the only way to put this book down was to stop, at the end of a chapter, and not even glance at the next one.
The other thing that struck me was that there is an old saying that I heard in my youth. No idea who said it and too lazy to look it up, but the saying was something along the lines of "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely". That phrase kept popping in my head over and over. There is a common premise in this book that sometimes people, who start out with the very best of intentions, can still, especially once they are in a position of power, be corrupted by their own fears and desires. In the process, often turning what started as a good thing, ie an act or a goal, and rendering it into something perverted and evil. Kate Elliot excelled in showing the process, both the how and the why. While I definitely did not approve of some of the choices that were made and the paths that were taken, I understood what led up to those choices. Very well rounded story indeed!
♦ Conclusion. I do have to warn you. This story has the feel of something that can (and should) be continued. My gut says this is not the end of the story. Fortunately there is a hint on her website of a 4th standalone book. Just a hint mind you, no details, but something to look forward to.
Meanwhile add this to my highly recommended list!
Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
(28 Customer Reviews)
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of Traitor's Gate (Crossroads: Book 3) by Kate Elliott - Reviewed by Mulluane - on June 07 2013 - Rating: of 5 Stars