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Shadow Gate HER DYING VISION HAD SHOWNHER THE NEXT WORLD BUTHER SPIRIT HAD NOT MADETHE JOURNEY Marit was pretty sure she had been murdered She vividly recalled the assassin s dagger but then she woke up alone s

  • Title: Shadow Gate
  • Author: Kate Elliott
  • ISBN: 9781841492971
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • HER DYING VISION HAD SHOWNHER THE NEXT WORLD BUTHER SPIRIT HAD NOT MADETHE JOURNEY Marit was pretty sure she had been murdered She vividly recalled the assassin s dagger, but then she woke up alone, sprawled on a Guardian altar, with questions than answers.The Guardians once ruled the Hundred, but disappeared in ages past, leaving reeves to manage the peace ButHER DYING VISION HAD SHOWNHER THE NEXT WORLD BUTHER SPIRIT HAD NOT MADETHE JOURNEY.Marit was pretty sure she had been murdered She vividly recalled the assassin s dagger, but then she woke up alone, sprawled on a Guardian altar, with questions than answers.The Guardians once ruled the Hundred, but disappeared in ages past, leaving reeves to manage the peace But Marit finds this peace shattered as an army ravages the land Its leaders walk in shadow, wearing the cloaks of lost Guardians As she searches for meanings in a changed world, Marit finds her old love Joss and the Outlander Anji struggling to maintain order And her own enemies are drawing close Marit tries to untangle the web of betrayals that connect her murder with the razing of the countryside, but she can t run forever She will be found and there will be choices complicity or death.

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    1. Cindy on said:

      this was one of my favorite readsof 2013. i don't read much adult epicfantasy any more. i don't seem to havethe attention span for a large castof characters and multiple storylines,and pacing that can often feel to me likemeandering. (and i used to inmy twenties, so this is personal tasteentirely as my preferences evolve.)so it says a lot that i read and lovedShadow Gate, which is a hefty book indeed a reader, i loved all of the majorcharacters in this trilogy. (this is book2 of 3.) it is indeed [...]

    2. Thomas on said:

      This is the second book in Kate Elliott’s Crossroads trilogy and I was very eager to read it considering my experience with Spirit Gate. My goodness what a novel this was, it had everything I was looking for and more.Shadow Gate actually begins with the return of a character that I thought dead. We get to see Marit again, who has now become a Guardian. They are another peacekeeping force for The Hundred like the Reeves, only they are fewer and much more powerful, but were thought to be gone fr [...]

    3. Grey on said:

      Spoilers for the first book, Spirit Gate. This one definitely feels like a middle book, in that I know the plot developed, things happened, but it didn't really feel like it? The plot may not have moved super far, but what happened was that we get a lot of new information: backstories and explanations for a lot of what was going on in Spirit Gate. So looking at what I learned: Marit is a main character! Bringing back a female character who I thought was fridged offscreen in the first one back to [...]

    4. Tim on said:

      The second book in Kate Elliott's Crossroads trilogy (though there's more to come, apparently) is as good as the first, though it must be said that it drags a bit more than "Spirit Gate." But it again pulls a four-star rating out of the fire with a strong conclusion.Much of "Shadow Gate" is about new beginnings. Two characters killed early in the first book, and another who died before the action started, come back as Guardians, apparently immortal beings supposed to act as benign caretakers but [...]

    5. VMom on said:

      This is a big fat book, rich is calories and flavor. Consider the ingredients:- Worldbuilding. Being Filipino, the asian and pacific islander influences in the cultures of the Qin & The Hundred are such a kick to me. The level of detail is wonderful; the feeling that this world really exists we're only seeing bits of it.- Characters. Let me see if I can explain what I really like about the characters. They are all full of the prejudices of beliefs of their culture and upbringing, and they al [...]

    6. Evilynn on said:

      So far, so good. I was looking for a good (reasonably well written, preferably a page turner) High Fantasy series for quite a while, and had been recommended Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series, but it was quite a long series, and I have a hard time not finishing series, even if I don't like them much, so I held off. Then I saw the first two Crossroads books on sale, and thought WTH and bought them both. I like most of the main characters, I like most of the plot, I like how most of the social [...]

    7. Tulara on said:

      This is the second book of the series. The tale continues with my favorite couples - , Marit and Joss and Mai and Anjii. The first book, is mostly the tale of Joss who in a moment of impulse takes Marit to a forbidden Guardian altar and Marit is captured by an evil band. The book is well-written and gave me a sense of culture of the time. The role of women in the society reminds me of Old Japan.Kate Elliott weaves the story and you start to really want to see what happens to everyone with magica [...]

    8. Karen Williams on said:

      The story grows in interesting ways. Characters believed to be dead come back in interesting ways. Characters grow and change, as well. Struggles continue, and change, and grow, though not necessarily through combat. New interesting characters are introduced. The ending is strong, and throws a monkey wrench (or the Hundred equivalent) into Plans. I started "Traitors' Gate" as soon as I finished this one, because I couldn't wait.

    9. Heather Scott on said:

      Was difficult to finish this. Disappointing, because I really like Elliot's work. Like the first book in this series, I found it difficult to actually care about the main characters. Also, like the first book, the amount of smut has made me begin to wonder if this series hasn't been improperly categorized. It's really not to my taste. Sad, really, since I bought the whole series. Well, here's hoping the third one's the charm

    10. Sarah on said:

      In a way, more enjoyable than the first, because the world is now established and no longer so confusing. But it definitely felt like a middle book I didn't really feel too much tension throughout. And it's just way too long for that. I was really upset when Elliott killed off one of my favorite characters :( It's so cruel, getting you to really like someone and then killing them off no mercy, that Elliott.

    11. Jason Lang on said:

      I'm re-reading this novel as I'm sick and bedridden. She keeps amazing me with how clearly she manages to tell three or more storylines and weave them amongst each other. It's a feat sometimes attempted, yet rarely as successfully achieved. On top of that, she weaves an amazing storyline.

    12. Fayley on said:

      This is not a review, just a heads up. If you are going to read this series then buy all 3 and read them together - pretend they are 1 book because although the series has a proper ending, neither books 1 or 2 have a satisfactory ending. Don't say you weren't warned!

    13. Doc Opp on said:

      It pains me that I have to wait 9 months for the next book in this series to come out. It also pains me that I spent all weekend reading this instead of getting work done, and now I'm going to have to put in 18 hour days this week this is why I shouldn't pick up such good books to begin with.

    14. Claire on said:

      This is a hard one to review. Some of the aspects I didn't like about it were mostly content-related (see below) rather than anything wrong with the book itself - a matter of personal preference, perhaps. Elliott's setting and characters are strengths in all her writing, and Shadow Gate is no exception. As the middle book of a trilogy, we see the characters confront new challenges as the story arc progresses. New regions and cultures in this world are introduced, although only one is given any m [...]

    15. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship on said:

      Unlike in Spirit Gate, the pace is fairly consistent in this second volume; while there are a few slow spots, there was enough tension to keep me going throughout. Structurally, yes, it's a middle book, so not quite as much happens on the macro, political level as in books one and three. But still, partway through this book I fell in love with the trilogy, largely because I'd become so invested in the characters. This one introduces a couple of my favorite characters (Nallo and Marit--well, that [...]

    16. Soho_Black on said:

      I found Kate Elliott's "Spirit Gate" to be a well written story, with great character development, but which took a little too long getting nowhere. With this in mind, seeing the sheer size of the second in the series was nearly enough to put me off.Marit is sure she is dead, as she distinctly remembers being stabbed and her eagle is dead, which usually means death for a reeve. However, she is wandering around and all the evidence points to her not only being dead but also being a Guardian, one [...]

    17. Shadowdenizen on said:

      I really struggled getting through this. while I like the premise of the series well enough, I thought this book was rather ponderous and plodding, with many of the major developments being rather obvious andvtelegraphed. While I will finish this trilogy, I'm not liking this series nearly as much as the "Crown of Stars" series.

    18. Destiny on said:

      This book should have been a lot better. I liked the story, the characters, the world; but the pacing is just awful. I slogged my way through it and haven't yet decided if I will continue the series.

    19. Rebecca on said:

      Again I found the author's choice to not explain a bunch of things somewhat frustrating, but the complexity of the narrative was very impressive. It was good to see the characters develop, and unexpected ones flourish or disappoint.

    20. Andreas Miller on said:

      Slow and steadyThe build up is intense Can't wait to read the next one. Characters and societies very well done. Somewhat slow.

    21. Sarah Luchins on said:

      I really loved this book. Already ran to the library and got the next one. Kate Elliott is just fantastic.

    22. Fence on said:

      The blurb on the back cover of my edition of this book gives away a pretty big spoiler for book one. So does the first line of the book, so I’ve had to take a different one for the blog, I don’t mind the odd spoiler with warning, but it’d be a bit mean to surprise-spoiler people with not even a warning.Events in book 2 pick up where book 1 left them. If you’ve read Spirit Gate you’ll know where that was, and if you haven’t then you should. Honestly, go read it. Yes, it is a huge book [...]

    23. Rachel Lein on said:

      The first book of this series seems to have suffered from what I refer to as "First Book Syndrome", where there's little at all to plot development. It was basically nothing more than character introductions and far too much description about the world they live in. The second book seems to have done a better job overall. I was apprehensive about reading it because the first book disappointed me so horribly, but as I already had it in my possession, I decided to give it a try, and I'm not disapp [...]

    24. Jesse Whitehead on said:

      I’m beginning to lose a great deal of faith in Kate Elliot as a writer. She remains one of the great fantasy worldbuilders of recent years who consistently puts together intriguing concepts with brilliant imagery and complex-enough-to-be-historical plots. She’s also very good at writing conflicted characters.So what’s the problem? Well to start with I think the characters are a little too conflicted. There are cowards and drunks and uncouth soldiers. There are mean-spirited thieves and low [...]

    25. Ruth on said:

      "P2008: Loved this book because it has giant eagles and their riders/guardians who patrol the skies as peacekeepers. I do like it when animals and humans have a closer connection as opposed to the normal relationships. Reported to be "" essentially the middle volume in the first trilogy."" this book contained additional information about the Guardians, including their abilities—riding winged horses, immortality, walking the 101 altars, possessing a third eye and a second heart to know a m [...]

    26. Myridian on said:

      The books are worth the read, but aren't going to end up anywhere near my favorites pile.This is the second book in this epic Crossroads trilogy and I did like it just a bit more than the first. I think this mainly has to do with adjusting to the (what feels like) dozens of characters that Elliott is following, and having more tolerance for her jumping from one thread in the story to another. It's still annoying though. I understand why Elliott would pick technique of using the perspective of ma [...]

    27. Kenny on said:

      This nearly dropped into 2-star territory, but the nice ending that brought together all the characters was a saving grace.This is not really a complete book - its just the meandering middle of a larger book. Its a common fault of many "middle books". This one has so many meandering plot lines that I started to lose count - Mai and Anji have their own plot lines, then there is Nallo and Avisha, two refugees that are rescued, one becomes a Reeve and the other a handmaiden to Mai, again both have [...]

    28. William Bentrim on said:

      Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott I liked it better than Spirit Gate.Following Spirit Gate, this book continues where the last finished. In this volume we have flying horses, horrific behavior and a twinkle of light at the end of the tunnel. Flying eagles instead of dragons, the Reeves are expected to keep an eye on the Hundred. The Guardians who were judge and executioner have disappeared leaving the Reeves to handle it all. Tumult is spreading across the Hundred and the Reeves and their eagles appea [...]

    29. Jacob on said:

      I love this book series. There are very few things about it that I do not enjoy. This second book really ties in the first and third books. The amount of detail that Elliott puts into it never ceases to amaze me. I have read this book 3 times now and I have not yet grown tired of it. In fact, the time will come when I decide to read them again. Anji and the Qin are cool beans; their story line is definitely my favorite. Except I don’t like what they do in the third book, it ruins my image of t [...]

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