Thursday, June 27, 2013

Crossroads Trilogy By Kate Elliott (Series Summary)

Mulluane | 1:20 AM | 3 Comments so far
Crossroads Trilogy By Kate Elliott
Spirit Gate: Book One ~ Shadow Gate: Book Two ~ Traitors' Gate: Book Three
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The Crossroads Trilogy is the story of a country under siege. Slowly, bit by bit, towns, villages, and cities are being attacked and isolated by unknown forces with unknown goals. The only thing that stands in their way is the reeves who, with their huge eagles, patrol the lands know as the Hundred. But even those are disappearing and the places where they were once welcomed are turning them away. To make matters worse, the Guardians, beings appointed by the gods to be peacemakers and lawgivers have also vanished.


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)



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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.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Shadow Gate (Crossroads, Book 2)

Author: Kate Elliott



The captivating, bestselling Spirit Gate swept readers into the turbulent world of the Hundred, where the peace and order of life under the protection of the immortal Guardians has given way to chaos and violence. In the face of a vast horde of marauders led by a rogue Guardian, the bravery and resourcefulness of a lone eagle-reeve and others who risk their lives for the common good have prevented death and destruction from overwhelming the Hundred.

In Shadow Gate, the enthralling sequel, the source of corruption of the Guardians is still a mystery to the mortals who fight to withstand the forces that have turned against them. And when three new Guardians emerge, a struggle begins among the immortals, with nothing less at stake than the future of the land and its gods.

With all the color, excitement, and narrative power that have made Kate Elliott an enormously popular writer, Shadow Gate weaves a powerful spell of action, romance, and magic that will entrance legions of readers.

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Shadow Gate (Crossroads, Book 2) by Kate Elliott

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Adult, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765349310
| ISBN-13: 9780765349316
| Mass Market Paperback: 792 pages
| Publisher:  Tor Books; (March 31, 2009)
| Cover Design: Micheal Kaluta
| Source: Personal copy
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Shadow Gate (Crossroads, #2)



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Book two flowed just as smoothly as book one. Alot like a talented dancer who moves seamlessly from one form into the next. A beautiful thing to experience.

Now, as to the details. Spoiler free of course.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Traitor's Gate (Crossroads: Book 3)

Mulluane | 2:46 PM | 1 Comment so far

Author: Kate Elliott



In Spirit Gate and Shadow Gate, Kate Elliott took readers to the fascinating world of the Hundred, a land teeming with an array of cultures, gods, and conflicts blighted by the shadow of chaos and destruction. Now, with the same intensity and dramatic sweep that has brought this epic to life, Elliott returns to the exquisitely crafted cities and landscapes of the Hundred, in a thunderous conclusion to the saga.

In the darkness of war and destruction, forces gather to reclaim the peace: Those immortal Guardians who still serve justice seek a means to end the devastating reign of one of their own; a hired outlander army struggles to halt the advance of the horde that has despoiled vast lands and slaughtered countless people in its murderous wake, while still guarding against a burgeoning threat from an aggressively expansionist empire; and the eagle reeves who have long been the only law enforcers of the Hundred struggle to reorganize after a devastating massacre has decimated their numbers. But even as these forces give hope to those who would live in peace, a terrible danger looms: a traitor with Imperial ambitions, the most dreaded, least anticipated threat of all…

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Traitor's Gate (Crossroads: Book 3) by Kate Elliott

| 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
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Traitors' Gate (Crossroads, #3)



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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?


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