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The Gates Of Dawn (Chronicles of Blood & Stone 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Newcomb
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'The wind howled, and the lightening cascaded across the sky in unimaginable streaks, a portent of what was to come . . . the firstborn son of the Chosen One lives, and now he is ours.'



For three hundred years, Eutracia was a kingdom at peace. Then a horror from the past, long thought vanquished, returned to wreak dreadful revenge. The war against the Sorceresses of the Coven was won, but victory came at a terrible cost: the king and queen dead, the wizards' council decimated, and the land - ravaged by fear, scarred by battle - lawless. And Prince Tristan, forced by the Coven to turn his hand against his own and kill his father, is now a wanted man with a price on his head.



In underground labyrinths that once bustled with life, the fugitive prince, together with his twin sister and her infant daughter, the wizard Wigg, sole surviving council member, and the crippled wizard Faegan, returned from exile in the forests of Shadowood, take refuge. To them falls the daunting task of rebuilding Eutracia, but it soon becomes apparent that evil has not yet had its fill of this ravaged land.



An army of apprentice wizards, dispatched to hunt down the last remaining servants of the Coven, has fallen victim to foul beings that can only have been created out of hate. And, inexplicably, the sacred source of all magic begins to fail. Without its sustaining force the wizards will perish, and with them magic itself. With time and their powers fast dwindling, Wigg and Faegan must discover who - or what - has succeeded the Sorceresses, and now seeks to destroy Eutracia. As the awful truth is revealed, it is Tristan who must face this new enemy, an evil that transcends life itself, and fight the ultimate battle - for his life, his land and his destiny...



Continuing the monumental adventure that began with The Fifth Sorceress, here is confirmation that, in Robert Newcomb, epic fantasy has found an exhilarating new voice.


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The Gates of Dawn, sequel to Robert Newcomb's debut, The Fifth Sorceress, is somewhat repetitive and clunky, but significantly superior to its predecessor. Most epic fantasy fans will thrill to the sequel's action-packed plot and Newcomb's vivid imagination. However, feminists may want to avoid The Gates of Dawn, since its large cast has only three semi-important female characters (all passive). The squeamish should note that Newcomb can be very tough on his characters, and that the magic of his fantasy world depends on blood--sometimes a lot of blood.

Prince Tristan, the Chosen One of ancient prophecy, has defeated the vicious Sisters of the Coven, but at enormous cost. Thousands have been slaughtered, his twin sister is gravely ill, they're both in hiding, and the Chosen One's vast magical power is of little use--he is still untrained. If these aren't troubles enough, Prince Tristan has an active, deadly enemy he doesn't even know exists: a trained wizard who is, astonishingly, even more powerful than the Chosen One. The hidden wizard has an intimate connection to Tristan that the prince could never have imagined. And he is restoring life to the evil souls of the still-potent Guild of Heretics, an act that requires raising the notorious Gates of Dawn and consecrating them with magically endowed blood--the blood of the Chosen One, Prince Tristan. --Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com

Amazon Review

The Gates of Dawn, sequel to Robert Newcomb's debut, The Fifth Sorceress, is somewhat repetitive and clunky, but significantly superior to its predecessor. Most epic fantasy fans will thrill to the sequel's action-packed plot and Newcomb's vivid imagination. However, feminists may want to avoid The Gates of Dawn, since its large cast has only three semi-important female characters (all passive). The squeamish should note that Newcomb can be very tough on his characters, and that the magic of his fantasy world depends on blood--sometimes a lot of blood.

Prince Tristan, the Chosen One of ancient prophecy, has defeated the vicious Sisters of the Coven, but at enormous cost. Thousands have been slaughtered, his twin sister is gravely ill, they're both in hiding, and the Chosen One's vast magical power is of little use--he is still untrained. If these aren't troubles enough, Prince Tristan has an active, deadly enemy he doesn't even know exists: a trained wizard who is, astonishingly, even more powerful than the Chosen One. The hidden wizard has an intimate connection to Tristan that the prince could never have imagined. And he is restoring life to the evil souls of the still-potent Guild of Heretics, an act that requires raising the notorious Gates of Dawn and consecrating them with magically endowed blood--the blood of the Chosen One, Prince Tristan. --Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345448952
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New edition edition (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4XKI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Newcombs second novel 23 Jun. 2004
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The second novel in Robert Newcomb's series, and to be honest is quite an improvement on its previous release. This one is better developed and alot of the slow clunky uses of language have been removed in order to make this novel a better peice by far. It has often been said that the second novel is the hardest to write and with this piece would have to agree as the critisms of the previous novel have been looked at carefully by the author and beautifully crafted into what more people should read as this authors debut. If you've been put off by the original in the series then just try this one and I think you'll be impressed in the way that this authors writing has developed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues the excellence 7 July 2003
Format:Paperback
Robert Newcomb is truly one of the brightest new stars in the fantasy world. He made his presence known with his first novel 'The Fifth Sorceress', and now he continues the high standards set by that book with his sophomore effort 'The Gates of Dawn'. With this new novel Newcomb demonstrates that his craft as a writer has improved by leaps and bounds, he writes more tightly and concisely, and though it is hard to imagine, his vision is clearer and more focused than it was with 'The Fifth Sorceress'. It is obvious that he has a plan, a goal, and a destination in mind with this story. Though the first book was chock full of detail and description of the realms, magics, and peoples of the world that Newcomb has created, with 'The Gates of Dawn' he delves more deeply into the workings of the craft of 'blood' sorcery that he has established, revealing many surprising intricacies as well as expanding the boundaries of the lands that the characters call home, which serves to broaden the scope and epic feel of the series. In this new book, Mr. Newcomb takes us further into the minds and hearts of his characters, causing the reader to sympathize more closely with characters that had already earned their place in the reader's heart from the first novel. The ridiculous fears and qualms that Mr. Newcomb's characters, and world, if not Mr. Newcomb himself were sexist that some readers had expressed after reading 'The Fifth Sorceress' can be safely laid to rest after one reads 'The Gates of Dawn'. There are few if any EVIL women in this book, and many GOOD women are introduced, and deeply developed. Just for the information of those doubters out there, this book had almost been completed by the time that 'The Fifth Sorceress' had been released, so Mr. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding sword & sorcery!! 12 July 2012
By Lucinda
Format:Paperback
Volume two of the chronicles of blood and stone was something that as an avid reader of this particular genre I was keen to delve into, with the author's reputation highly recommended. It is a book that has exceeded all my expectations in abundance and which I lost myself within, a tale that is now forever etched within my memory as something utterly remarkable. Eutracia is a kingdom that was once peaceful but is soon to be overshadowed with its past, as a horror that was long forgotten re-emerges into the light once more seeking revenge. The fugitive Prince Tristan along with his sister and daughter and a crippled, aged wizard called Faegan, travel to Shadowood and plan to rid there land of this coming evil. As soon as the sacred source of magic starts to diminish the entire world of wizards is put under threat, and ultimately the use of magic itself. As secrets and hidden truths are revealed to all, the main characters have to decide what to do with the time that is given to them, plunging headlong into the greatest battle of all time that will shape the world's future along with the Prince's destiny. Continuing from the fifth sorceress this next installment within an epic fantasy series is just as spellbinding and creatively imaginative as the first. Being character-driven and full of sword & sorcery, here is a series that will delight many readers who not only love this genre but also who relish in a good fight; a fight of good versus evil. I was completely overwhelmed by the epic scale of Robert Newcomb's creation and his world, characters and take on magic that is comparable to JRR Tolkien at his very best. The complexity of the plot and fast-paced action and drama, make this book gripping and exciting being unable to put down even for a moment. Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Tome, Holey Plot 23 Mar. 2007
Format:Paperback
This second book in the series somewhat tones down the dodgy sexual politics of the first book. The extremely evil female witches of the first book are dead, but an even more evil and equally one-dimensional male child has taken their place as Big Baddie. Meanwhile, the `good' characters have new challenges but do not seem to really develop very much. While Tristran now fully accepts his responsibilities under more difficult circumstances than he could ever have imagined before, he never fully comes to life on the page, just as he did not in the first book, and it's difficult to pin down why this is. His twin Shahila, who had been manipulated into becoming an extremely evil witch in the first book, is able to recover her original memories and personality with the mage's help. This happens all too easily without any apparent rebellion or suspicion which might have been expected from someone who had completely gone over to the evil side previously. For someone who we are repeatedly told is as strong willed as her brother, her brain appears to be easily washed. Towards the end she does become slightly more interesting when she develops a magical skill, which helps a little. Easily the most engaging character in the book is Faelan, the damaged old mage with a suprising childish playful streak, which adds a little welcome levity at times. But then he's more of an easily recognisable type - the madly eccentric old wizard - than a character with any complexity who truly comes to life on the page.

However, Faelan is responsible for one of the biggest plot holes. At convenient points in the plot he will come up with verbatim quotes of prophecies he recalls from the missing magical Tome. Later on he tells us that he never read the Prophecies section of the Tome at all.
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