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House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 1)

House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Will Wight
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Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends captured by enemy Travelers—men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon's village discovers that he's a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.

Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he'll survive. But he sets off anyway, alone, to gain the power he needs to oppose the Travelers and topple their ruthless Overlord. It may not be his destiny, but Simon's determined to rescue his fellow villagers from certain death.

Because who cares about prophecy, really?

About the Author

Will Wight is the author of the Traveler's Gate trilogy, and he has dominion over all sea creatures. He has lived for 23 years, and plans on living for at least two hundred more. Under the light of a full moon, he is revealed as a sentient penguin. Will graduated from the University of Central Florida with his Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He still lives in Orlando, and he can smell fear. Visit his website at for dark secrets the world was not meant to know. If you'd like to contact him, send him an email at, or else just turn around. He's behind you. (All books guaranteed 100% asbestos-free!)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing; 3 edition (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D52X58Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent start to the trilogy 19 Nov 2013
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The house blades is ok. It's not going to set the world on fire but at the same time it's not that bad a read either. Having read the second in the trilogy now as well. the house of blades can only be described as a good introduction that sets the tone for what's to come. I would recommend it. It's a fun read and sets up the second book perfectly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I loved the way Will Wight has created a new and fantastic world. I thought it was a refreshing New take on magic, where it is earned through battling your way through your respective territories. The Vallinhall territory is wonderfully described, for some reason I pictured thy Nye as dementors. By defeating each room in turn, the travellers gain a new power, but they can't keep using these powers, they run out and need to be refilled. The fights seem a bit like top trumps, matching 1 power with another. It's a good, easy read, plenty of magic, plenty of action, a lot of sword fights and all the characters are built well. I've also just finished the second part and waiting patiently for the third, so it must be good.

BUT to get to the good stuff you have to force your way through the first 20% of the book. I very nearly discarded it as it was so slow to build, and the first proper fight scene after the villagers get taken was a bit grim. So glad that I did keep reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor start but finishes well 13 Feb 2014
By Pie
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I was close to giving it 3 stars but gave it 4 because it got better the further you read. The other way round would have felt more disappointing.

I have to say i struggled with the first half of the book, not because it was complicated or difficult to understand, but because it doesn't flow. It's a bit jumpy here and there and leaves a lot unexplained. A bit like this review!

I stuck with it because the plot is different to your usual kid gets told he's "the one" and grows up all mighty and powerful to do a bit of baddie bashing! There is that kid in this book but he's not the main character. The main character has to do things the hard way if he wants to be a hero!

I read the second half of the book in half the time it took to read the first. The characters came more alive, the book flowed a little more and as all first books of a trilogy must do, the ending made me buy the second book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This revenge story suffers fails to convince.

The normal revenge driven story has the main character suffer as he builds his skills over time. Forged in a crucible the innocent becomes tempered steel.

This seems to be a computer game concept approach to fantasy. The main character encounters an extra dimensional world designed to level up the protagonist as he faces many challenges. Nothing wrong with this concept - but the approach feels very mechanical - and while there is plenty of lingering on the extradimenional world - the main character seems to be missing a few dimensions of his own.

The two main supporting characters are particularly wooden and one dimensional. One of the few truly great points is the climatic battle with a very understandable and interesting bad guy, who is far more believeable than any of the other characters in the book. Unfortunately leaves me rooting for the wrong side.

There are a few plot related points that are nice - the desire to save a damsel in distress who really, really doesnt want or need it. Its a nice subversion of the usual fantasy trope.

The series may develop quite well , but seems at this point to be confused as to what audience its aiming at. Mature readers looking for an interesting deviaton from the conventions of fantasy or teen readers looking for an unchallenging read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hidden gem 5 Aug 2013
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I came across this novel through the recommendations listed on a previous purchase and decided to give it a chance, despite the sample text size being bigger than usual, and the narrative immediately engaged me. There was just something enthralling about the perspective of Simon which made me care about his survival, even though he was not coming across as the sort of protagonist we instantly sense will somehow be great. Compared to someone like Kvoethe from "The Name of the Wind", whose brilliance we glimpse at an early stage, the mettle we expect from Simon is a long time coming. Unlike Kvoethe, Simon's parents are not conveniently killed, enabling him to move on with his life unfettered; instead, he is saddled with looking after his mother after the tragic events which unfold in the opening chapter, and because of this, he is not as strong or daring as he should be by the time soldiers sent by Overlord Malachi visit his village Myria with the intention of gathering the annual sacrifice.

Rather than Simon saving the village with an old sword he barely gets to practise with, it is his childhood friend and rival Alin who manages to confront the soldiers and their Traveller Cormac with a sudden burst of magic. Not only that, but even the one girl Simon likes has more courage and authority than he does in a village burning down. Ashamed to discover his weaknesses, Simon returns to Latari Forest, the location of his parents' demise and the place where he last saw the Traveller who helped him long ago, to request the Traveller's tutelage. Kai, a quizzical swordsman with a seven-foot blade, encounters Simon first and takes up the challenge of training the boy as a fully fledged Traveller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good
Very entertaining. A good read
Published 2 months ago by mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Malazan lite?
The magic system is similar to that used in the malazan book of the fallen series with a few tweeks but apart from that it has been an enjoyable read and will be finishing off the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dominic Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good begining
This book nicely sets up the trilogy, the characters are brilliant and there is always action in every chapter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Toby Parkes
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid start to a series
Will Wight introduces three very different protagonists in his debut and spins an effective fantasy world around them.

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Published 5 months ago by Luke Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy you can make for the Ereaders
For what this, and the other books in the series cost, you really should do yourself a favour and check it out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
The reviews i read here before I purchased this book were absolutely correct. If you can wade through the boring first 20% of this book it gets really good, and it does. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Finonijane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A very interesting, well paced story that maintains the imagination through out. Will definitely get the next in the sequence. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Jefferies
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new author!
Took a risk on this one and it paid off. Good book from an author with lots of potential. Worth a read and so much better than lots of the other well established authors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars House of blades
Very good book good story line page Turner pity have to wait for next one just hate have to wait Margaret parkhill
Published 7 months ago by mags
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy: Book #1)
This is really good. The author has a really good imagination and it is a little different to the run of the mill fantasy books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Preston
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