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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (15 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841492973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841492971
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 4.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Powerful and satisfying. . . shaping up to be Kate Elliott's best work (Fantasy Book Critic)

An exhilarating second story that sub-genre fans will relish (SFRevu)

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Book Two in a spectacular fantasy epic - a violent struggle for land and power in a world of fabled cities, great dangers and mysterious gods.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 May 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Crossroads series, and the middle volume of the first story arc, reportedly a trilogy (preceded by Spirit Gate, which I reviewed here, and to be succeeded by Traitor's Gate, due in 2009).

In Spirit Gate, a number of outlanders arrived in the Hundred to find the land beset by troubles. Armies of vagabonds and cutthroats have appeared out of nowhere to challenge the justice of the reeves, the giant eagle-riding police force who have ensured the rule of law in the land since the disappearance of the Guardians many decades earlier. The outlanders, led by Captain Anji and his wife Mai, joined forces with Reeve Joss and the militia of the city of Olossi to defeat one of these roving armies and build a safehaven in the south-west of the Hundred. However, all are troubled by rumours of beings wielding supernatural powers and riding winged horses - as the Guardians were said to have done - apparently leading the invading armies.

Shadow Gate is a worthwhile and enjoyable follow-up to the first book, mostly because it works on two levels. On the one hand, it is a direct sequel, following up on the adventures of Joss, Mai, Anji, Shai and others following the Battle of Olossi. On the other, it is also parallel novel to the first, explaining a great deal of the mysteries in the first volume. One of the key weaknesses in the first book, I felt, was that the nature of the winged horse-riding beings and some storylines, most notably that revolving around the wandering envoy-priest and the bizarre antics of the slave Cornflower, were decidedly under-developed, to the point where their inclusion seemed to be extremely confusing. In this second volume you get the answers to those questions, told in an accessible and intriguing manner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2008
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Whilst this is the second book in the series I have to say that personally I felt it beat the socks off the previous novel and wondered if this would have been better if it had been reworked as the original tale. The characters are excellent and continue to develop which makes them more realistic and new ones enter the tale which keeps this as an ideal read. A great book and I really can't wait for the next instalment.
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By Mrs. J R Brockman on 21 April 2014
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really enjoyed this book, a very good read, could not put it down, ended to quickly, as I read a lot.
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By Brunneria on 16 Mar 2014
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Interesting plot development, and I'm very curious to see where Elliott takes us next.

There were some predictable things that she totally avoided, which was a pleasant surprise, and I'm really enjoying seeing various characters through different eyes - creating a many layered effect.
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By S Simmons on 15 Feb 2014
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Another great book in the series, it is blood thirsty at times but Kate Elliott has me hooked, can not wait for the next book in the series
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By Patricia Mordue on 16 Aug 2013
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Her books are just awesome and this completed the trilogy. I'm looking now to see if she is on Kindle books.
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