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Shadow Gate (Crossroads (Tor)) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2008


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Thus edition (15 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765310562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765310569
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,485,193 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)

This is every bit as full of texture and flavour as Spirit Gate, sure to leave you begging for more (SFX)

An exhilarating second story that sub-genre fans will relish (SFRevu) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second volume of Kate Elliott's spectacular fantasy epic chronicling a violent struggle for land and power in a world of fabled cities, great dangers and mysterious gods. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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 of nine who used to rule The Hundred. But they are all supposedly dead as well, which makes no sense to her. Worse, one of the others seems to be Lord Iliyas of Radat, the man she is sure was responsible for her death.

Like Marit, some of the other Guardians are coming to their own realisations of their situations and who they are. Some have taken on the knowledge and the role quite well, but others are disturbed by memories of their past lives and struggle to adapt. It soon becomes clear to Marit that not all of the other Guardians are fighting for true justice, but for control of The Hundred and the people and this is another struggle she must involve herself in.

Meanwhile, life amongst the human occupants of The Hundred is recovering from the events of "Spirit Gate". Joss is now marshal of Argent Hall and is trying to rebuild it after the reign of Marshal Yordenas. This is a more difficult task than he first thought, as he needs to find new reeves to replace those killed in the battles. Meanwhile, the Qin are looking to settle in The Hundred; making claims to wives and land and Olossi is in the process of being rebuilt after the battle against the raiders from the North.
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Very good book, really good condition, and arrived well within the stated delivery time.

Kate Elliott is still writing very good fantasy books, and the story continues without any joins. The previous story is revealed as and when required to keep continuity of the plots. I always get a lot of enjoyment from her books, and hope she keeps on writing about Seregil and Alec forever! Also, as they live for 100's of years, that could get difficult!
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By Crescent on 6 April 2013
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This is an absorbing continuation in Crossroads trilogy and well worth reading. As usual Kate Elliott has managed to craft a storyline that is well written with numerous strands that intertwine; even the subsidiary players in this story are well characterised. I cannot wait to find out what happens to all the major characters and how their interwoven stories will end to the readers' satisfaction.
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By Crinkly 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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