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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841498351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498355
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Elliott has definitely outdone herself with this book ... Kate has given us a richly detailed world (FantasyBookCritic)

A solid, rousing conclusion ... memorable and racially diverse characters whose captivating superstitions, passions and fears are the highlights of this expansive and complicated tale (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire de Trafford on 9 Sept. 2009
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This book works on two levels. On the first level it is a satisfying conclusion to the Crossroads trilogy. All loose ends are picked up and, although some events see a little rushed at the end or happen off page, overall the pacing works well. Events also don't go quite as the seasoned reader might anticipate (although there is an increasingly ominous aura surrounding one character) which adds to the pleasure of the book. Warning - you may find it impossible to put down!

On the second level it is a thought provoking read about how to ensure a truly just society. On the surface the Hundred is an idyllic place to live, relaxed about sexuality, democratic and giving women equal rights yet, like Nazi Germany, even reasonably 'good' people have joined up with an army whose actions are 'evil'. Why did they join? How do you bring justice to this army? Is justice different from revenge? Is justice different from what seems expedient in the short term? At the end of the book the reader is, I think, left with a very different perspective than they started with.

Thoroughly enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2013
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An invading army is laying waste to the lands of the Hundred. The reeves, the giant eagle-riding police force of the land, are unable to hold them back. In desperation they have struck up an alliance with an exiled outlander prince and his militia, but the enemy are led by corrupted Guardians, resurrected beings with the power to look into souls and strike people dead with a glance. The only hope of victory may lie with the uncorrupted 'pure' Guardians. But to achieve this, they may have to give up a terrible secret...

Traitors' Gate concludes the Crossroads trilogy by Kate Elliott, or rather it concludes the opening three-book arc of the series. Future books are planned picking up the story some generations further down the line. For now, however, it is a self-contained trilogy with no major cliffhangers or unresolved plot elements.

It's been five years since I read the first two volumes in the series, so I was initially a bit swamped as I caught up with what was going on. The core storyline is fairly straightforward, but the secret to the success of the trilogy is how Elliott layers in thematic elements to apparently trivial characterisation and how she addresses a wide range of different topics - from sexuality and female empowerment to commerce and religious freedom - within the confines of a more straightforward story. In fact, my biggest complaint about the trilogy as a whole is that it like it could have done with an additional book to help flesh out the world and cultures (a far cry from her prior Crown of Stars series which, whilst very good, could have probably done with at least a volume being shaved off its length).

The book and the trilogy as a whole also explores the concept of corruption and the ethics of the use of power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deon van on 14 Sept. 2009
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I really enjoyed the first two novels in this series, but thought that the third book was a bit of a let down, whilst I get the whole nature v nurture thing and the different aspects of why the various people joined the army or not, I just felt that the ending was a bit rushed and just didn't feel right to me, it was almost an anticlimax if you will.

I am a big fan of Kate Elliot, but think this book could've been done a lot better, maybe the way she left the final novel is that there will be a follow on? Who knows, if you have read the first two, then obviously, do read this book, but if you haven't read any of the other two, then I would recommend spending you money on something else. Overall this trilogy wasn't as good as her first novels. Disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2009
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The third novel in the Crossroads series by Kate Elliot is one that will make readers sit up and pay attention as it centres around personal growth in the Nature Vs Nurture battle. Packed with epic action sequences backed up with a firm understanding of the principle protagonist and you really do have something that is a bit special. Whilst I've not always been the biggest fan of Kate's writing this one really does give the best of the author in such a way that the fantasy world is going to have to pay some serious attention. This could be a serious award contender. That said however, don't even think of embarking on this novel without having read the previous two as you won't get the full impact that this book deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. Satchell on 6 Mar. 2011
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I've just finished reading this trilogy. I enjoyed the writing and the intrigue and the development of the characters. It was an exciting read all the way through. However in the last couple of chapters the writing style changed, it was as though someome else had written them. It seemed a little odd to me and the series didn't seem finished. Are there more to come? I hope so as it seems unfinished to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Egan on 7 Dec. 2009
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After reading and enjoying the first two books in the Trilogy I was very excited about the final book. Unfortunately I found it quite a let-down - the story progressed reasonably well, but the ending was very disappointing - lots of loose ends and no real conclusion.
I can only assume that the intention is for a fourth book in the "Trilogy".
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