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5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds within worlds, 19 Feb 2014
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Amazingly imaginative. Beautifully crafted wordsmith. Iain Grant has created a vivid setting for his characters. I hope that the sequel is forthcoming. I want to know what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a gateway made of bone, 19 April 2013
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An excellent read, a bit out of the ordinary for sf/fantasy, and a good page turner. It was good to allow the setting to develop leaving much unanswered, without schooling things overmuch. Highly recommended, and with enough left over at the end to allow for a satisfactory sequel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Sci-Fi Fantasy, 29 Mar 2013
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Gateway is a great way to ease yourself into sci-fi, steam-punk fantasy. It offers all the motifs that genre fans expect (superbly-detailed worlds, an endless cast, intelligent concepts) whilst delivering enough to satisfy mainstream readers and newcomers alike (humour, lovable characters, snappy dialogue, action). This is a difficult balance to achieve but Iain Grant treads the fine line without slipping.

The plot may feel familiar to those who have read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials: a young girl with a particular talent and famous parents must travel between worlds with eclectic companions to achieve her destiny, finding the last remaining titan, whilst fleeing a totalitarian power. However, being compared to Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy is by no means a bad thing and it will be interesting to see how Grant develops this into a trilogy over the next few years.

Where Grant excels is the sheer generosity of his writing. A lesser writer may have held back some of the great ideas on offer here for a future book. Instead, Grant provides high quality concepts at a dizzying rate. The pages are packed memorable characters, moments, one-liners and twists. The reader will be rewarded with Tolkien-esque detail. Each world is drawn with its own religions, histories, environments and people, although thankfully Grant is more concise in his description than Tolkien.

Going into specifics would detract from the constant surprises of the tale but, suffice it to say, this is a novel of demons and krakens; of circus assassins and clones; of dying worlds and hidden worlds. There is a Library the size of a city housing sentient books and a world covered in garbage harbouring a missing pirate ship. Best of all, there is an army of killer toy dolls named the Penny Dreadfuls which appear just in time for the novel's climatic battle.

The revelations towards the end offer much reward for the reader and you will certainly be left wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars proper SF, 12 April 2014
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A whole series of properly imagined other worlds unfold with just sufficient clues delivered at just the right time. Very engaging characters draw the reader along, usually at a frenetic pace, to a satisfying conclusion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will take your breath away, 30 Dec 2012
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A Gateway Made of Bone follows the story of Celandine Brey.
Celandine was brought up in an orphanage, so she hadn't imagined a life where she might go travelling. She definitely hadn't planned a journey across multiple worlds, each more fascinating than the last.
It's the discovery of a rare talent that sets her apart from the other orphans. It's discovered by someone who comes to the orphanage looking for a very particular child...

We watch as she's launched onto her journey by a violent encounter that makes her realise that others out there know more about her mother than she does. All she finds out is that her mother has left something for her, something so precious that others will kill to get to it first.
She picks up some travelling companions along the way. There's Ana, the demon-hunting clone who has sworn to protect Celandine. There's Mr Sukh, the war veteran whose tongue has been cut out by his enemies, but who speaks volumes with his scimitar. Then there's Orlando, an awkward youth with few special talents, but a puppy-like devotion to Celandine.

The characters are such fun that you'll want to spend more time with them. Even the villains are complex and interesting, with more than a dash of humour in the evil punishments dished out by Sepulin, who believes that he can be much more creative than simply killing his enemies...
The worlds will take your breath away with their richly-imagined variety. Some places will seem tantalisingly familiar, while others are less so. Would humans really create a world entirely dedicated to the production of drugs? Of course they would.

The quality of the writing is stunning. We get the details that we want, but we're left to fill in the blanks ourselves. There isn't a single scene in the novel that 's slow-paced or dull; it's a delight from start to finish. I guarantee that you'll be thinking of Celandine and the breath-taking legacy from her mother long after you finish the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start, 7 Dec 2012
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Hangs together well, good pace. Sympathetic characters. Self consistent within the plot. Would be interested in reading more. Enjoyed it.
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