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The Shadow at the Gate (The Tormay Trilogy Book 2) by [Bunn, Christopher]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477547932
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T3IUFG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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I can't even remember how I found this series on the kindle library but how glad was I! It's a great read. I've read all three books back to back and their great. Book 1 was a great read. I can't for the life of me see how the more negative review could find it slow. Book 2 builds on the great start and you start to see how the various strands of the story start to weave together and characters develop. If you like Jordan, Tolkien, Eddings, Feist & Wurts, Weeks, Abercombie or many other great authors then you will love this series.
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A difficult author to review, felt very much like reading a Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time book, yet at the same time, I found the character creation and plot development too slow.

Action in book 1 was particularly lacking and in book 2 somewhat better.

In book one Jute opens the box, and we know that he is the master of wind. It takes up to 76% of book 2 for him to be told this, because everyone who is about to tell him this gets interupted, this reason gets a bit stale.

By this stage in the book we would expect him to have some idea of his powers, but instead it is like he is a level 0 character who has not learnt a thing.

He is travelling with a would be mage, a ranger/thief of sorts and a hawk, yet they are not teaching him anything in fact the story revolves more around "Ronan" than about Jute, the main hero of the book.

I found this a bit disappointing because the language is exceptional, the sentence structure, descriptions etc, very well written, but the plot development is confused and still being expanded without really getting anywhere, much like Robert Jordan became.
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The Shadow at the Gate is the second book of the Tormay trilogy by Christopher Bunn. The adventure continues to follow Jute, Severan, Levoreth, and Ronan as they deal with the coming Dark. There are some interesting moments detailing the creation of the world and the origin of the Dark. There is also an explanation on the magic system that works in his world. In Shadow at the Gate many of story lines from The Hawk and His Boy are coming together, building towards the climax that will be found in book 3. A few of the minor characters from the first book get to step up into more prominent roles and more is revealed about the thieves guild. The story continues to be well written and enjoyable with a solid flow. This book has an open ending that really helps build anticipation for the third book in the series.
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The book is divided into two stories, the first is about Jute and the second about Levoreth. In my review for 'The Hawk and his Boy' I couldn't stop gushing about Levoreth and she was my favourite character. 'The Shadow at the Gate' continues her story perfectly and gives us an even better insight into whom she really is. I wish I could say more about her, but I don't want to spoil anything for the readers. I will say that if you liked her in the first book and are a fan of dramatic scenery and events you will really like what Christopher Bunn has done with Levoreth.

I did find myself warming up to 'The Knife' or Ronan. In the first book he was more of a side-character, but Christopher really used this book to explore his character a bit more. And may I say, if you like surprises READ THIS BOOK. I was seriously stunned after I found out who he was. Christopher Bunn used this book to give the reader some more time to get to know the other characters but especially ... to learn about Tormay and its history.

Every good (!) fantasy book should have a background. It doesn't all have to be in the book, but there has to be at least a reference to other countries, cities, important people from the past, to give it the richness that make good fantasy books, like 'The Lord of the Rings' outstanding. Tormay has such a background. You didn't hear as much about it in the first book, but this book takes a lot more time to expand. For example, we visit Severus' wizard school and we learn more about the Anbeorum. Christoper Bunn really created an original story and with his fluent and imaginative writing style he is sure to captivate anyone who likes a good story.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d428648) out of 5 stars 51 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1a50a8) out of 5 stars Great Sequel, Better Than the First 14 Nov. 2011
By Richard Finn - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I could give it 4.5 stars. The second installment is longer and has a lot more to sink one's teeth into. There are several climax points, including one that could have been the climax the first book needed and a couple which occur in parallel. The writing style is well done, the suspense is just right, the fantasy elements are all there - with a twist or three. There are a few sections of info dumps which could have been more spread out, but they're not too dry or obstructing.

Overall, an awesome book and I look forward to finishing out the trilogy!
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d6352c4) out of 5 stars even better than the first! 5 April 2011
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really good, how am I the first review?

Shadow picks up where The Hawk And His Boy leaves off, and if anything gets better. No middle volume slump here. Several significant confrontations with the Dark along with identities and allegiances uncovered, both expected and unexpected, keep the story moving along at a good pace. The prose standard continues to be high. And where some authors outsmart themselves with "clever" twists that make you roll your eyes and wonder what they could possibly have been thinking, the twists here work well, keeping the story fresh, and yet having that feeling of inevitability one gets from a story proceeding exactly as it must.

As with most longer fantasy the story follows multiple characters or groups. Often with that type of plot I get annoyed with one or more threads and plod through them waiting to get back to party X with the characters I like, but that doesn't happen here as all characters are either sufficiently appealing in their own right or up to no good in such a way that I genuinely wanted to know what they are doing.

A lot of focus in first half or so of this volume seems to be on characters other than Jute, arguably the main character in volume one, though it does drop in on him occasionally at first and more often as the story progresses. A number of characters who had lesser roles in Hawk And His Boy get to spend a lot more time on stage and come into their own in this volume. Owain Gawinn and Levoreth happily get a lot of stage time here.

Can't wait for the final volume, which will immediately jump to the head of my queue when it's available. If you like classic Good vs Evil save the world fantasy, give this series a try.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d6351c8) out of 5 stars A little better than the first 4 Oct. 2011
By P. Underwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok.... clearly this should be a two book series. I can not say that definitively, because I do not intend to read the last book.

Why do you ask?

Because life is too short for cheap wine, bad food and marginal books.

Things done well:
- The knife has a nice surprising background.
- A face is given to the evil.
- And..... I'm sorry, I have nothing else.

Unfortunately-
- The bird is a deeper character than Jute.
- A whole tower of wizards are decimated in 2 secs... Mice? Cats?
- The scholars are just a little too bumbling.
- The plot is still pretty slow... but presumably everything will be OK once they reach a some city (Harlach?).
- The new "evil villain" is entirely cookie-cutter.

So.... to continue my earlier analogy --> you can kick back with a rice cake and tofu salad, crack open a non-alcoholic beer and read this series.... but I don't think you will be satisfied on any level.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8da541ec) out of 5 stars Fantastic! 28 Jun. 2012
By Matt A - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the first book, but Bunn really hits his stride in the second book. The characters all have an added depth, the story is more intricate and refined, the pacing is more fluid, and the experience overall is more enjoyable. The world really opens up in Shadow, with all the secondary details and backstories becoming clearer and more engrossing. I feel like these are the pieces that change a book from a story into a world, from words into feelings. I became personally invested in every major viewpoint character; riding along with their triumphs and tragedies. Good fantasy transports you to its world and makes you feel with greater magnitude than many 'real' things do, Shadow accomplishes this without question. I highly recommend reading the Tormay trilogy (though full disclosure I haven't read the third one yet), plus the 1st book is on Amazon for free so go give it a try!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9f3798) out of 5 stars Better than the first-- Nice, Original fantasy 7 Aug. 2012
By Tax Accountant - Published on Amazon.com
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I love YA fantasy and I am really enjoying this series so far. The concept is original and the world-building has been really well done.

****SPOILERS*********

*****SPOILERS*******

I was disappointed in some of the characters that were killed off; particularly Nio who was so interesting. I guess I was hoping for some sort of redemption, but alas, it was not to be.

This is a good book for teens and young adults, but not younger than 13, I would say. There's no sex or profanity, but there's a lot of killing in this installment, and some of it is violent, like when Smede gets eaten alive by cats. It's not really a complaint, just an observation.

That being said, I love this series so far and I am anxious to continue the next installment.
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