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The Shadow at the Gate (The Tormay Trilogy Book 2) by [Bunn, Christopher]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in The Tormay Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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About the Author

Christopher Bunn has worked on all the continents except for Antarctica. He has worked in a UN refugee camp in Thailand, a shoe factory in Israel, and an orphanage in Ethiopia. He has worked in television in England, Australia and Fiji, done construction in the Amazon and in Hawaii. Currently, he lives and works on a farm with his family on the coast of California. He composes and records music in his free time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477547932
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  • 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel, setting up a promising ending to the Tormay Trilogy 19 Jan. 2013
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the first book in this series more than a year ago, and I enjoyed that novel (The Hawk and His Boy). Only now, I got to the sequel. I read quite a few (indie and mainstream) fantasy series, and often the sequel fails to deliver the promise of the first installment. The Shadow at the Gate did not disappoint.

The story took some time to pick up momentum, but I believe that is partly because I forgot quite a few details about the boy Jute, Severan the scholar, Levoreth and Ronan the Knife. But the story gathers steam and reaches its climax at a showdown during a ball where all the important lords and ladies gather, and another climax during a tense escape by some central characters from the city.

The writing is mostly clean and crisp and even flowing poetically at a few spots. The plot thickens and there is plenty of tension. The worldbuilding gets more intricate and fantastic, in the most positive sense of the word. Importantly, some characters show depth, especially Jute, Levoreth and and Ronan, although their development is a bit lacking, in my view. Also, without spoiling too much, I am happy that Christopher Bunn is not afraid to kill his darlings.

The Shadow at the Gate is not perfect, unfortunately. The pacing is good for two-third of the novel, but lags at places, especially towards the end. The antagonists seem quite one-dimensional, which is a pity. Although most of the magic is very well thought out and steeped in mythology, it at one point lapses into cliches like people turned into mice and annoying ghosts.

Overall, after reading two-third of the Tormay Trilogy, I am looking forward to read the final installment, and won't wait as long as between the first and second book. If you're looking for an affordable indie trilogy of high fantasy, the Tormay Trilogy is a good find.(less)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for the Tormay Trilogy 24 Oct. 2012
By bcollins1958 - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't read this book until you have read Book One, The Hawk and His Boy. Every now and then, I find a previously unknown (to me) writer who just takes my breath away. Christopher Bunn is one of those. Being more of a reader than a reviewer, I tend to read lots of books and write very few reviews. Mostly, it's just too much trouble and takes too much time. However, for this series, which began with the book The Hawk and His Boy, I must make an exception.

This is the story (I should actually say that 'these are the stories', for there are many engaging characters and a finely detailed storyline for each one) of a young thief named Jute who is drafted into committing a burglary. After an attempt to kill him fails, he begins an adventure that had me spellbound throughout the entire book.

Whether or not you are a fantasy/science fiction fan, if you love excellent writing, great characters and engaging, well-crafted plots, these are the books for you. I'd give them 6 stars if I could. If you are like me, you will want to start the next book in the series straight away. I just bought the third book and can't wait to start devouring it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first-- Nice, Original fantasy 7 Aug. 2012
By None_None - 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second in a very likable series 5 July 2013
By John Gregory Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm reviewing these after reading the last, so my memory might bleed over, so in the interest of not spoiling, I'll just speak in generalities.

I found the mechanism of magic, and how it works, starts to be better explained in this volume, so that we (at the same time as Jute) begin to understand it. The world that is described is one that you both would love to live in and avoid completely for your own safety.

Things go wrong, even with the best of planning or the strongest of power. Chaos unravels order, in fits and starts. Jute begins to come into his own, and the Knife becomes a surprise.

I cannot reccomend this series enough for a different kind of fantasy I think you'll enjoy reading.
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