The Gates of Twilight
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The Gates of Twilight

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In a fragile alliance, the natives are stirring uneasily under their foreign rulers. Rebellion is brewing, and at the heart of the conflict lies the bloody and powerful cult of the god Aoun, whose followers will stop at nothing to rid their land of alien domination. So civil servant Renille vo Chaumelle, scion of a proud, conquering line mingled with native blood, is consc...more
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Published February 23rd 2011 by Spectra (first published 1996)
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Natasha M.
I'm so happy I was able to read this (though I do think there may have been a few spoilers for the Wolf in Winter which I'm waiting for my local library to deliver into my hands) but I did feel as though I need to go back and read the Illusion (which I thankfully own) to refresh myself with the start of the Vonarish republic.

Basically these books take place in the same world... but I believe each book takes place a century (or maybe less) after each other. The Aveshquian society reminds me of a...more
Recently I found by chance my old copy of Illusion (alt-French Revolution with magic set in a secondary world which I read many years ago in the early/mid 90's) and browsing it, i realized I still liked it and also that after the disappointing Russian inspired one (Wolf of Winter - also read around publication long ago) I forgot about the author, so I decided to check her more recent offerings starting with Gates of Twilight.

This one is a sort of Indian Sepoy mutiny inspired though not quite and...more
Rather than the usual pseudo-medieval trappings for a fantasy novel, Volsky sets her story in a pseudo-19th century colonial India setting. It makes for an interesting change in tone, especially since it's clearly written with a postcolonial perspective. Beyond that, it's a fairly stream-lined fantasy story, with a small cast of characters. We're told everything about the villains about a hundred pages before the heroes find it out, which makes for an interesting opening hook, but does create a...more
This book was interesting in the development of the evil characters, however I felt that I knew a whole lot more about them than I did the protagonist. The 'evil god' Aoun has many pages to his temperment and history. The main couple Renille and Jathonda have very few pages to their developed relationship and overall I felt that the book would have benefited greatly from just a few more words on their personalities. They end up together just because...they do...I just didn't connect with their r...more
There is little more to say than this was an entertaining read. It isn't deep literature, but enjoyable and gripping. The main characters are lovable, and Renille (the main character) is thoughtful and logical, which appealed to me greatly. Alternative ideas of a god or gods, with explanations of the creation of them, or the creation of a race of gods additionally appealed to me.

I will be going back to the library at some point and looking up different novels by this particular author.
This diverting fantasy novel takes place in a 19th-century style world, in a location and situation that is clearly meant as a parallel to British-occupied India. Adventure ensues when the tensions between the colonials and the natives are exploited by a sinister cult. There are dashing heroes, clever heroines, snooty colonials, and menacing cultists. The book was a fun, entertaining read.
This book was ok. It was a little long, to many debates for my taste. But the action (about 150 pages into it) it got really good. The characters were a little thin. But really it wasn't a bad read. Very good descriptions. But it isn't one I'll read again.
Clearly a post-colonial Indian setting... it was middling enjoyable.
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Paula Volsky is an American fantasy author. Born in Fanwood, New Jersey, she majored in English literature at liberal arts college Vassar in New York State. At the University of Birmingham, England, she received an M.A. in Shakespearian studies. Before writing fantasy, she sold real estate and also worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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