Spirit Gate (Crossroads #1)
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I love this book. Or perhaps I should say - I did love this book, for a whole two chapters. It featured a wonderful, independent, self-assured female protagonist, who was completely comfortable in her own skin. Hurrah! A character I could really root for!
And then she’s never seen again. She existed for a whole two chapters purely to motivate a male character, who then mopes and whines and drinks and whinges (while also enjoying himself with other women) for (get this) nineteen ...more
BUT. Elliott spends so much time building her w ...more
A lot of the action is political, but some of it seems to be spiritual, which is not to say that people can't suddenly die from sepsis. (See, this is why it reminds me of GRRM!)
Once again ...more
But also, it's not holding my attention with that basic, irresistible desire to find out what's happening next. First, there's no faster way to dissipate my interest than to stuff a woman in the fridge and have a guy mope about it for years afterward.
So I skipped to Mai's storyline, the ...more
And then I read the book, and I am reminded, yet again, that my brain and Elliott's writing mix like stiletto heels and a muddy field. I try to trudge through, because what I can see on the horizon is awesome, but it's a painful battle, staggering ...more
Some readers may have trouble with the fact that the story doesn’t really focus on any one of the characters. I know th ...more
Despite the good stuff, I had some major reservations with some aspects of the world-building. First, I couldn't figure out exactly why the reeves were supposed to be so important, and so when things start to go wrong for them right off the bat, it didn't make any sense why ...more
The setting is fairly unique. The main story takes place in a land called the Hundred, which is home of the Reeves, giant eagle riders. They follow the laws set by mysterious Guardians, enforced by the Reeves for generations, but things are of cours ...more
But, I found that reading the next books made the first book make more sense. So when I went back to the first boo ...more
The characters are complete multiple faceted and like able, I cared about what happened to them. Throughout this series Kate Elliott explores the path and consequences of power-lust and the corruptibility of people. The start is a bit weird in that it introduces characters that seem irrelevant for the remainder of the boo ...more
However, for whatever reason, the book didn't draw me in. Maybe part of it was that it's a looong book at almost 700 pages, and ...more
This book was tricky. Of all Elliott's works (so far), this one took me the longest to get into. The character introduced at the beginning turns out to be a fake-out lead, time skips and switching between numerous POVs until it finally gets settled a little after we meet the characters Shai, Mai, and Anji.
I'm glad I stuck through it, however long it took me, but there came a point when I realized I didn't want to put it down, because then I wanted all of them t ...more
Despite the interesting cover image, Spirit Gate was very disappointing. None of the characters was very likable, most were painfully cliche or annoying, and the writing came across as juvenile, which was the biggest deterrant to enjoyment. It got off to a bad start as the main character in the opening of the novel ...more
One tiny gripe: I love maps. If th ...more
Maybe 2 stars. Fully of this book is taken up with mere introduction. We all know what's coming, but it just drags out for 300+ pages until suddenly everything happens.
Then we get left at the end with very little resolution, and still no real understanding of what's going on. Well, Ms. Elliott, I hope you're not holding your breath waiting for me to read volume 2.
I found the whole thi ...more
this is the first adult novel i've read
by Elliott and i loved it. sweeping, ambitious,
personal and epic, Spirit Gate has it all.
i didn't realize that elliott had written an
Asian inspired world until she told me, and i'm
so glad i picked this up. i really enjoyed the
touches of it that helped to inspire this world.
beyond her amazing world building and pulling
together of multiple view points and plot threads,
i think what i love most about the story is that
i care for every major character ( ...more
It is complex enough with the choice of words, phrases and style that as you begin reading you don't know if you ARE getting it. But the more you read the more you get and the easier it is to know what is going on. Completing ...more
I would have ranked this novel higher, but there are a few sections that just dragged for me. I didn't feel like the plot was moving on in those sections. I understand the ...more
When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely ...more