Spirit Gate (Crossroads #1)
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!)
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
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
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
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
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
Maybe 2½ stars. Fully ¾ 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
I hated this book. It is one of a handful of books that I have thrown away (in this case, without finishing it). It had a good premise, and when I picked it up, I was excited because it seemed like an interesting new series. My main problem is that this book is BORING. Nothing happens. Now, I'm not one who requires a lot of action in my books (I'm a big fan of Modesitt), but I at least like to know that the sto...more
I gave this a 2 star rating and thought about saying it was really a 2.5 star rating. I also toyed with simply not finishing the book. A 2 star rating is an honest reflection of my experience.
Ms. Elliott's other work may demonstrate an outstanding ability to tell stories. This particular book left me with the impression that her skills fall well...more
What is the book lacking?
hmmmm im not sure i can put my finger on it.... though i did feel like there was way to much description when it came to the scener...more
Normally, if I can't finish a book by the time it's due at the library, I bring it back, unfinished, because obviously I just didn't like it. I have renewed Spirit Gate as many times as allowed, and looking at how far I've made it through, I have to admit def...more
One of the reasons why Fantasy is my genre of choice is the escape it provides. While other types of fiction tell a great story they don't take me out of THIS world. However, when you encounter a superb world builder like Kate Elliott, the escape is total. The world...more
For hundreds of years the Guardians have ruled the world of the Hundred, but these powerful gods no longer exert their will on the world. Only the reeves, who patrol on enormous eagles, still represent the Guardians' power. And the reeves are losing their authority; for the...more
When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely...more