The Hour of the Gate (Spellsinger, #2)
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The Hour of the Gate (Spellsinger #2)

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Accompanying the wizard Clothahump to try and mount a defense against the invasion of the monstrous insectoid Plated Folk, Jon-Tom and his otter companion Mudge find themselves faced with ever more serious obstacles-from an underground river that leads to the four waterfalls known as The Earth's Throat, to the spider-silk city of the wary Weavers and their horrifically att...more
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 17th 1984 by New York : Warner Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Peter Coad
Another great fun fantasy romp writen by a master. Mr Foster has a fantastic imagination and is a wizard with a type writer.
David Sarkies
This is a continuation, and the conclusion, to the story that began in Spellsinger. The party of adventurers (which is what they are) have reached the main mammal city on the planet to warn the council of the invasion of a race of insects called the plated folk. Apparently the Plated Folk have access to Earthlike technology (which is why Clothahump wanted an engineer) and if they invade then it is going to be a bloodbath. However the council pretty much behaves like one would expect a council f...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2001.

The novels in the original Spellsinger series make up a continuous narrative much more than most fantasy sagas do. This, the second, concerns preparations to resist the plans of the Plated Folk (insects) to overrun the Warmlands, where most of the animals of the alien world on which Johntom found himself stranded in Spellsinger live.

The Hour of the Gate is the least humorous novel in the series, and this exposes some shortcomings despite the...more
Dave Peticolas

Blah blah more fantasy.

While not an Epic ... these tales are enjoyable with great timing for comedy and action.
Lorrie Gipson
Wow! Truly a fantastic story. What a wonderful activity to read and actually go to other worlds of wonder and grandiose. This book actually made me smile and cheer on the inside on more than one occasion. A truly wonderful story. Alan Dean Foster is surely an authentic wizard, for no mundane man could have conjured such delight! Great!
I read this as a teenager.

Back then I read sci-fi and fantasy almost exclusively, and this author (ADF) was one of my favorites; in particular, his Spellsinger series.

Don't know if I would like this book the same if I re-read it as an adult, but in my memory it was an entertaining read.
Jami Leigh
Plot: 2 stars
Characters: 2 stars
Style: 3 stars
Pace: 2 stars
This is a book I would have probably loved as a ten year old. As an adult, it's hackneyed and predictable, with fits of deus ex machina and too stupid to live. Ugh.
Candi Olsen
I was very disappointed. The first book is so intriguing and this one killed the story for me. Not reading the others.
Maxwell Heath
The pacing is inconsistent, many of the plot elements are strange, some are even just stupid, but it's fun nonetheless.
the Reeds
read this series in high school. I'm sure I liked it much more then than I would now.
Pretty basic fantasy book. Not hard core reading, but a good read none the less.
Not the most well-written or consistent series, but great fun. [Read twice]
Iain Watson
The Hour Of The Gate (Spellsinger, Book Two) by Alan Dean Foster (1984)
Not as good as his Commonwealth series, but an enjoyable light read.
Entertaining. Good finish to the events started by the first book.
Fantasy by Foster - ok to read
Apr 13, 2009 Jamie added it
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Read these repeatedly when I was a kid.
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing,...more
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