Traitors' Gate (Crossroads #3)
In Spirit Gate and Shadow Gate, Kate Elliott took readers to the fascinating world of the Hundred, a land teeming with an array of cultures, gods, and conflicts blighted by the shadow of chaos and destruction. Now, with the same intensity and dramatic sweep that has brought this epic to life, Elliott returns to the exquisitely crafted cities and landscapes of the Hundred
About half way through this book I felt that maybe I had lost a little of the magic. Then Elliott hit me with one of the best conclusions to a series I have read recently.
The ending is unlike any that I can think of, it is not a happy ending by any means, we see a world we love with some serious problems foreshadowed. But unlike the current GRIMDARK phase, not every character is miserable at the end, in fact most are actually in a good place.
This book took Mai, who was alwa...more
You want series closers to up the ante, keep their focus, deliver what’s been promised and then some. Kate Elliott’s "Traitors' Gate" concludes a trilogy that apparently will be part of a larger series; nonetheless, for much of the book, the thud of disappointment is audible and heavy.
Elliott's concluding "volume" of her earlier, excellent Crown of Stars series was, in the end, divided into two books; the penultimate one was an often unnecessary slog...more
The world of The Hundred is inhabited by merchants and such, but also by people called Reeves who are chosen by enormous eagles to help patrol the roadways and keep peace in general. There are Guardians, who fly on winged horses and are initially dead, but have been risen by a cloak to act as what we would call a judge...more
Another thing I was worried about was that I would have to refer to Books 1 & 2 to remember what was going on, but as soon as I read page one I was back in the flow. The characters do an initial info dump as they are reintroduced in a way that flows right with the story. Really well done.
In fact, I was a bit more than ha...more
I started the series a bit ambivalent to Anji and Mai. At the start of the 3rd book, Mai was really growing on me while I slowly started to despise Anji. The events at the end of the book seem utterly appropriate and really makes me appr...more
I'll be listing the main o...more
I raced through the series and at the end was just a huge let down. I felt like I could have read the beginning and then the end. The characters that the author brought to life was intriguing and a great read... but the overall plot was just so lacking...
She wrote about a war, but didn't really write about the war. I know she tried, but ... not enough substance.
Furthermore, the main characters "changed" from the first book, where there was a lot of hope to... ??? scratching my head at the e...more
This book earned its second star at the tail end when it started to finally feel like the writing that had drawn me to Kate Elliott's work in the Crown o...more
The big thing was there is a huge plot twist in this book from the previous two. It's not an all of a sudden twist, but one that sta...more
Merely felt like the set-up for a continuation of the series.
When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely...more