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The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  146 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of being out of place in the world around her. when Darcy is forced to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp for an entire week, she once again finds herself on the outside of an already existent social circle of friends. It is only whe ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published November 2009 (first published 2009)
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For starters, thank you, lovely readers, for visiting my blog and taking your time to read today's post which is dedicated to the new novel, The Six by KB Hoyle, coming out on April 5th. I was lucky to be part of The Six Blog Tour organised by The Writer's Coffee Shop.

I'm guessing that first you'd like to know what The Six is about. Well, here's summary:

Darcy P
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Review originally posted on Words at Home blog March 20, 2012:

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading The Six. I have seen it compared to ( Narnia and Harry Potter and this is where my apprehension set in. I haven’t read Narnia since I was about ten and I’ve never read Harry Potter so I was afraid that some of the magic would be lost on me. I also wasn’t sure how invested I would become in a group of th
Sherry Gomes
From about the very first page of this book, I was completely captivated and couldn't stop reading till the end. Darcy, the main character is thirteen when the story begins, and at first I both loved her and was frustrated with her. She's shy and socially uncomfortable, and yet, she's embarrassed to be hanging around Samantha an overweight neightbor girl of the same age. I was shy and terrified in social situations at that age and beyond, and yet, I have a disability and remember too well how al ...more
Kathie (katmom)
May 15, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, this series.

Darcy is annoying as heck when THE SIX starts out, much like most 13 year olds. I've recently HAD a 13 y/o and K.B. Hoyle GETS them. She does grow and learn, just like a real teen, throughout the book, and that continues throughout the series.

I loved the new world this author has created. It's a mix of Narnia, HP and LotR.

I've discovered a love for narks. Yahto Veli is my new hero.

Yes, I read this for work, but couldn't put it down.

And I'm ever so grateful that the
Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
One day while hiking a young girl discovers a portal to another world, the magical land of Alithia. She soon learns of a prophecy claiming that she and five others are destined to save this mystical place. At first the six are unsure of their part in this ancient prophecy. But eventually they learn to work together as a team, united in their efforts to fulfill their destiny and save this enchanted land.

Author K.B. Hoyle pens scenes that pop with vibrant details, making the world of Alitheia vivi
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase, May 15, 2012.

Have you ever had a feeling when you visited a natural location that there was something magical about the area? Five children, now teenagers, have been having that same feeling each summer when their families have come to Cedar Cove to camp . This year, Darcy and her family have joined the other families, and that magical feeling is about to lead the six teenagers into another world – Aletheria.

I loved reading about the world of Aleth
Mary Grace
Jun 13, 2012 Mary Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Six. I was initially intrigued by the novel the moment I saw it in Netgalley and immediately requested it but for unknown reasons, I kept on passing through it in my reader and it became unnoticed for a couple of weeks. A couple of days ago, I started reading The Six and boy was I disappointed! Well, not in the way that you are probably thinking. I was very disappointed with myself for not reading the novel the moment I got it in my reader.

The Six is a story of Darcy and 5 of her friends who
Apr 03, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I received this book to read, I really had no idea what to expect. I actually had a little trouble getting into the story and I would keep starting and stopping to read something else. But finally, I sat down and told myself I had to read this book, and it took me a few chapters but I finally got hooked!
I found the book started off a little slow, giving too much information that I found didn’t really need to be done. But once I got past all that it seemed like the story really got started.
NetGalley ARC

The Six is an entertaining, other worldly series for kids (though it was more than easy to enjoy it as an adult too). Elements of the story remind me of The Chronicles of Narnia, what with the traveling to another world, the inventive creatures of fantasy, and the slight religious undertones. It took a while for this story to take off- Hoyle world builds for almost the first 25% of the story. But once the premise is set, there is not a dull moment. The plot is pretty straight forwar
Jun 11, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, arc
middle school & up
Gateway Chronicles #1

Darcy is reluctantly on the way to the first ever family summer vacation. When she gets there she is immediately greeted by the always cheerful and bubbly Samantha. Sam is really nice but Darcy is an extreme introvert. In order to get some time alone, Darcy lies to Sam. This causes the other teens at the camp to mistrust her. During a hike, Darcy finds herself in another world called Alitheia. The people she meets are friendly and want her to come back
Maggie Rapier
Sep 07, 2010 Maggie Rapier rated it it was amazing
I recieved a copy of this book for Christmas, and had heard about it before that, my fellow classmates practically ordering me to read it. It was on my list, granted, but several were before it, but I decided to rethink my order. From the very first chapter it drew me in, and I had no choice but to sit down and read the rest. It took me only a few hours to read, and immediately I went right back to the beginning to reread my favorite parts. The book was well-written, flowed smoothly from one cha ...more
Dec 20, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
"The Six" is a great fantasy novel that I did not ever want to put down. When things like school, sleep, and eating kept me from reading I was constantly thinking about the book. I was considering what had transpired in what I had read thus far, and I was trying to make predictions about the things to come. "The Six" is definitely a 'page-turner'. I was always wondering what would happen to Darcy and her friends. K. B. Hoyle also created an entirely new creature, the Nark. The Nark is a fascinat ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Six is a fun story for all ages about six young teenagers that find themselves in the magical land of Alitheia. Their task is to rid the land of an evil that threatens the well-being of all the good inhabitants of that realm.

There is no way you can avoid drawing a comparison between this series and The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. In both cases, children find a portal to a magical world where they become the saviors of the inhabitants from an evil power. In both series, there is
Suzy Wilson
THE SIX tells us the story of Darcy, a self-absorbed, hormonal brat of a thirteen year old (whose solipsism is her greatest defining feature) and her five companions - Sam, Amelia, Perry, Lewis and Dean. In a tale with parallels to the Narnia Adventures, the six find themselves crossing a magic portal to a parallel land in which magic abounds. Populated by fairy folk and mythological beings, Alitheia is a land of extraordinary beauty, clarity and magic. However, as with all good stories, Alithei ...more
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
OMG, this is ridiculously good! A little bit Narnia, a little bit Harry Potter, all totally addictive. I couldn't put it down, and now I can't wait to start reading The Oracle. I have a feeling Tellius is going to turn into quite a lovely young man, perhaps one even to rival the spunky Perry... Lucky Darcy! I highly recommend this series.
Jul 16, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
As a reader who tends to avoid YA fiction like the plague, this series is of the few exceptions. It is comparable to that of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling, while keeping a distinct style and imagination of its own. In short: Read. it.
Donna Huber
This was a great story. A wonderful way to start the series. It sucked me in within the first few pages. See my full review at
Schledia Phillips
Jun 17, 2011 Schledia Phillips rated it it was amazing
The Six kept me from doing a lot of my regular duties. I had a hard time putting it down. In reading it to my children, they would get upset when I closed it for the night.
A.B. Shepherd
Sep 11, 2013 A.B. Shepherd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best darn YA novel I've read in a very long time. It is the first in a series, and I'll tell you one thing. K.B. Hoyle has gotten it right. It is a fantasy novel along the lines of Narnia or the Harry Potter Series, but in my humble opinion it is better than both of those. Why?

Because Darcy Pennington, the primary character, is flawed. She's not some perfect princess type character who always makes the right decision. She makes mistakes. A lot. And she is a typical teenaged girl. She
Apr 24, 2012 Shaheen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really have no idea how I will approach this review, but having re-read the synopsis above I have realised that it fails to capture much of The Six. The story is pretty much as the blurb describes: thirteen year old awkward and socially inept girl finds out she needs needs to save the magical world of Alitheia with her friends.

Darcy Pennington isn't just awkward - she is a self-centred individual who sincerely believes that the other kids at the camp are beneath her. She's much too good to be
Oct 05, 2013 Suz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
This story by K.B. Hoyle is very similar in its premise to the Chronicles of Narnia. Six teenagers discover a gateway to another world - the magical world of Alitehia with fairies, gnomes, and other creatures. A beneficent figure named Pateros who takes the form of a giant bear brings humans over from our world. The six teens discover their arrival has been prophesied and they each have a role to play in the conflict with the dark forces of Tselloch. In this first book of the series, Darcy is an ...more
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Jun 02, 2013 Rel8tivity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rel8tivity by: Katmom
Move over Narnia, make way for The Six!

I have to admit, I didn't like the main character for a long time. Upon first meeting her, Darcy Pennington is a typical 13-year old girl with a typical family. Typical annoying little brother. Typical dad who's caring but a little oblivious to her feelings. Typical stern mom. But Darcy's throwing a major hissy fit because her family can't afford to send her to the equestrian camp that she's used to, and instead are opting for a family vacation at Cedar Cov
Stacy Sabala
Oct 11, 2013 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Book Review- The Six by K.B. Hoyle

Darcy is not thrilled to be going to Michigan to this family camp this summer instead of the horse riding camp she usually goes to. Since her dad decided to open his own business, money is tight. So things are a little different from now on. Darcy dreads going. Her neighbor Sam is going with her family and she won’t leave Darcy alone now that her family is going too.
Darcy drags her feet and basically refuses to have a good time or give anything a chance. She me
What first sucked me into this book was Darcy. She's a really independent and relatable character. I don't know what it is, but something about Darcy just draws me in and makes me want to get to know her. Darcy likes to be alone, sort of like me at times, and she also is really...negative towards life in general. So, in this case, Darcy was sort of a halfway point for me: relatable, but a little bit of a jerk. I guess I understand her point of view, but I was still a little put off by Darcy's at ...more
Erin Morgan
Apr 04, 2013 Erin Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, ya, loved-it
Since I read so much last week, I did promise some reviews. So this is the first one. It's for The Six by K.B. Hoyle. This is book 1 of The Gateway Chronicles.

I rarely feel compelled to review something. It does happen on occasion, but even then the most I'll do is review with a paragraph or two and leave it at that. Rarely do I review each book in a series as I'm planning to do here.

As you can guess by the title of this post, this book is a YA novel. A good YA novel is something I enjoy immense
Excalibur Snape
I loved this book.
The writing is fantastic, the world is amazing.
I love how the author blends the two worlds together.
This book has amazing creatures.
It's magical and entertaining I highly recommend it.
Can't wait to read more of this authors work I also can't wait to read the rest of this serise.
All the characters in this book are wonderful.
There is not one character that I don't like.
I like them all even the bad guys.
May 31, 2014 Josephine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband gave our 11 year old daughter this book series as a Christmas gift. I started reading it with her. I'm enjoying staying connected with my daughter by having great, fun conversations about it. The action-adventure higher-calling quest is a great reason to read this series. I trust I'll see the movie version of this series in my lifetime!!!
Olivia Ard
Aug 27, 2015 Olivia Ard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent first book from a promising author. I am usually highly critical of YA literature, and I completely adored The Six. There are no plot holes, every last detail is important to the story, and all the components of a good epic are present. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. I highly recommend to everyone.

Update 8/27/15:
I've now read this book three or four times, and it never fails to reveal something new to me each and every time. Now that I know the end of the series, I h
Nov 12, 2014 Witchypoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was my first book I read by this writer and definitely will not be the last. Yes the six did get me hooked. No wonder they kept this a secret. What an adventure,
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K. B. Hoyle is an author, a creative writing teacher, and a former classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen fantasy tales for young adults. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has three wonderful little boys. Her quest to write inspiring fiction began at the age of eleven when she started her first fa ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Gateway Chronicles (6 books)
  • The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)
  • The White Thread (The Gateway Chronicles #3)
  • The Enchanted (The Gateway Chronicles #4)
  • The Scroll (The Gateway Chronicles #5)
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