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The Crimson Vault

(Traveler's Gate #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  10,429 ratings  ·  216 reviews
As the conflict between Enosh and Damasca builds to war, Simon finds himself caught in the middle.

Alin is bound by prophecy to the Grandmasters of Enosh, but he begins to doubt his fate when he discovers that their talk of freedom hides a darker agenda.

Leah has never questioned her loyalty to Damasca. Now, she finds that allegiance tested as she is forced to stand against
Kindle Edition, 2 edition, 386 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Hidden Gnome Publishing
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
War is breaking out between Damasca and Enosh. Alin is on the side of Enosh and Simon just wants to stay out of it. Simon quickly finds himself in the middle as Alin and the Valinhall travelers have different expectations for him. War isn't even the most concerning thing happening at the moment. Simon and Alin's attempt to save the people of Myria has released something deadly. The Valinhall incarnation is loose. He intends to kill the king and anyone he deems unworthy.

The Crimson Vault was a st
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Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The second installment of The Traveler’s Gate Trilogy opens several weeks after the events in House of Blades.
In the beginning, I felt as if I had missed the first 45 minutes of a film. I thought “who are some of these people?” and “what in the heck is going on now?” I admit, that could be because about halfway through the first book, my interest waned a bit. There is a nice bit of info that was missing from book one, but this book starts out with the same stilted dialogue and it’s almost as if
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2014
5 Stars

Crimson Vault, book two in the Travelers Gate series is a step up from the first novel. This series has:
A coming of age story.
Great world building.
A likable lead that is easy to identify with.
A cool main plot line.
An awesome magic system.

To me the magic of this book sets it apart. I am always looking for the next cool thing that can stand up with The Force, Allomancy, and of course Saidin/Saidar. Travelers are the magicians of this novel. They are people that can access one of 10 diffe
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
up until 5am finishing this. review to come when im conscious again.
Lewis Dix
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Will Wight is a God!

Holy H E Double Hockey Sticks. I've just finished The Crimson Vault and let me just say that I...kind of sort of enjoyed...okay who am I kidding?! It was amazing! Several twists that I did not see coming, cool new powers, expanded lore, everything I could of wanted in a sequel. Dang, son!!

No really, Will delivered in every way possible. All I have to say in closing is SHAME ON HIM FOR MAKING ME WAIT UNTIL NEXT FRIGGIN YEAR FOR THE THIRD BOOK. HOW DARE HE ATTEMPT TO HAVE SOME
Ryan Mueller
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another fun and exciting read. It won't win any awards for being deep or philosophical literature, but it's exactly the kind of fantasy I most enjoy reading: fun and full of action with characters I love to root for. It had been a while since a read the first book, so it took me some time to get back into the swing of things. Once I did, though, I was along for the read. Wight is a very good storyteller.

Rating: 9/10
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. Too many twists. Loved it.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Alastair Patton
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it

Much better than the first book. The Travelers Gate is a fantasy the pits regular western fantasy (unearned power) against progression/eastern fantasy (earned power) and gives us the best of both worlds. Though Simon was most definitely the MVP and most entertaining character of this book, he had probably the second most amount of page time after Alin. Will be picking up the third here soon
Dec 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow I should NOT have read the last two chapters while trying to sleep. Now I want to binge read the last book BUT IT’S ALMOST 1 AM I HAVE TO SLEEP AND THIS TRILOGY IS TOO GOOD I WANT IT TO LAST MORE SO I CANT BINGE READ IT.
Torstein Rødset
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Its not often I touch anything with the "Young Adult" tag from fear of overexposure to hollow powerfantasy characters and awkward romantic plots.

Lucky for me, this book is such a pleasure to read that I can overlook the shallow characters and just enjoy it.

The magic system is very cool and it makes me just want to read more in the same universe. And the "over-the-top-Final-Fantasy" Battles are also very enjoyable to read.

This is a very easy read and I very much recommend it if you want a break f
Mar 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Kyle Lorey
Sep 19, 2021 rated it liked it
storygraph rating: 3.75

similar thoughts as i had about the previous book in this trilogy! it’s pretty good. i prefer will wight’s “cradle” series, which i read before this, but it’s still a pretty good read. it’s the sort of book which i’d recommend to someone who had already read most of the stuff they’d been BURNING to read and now just sort of want a quick, easy, pleasant read. low commitment. like, i WOULD recommend it, but i wouldn’t recommend anyone put off other books in favor of this on
Feb 27, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
So far the characters haven’t really improved and the story is very up and down in my opinion so it is hard to even rate this three stars. The main characters are all still kind of flat and the enemies were somehow very underwhelming.

Also, with Alin being a walking “deus ex machina” and an absolute moron it doesn’t really help the story at all.

May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a major improvement over the first in the series. It steers away from the YA style into the realms of fantasy. The pacing is exact, the world-building is interesting, and the plot draws you in.
Kenneth DSilva
Nov 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. It continues from the first book in building the lore of the magical territories and subverting expectation on the good and evil roles that the reader might put the characters in.

Jonathan Lupa
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the first, probably because there was a thematic switch in how power dynamics were playing out. Anyways, it's good for what it is. ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Better than first one.

Like I said in the first book review, Wight's first books will be normal but then he makes things awesome and awesome from the second book.
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3*
Book 2: 3.5*

Still very basic but the characters are compelling.
Anushka Sierra
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The first chapter of The Crimson Vault is especially significant because it is a mirror of the first chapter of House of Blades – the attacks on Simon’s parents told from the perspective of Simon’s mysterious saviour – Indirial, better known as the right-hand man of the King of Damasca.

Along with the next two chapters which are from the POVs of Kai and Simon, this makes for a strong Valinhall beginning. And in true Will Wight fashion, without
R.J. Triveri
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Crimson Vault was a bit predictable as to what would happen, but I continue to really enjoy the magic system and series as a whole.
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a major step up in my opinion compared to the first book in this series. This book had very little of the training montages that the first book had and was much more plot driven. It was much better paced and felt like it progressed as it should. Some of my complaints with the first book are still valid though like the characters still feeling a little YA to me, but overall, it was an improvement. Not a whole lot more to say about this book since just like the first one, it is rath
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just really have fun with this series, even though I got kind of embarrassed realizing it is somewhat if not very similar to some of the animated "Japanese- style" cartoon's.
Giant swords, incredible "Pokemon" type creatures... ( no I have not watched but in passing, but this takes nothing away from the story and the enjoyment of these novels.
The "territories" that the people draw power from and the "house" that is a main factor in the story as it is made to be able to destroy the other terri
Gareth Otton
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is another enjoyable and fast-paced book. If you're looking for an easy read and a level up on everything you got in the first book, you will be pleased with this book.

However, like the first book, this series just isn't quite holding up to a second read. It's still enjoyable, just not as gripping as I like 5-star books to be. Therefore this one is another 4-star review for this series.
Michael Bailey
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
Big fan of Will Wight’s Cradle but this didn’t feel like it was written by the same person. It was really dull, really really dull, especially the Alin sections. The only character I had any mild investment in was Simon and this is book two after all. Alin and Leah feel like strangers still. I know nothing about them. I made 56% and I was done. Alin feels like he is intended to be killed off any moment but won’t. In the words of a great character, this is dross.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is even better than the previous one. I love this unique fantasy world, and the story is exciting enough that the book was extremely hard to put down. The main character was a bit whiny at first, but he grows up pretty quick. I highly recommend this book. It's indie, so it's definitely worth the price. ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, just as strong as the previous one if not better with more back-story and lore. The characters continue to be developed and change throughout the book. Simon becomes less wishy-washy, Alin becomes less of a dick, and Leah's become a bit more honest with herself.

Cassie Lee
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a fantastic follow-up to the previous book. The main character continues to grow in a way that is believable and entertaining. The story goes easily forward without any real lulls or feeling too rushed. I'm looking forward to the third installment, which will hopefully be out very soon
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you enjoyed the first book, then don't hesitate to pick up the second. I was hoping to see if it would pick up beyond House of Blades, but it was a bit more of the same. ...more
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