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Gateway to Fourline

(The Fourline Trilogy #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,435 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Years before, a gateway opened between their world and ours. Sending one young woman through may be the key to survival for the kingdom of Fourline.

Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition.

Then she stumbles through the mys
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Skyscape
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Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Man, this is probably going to be mean but this book? was not a good book. It wasn't a bad book, it was firmly in the boring grey middle.

There were too many conversations about the Magical World with little to no explanation so it went from Mysterious to Annoying pretty fast. The characters were bland and boring and felt more like puppets being dragged around a stage than fleshed out people in their own rights. Don't even get me started on the protag.

There were a lot of moments that were leadi
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I got this as a free book on some Amazon promotion. It's an oldfashioned "gateway to a fantasy world" story, like the Narnia books or the Magicians trilogy.

Did not like it much: it's slow-paced, the characters are shallow, and the "magical world" just looks like a boring version of the middle ages with an arbitrary and largely undescribed magic system, and a random evil race of tree-dwelling blue spider-monkeys. And then it just ends, expecting the reader to go pay for more. Sorry, no.
DNF at 47%


Apparently, since the protagonist doesn't know what's going on, it's ok for the reader not to either. But it was all so boring that I just didn't care. Stock characters weakly portrayed, and not enough plot development to make an actual story. Snore.
I don’t read too many books that could have the YA tag attributed to it, but this was free and I have a hard time resisting free things! I didn’t know that it was the first book in a series and was pretty bummed out when I couldn’t impulse buy the second one right after I finished the first. Ha
The world that was built has some interesting bits about it. I thought the idea of the sisters and their different houses was a cool one—mainly because a lot of books choose men-folk fill those roles. I’m
Emily Anderson
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tore through this book. It's so refreshing to find a YA novel that doesn't fall into the same Twilight-esq tropes of love triangles and entirely poor decisions (don't get me wrong, there's still poor decision, but they're much more understandable and doesn't make you yell at the characters nearly as much).

Loved it; would definitely recommend!
Kylie ~Beauty and the Books~
I really hate to do this, but I have to. This book is going to be a DNF for me. I was so bored and none of the characters were interesting or likable and I hate saying that. I feel like the author did more telling than showing. I really hate marking a book as DNF. Maybe I’ll come back to this someday, but it is not likely.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Kind of average read for me. Decent but slightly one-dimensional characters. I think there was an attempt to prevent the characters from becoming stereotypes, and while successful in that regard, the result was that they all became kind of flat.

The plot itself was kind of simple. I normally don't mind that as long as there is plenty of world building and interesting dialogue, but there really wasn't. The story takes place alternating between a small college campus in present day USA and a magic
Kristine Gift
Jun 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: spring-summer-16
DNF: Ok I'll admit it: I read almost half of this in an afternoon, but I just can't get myself to pick it back up. Maybe one day I will and maybe my rating will change, but this just isn't quality fantasy, in my opinion. Everything feels rushed, but also too slow. It takes ages for us to be introduced to Fourline, and then we just get glimpses while Nat runs around; there's very little detail to be had and we're just jumping from scene to scene/place to place. Usually it's 1-2 paragraphs, and th ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I swear I’m not trying to be picky. Though I won’t deny that it’s possible that after reading a certain amount of outstanding books, one develops a certain taste for good writing and an intriguing plot. Not to mention that elusive element: sharp dialogue! Which isn’t always mentioned, but I fee often makes the story. Because who wants to hear from characters who have nothing interesting to say?
This is part of the problem here. The storyline could be intriguing, but the world building is confusi
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I tried to finish this book. I really, truly tried. I almost never give up on books, but this was just awful. The only reason it's two stars rather than one is because I think a much younger reader - single digits or pre-teen - might be a better audience for it. Maybe my issue was that the whole thing was too young for me, but I'm probably being overly kind.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Takes a while to warm up, but I couldn't put it down after about the 2/3 point. Looking forward to the sequel.
This novel was very imaginative and good fantasy but there's no way I'm paying $6 for the next book.
Sep 29, 2018 added it
This has been in my Prime reading queue since they started it, so I finally made myself read it. It's not bad, but it's definitely aimed at the YA audience and doesn't bring a lot of new to the table. Your ordinary overworked college girl gets sucked into adventures in a different world, remarkable for its sentient blue spiderlike creatures called Nala. There's a little bit of class issues due to the concept of Duozi (humans bitten and partially changed by the Nala), but beyond that it's a prett ...more
So, this was pretty boring... a billion characters and I had no love for any of them. The story started out way too mysterious, so much so, that I just didn’t care. Luckily I had the audiobook , so I was able to push through it, otherwise would have been a DNF
I... honestly wasn't expecting much from this one. Generic medieval fantasy at best, and some blank slate Mary Sue of a heroine who manages to Save the Day and Get the Guy without having to do a single lick of work at worst.

And... yeah, Nat does seem a whole lot like your typical Generic Everygirl who has very little by way of either personality or distinguishing features so that absolutely any reader can pretend to be her with absolute minimal effort on the part of the author. Obligatory Sad Ba
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t expect too much from this book going in, it was a free book from audible and I figured why not since I’m practically bed ridden. The narrator was sloppy and the story was choppy....too much detail on things that didn’t need explaining, like objects that were around but didn’t matter to the story. The story didn’t seem to really do anywhere untill 75% through and then jumped to the ending. Obviously I won’t be continuing this series but thanks audible for a free read and count towards my ...more
Zori Amber
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thumbs up for Amazon's Kindle First program.

Gateway to Fourline isn't the most complex and detail rich fantasy book I've read, however, it was still an enjoyable read. My favorite thing about this book is that the majority of this book takes place in a world where women are respected for this wisdom, strength, and magic. These women, or "Sisters" as they are called, were once viewed as the greatest protectors against the Nala, large blue spider like creatures tormenting the land. The Si
Joleigh Doner
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I wasn't sold on the protagonist for about half the book. She was written as a kind of an average person, which I actually liked. Sometimes I don't want to read about the super special protagonist who has no problems whatsoever and coasts through the plot with little trouble. Natalie however was realistic and had problems and reacted to those problems in a genuine fashion. Unfortunately for Natalie, there was someone for the first half of the book or so constantly saying "she's super sp
The good:

Compared to some other recent YA/NA I've read, this book was relatively well written and edited. That's about all I can say in its favour, and earns it an extra star.

Oh! The book was free. I guess there's that.

The bad:

The plot is so thin as to be almost non-existent. Sometimes I can let that go if the worldbuilding is rich enough, but the author had obviously decided that 'mediaeval alternate universe' (mysteriously speaking presumably American-accented English, since it's never brought
I was promised the next Magicians, but all I got was an uninspired story about a girl finding her way into a magical world. I had a hard time keeping the characters apart. None of them have a very specific voice or any interesting characteristics. The 'magical world' was the most interesting thing of the story, but not nearly exciting enough to carry the story. Even the scene where she gets thrown into the magical world, didn't do it for me, and that is pretty hard to fuck up.
All in all, not wha
Virginia Evans
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This must be written for a much younger audience. there was no inappropriate content for young readers, which I find refreshing, but I found the plot to be so slow and the characters not entirely enticing. i actually put it down for a month and only came back to it because I needed something to read.
Thoroughly enjoyed this foray into fantasy. I'm a huge fan of gateway fantasies like Narnia and Alice In Wonderland and while Fourline isn't filled with magical creatures, the adventure Natalie Barnes finds there is nothing short of magical.
Stephanie Parker
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
It's okay. I would not read have continuted the series if it wasn't free with Kindle Unlimited. The story is okay but the side characters aren't really developed. Very one dimensional. Eh
Nov 03, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, kindle
Kate Evangelista
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF. I'm sorry. I just couldn't.
Nicholas Karpuk
I'm always a sucker for stories that go back and forth between fantasy worlds and modern life. That combined with the fact that it was a Kindle First book made the Fourline series an easy choice (the alternatives are often crappy thrillers and pretentious literary fiction, which helped).

My main problem with this book is extremely common with the drama. At some point, the issues of the real world ultimately dry up, leaving nothing but the fantasy scenario. The problem with Fourline is that the r
I would actually give the book a 4.5 or 4.75.

While I have met the author, this has no bearing on my high rating. I actually had fairly low expectations. I've read or started reading many books by local authors (most indie published) and been less than impressed. I also knew that Pam had written and published the series fairly quickly. However, I was very amazed by how well written and edited the book is. I would definitely not have guessed that this was her debut novel. I finished wanting to ju
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Natalie needs a new job. She is attending an Ivy League University on a partial scholarship but her father's recent injury and inability to work has put stress on the family finances. Between her cafeteria job and the effort to keep her grades up, Natalie is stressed and falling behind financially and scholastically. Luck is on her side when the costume director for the theater major hires her to help with her off-campus family business. The business is actually a front for a Gateway into a land ...more
Jessica Chancellor
I wish I could give it a smack Dab in the middle 2.5 rating. Because it kind of coasted in the middle there.
Possible Spoilers (nothing direct)
So, it was an interesting enough concept. And it kept me entertained (I listened to it on audio while at work). But the style of the story didn't lend itself to world building or much character development outside of the main girl, Nat.
I get the feeling we were supposed to be kept in the dark on Much of the world's information much like Nat was. The intent
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Pam Brondos is the author of The Fourline Trilogy and lives where the wind blows on a daily basis.

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The Fourline Trilogy (3 books)
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