Gateway to Fourline
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 m...more
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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 ...more
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.
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.
Loved it; would definitely recommend!
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is part of the problem here. The storyline could be intriguing, but the world building is confusi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
All in all, not wha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more