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The Gates of Winter (The Last Rune #5)

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In a masterwork of brilliant storytelling, the epic fantasy of two parallel worlds--mystical Eldh and modern Earth--takes a surprising turn in Book Five of Mark Anthony’s thrilling saga of magic, suspense, and adventure, The Last Rune.

The Gates of Winter

The enigmatic Shemal has known only two Runebreakers. One, her rival Kelephon, served the Pale King and his army of apoca
Paperback, 565 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Spectra
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This book wasn't as good as the last one (I blame you, Travis!), but I can still say that I'm satisfied with giving it four stars.

"Now, at last, they were all where they belonged- here, together. For that moment, Grace let herself believe they would never be apart again."

Oh, Grace. This is just not how this series works. I don't think it took even 20 pages till the first POV character made off on his own.

So we basically follow the same three characters most of the time: Grace, Travis and Aryn.
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
This really brought the story lines to a finish. I loved the action, the magic, and the reunions in this one. I never read book 6 as I never felt the need to continue with this story. Mark Anthony has created an amazing world and filled series, filled with fabulous characters, magic, and places. This is a series that all fantastic readers should add to their reading queues.
Jun 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
In this fifth volume of the Last Rune Series Travis, Lirith, Sareth and Durge have come back to Eldh after their adventures in the Wild West of Colorado. The relationsship between Travis and Beltan is a bit strained and Beltan avoids Travis whenever he can. Travis the poor one who is soo in love with both (Beltan and Vani – and I still cant comprehend when that happened) feels (as always) sorry for himself and decides to slip away back to Earth to destroy the Gate Duratek (now allied with the Pa ...more
Joel Flank
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The protagonists are once again reunited, just in time for the Pale King to make his move to conquer the world to prepare the way for his master the banished god Mogh to return to Eldh and remake it in his own image. To prevent this from happening, Travis returns to Earth, with the hope of keeping the stones of power out of Mogh's reach, only to find that events are culminating there with the insidious corporation Duratek on the verge of leading an army to Eldh.

All of the threads of the main pl
Rosu Aquabutts
"It was amazing."

The last part was a little too quick and I think the Falken/Melia plotline deserved a full on actual plotline instead of what it got instead, but oh my god all the parallelisms and sychronizing and Grace and Travis and BELTAN oh my god dude Beltan shouting at Looney Toons on an airplane because the Roadrunner is so cruel, this is basically the best book ever.

As always, enjoyed the real world stuff more than the Eldh stuff, Deirdre's plot especially though everything with Travis
like many others, i am severely bothered by the sudden appearance of vani as an obvious method of placating those who don't enjoy their heroes being- gasp!- involved in a homosexual relationship. but overall this is still a very solid installment in the series, and i plowed through it just as fast as i did the others.
Anthony Faber
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book 5 of "The Last Rune". If you liked the previous, you'll like it. There's a sixth, but SFPL doesn't have it.
Chris Donnelly
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
...and this is where I completely dropped off as Anthony has apparently given up on writing fantasy and is now using the series to explore his sexuality.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Even though it broke my heart, this was one of the best books of the series. Parts of the ending were a little rushed, but the rest made up for it.
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Mark Anthony learned to love both books and mountains during childhood summers spent in a Colorado ghost town.

Later he was trained as a paleoanthropologist but along the way grew interested in a different sort of human evolution—the symbolic progress reflected in myth and the literature of the fantastic. He unde
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