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The Last Shadow Gate

(The Shadow Gate Chronicles)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces
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Published March 3rd 2017 by NeverHaven Press
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Seregil of Rhiminee
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Do you remember when you were young and began to read an exciting adventure or fantasy novel that you couldn't put down, because you had to find out what happens at the end? Do you remember saying to yourself "just one more page...", but found yourself hopelessly hooked by the story and unable to put it down despite the hour getting late? If you do, you will be pleased to read Michael W. Garza's The Last Shadow Gate, because it will remind you of your
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, r-r-s, ya
Thank you to the author, Michael W. Garza, for gifting me with a copy of The Last Shadow Gate in exchange for an honest review!

Generally speaking, I really liked this book! It has fantasy and mystery and new worlds which are all wins in my book. However, there were a couple of things (like in-depth character development and physical location confusion) that put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm.

1. The characters. As I mentioned above, there was a little lack of in-depth character development.
P.S. Winn
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I was lucky enough to get an early edition of this great story.
When step siblings, Gavin and Naomi Walker are told they have to spend the summer with Great grandma Mama Walker, they aren't too happy. Gavin lives with his dad and Naomi with her mom. heading to Mama Walker's they learn a few secrets and after they get to Mama's, an amazing adventure begins. I love this author's writing style, always a reader friendly story that pulls the reader into a great story. This is amazing story
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book follows two half siblings who have to stay with their great grandmother for the summer. There family has a few secrets in their past and the two kids embark upon an adventure to uncover the secrets and see where they lead.

I enjoyed reading this book about the two half siblings Naomi and Gavin. They both seem like very typical teenagers with their own drama and issues. When everything starts to go wrong they really grow together and become one force to be reckoned with. Naomi really
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Naomi’s face scrunched as Mr. Walker explained what awaited her on summer vacation.’

Michael W. Garza comfortably posts on his Facebook page, `Zombies, spaceships, and dragons have all found a place in my writing. I often find myself wondering where my inspiration will come from next and in what form my imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise me and it's always my ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow me and take in those results. I sincerely hope that
Ashley Dawn
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good start to a promising series. Gavin and Naomi are half-siblings and have to spend the summer together. Not only that but they are spending it at their great grandmother's house. There is a mystery around doorways and their great grandfather's disappearance that intrigues the two and they begin a search. Once they discover the world on the other side of the door, the problems start piling up, not the least of which is, how to get home!
I thought the author did a good job with
Originally posted in Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

The Last Shadow Gate was a fast paced and adventurous story which I really enjoyed.

Gavin and Naomi are forced to spend their summer holiday with their great-grandmother whom they believe to be crazy. But that soon changes when they begin to investigate upon hearing the full story from her. Their world turns upside down when they land into a different realm through the Shadow
Sunshine Somerville
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If this book had been around when I was a kid, I’d have held it right up there with “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Lord of the Rings.” If you like the feel, tone, setting, etc. of those books, you’ll like this one – it feels like a nostalgic mix of both worlds…with a little bit of “The Dark Tower” thrown in. At the same time, THIS story has a lot that is new and unique.
First off, we meet the two main kid characters. They are absolutely believable as half-siblings who kind of love each other
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
*Be sure to check out this review on my blog for a teaser excerpt on SoundCloud, and the book trailer!*

My Review
5 Roses

A good story featuring a brother and sister is always something I will enjoy, as it takes me back to my own childhood, where my brother was my best friend. The dynamic between siblings is always fun to witness, and thankfully different than the overdone teen romance drama dripping from the shelves.

The relationship between Naomi and Gavin was entertaining, even if they are only half-siblings.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2017

I received this book to give an honest review.
The Last Shadow Gate is actually pretty good and I highly recommend it for the middle graders. There is nothing violent, or cussing it is a clean book. We are introduced to Naomi and Gavin who are half brother and sister. When they have to go to their great grandmother's house for the Summer Naomi isn't too happy while Gavin is just like whatever. He has computer games to keep him busy. Though what they
Pallavi Sareen
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Last Shadow gate is a middle-grade Fantasy fiction novel but don't for one second think that it is immature. The author has done well to create an interesting premise with evil beings, variety of unique characters and a quest to finish.
While it started off a little predictable, with the kids living with their grandmother and hearing the story of how their grandfather had disappeared mysteriously, it turned out to be full of twists, turns and surprises. What starts as an investigation of what
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Divorce is tough on everyone, especially the kids. When those kids are step-siblings, living in different states, getting to know each other can become more complicated, and require different rules. Naomi and Gavin are a couple of years apart, entering the volatile changes that come with being teenagers, so having their summer vacation planned for them, not just away from their friends but with an ANCIENT relative...well, you can guess how they feel about that.

Michael W. Garza know exactly how
A. Musquiz
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book sounded a little like NARNIA meets SPIDERWICK when I first read the synopsis. I love fantasy books that are filled with fun adventures so this one caught my attention pretty quickly. Not to mention that I was in a bit of a fantasy mood so the timing for this book was spot on and I'm really happy to bring my review of this story to you guys today. Here's the review:

Right off the bat, I really liked the characters. I
Megan | A Page to Turn
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such an interesting idea... the way this plot circles around what are called "shadow gates". I love the idea behind this book series, and the world that Garza has created here. I literally could not put this book down. I finished in just under 24 hours, and it was such a good read. It was fast paced, adventurous, mysterious at times, as well as completely entertaining!

A brother and sister are dropped off in small town New York to spend the summer with their lonely Grandmother - upon the awkward
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza! Gavin and Naomi are staying with their great grandmother (Mama Walker) for the summer and they are not sure what to expect. They have heard strange tales of shadow gates from Mama Walker. Their great grandfather has been missing for years and Gavin and Naomi search the woods where he disappeared. They end up in another world
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every curious siblings are the best ingredient for any adventure. The Last Shadow gate is the same, featuring M. Garza's fast paced writing and skillful storytelling. Both kids sort of fell into a portal or a shadow gate following clues their great grandfather left behind. At the other side of the gate is a brand new world, one that might promise adventures.
There is simply one problem: the gates are a one way street.

I received this book in exchange for a fair review.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Michael W. Garza, who requested a review. This book is out now and you can get a paperback or ebook copy by visiting Amazon. :-)

The Last Shadow Gate is the first book in The Shadow Gate Chronicles and begins the story of Gavin and Naomi who are agnate siblings (i.e. they have the same father). On the face of things, there is nothing truly remarkable or strange about these two kids...and then they are sent to spend the summer with their
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Beginning right with the first few pages the reader is thrown into a new world full of a mixture of creatures. The brother/sister detective team soon gather a small team of companions who all join in the mystery of what happened to their great grandfather.

Traveling to gypsy camps to rocky seashores, traveling by foot, horse and boat this adventure will take you through a non-stop imaginative roller coaster of what they found through the Shadow Gate and the war that is building with their great
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves

I know we all experienced those summers or vacations at a relative’s house, and the many adventures we dreamed up to make the stay even more interesting… Michael Garza brings that fantasy to life in his Young Adult Fantasy debut novel, “The Last Shadow Gate”. Siblings Gavin and Naomi find themselves having to spend a summer with the family ‘loon’ and in turn find themselves woven into a mystery
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
{DNF} 03/12/2017

I won't be rating this, as I just care to. This is just one of the books that I don't think I need to rate. There are some books that I DNF that I absolutely hate, but there are some that I know aren't for me, so why rate it? The Last Shadow Gate is like the latter.

I got about 55 pages into this book (20-ish %) and I just couldn't get into it. I didn't enjoy the writing style. The children's narration style wasn't like
Kitty Maschan
Mar 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blog-tour-books
DNF @ 36%

TW: Repeated unconfronted use of Romani slur from the end of chapter 12
Marlene Angelica
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this."


I really liked the plot because it started out so simple. Which twelve-year-old wouldn’t feel like spending their entire summer at their great-grandmother’s house would be awful? I’m just saying. To add to that, Gavin and Naomi doesn’t know each other that well, and since Naomi is fifteen, she’s at the age where playing with little brother’s aren’t really cool anymore. It’s a realistic plot, and I’m sure that everyone’s been forced to stay
Sage Knightly
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The Last Shadow Gate is an adventurous read bound to entertain you! Two kids (aged twelve (Gavin) and fifteen (Naomi)) are sent to their great-grandmother's house for the summer and nether are happy about it. What they find in the duration of their stay is so much better than either of them ever believed, though. Not only do they find themselves on an adventure while following their great-grandfather's words in a journal they found, they also discover a whole new world filled with
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, mg-books, 2017
When the author approached me with the request to read The Last Shadow Gate I immediately accepted since the story sounded like a fun adventure and fantasy story for younger readers.

Two siblings are forced to spend the entire summer together at their great-grandmother’s house in Albany, NY. The least you could say is that they were not happy at all with their parent’s decision. They grew up on other sides of the country and Naomi already thought it was bad enough that she had to spend time with
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Shadow Gate is a book that you will not want to put down. Imagine epic fantasy, but at a middle grade level! Clean, fun, and fast paced adventure that will keep you reading the entire book in one sitting!
The Last Shadow Gate follows siblings Gavin and Naomi on their summer visit to their Great-Grandmother. While they are there, they learn more about their Great-Grandfather and the reasons he is missing. When they get a taste for the same thing.... The Shadow Gates, they also become
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Original review:

I had received this book a while ago from the author and just finally had the chance to read it. This book is deceivingly long – it didn’t seem that long but in reality, the book was quite lengthy and took me some time to finish it. The book is definitely more geared towards MG so there were a few elements that I found a bit young for me since I tend to stay in the YA/NA category. However, overall I did enjoy this book. The plot was
Jane Kelsey
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I received The last Shadow Gate which was published on the 7th of March 2017 I almost screamed! You guys know how much I love Michael’s writing and for me this was his first book not zombie infested (Ha!) so I was really excited to read it.

Like always, Michael delivers a beautiful story about two half-siblings who suddenly find that they have to spend the summer together at their great-grandmother in upstate New York. Following the mystery of their great-grandfather disappearance
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Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.