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Three Days Till Dawn

(Antiquity's Gate #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Antiquity’s Gate forced two realities to collide—what followed tore one of them apart.

Now those who remain coexist beneath the shelter of a domed Antarctic city, held together by a tenuous peace and an increasingly dystopian hierarchy. Any hope of one day leaving the confines of Sanctuary is little more than a fading ember.

A mid-level systems operator, Ripley does his
ebook, Advanced Reader's Edition, 432 pages
Published August 27th 2019 (first published August 2019)
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Mrs. Y
Sep 30, 2019 added it
I'm giving you a review today of R.F Hurteau's "Three Days Till Dawn" which is the first in her Antiquity's Gate series. R.F asked me to read her book, and I picked this up on NetGalley before she'd published.

Let me start with the first impression, and I'm going to spoil it slightly, I was impressed. This story may sound from the elements I've said like something out of Tolkien, but it's not. This is more like 1984 meets an Urban Dystopian Fantasy, and it WORKS! I know! I was surprised too!

J. M. Benefield
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not kidding, this book zapped me right into a different world. The struggles, the multi dimensional characters, the plot twists... Dude. Ever been on a roller coaster ride?!
Dawn Hosmer
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Three Days Till Dawn, even though Sci-fi is not my preferred genre. Hurteau did a phenomenal job of creating a cast of characters and a story line that immediately drew me in and kept me turning the pages. The characters and scenario were believable and intriguing. Three Days Till Dawn is a fabulous debut novel and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Great book for those who enjoy Sci-Fi or character driven stories. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning: Contains little spoliers

Antiquity's Gate is a novel where you could seriously see this as being adapted into a Netflix film/tv series.

The plot is simple. Years ago a bunch of aliens named the Therans who are basically the Elves came to earth. What do you think happens next? Boom! Apolocyapse 2.0 and here we are with humans living in enclaved societies run by these Therans. Needless to say, both sides don't like each other. Plus you also have halfies!

Felix and Ripley are two of the best
Trey Stone
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being a part of the #WritingCommunity on Twitter has it’s perks, because when you get to know a lot of authors, you get to be there for all their awesome cover reveals. That’s what happened here, and I was lucky enough to win an Advanced Reader Copy of this book at the same time.

Three Days Till Dawn is the story about Ripley and Felix, a human and half-elf, best friends, both living in the last human city in the world, Sanctuary, in Antarctica. Antiquity’s Gate is mystical structure that no one
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not often that a reading slump takes you so hard but when it does, it feels like nothing you read feels good, or worse, it drains your energy to even look at the page. Then, when you’ve abandoned hope entirely, something wonderful happens. You’re sparked by an intriguing, anime as fuck cover, with two steely-eyed bishonen who are on a mission. Gorgeous art, great premise and the promise of a whole new world the moment you read the first page!

The best part, it was an indie author. I chose th
Quinn Buckland
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a bit of trouble getting into the book at first, but once I got past the first couple chapters and the story really got moving,m i found i wasn't able or willing to put the book down.

I fully plan to read the rest of this series, and i recommend others do too.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it

Okay, I’m cool. I’m cool.

I fucking loved this book.

I have had so many disappointing reads that finding one that just gives me what I want is such a breath of fresh air that I can’t even describe it. Though this book is very much a Young Adult book and, for once, that is not to its detriment as others I have read. It knows its focus, it's not trying to be more. It just lets the story happen. Even with the wide cast of characters, it rarely loses the plot as each ha
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great pacing and brilliant dovetailing of the chapters? Check. Lively characters in an interesting setting? Check. Great conflict and tough decisions for our heroes? Check. Great vocabulary for the logophile? Check. Writing that makes you feel? Check. I laughed, worried, sighed and cried. Great binge-reading material. I literally couldn't put it down and stayed up half the night to read it in a single sitting. This book really does check all the boxes for me. I'm usually not a huge sci-fi reader ...more
Madelin Pickett
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Antiquity’s Gate forced two realities to collide—what followed tore one of them apart.
An Antarctic city of domes is the last safe haven for survivors, held together by a tenuous peace between the remnants of humanity and the Therans who rule over them.
A mid-level systems operator, Ripley does his best to stay out of trouble. His best friend Felix, an irreverent half-breed shunned by society, can’t seem to do the same. When Felix’s family is targeted by an unjust law, there’s
A.E. Faulkner
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because it was published by a fellow indie author. And I must say, this is how it's done!! Superb writing, great story, compelling characters. I really enjoyed the story. Looking back, it may seem like a lot of characters, but with the way the story was written, I never felt confused or like I was trying to keep up. I loved the inter-connectivity of some of those relationships. No spoilers here.

About halfway through the story, I had my suspicions of how it was going to end. I wa
Allison Pearl
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
There’s always something special about reading your way into a new world and the world of Three Days Till Dawn is sure to stick with you. As these lovable characters stumble into a diabolical conspiracy, it won’t just be the ice and snow that sends shivers down your spine but also the high stakes that put the lives of everyone you're rooting for in danger. A great start to what is sure to be a harrowing tale by R.F. Hurteau. ...more
Swearingen Durham
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Love the idea of space elves and plot twists? This is the book for you. Fans of Ridley Scott and Marie Liu will feel right at home in this series. The pace was perfect and the attention to technical detail proves Hurteau knows exactly what she's talking about. Ripley and Felix are some of the most lovable characters I've come across, but I'm going to have to name Ambrose as my favorite. Now I need a film/TV franchise. Can't wait to dive into the next one! ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The writing style is not extravagant and neither is it dry, it is just right, I liekd the world-building and characterization, plot pace and execution. Frankly, this was a great read and I'll be continuing the series,

Overall rating: 5/5 stars
Amanda Nelson
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The characters are well developed and the story is solid. The author’s intertwining of several plot lines is ingenious and very well done. It’s both clean and entertaining. If you like feel good characters and Sci-fi, this book is for you!
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three Days Till Dawn is an immersive society that I found myself intrigued by. I loved the introduction of the poem, and although it started off a bit slow, it did pick up and I found myself slowly immersed into the Sigil society. R.F. Hurteau does well to mix Mystery and Science Fiction together while keeping the reader engaged.
Professor Cognome
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
‪I got to preview this book a few months ago. It is different in a way that is surprising and delightful. ‬An auspicious debut for this New England author!
Riya Cyriac
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of sci-fi, action, character-centered plots, and greate bromance, this book is just for you. I liked the book. It's a refreshing read with a promising premise. Read my full review here (non-spoiler and spoiler):
Jacob Rundle
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For months, I saw R.F. Hurteau's cover on Twitter. I received a copy of Antiquity's Gate. And, I'm glad that I read this novel. It's been a while since I've read a novel that completely blew my mind. This novel had everything: Elves, magick, multidimensional interactions, mystery, intrigue. All throughout the story, I never knew how it was going to go. I loved the magic in it. The dark tone was fabulous!!! I really loved the concept of the Antiquity's Gate. Such a great, new idea.
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Excellent book!!!
B.A. Gabrielle
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"How long did it lay, in the ice tucked away,
That silent strange traveler from space?
Alone, without sound, it hid in the ground,
Content in the snow's cold embrace.

Till upon it they stumbled, by such a majesty humbled,
So eager its secrets to find.
But their greed, it had made them all blind.

That which slumbered, now woken, with wonders unspoken,
Took root and continued to thrive.
How could they have guessed? They'd have left it to rest,
If they'd known what they had was alive.

It confused and confound
Carro Herdegen
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG (8 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG13
Therans, an elflike race, rule the colony Sanctuary, a dome located in Antarctica that makes living possible for the Therans, humans, and Halfies. Though the people are currently surviving, the humans and Halfies are not living. Several humans and Halfies are ready for a change, and the opportunity to do something is now but as risk of their lives—will they even try?
The story was not nearly as interesting as I wanted it to be when
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this review by saying, I do not gravitate towards science fiction. However, just as Star Trek: The Next Generation made me love a science fiction TV show, Three Days Till Dawn made me love a science fiction book. What they both have in common are characters and relationships that you really care about. The domed city the author creates and the societal hierarchy within its walls are relatable, yet fascinating. I was totally immersed in that world. I found myself rooting for Ripley ...more
Shaunna McLaren
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this one for free on Netgalley and it was, to my surprise, my favourite read of the month.

R. F. Hurteau has written a sci-fi novel that is extremely accessible. I wouldn’t consider myself to be a fan of sci-fi, but I found this very easy to read, and really enjoyable, especially due to its character-driven nature. Hurteau has a strong writing style, delivering good, detailed world-building and natural dialogue and humour between her characters. The only downside about Antiquity’s Gate, fo
Sarah Burns
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story and am beyond exited to see where it leads!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three days Till Dawn is a perfectly paced, stunning, and immersive adventure into a beautifully complex and nuanced post-apocalyptic society. The author has created a world so rich and believable, I felt like I had lost something wonderful when the story ended. I wanted back in to Sanctuary, and I wanted more time with the lovable, authentic protagonists the author has created. I found myself entirely invested in the fate of Sanctuary and in the fates of Ripley, Felix, and Willow. I can't wait f ...more
Sarah Chase
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
((I received an ARC))

Antiquity’s Gate, Three Days Till Dawn, is a dystopian / sci fi with immersive world building and a great cast of characters to root for.

The multiple POVs weave together well, creating a full picture of the story. As the reader, I enjoyed experiencing the world and it’s rules, through the characters’ experiences.

I felt the pacing was well timed, and picks up as the book goes on. It made for a fun read!
Kerri Davidson
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can I leave a six star review?!
The entire experience of reading this book was, for lack of a better word, satisfying.
It took me to a place where the very best of books should... Out of this world.
Good luck to the next one I review.
It’s going to have a tough act to follow.
Sarah Bauer
Book Theme Song: Exit Music (For a Film) by Radiohead

I was immediately drawn in by the unique concept, combining traditional fantasy tropes with sci-fi. It's definitely more sci-fi than fantasy, but there's enough mystery and wonder to add shades of fantasy to the world.

The worldbuilding is very well thought out. The relationships between humans, elves, and half-breeds feels believable and complex. There's a lot of detail and the reader gets a good sense of the daily lives of the citizens. It
Cat Rector
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up in an effort to read more indie authors and was not disappointed.

I really enjoyed this book. My absolute favourite aspect was the slow-burn worldbuilding. Hurteau managed to build an entire unknown world for the reader through conversation and description that felt genuine. No info dumps or drawn-out moments. It felt almost like one of those Christmas advent calendars, where every page pulled back a tiny window that let you see a little bit more.

This style was crucial to the b
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