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The Gates of Dawn

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    Very good series - enjoyed it!

    This series is very well written. I enjoyed it very much. The series hasn't been finished yet and it has been 3 years since the last book has been published don't know if it will be completed. I am looking forward to the ending regardless of how long it takes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    More action than Robert Jordan

    I have long been a lover of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. However, where Jordan seems to be boringly stretching out his story for the money, Newcomb is packing his novels full of non-stop action. Newcomb has filled The Gates of Dawn with more action and story twists than I have seen in the last 3 Jordan novels. I highly recommend both of Newcomb's novels to those that love fantasy novels, but hate trying to find something new and refreshing in the endless stuff that has been copied over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    What a feast!!!!

    Moments ago I finished 'The Gates of Dawn' the terrific sequel to ¿The Fifth Sorceress¿. I have anxiously awaited the arrival of this book since I read the final word of 'The Fifth Sorceress' when it was first released and NOW my wait begins anew for the third volume. There are so many aspects of the story and its characters that I tremendously enjoy that I wish I had the next volume in my hands so I could begin reading it immediately. As was true with the first volume I wish I could give this review more than 5 stars! Having been a voracious reader for many years I can honestly say that the vivid, original, and unique imagination of this author and the amazing world he has created have had an invigorating effect on my reading habits which I am very happy about and grateful for. There are many extremely fascinating and unique attributes of this amazing world, its inhabitants, and the use/deployment of the magical ¿Craft¿. This is very original and captivating fantasy at its best. I urge you to purchase this book and ready yourself for a great ride. Maybe Wigg and Faegan (with Tristan¿s insistence?) can accelerate the release of Volume III for us to enjoy!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003


    The sequel to the Fifth Sorceress, The Gates of Dawn, did everything for a lover of Epic Fantasy but leave me disappointed. This was everything I expected and many things which I didn' the introduction of some exciting women heroines. The author continues to paint an action packed story that leaves me gasping for breath. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for the next installment. If you liked the Lord of the Rings, you'll love this. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Continues the excellence...

    Robert Newcomb is truly one of the brightest new stars in the fantasy world. He made his presence known with his first novel 'The Fifth Sorceress', and now he continues the high standards set by that book with his sophomore effort 'The Gates of Dawn'. With this new novel Newcomb demonstrates that his craft as a writer has improved by leaps and bounds, he writes more tightly and concisely, and though it is hard to imagine, his vision is clearer and more focused than it was with 'The Fifth Sorceress'. It is obvious that he has a plan, a goal, and a destination in mind with this story. Though the first book was chock full of detail and description of the realms, magics, and peoples of the world that Newcomb has created, with 'The Gates of Dawn' he delves more deeply into the workings of the craft of 'blood' sorcery that he has established, revealing many surprising intricacies as well as expanding the boundaries of the lands that the characters call home, which serves to broaden the scope and epic feel of the series. In this new book, Mr. Newcomb takes us further into the minds and hearts of his characters, causing the reader to sympathize more closely with characters that had already earned their place in the reader's heart from the first novel. The ridiculous fears and qualms that Mr. Newcomb's characters, and world, if not Mr. Newcomb himself were sexist that some readers had expressed after reading 'The Fifth Sorceress' can be safely laid to rest after one reads 'The Gates of Dawn'. There are few if any EVIL women in this book, and many GOOD women are introduced, and deeply developed. Just for the information of those doubters out there, this book had almost been completed by the time that 'The Fifth Sorceress' had been released, so Mr. Newcomb had always intended to have major female characters of a heroic nature play a significant role in the story. As most readers of Epic Fantasy know, by its very nature Fantasy is not for the faint of heart. Newcomb doesn't pull any punches, and renders violence in a very realistic manner. Fans of Jordan, and especially Martin, and Goodkind will feel right at home with Robert Newcomb's 'The Fifth Sorceress' and 'The Gates of Dawn', which serve as the first two books in his 'Chronicles of Blood and Stone' series. As with 'The Fifth Sorceress' as soon as I had finished 'The Gates of Dawn', I was anxious for the next book, and I will be counting the months, weeks, and days until the third volume is released.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic fantasy

    The beloved monarchy counseled by a wise Directorate of Wizards kept the peace and enabled the Kingdom to flourish. However, the Pax Eutracia ends when the Sorceresses of the Coven return seeking victory at any cost. The Coven loses, but devastates the land. The king dies at the hands of his son, and his wife and most of the wizards are also dead. Eutracia reels from the destruction and lack of leadership to lead the recovery.<P> The Sorceresses compelled Prince Tristan to kill his sire. He feels guilt even as he hides with his sister, her infant, and the sole surviving wizard council member Wigg. Joining the trio is wizard Faegan, who just came home. They need to help the country recover, but new terrors have surfaced. The source of all the magic jewels has mysteriously been diminished leaving the wizards in mortal risk of death and creatures created from taboo magic are causing havoc.<P> Volume II of the Chronicles of Blood and Stone, THE GATES OF DAWN, is an exhilarating action-packed epic fantasy that takes readers into a different realm where magic works. Fans will value this novel because the prime charcaters seem very genuine. Tristan knows he must redeem himself, but knows not how. His sister has a baby to keep safe yet needs to help her brother on his quest. The wizards must use their magic to stop a vile opponent, but time and ebbing power loss leaves them in jeopardy, a new feeling for the immortal magicians. This powerful ensemble along with a bunch of nasties will leave the audience desiring a fast turn around for Volume III.<P> Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 18, 2012

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