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Traitors' Gate (Crossroads Series #3)

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

    Excellent and satisfying, but somewhat prosaic.

    Kate Elliott does know how to write a satisfying ending.

    The ending to Traitor's Gate, the conclusion to her fantasy trilogy, is bittersweet; peace and order, if not justice, are restored, the wicked are defeated, but at a terrible cost, and it is not apparent that the The Hundred, her magical kingdom without a king will long enjoy it's independence.

    Elliot, in this trilogy, has mostly avoided the faults of its excessively long predecessor series, the plethora of obscure and forgettable characters, the sub plots which are taken up in one book and abandoned in the next. But, also, this series Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and now the conclusion, Traitor's Gate, lack the glamour and grandeur of the former series. I thought her writing in this series was rather too prosaic for the magical place she created.

    Still, with this series and it's predecessor, Elliott has established herself as the best of contemporary fantasy series writers, not least because she actually does finish her projects. Her characters are complex, her settings detailed and interesting, her plots intricate but not unfathomable, and, most important, she knows how to tell a story which keeps a reader wanting to read.

    I doubt this is the end of this particular story. It is not hard to see where this going; the wealth and magic of The Hundred offered to a neighboring Great Power in pursuit of dynastic ambitions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Excellent conclusion to the series

    Well written, didn't follow expected patterns. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Surprise end, is there more to tell?

    Quite a surprise in this book for the major charactors. Not the usual "happy ending", but it felt somehow a bit unfinished to me, or maybe Kate just wants us to imagine our own best ending and sets that up. She is a good writer, and I will continue to read and enjoy her books.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    The third Crossroads epic fantasy a super entry in a thrilling fantasy saga

    The land of the Hundred is on the verge of collapse as war has swept across everywhere. The cause is a stunner as someone from within The Guardians of the Altars has betrayed the trust; causing massive chaos slaughtering of thousands of people in a mindless march of destruction.

    The only viable adversary to the horde of the Guardians of the Altars is the Outlander army who want peace and prosperity to return. They know their enemy is beyond reason and prepare for war against an invincible foe, who even devastated the Eagle Reeves used to enforce the law of the land.

    The third Crossroads epic fantasy (see SPIRIT GATE and SHADOW GATE) is a super entry that will have readers considering what a value is on individual and collective levels and can a person ignore natured values that are nurtured by society; that psychological well-being is the essence of TRAITOR'S GATE. The story line is action-packed and fast-paced from the onset, as the Outlander soldiers as individuals think they can perform actions that feel contrary to their psychological essence, but as a group may find the tasks required overwhelming because these brave soldiers must also overcome the intrinsic values of the group. Complex and complicated, the world of Kate Elliot is filled with mental personal gates that amass in the realm of the Hundreds on an epic scale of doubt and devastation. This is a deep thought provoking entry within a strong saga.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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