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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.

    3 out of 3 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!

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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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