The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters Series #3)

The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters Series #3)

by Mercedes Lackey
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The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters Series #3) by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series recasts familiar fairy tales in a richly-imagined alternate Victorian world

For seventeen years, Marina Roeswood had lived in an old, rambling farmhouse in rural Cornwall in the care of close friends of her wealthy, aristocratic parents. As the ward of bohemian artists in Victorian England, she had grown to be a free thinker in an environment of fertile creativity and cultural sophistication. But the real core of her education was far outside societal norms. For she and her foster parents were Elemental Masters of magic, and learning to control her growing powers was Marina’s primary focus.

But though Marina’s life seemed idyllic, her existence was riddled with mysteries. Why, for example, had she never seen her parents, or been to Oakhurst, her family’s ancestral manor? And why hadn’t her real parents, also Elemental Masters, trained her themselves? That there was a secret about all this she had known from the time she had begun to question the world around her. Yet try as she might, she could get no clues out of her guardians.

But Marina would have answers to her questions all too soon. For with the sudden death of her birth parents, Marina met her new guardian—her father’s eldest sister Arachne. Aunt Arachne exuded a dark magical aura unlike anything Marina had encountered, a stifling evil that seemed to threaten Marina’s very spirit.

Slowly Marina realized that her aunt was the embodiment of the danger her parents had been hiding her from in the backwoods of Cornwall. But could Marina unravel the secrets of her life in time to save herself from the evil that had been seeking her for nearly eighteen years?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756401016
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 03/04/2003
Series: Elemental Masters Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 209,197
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.

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The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters Series #3) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
This is part of Lackey's Elemental series, an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty set in the Edwardian era. I found that setting in and of itself refreshing, given that almost all fantasy is set either in modern day or ersatz middle ages. I found the magical world imaginative and liked how Lackey played with a re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty tale. The characters were particularly appealing--not just the heroine, but her artist guardians and the villains in the piece, although as usual with Lackey were rather black and while, they were colorful. The pacing was good and the story kept my interest from beginning to end. A good, entertaining light read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that this book held my interest and my imagination from the first page to the last. I have found that I have always found a little of myself in all her books, maybe that is why I find them all so ingulfing. Read hardy.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I agree with others that is not her finest work, but I don't think it was terrible as others feel. Of course, I don't read this series for some life changing insight, rather some fluff to pass the time or before bed. I like it for that purpose.
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