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Spirit Gate (2007)

par Kate Elliott

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Séries: Tales of Rhui (1), Crossroads (1)

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"When Mai is approached by Captain Anji at her family's fruit stand in her village marketplace, she feels fear, for he is one of the invaders, and she knows that if he wanted, he could take her from her family, never to be heard from again." "What she can't possibly know is that she is about to take the first step into a life beyond her wildest imagination, on a journey through lands terrible and fierce, with people strange and wonderful, to a land rumored to harbor unspeakable violence and cruelty." "One of her uncles had left their town and never returned. Now, as she sets off with Anji and his soldiers, her uncle Shai journeys with them to discover their lost kinsman's fate. But the world has turned upside down: The immortal Guardians have abandoned the world; their mortal agents of justice, Eagle Reeves, seem no longer to hold the respect of people throughout the lands of the North; and the villages and towns of the Hundred are in peril of civil war." "Captain Anji and his disciplined troops ride a trade route east to discover what fearsome shadow has seized the land and so terrified its people. Their fates are entwined with those of a reeve who has already tasted the bitterness of loss and with merchants and slaves both sacred and profane, who must transcend the paths they thought to tread if they are to see the light beyond the shadow that blights the land."--BOOK JACKET.… (plus d'informations)
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    A Game of Thrones par George R. R. Martin (ImLittleJon)
    ImLittleJon: There are some similarities between Martin's and Elliott's series. Their epic scale is similar, with multiple interweaving plotlines, characters noble and humble, interacting cultures, and so forth. Both begin in a world where magic is a matter of legend, but slowly creeps back into usage. Spirit Gate might not be A Dance with Dragons, but it will help make the time pass until that book gets published.… (plus d'informations)
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First book in a trilogy, with, I thought, compelling characters and enough mystery that it took me quite a while to start guessing what may be going on. The world itself is complex and somewhat confusing with its different religious systems that appear to be all the same, with its different ethnic descriptions that all have a common language, so the underlying philosophy may make the rest of the story potentially simplistic, but for right now, I want to keep reading because I like especially the female characters and the eagles. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
Once The Hundred was a place of peace and safety. The Guardians delivered justice and the reeves flew in answer to them. But no one has seen the Guardians in generations. The reeves still patrol but their authority has been on the wane for quite a while, and now there are reports of attacks on villages. Reeves and their eagles have been murdered. Something dark and troubling is on the rise.

Okay, so that blurb is fairly standard for an epic fantasy, but don’t dismiss this book as a by the numbers story because it is so much more than that.

First off, the world-building is excellent. There are a number of different countries and histories that we are introduced to. The Hundred is where the majority of the characters come from, where most of the action takes place, but there is also the Sirniakan Empire where the genders are sequestered from one another, and there is the land where Mei comes from, now ruled over by Qin warriors, where the family is ruled by the male head.

Full review with spoilers hidden here : http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2014/11/spirit-gate/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
I enjoyed the author's Crown of Stars series quite a lot. This book has been on my shelf for a long time and I finally picked it up. But sadly I did not finish it. I nearly gave up at page 100, kept going to page 400 and then just thought life is too short to carry on with a book that I was not enjoying. I just didn't care about anybody in it. Too much unnecessary detail. Several points of view can work but when the reader cares nothing for any of them you are in trouble. Sorry Ms Elliott but this is not for me. ( )
  infjsarah | Jul 27, 2019 |
Crossroads #1
  Ronald.Marcil | Jul 7, 2019 |
I very nearly stopped reading this after the first chapter - killing off the first viewpoint character right then really kind of blew it for me. But, I soldiered on. A couple bland chapters later and I was ready to give it up again. It seemed remarkably predictable, and the characterization just wasn't compelling enough to hold my interest. But I read a review that suggested that the ending more than made up for the book being a bit slow. I found it more than a bit slow - more like telling about 4 different stories kind of lamely in the same volume, with random viewpoint changes and occasional unexplained time shifts. So I kept on reading, on the off chance it really would get better.

It didn't. The end of this volume was very nearly what I expected it to be at the end of the first chapter. The viewpoint changes were choppy and often inexplicable. As I feared, this isn't so much a volume one as a part one. The ending didn't satisfy me enough to be the end of a book, but the story doesn't interest me enough for me to keep reading it.

I had thought that, it being fairly simple, it would be a good thing to read while recovering from surgery. Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for this book, I didn't need any pain medicine - it might have been more interesting if I were a bit drugged up.

I will say that the author's done very good, extensive world building. Someone who's more interested in the universe, and is comfortable with a broad, meandering, ensemble story would enjoy this more than I did. ( )
  hopeevey | May 19, 2018 |
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Kate Elliottauteur(e) principal(e)toutes les éditionscalculé
Kaluta,MichaelArtiste de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Rostant, LarryArtiste de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé

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"When Mai is approached by Captain Anji at her family's fruit stand in her village marketplace, she feels fear, for he is one of the invaders, and she knows that if he wanted, he could take her from her family, never to be heard from again." "What she can't possibly know is that she is about to take the first step into a life beyond her wildest imagination, on a journey through lands terrible and fierce, with people strange and wonderful, to a land rumored to harbor unspeakable violence and cruelty." "One of her uncles had left their town and never returned. Now, as she sets off with Anji and his soldiers, her uncle Shai journeys with them to discover their lost kinsman's fate. But the world has turned upside down: The immortal Guardians have abandoned the world; their mortal agents of justice, Eagle Reeves, seem no longer to hold the respect of people throughout the lands of the North; and the villages and towns of the Hundred are in peril of civil war." "Captain Anji and his disciplined troops ride a trade route east to discover what fearsome shadow has seized the land and so terrified its people. Their fates are entwined with those of a reeve who has already tasted the bitterness of loss and with merchants and slaves both sacred and profane, who must transcend the paths they thought to tread if they are to see the light beyond the shadow that blights the land."--BOOK JACKET.

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