Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shadow Gate by Kate Elliot

"Shadow Gate" is the sweeping epic sequel to "Spirit Gate," by Kate Elliott. As we entire this book the land of the Hundred is still in great turmoil, and in this book we explore why. As it says on the book jacket, "Guardians can't die. They can kill, but they can't be killed. Now there is a recipe for corruption."

Of course, most of the people in the hundred would tell you that not only are the Guardians above corruption, but that they've been gone for a long time. While its true that they haven't been around, the Guardians are anything but gone, and anything but uncorrectable. In fact we learn that there is a war going on between the corrupt Guardians, and those who are trying to hold out for what is right.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is that she brought back the character of Marit. I really liked Marit, and then Elliott killed her off not far into the last book. However, Marit didn't fully die, she became a Guardian. How and why a person becomes a Guardian is still unclear, but the different Guardian's out there each have a special cloak, and it does occasionally pass from one Guardian to a new one.

Marit struggles with her new role as a Guardian. What does it mean? What is going on in the land of the Hundred? Who can she trust? What exactly is a Guardian?

One thing I didn't like about this book is that there was a section of the book that I ended up skimming because it went into to much detail about the abuse that one of the main characters suffered. I understand that it was an integral part of her story, but I could have done with a little bit less detail. Especially the sexual abuses suffered.

Having said that, this is a complex and riveting book, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one!

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