justice, warlords and magic: good stuff

Kate Elliot, Spirit Gate, Crossroads Book 1, Orbit. Published 2007.

I have not read any Kate Elliot before and picked this book up on impulse, seeing that great cover, a great teaser page and the Orbit tagline.

People that ride eagles and serve justice? Very very cool. ‘The Guardians’ a mysterious and magical race? Cool. A fanatical, evil and magical army, hiding from justice? Also very cool. Strong and diverse female characters? Nice one.

This is high up on my list for a must-read. Elliot races through the plot and leaves you wanting more. She introduces a whole new world and set of characters part way into the book. I was a bit annoyed at first with the sudden scene change, but it quickly drew me in with its characters and Chinese/Warlordian parallels.

For hundreds of years the Guardians ruled the Hundred, but these unearthly beings have faded from human sight and no longer exert their will on the world. Only the reeves, patrolling from the skies, still represent the Guardians’ power. But there is a corruption in the land that not even they can control, and fanatics are devastating villages, towns, and cities, slaughtering all who oppose them. Outlanders Anji and Mai are fleeing their homeland with a company of dedicated warriors. On reaching the Hundred, they form an alliance with Reeve Joss, and determine to stand against the devouring horde. But, as region after region slips into chaos, a young woman sworn to the Goddess may be all that keeps them from annihilation

Now, I am eagerly awaiting my copy of Shadow Gate to arrive.

Check out her blog, some interesting musings, enough to get lost in for an hour or so?

(The UK cover, above, is so much better than the US/Aus cover, below).

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6 Responses to justice, warlords and magic: good stuff

  1. davekay says:

    I bought this book based on your recommendation, and I’ll read it soon. You made it sound good!

  2. taryn says:

    I thought it was superb. The second novel is good too and I intend to review it soon. :)

  3. davekay says:

    Well I recently bought Spirit Gate, it’s next in the reading queue, I’m going back through George RR at the moment!

  4. taryn says:

    Getting ready for April are you? Can you believe it’s been postponed again!

  5. Daya says:

    I just got Spirit Gate recently, much for the same reason–Orbit always has amazing covers, teasers, and taglines!

    I have a few others to get through first (Russell Kirkpatrick) but it’s in the stacks..

  6. taryn says:

    Yep I love Orbit too. I haven’t read any Kirkpatrick… any suggestions for where to start?


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