Shadow Gate

Kate Elliott, Author
Kate Elliott, Author Tor Books $25.95 (475p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1056-9
Reviewed on: 03/31/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
Ebook - 480 pages - 978-1-4299-8914-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 773 pages - 978-0-7653-4931-6
Paperback - 657 pages - 978-1-84149-297-1
Paperback - 657 pages - 978-1-84149-625-2
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In this many-layered second installment in the Crossroads fantasy series (after 2007's Spirit Gate), Marit, an eagle-riding reeve, awakens as a spirit three years after her death and slowly realizes she's become one of the nine Guardians, protectors of justice who wield god-given powers. Soon Marit discovers that some of her fellow Guardians lead forces plaguing the land, while others hide or resist. Meanwhile, among the living, war rewrites the social order, and those of different religions and homelands make common cause. Elliott follows Qin soldier Anji and his troubled, lonely wife, Mai; Marit's former lover, reeve marshal Joss; and Kirya, a tribal warrior who sells herself into slavery to protect her brother. Each must balance cultural imperatives with a broader view of justice, and survival with mercy. The cosmology and politics may confuse newcomers, but the human dilemmas grip the reader right through to the abrupt final cliffhanger. (Apr.)
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