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Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813
EAN: 9780345442642
ISBN: 0345442644
Label: Del Rey
Manufacturer: Del Rey
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 544
Publication Date: 2002-10-29
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: 2002-10-29
Studio: Del Rey

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Editorial Reviews:

“A WORLD OF MAGIC THAT’S NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.”
-JOHN SAUL

In a spectacular feat of daring and magic, Elena and her army of outlaws and rebels have defeated evil’s minions and released the mystic secrets of the Blood Diary. But the malevolent Dark Lord has unleashed the Weirgates-black wells of ferocious energy that are his greatest source of power. Now Elena’s bravest allies are sent to find and destroy the Gates. As they face their own demons along the way, Elena herself must journey to Gul’gotha. Daring to venture into the enemy’s lair, she must emerge victorious if she is to reveal the secret of the Dark Lord’s identity-and the shocking nature of his vast powers.


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Summary: Chas
Comment: This is a well written story line. I look forward to continuing to follow the ride to the end.

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Summary: Man, he can't turn it off
Comment: The author can't quite making me fall in love with the characters in his book. He paints the most amazing world in you mind that you wish that you lived there. A real joy to read.

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Summary: the next to last
Comment: The fourth installment of the Banned and the Banished series, Wit'ch Gate continues the chronicles of Elena and her support staff on the quest to save the world from doom.
The feeling of familiarity with the plot increases with this book and it's very predictable hills and vales. Small skirmishes leading up to a large battle which concludes in the last chapter leaving us, Elena and her motley band of mis-matched heros with hope.

During the course of this novel, Clemens' plot twists and revelations take on a more desperate note... almost as if throwing in the kitchen sink seemed like a good idea at the time to save an unraveling plot.

Don't get me wrong, the novel was still engaging and I look forward to reading the last of the series, but the predictability of the storyline really shines in this installment.

The action sequences (which make up the bulk of the book) seem rote and rehearsed in contrast to the earlier novels which had a fresh and unscripted feel to them.

I very well may be more jaded than other readers since I've read this series in rapid succession. I suspect the speed with which I've torn through the novels makes them more prone to revealing their similarities.

I am glad that the story will come to an end with the next book, and hope that it's crafted with a little more care than this installment. Although if it stood alone, this would be an excellent fantasy novel, within the framework of the rest of the series it simply can't hold up.

Still an exciting, interesting read, though less so than the others.


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Summary: worst of the series
Comment: I read with relish the first books in this series. Unfortunately, the further into the story, the worse it got. The first book was engaging, partly because it was so naive, but by the last book it seemed the reader was having a tired plot rehashed over and over again without the benefit of gifted writing to make it bearable. I would recommend the first three books to someone wanting light fantasy, but I would leave out the last two.

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Summary: Wit'ch Gate
Comment: The book is about a teenaged white girl - Elena who realizes at her 14 birthday that she is a witch. The farmer's daughter cannot understand what is happening to her but before she can sit down to think, she is pushed into the real world. Away from the shelter of her family farm, she realizes that people are sometimes the most disgusting creatures. Along the way, she meets interesting characters like a man who is missing his right arm, a forest nymph, ogre, two werewolves that are stuck one as a man and another as a wolf, an elf and a mountain giant. This bunch of misfits get together for one reason or another and realize that they have a common aim and that is to make the world a better place by defeating the dark lord. This book is a very interesting read and in this particular book, Elena finally figures out what the dark lord is like and what he is planning to do. Tol'Chuck gets the shock of his life and Kral and the bunch who trooped of with the Dro captian - Tyrus, finally manage to fulfil their destinies. This book also features Joach's unending struggle with the dark magik and something horrible happenes to him. On the other hand a new character is introduced in this episode.
James Clemens is Truly a wonderful author and his stories drag you into the book, and with every page you read, you get dragged further into the world of Alasea. I never want the story to end.


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