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The Shadow Gate by Margaret Ball

The Shadow Gate (edition 1990)

by Margaret Ball

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Title:The Shadow Gate
Authors:Margaret Ball
Info:Baen (1990), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Collections:Read, Read this year, Read but unowned, Discarded, Working on
Tags:Fic, SF, !dunno, __scanned

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The Shadow Gate by Margaret Ball


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Less good than I had remembered. The story - the frame - is great; but the ending is rather a deus ex machina, and...the fact of who she is, and that she knows who she is, makes the first half of the book basically the author lying to the readers. Not even unreliable narrator; we are told things, told what she's thinking, and that's not what was going on at all. It's hard not to spoiler this, so I can't write any details. Oh, and the "romances" are even more out of nowhere and unrealistic than most. Nick likes protecting people, but that's really not enough for a relationship...I'm dropping my rating from 3 stars to 2.5 - it really doesn't work for me. The writing is Ball's usual excellence - solid characters, excellent dialog, and vivid descriptions - but that's not quite enough to make up for the rest. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 28, 2018 |
Foi uma desilusão. O tema de elfos num mundo com uma porta de entrada via um livro para o mundo dos humanos até é interessante mas a escrita ė algo aborrecida e a história não ganha interesse nenhum
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  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
A decent fantasy, involving elves, magic, travel between worlds, and intolerant monks, which all come together but not exactly the way the back of the book made it sound like they would. Ball creates sympathetic elven characters who have the traits we love to read about in fantasy novels, while at the same time showing that modern humans would likely find much of their behavior and attitudes offensive. I thought the story ended a bit abruptly, with the sort of unanswered questions that often get picked up in a sequel, but this seems to be a stand-alone novel. Overall, an enjoyable read. ( )
2 vote Silvernfire | Mar 1, 2014 |
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"Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a hunting
For fear of little men."
—William Allingham, "The Fairies"
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Thirtieth year of Queen Alianora—In this year the harvests failed, so that many poor folk, both mortals and elvenkind, had suffered but for the Queen's charity in giving of grain from the royal stores.
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