- Publication Date: December 1, 2015
- Upcoming Book: On the Meldon Plain (January 19, 2016)
- Fantasy, young adult
- Warnings: Kind of a slow build and not an overly complicated read.
“Years before, a gateway opened between their world and ours. Sending one young woman through may be the key to survival for the kingdom of Fourline.
Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition.
Then she stumbles through the mysterious door behind the shop—and her entire universe transforms.
Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.”
Another thumbs up for Amazon’s Kindle First program.
Gateway to Fourline isn’t the most complex and detail rich fantasy book I’ve read, however, it was still an enjoyable read. My favorite thing about this book is that the majority of this book takes place in a world where women are respected for this wisdom, strength, and magic. These women, or “Sisters” as they are called, were once viewed as the greatest protectors against the Nala, large blue spider like creatures tormenting the land. The Sisters even kind of have a Harry Potter/Divergent sorting thing going on. There is the Healing House, the Wisdom House, and the Warrior House (I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting one more…oh well).
The narration was pretty interesting. I’m still not sure how I overall feel about it. There would be a few times where the narration would be focused on one character and then switch to another character, like the reader was going into another room. This kind of got frustrating because there would be some things that the reader would know but Nat wouldn’t (like when you see the killer in a horror movie but the character on screen doesn’t). In all honesty, being frustrated with that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing on the author’s part since it made me feel somewhat sympathetic and even made me feel frustrated for Nat who is basically operating completely on a need-to-know basis, risking her life in a completely different and strange magical world for a group of rebels to gain the needed money to pay her college tuition and help her family.
The plot was kind of predictable and I felt like the romance between Soris and Nat was kind of rushed, life threatening situation or not. I felt like I didn’t really get to know Soris that well let alone Soris and Nat together . To be honest, there were a few parts where I wasn’t sure if Nat was supposed to be falling for another character Estos or not. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the book description I would have been disappointed. It just seemed like there was more chemistry with Estos than with Soris. I kind of felt the budding romance with Soris was to make the reader somewhat sympathetic to Soris for what happened to him towards the end of the book. A somewhat cheap but smart method for an author to play. Actually, many of the characters feel like they need to be developed a bit more. It’s the first book though hopefully that will happen in the next two books now that the foundation of the story has been set up.
Overall, this was a nice, quick read good for people who don’t like to get bogged down by details and just want the meat of the story. This book caught my attention and I look forward to seeing how Pam Brondos continues to build this world that she has created.
What do you guys think? Have you read Gateway to Fourline already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.