Synopses & Reviews
As evocative and moving as Charles de Lints Newford books, with the three-dimensional protagonists and enthralling action of Mercedes Lackeys fantasies, Nine Gates makes our world today as excitingly strange and unfamiliar as any fantasy realm . . .and transports readers to a wondrous magical world drawn from Chinese lore and legend.
Brenda Morris has barely had time to become accustomed to the idea that she has some of the powers of the Rat, a member of the Chinese Zodiac; that her elderly, former child-star “aunt,” Pearl, is the Dragon; and that the young African-American former soldier she trains beside is the Dog. Brenda has learned that our world is not the only world and that her not-quite-Chinese ancestors came from a magical place, the Lands of Smoke and Sacrifice, created thousands of years ago by the destruction of Chinas books and scholars during the time of the first Emperor.
Now, generations later, the Lands are once again at war, and the magics of the Thirteen Orphans are desperately needed. A mission to capture those powers went disastrously wrong and now the Lands Dragon, Tiger, Snake, and Monkey are trapped on Earth unless the Orphans can build the Nine Gates. To do that, they must first save the Four Guardians of the Land Between, who are under magical attack. Complicating things is the fact that Brenda has fallen hard for the handsome man who is the Tiger, much to the distress of the sensual young woman who is the Snake.
"Readers unfamiliar with 2008's Thirteen Orphans may occasionally find themselves lost over some early references to the magical Land of Smoke and Sacrifice in this complex sequel. The Land was inadvertently created from Chinese myths and legends in 213 B.C. Some decades ago a few of its residents were exiled into our world. Now the last surviving Exiles and their descendants face both an invasion of our world and a faceless enemy of great power draining the life from the Land. Weighted down with intricate details of Chinese lore, the pace is slow until the protagonists leave our world and face almost impossible magical challenges, like dealing with a mythical beast whose death might poison the realm. Readers who enjoy martial arts and myth-based settings will be most willing to put up with the extensive backstory and exposition." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Nine Gates" makes the modern world seem as excitingly strange and unfamiliar as any fantasy realm as it transports readers to a wondrous magical world drawn from Chinese lore and legend.
About the Author
JANE LINDSKOLD is the bestselling author of the Firekeeper series, which began with Through Wolfs Eyes and concluded with Wolfs Blood, as well as many other fantasy novels. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.