Shadow Gate

Shadow Gate
Crossroads #2
Kate Elliott
Fantasy
1 star
475 pages

The hopelessness of the characters really grated on me. What can they do, as mere humans, when supernatural powers, for good, have turned bad? It was once again unnecessarily sensual. Violent.

I just don’t know if I’ll even read the others as they come out. This just depressed me.

Crown of Stars

Crown of Stars
Crown of Stars #7
Kate Elliott
fantasy
3 stars

concluding volume[volume 7] of the Crown of Stars series. I didn’t think it ended really satisfactorily. Hughe never gets his. Things just kind of petre out, with no long lasting happy ending. Kind of like real life. Never get a real chance to see Sanglant and Liath’s love in peacetime. It ends with Blessing[their child] as an older woman.

In the Ruins

In the Ruins
Crown of Stars #6
Kate Elliott
fantasy
85 / 3 stars

The Aoi return, and the human world is spent in just trying to survive the conflagration that accompanied the Aoi’s return. I am looking forward to the final book coming out next Februrary or so. I’ll read it, then in a year or two, reread the whole series at once. To long between books and I forget who is who. There are ALOT of characters, reminds me of Jordan, but not so straggly. More focused.

/edit 2013
After reading the final book, I sold my hardcovers and never re-read the series.

The Burning Stone

The Burning Stone
Crown of Stars #3
Kate Elliott
fantasy
85 / 3 stars

the story continues. A little sadder than the others, with people finding out stuff they wished they hadn’t. Also, homosexuality among priests and the like is there. More of a pleasure of the flesh than ‘oh, that’s the way I am’ type thing.

Prince of Dogs

Prince of Dogs
Crown of Stars #2
Kate Elliott
Fantasy
3 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. Well written, characters are fleshed out, the threads of people’s lives are starting to weave together a little more and the magic is starting to be explored in more detail.