The Gateway by Glenn G. Thater REVIEW

*Spoiler Alert*

Summary: King and patrol get lost in woods, it’s up to fierce warrior Lord Angle Theta to find him.

Review

My first review was deleted on Amazon, I don’t know why. I didn’t really enjoy this book. I am a huge fan of Sword & Sorcery, but this story was subpar. I know, S & S may seem like you just need killing, but that is not the case. This book is far from being a Michael Moorcock novel.

He tries though. The description was good, not too much wrong with that. When the characters start talking, everything goes downhill. He mixes thees and thous and modern slang a little too much. I mean, if a Sword & Sorcery tale is set in a Conan-like era, why add modern slang?

The plot wasn’t so great either. It felt like a mash up of every fantasy and cheap horror flick ever made.

Another crucial thing he didn’t write well about were the creatures. It was as if he opened up a LOTR book, and took all the creatures from that. I know all fantasies copy Tolkien, but saying Hobbit? At least a Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms Halflings and Kender, are totally different from Tolkien’s Hobbits. He should have made his own version of little people. At least his Gnome was different that most Gnomes…oh wait the Gnome was more like a grumpy dwarf.

Lastly, the author adds way too many characters way too fast. I got easily confused. Even the late Robert Jordan, who was notorious for having a whole lot of characters didn’t confuse me.

 

Verdict

I give this book 1 star out of 5. It’s a first novel that should have been edited better. Don’t waste the megabits on your eReader.

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