|I've had a Kate Elliott book on my to-be-read shelf for
years. So it was with a certain amount of concern that I took possession of 574 pages of
trade paperback with her name on the cover. Especially since it was volume three in the
My concerns were misplaced. Traitors' Gate works just
fine as a standalone novel. The characters are well-drawn and credible. The world and
story are rich without over-embellishment. And always, you get the sense that you are
going somewhere. Yes, the book is big. That's because the story is big. The prose is lean
and spare, and really, the book couldn't be any shorter.
It takes a great deal of skill to get me reading a book without critiquing it. Ms
Elliott succeeded. Fans of epic fantasy have a treat in store for them.
Oh, and kudos to the book designer and the production team. The Australian-printed
Orbit TPB edition is a pleasure to handle and read.