Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Beyond the Sapphire Gate by R.V. Johnson.
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: Some magic should remain untouched.
Beyond the Sapphire Gate is the fascinating world of Astura, a world where a frothing, river of magic addicts those who use the power it holds.
Indentured to a private artifact collector on a dying world of high technology, Crystalyn naively activates a gateway. The temptation to touch the gate is irresistible for her sister Jade, who vanishes when she does. Crystalyn follows, stepping into a vibrant world infused with magic and those that Use. Aided by symbol magic killing her with each use, the defining line between good and evil is not as clear as Crystalyn once believed. The Dark Users want to help her, the Circle of Light wishes to use her. The War of a Hundred Seasons makes her choose.
Half a world away, equipped with a seemingly useless ability to read auras, Jade embarks on a harrowing journey to escape the Dark Citadel with her soul intact.
Propelled to Astura by a devious assault, Garn has only two desires. Reuniting family and destroying those enforcing his servitude.
My Review: First thing I have to say is I loved this book! The through the portal stories are as old as most, but this one combined the different worlds in a way that made it entertaining, fun and, most importantly, fresh.
We often move from our present to the future and past and other worlds in our imagination without a second thought. That was how easily this moved from one world to another. I thought it flowed really well and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next.
The one thing I feel is fair to note is the book is heavy. What I mean by that is the pages are full of narration giving each page a weight that sometimes takes longer to read than others. It’s not a bad thing as it’s well balanced between the narration and dialogue. It’s just something I don’t see very often anymore, and that was another refreshing trait I appreciated.
The characters were well developed and interested and maddening when they weren’t forth-coming. Lol My favorite was Burl. I can’t explain why, I just loved him.
All in all, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.