The dazzling epic of The Banned and the Banished has established James Clemens as an exciting new voice in fantasy fiction. Now his remarkable skills reach their peak with Wit'ch Gate, as one girl remains her realm's only hope against the forces of darkness . . .In a spectacular feat of daring and magic, Elena and her army of outlaws and rebels have defeated evil's minions and released the mystic secrets of the Blood Diary. But the malevolent Dark Lord has unleashed the Weirgates-black wells of ferocious energy that are his greatest source of power. Now Elena's bravest allies are sent to find and destroy the Gates, as windships carry the fight north to the frigid woodlands, south to the burning desert sands, and east to the blasted regions of dread Gul'gotha.
D'warves, el'ves, og'res as well as various un-apostrophized mythical beasts populate this strangely compelling fourth installment in Clemens's saga (Wit'ch War, etc.). The overseer of this menagerie is Elena, a wit'ch with the gift of wit'chfire and coldfire, a type of magick that's accessed by bloodletting. Elena and her cohorts must eradicate an evil blight brought on by the Dark Lord and his minions, finding the weirgates that are sucking elemental magick from the land. The Dark Lord has been temporarily pushed back, but the four weirgates in the shape of a basilisk, a manticore, a wyvern and a griffin must be destroyed in order for our heroes to continue their fight against the forces of darkness. Elena's companions break into three groups, each journeying in a different cardinal direction to take on an individual weirgate (yes, only three directions the fourth is where the Dark Lord lives and they can't tackle him yet). Each group possesses some form of elemental magick with which to surmount hazards. The book runs true to often predictable fantasy series form (one group receives help from a Gollum-like creature straight out of Tolkien), but the author supplies enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing what will happen next. Clemens fans will be left eager for the sequel. (Nov. 27) FYI: Under the name James Rollins, Clemens has published the novels Subterranean, Excavation and Deep Fathom. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Posted February 17, 2010 by Heather , BrocktonThis book was phenomenal, I loved every page. I was not able to put these books down until I finished them. These books come HIGHLY recommended to anyone who loves fantasy stories. So intriguing!!
December 31, 2000
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Excerpt from Wit'ch Gate by James Clemens
FOREWORD TO WIT'CH GATE
by Proctor Sensa Dela, Chairman and President of University Press
Treach.er.y, trech' er.ee, n. (1) breach of allegiance, faith, or confidence (2) an act against the Commonwealth (3) disparagement of the Law by word or print (synonyms: betrayal, knavery, double-cross, villainy, treason, Scroll-kissed)
--Encyclopedia of Common Usage, Fifth Edition
READ AGAIN THE definition above; then look around the classroom, a chamber once filled with bright-eyed, eager scholars. How many students still remain after the study of the first three Kelvish Scrolls?
See the empty seats.
By this point, statistically, two-thirds of each year's students fail to pass the rigorous psychological examinations following their study of the Scrolls. As you know, those who were found wanting were shipped to the sanitariums of Da Borau, where they await the painful surgeries to dull their minds and remove their tongues. But I am not here to speak of the fallen ones, those slack-jawed unfortunates dubbed the "Scroll-kissed." Instead, I write this foreword for those of you who have successfully passed these tests and have been deemed of sufficient constitution to read and study the fourth of these banned texts.
This warning is for you.