Rezension zu "Gates of Heaven: A fantasy action adventure series (Gates of Heaven series Book 1)" von Pamita Rao
An empire ruled by evil and fear; a king obsessed with greed for greater power and desire to conquer other realms. Alaira has just stood up against the tyranny and committed the most serious crime in the kingdom. If captured, she will face brutal punishment. With the King’s men on her back and his dark magic against her fate, she is on the run in a race against time. With no place left to hide, her only hope is to escape through the Gates of Heaven, a mythical portal to other realms. But there is a problem. To reach the Gates of Heaven one must cross the enchanted forest and no one has ever survived it before. Will Alaira find the Gates of Heaven? Will she be able to escape Creed or will she meet the dreaded fate of every criminal in Myrth?
A fantasy book is something that always makes me smile, no matter what. Insane dark powers, strong heroes kicking the bad guys' teeth in, heavenly forces behind imagination - for me, this could be the equivalent of paradise! I have a problem with short books, though. I've often asked myself how some authors manage to create the concept for a whole fictional world when they have only 100 or 200 pages?
Well, "Gates of Heaven" by Pamita Rao, the first book in an upcoming fantasy series, is kind of a quick read and much thinner than the average books I read. But who cares about the length of a book when it's so damn exciting, incredibly well-written and has totally lovable protagonists? As a non-native English speaker, I find Rao's writing style very good and easy to understand.
Alaira, one of the main characters, is the most lovable and the bravest sword-swinging young woman I've read about in a long time. The way she would do anything to protect her familiy and her nephew Neelahaim (Creed's kidnapped son) is more than simply heart-wrenching - it's the most wonderful thing in Creed's horrifying kingdom! Creed may the most evil king in the world, like if Sauron and Lord Voldemort had a child (which is basically impossible since they're both men but I'm referring to their nastiness and not their gender) - just that sort of e v i l.
The story is really well thought out and I loved every page - except for the terribly mean cliffhanger that left me dying for more. Alaira and Neelahaim were in such great danger, I was hardly able to calm down until I knew they were safe ... and then came the last page and all I wanted to do was throw myself on the floor and cry! I totally look forward to the next book, but if there'll be another big cliffhanger ... Well, imagine a bomb going off. Yeah, that would be my reaction. I hate cliffhangers, but I love "Gates of Heaven".