Finding something new in fantasy that is not only
entertaining but endearing is pretty hard these days.
The truth is, just about everything in the fantasy realm has
been done before.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t take an old idea, tweak it
and create new magic.
That’s exactly what Breeana Putroff has done with ‘The Dusk
I usually read one book in a series and then post a review.
I happened to read the first book in this series when I was on vacation,
though, and then I polished off four more books and one novella in about four
That’s how much I loved this series.
The first book, ‘Seeds of Discovery,’ introduces us to
teenager Quinn Robbins. Quinn is driving her younger sister Annie home on
treacherous roads when she happens across an accident – and the town loner –
William -- trying to help an injured individual at the scene.
In short order, Quinn becomes obsessed with finding out why
William was on the dark road alone at night. She starts following him – but what
she finds changes her world forever.
You see, William is from another world. It’s a world filled
with castles and kings, where things like
cell phones don’t work. While William
is from this world, he travels to Quinn’s world to learn as much as he can to
help his home realm with new medical techniques. Then he returns to his own world as often as he can.
How does he get there? At dusk, you see, there is a gate
between the two worlds that opens briefly. Once you go through the gate,
though, you’re stuck in William’s world for 10 days. Essentially time moves
differently in the two worlds – it’s a long story.
Anyway, Quinn is now stuck in Eirentheos for 10 days – with no
way to contact her family and a lot to learn.
There are four books in the original series, including ‘Seeds
of Discovery,’ ‘Roots of Insight,’ ‘Thorns of Decision’ and ‘Blooms of
Consequence.’ Then there’s a short novella called ‘A Christmas Rose,’ followed
by ‘Canes of Divergence.’
I’m not going to go into each book separately, mostly
because it would take too long, but the
central mythology of ‘The Dusk Gate Chronicles’ not only grows with each book,
it also enriches earlier storylines as the reader learns more and more about
Eirentheos, Quinn and the central Rose family.
Suffice it to say, Quinn has ties to Eirentheos that span
generations – and she didn’t stumble upon the world completely by accident.
Quinn’s ties to her own world are threatened by the love she
starts to feel for this new world. She struggles with finding happiness in either -- since any choice she makes will cause her to lose something.
‘The Dusk Gate Chronicles’ has the usual horses and swords,
but its greatest accomplishment is in the family itself. These are people you
would want to meet. In other words, when they fall in love, you fall in love
and when their hearts are broken, so is your heart.
I’m not going to pretend the series is perfect. I think the
biggest problem with them is the titles of the books themselves. I think the
author was trying to liken them to ‘Game of Thrones’ – but the problem is, a
lot of the titles don’t make any sense. Take ‘Canes of Divergence,’ for
example. When you break it down, it means sticks that go different ways. How is
that supposed to suck people in?
This is an indie, but for the most part, the typos are
pretty sparse. There are some there, so if you’re a grammar junkie that gets
your thrills from finding typos in indie books you should probably steer clear
of this series.
Also, the price points of the books are all over the place.
The first book is free – which is great for
suckering fans in. Then the second book
is .99. The third book then jumps to $3.99 and the fourth and sixth books are
$4.99 each. The Christmas novella book is $2.99.
It’s not my place to stay, but
I honestly think the author would make more sales in this extraordinary series
if she adjusted the price points of the later books down to $2.99. I had no
problem paying the higher prices – but I know a lot of people that won’t spend
more than $2.99 on an ebook – and I would hate for people to miss out on this
world in its entirety because of the price. On a side note, the novella is way
over-priced – I’m not going to lie.
Still, the characters are all richly drawn and – even if I’m
a bit creeped out by the message that its okay for teenagers to get married and
pregnant at age 16 in the later books – the overall heart of this series is one
that shouldn’t be missed by fantasy genre fans.
‘Seeds of Discovery’ is currently free
on Amazon. ‘Roots of
Insight’ is .99
. ‘Thorns of Decision’ is $3.99
. ‘Blooms of Consequence’ is
. ‘A Christmas Rose’ is $2.99
. ‘Canes of Divergence’ is $4.99