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The Gates of Sleep: Elemental Masters | [Mercedes Lackey]

The Gates of Sleep: Elemental Masters

In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy-tale-inspired novel, The Serpent's Shadow, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey re-imagines Sleeping Beauty-as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practioners of Elemental Magic. But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her 18th birthday-by the hand of her own aunt.
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In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy-tale-inspired novel, The Serpent's Shadow, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey re-imagines Sleeping Beauty-as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy. Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practioners of Elemental Magic. But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her 18th birthday-by the hand of her own aunt.

©2003 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Kaylon Cust, New Zealand 11-11-12
    Kaylon Cust, New Zealand 11-11-12
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    "Fantastic and compelling!"
    What did you love best about The Gates of Sleep?

    The narrator was amazing, really made all the characters come to life. The voice for Madame was perfect! Exactly how I imagined it would be when I read the book. And Marina is a great character, very realistic with her love of the fine clothing and dreams of "society".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love a good Fairy Tale parody! Sleeping Beauty didn't let me down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! As it was, I drove slower than usual since I only let myself listen to it in the car .


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable, light yet with character"

    As with this entire series, this book plays with a folktale. Part of the fun is to see how the author unfolds the predictable parts in a unique or clever way. Easy to listen to, good for a younger audience if you share your books with family and want to steer away from hot romance and vivid violence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy SLIDELL, LA, United States 02-06-13
    Amy SLIDELL, LA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2005
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was easy to listen to while driving or doing other things. A break in the listening did not dampen the books story.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-08-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "WHAT KIND OF GOWNS DID SHE BRING?"

    IT WASN'T HER BUSINESS WHY ELIZABETH WOULD NOT MARRY HIM.
    Your may be wondering why a He-Man like me would read this. The truth is I read the first book in this series and liked it. I have read some of Lackey's stand alone novels and liked them, such as Take a Thief and Brightly Burning. I also enjoyed Owl Flight. This had a good start in Chapter One, with this mean spirited witch putting a death curse on baby Mirana. In the next chapter Mirana is talking to water sprites and seeing the magical world, others can not see and I am still with it. Then we get into teenage angst and talking about hats, gowns and corsets.

    This was obviously written for the female audience and I am sure many women will love this. I on the other hand am not interested in gowns, hats, corsets and teenage angst.

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    Eileen West Sacramento, CA, United States 07-13-14
    Eileen West Sacramento, CA, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Delightful and impossible to put down"

    This was the audio equivalent of the book you keeping reading until 2 in the morning. I would sit, continuing to listen long after I usually would stop. The story had interesting characters, who were smart and didn't do the dumb acts that more formulaic stories would use. The Victorian setting provided a historical example of industrial poisoning to contrast with the Elemental Masters' care of the natural world. This audio book was a delight.

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    Jeph2005 05-12-12
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    "So boring I couldn't finish it"

    Most of the Elemental Masters series read like Young Adult fantasies. Sweet, not complicated bits of fantasy fluff that can be enjoyable if listened to with the right perspective. This one was just bad, bad, bad. Seriously the most boring thing I have tried to listen to. Obvious plot, ridiculously stupid characters, and uninspired narration. Yuck. Save your credits or money.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 05-17-10
    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 05-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "mediocre"

    This is the only title in the series I really didn't enjoy. The others kept me interested. Yes, they are all a bit formulaic, but they are fun and lighthearted reads. I can't pinpoint why this one seemed to be lacking, but it just didn't keep my interest, which is rare for me because I love to get lost in these stories.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "A delightful fantasy"

    This kept me happily amused, as the arts and crafts background is fun, the Sleeping Beauty parallels don't make the plot too obvious and the narrators voice is plesant and well paced.
    There were a lot of 'retakes' left in, so that you heard the sentance read incorrectly, then a pause followed by the corrected version. There were also a lot of words pronounced in a non-standard way- 'sere' as 'sir', 'mulish'as 'mullish', as if no-one had bothered to check the recording before they published it.
    This was odd, but didn't really stop me enjoying the suspense or the romance and I'll probably buy the rest of this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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