"The city of Niðergeard’s long years of weathering any sort of siege were well and truly behind it. Whoever wanted to take the city could walk right in - just as Freya had." A millennium’s worth of evil plans are about to bear fruit for the dark wizard Gád. Niðergeard lies exposed, and at long last it is time for the dragons to be awakened and the gates between worlds to be thrown open.
A terrifying army of giants, dragons, trolls, and yfelgópes, assembled by Gád over centuries, awaits the wizard’s order to invade Niðergeard. The end of the underground country - and life as we know it on the surface - is near. All that lies in the way is the Langtorr, the last standing structure in the crumbling city. Waiting within the tower walls, Daniel and Freya, along with Alex, Vivienne, Ecgbryt the knight, and the city’s remaining inhabitants, make up the last line of defense for Niðergeard...and the last ray of hope for all humanity. The army is gathered. The alliance for good is holed up in the Langtorr. The fate of Britain - and the world - will be decided in the events of a single day...a day when the Fearful Gates are finally opened, and the mystery that lies behind them is revealed.
What disappointed you about The Fearful Gates?
The tone of the book seemed so different from the 1st in the series. Good guys maybe weren't good guys. Bad guys - were they really bad? It almost felt like it belonged in another series entirely. One of the main characters went through a transformation from being pretty violent to not at all, which I understand was part of the character arc, but it seemed way too quick and not realistic. Something was missing. It could be I just couldn't get past the narration and missed some of the nuances.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator really ruined the book for me. While his different character voices were okay, whenever he was reading just narration I cringed, sometimes literally. It's hard to describe but it seemed like he raised the pitch of his voice higher and made it feel unnatural. I probably would have enjoyed the actual story a lot more if I could have gotten past that. I made it through the book but I will not be listening again.