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Entry number three in the popular Hell's Gate series by 28-time New York Times best-selling author David Weber and Joelle Presby.

The war between magically gifted Arcana and psionically talented Sharona continues to rage. The dragon-borne Arcanan assault across five universes has been halted at Fort Salby by a desperate defense, but at atrocious cost. One of those costs was the life of Crown Prince Janaki, heir to the newly created Sharonian Empire, who went knowingly to his death in the tradition expected of the House of Calirath. And another price will be the sacrifice of his younger sister, Grand Imperial Princess Andrin, now heir of Sharona, for the accords creating the Sharonian Empire require the marriage of the heir to the Crown to wed a Uromathian prince.

Andrin bears her family's Talent, the Glimpses, which show flashes of events yet to come. She knows the accords must be secured...and, like her brother, she will pay any price, make any sacrifice for her duty to her people.

Sharona's soldiers dig in, facing the Arcanans in a tense standoff that cannot last long. Both sides continue rushing reinforcements toward the front, but how do armies fight wars when they can reach one another only through the portals that join the universes? And far, far behind the front, carried by dragons, a young Voice name Shaylar and her husband, Jathmar, hurtle deeper and deeper into Arcanan captivity, their only protection the fierce personal honor of the Andaran officer whose men massacred all of their companions in the horrendous misunderstanding that began the entire conflict.

Men and women of honor on both sides must grapple with the terrible costs and deadly secrets of the spreading cataclysm, and in the shadows, those who will balk at neither treason nor murder drive the conspiracies that pour fuel into the furnace. The stakes are high, and the pieces are in motion, but there are factors known not even to the conspirators, and not even a Calirath can Glimpse the final outcome.

©2016 Words of Weber & Joelle Presby (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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I am ok with most of the book. But the ending?

I am ok with most of the book, but I did not like the ending. If there is not another book coming (if there is Weber's website should say so), it leaves far too much up in the air.

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I want another book to close out the series <br />

this series is wonderful. I always enjoy another book to wrap this out. right now I'm just hanging out wondering what is to become of the characters he brought to life.

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Poor ending to such a well thought out story...

Just as in the second book, there were several portions which could have been trimmed. Overall the story was good and rounded out the series. However there were far too many questions left unanswered. I hate to give the story three stars, but the incomplete ending leaves me no choice.

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Audible is idiotic

Loved it. Can't wait for more in series. Said what I wanted, why do I need to put up a large review ?

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Don’t expect a conclusion

I like David Weber but he has this bad habit of writing books that expound so much it takes forever to get anywhere. The result is a series that lasts forever and waists too much time on logistics & the emotional state of a throwaway character who is introduced in way too much detail moments before his death.

I feel like very little has happened between book 1-3 & it should have been shortened to just one novel. If he ever gets around to writing a full & complete story and finishing this series off in les then 300 novels with 40,000 pages each I will consider changing my review.

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The name is appropriate

I liked the book but it got tiresome. One of the characteristics of David Weber's writing is the extremes his characters assume. The are either very good, or super evil and it can get frustrating that so much of the world he creates does not seem to recognize the super villains for the evil they pursue. It can get wearisome. This certainly holds true in the Multiverse series. This is a long book and while the story did progress, it did not go very far. I will undoubtedly read the next book in the series when it comes out because I am interested to know what happens, but to be honest, I am kind of glad to put this one down for now.

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what universe are we in?

Story line difficult to follow, and fragmented. Not up to previous works. Left me hanging, and not sure if another book would clear things up.

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Great story and Performance

I loved it and found it difficult to put the book down. I love the narrator because of his ability to change his voice for each of the characters. I think the book should have been a little shorter by eliminating some of the many minor details. I found my attention driftting from time to time but I rewound it sevral times to get every drop. All in all I still love it and give it 5 stars.

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Very good overall

If you could sum up The Road to Hell in three words, what would they be?

Seems to get caught up in minor details....but they may be important later...for some unknown (for now) reason a calendar reference was introduced using 3 separate systems but the multiverse only has 2 civilizations....if it's a hint of more to come then it seems a bit premature.....but I still enjoyed the book and await the next installment.

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I'll be listening again, all three books...

Larry here:
When I listened to first of this story set my review praised both writing, and praise for the skill of the readers. What I found a distracting challenge was the place, and person names. I was just too slow to keep everything straight. At times I was at a loss of what side of the conflict I being read to about.
Okay, I've finished all the chapters, and now I'm doing fine, in fact I'm intending to do it all again with who's who in my head. Truely this is a sterling story, read it, but make notes from the git go to keep the names, places, and titles in your mind as you listen; or perhaps your mind is more able than mine has become.
Intelligent writing, by good story tellers, but my mind is getting slow with my 70 years. So sad, too bad for Larry.