Wreckers Gate by Eric T Knight
A small band of soldiers is ambushed by raiders and forced to flee into the towering sand dunes of the Gur al Krin desert. The raiders let them go, knowing that none survive the desert and its firestorms. The small band seeks shelter in a cave, but their shelter turns deadly when a monstrous creature, fueled by an ago-old hatred of mankind, bursts out of its depths, slaying all but two. Drawn by whispers of power, the survivors travel deep underground, where they find a vast, buried wall. An ancient relic is set in the wall and they pull it free. Unfortunately, neither man realizes what they have just done. For the wall sealed a prison built eons ago and the relic was all that held it together. Now a mad god is free and there is no one to stop him, since the gods who built his prison fled long ago…
A mad god running loose, sounds good doesn't it? With a story like this anything could happen! In Wreckers Gate events unfold through multiple storylines, as seen through different character perspectives. When I started reading the pace picked up nicely and it kept building but the point of view suddenly and completely changed, which disappointed me, as up until then everything had been so strong and rich.
It took me a while to fully adjust to this other storyline and I had to reread several parts before they became clear. It became apparent for me that this separate introduction of Netra and the Tenders was vital for the storyline and after getting around the start up, the chapters were a nice change of scenery. At least I would have expected that the storyline with Rome would have been picked up in the subsequent chapters, but this was ignored completely, with the cliffhanger I kept wondering what did Rome and Quyloc actually release upon the world? And it gave me a strong feeling that it wasn't that big of a deal. Until Netra made an appearance again and the piece fell a bit together again. Only half way the book did it became apparent what Rome and Quyloc actually had done in the cave. Following this again I was a bit let down, they seemed for me to brush it off casually and continue with their day. Looking at the first chapters again, they WERE there, they DID something, and I expected their reaction to be more understanding and taking actions.
Another character is introduced, Lowellin, soon into Wreckers Gate, all out of the blue. Luckily his history is revealed as the book progresses but remained rather obscure and when he was introduced I didn't like him at all (positively!). His character is great, you don't know whether to trust his cause or if he is trying something for his own gain). His character is one of the best in Wreckers Gate and still, after finishing the book, I do not know if he is either for the good or evil. Coming back to the other characters I did find that there were some inconsistencies.
The intentions of Wreckers Gate, and of portraying a god rampantly seeking revenge were achieved and I enjoyed the first and the last parts of the book the most. In the middle there was less pace to the storyline and a sudden introduction (that I think the author put there to enliven the story) didn't work for me at all. The switching of the character's perspectives (from Rome to Netra) could have been done with more fluency and the ending of Wreckers Gate just wasn't what I'd hoped for (it was more an introduction to the second book).
This Wreckers Gate book review was written by Jasper de Joode
Have you read Wreckers Gate?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Wreckers Gate reader reviews
6/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power ...
Half a King
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it al...
The Faithful and The Fallen
Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will...
The Farseer Trilogy
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets,...
The World Tree rises up out of the seething clouds like a green mountain, lifting its children up to the light. All creation nestles in its gigantic branches: all take shel...
Hope and Red
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause. Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly tr...
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures...
In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall...
The Black God's War
Moses Siregar III
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One. Her father-king wants war. Her messianic brother wa...
Wall of Night
The violence of an age-old war casts a long shadow. It falls on a world where mercy is weakness and conflict is a way of life. Young Malian is being trained to rule. Her pe...
Long ago, the evil God Torak fought a war to obtain an object of immense power - the Orb of Aldur. But Torak was defeated and the Orb reclaimed by Belgarath, the sorcerer. ...
The Emperor's Soul
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skilful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emper...
Hunt for Valamon
When Crown Prince Valamon is impossibly taken from the heart of Algaris Castle, the only clue as to motive or culprit is the use of unknown sorcery. Reclusive cleric Seris ...
Four millennia have passed since the gods came to Myrillia, creating the nine lands of peace as a haven from the nightmarish, accursed Hinterlands. In all this time nothing...
A Trial of Blood and Steel
Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
- Recommended high fantasy books/series
- Recommended books/series featuring royalty, monarchy and empire
Best of 2016
Hope and Red
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause. Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly train...
The Star Touched Queen
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more ...
The Pagan Night
Ruling with an iron hand, the Church has eliminated the ancient pagan ways. Yet demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the Inquisition, while age-old hatreds rage betwe...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Hig, bereaved and traumatised after global disaster, has three things to live for - his dog Jasper, his aggressive but helpful neighbour, and his Cessna aeroplane. He's just about surviving, so long as he only takes his beloved plane for short journeys, and saves his remaining fuel. But, just once, he picks up a message from another pilot, a...
Beren and Luthien
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien wil...
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn h...
While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife, Marya. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient...
The Ninth Rain
The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the real...
The Court of Broken Knives
Anna Smith Spark
They’ve finally looked at the graveyard of our Empire with open eyes. They’re fools and madmen and like the art of war. And their children go hungry while we pi...
With Blood Upon the Sand
Ceda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further t...