Harrow's Gate

Adult
Rated 3.94/5 based on 16 reviews
In the far, and exotic city of Tiquan, Leland and his friend Tommy Wayne take their liberty from the ship to explore the cobblestone streets bathed in the city’s yellow gas lamps. There, in an upscale hotel they find three very flirtatious ladies. But, terror is just around the corner. War is coming, and Leland, Tommy, and their new friends are in for a surprise! More

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About Lawrence BoarerPitchford

Lawrence BoarerPitchford is the author of such works as Thadius, The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer, Sawbones, In the World of Hyboria (Book 1 Grim Determination, and Book 2 The Ties that Bind), as well as the cheeky novel Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels.
Lawrence works and lives in the Sacramento region of California.

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Review by: Karen Matthews on Jan. 16, 2017 :
First, I have to say that I don’t normally read books like this (I’m more of a straight romance reader) but I was looking for something different so I thought I’d give this one by Lawrence BoarerPitchford a shot… Color me impressed!! There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own problems. Liked Leland, Tommy, Carter, Ella, Geris, Genya, etc…) , and all the others, and then the addition of the more unusual characters at the end was really cool too and added another dimension to this already dynamic storyline.…I liked how even for a fantasy-ish book, everything just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…Liked that it was really unpredictable and we get to see the story from lots of angles and different characters perspectives. Could use a bit more trimming of content in the middle as there are sections that do little to advance the plot and tend to slow the pacing (in my opinion at least). But all in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! And it does have a nice romantic touch as well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: MegKing on Jan. 6, 2017 :
I thought this book by Lawrence BoarerPitchford to be very good—decent writing and a compelling, complex and engaging plot set against a (mostly) believable background (despite it being fantastical at points) – it’s not too far-fetched even if you might have to suspend some disbelief at times for the sake of entertainment (especially toward the end)… I like the fact that it is a fully-realized fantasy style adventure with a grand cast of characters, filled with several subplots, but without all the bloat that can sometimes weigh down a complex book like this one (Where several characters are the focus of the story and we see multiple POV’s). BoarerPitchford fills you in on them as we go without getting bogged down in describing every last thing, but still maintains solid character and plot integrity, although I do feel the more main characters were allotted more depth than the supporting cast was. The story moves forward and you can't help but get sucked into BoarerPitchford’s charming, brassy narrative, and I liked the clever way he keeps us updated with the ‘reports’ proceeding each chapter. Some similar themes and motifs found in fantasy/sci-fi/steampunk lore, but BoarerPitchford really does a fantastic job of putting his own unique spin on them. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Carla Biggins on Jan. 6, 2017 :
"Harrow’s Gate” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford is one of the more creative and unusual and uniquely-styled novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading lately. I became interested in the story right away with and really grew to root for Leland and Ella and company as they embark on their crazy journey. Thought the romance with Leland and Ella was sweet and didn’t overshadow the plot, but it does take a backseat to the bigger story. It took me a little bit to get used to the author’s unique writing style, and while I did enjoy it, there were times that the pacing was not to my liking, and I feel that there were way too many characters and most didn’t feel like anything more than names to me. No real sense of identity except for maybe a handful of them. By the ending it was almost confusing and hard to keep track of who was who and why I should care. Also, I was unsure who was doing the ‘reports’ at the beginning of each chapter. I don’t think that was ever made clear. However it didn’t lessen my overall enjoyment of the book very much and I loved the dialogue with the characters – very genuine and real and with lots of attitude – love it! More dramatic and witty and fantastical than a typical novel, “Harrow’s Gate” has many interweaving plotlines and crosses genres to keep you totally hooked right up until the end, which was very nice – emotionally satisfying to see how it all played out even if parts felt rushed or confusing to me. Suitable for mature teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kaylee Stevens on Jan. 5, 2017 :
Awesome. Once I started reading “Harrow’s Gate” I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished! Seemed never a good place just to stop for a while as the action continued to build and build. Some really devious and clever scenarios that come to life in a way that makes you wonder what will happen next with the group. I personally feel that there could have been a bit more depth to some of the characters, and some scenes seemed a bit too dragged out for no real purpose. I think I liked the second half of the book better than the first (had more action). Liked the ending, though, and didn’t expect some things to happen that did. For those who enjoy great writing, creative world building, action and a little romance this is a good one for you.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Brenda Maxwell on Jan. 5, 2017 :
To be honest it took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going. Lots of characters and places that I wasn’t really grounded with in any real way. But the more I read the more I got into it, the more wrapped up I got in this crazy world and awesome characters Lawrence BoarerPitchford created. It’s different from many books I’ve read lately… or ever… and it had its high points and its low… I thought it to be very creative and I liked that the author really thought outside of the box. He had a fun time writing this and it shows. Lots of personality, sarcasm, and just a rugged sense of action that I really enjoyed. I thought the overall plot and narration was good, but it could have used a bit more polish as there was some long stretches of more mundane actions followed by bursts of intense action, then slowing again…. It didn’t ruin the book, but would make it better if was more evenly paced, in my opinion. The ending seemed a bit abrupt, but it did wrap up well – very nice, actually. Just felt like the pacing could use some work. Nevertheless I look forward to reading more from Mr. BoarerPitchford in the future as he is truly a gifted storyteller AND writer (not necessarily the same thing…)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Stacy Decker on Jan. 4, 2017 :
4.5 stars
This is my first ‘steampunk’ novel and it was very good…… I totally liked this book way more than I even expected to! I was looking for something a little different than my usual reading fare, and this really hit the mark… in fact, now other books will seem too normal or boring by comparison! Loved the way the author described things – the detailing really brought the scenes to life. I literally did not put my kindle down for the last half of the book, at least. I would describe this book as being a very fun, addicting adventure and that is more like a unique fantasy than some serious piece of literature. It’s hard to describe exactly as it incorporates so many elements and crosses several genres. It has a lighthearted quality that made it feel more ‘fun’ even though the plot got tangled and dark at times. But overall it was a wild, entertaining and unpredictable ride and I’m glad I got to meet Leland and Ella (and all the rest…)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on Jan. 4, 2017 :
lately I’ve been in a rut of putting down books and not picking them up again because I lost interest at one point and just never continued. This was definitely not the case with this book, “Harrow’s Gate” by Lawrence BoarerPitchford! From the very beginning of the book we are drawn into this fun, unusual world with and the author throws a lot of characters and action at us right away, so for me it took a bit to really get a grasp of what was happening. We meet Leland (and friends) then Ella (and friends) and learn about their respective situations. The action picked up and flowed seamlessly from one page to the next, and was unpredictable and shocking enough to make me just *have* to see what would happen next. Not formulaic or cookie-cutter at all, even though there are plenty of “familiar elements” necessary for a fantasy and adventure book. This is a “steampunk” novel, so those unfamiliar with it may notice the cool addition of the “steam” element of engineering, as opposed to modern day, giving this book a sort of “fantasy/Victorian era” feel, which I really enjoyed. Great dialogue and liked BoarerPitchford’s lively and energetic writing style and will look for more works from him in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: GillianHancock on Jan. 4, 2017 :
"Harrow’s Gate” was entertaining escapism different from what I normally read. But I thought it was excellently written, plot and pacing-wise, and it definitely kept my attention from the dramatic opening to the satisfying, romantic ending. It is easy to read quickly, but I got a ton of story for my money, that’s for sure. Each scene was engaging and well-described (where we feel like we are there) and added to the progression of the overall storyline but I did feel there was too many characters at times who were unnecessary (and some of those names became hard to pronounce in my mind). But for the most part the descriptions were good and kept us is this unique “fantasy/steampunk” world. There was little lull in the action…All in all a fun, different type of story that kept me eagerly glued to my kindle until the late hours of the evening. I liked how the story shows events as they develop through different character perspectives. I really did enjoy this book and would read more from this author. He certainly can deliver on the entertainment, making us laugh, be shocked, and have fun.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: SherriWarner on Jan. 4, 2017 :
I have a hard time pigeonholing this book “Harrow’s Gate” into any particular category. The steampunk element was there, but not the driving force behind the story. It more added flavor. But there was also a sci-fi vibe and a lawless, fantasy/dystopian feel. So many worlds converging into one unique story that I, for one, really grew to enjoy once I got used to it… just seems like the rules go out the window on this one. I thought the way characters were introduced and the plot unfolded was nicely done, with not too much information given away right off the bat, but we are left to wonder many things that are explained in time. There is a smooth, almost poetic way the story is written that makes it easy to just keep reading and if there was a sequel (or spinnoff) I would read it right now! Highly recommend for fans of unique and engaging fantasy that thinks outside normal conventions and it highly readable and entertaining. Suitable for older teens on up (4 stars).
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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