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Wendy is a Pagan city hippie living in the country. She is also a genealogist, writer, gamer/dev, Pagan, and one of the authors of "Steampunk for Simpletons."
A college town New Englander turned one-horse town Nebraskan, she raises a cup of Dunkies to life among cornfields and coyotes. She is still pleasantly surprised that amber waves of grain exist, and has declared the Midwestern prairies "wicked cool."
on Dec. 14, 2011 :
I rarely read a book in a single sitting.
I’m also just as unlikely to ignore my work for reading pleasures.
However, by the powers that be or through the magic of the fae, The Gossamer Gate did just that. It’s been a very long time since a book hooked me like this, so much so that I’m left thinking of it (obsessively even) after I’ve read it.
Be warned though that this book isn’t for kids. This is purely an adult novel, and while it isn’t erotica, there are some very steamy scenes coupled with violence and foul language.
With that out of the way, I enjoyed this novel more than I’d expected. The story begins with the main character, Khiara (Key-ara) working in a shop she owns in Massachusetts. Early on, we learn about Khiara’s past as well as her love for another and love lost. Heartbroken by the past and haunted by a series of nightmares, she’s pulled into the Otherworld of the fea, challenged by the prince for her freedom.
If she can manage to survive nine days in the Otherworld and reach the Gossamer Gate without eating, drinking or taking on the pleasure of another’s company, then she may leave. On one condition—the love she has for another back home must return that feeling and help her through the Gate. It’s not as easy as it sounds however, as Khiara faces temptation at every turn.
There were times when I wasn’t sure who to trust, times when I wanted to yell at another one of the characters and other times when I genuinely felt sorry for them. And even though Khiara’s goal is to get home, I can definitely see why she’d want to stay in the Otherworld, especially when a few faeries play with her heart.
If you enjoy paranormal romances, I’d definitely consider giving The Gossamer Gate a read. I’m usually more into epic fantasy, but wanted to try something new, and I’m glad I did.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 09, 2011 :
Excellent read, great story. I got really attached to main character. The ending took an unexpected route that was rather refreshing. I love how strong Khiara is as a person, but I love the growth many of the characters achieve through the story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 04, 2011 :
Wendy Callahan integrates, deftly and enticingly, her multifaceted interests, as a High Priestess and Genealogist, with the imaginative possibilities of other realms, brought to life with her nimble descriptive tale spinning, which captures fantasy loving readers, from beginning to end. leaving them with the question: "What's next and where can I get it?"
(reviewed the day of purchase)