The Resource Gates of stone, Angus Macallan

Gates of stone, Angus Macallan

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Gates of stone
Title
Gates of stone
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Angus Macallan
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eng
Summary
Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is informed she will not be inheriting the throne, merely because of her sex, and is married off. But she is having none of it, and murders her husband on their wedding night. She embarks on a perilous voyage in search of the wealth and power she needs to claim her inheritance. And in the Laut Besar, a region of thousands of islands, pampered prince Jun sets off to recover the ancient sword of his father. But fate is drawing him towards the city of Singarasam, Katerina, and a shattering conflict that will change the course of the world. Long ago the powerful relics know as the Seven Keys were used to safely lock away the terrifying evils of the Seven Hells. With Jun's ancient sword, the sorcerer Mangku has claimed the first key and begun his mission to unleash catastrophe upon the land
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  • In a largely Asian-inspired setting, Macallan's debut follows the machinations and misadventures of two young people: Katerina, daughter of the Emperor of Khev, denied the power that is her birthright simply because she is a girl, and Arjun, prince of the island kingdom of Taman. Katerina is highly motivated to destroy the heir to the Khevan Empire, who has usurped her power, and she has the theoretical military knowledge to do it. Arjun witnesses his father and most of his people killed by a sorcerer, and he swears revenge, egged on by a mysterious old man called Semar; he will be sorely tested along the way. Macallan hits most of the key high notes of epic fantasy: hardships overcome, rise and fall of empires, grand battles, political machinations, and ancient legendary magic. It’s an entertaining story, with the characters motivated by a complicated web of greed, politics, and desire for revenge. It is refreshing to see an epic fantasy door-stopper draw inspiration from outside Europe; though the author does not always successfully subvert stereotypes, the action adds depth to the story. -- Regina Schroeder (Reviewed 2/7/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 11)
  • Initially unlikable yet nuanced characters pursue power or seek to save the world in this middling fantasy novel. When Katerina’s father denies her right to succeed him as emperor because of her gender, the cunning princess murders the prince she’s married off to and seeks her own path to power and glory. This theme of oppression breeding villainous motives recurs in the sorcerer, Mangku, who attacks the small kingdom of Taman and massacres the palace to steal a magical kris, one of the Seven Keys of the Earth. Only the arrogant prince Jun survives and, through the guidance of an elderly servant, is roused to pursue Mangku and reclaim the kris. Political machinations surrounding the wealth gained by trading narcotic obat in the Laut Basar region realistically bring together a variety of cultures recognizably based on those found in China and India, among others. Some incidents of gratuitous sexual violence are off-putting, but Macallan (the Outlaw Chronicles, as Angus Donald) provides steady plot momentum and thrilling battles that pull the reader through to the satisfying conclusion. Agent: Ian Drury, Sheil Land Assoc. (Feb.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/07/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 1, p)
  • Just before her 16th birthday, Princess Katerina, the rightful heir to the Empire of the Ice-Bear, is denied her ascension because she is female. Determined to regain her throne and gather vast power and wealth in the tropical islands of Laut Besar, Katerina murders her intended groom on their wedding day. Prince Jun is also on a mission: the malevolent sorcerer Mangku has stolen the ancient sword that Jun's father held and slaughtered everyone else on Jun's island. The sword is one of the great Seven Keys, and Mangku is determined to recover the other six and unleash complete destruction. The journeys of these two young royals merge as they pursue their own forms of revenge. Macallan, who writes historical fiction as Angus Donald, has created a solid fantasy debut with a strong yet brutal princess who recalls George R.R. Martin's Cersei Lannister. VERDICT Epic worldbuilding with extensive Asian influences, especially Indonesian, meets bold characters and detailed battles across land and sea. Note that scenes of rape and gore may be traumatic for some readers. --Kristi Chadwick (Reviewed Winter2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 21, p60)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10761366
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
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Macallan, Angus
Dewey number
823/.92
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maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
A Lord of the Islands Novel
Series volume
book 1
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  • Magic
  • Princesses
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Kings and rulers
  • Relics
  • Wizards
  • Wizards
  • Relics
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Princesses
  • Magic
  • Kings and rulers
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Gates of stone, Angus Macallan
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1032287979
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
534 pages
Isbn
9780451490278
Lccn
2018010875
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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portrait, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1032287979
Label
Gates of stone, Angus Macallan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1032287979
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
534 pages
Isbn
9780451490278
Lccn
2018010875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1032287979

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