No, no...

Raven's Gate - Anthony Horowitz

What possessed me to read this book?

Well, a couple years back i saw a couple of episodes of a series called Foyle's War.

The screenwriter was (is) Horowitz.

I was so impressed with it, that i took advantage of a Huge promotion to buy this book!


I now understand why it, and the following books are for sale at such low prices....


Imagine a mesh of all the fantasy and horror clichés you've ever read or heard about...yes?

That's what Raven's Gate is.


Characters with no depth. A story less than original and written without the slight finesse. The words and (basic) descriptions are just dumped on the paper.

Basically this reads as a draft, or a screenplay ( i imagine..).

Ideas perpetuated with this book: Witches are evil. Witchcraft is the same as Satanism...

He probably never heard of Wicca....


Oh, and reaching the end there's this pearl:


The medieval witch splits throats. 

The twenty-first century witch splits atoms. 

Tonight we shall do both.”



Idiot me. My idea was that women who were considered witches in the medieval times were slaughtered by a number of methods: Fire, drowning...

Oh, and is the author calling witches to women scientists? O_O


Here's an excerpt of an interview that the author gave to Teenreads:


TRC: You've stated that The Gatekeepers series is your answer to Narnia, Lord of the Rings and other fantasy heavyweights. How much have these other works inspired you?

AH: I loved these books when I was growing up and always wanted to write an epic fantasy series...but one set in the real world. There are elements of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis in The Gatekeepers, perhaps because I'm using some of the same sources (mythology, religion, ancient history). Writing battle scenes, it's very hard to do better than Tolkien --- particularly with Peter Jackson's wonderful films in mind.

"better than Tolkien"...right...NO!! 

Read more here: Teenreads


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