Series: The Gateway Chronicles #6
Published by Writer's Coffee Shop on September 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Five years ago, Darcy first received the prophecy of the Six, which stated she and her friends would save the land of Alitheia from a shadowy foe. For five years, she hasn’t known what the end will look like, but she certainly didn’t expect this.
Thrust back into Alitheia through unexpected means, Darcy winds up alone, scared, and without her recent memory. As she struggles to regain her lost memories and reunite with the ones she loves, she pieces together the prophecies and the oracles to find they all converge into one story—a story that tells her just how much she’ll have to give to save both worlds, and everyone she loves.
Welcome to Tea in the Treetops’ stop on The Bone Whistle blog tour! You can find other reviews and lots of other things about the book at the other blogs in the tour, listed on the official tour page at The Writer’s Coffee Shop.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this final book in the Gateway Chronicles series for such a long time now, and wow, it was every bit the epic ending I had been hoping for.
Please note: The Bone Whistle is the sixth and final book in the series, so this review contains mild spoilers for earlier books. The first book in the series is called The Six, and my review was posted on The Oaken Bookcase back in 2012.
Prophecy within prophecies: The convoluted tale of the Six companions started five years ago when Darcy and her friends stumbled through a gateway between worlds and were transported from Cedar Cove campsite to the world of Alitheia. Since then they’ve lived through five years in each world, saved each other countless times, learned all about their abilities and have certainly done a lot of growing up. Now it’s time for the final showdown with Tselloch and his forces. The fate of three worlds is in their hands.
If you’re new to this series, there are a lot of similarities to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe what with the gateways, the prophecies and the “god” figure of Pateros, but it (thankfully) feels completely different. The world of Alitheia is rich and diverse, and the characters in it are believable. The relationships between the six friends from our world and those of Alitheia are what makes this story really enjoyable. It’s one of the best middle grade series I’ve read in a while.
Its always sad when a long series comes to an end, especially one where the characters have grown up and developed so much along the way. At the start of this series, Darcy was an insufferably sullen and whiny thirteen year old, but we’ve gradually seen her develop into a strong, loving and selfless leader, while not losing her impulsiveness and sense of humour. I also love Darcy and Tellius together – they just make such a great team.
The other characters have also become more important in these later books, except perhaps for Dean, who always seems to get glossed over with events. In any case, my favourite is still Sam. Simply a lovely person, someone I’d love to have as a friend. The narks are a special part of this story too, with their dual personalities and fierce loyalty.
With the cliffhanger at the end of The Scroll, I was on tenterhooks waiting to see if KB Hoyle could pull off the epic finale I was hoping for, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The Bone Whistle has excellent pacing and a much darker feel to previous books, and even though I pretty much knew exactly what was coming, the ending was still very satisfying. Highly recommended for readers of teen or early YA fantasy!
– An awesome, gripping conclusion to a great teen/YA series. Get into it.
The Gateway Chronicles
About the Author
K. B. Hoyle has been a classical educator for several years. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to three rambunctious little boys. Her favorite literary genres have always been Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. At a young age, she knew she wanted to write stories that would inspire people, and she wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven. Her goal as a writer is to take a look at existing truths in the world around her and repackage them in new, exciting, and fantastic ways.
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