December 22, 2015
Gateway to Fourline, by Pam Brondos
Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition. Then she stumbles through the mysterious door behind the shop—and her entire universe transforms. Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.
The beginning of Gateway to Fourline was a bit slow, but once I hit the 20% mark, it was an exciting rollercoaster of adventure. The culture where women are the healers, historians, and so much more is an enjoyable read. Although a few plots were not concluded by the end of the book, I liked the ending, and didn’t feel as though the author cheated.
There is a Narnia feel to Fourline, but without the heavy religious overtones C. S. Lewis is known for. None of the books this month in the Kindle First program jumped out at me, so I’m glad I took a chance on Gateway to Fourline. I read a slow beginning the first night, and on the second night, I couldn’t put it down. I set aside some time today to finish it, and when I was done. I immediately checked to see when the next story comes out. I’m looking forward to On the Meldon Plain, coming out in January 2016.
Pam Brondos grew up in Wyoming and watched her mom write novels on a manual typewriter. She graduated from St. Olaf College, worked in Shanghai, China and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law.