The Gates of Sleep

The Gates of Sleep By Mercedes Lackey, The Gates of Sleep In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy tale inspired novel The Serpent s Shadow best selling author Mercedes Lackey re imagines Sleeping Beauty as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy Marina is
  • Title: The Gates of Sleep
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • ISBN: 9785558607079
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gates of Sleep By Mercedes Lackey, In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy tale inspired novel, The Serpent s Shadow, best selling author Mercedes Lackey re imagines Sleeping Beauty as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Saverson family, practitioners of Elemental Magic But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her eighteIn the tradition of her acclaimed fairy tale inspired novel, The Serpent s Shadow, best selling author Mercedes Lackey re imagines Sleeping Beauty as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Saverson family, practitioners of Elemental Magic But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her eighteenth birthday by the hand of her own aunt.
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    1. Mercedes Lackey

      Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

    585 thoughts on “The Gates of Sleep”

    1. I am not so much a fan of this one, although it s probably closer to the traditional Sleeping Beauty story than the previous ones have been to their source material It s not bad, just terribly unfocused.The whole series seems to have a pacing problem We re given fully a third of the book of scene setting that has, ultimately, nothing at all to do with the main conflict, another third of villainous cackling, and then a lightning fast resolution with a bonus romance thrown in with very little deve [...]


    2. I m so happy I found this series Full disclosure I started reading it because we got the latest in at work and it features Sherlock Holmes and I am the biggest sucker for anything Holmes related, but I can t start a series towards the end, so I decided I needed to go back and start at the beginning One of life s great joys is finding a long running series that you had no idea existed but now you get to catch up on I liked the this one was easier to guess which fairy tale it was based on, but tha [...]


    3. I nearly didn t re read this, remembering being bored with it and, yeah I was mostly bored with it I stopped at about 1 3 of the way through for a few days before powering through.Like a couple of other stories in this series, I think my main issue is the pacing there are so many pages devoted to set up with an abrupt unsatisfying climax, not to mention the chapters devoted to the gloating, eeeeeeevil antagonists point of view.For this particular book, I found myself frustrated with elements tha [...]


    4. A pretty pleasurable read overall Mercedes Lackey, when I was 12 or so, was my first favorite author of my life, but I haven t read any of her books in years Due to a passionate interest in the Pre Raphaelites, the main character is brought up among Pre Raphaelite style artists I had this book recommended to me, and decided to try her work again Overall, this book is quite enjoyable, don t get me wrong But there s a reason it s not a 5 star book.The bad guys are absolutely flat as cardboard ster [...]


    5. idk not for me i guess i know certain people really like mercedes lackey and i can understand that but not for me it was insanely slow not much happened even to the end i thought something exciting might happen it was set up to be than it ended up being, if that makes sense there was so much magic introduced and never mentioned again good not great would read lackey if i happen upon it.


    6. Spent way too much time describing the foster parents home when we never saw it again Marina began as an almost sue ish character I had trouble believing she adjested so easily, or was that outspoken I liked the scheme that the Aunt and her son had going, but there should have been development from the aunt, the cousin, and the maid.


    7. Okay, I love Sleeping Beauty stories, but this one was just awful The character seemed a bit dim and the romantic hero wasn t even introduced until closer to the end I was not feeling this one.


    8. 4 5A very enjoyable read, and though it followed the constraints of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty , it was a small feature to the historical detail and elemental magic decorating the main plot I read mixed reviews in between beginning this story which made a tad apprehensive, but I m glad I stuck on It seems slow moving stories when dressed up with historical tidbits are my cuppa tea In some reviews it was described as aimless, and I do agree that the story meandered, however this was something [...]


    9. Confession time that last paragraph of the synopsis is my own The actual last paragraph on the back of my book is way too spoilery.I first read this book in my middle school years and I distinctly remember thinking it wasn t nearly as good as The Serpent s Shadow Upon rereading it, I was inclined to change my opinion Until I reached the end of the book But, before I talk about the bad, I will talk about the good because I really did enjoy this book, and if it wasn t for that one oh so annoying f [...]


    10. I love Mercedes Lackey s Elemental series, the Victorian setting for fairy tales respun with magic from the four elements But this one was full of holes, and dragging on and on Marina Roeswood s life is cursed by her evil aunt Arachne on her christening day Her other godfathers and mothers can not give her magical gifts to protect herself why but they do whisk her away for her never to see her parents again Huh That s protection Anyone could trace the packages Marina s parents will send her all [...]


    11. Not as good as Fire Rose, better than Serpent s Shadow this is another one where s she spent too much time building the settings, forgot about creating suspense or romance, and then wrapped everything up in a hasty and ridiculous conclusion Even through the slow build, I was enjoying the book and for some reason that I can t pinpoint, connected better with Marina than I did with Maya in Serpent s Shadow, even though Maya had potentially interesting aspects to develop as a character The love int [...]


    12. Sleeping Beauty Perhaps the one fairy tale in which the heroine does the absolute LEAST Surely that ll make a great heroine centered book, right Well, no, not really.The first 120 pages of the book could have been cut and it wouldn t have mattered, because NOTHING happens The whole thing is a long, boring ramble on the social conditions of the time and how terrible it would have been to be poor back then Another situation which I am powerless to rectify, and also, not a first act of a story, whi [...]


    13. Cursed by her evil aunt at birth, Marina is bundled up to be hidden in the Devon countryside, where she is raised in the loving, bohemian home of her three godparents Each a talented artist and Elemental Master, they foster Marina s blossoming talents, both magical and academic, and lavish upon her the love and affection that she sorely misses from her parents Unaware of the curse that orchestrated her strange upbringing, Marina grows into a beautiful young woman who, nonetheless, senses an evil [...]


    14. I liked the basic thrust of the story it s a version of Sleeping Beauty, set in the Victorian era that also acknowledges magic Marina, the main character, has been hidden with friends of the family since she was a baby to help her avoid a spell put on her by an evil aunt She never sees her parents, though they write and send presents now and again Her adopted family sees to her education as a Water Master, but before her 18th birthday, she learns her parents have been killed in an accident and n [...]


    15. This book is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale I ve been a fan of the author s earlier works her Valdemar series especially the early books was excellent I m a bit ambivalent about this one The author does a vivid and convincing job of setting up the magical world, which is one of her strengths And the first half of the book, describing how Marina the heroine is cursed and her life with her guardians and how she discovers and controls her magic is well done It s only after Marina goe [...]


    16. This book was a bit of a change from previous installments of the Elemental Mage series as no one really goes to London There are some inconsistencies with the magic system Lackey had established in previous works, but I actually sort of like that element as it gives a feeling that magic is still a little unknown and some of the facts various characters impart are like traditions and folk wisdom In this installment, Marina is cursed in her cradle and hidden with friends of her parents Marina ba [...]


    17. I do feel like the Elemental Masters books are getting stronger as they go There are still issues It feels like the magic system is made up as the story goes I think it is a bit like that in Valdemar as well People can and do do what is needed to progress the story and everyone has unheard of nearly unlimited powers Which is part of what makes it feel like fanfiction.But Misty does weave an addicting story And I think the female is better developed here than in previous stories She perhaps isn t [...]


    18. I liked this one much better than the first book by Lackey that I read This one is set in Victorian England and revolves around a community of magicians, true magicians, who deal in natural elements What I liked most about it was the way in which the magic was made to seem like nothing out of the ordinary, and it didn t feel like a fantasy novel at all, just another novel It was all totally normalized, and the story was about the characters and their battle with evil than about the fact that th [...]


    19. This was rather difficult for me to finish because it seemed to just drag on and on for so much of the book Perhaps I am so used to the style of today s authors that I can no longer appreciate Mercedes Lackey s workmanship I used to love her books when I was in my 20s and 30s and maybe even in my early 40s But now I m in my early 60s and jus don t find them as entertaining Then again, it may just be this series I have read 2 books and couldn t finish one Out of the 3 I only really liked 1 Sadly, [...]


    20. As often happens in a series, after a few books the author starts phoning it in You need to engage in some serious suspension of disbelief in order to make it through this book Not with regards to any of the magical stuff, but on a basic plot level A lot of the plot relies on people not communicating super basic information I think two letters telegrams could have chopped this book in half.Possibly the best part of the book is a throw away line that a character is a priggish, smug, self righteou [...]


    21. If this were not Lackey, it d be a three Like her other fairy tale stories, it has a lot of logistics issues and inconsistencies She seems to have foregone editing too.


    22. Love this book probably my favourite from this series It has so much connection to the fairy tale it is based on and the country setting really lends itself to the type of magic described.


    23. Rambling story about Sleeping Beauty in which our heroine is raised in the countryside by middle class parents to prevent her aunt from finding her and finishing off the curse she placed on the child as an infant The pacing on this one just didn t work a great deal of time is spent establishing the girl as a happy country lass and then tons of pages devoted to moving us slowly where we knew we had to go Heroine was also far gullible and passive than the heroine in The Serpents s Shadow Book 2 I [...]


    24. Great read I really enjoy Mercedes Lackey, esp her Elemental Masters series and her Fairy Godmother one too The characters in this series were so real.you really felt like you were living their liveson to the next in the series


    25. Sleeping Beauty foundation A bit odd, romance focus that first in the series and that one also had a fair amount of romance in the story line.



    26. Enjoying these books, especially the coverage of social issues This one had a very slow start They do follow the same pattern each time.



    27. The Gates of Sleep is a re telling of Sleeping Beauty set in Devon and Cornwell around 1912 At the christening ceremony held at Oakhurst Manor for Marina, the infant daughter of Hugh and Alanna Rosewood, a number of fellow Elemental Masters are in attendance to confer magical gifts upon the baby However, the gathering is interrupted by Arachne, Hugh s long estranged sister, who proceeds to place a curse on the baby that will lead to her death on or before her eighteenth birthday Arachne then dep [...]


    28. Marina is a Water Master an elementally magical person who can commune with and control elements and connect with elemental spirits in those elements With her connection to water and its naiads and undines, as well as her secondary Air ability that connects her to sylphs and zephyrs, Marina has many friends, but also depends on and loves her guardians and teachers Sebastian, Margherita, and Thomas, all of whom have elemental abilities themselves But Marina is curious about her real parents they [...]


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