Isobelle Carmody: Night Gate

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And complicated world and I was able to visualise it easily I particularly loved the city of Fork which was almost a character in and of itself and how gritty twisted and magical it was I uite liked Rage Winnoway s character arc throughout the story I liked that she started to think about being blindly obedient to people s rules and then to uestion the morality of some of the rules and why she was being told to follow them It was also good to watch her become brave and start to use her initiative I thought that most of the other characters fell fairly flat and were rather one dimensional The exceptions to this was Billy Thunder and Bear I loved watching them grow separately and then to see the effect of that growth on their relationship togetherI did find this book to be fairly predictable I guessed where the story was going and I also guessed who the wizard was early on in the story and it annoyed me that the characters took so long to understand everything They would often theorize about things after learning a new piece of information but then never change their theories or their plans In saying that there were still a few things at the end that hit me emotionally that I wasn t really expecting in particular with the mother and child relationshipsAs I said earlier I picked up the audiobook for this and I have to say I wasn t a huge fan of the narration I found the narrator Rebecca Macauley often used similar voices for characters and I would sometimes be unsure to which character was speaking She also gave tremulous voices to many of the characters and it got on my nerves a little It wasn t bad narration though there were ust a few things that irked meThe book started off a little slow but I did end up enjoying it in the end and I will definitely be continuing with this series I ended up giving it 45 stars I have a weakness for books like this There is Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings just something so compelling about a young character bravely going off into an adventure to save someone with her trusty companions by her side It s not about intelligence or physical prowess or magical aptitude it s about strength of character and growing upust a little bit and doing your best under the most trying of circumstancesSo yeah total sucker for this bookRage the main character along with four dogs and a goat stumbles across a gate that a mysterious creature called firecat urges them through Firecat gives Rage a task bring an hourglass to a lost wizard and the lost wizard will send her home and wake her mother up from her coma as well Her animal companions have in some way been transformed and now have the ability to speak and Rage is stuck in a world where magic flows through everything and is dying bit by bitIt starts off a bit slow but the book does warm up Once it really gets going it becomes interesting and you appreciate the little twists and turns the author has you threading through The little connections and how everything is drawn together skillfully in the end was a pleasure to read as well And Rage and the rest They re fun dynamic characters that slowly grow into their own The writing style reminds me of books such as A Wrinkle In Time Classic children s books that can be read by any age with appreciation Sacrifice struggling for oneself growing up they re all well worn themes that never seem to grow old at least to me anyway 4 star. To save the world of Valley a ourney that is somehow tied to Rage’s family In this brilliant tale of courage and transformation Isobelle Carmody captures the magic of Narnia and the whimsy of Wonderland without losing sight of the real world and all its difficulties From the Hardcover editi.

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K when I was 13 years old Back then I would have rated it five stars This time around I found it a little bit less organized and coherent and a little bit confused and disjointed I still thought the characters were gorgeous and very likable but something ust felt a bit off maybe I m Neimhaim (Neimhaim, just a bit too old for this kind of story and that s all it is Either way I do love Isobelle Carmody s work but I am frustrated that she has four series she hasn t finished including this and the Darksong trilogy which have had over 12 years wait for the final installment It s a bit ridiculous and disappointing but Iust imagine this book as a stand alone as I believe it was initially planned to be and save myself another agonizing 12 years wait for a final Overall this book was nicely written and original I didn t like the beginning To me it felt fluffy at that point I deeply regretted getting this book and thinking of rating it one star My description and thoughts on the fluffy part We re off to see the wizard the wonderful wizard of NO And then something kinda magical happened I was reading it from where I left off while listening to David Bowie then again of course I was It was the part where they were on the ferry to Fork And from there it ust got better and better Although I still think that some of the characters lacked personality this book or at least that portion of it was goodAlso with a main character named Rage I HAD to do this No regretsUsersMadelineDesktopRandomnessBook stuffThe Rage Gatejpg I love the kind of books where you get a load of characters who are all lovable and different from one another Night Gate definitely has thatI got into the flow of the story right away Rage whose name first gave me the impression that she s possibly a troubled and angry child with temper issues lol the main character s mother is in coma and dying Rage isn t allowed to see her and by the sounds of things Rage is stuck with the most disagreeable adults in the country Luckily she has her doggie friends with her So Rage decides to run away and search for the hospital her mother is staying in Her dogs come with her of course and even the neighbors goat Eventually she finds a magical gateway and is thrown into another world through it This world has magic in it but it is dying From there on her uest becomes MUCH greater than ust finding her way back to her mother it becomes uite dangerous for her and her transformed friends I really loved the adventure that took place it was exciting nerve wracking FUNNY had lots of giggles and ust Fun Night Gate was a fun book to readThe story felt very long for a 255 page book I do wish that the ending was explained after Rage came back into her own world but I guess that s what the seuel is for With that said I can hardly wait to read it I liked the Obernewtyn Chronicles which Isobelle Carmody started writing while in high school However I couldn t get into this book at all I have set myself a tentative goal to read all of Isobelle Carmody s novels in the next year or two and with that in mind I borrowed the audiobook of Billy Thunder and the Night Gate from the libraryI uite enjoyed this story although it is not my favourite book I ve read by Carmody One of the things that I love about Carmody s stories is the richness of her worlds and this one is no different The land of Valley was a rich. L gate And something wonderful happens Each of Rage’s friends is transformed Bear becomes a real bear; Billy Thunder a teenage boy; Elle a warrior woman; Mr Walker a small large eared gentleman; and the goat a satyr with an inferiority complex Together Rage and her companions embark on a uest.

It s categorized as fantasy but its of a futuristic dystopia The whole book has that interesting yet creepy feel which exists in all dystopia stories I would consider this sci fi than fantasy The animals that are literally personified in the story are strange and don t seem to retain any of their animal nature which defeats the purpose of personification But in the end I found myself getting attached to the characters and strange as it is I want to read the next one I guess it s kind of like 1984 where it s unsettling but so well done Night Gate starts rather uickly and doesn t leave much room for introduction but it s still interesting The writing is very good as could be expected by this author It starts out when Rage Winnoway runs away from home to see her sick mother in the hospital and four dogs and a goat tag along On the way they meet a firecat who convinces them to go through a magical gate into a strange world where magic is dying The firecat tells Rage that it is her ob to find the wizard so he can save the landCarmody created a very interesting land in this book giving it a strong culture and showing some very interested ideas Rage is a good character but my favorite is probably the firecat most likely for his potential to be evil Exactly what his alliance is I will not say and do not take that as a hintOne thing that annoyed me was the lack of a language barrier but once I learned the history of the land I excused itAll in all Night Gate was very interesting but I believe the author could have gone a bit farther with this idea Thankfully there are seuels Isobelle Carmody is one of the best writers ever It must be because she s Australian a lot of my favorite authors are AustralianBut seriously her writing is Amish Sweethearts just so beautiful and gorgeous that it s hard to stop reading once you ve really gotten into it I admit the first half of Night Gate is a bit hard to sink one s teeth into but if you make it that far you are definitely in for the rest of the rideIsobelle Carmody makes me feel everything she writes In the beginning Rage is in a miserable position and I feltust miserable reading about it When Rage and company encounter the sinister city of Fork I could feel the menacing presence of such a city and I can honestly say that it gave me chills When Rage is screaming in pain and fury I m screaming right along with her and when Rage is laughing in happiness I can t help but Call Me Dan join inNight Gate is a work of art That s all I can sayThird Time ReadingYou know it s a good book when you take up the tradition of reading it again every year Once again I admit that the first half or so is a bit tedious and hard to sink your teeth into but it sust so beautifulIsobelle Carmody strikes me as a very wise and knowing woman Her knowledge of the world and love and emotion and pain is heartbreakingly accurateThis is a story that will stay with me forever a story that I will ponder and contemplate a story that I hug tightly after every reading It s a uiet beautiful little thing It is some years since I read this book but I seem to recall thinking it was an okay read but nothing I didn t like a main character being called Rage And I didn t like the description of her flyaway hair That might seem silly but it bugged me I did like the idea of a flooded valley still existing in another dimension I first read this boo. Rage Winnoway’s closest friends have always been her four dogs Bear Billy Thunder Elle and Mr Walker When Rage sets off for the hospital where her mother lies in a coma the dogs and the neighbor’s goat tag along On the way they run into the firecat who talks them into going through a magica.

Isobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in AustraliaIn addition to her young adult novels such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr Isobelle's published works include several middle grade fantasies Her still unfinished Gateway Trilogy