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The Elements of the Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria #2)
Kay L. Moody
The empire is full of unrest.
Talise is ready to accept her new leadership roles but isn’t sure how. It doesn’t help that the emperor wants to take out enemy bases, yet he remains oblivious to the other conflicts around them.
The aristocratic citizens of the Crown are angry at the emperor for lying about their enemy. The middle-class citizens of the Gate are angry at the state of their once great empire. And the poor, desperate citizens of the Storm are beginning to awake after years of oppression.
Problems multiply when the enemy obtains knowledge about a mysterious amulet that has the power to destroy armies. With her heart still in pieces, Talise struggles to meet the obstacles ahead. But the truth soon becomes clear.
If she can’t gain back loyalty from the citizens and find the ancient amulet, the empire will be lost forever.
The book includes novellas 5-8 of The Elements of Kamdaria:
River Gate, Smoke Gate, Vine Gate, and Ember Gate.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(3 / 5) Talise spends her time fixing problems for the people and trying to win their hearts. The emperor is cruel and cares nothing for them. So it is up to her to regain their loyalty.
The Kessoku are trying to steal a magical amulet that will bring them intense power over Kamdaria. Talise and her followers are doing everything they can to prevent that.
I loved the twist at the end, I did not see it coming and was genuinely surprised. It made me rethink all that had happened until that point and how that changed the future.
The book was too long for my comfort, and didn’t draw me in like I would’ve liked. The character development was done well, but I did not feel a connection to them. When bad things happened, it didn’t bring out the emotion in me. I also feel a small romance was a bit forced, it never quite felt real.
What I really liked about the book is the content. Even though the violence was high, it’s mild violence with not a lot of blood or death. With the content so low, I feel most anyone can read this, young readers along with adults could enjoy this.
Thank you to the author Kay L. Moody for the opportunity to review her book!
Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms etc-
Trash-licking piece of vermin
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
*No LGBTQ+ aspects included*
A young man holds his lips in front of a young woman’s waiting for her permission. She kisses him softly.
Young man kisses a young woman.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A grandfather is known to beat his teen grandson and leave bruises on him.
Arrows are shot at a young woman. A dagger is held at the man’s throat that shot them.
Prisoners in a dungeon have been tortured for information and their families threatened.
Multiple soldiers and teens fight using air and earth and more.
Before a young man is 18, he killed his father for his abusive childhood. He then takes his position as leader. He conquers many more tribes and slaughters those that don’t adhere. He killed parents right before their children. He would hold water inside a house to drown who was inside. He dropped a mountain on an army, killing them. He accidentally killed his teen daughter with a fire blast.
An arrow shoots straight for a man’s heart. Three people tackle a young woman and she digs her fingernails into them. Using magic she sends rocks and dirt onto a soldier, another is tangled in vines, another she kicks in the groin. A man punches her, daggers are thrown at her, she holds them with vines but they escape. While one holds her, she head butts backward. A sword is swung at her, a man gets a sword through the chest. Light goes out of a man’s eyes as he’s struck in the head with a boulder. A dagger is thrown into her calf. Many come at her with swords, she knocks them down but more come. She used magic to rain rocks on them. She pins people with ice, knocks them down with wind, ties them up with vines and more. An arrow pierces a man’s shoulder and thigh. A man has been stabbed through the ribs. There is a lot of blood. He soon dies.
Multiple soldiers are knocked by other soldiers and rocks.
Two teens punch five soldiers until they’re unconscious. They tie them and gag them.
A man slaps a young woman. He falls on top of a sword that is burning. Two teens knock out soldiers. Another knocks out a man with a rock.
A woman holds a sword to a young woman. She throws a dagger but it misses. She uses water dropped in the woman’s hands to release the sword. She then froze many in place. One throws a fire ball, the young woman head butts another. Three tackle each other, air is shaped away from his mouth causing him to pass out. Three teens are held captive.
A teen tweaks an earth cannon which made it explode from all sides instead of one. Many people were injured. A young woman uses air magic to squeeze a man’s throat, his lips turn blue then he collapses on the floor unconscious.
A young woman shoots a fire at a young man.
Burning arrows rain down on a military camp. Soldiers fight soldiers with fireballs and weapons.
A man pulls a dagger out, a young woman spears his sleeve with an icicle, pinning him.
A soldier held a young woman at knife point so a young woman stabbed him in the thigh.
Dried blood is seen on cell floors.
Many fight with fire and weapons and more. A dagger is thrown at a young woman, the earth is shaped to cause a cave in, a man is crying out in pain multiple times, a woman is cutting slits into his arms. A young woman sends a rock to hit the woman’s neck and she passes out. Another rock sends another unconscious. A young man admits to killing two women. A young man holds a young man against the wall then throws him to the floor and shackles him.
A young man plunges a dagger into a man’s chest, he falls and the young man twists it as the man gurgles and dies.
A man previously kidnapped a young girl and tortured her in front of her parents so her father would give up secrets.
Many prisoners have been killed.
A battle is won and if soldiers from the other side even move, they are whipped.
A woman shapes dirt over soldiers bodies, choking and smothering them.
Rocks are thrown at a group of teens and they shoot fireballs back.
Potentially Intense Themes
A woman has previously died after childbirth.
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