Roots of Insight

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Quinn has returned from Eirentheos to Earth and is left to live life like a teenage girl, but she’s having a major problem readjusting. She can’t seem to stop thinking about the time she spent in Eirentheos and how much different it is from her own home. She is absolutely delighted when Thomas travels through the gate to invite her to a royal wedding in Eirentheos, but something is amiss. Thomas is distracted with the thought of his missing cousin, Lily, and Quinn was the last one to see him before he went missing and she returned home. Will Quinn be able to help William find Thomas? Will they solve the mystery of their missing cousin? And how will they ever stop the ill-intended Tolliver from becoming the King of Philotheum after all he’s done to poison the children?

In this thrilling Sequel to the first book in the Dusk Gate series, Quinn truly begins to understand who she really is. She keeps having vivid dreams and begins to confuse them with real life, but they seem to help her find what she’s looking for. It almost seems like she’s fulfilling her destiny of becoming a prophet, but that’s just my opinion. I loved reading the way the relationships between Quinn, Zander, William, and Thomas grew individually and I still find myself completely torn in this love triangle that has Quinn in the middle of it all!

This book in it’s entirety kept me on the edge of my seat. There is a rebellion stirring against Tolliver that has safe houses between the two kingdoms of Philotheum and Eirentheos that Quinn and William travel through to find Thomas, but it’s not as easy as it might seem. The most nerve-wracking and anxiety filled part of this book takes part towards the end where they are staying in a safe house provided by a family that doesn’t seem all too trustworthy, they certainly seem to be keeping a lot of secrets. Hopefully Quinn and William will learn the difference between their friends and their foes before they’re left with no one to join them standing in Tolliver’s way to the throne. Once again, an 8/10.

Seeds of Discovery

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Quinn was just your average teenage girl, that is, until the fateful night that she almost hit her fellow classmate William Rose with her car and he vanished into thin air shortly after. Caught up in the mystery of William Rose (and how he keeps disappearing), Quinn begins to follow him to see what she can find out. Never in her wildest dreams was she prepared for the mystery that was revealed. A gateway between two worlds, ours and the land of Eirentheos where William Rose is a Prince of the kingdom. In William’s absence, a sickness had been spreading with no positive advances in how to cure it, until Quinn came along. Will she be the one to help save them?

I was very easily sucked into theĀ magic of Seeds of Discovery. From the very beginning, I was furiously turning pages to find out what could possibly be going on with William Rose, I started feeling like Quinn myself! William had been the shy kid at school and always kept to himself, so when Quinn noticed that he was disappearing, she decided to follow him to a broken bridge over a lake. Worst case scenario she figured she would fall in, but she got much more than she bargained for.

I loved the author’s detail of Eirentheos and it was very easy to imagine the type of kingdom that it would be. Everything was very easily explained, and I loved the way that time moves a lot faster in Eirentheos than it does in our world. In the book, Quinn was there for ten days, but in our world that would have only been one! I really wanted the book to be longer, and I felt like there very easily could have been more of a story to it. Also, there are 13 Princes and Princesses of Eirentheos, so keeping track of the names could be a little bit difficult at times if you’re not paying close attention.

I loved the pace that the story moved at, and I found myself torn between who I want Quinn to end up with romantically. Does she date Zander- the boy she’s known for her entire life, classic gorgeous football player with a great personality? Or William Rose himself- the shy boy from her school that she’s known forĀ years that has a secret that’s literally out of this world? Or what about William’s irresistibly charming brother Thomas? I can’t wait to finish reading the second book in the Dusk Gate series to find out who gets the girl, who is poisoning the children of the kingdom, and just how Quinn manages the pressures of being a teenage in two worlds at once! I would definitely give this one an 8/10

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