The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W Garza

tumblr_n6hno2qIxr1sfxmouo1_500The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book I

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Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Fiction

Rating: 4/5 stars

About this Book:

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad’s home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.


The Last Shadow gate is a middle-grade Fantasy fiction novel but don’t for one second think that it is immature. The author has done well to create an interesting premise with evil beings, variety of unique characters and a quest to finish.
While it started off a little predictable, with the kids living with their grandmother and hearing the story of how their grandfather had disappeared mysteriously, it turned out to be full of twists, turns and surprises. What starts as an investigation of what really happened to their grandfather, turns into a full on adventure when they discover a different land with exotic creatures and a world in terror of the shade lords. What Gavin and Naomi want is to go back home but fate has other plans.
From the sibling duo, to other side characters, I liked everyone especially Kasi. They are written so realistically and nicely that we start to believe even in those fictional characters that don’t even look human.
Plot: the plot itself is a strong one and it keeps you hooked into the story wanting to find out what happens next. The carefully crafted story of shadow gates, evil lords and the key to unlocking it all, the journals. Your mind will be curious for another chapter.
Overall, it is an intriguing book that you can finish in one sitting and want the sequel BADLY (like I do).


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