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Gateway [Hardcover]

Sharon Shinn
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Oct. 20 2009
As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring?and tells her that ?black jade? translates to ?Daiyu??she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it?s more than that; it?s magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There?s only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever. . . .

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Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous story! Jan. 17 2010
This is a science fiction fantasy for teenagers, but I really enjoyed it myself as an adult. It's a fascinating world and the characters are interesting. I'm looking very forward to a sequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy with an Asian setting Nov. 8 2009
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OK- I love Sharon Shinn. All of her book are automatic pre-orders. Gateway is one of her YA Fantasy novels. Since her other YA Fantasy Summers at Castle Auburn is one of my all time favorites, I was eager to read this book.

Our heroine is Asian and her adventure takes place in a parallel Universe with Ancient Chinese overtone. As usual a gentle romance accompanies the fantasy adventure.

Although the premise and setting are great, somehow the execution was dull. The usual depth and richness of a Shinn novel was missing. The adventure was flimsy. The romance felt forced. My feelings towards the heroine were lukewarm.
I am sorry to give this book just 3 stars.

If you want to get a sample of Ms. Shinn at her best- try out her anthology of novellas that was just released :Quatrain

If you want a better written YA Historical Fantasy with an Asian heroine in an Ancient Chinese setting try out Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life on Jai Jan. 3 2010
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I don't usually read alot of SF/fantasy, but I thought this was a fun, interesting YA novel. It definately makes me want to check out more by this author and explore this genre further. It wasn't long, under 300 pgs, and I think it would be enjoyable and appropriate for any age. It's something that I would like to share with my daughter. I enjoyed it for many reasons: Daiyu's adventure in the other iteration is both like and unlike Earth in many intersting ways. It leads you to ask yourself questions about the world we live in. Just how different is Jai from Earth, anyway? The explanations of the ins and outs of travel between iterations are simple and not bogged down with alot of nonsence facts. The descriptions of Jai were fun; I liked the world it created in my head. I really enjoyed the author's writing style. I give it four stars because it was an enjoyable read that was light but also thought provoking. I skipped the fifth star because the story didn't always move along quickly, and it took awhile for me to feel connected to the main character, Daiyu. A solid four stars, I'm glad I found this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Neverending Shelf Oct. 29 2009
By Kate B. - Published on
There were so many features in this book for me to love: the cover, world travel, setting, etc. Yet, for some reason, most of this novel just fell flat. While Shinn's premise was really interesting and creative, the pacing of the novel was just not fast enough for me. I kept waiting for something exciting to occur which would fully grab my interest, but it never happened. In addition, the novel was pretty straight forward. I had hoped that there would be some great twist, but sadly, that did not happen.

Despite a few flaws, I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were unique, and I love the idea of world travel. I am not sure if this novel will have a sequel, but I really hope it does. There are many questions that went unanswered and with an open ending, I would really like to learn more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and enjoyable read April 26 2010
By Kirriah - Published on
I've been an avid reader of Sharon Shinn's books ever since the Twelve Houses series. This is one of her Young Adult books and it has a much simpler plot and younger characters than her more mature work. But that isn't to say this book didn't shine. In fact, I thought her characterization was top notch. The main character, Daiyu, was an enjoyable person to watch the story unfold through. Her thoughts, dialogue and choices were all very real and believable.

I would have preferred a less ambiguous ending, but I still felt this book deserved 5 stars.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to spend a few days reading a fun, lighthearted story with intelligent and engaging characters, an interesting premise, and a charming plot with sweet, gently romantic overtones.
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel worlds March 15 2014
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A young women is transported to a parallel world to save it. She falls in love and finds a whole new world opening for het.
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