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This book is about our young hero having to face an enemy of tremendous power who ends up being one of his relatives. In this book there is more world building and character development of our hero and his twin sister. The narrator was again very good, as John Lee tends to be. If they publish the third installment of the series I would buy it immediately. It doesn't stand up to Sanderson's work, but few do and a book near or over 20 hours is a plus for me.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would certainly recommend changing the narrator on this book. See the reasoning below for a more detailed description.
What other book might you compare The Gates of Dawn to and why?
The author of this book has a slightly similar writing style to Terry Goodkind. Therefore, I would compare it in some ways to the Sword of Truth series. However, this author tended to continually call the characters by their title rather than their names, as if the audience is not very intelligent. I do believe this aspect gets a little annoying.
What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?
John Lee sounded as if he were getting confused in the narration quite frequently. He would routinely give a character the accent of another character, and some of the voices he used did not seem to fit with the characters or the emotions the author was attempting to portray. I believe this detracted from the overall story of the book.
Was The Gates of Dawn worth the listening time?
Yes, I would recommend listening to this title. However, as indicated from my notes on the narration I would give it a higher recommendation with a different narrator.