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Book Review: Hell's Gate

The second book David gave me last summer was Hell's Gate. It also poses a most interesting question: what happens when two civilizations, one founded on magic and the other founded on technology (and psi) encounter each other under the worst possible circumstances?

This collaboration with Linda Evans looks at what does happen, and is simply outstanding. It is richly textured, with excellent characters and characterizations, imagery, and all the historical and realistic underpinnings that can take a novel to an even higher level. It simply is one of the best fiction/action books I have read in some time, with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction woven into a delightful tapestry that enthrals, entertains, and even teaches a bit. The collaboration between David Weber and Linda Evans brings out the best in both, and works on a level I've not seen since Jane Lindskold collaborated with the late, great, Roger Zelazny.

No more, for to get into why I like it so much would spoil. Simply trust me and go read it, and while you are off doing that, I plan to read the next book in the series.