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I first read this book when I was 13 years old Back then I would have rated it five stars This time around I found it a little bit less organized and coherent, and a little bit confused and disjointed I still thought the characters were gorgeous and very likable, but something just felt a bit off, maybe I m just a bit too old for this kind of story and that s all it is Either way, I do love Isobelle Carmody s work, but I am frustrated that she has four series she hasn t finished, including t I first read this book when I was 13 years old Back then I would have rated it five stars This time around I found it a little bit less organized and coherent, and a little bit confused and disjointed I still thought the characters were gorgeous and very likable, but something just felt a bit off, maybe I m just a bit too old for this kind of story and that s all it is Either way, I do love Isobelle Carmody s work, but I am frustrated that she has four series she hasn t finished, including this and the Darksong trilogy which have had over 12 years wait for the final installment It s a bit ridiculous and disappointing but I just imagine this book as a stand alone as I believe it was initially planned to be and save myself another agonizing 12 years wait for a final that may never appear.Also, can someone please do some fan art for this book I think there is so much potential but I have the artistic ability of a spatula I have set myself a tentative goal to read all of Isobelle Carmody s novels in the next year or two and with that in mind I borrowed the audiobook of Billy Thunder and the Night Gate from the library.I quite enjoyed this story, although it is not my favourite book I ve read by Carmody One of the things that I love about Carmody s stories is the richness of her worlds and this one is no different The land of Valley was a rich and complicated world and I was able to visualise it easily I partic I have set myself a tentative goal to read all of Isobelle Carmody s novels in the next year or two and with that in mind I borrowed the audiobook of Billy Thunder and the Night Gate from the library.I quite enjoyed this story, although it is not my favourite book I ve read by Carmody One of the things that I love about Carmody s stories is the richness of her worlds and this one is no different The land of Valley was a rich and complicated world and I was able to visualise it easily I particularly loved the city of Fork, which was almost a character in and of itself, and how gritty, twisted and magical it was I quite liked Rage Winnoway s character arc throughout the story I liked that she started to think about being blindly obedient to people s rules and then to question the morality of some of the rules and why she was being told to follow them It was also good to watch her becomebrave and start to use her initiative I thought that most of the other characters fell fairly flat and were rather one dimensional The exceptions to this was Billy Thunder and Bear I loved watching them grow separately and then to see the effect of that growth on their relationship together.I did find this book to be fairly predictable I guessed where the story was going and I also guessed who the wizard was early on in the story and it annoyed me that the characters took so long to understand everything They would often theorize about things after learning a new piece of information but then never change their theories or their plans In saying that, there were still a few things at the end that hit me emotionally that I wasn t really expecting, in particular with the mother and child relationships.As I said earlier, I picked up the audiobook for this and I have to say I wasn t a huge fan of the narration I found the narrator, Rebecca Macauley, often used similar voices for characters and I would sometimes be unsure to which character was speaking She also gave tremulous voices to many of the characters and it got on my nerves a little It wasn t bad narration though, there were just a few things that irked me.The book started off a little slow but I did end up enjoying it in the end and I will definitely be continuing with this series I ended up giving it 4 5 stars It is some years since I read this book, but I seem to recall thinking it was an okay read, but nothingI didn t like a main character being called Rage And I didn t like the description of her flyaway hair That might seem silly, but it bugged me I did like the idea of a flooded valley still existing in another dimension. I liked the Obernewtyn Chronicles, which Isobelle Carmody started writing while in high school However, I couldn t get into this book at all. I love the kind of books where you get a load of characters who are all lovable and different from one another Night Gate definitely has that I got into the flow of the story right away Rage, whose name first gave me the impression that she s possibly a troubled and angry child with temper issues lol the main character s mother is in coma and dying Rage isn t allowed to see her, and by the sounds of things, Rage is stuck with the most disagreeable adults in the country Luckily, she has he I love the kind of books where you get a load of characters who are all lovable and different from one another Night Gate definitely has that I got into the flow of the story right away Rage, whose name first gave me the impression that she s possibly a troubled and angry child with temper issues lol the main character s mother is in coma and dying Rage isn t allowed to see her, and by the sounds of things, Rage is stuck with the most disagreeable adults in the country Luckily, she has her doggie friends with her So Rage decides to run away and search for the hospital her mother is staying in Her dogs come with her of course, and even the neighbors goat Eventually, she finds a magical gateway and is thrown into another world through it This world has magic in it, but it is dying From there on, her quest becomes MUCH greater than just finding her way back to her mother, it becomes quite dangerous for her and her transformed friends I really loved the adventure that took place, it was exciting, nerve wracking, FUNNY had lots of giggles and just Fun Night Gate was a fun book to read.The story felt very long for a 255 page book I do wish that the ending was explainedafter Rage came back into her own world, but I guess that s what the sequel is for With that said, I can hardly wait to read it Isobelle Carmody is one of the best writers ever It must be because she s Australian a lot of my favorite authors are Australian.But seriously, her writing is just so beautiful and gorgeous that it s hard to stop reading once you ve really gotten into it I admit, the first half of Night Gate is a bit hard to sink one s teeth into, but if you make it that far, you are definitely in for the rest of the ride.Isobelle Carmody makes me feel everything she writes In the beginning, Rage is in a Isobelle Carmody is one of the best writers ever It must be because she s Australian a lot of my favorite authors are Australian.But seriously, her writing is just so beautiful and gorgeous that it s hard to stop reading once you ve really gotten into it I admit, the first half of Night Gate is a bit hard to sink one s teeth into, but if you make it that far, you are definitely in for the rest of the ride.Isobelle Carmody makes me feel everything she writes In the beginning, Rage is in a miserable position, and I felt just miserable reading about it When Rage and company encounter the sinister city of Fork, I could feel the menacing presence of such a city, and I can honestly say that it gave me chills When Rage is screaming in pain and fury, I m screaming right along with her, and when Rage is laughing in happiness, I can t help but join in.Night Gate is a work of art That s all I can say.Third Time Reading You know it s a good book when you take up the tradition of reading it again every year Once again, I admit that the first half or so is a bit tedious and hard to sink your teeth into but it s just so beautiful.Isobelle Carmody strikes me as a very wise and knowing woman Her knowledge of the world and love and emotion and pain is heartbreakingly accurate.This is a story that will stay with me forever, a story that I will ponder and contemplate, a story that I hug tightly after every reading It s a quiet, beautiful little thing .FREE DOWNLOAD ⚖ Night Gate: The Gateway Trilogy Book One ⚑ Rage Winnoway s closest friends have always been her four dogs Bear, Billy Thunder, Elle, and Mr Walker When Rage sets off for the hospital where her mother lies in a coma, the dogs and the neighbor s goat tag along On the way, they run into the firecat, who talks them into going through a magical gate And something wonderful happens Each of Rage s friends is transformed Bear becomes a real bear Billy Thunder, a teenage boy Elle, a warrior woman Mr Walker, a small, large eared gentleman and the goat, a satyr with an inferiority complex Together, Rage and her companions embark on a quest to save the world of Valley, a journey that is somehow tied to Rage s family In this brilliant tale of courage and transformation, Isobelle Carmody captures the magic of Narnia and the whimsy of Wonderland without losing sight of the real world and all its difficulties From the Hardcover edition Night Gate starts rather quickly and doesn t leave much room for introduction, but it s still interesting The writing is very good, as could be expected by this author It starts out when Rage Winnoway runs away from home to see her sick mother in the hospital, and four dogs and a goat tag along On the way, they meet a firecat who convinces them to go through a magical gate into a strange world where magic is dying The firecat tells Rage that it is her job to find the wizard so he can save Night Gate starts rather quickly and doesn t leave much room for introduction, but it s still interesting The writing is very good, as could be expected by this author It starts out when Rage Winnoway runs away from home to see her sick mother in the hospital, and four dogs and a goat tag along On the way, they meet a firecat who convinces them to go through a magical gate into a strange world where magic is dying The firecat tells Rage that it is her job to find the wizard so he can save the land.Carmody created a very interesting land in this book, giving it a strong culture and showing some very interested ideas Rage is a good character, but my favorite is probably the firecat, most likely for his potential to be evil Exactly what his alliance is, I will not say, and do not take that as a hint One thing that annoyed me was the lack of a language barrier, but once I learned the history of the land, I excused it.All in all, Night Gate was very interesting, but I believe the author could have gone a bit farther with this idea Thankfully, there are sequels Overall, this book was nicely written and original I didn t like the beginning To me it felt fluffy at that point I deeply regretted getting this book and thinking of rating it one star My description and thoughts on the fluffy part We re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of NO And then something kinda magical happened I was reading it from where I left off while listening to David Bowie then again, of course I was It was the part where they were on the ferry to Fork And Overall, this book was nicely written and original I didn t like the beginning To me it felt fluffy at that point I deeply regretted getting this book and thinking of rating it one star My description and thoughts on the fluffy part We re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of NO And then something kinda magical happened I was reading it from where I left off while listening to David Bowie then again, of course I was It was the part where they were on the ferry to Fork And from there it just got better and better Although I still think that some of the characters lacked personality, this book or at least that portion of it was good Also, with a main character named Rage, I HAD to do this No regrets Users Madeline Desktop Randomness Book stuff The Rage Gate.jpg It s categorized as fantasy but itsof a futuristic dystopia The whole book has that interesting yet creepy feel which exists in all dystopia stories I would consider this sci fithan fantasy The animals that are literally personified in the story are strange and don t seem to retain any of their animal nature, which defeats the purpose of personification But in the end I found myself getting attached to the characters and strange as it is I want to read the next one I guess it s It s categorized as fantasy but itsof a futuristic dystopia The whole book has that interesting yet creepy feel which exists in all dystopia stories I would consider this sci fithan fantasy The animals that are literally personified in the story are strange and don t seem to retain any of their animal nature, which defeats the purpose of personification But in the end I found myself getting attached to the characters and strange as it is I want to read the next one I guess it s kind of like 1984 where it s unsettling but so well done