ARC Review: The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book I by Michael W. Garza
Published: March 3, 2017
Publisher: Neverhaven Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Review: ARC from Author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
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.
I received this book to give an honest review.
The Last Shadow Gate is actually pretty good and I highly recommend it for the middle graders. There is nothing violent, or cussing it is a clean book. We are introduced to Naomi and Gavin who are half brother and sister. When they have to go to their great grandmother's house for the Summer Naomi isn't too happy while Gavin is just like whatever. He has computer games to keep him busy. Though what they uncover about their great grandfather will open up a whole other world for them. It seems their grandfather disappeared while searching for these Shadow Gates but what awaits them in this new world they have never seen before is something that will have them deciding to either help or go home. It seems that within this other world there is evil that haunts the land. Azzmon is wanting to rule not only his land but the world that Gavin and Naomi came from. Though those two have no clue really what they have gotten themselves into.
To get help they will find friendship in different creatures, different islands that can be dangerous, and find the answers that lay within the journals of their grandfather. At the end of the book the two kids find themselves somewhere else and being asked where does their loyalty lie it seems that maybe they are going to have help to get rid of Azzmon as his power stretches pretty far.
Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.