Author: K.B. Hoyle
Narrator: Dollcie Webb
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes
Series: The Gateway Chronicles, Book 1
Publisher: K.B. Hoyle
Released: Nov. 19, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Winner of the 2016 Literary Classics Gold Book Award for YA Series and recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval
Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.
When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?
K.B. Hoyle is an award-winning Young Adult author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a former classical history teacher. She stays busy at her home in Alabama with her husband and their four young sons.
She is a Readers’ Favorite 5-Star reviewed author, a multiple recipient of the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, the winner of the Literary Classics Gold Book Award for Best YA Series (2016) for The Gateway Chronicles, her best-selling six-book Fantasy series, the Literary Classics Silver Book Award winner for YA Science Fiction (2015) for BREEDER, the first book in her Dystopian Trilogy, The Breeder Cycle, and the Readers’ Favorite Bronze Award winner in YA Science Fiction (2016), also for BREEDER. She was a featured panel speaker at the 2013 Sydney Writer’s Festival in Sydney, Australia, and her books receive high acclaim from readers and reviewers worldwide.
She is represented by Ben Grange of the L. Perkins Agency. You can visit her website and sign up for her newsletter at kbhoyle.com
“Daydreams and whimsy with with a touch of pixie charm.”
A long-time daydreamer, Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance, she’s taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator.
He whistled under his breath. “Um, yeah, okay…You sure you’ve never done this before?” Darcy nodded. “Holy cow, Darcy. How did you do that?” Samantha looked around their feet and snagged another rock. “Here, try again.” She pressed it into her hand. “Okay.” Darcy let it fly, with the same result. She laughed, a little shakily. “Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing!” “Uh huh.” Amelia sounded unbelieving, but Sam and Perry were grinning.
If you just happened to stumble upon a gateway to a new world, what would your first reaction be? Would you be scared, excited, nervous or curious? Hoyle plunges her characters into an adventure that all starts with a prophecy of six individuals, three males and three females, who find their way to a new world—a world that is under distress and a shadow rules the land. The world building is invigorating and the six children find that they can’t wait to begin learning the ropes in this new land filled with magic and mystery.
Darcy absolutely despises the fact that she has to go to camp this year with her family. Her so-called “friend”, Samantha is a bit too annoying and she doesn’t fit in with the kids that are her own age. With little else to do other than play nice and hang out with the rest of Samantha’s friends while at Cedar Grove Family Camp, Darcy happens to find a gateway to a magical world called Alitheia. The people that inhabit this new world are different, not like her or her new friends at the camp, and she finds herself drawn to them and their desperation for help against something that has taken over their land. Not only do they need her help, but they also need the other five in her group. All six of them are the only ones able to help them defeat their enemy, once and for all. When all of the children begin to show signs of their special talents, Darcy feels left out and finds comfort in an animal who she assumes is a friend. With everyone keeping secrets and no one explaining this all-powerful prophecy at hand, Darcy realizes that trusting anyone can get her and her friends in serious danger.
Hoyle has a fantastic story, filled with creativity and originality. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow and the world building is stunning. In this first installment of the Gateway Chronicles, Hoyle creates scenes that are truly vivid for the imagination and all of her characters are entertaining. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, Webb was very clear in her voice relay; however, lacked a bit of adequate pronunciation. If you are interested in young adult fantasy, this may be perfect for you.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to The Six by K. B. Hoyle.
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