Book Review: The White Thread by K.B Hoyle

Title: The White Thread (The Gateway Chronicles #3)
Author: K.B. Hoyle
Pages: 404
ISBN: 139781612131078
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Source: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

For the duration of her freshman year, Darcy Pennington agonized over the fate of her dear friend, the nark Yahto Veli, who sacrificed himself to the Oracle to set her free. As her third trip to camp, and to the magical land, approaches, Darcy wonders if she’s capable of the daring rescue she wants to embark upon, but soon realizes there’s much more at stake.

Her return to Cedar Cove Family Camp is marked by a mysterious disappearance, and in Alitheia a new message from the Oracle adds to the riddles that must be deciphered if they are to expel the dark evil that hovers over the land. The six friends and the alchemist Rubidius plan a sea journey that will take them beyond the borders of Alitheia, and into the realm of a legendary archipelago. Tellius winds up joining them as well and the foes they meet along the way are both deceptive and charming, while the Oracle’s riddles seem to dog them at every turn.

Darcy is also hiding a secret from her best friend Sam that could test their friendship beyond the breaking point, and there’s an unexpected development in her relationship with Tellius that changes everything and makes her understand that the deepest scars sometimes cannot be seen.

Darcy isn’t sure if she’s prepared for another meeting with the Oracle, but if she wants to have any chance of saving her friend, she must try. To complicate matters, the evil they left behind in Alitheia has not remained dormant.

REVIEW

In the thrid installment of the Gateway Prophecies, the six is faced with yet another dilemma and it seems like the culminating battle between good and evil is nearing. Tselloch is on the move and devising a plan unknown to everybody but the most important matter now is how will the group save Yahto Velli from the Oracle. Voitto Vessa is under a “coma”, for the lack of a better word, for divulging the secret that the oracle imparted. Darcy, Sam, Perry, Dean, Lewis and Amelie together with Rubidius and a group embarked on a mission to find the oracle and save Yahto Velli and probably save Voitto Vessa as well.

The White Thread doesn’t lack the adventure that I was thirsting for from my hang over The Six and The Oracle. Compared from the first two, for me The White Thread is the preparation for what’s about to happen in Alitheia in the future. It seems like all the events are connected with each other and this is also the reason why one must read the series in order.

Collin was hinted from The Oracle to be a big part of the story but The White Thread confirms this angle, so we’ll be seeing more of Collin in the next installment. Yey on the extra bad guy, but I still don’t know how Hoyle will play this one out. One reason more to anticipate the next books.

Darcy surprisingly matured a little in The White Thread but Darcy hasn’t failed to disappoint me yet again. This time its an issue about respect. Don’t want to discuss what that is but I’ll say this, sometimes you have to consider if your actions is worth it and if that action wouldn’t hurt anybody. If the urge is too strong, I believe telling the person directly would be best than keeping it until the person hears it from someone else. Enough about Darcy. Tellius is maturing, finally! It is time that he sees action that he deserves and in this installment, it seems like Tellius is developing feelings for Darcy as well. So that’s exciting to read in the next books. Perry was arrogant and immature, Sam was amazing – loyal as ever but the rift between Darcy and her was something new knowing that Sam is someone not to get angry easily. Amelia, Lewis and Dean was so so. They are visible but I want more. It’s about time the other characters get the highlight asides Darcy.

With what happened, it seems like the Oracle is somewhat connected to Tselloch in a way so I am looking forward to how the story continues. One may think that these are separate events but thinking about the story and their progress, it seems like everything is connected with one another. I still don’t know how the story will go (one thing I love about this series is that it’s not predictable, it keeps e guessing) so I have to wait it out.

To wrap it up – I have a love and hate relationship with The White Thread and the whole The Gateway Chronicles but not the kind of hate you are thinking. I love the story, the world building, the writing, the characters, everything but I hate NOT GETTING more of the story immediately. That’s how good this series is. Its very addictive and not reading what happens next is making me very moody and impatient. I want more and I want it now!

The Gateway Chronicles

The Six

The Oracle

AUTHOR BIO
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K. B. Hoyle is a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother to two rambunctious little boys, an expectant mother to baby number three, and has been a classical educator for five years. She always knew from a young age that she wanted to write stories that would inspire people. Her favorite genre to read and write is Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. K. B. Hoyle began writing her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be valuable experience and practice for the novels she would publish as an adult.

K. B. Hoyle is currently writing the Young Adult Fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but she never stops brainstorming and planning for all the stories she hopes to write in the future.

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