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Book review: Key to the Demon’s Gate by Daniel M Quilter

The Key to the Demon’s Gate: The Cross-Roads Travelers Book 1, is a fantasy fiction written by Daniel M Quilter.

Henry was a typical teenager, worried about typical teenage things like which movie to 610kbupreklsee, or how to keep his secret attraction to his childhood friend Alana a secret, especially now she was dating Karl, one of the school’s most popular boys who also happened to be, at one time, a close friend of his. The day of his Seventeenth birthday marked a transition like no other, he, Alana, and Karl had planned to visit the movies, but an earthquake struck, one which changed the very fabric of their world, literally. Washed away they find themselves amidst the ocean of a strange world. Henry is able to catch only a single glimpse of Alana as she is spirited away in a large ship. When next he wakes he finds himself on a strange land, rescued by a boy his own age known by Ace. Henry thought magic was a fiction found only in films, but the people of this island awaken something within him, christen him a wizard who bears part of a demon’s soul. Henry finds himself the wielder of untold power, a power he doesn’t yet understand, and must learn to master should he hope to rescue Alana. But those brought to this world have all been touched by the demon, they all possess a unique gift, and in a world such as this, strife with conflict, there are those who would seek to use the naive youngsters to their advantage. Worse still, they learn their appearance here was a result of a demon being transferred to their own world where it will lay dormant for a single year. In that time, they must discover the means to stop it, or all will be lost, this world and theirs.

Daniel M Quilter has a charming narrative voice, well-suited to this type of tale. He masterfully weaves images of events and descriptions to stimulate the reader’s imagination. His style is suitable for both young adults and adults, bridging the gap between ages seamlessly in an interesting and well-designed tale. The developing relationships between the characters are engrossing, with supporting characters that are as interesting, and developed, as the protagonists. I am a lover of fantasy, and this book reminded me in so many ways of such stories I read as a teenager, a time when magic and peril were all-encompassing as I retreated to my room and lost myself in the pages of an adventure, journeying alongside the characters. Such a feeling of nostalgia is hard to achieve, yet was reborn within these pages. This is certainly one series I intend to give my full attention.

Book link:

The Key to the Demon’s Gate

Published to coincide with release date as I received an ARC


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On the 10th day of advent K.J. recommends to me….

Every day on the run up to Christmas I am going to recommend a book that I truly enjoyed reading.

On the 10th day of Christmas K.J’s advent recommends;


A Soul Divided by Daniel M Quilter (Twitter @dquilter6)

Filled with complex relationships, agendas, betrayal, and vices, not to mention witty banter this book will be sure to leave a smile on your face.

Buy it here.

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Please note: this is something I am doing in recognition of the books I have enjoyed. The authors do not know they have been selected, and have in no way asked to participate. I receive no form of profit from these recommendations.

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Author Interview: Daniel M Quilter

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Orem, Utah right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Iauthor spent my childhood hiking, camping, rock climbing and doing any other outdoor activity I could.  I still lives in Utah with my wife Lauryn. We’re expecting our first child this year.  I have one book published with two more coming soon.



What are your hobbies?

I love anything outdoors. Rock climbing and repelling are some of my personal favorites, but I love hiking, camping, kayaking, and scuba diving. When I’m not doing something outdoors I love reading, writing, and watching shows and movies. Right now I’m slightly addicted to watching Daredevil on Netflix. Continue reading “Author Interview: Daniel M Quilter”

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Book review: A Soul Divided (The Blood Fire Trilogy Book 1) by Daniel M Quilter

I am going to start off by saying I absolutely loved this book, and for me that is not a phrase I utter lightly, in fact over the course of all my reviews I have maybe uttered this 41QXNzJwyaL__SX311_BO1,204,203,200_phrase two or three times.

The plot focuses mainly on the plights of Drake as he is drawn into a situation only he is capable of handling. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that Drake is on the opposing side of the war, the Mystics versus the Human Empire. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and in order to save his legacy the king of the Human Empire must recruit his aid. Fortunately for the King, Drake’s own brother serves within his ranks. As the war rages on, and truths hidden from even some of the royals are unveiled, the situation becomes more desperate, the stakes higher, as Drake tries to deliver his end of the deal.

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