Beyond the Sapphire Gate: The Flow of Power Book 1


Name: Beyond the Sapphire Gate

Author: R.V. Johnson

Published: March 8, 2015 by Lost in New World Publishing

Purchased: I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


Blurb: A family shattered.

Coming into her power in early adulthood, Crystalyn activates a gateway between a pair of sapphire obelisks with a travel symbol. Her younger sister Jade, the one person she cares most about having raised since their mother’s disappearance, touches the gateway and vanishes. Crystalyn follows, developing her strength in a land where strife, warfare, and magic use are rampant.

The search for Jade grows ever desperate as Crystalyn learns each use of magic is killing her, her mind deteriorating. Though a political Circle of Light made up of mystic users, a Dark Citadel of warlords, and a Hundred Season war block the way; she must go on.

Time is fast flowing away from both her and Jade; with far more at stake than they both realize.

Review: I really don’t know what it is about this book, I just could not get into it.

I love getting books as .mobis because I can bookmark. With a PDF, if I lose my place or my Kindle decides to go to the homepage, I have to figure out where my place is. Well, I lost my place in this book and I just really couldn’t be bothered to find it even though I’m only 17% through it.

The writing is well done, the idea is pretty interesting but I just couldn’t connect to anything or anyone. It also seemed like when there should have been more freaking out, there was just acceptance.

I was just disconnected and wasn’t very interested in continuing. Maybe because there’s no real world building, I’m not really sure what this world is like and I’m kind of just pushed into the plot. Maybe the world building happens later or something but I just can’t make myself get interested.

It would probably have been easier to read if there had been more reactions from the characters and some emotion.

Thank you for reading my review.



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