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Rediscovered Classics


352 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: July 2016

ISBN 9781613735084

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2016)


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In the earliest years of the history of the universe, the Worldmaker has turned against his creations with unaccountable malice. One by one the ruling sun lords of each solar system have fallen, succumbing to the lure of forbidden knowledge. The terrible punishment for their crime is isolation—the Gates connecting their worlds to the rest of the cosmos are sealed off. Their innocence lost, their civilizations hopelessly corrupted, the immortal sun people are condemned to languish with their subjects in an eternity of solitude. With courageous and often desperate measures the remaining sun lords now prepare themselves and their subjects for a battle unlike any they have ever imagined. The final struggle has begun. Unfolding with epic power, Stargate is conceived with a richness, subtlety, and depth that set it apart from most fantasy fiction. And like Pauline Gedge's critically acclaimed historical novels, it is written with a vividness that is unforgettable. First published in 1982 but long out of print, Stargate is destined to be rediscovered and treasured as a major classic of fantasy literature.


"Gedge has fashioned a remarkable blend of gripping entertainment and haunting ideas that linger long after the book has been put down." —Globe and Mail

"Stargate, which goes back to the theological beginnings of the world, is ambitious and serious fantasy, a vivid portrait of rich civilizations and their fall from the heavenly kingdom." —Richmond Times-Dispatch

"It is no easy feat to write a creation story, even one which is set in an alien universe, [but] novelist Gedge takes up these challenges in this, her third book - and . . . pulls off a clear winner." —Edmonton Journal

"Gedge is a skilled stylist and her prose is luminous and poetic. . . . Those with a taste for poetry and spiritual speculation may well be pleased with this theological thriller." —San Francisco Chronicle

"As a describer of a fantasy world, Gedge must have few peers. Her word pictures of her strange planets enable us to visualize them easily and to believe in their existence." —Victoria Times Colonist

"A stunning trip through time and space. Stargate is like a powerful dose of a mood-altering drug; it's a trip that reaches not only the heights of the unknown but of the unimaginable as well. A grand read."  —The Magazine

"The climactic battle, the tension, the suspense, is alone worth the price. On the surface, Stargate is a ripping good book. Underneath, and oh-so-subtly, are drawn the analogies of real life. . . . [Gedge] has done all this with imagination and creativity and originality." —The Calgary Herald

"Stargate offers a subtle, rich, and fanstastically vivid look into a world filled with characters who play to and transcend our own human flaws." —OMNI

Author Biography

From the publication in 1977 of Child of the Morning, her prize-winning first novel, Pauline Gedge's novels have found millions of readers. Ten of the books are set in ancient Egypt, while The Eagle and the Raven is set in Roman Britain. Translated into many languages, her novels are highly respected for their impeccable scholarship.

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