The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1) by K.B. Hoyle
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: April 5, 2012
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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?
‘Something magic this way comes’ could have been a working title for this adventurous young adult novel. The Six (The Gateway Chronicle #1) lead me down a rabbit warren of charmed mystery and character enchantment. At first glance I assumed this novel was a combination of Narnia and The Fantastic Five, yet I was delighted to find that while there were similarities, The Six is a unique tale all on it’s own.
Being the full grown adult that I am, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness that I had not read this book as a child. I know I would have loved this book fiercely, what with all the adventures and mystical creatures, but I am in fact referring to the fact that I would have learnt a lot about growing up from the teenage characters in this book.
Each character faces a unique challenge, but none more so that the stories protagonist, Darcy, who slowly matures and discovers the importance of friendship and loyalty. There are some strong morality lessons demonstrated in this book, and it’s refreshing to see since I believe it is something that is sorely lacking in a lot of young adult stories told today.
The Six, written by K.B. Hoyle is a fantastic start to what I’m sure is an amazing series. Well written, and bursting at it’s seems with vivid imagery, this is a book I would be happy to present all my nieces and nephews with. I personally believe it is up there with the likes of J.K Rowling and other popular YA writers.
I gave The Six an enchanted 4 out of 5 hearts.
K. B. Hoyle is a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother to three rambunctious little boys, 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.