• The Crimson Vault

  • The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Will Wight
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,152 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the conflict between Enosh and Damasca builds to war, Simon finds himself caught in the middle.

Alin is bound by prophecy to the Grandmasters of Enosh, but he begins to doubt his fate when he discovers that their talk of freedom hides a darker agenda.

Leah has never questioned her loyalty to Damasca. Now, she finds that allegiance tested as she is forced to oppose her own rebellious brother.

With these two powers on the brink of open war, the land soon trembles in the face of an even greater threat.

Who can stand against the Wanderer?

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House of Cards Starting to Fall


This narrative depends so heavily on my ability to shut up and not ask questions. Questions like: why would Alan risk his life and fight others for a force he suspects to be manipulating him? Instead of attacking villages and abducting tax payers, why doesn't this vast kingdom use criminals convicted of murder as the sacrifices? Why would an incarnation that is all about building strength through testing others think that failure should be met with death? Learning from failure is one of the unifying traits among all people who excel in any field? Why would there be an incarnation for something as narrow as testing martial strength and why would that test be in singular combat? The Romans knew that swordsmanship and skill were meaningless versus logistics, group tactics, and managing troop exhaustion. In a world with travelers, this might be different, but then why would he ever bother to "test" non-travelers and how can he think he'd have an egalitarian world of equally strong people when the fact that very few people are travelers is such a part of this world?

All of this could be forgiven if the focus were on Simon and Alan's growth instead of on the political conflict between two nations and the incarnates imprisoned by one of them. When the story focuses on them and they aren't being manipulated or forced into playing a role in the conflict (and sometimes even when they are), I've enjoyed it. Valenhall and Elysium are still incredibly interesting, but the point-of-view constantly switches away from them and back on the tiresome conflict and/or the history behind it.

If I wasn't constantly having to endure a point-of-view change just when the narrative gets interesting, I'd probably be swept along with the fun and not have time to notice how silly some of the antagonist's actions and motivations are, and thus I'd be less bored with them. I'm still believing in the protagonists, but that's half the novel and thus why I'd rather they just tell the world to take care of itself and go train. Let the old characters who made that mess clean it up (off page) and then have our heroes deal with what comes after. . . which is hopefully something more believable.

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The world created is absolutely amazing, however some characters choices are badly design. I find Alan a bit too stupid given all the information he had on hand... it seems hard to believe that he would go on with a plan that would definitely kill hundreds or thousands of people just to save dozen strangers per year. Furthermore he could install a system were the sacrifices are criminals and not innocent villagers... The potential of the story is absolutely amazing and few details could have been changed to make it much more believable.

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So engaging

Can’t believe this series was free on audible. It is so much better than some of the other ones I have used credits for. It’s not overly complex which makes it easy to listen to, but still has wonderful origin stories and plot twists that keep you engaged. The performance really brings the quirks of each character to life. Was such a fun ride.

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Dark & Dreary

I have never read a single happy story written by Will Wight. Love the writing style, Love Baldree's voices, hate how depressed Wight's books make me. The work is mostly logical and follows the premise that people are people and all people are weak in one way or another and they will lose things, people, and places they love and care about. This is an unerring trend in Will Wight's work. I have one question; Will, who hurt you? Think happy thoughts, spend some time with Tinkerbell.

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building a world well

Wow! What a series! Wight has a way of building his worlds that is second to none and this series just keeps getting better!

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Great book

Would recommend. I’ve listened twice so I would definitely say I love it sample then listen

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amazing

first fantasy book series I am hooked to in ages. great characters. great twists. great narration

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Surprisingly entertaining

I really don't care for these books as they sometimes look like cheap attempts at fantasy but this story actually was very enjoyable. The narrator does an excellent job with the voices and doesn't slur his words keeping me more invested with it. Off to the last book.

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enjoyed the entire series

I really enjoyed the entire series and had a hard time setting it aside. Original, funny, and exciting. I look forwarding to reading more by this author.

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liking this series

good sci-fi fantasy mix, not the same Ole same Ole story, interesting characters and world

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  • Dr Ieuan Evans
  • 09-22-22

This makes me angry

Why don’t more people read this it’s
One of the greatest books I have ever read so why don’t more read it I fear there is no hope for man kind Great narrator to

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  • Liselotte F.
  • 09-17-22

Good and exciting story

I enjoyed the story from start to finish, had some good twists that I didn't see coming. The narrator is extremely good, changing his speech when speaking for the characters and all in all a good voice.

Can't wait to read the next one

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  • Ian Rider
  • 08-19-22

brilliant

just as good as the 1st one, a definite must have.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone

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  • Mr WSD
  • 08-15-22

Great Read

Really enjoyed this second instalment, interesting character arcs and compelling storyline. Looking forward to listening to the final part

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  • Saul Somerville
  • 07-10-22

Amazing A*****

I said it on the first book and I'll say it again, this book series has all the making to be a fantastic TV series. Action packed start to end with a great storyline. Not to mention the characters too. Keep up the great work.

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  • Queen
  • 07-01-22

Oh dear.

Unfortunately I have to give up. Way too much fighting blood and guts flowing. I don't usually stop a book once I've started. Just got tired of constantly wading through the entrails of various creatures.

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  • Ferrari73vampire
  • 06-17-22

Sound problems

Sounds goes up and down it really annoying as this could had compared to lord of the rings

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  • Toast
  • 09-04-22

Good sequel

Enjoyable sequel. Sticks to the same ground as the original. The performance was again solid.

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  • Mike Borg
  • 06-10-22

I liked it but feel a little conflicted

This is a very fine adventure. it took a while to like because I thought there was only one protagonist and it kept switching to other characters, one which I didn't like too much. But further into the story, I accepted they're as much a part of the story and did not mind too much afterwards.
I've listened to this author's Cradle series and have liked it a lot. I also liked the narrator's performance there. He does a very good performance here, too. Unfortunately, the voices he does here resembles too many of the characters in the other series and it takes me out of the story a little. Also, the narrator's more growly voices tend to get a little unintelligible sometimes that I've preferred to read the ebook over the audiobook.
The magic system here is quite a new take and very entertaining to learn more about it.
Anyway, I'm very happy to read this and will continue with the next. The pace is quite fast and find it interesting that the next book will be ending this trilogy. It feels like it has potential for a longer series but to know this would be ending in just one more book makes it extra interesting. Can't wait to read it.