Book Review: Beyond The Sapphire Gate

reviewcover-beyond the sapphire gateTitle: Beyond The Sapphire Gate [The Flow of Power 1]

Author: R.V. Johnson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Rating: 1 Star (DNF)



On a world where a frothing river of magic underlies the land, Crystalyn may become Astura’s greatest power if she can master her ability of using symbols though she seeks no glory. She wants only to find the dear sister she raised; the sibling she lost on another planet by her own doing. Dark Users of magic, political Light Users, and a horde of deadly creatures stand in her way. But when had it ever been easy for one afflicted with an unbalanced, broken mind?


I could not get through Beyond the Sapphire Gate by R.V. Johnson. I tried – but to be honest, the minute I saw the main character’s name come up as “Crystalyn Creek”, I knew it wasn’t going to go well. By the end of the first chapter, I never wanted to open the book again. The writing style of this book was incredibly juvenile and poorly edited. The dialogue didn’t sound realistic in the least. It was almost disjointed in the way the scenes were described. At times, even the sentence structures didn’t make sense.

I gave up. To be frank, I’m not sure I can even say that it wasn’t my cup of tea, so much as it just wasn’t well written. Maybe the plot was fantastic – I don’t know, I didn’t get that far… but I am a true believer in the fact that a book should draw you in from the very beginning. It should be effortless to read. This didn’t meet those criteria.