This is a reread for me, and that makes it even more difficult to review. How can I pass judgement on The Shattered Gates (TSG), when it is but one small piece of a bigger puzzle?
I will just say this: TSG contains a lot of information that foreshadows what is to come. It sets the mood for a very dark and dangerous world that is parallel, yet different from our own. A lot will happen: good things and bad things. Yet despite whatever may happen, there is much to appreciate in the complexity of such a vivid world. My advice: pay attention to details throughout the series, and pay special attention to what Kyle says/thinks in TSG. There is a lot of foreshadowing that occurs, or details that makes more sense later in the series.
I think I will keep this review short. I get emotional with this series - I remember my first time through, I had continuous heart palpitations! But this series is one I do highly recommend, but not to the weak hearted!