"R. V. Johnson has crafted a fast-paced romp in the vein of Piers Anthony's Robot Adept series, his characters are quirky yet fall into the easily recognizable patterns for a good fantasy; a hero out of her depth, a damsel who may or may not need saving, a crotchety old crone, a warrior too quick to charge into battle and an evil that's not entirely what it seems to be, all of which combine in a rich tapestry of a land divided." "Wow! What a journey! I almost feel bereft because it has come to an end. Beyond the Sapphire Gate by R.V. Johnson is a must read for all fantasy/science fiction lovers out there. Fantastic in-depth world building, vivid scenes (like watching a movie), real life colorful characters and very imaginative creatures (who are either there to help or to impede the travelers journey). I won't bother with a synopsis. it's been done several times here and I have nothing to add except that there are twists and turns around every corner. This is one of the best epic tales I have read this year! I can't wait to see what happens next..." "Author R.V. Johnson did a wonderful job creating this alternative universe. I especially enjoy the rich imagery that brings the reader into the tale. The relationship between the sisters had an authentic, believable feel to it. Johnson understands the big picture is in the details. The author did not skip anything in the creation of this satisfying adventure."