I’m a reader who likes my serial fiction the way I like my single-malt scotch—complex, unpredictable, and which leaves a long, lingering hint of things to come on the palate. With this in mind, the Forever Gate – Part One is easily comparable to an Aberlour 12 Year Old, Double Cask. In other words, one of the finest drams of serial fiction you’ll ever stick your nose in. As I mentioned to author Isaac Hooke, few things are more gripping as a story opener than a good [SPOILER ALERT] beheading, and it doesn’t slow down from there. With a well-developed mix of fantasy and far-future inferences, Hooke drops readers into a world that is deeply foreign, gritty, and chilling and sets up such arresting nuances of conflict between his group of Users and Gols that we instantly have a side to route for. But, much like Hooke’s leading protagonist’s name, Hoodwink, there is much more going on than readers will grok at first. With the dystopian backdrop and quirky characters that never come close to having a wooden “finish,” the Forever Gate will grab ahold of you and not let go. The question readers are left with is not will they read Forever Gate – Part Two, but how soon can they get a copy.