I was quite interested in this novella as I started reading. The storyline of the gate was a great premise that unfortunately failed to go anywhere. I wanted there to be more of a story but that would have meant a novel instead of a novella.
I do not think very much of the character development. I never felt anything for any of the characters.
The ending left we waiting for the ending to happen. It just ended. I was expecting to see a single page that said - ....continued in the next installment.... but that didn't happen.
Did I enjoy the story? Yes I did but was left wanting more. I think the author has skill and I will endeavor to read other works by him.