Thursday, February 07, 2013

Opens Up Possibilities! REVIEW: THE GATEKEEPER'S SONS by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Sons
(Gatekeeper's Trilogy, #1)
by Eve Pohler

Published August 13, 2013 by Green Press/Eva Pohler
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4.3 STARS (Rounded to 4 STARS on Goodreads)

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.
I am loving all the Greek Mythology novels hitting the shelves these days and THE GATEKEEPER'S SONS is one of them. I do have a few bones to pick with the book, but overall I felt Pohler created an entertaining and creative take on the genre.

Let me start with a few issues I had with the book. The first five chapters need to be edited. It was slow, partly due to the initial ALICE IN WONDERLAND writing style. There's a number of spelling and sentence structure (which could just be typo) errors, most of which are concentrated in those first five chapters. I did find a number of run on sentences. A good run through with an editor should fix those. The secondary characters such as Hypnos, Aunt Carol, the sisters and Pete were intriguing and I wish we could have seen more from them. As written they are a bit one dimensional. A big issue for me was that Pohler was too detailed in some areas and vague in others. It would flow better if she didn't focus on one element more than others and evened out the speed. I appreciated the in-depth research taken on the mythology but I felt that the gods were not dimensional enough to show off the effort. Rohler could make a exceptional ensemble of characters if they were more defined and polished.

Now for the good stuff! 

The book shifted gears after chapter five, found traction and made some series tracks. Than and Therese's relationship was fairly realistic with all the miscommunication, fears and hesitations found in a normal everyday relationship. It had the typical "YA-love-at-first-sight" rush, but evens out later. Than is a god you know so you can't expect him to have TOO many flaws ;). Therese is a normal teenage girl obsessed with body parts that aren't developing as fast as her piers. I wanted to feel more of her despair over missing her parents, but her emotions for Than were tangible. Therese and Than's connection is an interesting juxtaposition of life and death, with her love of animals and him being.. well... death.

I found Than's sisters fascinating and I wanted to read more about them. Rohler has created a vast number of characters that she can play with in the upcoming two books. With an ever unfolding plot, I was intrigued. The emotional pull becoming stronger as I read through the novel. By the halfway mark, I was hooked.

There is hidden depths to this novel that you will enjoy discovering. We're left with a very exciting ending that leaves the door wide open for all kinds of possibilities in book two. My vote is for more interaction with the secondary characters, several more passes with the editors and more unexpected developments. The main idea is spectacular and if you like Greek mythologies, you will be in for a treat. 

This book quickly became a page turner and toward the end of the book I was biting my nails! I don't want to give you any spoilers but you are in for a great ride! Book Two, THE GATEKEEPER'S CHALLENGE is out now.. so I'm going to get it because I NEED to know what happens next!