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.
©2012, 2013 Eva Pohler (P)2013 Eva Pohler
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I wouldn't go as far as to call this a romance novel or a mythology read.... I'd go as far as to call it the dark romance of an under aged teen that was sexually frustrated, added into the mix of a half bad Percy Jackson copy.
I was excited to read a mythology fantasy and thought I could put the romance part aside cause romance isn't weird, this however was the most uncomfortable 'romance' I have ever seen, it was extremely one sided and controlling "yay look it's just like real life, except it's more like porn than real life."
Still if this author decides to do mythology minus the scary romance I do believe I would read it, cause the book was well informed I feel.... But the romance was a turn off.
"A Great Read!"
yes, he Mythology characters in this are awesome!
Therese & Thanatos = Heroine & Hero of story
Hearing this in audio ads emotion & meaning to the story that I couldn't do myself. I couldn't even pronounce 1/2 the names.
When Therese lost her parents in the accident.
I loved this story! I loved how all the mythology characters came to life, even some I didn't know existed. This is a really great read! All the gods & goddesses were there, along with who they are & what the represent.
I loved Thanatos, but also enjoyed the antics of his brother Hypnos.
I really enjoyed Debbie's voice. It just fits the story and the main character, Therese. She is very easy to listen to and I enjoy the way she does use inflection and builds a scene.
The very beginning had me reeling with all kinds of emotions. I wasn't expecting such a dramatic start to a book and it hooked me completely.
I haven't read/listened to a story quite like this before, it's quite unique. I enjoyed the author's whole take on Greek Mythology. She obviously knows her stuff and has created a fun adventure. I have already downloaded books 2 & 3. Can't wait to see what happens to Thanatos and Therese.
"The reader was great. Great story!"
The Gatekeeper's Sons was a well-thought-out mythical story. I found the Greek Mythology to be well researched and really enjoyed that part. Overall I actually really loved this story. I only have one small issue that made it feel like it would never had happened this way, and that is the fact that the main character Theresa, is a child, 15 is just too young to believe that she can go kiss a 1,000 year old God, and “rock his world” if you know what I mean, that’s just not something I can wrap my head around. But, looking past that, and in my mind changed her age to a more appropriate age, I then enjoyed it.
I think the twin brothers of Hades, Thanatos and Hypnos were great. I think Hip was funny and he brought some humor to the story. Than was sweet and was a great guy.
I do not want to give much away here, so will try not to spoil much.
I liked Theresa for the most part, her immaturity in the start changed as she had to deal with the death of her parents. I liked the touches with the horses, and all of that. There was more sadness to come in her life.
I also didn’t like the ending, and do not like cliffhangers either. It ended when it felt like it should not have. I listened to it on Audible audio book, and think this may have been some of my problem. It wasn’t the speaker; it was more that I was not actually doing the reading, thinking I didn’t care as much as I may have if I read it myself. I am not sure. This is the 4th audio book I have ever listened to, and don’t remember that happening before.
Anyway, I still liked it, and overall think it’s a great start to a probable great series. I certainly want to read book 2 asap.
I do recommend this book for sure. Especially if you’re a fan of the Greek Mythology in your paranormal stories. I think this was made more for younger teens, but I still enjoyed it as an adult.
I wanted to give this 4 1/2 stars but felt that was unfair, as it was only because of my personal feelings of her being 15. This story is written perfectly, and can't ask for anything to make it better (accept raise her age to at least 17-18 or more)
So I give it 5 stars as it does deserve it.
I was gifted Audible audio book copy from the author, for my honest review.
This review is also posted at my blog on 8/6 for a book tour, there is a giveaway as well.
Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
"Poorly written cliches, compiled into a weak story"
This story was painful to read. I did it mainly because I hoped it could redeem itself. I'm an optimist, what can I say.
I take biggest issue with the main character, Therese. We are repeatedly reminded how wonderful and incredible she is. When in reality, her only truly remarkable traits are her ability to lucid dream, and her ability to brush off every creepy thing Than says and does.
The writing is often oversimplified and can leave the reader feeling down down to. The author would redundantly repeat (see what I did there?) things she honestly could have simply inferred in the first place.
All in all, I say you're better off skipping it.
It was a great story
Therese, I loved everything about her
The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler was a great book. I enjoyed reading Therese's story about how her life changes after waking up in a coma and finding out her parents died. She meets Hades sons, Hypnos and Thanatos, who are both gods as well. Thanatos and Therese wind up falling for each other but in order to be together Therese must avenge her parents death. I really enjoyed reading this book and hearing about Therese's adventures with the gods. I can't wait to read more of the series.
"worth listening to"
the reading left a little lacking in the pitch changes but overall a great book
"Great start. I'll read/listen to more!!"
Listened to this gem on the way to work, and it was a great read. The storyline was great, a unique take on the Greek Gods that combined the best parts of Percy Jackson with the best parts of Twilight - in the best way. The narrator did a great job reading and distinguishing the different voices.
I'll be listening to the next one.
Yes, this book is entertaining and nice to listen to because it is refreshingly simple and we'll thought out.
The battle scene at the end.
Maybe, she was ok.
To become a God.
Eva Pohler puts a new spin on Greek Gods in this light and entertaining novel. While other stories might make the gods seems harsh, overly powerful and destructive, this book seems to make you feel like the gods could be one of your best friends. I missed an overall feeling of suspense throughout the book, although the ending made up for that feeling with a very imaginative battle scene. The love story is good, and the action overall is a little slow for my taste, but the characters are likable. Definitely worth reading!
"Great start to a promising series"
Wow! I have always been a fan of Greek Mythology and this was a real treat. So many of my favorite Gods and Goddesses make appearances and many lesser known ones I was introduced to in this story.
This was a really unique story. I thought it took a real twist from the typical young adult books. Great storytelling with a terrific pace. The major event of the book had me on edge for the whole end of the book. Definitely one of those what would you do situations and survival instincts taking over.
Therese is a really interesting and complex character. I liked her from the start and really felt for her situation. Even though she is really very sweet, she also shows great strength of character. She truly faces many major dilemmas. I was a touch bothered by her age, fifteen is rather young to be making the life choices she faces. I work with teens and would not trust them to act as wisely when facing the same circumstances.
Thanatos is a really great character as well. It is really interesting to see his progression from bored God to a more rounded being. He is very serious and a perfect match for Therese.
I really loved all the fun moments with Hypnos as well. He is a charming playboy who made me giggle quite often!
I am very eager to see where this series is headed. Really inventive concept and a truly engaging story.
I listened to the audio-book and was entranced by the narrator. Debbie Andreen did a wonderful job and brought the characters to life in delightful manner. Really happy ears here!
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