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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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  • Seth Emery
  • 29-08-16

Wow

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.

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  • Terri
  • 07-04-14

A Great Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, he Mythology characters in this are awesome!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Therese & Thanatos = Heroine & Hero of story

What does Debbie Andreen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Therese lost her parents in the accident.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Book Owl Too
  • 21-11-13

Unique Storyline!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Thanatos, but also enjoyed the antics of his brother Hypnos.

What does Debbie Andreen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Michelle's Paranormal Vault
  • 05-08-13

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

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  • kelly audette
  • 18-02-18

What can I say... UGH!

Unfortunately I was forced to put a “star” on each category. In my personal opinion I would of preferred not to push one star. This audio was mediocre at best. And so painful to listen to. the author couldn’t spin the story. All of the characters were infantile. The characters were pathetic. The narrator grossly lacked all abilities to become the character. If you buy this DON’T I repeat don’t listen to the audible. Ugh! And you maybe like I was forcing yourself to finish so you can warn people not to waste their money, or their credit! She definitely has to fine tune her writing skills. And developing characters, and plots!

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  • Twilla S. Brown
  • 11-07-17

very good

good clean storyline. can't wait to read book two. hope it gets better and better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-16

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.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 27-06-16

Great Book

What made the experience of listening to The Gatekeeper's Sons the most enjoyable?

It was a great story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Therese, I loved everything about her

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • ADClemmer
  • 25-05-16

worth listening to

the reading left a little lacking in the pitch changes but overall a great book

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  • erinhayes5399
  • 27-12-14

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.