Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Gatekeeper's Daughter by Eva Pohler

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 5/1/13

In The Gatekeeper's Sons, Therese and Thanatos, the god of Death, met and fell in love. In The Gatekeeper's Challenge, they did everything they could to be together, even break an oath on the River Styx. But the Olympians don't tolerate oath-breakers. In this final book in the trilogy, The Gatekeeper's Daughter, Therese may have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to remain one, she'll not only have to discover her unique purpose, but also make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, her aunt's baby's life hangs in the balance.

The Gatekeeper's Daughter is the third book in this series.  While you may be able to understand this book by reading it alone and not the others, I would not recommend it.  Back story is so important and the connections to the characters will be a struggle if you don't hang with them from the beginning.  I'm glad I was able to read the first two books in conjunction with this review.  It really helped set the stage for the third book

If you are a fan of the gods and goddess's of mythology, you will love this book (and this series).  It incorporates all of them, I think!  

For me, the third book is the better of the three.  All three books were moderately paced.  I wasn't so engaged and tangled up in the story that I couldn't put it down.  The slower pace meant there were times I felt like things were dragging and I wanted to get on with the story.  The story concept isn't a new one and I can't help but compare this to other books I've read with similar concepts.  There were times when something would come up and it would be so easily solved because well, "I'm a God.  I can do that."  Sometimes it seemed like a easy out.

BUT, having said that, this was a good, solid story.  The characters and their actions were believable.  I loved Therese and her kind heart.  The whole unfolding of her heritage and powers and gifts was good.  Than was also kind and strong without becoming so overdone that I rolled my eyes.  He didn't overpower Therese with his personality and I really liked that.  I loved Therese and Than together.  It was them against the world for most of the time and it was awesome to see them work together for a common good.  There was also no outstanding love triangle which I really appreciated.

One of my favorite parts was the analogy of the shower head.  That was brilliant.  (Not explaining it here, you'll have to read it to find out what I'm talking about.)

Overall, a good read.  Diverting and entertaining.

Content:  Frequent mild swearing and profanity

Eva Pohler teaches writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband,

three children, two dogs, two rats, and her very large collection of books.


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