The Gatekeeper's Sons

Rated 4.33/5 based on 20 reviews
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. More
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ISBN: 9781452448435
About Eva Pohler

I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats (Katniss and Prim, of course). I'm also an avid reader and book reviewer. I've always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. My favorite authors are Tracy Chevalier, Ann Patchett, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, and Stephanie Meyer. I have too many to name, but those are a handful of them. When I'm not spending time with the family, working, reading, or writing, I can be found watching The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle, and NCIS.

I love to interact with readers and have recently added features to my website at http://www.evapohler.com with this in mind. If you email me your art and/or stories based on The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, or on Greek mythology in general, I will post them on my website for others to enjoy. I have also added a short video on the Olympians and a fun Jeopardy Game to test your knowledge. Please visit my website for more details.

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Review by: M.M. Gavillet on Sep. 13, 2014 :
The story overall was very interesting and kept me reading until the end. I do have to admit, I skimmed quite a bit in some of the slow parts as I felt it slowed in tempo at times, but picked up when I was about to put it down. There was only one thing that bothered me, and that was Therese's idea of life after death. She was introduced to the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology. I know it's fiction, but I would have liked to see how Therese would have reacted to something so earth shattering. It would have questioned any beliefs she had. It's more of a personal preference, but I like well developed characters and to me, Therese seemed too accepting of the God's and Goddesses. Overall, I did enjoy the novel and look forward to reading more on this author.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jonel Boyko on Dec. 17, 2013 :
This novel was a phenomenal introduction into the Gatekeeper series and into the world of Greek mythology.

I have great respect for authors who do their research before writing fictional work based on fact or existing mythology. That said, I love the fact that this story is mythologically accurate. I also like the fact that Pohler includes a variety of Greek gods in her writing, rather than simply using the Olympiad as so many authors attempting to write about Greek mythology do. And Pohler doesn't just attempt to wrote a world based on Greek mythology. She succeeds. Pohler has not only researched her facts with respect to mythology, but with her novel as a whole. Even the trail riding and equine aspects of this novel, where present, are factual. I appreciate the fact that almost everything that Pohler includes is very well researched and extremely detailed.

Pohler is very detailed in her writing. Everything is precisely worded to convey a specific thought, feeling, or image. Each and every word seems to have been carefully chosen to build a cohesive overall picture. Everything is vivid and extremely well laid out. She creates a world that you can imagine yourself walking into. I also appreciate the differentiation in writing style between Earth and Olympus. Everything on Olympus is much larger and more elaborate than Earth, as it should be. Her writing also sports an intensity rarely seen in a YA novel, while also giving you some very good laughs.

The characters in this novel are quite well developed. You may not know their entire life histories, but you do get to know everything that is pertinent to the story and to let you get to know the characters. It was very refreshing to read a story by an author who can differentiate between necessary development to create a well-developed character, and giving an entire life history that slows down the storyline because it isn't actually relevant to the plot.

As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can't wait to tear into the sequel. Pohler manages to end this novel without a cliff-hanger but still needing to grab for the sequel to find out what happens next. Bravo!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: April Holgate on Aug. 22, 2013 :
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!

*I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jasmine Dawn on Aug. 09, 2013 :
**This review may contain a spoiler or two**

First off, I’d like to say that The Gatekeeper’s Sons is the first book in the Gatekeeper’s trilogy. Also, I won all three books in a contest, and they have been signed by the author.

Now…on with my review.

The Gatekeeper’s Sons is about a 15 year old girl named Therese. It starts out with Therese leaving a college with her parents; her mother had been celebrated for some sort of antidote. As they are in the car getting ready to leave, Therese sees a man’s face in the window. But no one else does. Then gunshots ring out, and her father takes off. he ends up swerving the car off a bridge and into the water. Therese’s mother has been hit by a bullet, and even though she tries to save her parents, she cannot. They drown, and before Therese blacks out, she sees someone swimming towards her.

After that, the book delves into Greek mythology, using two gods that aren’t usually discussed or very well known: Thanatos and Hypnos, both sons of Hades.

Therese is in a coma, but she meets Hypnos in her dreams. He finds Therese fascinating and wants to make out with her. She refuses, but then she sees her parents on a ferry with another boy. That boy is Hypnos’s brother, Thanatos, the god of Death. Still believing she’s in a dream, she wraps her arms around Than and kisses him. But because he’s the god of Death, being around him will kill Therese, so both brothers have to let her go back to the waking world.

Now out of the coma, Therese realizes that her parents really, truly are dead, and she ends up going back home with her aunt Carol, who has agreed to take care of her.

Meanwhile, Thanatos goes to his father, Hades, and asks if he can give up his duties as the god of Death and become human so he can try and win Therese’s heart and make her his queen. Hades agrees to give Than 40 days, while making Hypnos take over Than’s duties.

Than ends up working for Therese’s friend Jen at her barn. Therese, who is also helping out, is immediately drawn to Than, but thinks she’s being ridiculous believing that she already knows him or that he’s the god of Death.

Slowly, but surely, things start to click with her, though, and she realizes that the Greek gods really are real. But then comes the hard part. With the help of Than’s sisters, the Furies, Therese must avenge her parents’ death by killing the man who had them killed.

She earns gifts from certain gods and goddesses because of her kindness to nature and animals, but when the time comes to face off with the murderer, she realizes that perhaps she isn’t cut out to be a goddess of Death after all.

There is a lot more to the book, but I don’t want to give it all away. I found it fascinating, although I did think the romance with Than was just a little rushed. After the ending, though, I thought a bit differently.

The ending did remind me slightly of The Hunger Games, but only because it was a ‘kill or be killed’ sort of event Therese had to be involved in, and the gods and goddesses were merely spectators, only allowed to give yes or no answers in response to Therese’s prayers to them.

Eva Pohler does seem to have a firm grasp on the mythology, and even though her interpretations of the gods may be different than yours, it’s definitely well written and researched. I enjoyed it immensely.

If you’re a fan of Greek mythology and like reading about gods you normally wouldn’t see as main characters, I’d say give this book a whirl. I’m currently reading the second book and will be reviewing that as soon as I finish.
(review of free book)

Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on Aug. 08, 2013 :
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 provided a Audible audio book copy for my honest review, I also have the ebook, read some of that too (it's a free download)

my blog has a stop for the book tour, with a giveaway and the first chapter.


Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
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http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/08/giveaway-gatekeepers-sons-by-eva-pohler.html
(review of free book)

Review by: Skypirate Productions on Aug. 05, 2013 :
I'd like to start by saying that I love this book and if Eva needs anyone to review her other books I'd happily volunteer! That being said, let me start with the bad stuff- I don't like the voice for the audiobook. I feel like it subtracts from the awesome story, and it sounds kinda computer generated. Like it has the tinny quality that comes from being a CG voice. I wish that Eva would've picked someone that really gave life to Therese! Maybe a younger sounding voice. I'm not quite sure. It just didn't match the story. I know that it probably sucks to hear that, and that Eva probably listened to bunches of narrators before she decided on Debbie (I think that was her name), but it was the only real miss for me... well, that and that I wanted the next book as soon as I finished the first!

As for the story, it is freaking AWESOME! I used to love mythology, it was one of those things you learn about in Six Grade and it stuck with me, unlike so many of my classmates. I found that Eva did a wonderful job of bringing each of the Gods and Goddesses to life in a new and fantastic sort of way.

I fell in love with Than and his brother, I swear I've met that brother combo before in real life- which makes it even better because it's believable. I really felt for him as he went through what was going on (see my attempt not to give anything away!).

Therese is a real kind of girl. She also is a strong character, which I love. It great how Eva was able to to make this girl into someone that the reader could see themselves in or being friends with. Maybe she has some personality traits that we find familiar or just her situation to an extent. Whatever it is for the reader, it makes her someone we can really connect with.

I love that Therese is also a bleeding heart. I can totally relate.

Eva does an amazing job bringing the world she's created to life. Her characters are well developed and amazing, the story itself doesn't have giant gaping holes of inconsistencies for you to fall into never to return from. It is a freaking awesome read.

I highly recommend it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on Aug. 04, 2013 :
Review is also my my blog, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books, for a book tour, (live on 8/6) with a giveaway and first chapter.

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 (or more, who knows), 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 provided a Audible audio book copy for my honest review, I also have the ebook, read some of that too (it’s a free download)

My blog is here: http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/
(review of free book)

Review by: Jamie Fredrickson on July 30, 2013 :
Oh wow, where do I start?! I love this author! Eva Pohler has a gift for making the reader emotionally attached to the characters, in a matter of PAGES! I love the fact that she's an English teacher, I can be confident that my brain will never stumble over something in her books. Can't even stress how important that is to me, lol. Now on to the book!

Therese Mills is a 15 year old girl who watches her parents die, right in front of her. If things had happened just a little differently, she would've died too. In a coma for a week, with an amazing gift for lucid dreaming, Therese meets the gods Hypnos and Thanatos. Hip is fascinated by her dreaming skills. After one kiss, she about sweeps Than off of his feet, causing him to make a deal with his father Hades that will change both of their lives forever!

I loved this book! I can't wait to start the next one! If I could do partial stars...this would get more than a 4. Not quite a 5 though, I save that for another amazing book this author has written. She really has a way with writing, from describing Than's first experiences, to the personalities given to Therese's pets, lol! I just love her writing and can't wait to read more. I, like another reviewer friend of mine, just don't understand how this author is not more well known! She is an awesome writer, and hands-down better than many of the more mainstream writers that I've read in my life! I hope this author continues writing for many years to come! I can't wait to see what she will come up with next!
(review of free book)

Review by: Ely on July 06, 2013 :
When first starting this book I was really unsure as to whether or not I would like it, this was one of my first self-published books and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

I liked how quickly the story started – instead of some unnecessary introduction to everything, it got straight into the action which made it a lot easier to get immersed in the story. We quickly meet both Hypnos (Hip) and Thanatos (Than)- the god of sleep and the god of death, sons of Hades and Persephone. I think these two were possibly my favourite aspects of the book, not only are they both totally amazing but you don’t often hear about them in Greek mythology which made the story something different and interesting. I think it was from here that my obsession with this book really started.

Character-wise, I loved Therese- she is not the usual ya heroine, she is sweet, normal, a lover of all animals, a main character that I could actually relate to! I definitely think she can relate to most teenage girls, even some older ones, she’s not crazy powerful, a genius or kick-ass, she’s just normal. I thought this definitely added to the story, I think it made it more likable and real.

As a whole, I loved the mythology that was included. There were the well-known Gods like Hades, Persephone, Zeus, Athena etc. but then it also included the Furies, who are probably my favourite mythology figures ever. Everything tied in nicely together, each God, Goddess and other myths all had their purpose in Therese’s story and it was incredibly interesting to see them all interact with each other and with Therese.

This probably doesn’t need to be said, but I definitely adored this book. Without really knowing what I was getting into at the start, I was surprised but also glad that I enjoyed this book so much and felt connected enough to it that Chami and I have created our own little fandom and inside jokes around it. If for some reason you don’t believe me, here’s a few little messages that Chami and I sent each other last night on Skype while we read the book:

[4/01/2013 7:22:36 PM] Chami: HE's NOT JUST A FAN OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY
[4/01/2013 7:22:42 PM] Els: HE IS GREEK MYTHOLOGY //
[4/01/2013 7:22:58 PM] Chami: What can i look forward too without any spoilers?
[4/01/2013 7:23:10 PM] Els: Death
[4/01/2013 7:23:19 PM] Chami: You mean Than?
[4/01/2013 7:24:31 PM] Chami: So she eventually finds out he's a god?
[4/01/2013 7:24:36 PM] Chami: Like a sex god
[4/01/2013 7:24:37 PM] Chami: *death (I’m not even going to apologise for our craziness).

In an e-mail with Eva, we were discussing how authors don’t really know what their readers are going to connect with- this was definitely true with parts of this book. There was a small part in this book that referred to Diabetes that had me going crazy (and caused Chami to laugh). There were other parts with Therese and her dog and other animals that I could connect to as well. For me, all of this added to the reading experience.

Again, this probably goes without saying that I would definitely recommend this book to absolutely everyone and once again, I’d like to thank Eva so much for sending these books to Chami and I for review, so thank you!!
(review of free book)

Review by: F. Rod on June 12, 2013 :
Tragedy happens in Therese´s life after she watches her parents die.. While she´s in a coma she dreams with a hot guy called Hypnos (She doesn´t know he´s the Greek God of sleep). She´s been known to be a lucid dreamer always taking control of her surroundings so she summons her parents and see that they are fine and "alive". Below her she watches as a raft with people in it. She flies to the edge of the Underworld where she sees that her parents are in the raft with a man. She calls after them and she almost faints. Thanatos holds her and still thinking she´s controlling one of her dreams she kisses Than.

Having a God falling for you is not a wish of every girl...specially if he´s the God of Death. But this one is a Greek God Hot as Hell .!! called Thanatos.

A lot of twists and turns happen in this book that make you stay glued to your computer/Kindle as long as your eyelids allow you to stay awake LOL. After six pages and I was hooked and crying in my desk AT WORK.!! ;)

Thanatos wants to make her his queen of the Death so he makes a deal with his father Hares to make her a God. Hares accepts but with one condition. She has to avenge her parents by killing the man who orchestrated their deaths. Thanatos goes to the living world to try to win her heart.


I don´t want to give anything away about this book. You must read it to enjoy the fantasy world Eve has given us in this Trilogy. Even though I loved the plot, the love, the friendship, the twists and turns there was something I didn´t like about it that was the "sex" talk. I think this book should have been directed to a more mature audience giving Therese an older age and a less immature personality.

***Spoiler***

Moments I enjoyed among others *wink*


Maybe he was a figment. "Figment! I command you to show yourself!" Hip rolled his eyes again and said, "Give it a rest. I never should have taught you that."

She had come, put her arms around him, and told him he was lovely-so lovely- and she had kissed him. Who in the history of time had ever done that to Death?

Therese had baffled him. Earlier in the pen, she shouter prayers at him that had made it hard for him to keep straight face. She had said, "What are you looking at? You think you´re so sexy? So what if you are? Quit looking at me like that! You´re a jerk, aren´t you?"

"Never in a million centuries," Hades managed to say in between laughs, "would I have ever imagined that one of my sons would come to me asking if he could have a pet!"

And this one almost made me cry...

"Speaking of pain, if McAdams, you know... I won´t let you suffer. I´ll take your soul, and I´ll take you straight to your parents."
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rose Wilcox on April 02, 2013 :
Very easy read, quite enjoyable!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nicole kellman on March 19, 2013 :
"No one - human or god - had ever touched him like that.. Only now did he become aware of what he was missing."

When Therese Mills kisses Thanatos, the Greek god of death, in a near-death dream state, it rocks him to his core. Undone by the feelings Therese's kiss evokes in him, Than makes it his mission to find her and help her avenge her parents' murders. It is his goal to make her a goddess and his eternal bride.

The Gatekeeper's Sons is a book unlike any other. It chronicles the love story of Therese and Than while exploring the intricacies of the dealings between the Gods and Godesses on Mount Olympus. Author, Eva Pohler, has created a story in which a modern, teenage girl captivates Death, making him realize even he deserves to know happiness. Mrs. Pohler weaves this beautiful love story through the intrigue and action involved when hunting down murderers on an international stage. The span of emotions in this story ranges from sadness to happiness and all that falls between. Readers get a glimpse into the world of ancient Greek deities and the fragility of their relationships with each other. It is an adventure into the modern day and into Greek Mythology that will thrill and entertain readers of any age.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alisa Ables on March 18, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love nothing more than a great series that I can really sink my teeth in to and I think this series will end up being one of my favorites. The Gatekeeper's Sons draws you in right from the start and has enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled all the way to the end. Not to mention building a love story that is so powerful but at the same time remains innocent enough for a young adult book.
The book starts out with the murder of Therese’s parents and Therese’s near death experience. In this book the traditional Western view of heaven and hell have been replaced by the Greek myth of the afterlife. In the Greek tradition souls of the deceased are escorted by Thanatos, or Death as he is sometimes called, to the underworld where they are transported for judgment and placement in to paradise or in to ‘hell’ where they are tormented forever. When Therese’s parents are killed she is close enough to death herself that she is able to follow the souls of her parents to the underworld. Therese believes she is dreaming the entire thing so when she meets Hip (Hypnos, god of dreams) and his brother Thanatos (Than for short) she has no problem being forward and she wraps Than in a huge hug and gives him a big kiss. No big deal for the girl that is dreaming but to Than that kiss changes his world completely. Than’s job as Death means that he rarely has any interaction with anyone other than dead souls and Charon, the man who ferries the souls down the river. Suddenly Than feels drawn to Therese and know that he wants to always be near her. He gets his father, Hades, to allow him to travel to the mortal world in order to win Therese’s love.
I had so much fun reading about all of Than’s experiences of being mortal. You can’t help but feel sorry for him because of his destiny. What a horrible existence he must have had before Therese came in to his life. Imagine an eternity of escorting the dead to the underworld and living there. Than describes it almost like living in a cave, no suns, no stars, no wind, nothing that we humans take for granted. You long for him to be with Therese so that he can finally have some joy in his life.
Therese is like the perfect girl that doesn’t know how great she is. She is always more worried about others, loves animals and nature and is so giving and loving. It is no wonder Than wants to be with her. She is such a great person that she ends up garnering the favor of many on Mount Olympus and most of the gods and goddesses are rooting for her and Than to get together. Between her the strange experiences Than brings in to her life and the drama of her parents murder her life becomes very interesting but Therese is able to see how strong she can be and continues to fight for her and Than to be together and for the safety of her family.
There was only one thing that I did not completely love about the book and that is Than’s sisters, The Furies. Anyone that knows anything about Greek mythology will know how scary The Furies are and this book does not disappoint when it comes to these characters. The Furies are sent to earth to help find out who killed Therese’s parents. They do not operate under any rules when hunting down criminals so their methods of gaining information can be a bit intense and disturbing. They do get the job done quite easily with these methods so I do see why the author chose to write their encounters the way she does. Just know that these scenes may be a little intense for younger teen readers.
I have been given book two to read and review also so I am anxiously waiting to get in to the book. It is killing me that I have other books lined up first but I am trying to be a good girl and read those first even though book two is calling to me. Keep a watch out for that review as I am sure I will love book two just as much if not more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nancy Lindley on March 18, 2013 :
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

So. Therese, a 15 year old, watches her parents die. While unconscious and hovering near death, she meets Hades' sons, Hypnos, god of sleep, and Thanatos, god of death. Though she believes she is experiencing a lucid dream, her experiences are real. While in this unconscious state, she kisses Than, the first one to do so, as most mortals - and even immortals - fear him because of his role in the world. Unable to stop thinking about the girl, Than convinces his father to allow him 40 days as a mortal to win the girl's heart and convince her to return to the Underworld as his queen. But there's one catch: To prove she's worthy, Therese must personally avenge her parents' murders. The book climaxes with a battle to the death in the arena at Mount Olympus.

I don't normally read mythology-based books; though my interests are pretty varied, and I'll read anything that catches my eye, I'm not normally drawn to mythology. I think the last mythology book I read was Mythology by Edith Hamilton, in high school. While it was fascinating - and had the added bonus of ticking off the members of the horrible church I attended at the time (not insulting churches in general, just the controlling cult I went to) - I've never had the urge to find fictional novels about the various gods and goddesses. I found myself wanting to read the Greek stories in Edith Hamilton's book again as a refresher. Luckily, Eva Pohler gives a bit of background and short retelling of the myths to remind those who can't remember and inform those who have never read Greek mythology. Even though this isn't the kind of subject I would normally choose, the description sounded interesting, and I found myself wanting to check it out. I'm glad I did.

I was expecting, based on the cover and my own assumptions of the description, to read a story of brother-gods competing for the love of a mortal. Nope! While Hip does want affection from Therese, it's mostly because he's the playboy dream god who simply expects kisses and make-out sessions from the females he visits in dreams. While this story was romance, it's also quite the adventure story. The author managed to pull me in right away and keep my attention throughout. If I hadn't been so busy, I would have most likely read it in one sitting, like I did the second book of the trilogy.

Fantastic book. Great trilogy, at least the first two books. I now want to read more stories with mythology themes. That is one of the best compliments I can give a book. If it's a genre different from what I normally read and can make me want to seek out more books with the same theme, it truly is a great book.

Only complaint: I noticed a few spelling errors. I don't think there were more than maybe 5 or so; nothing I can't look past for the sake of a great story.

This review originally appeared on GoodReads.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheryllynn Dyess on Feb. 23, 2013 :
The Gatekeeper's Sons is not the book you would expect! Its so much more. This story puts the Greek Gods of mythology in your back yard, quite literally. While taking us through the life of Therese and being thrown into a whirlwind of activities with the great Gods it shows us just how human they can be. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants some suspense, thrills, a little bit of romance while getting a twist on the school days lesson of Greek mythology!
I gave it four stars because it is well written, the timeline is well kept, and the story line never falters.

I am very eager to read book #2 in this trilogy.... Thank you, Eva Pohler, for sharing your very imaginative mind with the world!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cheryllynn Dyess on Feb. 23, 2013 : (no rating)
The Gatekeeper's Sons is not the book you would expect! Its so much more. This story puts the Greek Gods of mythology in your back yard, quite literally. While taking us through the life of Therese and being thrown into a whirlwind of activities with the great Gods it shows us just how human they can be. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants some suspense, thrills, a little bit of romance while getting a twist on the school days lesson of Greek mythology!
I gave it four stars because it is well written, the timeline is well kept, and the story line never falters.

I am very eager to read book #2 in this trilogy.... Thank you, Eva Pohler, for sharing your very imaginative mind with the world!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacqueline Pierce on Feb. 22, 2013 :
I want to begin by thanking the author for the chance to read and review this book. I am a big fan of mythology and I absolutely loved this book. Therese was ok and I really liked Than. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. I was a little shocked at the end and can't wait to see what happens in the next installment. (Which I already have!) I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a modern day mythology story. Happy Reading! ;)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dii on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Take one immortal Greek god of Death, add a fifteen-year-old girl who barely survived the murder of her parents and blend well and we have a nice take on a YA paranormal romance by Eva Pohler!

Thanatos, the god of death, who looks around eighteen, but is, in fact, an ancient immortal son of Hades, twin brother of Hypnos, the god of dreams falls instantly in love with Therese, a mortal girl who gave him his first kiss. Actually, she gave him his first taste of being around humans, because, really, who WANTS to be visited by death, you know?

Therese and Than have a few weeks together in the Earth Realm, they are in love. Than must find a way to make Therese his immortal wife, a goddess, but it usually doesn't work out too well for humans, but Hades has made an offer Therese cannot refuse. If she is able to kill the man who arranged for her parents' murder, she will have earned the right to become immortal. Being a truly 'nice' kid, Therese has won the hearts and support of many of the gods. But, is she capable of committing murder, even if it means losing Thanatos forever?

At first, I was sucked right in, then, the story got a little too detailed for me, with too many 'mini' details tucked in the story. Instead of blaming the story, I tried to read it from the eyes of a young teen, and, tada! Suddenly, what the characters said and did made complete sense! I already loved the plot idea, not too many books out there that toss in tons of gods, not only their names, but who they are! A real mini mythology lesson!

Therese's day to day life was real! Her friends and family felt real! Her emotional reaction to different situations was real!

I completely enjoyed this escape from reality and have recommended this book to a couple of teacher friends of mine, for their students.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on Jan. 04, 2013 :
Very curious to know which is Hyp and which is Than. The cover, I mean.

There is one type of book that 99.9% of the time if asked to review I will review and that's just because it's so fascinating! Can you guess what type of book that would be? No? Ok I'll tell you. Any book that delves into Greek mythology. Yeah like this one. Always curious to see what each author will come up with.

In Pohler's version Than and Hyp (funny nicknames!) are Hades' sons. Hyp is the trouble maker (picture a Damon Salvatore) and Than is the more thoughtful brother (picture Stefan Salvatore). Therese is the girl that unfortunately goes through a painful experience that some can relate to: her parent's murder. I couldn't empathize with Therese but I could sympathize and felt the need to help her except I can't obviously, good thing Than stepped in to help her. He's a great guy. Misjudged because of what he does but definitely a good guy. Now ladies if you happen to meet a guy names Hyp in your dreams STAY AWAY! Not because he's evil or anything but because...well you'll see why when you read it ;D.

There one thing I didn't like: Therese knows she has to avenge her parents to be with Than, meaning she has to kill the man who killed her parent's. She just says yes to this craziness! maybe it's because I'm completely against murder and killing people in general but how does one just say yes "I'll kill him"? Even if my parents had been murdered I would let justice do it's part.

From page one I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what Therese would do to get her parents big, if she was going to be able at all, or if Than would figure out a way to help her out. Pit a girl against a grown man and we'll see who exactly wins. One more thing you're in for! Not just romance with the god of death but action in front of...well I won't tell you against who or it'll ruin the AMAZING ending!

Definite page turner, romance, adventure, Greek gods! if you like any or all of these things this is the book for you! Pick it up and read! NOW!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on Jan. 04, 2013 : (no rating)
Very curious to know which is Hyp and which is Than. The cover, I mean.

There is one type of book that 99.9% of the time if asked to review I will review and that's just because it's so fascinating! Can you guess what type of book that would be? No? Ok I'll tell you. Any book that delves into Greek mythology. Yeah like this one. Always curious to see what each author will come up with.

In Pohler's version Than and Hyp (funny nicknames!) are Hades' sons. Hyp is the trouble maker (picture a Damon Salvatore) and Than is the more thoughtful brother (picture Stefan Salvatore). Therese is the girl that unfortunately goes through a painful experience that some can relate to: her parent's murder. I couldn't empathize with Therese but I could sympathize and felt the need to help her except I can't obviously, good thing Than stepped in to help her. He's a great guy. Misjudged because of what he does but definitely a good guy. Now ladies if you happen to meet a guy names Hyp in your dreams STAY AWAY! Not because he's evil or anything but because...well you'll see why when you read it ;D.

There one thing I didn't like: Therese knows she has to avenge her parents to be with Than, meaning she has to kill the man who killed her parent's. She just says yes to this craziness! maybe it's because I'm completely against murder and killing people in general but how does one just say yes "I'll kill him"? Even if my parents had been murdered I would let justice do it's part.

From page one I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what Therese would do to get her parents big, if she was going to be able at all, or if Than would figure out a way to help her out. Pit a girl against a grown man and we'll see who exactly wins. One more thing you're in for! Not just romance with the god of death but action in front of...well I won't tell you against who or it'll ruin the AMAZING ending!

Definite page turner, romance, adventure, Greek gods! if you like any or all of these things this is the book for you! Pick it up and read! NOW!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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