The Gatekeeper's Challenge (Gatekeeper's Saga #2)

Rated 4.38/5 based on 9 reviews
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life.

Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail. More

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ISBN: 9781301766437
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.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my writing!

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Review by: Jonel Boyko on July 17, 2013 :
This novel is phenomenally well written. A great deal of time was put into formatting and editing. The descriptions are spot on, while remaining quite enthralling and entertaining. I love that this novel is mythologically, historically and scientifically accurate. It adds an entirely new level to the story, making it even more complex and enjoyable. Pohler manages to seamlessly blend mythology with reality to create an awesome world for readers to get lost in.

The characters in this novel were also awesome. Although most of them were quite well developed in the first novel of the series, development continues with leaps and bounds in this novel. They grow and mature the way that normal high school students do, even if some of them have challenges or fears that most of us will never face.

I appreciate that Pohler attacked some very difficult topics in this novel. Not only does she entertain us throughout, but loss, drugs, sex, and abuse are brought up in ways that make them approachable and open them up for conversation. These can be very difficult subjects to even think about, but Pohler tackles them and winds them into her phenomenal tale.

As a whole, I am thoroughly in love with this novel and this series. The mythology is sound, as is the writing. I cannot wait for the next instalment.

Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: F. Rod on June 12, 2013 :
I liked this book way much more than the first. After the gods make an oath in River Styx not to make Therese a God because she is not worthy of Thanatos after she failed to kill the man who murdered her parents, she is left alone. She keeps having dreams of Than but she hasn´t really seen him in ten long months.

I understand why Than is in love with her but not the other way around. Yes, he is H-O-T, she met him at the skirts of the underworld when she followed her parents after the accident, and kissed him because he was very lovely, but we never really know what does she sees in him besides being gorgeous, the God of death and kind to her. There were parts that made me laugh by the wit of them both.

I was seriously glued to my kindle when reading the five challenges. She had to (view spoiler) She almost passed with honors each and one of the challenges and guess which one did she failed?! She was soooo Soooo easily tricked and that is something I didn´t like at all and in my opinion the Furies were extra information we didn´t have to read.. She was already calling for Vicky, they didn´t have to "force"/"scare" her to do it. Seriously?! I think the series could end with this one but I´ll give the benefit of the doubt and read the third installment why?! Because I want my HEA without Than suffering year by year (view spoiler). How are you going to pull that off Mrs. Pohler?!

"May I pet him?" - I was glad not to see this very often in the story. There were parts I thought I saw a glimpse of a more mature Therese.

Aside from the things I didn´t like, I read this book in a day, It´s good indeed. This woman knows her way through Greek Mythology. Maybe she is a Historian ... hmmm
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alisa Ables on April 15, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mrs. Pohler has done it again! While I did not like it quite as much as the first book, The Gatekeeper’s Challenge is fantastic. This book continues right where The Gatekeeper’s Sons left off. Than has been forced to return to the Underworld to resume his duties as death. Therese remains on earth and feels abandoned by Than. She ends up going to extreme lengths to try to see Than and the consequences are tragic. As you read you get caught up in her struggle to be with the one person that she loves and long for love to conquer all.
Therese is once again made to interact with the Gods and Goddesses and her life is subject to their whims. It is amazing to see how strong and committed Therese is to Than. She is willing to go to extreme lengths to prove that she is able to be with Than forever and in the end she makes the ultimate sacrifice to be with him.
In addition to the mythological characters introduced in the first book there are also some new and interesting characters in this book. The writing is so creatively done that all of these mythological characters fit naturally in to the story and you end up learning so much Greek mythology, but without feeling like you are being forced to read a boring textbook. If I had found stories like this one when I was younger I would have loved learning about Greek mythology.
This book has an absolutely crazy ending that will leave you shaking your head. It is a very intense ending and is definitely not a scene for younger readers. Once again Than and Therese show how determined they are to be together. It is so frustrating that the Gods are so determined to keep them apart. I cannot wait to read book three to figure out how Than and Therese will deal with the latest twist in their lives.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rose Wilcox on April 02, 2013 :
Read this book in on day! Can't wait for number 3!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nicole kellman on March 19, 2013 :
" as beautiful as Therese was, she couldn't rival a goddess; but it was the whole package that made him love her."

In this sequel to the Gatekeeper's Sons, Thantaos, the Greek God of Death, continues his quest to help Therese Mills become a goddess. This is truly the only way they can spend eternity together and share the love they have for each other.

Therese, a very modern teenager, is athletic, intelligent, funny, she also, cares deeply for her family and friends. She makes decisions exactly the way most teenagers do - emotionally. When her youthful ways lead Therese to make a less than desirable choice, tragedy once again engulfs her world. Therese's feelings of sadness combined with her frustration of being separated from her love, Thanatos, leave her is a very dark place.

Than's powers of persuasion provide another opportunity for Therese to prove to the gods of Olympus she is worthy to join the goddess ranks. This chance comes in the form of five challenges she must successfully complete if she is to join Thanatos for eternity.

As Therese works through each challenge, gods, goddesses, and readers all get to see what Than already knows - exactly how extraordinary Therese truly is. Once more, author , Eva Pohler takes readers into a the mythological Greek World where the passions of the gods and ancient unsettled rivalries pave the way to Than and Therese's future happiness. The action never stops in The Gatekeeper's Challenge.
(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 my honest, unbiased review.

So, I read book one over the course of a few days. Life was calling. I finished it last night and immediately opened this one. I read well into the night, to the early morning, finishing it in one sitting. I knew I needed to go to bed, but I couldn't put it down. To me, that indicates a great book.

While mythology-based fiction is not one of my preferred genres, The Gatekeeper's Trilogy has me hooked. Ten months have passed since Therese battled her parents' murderer on Olympus. Ten months have passed since she failed to kill him and become Than's wife and a goddess of the Underworld. Ten months have passed since Therese last saw Than. Though she's tried to move on, she can't forget him. Ten months after last seeing him, he visits briefly, telling her he's been busy. Furious and hurt, she attempts a near-death experience in order to see him and tell him off one last time. Things don't go as planned, though she does find out he hasn't been too busy with his work to see her; he's been busy trying to find a way to be with her. He does find a way, two in fact, though one could cost her her life and land her in the Elysian Fields and the other, excruciating pain for both of them.

The second installment of the trilogy moves a bit faster than the first. Therese's adventure, the trials she must go through, are mostly action packed, but they also show what a cunning, caring girl she is. Though things do not go as planned, Therese and Than find a way to be together, and Therese learns just how strong she can be.

My thoughts: By proving she has no desire to kill, either to save her own life or avenge her parents in the first novel, I believe Therese proved she is more than worthy to be the god of death's queen. She values life, respects it, cherishes it. She shows compassion and love, instead of indifference or cruelty. She could be someone who helps mortals and immortals understand that life is to be cherished and death is not to be feared, but accepted, as another chapter of life, so to speak.

I have to admit, though, I don't much care for the Underworld rivers or the Elysian Fields. We die...but we lose our memories and spend eternity in oblivion, surrounded by what amounts to grand hallucinations... While it is comforting to believe the dead are not missing us, it is also just incredibly sad to the living to think their loved ones have forgotten all about them...

This series has made me think. A lot.
I'm very much looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.

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

Review by: Dii on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Picking up ten months after the events in The Gatekeeper's Sons, there is a good background set up for this book with references to the past blending in well! Eva Pohler has picked up the pace in book 2, thrown in a few more curves, expanded the depth of many characters and created scenes that have you dreading what will happen next! When you stop thinking of a character as fictional, the author has done their job well!

Therese has been a normal teen, she loves Thanatos, she hates his lack of communication, she misses him, she wonders why he hasn't contacted her, after all, he IS a god, then, she hates him, then she loves him, and on and on her very real teen anguish goes! Therese also has a 'more than just a friend, not quite a boyfriend' relationship with her best friend's brother (who was hit with one of Cupid's arrows of love and is in love with her)- so she feels guilty about that, too. Again, she is a human teen, so she is flawed. She also seems more whiny and does a pretty dangerously stupid thing that costs the life of one of her friends, for which Therese feels extremely guilty, (and she should). Her actions have not only ended a life, but caused a lifetime of suffering for others.

Meanwhile, Than is desperately seeking advice on how to be together with Therese for eternity and her 'prayers' to him have not gone unheard, just painfully unanswered. The rest of the gods have vowed NOT to interfere, not to help.

Finally, Hades gives Therese several more challenges for her to complete and if she finishes all of these challenges, she can be made a god. He made the challenges extremely difficult, especially for a human girl, after all, how many people are given another chance? But Therese can be very strong-willed and is able to think well on her feet. Is she strong enough to complete each task on her own? Does she deserve this second chance? Will love conquer all? Will Therese and Thanatos be together for all eternity?

Sometimes love is just not meant to be, one small mistake made by Therese may have doomed everything. Can Thanatos fix things?

The ending will have you 'burning' for the answer!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dii on Feb. 19, 2013 : (no rating)
Picking up ten months after the events in The Gatekeeper's Sons, there is a good background set up for this book with references to the past blending in well! Eva Pohler has picked up the pace in book 2, thrown in a few more curves, expanded the depth of many characters and created scenes that have you dreading what will happen next! When you stop thinking of a character as fictional, the author has done their job well!

Therese has been a normal teen, she loves Thanatos, she hates his lack of communication, she misses him, she wonders why he hasn't contacted her, after all, he IS a god, then, she hates him, then she loves him, and on and on her very real teen anguish goes! Therese also has a 'more than just a friend, not quite a boyfriend' relationship with her best friend's brother (who was hit with one of Cupid's arrows of love and is in love with her)- so she feels guilty about that, too. Again, she is a human teen, so she is flawed. She also seems more whiny and does a pretty dangerously stupid thing that costs the life of one of her friends, for which Therese feels extremely guilty, (and she should). Her actions have not only ended a life, but caused a lifetime of suffering for others.

Meanwhile, Than is desperately seeking advice on how to be together with Therese for eternity and her 'prayers' to him have not gone unheard, just painfully unanswered. The rest of the gods have vowed NOT to interfere, not to help.

Finally, Hades gives Therese several more challenges for her to complete and if she finishes all of these challenges, she can be made a god. He made the challenges extremely difficult, especially for a human girl, after all, how many people are given another chance? But Therese can be very strong-willed and is able to think well on her feet. Is she strong enough to complete each task on her own? Does she deserve this second chance? Will love conquer all? Will Therese and Thanatos be together for all eternity?

Sometimes love is just not meant to be, one small mistake made by Therese may have doomed everything. Can Thanatos fix things?

The ending will have you 'burning' for the answer!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Valerie Snow on Dec. 27, 2012 :
A good fantasy book which includes greek mythology. It was quite interesting to read and I enjoyed it. The characters were also quite interesting and I love how Eva Pohler conveys the Greek Gods and Goddesses...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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