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.
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.