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 9 days after purchase)