The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler


The Gatekeeper's Sons (Gatekeeper's Saga, #1)

By: Eva Pohler
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy
Pages: 384
Series: Gatekeeper's #1
Publisher: Green Press/Eva Pohler
Published on: August 13th 2012
The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler

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, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.
The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

 

 

This is my second Eva Pohler book I have read.  It is the second Eva Pohler book that I didn’t like.  It’s not the plot that I don’t like, those are relatively good.  The reason why I do not like these books is it does not appear that an editor has looked at, let alone worked on them.  Why did I read the second book?  I was hoping that the poor editing was a fluke.  It sadly was not.

 

This particular story is about Hades and his two sons.  Okay no it isn’t.  It is about Therese, a 15 year old.  Remember that she is only 15, that becomes relevant.    Therese’s parents died in a horrific accident, but Therese wants to stay in her home.  So her aunt moves in. Therese also begins to dream of Hypnos and Thantos, the two sons of Hades.  Of course at least one son falls in love with her.  The rest of the book is about her relationship with her best friend, her aunt, the sons, Hades, etc.

 

There is little good about this book.  I wanted to read this story because the blurb sounded good.  I enjoy stories about Hades and Thantos and such.  In that Eva does a good job.  It seems that Eva does a very thorough research of her ideas, which I appreciate.  The brothers act like brothers.  I mean they fight, they rival each other, everything that immortal brothers should do.

 

Now the bad.  Therese is 15 but acts like she is 20, “I have never kissed a boy, what would that feel like.”  She is also whiny, I mean honestly my 10 year old whines less than her.  My 10 year old whines…a lot.  I mean it isn’t her fault that everyone loves her right?  Oh but maybe they don’t really love her.  Yes, there is a lot of teenage angst without really needing to be.  I personally really disliked her, the entire book.  The boys are immortal, but they fall in love with a “whoa is me” 15 year old?  I don’t think that would actually happen.    Hey we are in a fictional book, so who knows if they want to kick boots with an underage girl.

 

So characterization needs work.  If an editor cleaned this up, I can excuse it, maybe. The other main issue was the basic grammar/syntax, etc.  As an editor every page was full of cringe worthy issues.  I may have thrown it across the room about 20 pages in.  The fact that I read it on a kindle ensured that I would not throw it.  Overall I can not recommend this book.  I wont give it a one fang because there is the basis for what could be a good book.  It isn’t a three fang because for me a three fang means it was good, just not great.  I feel truly bad about leaving this review, because I think an editor could have made this really clean.

 

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About Eva Pohler

Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and three teen series. The Gatekeeper's Saga and The Vampires of Athens both portray her love for Greek mythology. The Purgatorium Series is a psychological thriller and island adventure story.

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