Author: Eva Pohler
Publication Date: December 1st 2012
Publisher: Green Press
Source: Review copy
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~ Book Description ~
Eventually she learns 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.
~ My Review ~
The gatekeepers challenge was just is as amazing as the first book.
In the first book Therese comes off as this almost perfect well brought up girl, who is just very sad after her parents death and wishes she had died with them, but in this book we get to see her in a different light, she is far from perfect she will make some costly mistakes that will effect her life in more ways than one. I was happy to see her growing change in this book.
Than is doing everything he can to find another way to make Therese his queen. We get to see just how far he will go and what he's willing to do to have her by his side. Will there love prevail? or will destiny take them on another path.
I love these books and I can't say that I have a favorite. In the first one you get to see them meet, how they fall in love and even with what seems like a tragic end they still have hope that there is a way for them to be together. In the second book you see them fight with everything they have for their love for each other in the end they do what they must to be together forever. I find myself falling in love with death more and more after each book. I'm dying to see what happens in the book!!
Longer excerpt from The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, by Eva Pohler:
"And I thought you were the god of justice!"
"These are challenges, Thanatos. The more challenging, the better the victory."
"Hah! Admit it. You want her to fail!"
Hades didn’t hide the smile creeping across his face as he stood and met Than’s eyes, their noses inches apart. "I want her to pay! She was an embarrassment to me last summer. If she’s to join us here in my palace, I want her to suffer first."
"The punishment should fit the crime!" Than said.
"Agreed!" Hades bellowed. "I said those very words to your sisters before you arrived. They want to drag on too long the punishment of a murderer in Paris before they bring him here. I think they are motivated by something other than justice."
The Furies stood up, their eyes changing from blue in one and brown in the other to dark red. Blood dripped to their cheeks.
"Who doesn’t love Paris?" Tizzie hissed.
"We’ll leave you now," Meg snarled.
The Furies vanished.
Hades crossed his arms at his chest. "And you are, too, Thanatos."
"She had compassion for a man who was no longer a threat to her. She refused to kill him in cold blood. How is that a failure?"
"He deserved death. Her parents deserved vengeance. You deserved her to keep her word! She’s the one who let you down, son. Not me. She chose to have mercy on that killer over becoming your wife. Doesn’t that bother you even a little?"
Than’s throat tightened and no words came. He could think of nothing to say. Yes, it had bothered him. It had bothered him a lot. Only her prayers in the aftermath of the battle convinced him of her love. Her prayers, not her actions.
The challenges gave her the opportunity to remedy that. His father was right.