Evil Star (The Gatekeepers Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The second thrilling, chilling installment in Anthony Horowitz's bestselling Gatekeepers series.

Matt thought his troubles were over when he closed Raven's Gate . . . but in fact they were just beginning. His fate -- and the fate of the world -- is tied to four other kids across the globe. The second is a street kid in Peru. He and Matt have never met; they don't even speak the same language. But destiny is ...
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Evil Star (The Gatekeepers Series #2)

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Overview

The second thrilling, chilling installment in Anthony Horowitz's bestselling Gatekeepers series.

Matt thought his troubles were over when he closed Raven's Gate . . . but in fact they were just beginning. His fate -- and the fate of the world -- is tied to four other kids across the globe. The second is a street kid in Peru. He and Matt have never met; they don't even speak the same language. But destiny is going to throw them together as the evil threat of the Old Ones grows . . . and another Gate suddenly comes into play.
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When orphan Matt closed the Raven's Gate, he foolishly thought that his troubles were over. But they had just begun. As calamities unfold, he realizes that his survival and the fate of the world hang on an improbable alliance of five street-smart youngsters. A noir fantasy even darker than its predecessor.
Children's Literature
British writer Anthony Horowitz is currently riding high between his "Alex Rider" adventure series and book one of "The Gatekeepers." Book two of the fantasy series should keep him on that best-selling plateau. Fourteen-year-old reluctant superhero Matt Freeman has not been adjusting well to his new life in York with his journalist/protector/friend, Richard Cole. Richard is never around, and his posh school offers no friends for this former slum kid. When his mad Aunt Gwenda comes gunning for him, Matt's best option is to accept the secret organization Nexus's offer of a trip to Peru to find a book that might give clues to the next scheduled "gate opening." Peru is another nightmare, but it does introduce Matt to one of his fellow "five"—the Lima street urchin, Pedro—and teaches him how to use his unusual dreams. But hold on, there is also a marvelous arch villain, ancient Incas, and the Nazco lines. Somehow Horowitz manages to hold it all together, make it believable, and keep the pages turning. The only possible complaint after the last page has been turned is, why isn't Book Three already written? 2006, Scholastic, Ages 10 up.
—Kathleen Karr
VOYA - Sarah Flowers
In the first book of the Gatekeepers series, Raven's Gate (Scholastic, 2005/VOYA October 2005), fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman learned that he was one of five young people who must save the world from a dark force. In this second installment, Matt ends up in Peru and meets the second of the five, Pedro, with whom he has a deep mental connection, even though the two do not speak the same language. Horowitz ratchets up the suspense and brings in an evil genius, a lost diary, the last of the Incas, and the mysterious Nazca lines. Matt and Pedro find themselves racing to stop the opening of another gate, this one in the middle of the Nazcan desert of Peru. Matt's character grows in this book as he begins to accept who he is and what his destiny may bring and as he learns to control his powers. He finds-and loses-some friends and is betrayed by others. He is prepared to find the other three gatekeepers (he knows from his dreams that there are two more boys and a girl, and that all five are the same age) and stop the Old Ones from destroying the world. It is a suspenseful and action-packed tale of modern young people facing an ancient evil. Readers will gobble it up and wait impatiently for the next volume.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Though this is the second installment in this series, new readers will catch on quickly. Fresh from his victory over Raven's Gate, Matt is once again called upon by the mysterious Nexus. As one of the five kids foretold by prophecy to fight back the Old Ones, the 14-year-old is needed in South America. From the very beginning, his enemies seem to always be one step ahead of him. But these shadowy opponents don't count on Matt's unexpected allies: the second of the five, and an ancient tribe of Inca warriors. While the story and characters are not particularly original, and more experienced readers will not be glued to their seats, the plot turns and emotional relationships will more than satisfy thrill seekers, especially those already into Horowitz's "Alex Rider" series (Philomel). A must-have for reluctant, middle-grade boys.-Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Matt Freeman, hero of Raven's Gate (2005), returns for another supercharged adventure tale from a master of the trade. In this sequel, Matt leaves England, meets Pedro, the second of the gatekeepers, and attempts to prevent an evil ancient god from reaching earth through a gate in the Peruvian desert. Sustained suspense beginning in the prologue and doesn't let up, providing for a compulsive read. Danger abounds for the two boys. Dead bodies line the paths they travel. Plenty of gore-gently described-place this in the Indiana Jones genre of adventure tale. Lots of cool details sustain interest; among them are the boys' mystical mental powers, golden treasure hidden in the walls of Cusco and a visit to the lost city of the Incas. As in some plot-driven stories, stereotypes provide an easy shortcut. Horowitz, however, does reverse some roles-in this case, the Incans are the good guys. The climax, littered with dead heroes and villains alike, guarantees a suspenseful start for the next installment. Bring on gatekeeper number three-soon. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher

Kliatt
This sequel to Raven's Gate (a 2006 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers) won't disappoint fans to this exciting new supernatural series from the popular author of the Alex Rider books. Fourteen-year-old Matt's adventures mainly take place in Peru this time as he tries to thwart the plans of an evil businessman to open a gate to let the manacing Old Ones into the world and unleash a new world war. The discovery of a 16th-century diary by a Spanish monk gives clues to the location of this gate, while Matt's dreams lead him to recognize another young gatekeeper, Pedro. Descendants of the Incas help the two in their daring escapes from the bad guys, and the mysterious real-life Nazca Lines in the Peruvian desert play an important role. Lots of action, horror and suspense will keep readers turning the pages and eager for the next volume in this thrilling series.
Booklist
Gr. 5–8. Fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman, who forestalled the evil Old Ones in the riveting Raven's Gate (2005), finds himself on yet another precipitous adventure. This time Matt and Richard, the journalist with whom Matt has been staying, travel to Peru, where Nexus believes a second gate to the underworld is poised to open. The when and how of the event are left to Matt to discover, which he eventually does, but not without some lugubrious descriptions, an abundance of dramatic escapes, and the help of a Peruvian teen, Pedro, with whose destiny Matt's is linked. Although this is neither as tightly constructed nor as compelling as the lead title in the Gatekeepers Series (which was equal parts horror and adventure), this book still has its moments, especially at the end, when the secret of the second gate is revealed, and Pedro finally settles into his place as the second of the children prophesied to save the world. ––Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545474061
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Gatekeepers Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 77,534
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • File size: 713 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gatekeepers series, Raven's Gate, Evil Star, Nightrise, and Necropolis, as well as the Alex Rider series, which includes Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Arc Angel, and Snakehead. He lives in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2009

    My Review of Evil Star

    I think that Anthony Horowitz did a very good job with this book.I give it five plus stars.Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. The whole series is great. I have already read the first book which is Raven's Gate. That left me hanging so the very next day I picked up Evil Star. I found it very suspensful, thrilling, and funny.This book also left me hanging on the last chapter and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book Nightrise!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Evil Star

    Outstanting Book. There was action around every corner. It really kept you on the edge of your seat.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Horowitz Delivers Yet Another Suspenseful Page-Turner

    Having read the entire Alex Rider Series, all of the books in the Gatekeeper series as of yet, and many of Horowitz's miscellaneous books, I have seen more than my fair share of Anthony Horowitz, despite that, and despite the fact I have read Evil Star multiple times, I continue to be pulled in by the suspense of the book. Every time I read it, I find something new or comprehend something better. This is just one of the many reasons that Anthony Horowitz is without a doubt my favorite author. Evil Star takes place in Peru. Backtracking to the 1st book of the series, which is Raven's Gate, Matt Freeman has just closed the gate that keeps the Old Ones, (Evil, demon creatures) out of our world. After closing the gate, Matt is living with Richard Cole, a journalist who helped Matt survive in Raven's Gate. Matt goes to a snobby British private school and he hates it. The teachers, the students, all of it. Despite this, he is living a normal life, which is what he wanted all along. It isn't until Matt's relative and former guardian Gwenda Davis, attempts to burn down Matt's school with an oil tanker that Matt realizes he can't ever be normal. Matt is lured into Peru by the Nexus, who is a society that has been fighting to keep the Old Ones out of the world. There, he meets another gatekeeper, is beaten by police, and kidnapped by the remaining Inca indians who only hope to keep the gatekeepers safe. All of this is nothing compared to finding the second gate in the Nazca Desert, and seeing that it keeps shut. But Matt is up against more then he can handle alone that is, read this book to find out what happens and be sure to read Nightrise which is the next book in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Great book and keeps your eyes glued to it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Awesome book!

    When I first started to read this book I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Amazzingly entertaining!

    This book is a fantastic sequel to Ravens Gate! I thiink i speak for everyone when i say, keep them coming!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Bored Adventure

    My son, normally a fan of Anthony Horowitz put this book down after the first five pages. Although I believed it would appeal to him, he called it vapid, dark and filled with uninteresting characters. He's a pretty good judge of quality and accept I his recommendations regarding this book.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    EVIL STAR is the second book in the Anthony Horowitz series called THE GATEKEEPERS. <BR/><BR/>In book one, titled RAVEN'S GATE, main character Matt discovers he is one of five specially chosen teens. Their purpose is to save the world. Matt doesn't know the other five and must "close" Raven's Gate on his own. As the second book, EVIL STAR, begins, Matt finds himself in Peru meeting up with Pedro, who turns out to be one of the chosen five. <BR/><BR/>Matt and Pedro join forces, although it isn't easy since Matt speaks only English and Pedro speaks Spanish. Their unusual connection does allow them to communicate while in a dream state. They learn each others' stories and realize that their paths will someday cross the paths of their remaining team. <BR/><BR/>Together Matt and Pedro must find and prevent the opening of the second gate. Its history is intertwined with the ancient Incas and the Peruvian culture. As they search the seamier side of Peru, they encounter kidnapping, gun battles, the evil "big headed" Salamanda, high altitude jungle treks, and terrifying helicopter rides. Exactly what is the Evil Star and can they find the next gate in time to close it and save the world from the Old Ones? <BR/><BR/>Horowitz provides his usual fast-paced, non-stop action in this new series. It is sure to impress his already established fans and create plenty of new ones.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Amazing book

    Evil Star was an awesome book. It was a bit boring in the beginning, but got to be really good by the beginning. There were many times when I couldn't wait to find what happens in the next chapter. Matt is 14 and is said to be 1 of the 5 gatekeepers. He must prevent the Old Ones from entering this world. Matt closed Ravens Gate in the first book, but now there is a second gate. Will the Old Ones get out? The book Evil Star would be a great book for fantasy lovers, and for people who like super heroes. Thats exactly what Matt is, a super hero, he has many power which are not in his control at first. The only bad part of this book is that you don't find out what happens until book 3. Anthony Horowitz is a wonderful writer, which is actually why I picked this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    this is one of the most action packed books i have read! i recommend this book from age 10 and up. I think that this book is better written than the first one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    EVIL STAR is the second book in the Anthony Horowitz series called THE GATEKEEPERS. In book one, titled RAVEN¿S GATE, main character Matt discovers he is one of five specially chosen teens. Their purpose is to save the world. Matt doesn't know the other five and must 'close' Raven's Gate on his own. As the second book, EVIL STAR, begins, Matt finds himself in Peru meeting up with Pedro, who turns out to be one of the chosen five. Matt and Pedro join forces, although it isn¿t easy since Matt speaks only English and Pedro speaks Spanish. Their unusual connection does allow them to communicate while in a dream state. They learn each others¿ stories and realize that their paths will someday cross the paths of their remaining team. Together Matt and Pedro must find and prevent the opening of the second gate. Its history is intertwined with the ancient Incas and the Peruvian culture. As they search the seamier side of Peru, they encounter kidnapping, gun battles, the evil 'big headed' Salamanda, high altitude jungle treks, and terrifying helicopter rides. Exactly what is the Evil Star and can they find the next gate in time to close it and save the world from the Old Ones? Horowitz provides his usual fast-paced, non-stop action in this new series. It is sure to impress his already established fans and create plenty of new ones. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    RAIDING PLANS

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Yay

    Had to read first book (Ravens Gate) for my 9th grade thing and loved it!!! About to purchase this book and see how it goes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    What happens

    I have no idea what is in this book please explain ... if you do explain you can be my friend thnx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Slow start READ NOW OR DIE


    LISTIN UP YOU PILE OF SH%*
    I HAVE COME TO REAP YOUR SOALS!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Bored adventure

    Hey bored adventure why dont you rrad it yourself?

    Anyways its a great sequel to ravens gate.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Idcaboutlife

    This bok was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Megh

    Megh

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    It's an action packed story

    This book has a lot of action and excitement. It always keeps you wondering what will happen to Matt, Pedro, and their friends. Right when Matt entered Peru he knew that something was wrong, and he was right. The police men of Peru were after Matt, beacause they didn¿t want him interfering with Diego Salamanda¿s plan to bring back the Evil Ones. There was also a traitor who betrayed Matt, Pedro, and the Nexus, a group of people trying to stop the Evil Ones. This book was full of twists and turns, always keeping you on your toes, making you wonder what will happen next: murder, deception, and suspense. An ally dies, a friend betrays his comrades, and you never know what¿s going to happen next. The author could have used more descriptions in some parts of the story, but other than that, it was worded very well, and although it was very confusing at times, it was still a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    'A Swirling Mass of Horror and Fantasy'

    This book was very good, but like many books, not perfect. Matt had already been through terrible things at Ravens Gate, but now the Nexus a group whose sole purpose is to help gatekeepers, wants Matt to travel to Peru to close the second gate. Right when he enters Peru horrible things happen. Richard, Matt¿s close friend, is kidnapped, Matt is beaten by police at Hotel Europa, and Matt finds the second gatekeeper, finding out that the two of them don¿t even speak the same language. Things worsen from there Matt finds out that the richest man in Peru, Diego Salamanda, has constructed a satellite to take place of a missing star, which will open the second gate. As an attempt to stop this Atoc¿s small army, Richard and Matt go to Salamanda¿s headquarters to destroy the satellite. Unfortunately, inside Matt and Richard find a traitor to the Nexus. Matt then must destroy the satellite to stop the Old Ones from entering the world. I enjoyed many parts about this book such as all of the suspense, horror in the book, as well as the way the author worded the book. Some dislikes I had about this book were that the book was confusing at parts, there was too much death within the book, and it was not descriptive enough of events. This book is part of the Ravens Gate Series and is the second book in the series. Evil Star can not be read without reading the first book Ravens Gate. Any gender would find this book great to read. If you enjoy other books with horror or suspense you¿ll love this book. Evil Star was a great book to read and I just know that anybody who reads this book will think this book is wonderful just like I did.

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