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Someone is knocking at the Gate and she has no way of answering.
Posted November 5, 2013
Oh, the Sidhe! I couldn’t wait to get more of the Faerie realm in this installment of the Hayle Coven series and Patti Larsen did not disappoint. If you haven’t read the previous books, don’t read this review, it has some spoilers.
Syd is dealing with a lot lately. Her friends have moved on, Quaid is still incognito with the Dumonts and she’s still getting used to being part Sidhe princess, Demon and Witch. What’s a girl to do? Well, add on to it all by having her Grandmother Ethpeal, still a bit crazy but very powerful and still bent on vengeance as she disappears, heading after the Dumonts. Can’t have a crazy old lady wandering the world plotting complete destruction of a coven belonging to a witch who plotted to demolish hers, right? So, of course, poor Miriam takes chase after her, along with her very damaged vampire brother, Uncle Frank. Poor Frank! Love that guy and what happened to him in the last book is just devastating.
Syd gets to play leader for once and I couldn’t wait to see how she handled the mess that her coven is. Would they support her? Would they shun her? Would they leave her in the dust? Well, it was quite an adventure. Doesn’t help that Shaylee, her Sidhe princess side is giving her nightmares about some gate that scares the bejeezus out of them both. What the heck?
Oh, but we do get to meet Liam, another newbie in town. Hot! He sounds like a dream come true for Syd, but he seems to not fit somehow, and I wondered if he might be magical or have something to do with the chaos around Syd. He’s definitely different. Plus, there are strangers in town who are eyeing them both for unknown reasons and Sidhe magic all around (Yaay!).
The action and plotting for world domination in this installment was amazing. Love, love, love any Sidhe story and this one had some history about many of the magical creatures in Wilding Springs. Loved it as usual and I’m super excited to read onto the next books of the Hayle Coven Series.
Posted October 24, 2012
In "Gatekeeper", the sixth novel in the Hayle Coven series, Patti Larsen has yet another absolutely unique story to tell. After a peaceful bit of summer holiday, Syd starts her senior year with even more troubles and responsibilities than she ever had before. Her mom leaves her in charge of the coven while she goes off to find her vanished grandmother. Syd's little sister, Meira, has turned into a brat, and she is having frightening dreams about a full moon and a gate. At school the nasty new vice principal seems to be targeting her for punishments, Her best friend Alison has a personal crisis, and what is the connection between her dreams and the hot new guy, Liam O'Dane? I enjoyed this suspense-laden and yet heart warming book as much as - if not more - the previous five Hayle Coven novels. The wonderfully realistic characters feel like old friends to me while new additions to the character cast brings a freshness to every new book. The main character, Syd, never fails to make me smile even while she is in the most dire of disastrous situations. Her dialogue is excellent but it is in Syd's inner dialogue and highly amusing thoughts that the author works her true magic. From mental self-admonishment and speculations, to her inner conversations with her demon and Shaylee, the sidhe princess, you will find yourself howling with laughter. The close bond Syd has with her family, friends and her very special talking pets, brings a lovely tenderness to the story. As is usual with this author's books, I could not put "Gatekeeper" down. Again I have to advise readers to get hold of the first five books in this series before reading "Gatekeeper". A huge cheer and 5 stars for another wonderful book! (Ellen Fritz)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.