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The Gatekeeper's Sons

The Gatekeeper's Sons

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by Eva Pohler

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Ancient gods. Modern times.

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


Ancient gods. Modern times.

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.

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Eva Pohler
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Gatekeeper's Saga , #1
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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

I write fiction for teens and adults and teach writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I live with my husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats (Katniss and Prim, of course). I'm also an avid reader and book reviewer. I've always said I never want to give up reading for writing or vice versa. I want to do both. My favorite authors are Tracy Chevalier, Ann Patchett, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, and Stephanie Meyer. I have too many to name, but those are a handful of them. When I'm not spending time with the family, working, reading, or writing, I can be found watching The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Middle, and NCIS. I love to interact with readers and have recently added features to my website at http://www.evapohler.com with this in mind. If you email me your art and/or stories based on The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, or on Greek mythology in general, I will post them on my website for others to enjoy. I have also added a short video on the Olympians and a fun Jeopardy Game to test your knowledge. Please visit my website for more details. Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my writing!

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The Gatekeeper's Sons 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
LisaAnn22 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!  The author apparently did her research, but the Greek Mythology is spot on!! The author also includes lesser-known stories and gods, making the book even more interesting!  The way the mythology is entertwined in the story line is masterful and feels like a natural part of the plot. But, even if you're not a mythology fan, this novel is still a great read!!  The characters are so well-developed that I couldn't help but believe them and fall in love with the most endearing. The story contains so many twists, that it puts you on the edge of your seat. I lost a lot of sleep reading this book because I couldn't put it down!  And when I was finished, I couldn't wait to start the 2nd book, which was even better than the 1st!  In fact, I highly recommend the entire trilogy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Greek Mythology and covers always lures me to want to read the books first. As you can see the cover in my opinion was chosen beautifully and is linked with what the story is about. When I started to read this book the Author included everything that I love in my books, Greek Mythology, adventures, and of course romance. She kept the mythology close to what the real mythology is said to be with the gods and goddesses and then also the way the Furies are. The detail in the books is enough to make you understand what going on with the story is but not overly done to where it makes you want to skip pages. As the description says Theresa has obstacles that she has to overcome including revenge for her parent’s death and the fight for her and Thanatos to be together. Will they be able overcome and find the murderer, which you will have to find out in the book by reading it. I truly loved the Gatekeeper’s Son and will continue to read the others. This is at my top recommendation for anyone looking to sit down and read an awesome paranormal romance with Greek Mythology.   ~ Sue Ellen Robertson GirlyGirlBookReviews
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Take one immortal Greek god of Death, add a fifteen-year-old girl who barely survived the murder of her parents and blend well and we have a nice take on a YA paranormal romance by Eva Pohler! Thanatos, the god of death, who looks around eighteen, but is, in fact, an ancient immortal son of Hades, twin brother of Hypnos, the god of dreams falls instantly in love with Therese, a mortal girl who gave him his first kiss. Actually, she gave him his first taste of being around humans, because, really, who WANTS to be visited by death, you know? Therese and Than have a few weeks together in the Earth Realm, they are in love. Than must find a way to make Therese his immortal wife, a goddess, but it usually doesn't work out too well for humans, but Hades has made an offer Therese cannot refuse. If she is able to kill the man who arranged for her parents' murder, she will have earned the right to become immortal. Being a truly 'nice' kid, Therese has won the hearts and support of many of the gods. But, is she capable of committing murder, even if it means losing Thanatos forever? At first, I was sucked right in, then, the story got a little too detailed for me, with too many 'mini' details tucked in the story. Instead of blaming the story, I tried to read it from the eyes of a young teen, and, tada! Suddenly, what the characters said and did made complete sense! I already loved the plot idea, not too many books out there that toss in tons of gods, not only their names, but who they are! A real mini mythology lesson! Therese's day to day life was real! Her friends and family felt real! Her emotional reaction to different situations was real! I completely enjoyed this escape from reality and have recommended this book to a couple of teacher friends of mine, for their students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**This review may contain a spoiler or two** First off, I’d like to say that The Gatekeeper’s Sons is the first book in the Gatekeeper’s trilogy. Also, I won all three books in a contest, and they have been signed by the author. Now…on with my review. The Gatekeeper’s Sons is about a 15 year old girl named Therese. It starts out with Therese leaving a college with her parents; her mother had been celebrated for some sort of antidote. As they are in the car getting ready to leave, Therese sees a man’s face in the window. But no one else does. Then gunshots ring out, and her father takes off. he ends up swerving the car off a bridge and into the water. Therese’s mother has been hit by a bullet, and even though she tries to save her parents, she cannot. They drown, and before Therese blacks out, she sees someone swimming towards her. After that, the book delves into Greek mythology, using two gods that aren’t usually discussed or very well known: Thanatos and Hypnos, both sons of Hades. Therese is in a coma, but she meets Hypnos in her dreams. He finds Therese fascinating and wants to make out with her. She refuses, but then she sees her parents on a ferry with another boy. That boy is Hypnos’s brother, Thanatos, the god of Death. Still believing she’s in a dream, she wraps her arms around Than and kisses him. But because he’s the god of Death, being around him will kill Therese, so both brothers have to let her go back to the waking world. Now out of the coma, Therese realizes that her parents really, truly are dead, and she ends up going back home with her aunt Carol, who has agreed to take care of her. Meanwhile, Thanatos goes to his father, Hades, and asks if he can give up his duties as the god of Death and become human so he can try and win Therese’s heart and make her his queen. Hades agrees to give Than 40 days, while making Hypnos take over Than’s duties. Than ends up working for Therese’s friend Jen at her barn. Therese, who is also helping out, is immediately drawn to Than, but thinks she’s being ridiculous believing that she already knows him or that he’s the god of Death. Slowly, but surely, things start to click with her, though, and she realizes that the Greek gods really are real. But then comes the hard part. With the help of Than’s sisters, the Furies, Therese must avenge her parents’ death by killing the man who had them killed. She earns gifts from certain gods and goddesses because of her kindness to nature and animals, but when the time comes to face off with the murderer, she realizes that perhaps she isn’t cut out to be a goddess of Death after all. There is a lot more to the book, but I don’t want to give it all away. I found it fascinating, although I did think the romance with Than was just a little rushed. After the ending, though, I thought a bit differently. The ending did remind me slightly of The Hunger Games, but only because it was a ‘kill or be killed’ sort of event Therese had to be involved in, and the gods and goddesses were merely spectators, only allowed to give yes or no answers in response to Therese’s prayers to them. Eva Pohler does seem to have a firm grasp on the mythology, and even though her interpretations of the gods may be different than yours, it’s definitely well written and researched. I enjoyed it immensely. If you’re a fan of Greek mythology and like reading about gods you normally wouldn’t see as main characters, I’d say give this book a whirl. I’m currently reading the second book and will be reviewing that as soon as I finish.
bigfoot4030 More than 1 year ago
My daughter recommened these books to me, she was so impressed with them that she insist I check them out. She was able to obtain the first book for me for free from smashwords. I was quite impressed, I expecially enjoyed the way the authour incorporated greek mythology with modern day combining both brilliantly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story! Modern and infused with classic Greek Mythology, this book captivated my imagination and kept me reading through the end. The characters are well developed and fun to get to know. I can assure you one thing: this book has changed the way I look at my dreams forever. A compelling read; I recommend this book to anyone interested in mythology and/or fantasy. ~LRose
BMM61 More than 1 year ago
For teenage/young adult very highly recommended. Lots of twists in the plot. Creates an understanding of Greek Mythology which is always a good thing. Very well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept reading the book despite never really developing a definate feeling towards it. I would get involved in the romance and then be reminded that the main character is only 15 and the love interest is 18. Its not just the sexual tension that made me step back, its also the choice Therese is 100% willing to make at only 15. There's also the act the gods set for her to do, again at only 15. It was a good story, I was just taken out of the moment at times with the reminder that she's just a 15 year old girl. However, since I do know she will age, I can sed myself reading the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was ok. I think the main character is way too young to commit to marriage. Just sayin. I will not be finishing the series. If it interests you the go for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is so good! I read the first one abd right w,away bought all the other ones and read them! Younwont be able to stop reading these books. If you like greek mythology, you will really like these books. These books are not made up when it comes to the greek mythology! These book sare good for ages 12 and up! You will not really understan dthem until you learn about them i school and i was 12 when i learned about them so i under stood these, even though it has been a couple years ago when i learned aboht this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great love story I cant wait to find out what happens next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a spectacular series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, believable characters.
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
This book will have you emotionally invested in the characters within the first few pages.  The author really brings them to life for you with her incredible writing style.  She obviously researched her Greek mythology and intertwined it into the storyline beautifully.  This is a new and unique take on the mythology aspect. Therese witnessed her parents' murder, barely escaping her own death. While in a coma, she watches her parents being led to the Underworld, where Death awaits to guide them to the afterlife. Having the mysterious ability of controlling her own dreams, Therese attempts to interact with them, catching the attention of two gods, Hypnos (Hip) and Thanatos (Than); who happend to be sexy twin brothers, yum! Hip is fascinated by her dreaming skills and after one kiss, she about sweeps Than off of his feet, causing him to make a deal with his father Hades that will change both of their lives forever! The secondary character were enjoyable as well and added some great moments.   This probably goes without saying, but I would definitely recommend this book to absolutely everyone, loved this read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of twists and turns that will keep you glued to the book from the first page to the last. Can't wait to check out the rest of the series!
wecos More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and this auther
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed hoping to read the others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great use of mythology! Can't wait to get into the other books.definately glad I gave it a try
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice novel, reads like a young adult fiction. Fast-paced chapters with likeable characters quickly pull you into the story. A fun teen romance with a supernatural theme, this unusual take on Greek gods interacting with mortals was a great read, and I'm looking forward to the continuing story in the sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very apropriet in my opinion. Im 13 in 8th grade and very spacific on this kind of thing and i swear theres no sex porn or nudedy
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start by saying that I love this book and if Eva needs anyone to review her other books I'd happily volunteer! That being said, let me start with the bad stuff- I don't like the voice for the audiobook. I feel like it subtracts from the awesome story, and it sounds kinda computer generated. Like it has the tinny quality that comes from being a CG voice. I wish that Eva would've picked someone that really gave life to Therese! Maybe a younger sounding voice. I'm not quite sure. It just didn't match the story. I know that it probably sucks to hear that, and that Eva probably listened to bunches of narrators before she decided on Debbie (I think that was her name), but it was the only real miss for me... well, that and that I wanted the next book as soon as I finished the first! As for the story, it is freaking AWESOME! I used to love mythology, it was one of those things you learn about in Six Grade and it stuck with me, unlike so many of my classmates. I found that Eva did a wonderful job of bringing each of the Gods and Goddesses to life in a new and fantastic sort of way. I fell in love with Than and his brother, I swear I've met that brother combo before in real life- which makes it even better because it's believable. I really felt for him as he went through what was going on (see my attempt not to give anything away!). Therese is a real kind of girl. She also is a strong character, which I love. It great how Eva was able to to make this girl into someone that the reader could see themselves in or being friends with. Maybe she has some personality traits that we find familiar or just her situation to an extent. Whatever it is for the reader, it makes her someone we can really connect with. I love that Therese is also a bleeding heart. I can totally relate. Eva does an amazing job bringing the world she's created to life. Her characters are well developed and amazing, the story itself doesn't have giant gaping holes of inconsistencies for you to fall into never to return from. It is a freaking awesome read. I highly recommend it!
Elkantara More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It starts off with a bang (literally) and holds you throughout. One of the things I loved about it was how original it was, something that is not easy to say anymore. Ms. Pohler weaves a fascinating tale using the God of Sleep and the God of Death, Hypnos and Thanatos, who are the sons of Hades. The author obviously knows a great deal about Greek mythology and I enjoyed her twist on it. If you are a Percy Jackson fan, this series is definitely for you. But even if you’re not, you will enjoy the love story and the adventure. Her characters are believable and likeable, and, I have to say, Thanatos was just adorable. Great story and a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was great kept me engrossed. The writing wasn't great but after the first couple of pages my imagination took over and I didn't notice anymore. Author really pulls you in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Its bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I am already cringing. Plot seems solid, but I can't focus on it because of the horrible editing. Everything is paragraph style like an essay rather than having the 'speaking' in separate lines. It's in quotation marks, granted, but it just flows in with the rest. And wearing being spelled waring... killed me.