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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Welcome to my stop on the GATEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER book blog tour, brought to you by

about the book:

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 5/1/13

In The Gatekeeper's Sons, Therese and Thanatos, the god of Death, met and fell in love. In The Gatekeeper's Challenge, they did everything they could to be together, even break an oath on the River Styx. But the Olympians don't tolerate oath-breakers. In this final book in the trilogy, The Gatekeeper's Daughter, Therese may have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to remain one, she'll not only have to discover her unique purpose, but also make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, her aunt's baby's life hangs in the balance. 

my thoughts:
A wonderful love story.  Thanaton, god of death, loves Therese.  In the first two books, we saw this love grow and deepen.   In book three, Therese is finally a goddess of Olympus, but things can change quickly for her.  

Both Therese and Thanatos are likable characters.  Thanatos is a really nice guy, I mean God.   

One thing that came to mind while reading these books; remember the TV show a few years back about a certain son of Zeus?  At the beginning of the show there was a line,
Well, this book fullfils that to a 'T'.  The Gods of Olympus are just rotten.  
Ares is a mean jerk, Aphrodite, vain and conceited, Artemis, more concerned with herself.
Hera, just as bad as you would imagine.
The only god I had and respect for was Hades.  Yup, Hades.  The one god you wouldn't expect to like.

This is a great end to the trilogy.  You will find yourself rooting for Than and Therese.  

Well written, quick read.  Great for lovers of greek mythology.

We have a guest post from Eva Pohler

How Greek Myths Inspire Us to Be Heroes

I fell in love with Greek myths in the eighth grade, when I read Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. Later, after studying Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, I better understood why most people are drawn to myths: They help us to project and symbolically play out our own fears and desires. Carl Jung wrote of universal archetypes—such as the Madonna, the soldier, and the rogue. Sigmund Freud wrote that art was the opportunity for adults to continue childhood play in a socially acceptable way. Joseph Campbell built upon the works of both Jung and Freud to describe The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which inspired George Lukas in the creation of Star Wars.

As a writer, I, like Lukas, wished to tap into that universal consciousness where fears and desires are shared. Myths make it possible to project universal fears, or what we often call our inner demons, into monsters that can be externally fought and defeated. The most universal fear is death. I created a trilogy for young adults in which death is not only faced and, in some ways, battled, but also embraced and transcended.

In the first book of this contemporary fantasy, The Gatekeeper’s Sons, fifteen-year-old Therese Mills meets Thanatos, the god of death, while in a coma after witnessing her parents’ murder. She feels like the least powerful person on the planet and is ready to give up on life, but the story forces her to fight. As she hunts with the fierce and beautiful Furies to track down her parents’ murder and avenge their death, she falls in love with Thanatos and symbolically accepts her parents’ and her own mortality.

In the second book, The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, Therese has the opportunity to transcend death by accepting five seemingly impossible challenges issued by Hades. All five challenges represent the universal fears of rejection, culpability, disorientation, death, and loss in the forms of a box not allowed to be opened, an apple that shouldn’t be eaten, a labyrinth meant to confuse, a Hydra that wants to destroy, and the allure of bringing back the dead. These same myths are recycled again and again through the centuries because they help us to recognize our inner demons and inspire us to defeat them.

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Eva Pohler

Eva Pohler teaches writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband,

 three children, two dogs, two rats, and her very large collection of books

On Eva's blog, notice her choices for Than and Hip in a movie version of the book--I AGREE 100% WITH HER PICKS!!!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your kind review and for having me on your beautiful blog!