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He always knew he was different. First there were the dreams. Then the deaths began. When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian; with the whole village. Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will He always knew he was different. First there were the dreams. Then the deaths began. When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian; with the whole village. Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him; no one can help. There is no proof. There is no logic. There is just the Gate.


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He always knew he was different. First there were the dreams. Then the deaths began. When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian; with the whole village. Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will He always knew he was different. First there were the dreams. Then the deaths began. When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian; with the whole village. Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him; no one can help. There is no proof. There is no logic. There is just the Gate.

30 review for Raven's Gate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candi

    Anthony Horowitz quickly became a favorite author of mine after reading and loving Magpie Murders and The House of Silk. I don't typically read young adult fantasy novels, but I'm not opposed to giving something different a try now and then. Besides, I already knew that his writing was fantastic, so thought this one might be a refreshing change of pace for me. Unfortunately, I was a bit bored with it. I reached about the 40-50% mark on my kindle and decided I have too many others I would much ra Anthony Horowitz quickly became a favorite author of mine after reading and loving Magpie Murders and The House of Silk. I don't typically read young adult fantasy novels, but I'm not opposed to giving something different a try now and then. Besides, I already knew that his writing was fantastic, so thought this one might be a refreshing change of pace for me. Unfortunately, I was a bit bored with it. I reached about the 40-50% mark on my kindle and decided I have too many others I would much rather be reading instead. The writing was a bit too simplistic for me and the plot seemed to stall, or go in circles - much like the roads leading in and out of Lesser Malling, the town where Matt Freeman has been sent to live with a very odd and creepy woman named Jayne Deverill. Something truly bizarre was happening in this village, but I just wasn't interested enough to find out just what. I'll read anything else Horowitz writes - but I'll stick to his books written for adults. In fact, I'm quite anxious to get my hands on The Word is Murder this fall. I'm not going to rate this one, since I abandoned it partway through and suspect I was not the intended audience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers, #1), Anthony Horowitz Matt Freeman, always knew: He is different with others. He started with dreams. Then he came to the murders. After arresting Matt Freeman, the police sent him to a farm in Yorkshire to be run by an elderly woman. Not long, that felt "Matt", his supervisor is not a common habit. The rest of the villagers were not normal. Then, "Matt", from the existence of the predecessors, became aware, and knew, for reasons different from others. But nobody b Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers, #1), Anthony Horowitz Matt Freeman, always knew: He is different with others. He started with dreams. Then he came to the murders. After arresting Matt Freeman, the police sent him to a farm in Yorkshire to be run by an elderly woman. Not long, that felt "Matt", his supervisor is not a common habit. The rest of the villagers were not normal. Then, "Matt", from the existence of the predecessors, became aware, and knew, for reasons different from others. But nobody believes in his words, no one could help him. Does not prove anything. Logically, there is only one gateway in the Carnist ... the crows gate. Raven's Gate is the first book in "The Power of Five" series, written by Anthony Horowitz. It was published and released in the United Kingdom on 1 August 2005, by Walker Books Ltd and in the United States (1 June 2005) by Scholastic Press under the adjusted series title "The Gatekeepers". Raven's Gate is followed by Evil Star, released in 2006, Nightrise in 2007, and Necropolis in 2008, with the final book Oblivion in 2012. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پانزدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2013 میلادی عنوان: دروازه ی کلاغ ؛ مجموعه قدرت پنج نگهبان - کتاب نخست؛ نویسنده: آنتونی هوروویتس؛ مترجم: گیتا گرکانی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1389، در 319 ص، شابک: 9786001820045؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 20 م مت فریمن، همیشه میدانست: با دیگران فرق دارد. با رویاها آغاز شد. سپس نوبت به قتلها رسید. پلیس، پس از بازداشت «مت فریمن»، او را به مزرعه‌ ای در «یورکشایر» فرستاد، تا تحت سرپرستی یک خانم مسن، قرار بگیرد. طولی نکشید، که «مت» حس کرد، سرپرست او، یک آدم عادی نیست. بقیه‌ ی مردم دهکده هم، عادی نبودند. سپس «مت»، از وجود پیشینیان، با خبر شد، و فهیمد، به چه دلایلی با دیگران فرق دارد. اما هیچکس حرف‌هایش را باور نمی‌کرد، هیچکس نمی‌توانست به او یاری کند. چیزی را نمی‌شود اثبات کرد. منطقی در کارنیست. تنها یک دروازه وجود دارد... دروازه‌ ی کلاغ. ا. شربیانی

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    What do you get when you mix elements of Harry Potter, Stephen King, and Night at the Museum together? You get Raven’s Gate. This was a very quick and enjoyable read and had me on the edge of my seat. I could hardly put it down. Of course it is a story or Good vs. Evil. I fell in love with Matt the minute he was introduced and knew there was more to him than met the eye. And the unfolding of his story was done very well and in such a way that you were hooked from the beginning to the end. It is th What do you get when you mix elements of Harry Potter, Stephen King, and Night at the Museum together? You get Raven’s Gate. This was a very quick and enjoyable read and had me on the edge of my seat. I could hardly put it down. Of course it is a story or Good vs. Evil. I fell in love with Matt the minute he was introduced and knew there was more to him than met the eye. And the unfolding of his story was done very well and in such a way that you were hooked from the beginning to the end. It is the first book of Anthony Horowitz’s Gatekeeper series. I received the fourth book (Necropolis) as a giveaway and because it was the 4th book I went out and got the 1st three because I don’t like to start reading a story in the middle. I can’t wait to start the next book the only problem I have is that there should be a 5th book but so far I have not found any reference to a future publication date. In fact the only reference I found was on Wikipedia which stated a title: The Darkness (The Horror Within) but little else. So I’m hoping the story will not end unfinished.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I wish there were more YA books that involved vats of face-melting acid. Review at some point.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    This book was kind of cheesy. Ok. Not just kind of. Really cheesy. I can picture it. Horowitz sitting down to write "Stephen King for teens!" Except that Stephen King for teens doesn't have any of the interesting scary bits that normal Stephen King does. Matthew Freeman (or just Matt, because reasons) is 14 and an orphan and apparently super important to the sort of person I imagined a Satanist to be when I was 10. TL;DR synopsis: (view spoiler)[Dead parents! Crappy aunt takes him in! Crappy aunt This book was kind of cheesy. Ok. Not just kind of. Really cheesy. I can picture it. Horowitz sitting down to write "Stephen King for teens!" Except that Stephen King for teens doesn't have any of the interesting scary bits that normal Stephen King does. Matthew Freeman (or just Matt, because reasons) is 14 and an orphan and apparently super important to the sort of person I imagined a Satanist to be when I was 10. TL;DR synopsis: (view spoiler)[Dead parents! Crappy aunt takes him in! Crappy aunt doesn't like being a parent so much! Juvenile delinquenting! Government farm work instead of jail time program! Creepy old lady foster mom! Everyone he starts to like gets murdered because saying the lord's prayer backwards gives you demon powers! Reanimated dinosaurs! Nuclear reactor explodes! (hide spoiler)] Actually, in declarative sentence form this book doesn't sound so bad. It is though; don't be fooled. At least it was short. I just saved you several hours of your life. You're welcome.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Another surprisingly good read. I was always excited about what was going to happen next. Lots of imagination in this story, and it's well written. It's such an underrated book. The ending could have been better but it was still good. I was scared this book was going to be like "The Darkest Minds" series which had a decent story but I just did not enjoy it at all. It didn't resonate with me... but Raven's Gate did. Raven's Gate is kinda like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children meets Per Another surprisingly good read. I was always excited about what was going to happen next. Lots of imagination in this story, and it's well written. It's such an underrated book. The ending could have been better but it was still good. I was scared this book was going to be like "The Darkest Minds" series which had a decent story but I just did not enjoy it at all. It didn't resonate with me... but Raven's Gate did. Raven's Gate is kinda like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children meets Percy Jackson

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms

    2.5 Stars (P: Poor) I didn't hate it like I mostly do with my 2 stars. It was just slow & boring, been dragged you could say, till it reached the last 60 pages in which things turned interesting & thrilling, I found a favourite character (because Matt was annoying, I didn't like him) & I got curious. (I could give it 3 stars because of this, but I don't) but I will continue this series for now. 2.5 Stars (P: Poor) I didn't hate it like I mostly do with my 2 stars. It was just slow & boring, been dragged you could say, till it reached the last 60 pages in which things turned interesting & thrilling, I found a favourite character (because Matt was annoying, I didn't like him) & I got curious. (I could give it 3 stars because of this, but I don't) but I will continue this series for now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eshusdaughter

    Fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman is an orphan in a lot of trouble. After he's caught stealing he is funneled into the LEAF system, a new program that England has put in place to deal with youthful offenders. Through LEAF, Matt is "fostered" with the evil Mrs. Deverill, a satanic witch bent on torturing Matt. Everyone Matt gets close to has a bad habit of ending up dead and no one can seem to tell him about something called Raven's Gate - a mysterious place that is somehow tied to Matt's own psychi Fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman is an orphan in a lot of trouble. After he's caught stealing he is funneled into the LEAF system, a new program that England has put in place to deal with youthful offenders. Through LEAF, Matt is "fostered" with the evil Mrs. Deverill, a satanic witch bent on torturing Matt. Everyone Matt gets close to has a bad habit of ending up dead and no one can seem to tell him about something called Raven's Gate - a mysterious place that is somehow tied to Matt's own psychic abilities. I listened to the audiobook version of this novel. It's possible that some of my disappointment with the book stems from the poor reading it was given. The narrator, Simon Prebble, has a very deadpan voice with little vocal range or variation. It could certainly have been done much better. However there are a myriad of other reasons I didn't like Raven's Gate. Think of every cliche you have ever imagined about black magic - tada you've just met the cast of bad guys from this book! Lacking in originality or interest the bad guys are cookie cutter cardboard baddies with about as much oomph as an old B horror movie. Horowitz's writing is stacato and terse, and he doesn't embroider his tale with a lot of description - just short and to the point. There are many that enjoy that sort of writing, I am not one of them. The plot feels thin and forced and the story is rather lackluster. I won't be picking up the rest of the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ezra

    This is a pretty good book. I wouldn't say there were any memorable moments that I really adored, but the overall story was quite interesting. It had quite a pace and barely slowed down. I was hooked from the start and I am definitely going to read the rest of the series. Eventually. But there was something missing. Don't get me wrong, it was suspenseful. It should be a mini-series. Let me see how I can phrase this. It was...boring? No. Slow? Definitely not. It just didn't resonate with me. Ye This is a pretty good book. I wouldn't say there were any memorable moments that I really adored, but the overall story was quite interesting. It had quite a pace and barely slowed down. I was hooked from the start and I am definitely going to read the rest of the series. Eventually. But there was something missing. Don't get me wrong, it was suspenseful. It should be a mini-series. Let me see how I can phrase this. It was...boring? No. Slow? Definitely not. It just didn't resonate with me. Yeah, I know it sounds pretentious like who am I to say that? I'm not a highly intellectual book critic getting paid millions to rifle through pages and publish my opinions (I wish) ...but it just didn't feel like it was...a feeling like...the thing is...feeling...resonate...words...yeah, nope I got nothing. Maybe it's just the fact that the characters are all 14 year olds and there's very little I can find to relate to them. I understood Richard's predicament better. Also, there were some parts that we just boring but I think that's more my impatience to get on with the story than anything to do with the book. But Anthony Horowitz is a legend. The core idea of this story is incredibly intricate and mystical, and I absolutely adore how he bothered explaining the precise operation of a nuclear reactor. It appeals to the in me. Anyway, this was the bizniz and I liked it a much lot and I am gonsta reads the next many. Look at me being all "current" and "modern" and keeping up with the lingo. I am totes fitting in great.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    This is the start of a new series by Anthony Horowitz, bordering on mild horror. I did not find this nearly as good as Stormbreaker. I felt like the first half of the book was spent setting the scene, with the protagonist, Matt, feeling bewildered by the unusual turns his life has taken. As part of an alternative discipline program, he has been sent to live and work in the country with creepy Miss Deverill and her even creepier handyman, Noah. When he tries to escape, all of the roads lead back This is the start of a new series by Anthony Horowitz, bordering on mild horror. I did not find this nearly as good as Stormbreaker. I felt like the first half of the book was spent setting the scene, with the protagonist, Matt, feeling bewildered by the unusual turns his life has taken. As part of an alternative discipline program, he has been sent to live and work in the country with creepy Miss Deverill and her even creepier handyman, Noah. When he tries to escape, all of the roads lead back to Miss Deverill's home. He finds a couple of allies, but both of them are killed while trying to help him. With the help of a newspaper reporter, Richard, he discovers that he may be being set up to be a sacrifice to open the Raven's Gate, which many years ago had been blocked to keep out the evil Old Ones. In the process, dinosaur fossils come to life, a nuclear reactor explodes (or did it?), and orphan Matt may have found a new home. Middle school boys and a few girls seem to like this one, but it didn't do anything for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shaz

    4.25 stars I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, thrilling and creepy in all the right ways! I'll be continuing on with the series and I'm most hoping to see some character growth from our protagonist because this was the first book and there was a lot of build up, I feel like I didn't really get to know Matt as a character; most of his thoughts and dialogue were related to things happening around him which is why we didn't get to see him as himself. I actually laughed out loud quite a 4.25 stars I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, thrilling and creepy in all the right ways! I'll be continuing on with the series and I'm most hoping to see some character growth from our protagonist because this was the first book and there was a lot of build up, I feel like I didn't really get to know Matt as a character; most of his thoughts and dialogue were related to things happening around him which is why we didn't get to see him as himself. I actually laughed out loud quite a few times in this book which is always a good thing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    Raven's Gate is the re-written form of The Devil's Door Bell (published 1985), I can't comment on what has and hasn't changed in the text of this version and Anthony Horowitz's book published over twenty years ago. I do know that the Pentagram Chronicles was a series that was never finished. I think that The Gatekeepers is finished. In Raven's Gate, orphan Matt Freeman and his 'friend' Kalvin break into a warehouse and are caught in the act, Matt is given the option of possible jail time (becaus Raven's Gate is the re-written form of The Devil's Door Bell (published 1985), I can't comment on what has and hasn't changed in the text of this version and Anthony Horowitz's book published over twenty years ago. I do know that the Pentagram Chronicles was a series that was never finished. I think that The Gatekeepers is finished. In Raven's Gate, orphan Matt Freeman and his 'friend' Kalvin break into a warehouse and are caught in the act, Matt is given the option of possible jail time (because the guard who catches them is stabbed) or the LEAF project which will place him in a home for fostering. It's a choice -jail or freedom with a new guardian - that seems obvious, and LEAF is supposed to be voluntary. Only Jayne Deverill of a farm in Lesser Malling is strange and potentially more dangerous than any jail. Raven's Gate combines the magic and savagery out of primeval times with the science and 'controls' of the modern day. With the strange global group the Nexus watching and waiting in the background, only stepping forward when Matt and the reluctant but curious journalist who saves his life (and is saved in turn by Matt) - Richard Cole - approachs such members of their organization as Miss Ashwood and professor Sanjay Dravid. They say they are Matt's friends, but they in the end may only put him in more danger. Yet something is stirring at Lesser Malling's Ravens Gate, something only Matt may stop, or free. There are meant to be five, four boys, one girl to save the world - and Matt may be one of them, where the others are and if Ravens Gate is the only Gate are hopefully answers to be found by the end of the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shameeka Alexis

    I'M IN LOVE!!! This book finally broke my one-star-reads spell! Matthew "Matt" Freeman is not a normal kid. And he knows it. He knew his parents were going to die even before it happened. He just doesn't know how... Before proceeding with the review, I would like to thank Laura Pent for sending the book to me and luring me into reading it! Seriously. This was the best thing that ever happened to me! Okay, that was too dramatic. But you get the point. The book starts with Kelvin, Matt's friend sugges I'M IN LOVE!!! This book finally broke my one-star-reads spell! Matthew "Matt" Freeman is not a normal kid. And he knows it. He knew his parents were going to die even before it happened. He just doesn't know how... Before proceeding with the review, I would like to thank Laura Pent for sending the book to me and luring me into reading it! Seriously. This was the best thing that ever happened to me! Okay, that was too dramatic. But you get the point. The book starts with Kelvin, Matt's friend suggesting they rob a warehouse. Matt is initially reluctant, but then agrees as he fears he might lose his only friend. In the warehouse, Matt gets caught by the guard but Kelvin tries to buy more time for their escape by hurting the guard. Matt is very unhappy about this and starts arguing with Kelvin. When Kelvin tries to escape, the police arrive and both of them are arrested. Since Matt is too young (he's fourteen) to be put behind bars, he volunteers to get into a foster home under the LEAF (Liberty and Education Achieved through Fostering) project, as he is not happy living with Gwenda, his mother's half-sister. He is sent to live with Jayne Deverill in Lesser Malling (a village). Clearly, Jayne Deverill is not pleasant and Investigator Mallory sympathizes with him. A lot of weird things are going on in the village. Jayne's cat, the portrait at Hive Hall (Jayne's house) which seems to follow his movements with its eyes and keep changing poses, the villagers, the roads, the woods. Everything. It was so creepy. Matt was being watched all the time. Ugh. And I was so creeped out by Noah. I didn't understand what was going on, initially. Just guessed that it had something to do with Raven's Gate. Of course. But when the whole thing just unraveled itself, I knew I was in love. The writing was so beautiful. I was literally jumping every time Matt tried to escape and groaned every time he failed. You could feel whatever the author was trying to convey. It was beautiful. I'm not going to drop any spoilers. Or reveal any of the juicy parts. Just the fact that it was thrilling. And really amazing. The book had so many elements. Throw in a little Stephen King, Night at the Museum, some magic and beautiful writing.. POOF! You get the perfect book. I would recommend this book to those who don't mind (a lot of) twists, and those who aren't sick of fantasy or action yet. *Excuses herself and gets ready to dive into the next book of the series* Review also posted at: www.shameekalovesreading.wordpress.com

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There's very little in the core story of _Raven's Gate_ that's original. Horowitz borrows heavily both from older sci-fi/fantasy/horror works (Lovecraft and Stephen King, most noticeably) and mythology to create a world-within-a-world that in no way feels either new or particularly scary. If you read enough in the previously mentioned genres, you will have seen nearly all of these concepts used at least once elsewhere, and probably used better. And if you have seen them, then this story becomes There's very little in the core story of _Raven's Gate_ that's original. Horowitz borrows heavily both from older sci-fi/fantasy/horror works (Lovecraft and Stephen King, most noticeably) and mythology to create a world-within-a-world that in no way feels either new or particularly scary. If you read enough in the previously mentioned genres, you will have seen nearly all of these concepts used at least once elsewhere, and probably used better. And if you have seen them, then this story becomes utterly predictable. Of course the entire village of Lesser Malling is part of the conspiracy and of course Matt can't get out without a special talisman. I can't recall how many horror books and movies have utilized that concept. We know Matt has some sort of special power from the onset so nothing about him is a surprise. The big climax of the book felt like a rehash of Lovecraft, only with a nuclear meltdown. And the way it was wrapped up really seemed far too contrived, convenient. I have to agree with a previous reviewer that the reporter, Richard, seemed like something straight out of Stephen King's _Salem's Lot_, but less believable. His sudden attachment to Matt was jarring in the face of all his "just a story" talk from before. His surviving at all defies believability and it's obvious that he's only there because he'll be serving the function in the next book of an adult who can do things/get around obstacles that Matt can't, as well as providing a place for Matt to stay so the government can't get hold of him again. It's a useful purpose, true, but one that another adult should've been found for so Richard maintained his believability as a character. The narration of the story flows well enough but it gets jarring whenever a point of view is suddenly switched mid-paragraph for no apparent reason. There are some pretty decent moments (Matt's last two escapes) where a good amount of tension is built up, and that at least stopped me from giving it one star, but it's not enough to make up for the sheer predictability of the whole story. From the minute Mrs. Deverill shows up, it's so very easy to guess exactly what's going to happen pages before it ever does, and that just makes for a dull read. This looks to be a five book series, so hopefully the next one will have less of a derivative, rough draft feel to it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susana

    What possessed me to read this book? Well, a couple years back i saw a couple of episodes of a series called Foyle's War. The screenwriter was (is) Horowitz. I was so impressed with it, that i took advantage of a Huge promotion to buy this book! *Facepalm* I now understand why it, and the following books are for sale at such low prices.... Imagine a mesh of all the fantasy and horror clichés you've ever read or heard about...yes? That's what Raven's Gate is. Characters with no depth. A story less t What possessed me to read this book? Well, a couple years back i saw a couple of episodes of a series called Foyle's War. The screenwriter was (is) Horowitz. I was so impressed with it, that i took advantage of a Huge promotion to buy this book! *Facepalm* I now understand why it, and the following books are for sale at such low prices.... Imagine a mesh of all the fantasy and horror clichés you've ever read or heard about...yes? That's what Raven's Gate is. Characters with no depth. A story less than original and written without the slight finesse. The words and (basic) descriptions are just dumped on the paper. Basically this reads as a draft, or a screenplay ( i imagine..). Ideas perpetuated with this book: Witches are evil. Witchcraft is the same as Satanism... He probably never heard of Wicca.... Oh, and reaching the end there's this pearl: The medieval witch splits throats. The twenty-first century witch splits atoms. Tonight we shall do both.” Really? Idiot me. My idea was that women who were considered witches in the medieval times were slaughtered by a number of methods: Fire, drowning... Oh, and is the author calling witches to women scientists? O_O Here's an excerpt of an interview that the author gave to Teenreads: TRC: You've stated that The Gatekeepers series is your answer to Narnia, Lord of the Rings and other fantasy heavyweights. How much have these other works inspired you? AH: I loved these books when I was growing up and always wanted to write an epic fantasy series...but one set in the real world. There are elements of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis in The Gatekeepers, perhaps because I'm using some of the same sources (mythology, religion, ancient history). Writing battle scenes, it's very hard to do better than Tolkien --- particularly with Peter Jackson's wonderful films in mind. "better than Tolkien"...right...NO!! Read more here: Teenreads Recommended to: No one Imagination. We love to hear from you :) Author Official Site

  16. 4 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    Debating between 1 and 2 stars... *** I decided to go 1, because I didn't like it. The best thing I can say about it, really, is that it was short. I will say 1.5, though, because I usually reserve 1s for books I just completely hate, and this didn't even annoy me enough to make me hate it - it was just stupid. Basically, it takes a ton of horror story cliches - the ubiquitous Old Ones from another dimension wanting back in, the crazy villagers wanting to let them, performances of the Black Mass, Debating between 1 and 2 stars... *** I decided to go 1, because I didn't like it. The best thing I can say about it, really, is that it was short. I will say 1.5, though, because I usually reserve 1s for books I just completely hate, and this didn't even annoy me enough to make me hate it - it was just stupid. Basically, it takes a ton of horror story cliches - the ubiquitous Old Ones from another dimension wanting back in, the crazy villagers wanting to let them, performances of the Black Mass, which seemed to consist of saying the Our Father backwards - and couples this with cardboard characters, insipid writing, and corny dialogue. It's like a bad B-horror movie, but without the charm to make it "so bad it's good", so it's left just being "so bad it's mediocre" which is just completely bad. There were a few questions I was left with - like why does it have to be 4 boys and 1 girl who saves the universe? I'm sure - well, I would hope - that that would be explained in some future installment, since there are 5 books and we only meet Matt in this one. I, however, will never get that answer being as I will not continue the series. My biggest question, though, was why the ritual for summoning the Old Ones at Raven's Gate - allegedly the first stone circle, thousands and thousands of years old, containing the purest ancient evil, of which the Christian devil and demons are but pale shadows - is a Black Mass, i.e. a perversion of a Christian ritual. In other words, why make it an anti-Christian ritual that summons up creatures older than time at circles older than Christianity? I'm betting there's not really an answer to this, and it just goes back to the "grab bag of horror cliches" thing, with no real rhyme or reason. Blech. Long story short - If you're planning on reading this book:

  17. 5 out of 5

    #ReadAllTheBooks

    I'm always on the lookout for things that would interest my nephew, partially because we share a taste in books. (Or at least, he reads many books that I liked when I was his age.) As such, I usually tend to read much of the new books before I send them to him. Raven's Gate is the first in a series of 5 books by Anthony Horowitz. The first book follows Matt, a young boy who has been enrolled into the LEAF program after being a somewhat unwilling accomplice in what should have been a simple snatch I'm always on the lookout for things that would interest my nephew, partially because we share a taste in books. (Or at least, he reads many books that I liked when I was his age.) As such, I usually tend to read much of the new books before I send them to him. Raven's Gate is the first in a series of 5 books by Anthony Horowitz. The first book follows Matt, a young boy who has been enrolled into the LEAF program after being a somewhat unwilling accomplice in what should have been a simple snatch & grab theft. He's sent to the home of Ms. Deverill, a sinister old lady with whom Matt instantly distrusts. Matt soon discovers that there's something sinister going on, & that if he's not careful he will end up as one of the latest casualties in the town of Lesser Malling. I really did enjoy this book, although there was one thing that sort of bugged me. It's nothing major, but if you are curious then I'll elaborate more in the comments section. (The gripe is sort of spoilerish.) The book wasn't as well fleshed out as I'd like, but then this is only the first volume in the series. I can't expect all of the secrets to be revealed in the first book, now can I? The only thing I'd warn parents about is that there's a lot of violence in the book, with one character dying graphically in the course of the book. Since each parent is different when it comes to this sort of thing, I recommend that the parents read the book first & then discuss the content with their child after they've finished reading it. The book is quite good, so the parents shouldn't have any problem reading it. (Plus it's a great way to connect with your kid!) I can't wait to read the rest of the series- this shows a lot of promise!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    I have just bought the whole series - will be reading them over the next few months.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor Prothero

    Pretty litty

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Matt Freeman is an orphan on the wrong side of the law. He is convinced by his friend to break in to a warehouse and promised that no one will be hurt. Then things go terribly wrong and suddenly he’s being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Although he’s not charged, his aunt decides that enough is enough and she can’t look after him any more. He is put into the LEAF project, designed to help juvenile delinquents. Unfortunately, this is just the start of his troubles. He is sent to the creepy Matt Freeman is an orphan on the wrong side of the law. He is convinced by his friend to break in to a warehouse and promised that no one will be hurt. Then things go terribly wrong and suddenly he’s being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Although he’s not charged, his aunt decides that enough is enough and she can’t look after him any more. He is put into the LEAF project, designed to help juvenile delinquents. Unfortunately, this is just the start of his troubles. He is sent to the creepy village of Lesser Malling to live with the even creepier Mrs Deverill and that’s when things get freaky… I’m one of those people who is easily scared. I avoid horror movies like the plague – the scariest thing I’ve watched was The Others which was a great movie and probably not even really that scary. The thing is that, for me, it’s the suspense that creates the fear. Knowing that there’s something malevolent out there, but not being able to see just gives me the heebie-jeebies. That’s what makes Raven’s Gate so incredibly compelling. Reading this at night was like being caught in a natural history museum when the lights are out and dinosaur skeletons are coming to life. Horowitz has been on my List of Excellent Authors since I read Stormbreaker in high school. I moved on to Raven’s Gate at the time and loved it, but never finished the rest of the series. I decided it was about time I finished the series, but, after reading Jo’s Letters to the Five, I realised I needed to re-read this because I had honestly forgotten everything about it. I’m so glad I did. This really reminded me how wonderful Horowitz’s writing is. I’ve never felt so creeped out when reading a book before. Ever. However, it was not just the fear that made this book compelling; it was the complete and utter despair of Matt’s situation. It was something I felt deeply. Each time an escape plan failed or someone died, I just felt this weight on my body. The tension in the oppressive farmhouse in Yorkshire was something palpable which I could feel surrounding me. Each time a solution seemed possible, I felt a sense of hopelessness knowing that something would stop it. Matt, mate, you’re braver than me. I would have given up at the beginning and been sobbing in the corner for the rest of the novel. Raven’s Gate is a wonderfully creepy and utterly captivating novel and, while it’s not for everyone, it is an excellent read and something which I highly recommend. It has a vat of face-melting acid. What more do you really need? This review and many more can be found at Maree's Musings.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Mansilla

    Have you ever had a choice between going to jail or a foster home? What would you choose? I would choose a foster home because it's better than jail. The genre of this book is Realistic Fantasy because it feels like it can happen but you know it can't. 14-year-old Matthew Freeman helps out a boy to rob an electronics warehouse and is caught by a police. Then is sent to Lesser Malling. A women named Mrs. Deverill is Matthews foster parent. Matt starts hearing noises at night and plans an escape. Have you ever had a choice between going to jail or a foster home? What would you choose? I would choose a foster home because it's better than jail. The genre of this book is Realistic Fantasy because it feels like it can happen but you know it can't. 14-year-old Matthew Freeman helps out a boy to rob an electronics warehouse and is caught by a police. Then is sent to Lesser Malling. A women named Mrs. Deverill is Matthews foster parent. Matt starts hearing noises at night and plans an escape. When he chooses where to go he ends up at Lesser Malling. The major events that happened was when Matt had a horrible dream of a huge circle of granite stones and someone standing in the middle of it holding a knife pointing the knife at him directly in the eye. The conflict is person vs. person because he was the one that is seeing things and hearing them like when he saw a the women with the knife staring at him. `A major theme that occurred was when he got caught stealing mix tapes. The setting of this book is important to the theme because is completely changes the story and the mood. For example, a quote that can back up my analysis is " There was an intersection coming up ahead of him. Matt slowed down coasting the last few meters. He looked around him. There was a choice of five directions and broken sign posts without any names. It took him half a minute to realize where he was. Somehow, the lane he dad chosen had brought him around in a big circle. He was back exactly where he had begun." I like the way the author included whether he had a choice going to jail or going to a foster home. I liked it because it was a hard decision to make. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because I liked the story and it's kinda creepy and mysterious. I would recommend this book to Monica Rodriguez and Yael Guzman. I most definitely liked this book and hope that you will too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I could almost...almost go 5 stars on this one. Matt has had a hard life. He had loving parents and lived in a nice house, was a happy child and loved. Then his parents were killed in an auto accident (Don't I remember something about another magical kid losing his parents and getting told it was an auto accident??? Oh well, probably nothing...just my memory playing tricks I guess). Anyway there was no one left to take Matt in, except his mother's sister who is unloving...and really doesn't want t I could almost...almost go 5 stars on this one. Matt has had a hard life. He had loving parents and lived in a nice house, was a happy child and loved. Then his parents were killed in an auto accident (Don't I remember something about another magical kid losing his parents and getting told it was an auto accident??? Oh well, probably nothing...just my memory playing tricks I guess). Anyway there was no one left to take Matt in, except his mother's sister who is unloving...and really doesn't want the boy (I keep thinking I've heard something like this before...what was that??? Oh well, probably nothing, again). Anyway this aunt lives with her boyfriend and what the two of them really want is the money Matt's parents left him. And after they run through that they really have no use for him...so Matt begins to run with an, unfortunate friend. Thus we are launched into Matt's story that branches off into magic, horror and possibly the...DUH,DUH,DUH END OF THE WORLD. Isn't it amazing how often the end of the world comes swinging around...apparently there are a plethora of heroes and heroines out there just waiting around to save us... Anyway you'll see scads of familiar plot devices and points here. The characters and (indeed) the main plot idea is far from new and has been used...well over and over. Still it's done well, and is quite enjoyable. The writing flows, the story is coherent and the book is very well done not flagging or dropping the interest. As I often say about YA fantasy novels, especially those with somewhat of a horror element I'd suggest that parents/guardians read the book first and be sure that their "youth" is mature enough for the read. That being said, I like the book and can recommend it for "youth" who are ready and adults who still have imagination. Enjoy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    First off, i want to say that i read first Necropolis which is the book 4 in this fabulous series. The gatekeepers is sooo awesome!!, it has supernatural events, suspense, action, it's thrilling, it's so wonderful, i love it. Even though i first read the book 4 in the series, i could perfectly get into the story, Anthony Horowitz, explains there some things that happened in the previous books, so that if someone like me happened to commit the mistake of reading the 4th book first instead of star First off, i want to say that i read first Necropolis which is the book 4 in this fabulous series. The gatekeepers is sooo awesome!!, it has supernatural events, suspense, action, it's thrilling, it's so wonderful, i love it. Even though i first read the book 4 in the series, i could perfectly get into the story, Anthony Horowitz, explains there some things that happened in the previous books, so that if someone like me happened to commit the mistake of reading the 4th book first instead of starting since the beginning could understand the idea of the series. Also, even though he explains things from the previous books, when i decided to read the first three books i didn't feel like i was totally spoiled, i enjoyed each and every one of them because the plot is just so unexpected in every book. The story in this particular book, Raven's gate, takes place in London, where you get to know Matt, a normal kid who gets involved in some trouble and ends up arrested. so he has to decide whether he wants to go to jail or take part in what they call the LEAF project. After he makes his decision he started to get aware of some things that were happening there, and he gets to know that he's special, that he's not just a normal kid, but he's part of something else, something bigger. The story is fantastic, i think everyone should give it a try, this is a series i absolutely adore, and i wish more people knew about.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vampress Bathory

    I liked this one, but I must admit I was expecting something mind blowing, a bone chilling read. Instead I got a light, interesting story. Yeah the book really tried to be creepy and scary, but it couldn't deliver. Creepy things did happen, but all the way through the book I felt disconnected with everything that happened, it definitely wasn't John Saul or Stephen King bone chilling, not all. The problem is that I couldn't get into the story, even though I liked the main character and I really w I liked this one, but I must admit I was expecting something mind blowing, a bone chilling read. Instead I got a light, interesting story. Yeah the book really tried to be creepy and scary, but it couldn't deliver. Creepy things did happen, but all the way through the book I felt disconnected with everything that happened, it definitely wasn't John Saul or Stephen King bone chilling, not all. The problem is that I couldn't get into the story, even though I liked the main character and I really wanted to know what happened. I don't know how to put it into words, it just felt clinical, it was a a detached read for me. But I admit the plot was intriguing and I really want to know what happens next. I will read the next one for sure just to see where this is going.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Arnold

    So interesting. Going on to the 2nd book in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Moon

    Another blast from the past. I loved this book when I first stumbled upon it. I'm glad it was just as good as when I first read it. I love Matt, he's the reluctant main character with a will to live. He's also unexpectedly funny in the most grim situations. I hope this is another series that I will manage to re-read sometime soon. Another blast from the past. I loved this book when I first stumbled upon it. I'm glad it was just as good as when I first read it. I love Matt, he's the reluctant main character with a will to live. He's also unexpectedly funny in the most grim situations. I hope this is another series that I will manage to re-read sometime soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    K.J. Mecklenfeld

    Easy to read. Not for children.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kushnuma

    Raven's Gate is book 1 in the series. This book reminded me a lot of Harry Potter as it is about an orphan whose parents died in a car crash. It was a nice quick read, although I found it difficult to get into the book at times. Raven's Gate is book 1 in the series. This book reminded me a lot of Harry Potter as it is about an orphan whose parents died in a car crash. It was a nice quick read, although I found it difficult to get into the book at times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    This book was a lot better than I expected. I was honestly expecting something along the lines of "teenager ends up being the overpowered Chosen One and saves the world!" and (view spoiler)[while that was TRUE, (hide spoiler)] it was a much subtler and, dare I say it, realistic approach. The book surprised me. The characters were likeable and well written, the plot was kinda generic but still interesting, and the writing wasn't spectacular, but it did its job. I'm going to be continuing on with t This book was a lot better than I expected. I was honestly expecting something along the lines of "teenager ends up being the overpowered Chosen One and saves the world!" and (view spoiler)[while that was TRUE, (hide spoiler)] it was a much subtler and, dare I say it, realistic approach. The book surprised me. The characters were likeable and well written, the plot was kinda generic but still interesting, and the writing wasn't spectacular, but it did its job. I'm going to be continuing on with the series right away.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Highness Atharva

    Matt Freeman lives at Ipswich and he seems to be a troubled teenager after he lost his parents in a car crash and was fostered by his aunt Gwenda. He needs money desperately and reluctantly agrees to thug a DVD store with his "friend" Kevin but is caught by the guard who is stabbed by Kevan. Soon the police arrive and arrest Kievan and investigate bout Matt. After a judgement is passed Matt is left to the LEAF project and taken to a small town called Lesser Malling where he is fostered by Jayne Matt Freeman lives at Ipswich and he seems to be a troubled teenager after he lost his parents in a car crash and was fostered by his aunt Gwenda. He needs money desperately and reluctantly agrees to thug a DVD store with his "friend" Kevin but is caught by the guard who is stabbed by Kevan. Soon the police arrive and arrest Kievan and investigate bout Matt. After a judgement is passed Matt is left to the LEAF project and taken to a small town called Lesser Malling where he is fostered by Jayne Deverill a fifty year old queer woman. Soon in Lesser Killing he first D's mystifying things happening to him. Be finds whispering in the woods, queer people talking about odd things, the roads that never end and dead things returning to life. Soon to cure his curosity he is summoned by a villager so that he can answer Matt's questions and gives him an amulet warning him to run away. Matt the next day turns to meet him and finds him dead but before the police come the housekeeper cleans the mess. Matt sees the warning "Ravens Gate" flashing on the wall. He has suspicions that all the villagers are planning a conspiracy about something. He googles the Ravens Gate but finds nothing and gets a chat window with Dr.Dravid who be asks about but Dr leaves. He goes to the Lesser Mapping journalist to buy newspaper but the Journalist Richard asks for his story which he gladly tells but Richard does not believe him at all and sends him away. One night Matt wanders towards the forest where he fiends all the village gathered, children and all. Some people unloading a box. Matt touches a trap which alarms Jayne Deverill his cruel and odd fosterer. She magically summons three hounds who chase Matt until he falls in the bog but he is rescued by Richard the journalist. He teLos him his story and his precongnitive abilities and how he can for see the future and move items with his mind. Richard accepts and they meet the creator of the building where the ritual was taking place. Later, they meet Mrs. Ashwood whonteels them to understand the mystery of he ravens gat they must seek Dr Dravid who is a me member of the nexus organisation which keeps the world out of harm. They seek Dravid and he tells that that ravens fate is a monument of stones built by five people four bogs and one girl to prevent evil creatures ccalled the "Old Ones" from entering the earth. Dr. Dravid is killed by dinosaur spirits but Matt and Richard barely escape but get.caught by Jayne Deverill and Noah assistant to Jayne. Matt escapes but being caught again and betrayed and is summoned to the ritual where the village has fathered to bring tbe Old Ones back to Earth and they need three items :- Blood, Fire and Ritual. They take Matt's blood and summon the old Ones. Just before Chaos, the king of the Old Ones comes out Matt smeLos burning and his abilities are active. He escapes.and throws Many in acid where she dies and makes a big blast due to which a vaccum generates and sucks Chaos back in the portal. Richard also helps during these encounters. After at his the duo go back to nexus and meet a member of the Nexus Mr.Fabian who suspects there's a second gate in Peru and warns Matt much worse is coming. This was probably the best horror and thrilling book I've read. Some things are influential.and the plotlines are good. It seems Matt is peaceful.and no left but is a troubled teen. He has good traits but he is not free and independent. The book has impressive urban and rural narration. The narration is simple with no play of words but the story makes you read on. Horowitz surely knows town surroundings and has used them effectively I. the book. There is recognizable thugging and crimes in the first few chapters. Prkbablzy Horowitz tries to set up a poor.economically backward town. Horowitz also names every model of the car that comes across. Sarcastic. horror is thing in the book. Not much humour but sarcasm and darkness for sure. There's also much of witches witches and odd beasts and paranormal activities linked with Matt's life. The latter half of the books takes you to urban areas which is a downfall. "The medieval witch splits throats. The twenty first century witch splits atoms." A great read And strongly recommended for begginer readers.

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