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Thanatos and Therese's love story continues in the second book of this epic young adult series by USA Today bestselling author Eva Pohler.Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents' murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos's absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete's affections eve Thanatos and Therese's love story continues in the second book of this epic young adult series by USA Today bestselling author Eva Pohler.Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents' murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos's absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete's affections even though her heart aches for the god of death. Then she becomes infuriated with Than when he says that he's "been busy."In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.Eventually she learns that Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he's found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.*Formerly The Gatekeeper's Challenge


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Thanatos and Therese's love story continues in the second book of this epic young adult series by USA Today bestselling author Eva Pohler.Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents' murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos's absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete's affections eve Thanatos and Therese's love story continues in the second book of this epic young adult series by USA Today bestselling author Eva Pohler.Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents' murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos's absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete's affections even though her heart aches for the god of death. Then she becomes infuriated with Than when he says that he's "been busy."In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.Eventually she learns that Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he's found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.*Formerly The Gatekeeper's Challenge

30 review for Challenge of Hades

  1. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Pratt

    Oh geez that was so good and so sad. Now on to the last book of this trilogy but there is more to this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

    I really enjoyed this 2nd installment in the Gatekeepers Saga. I remember when I listened to the audio book of the first that I was a bit unsure, but I think in part that was my adjustment to listening to a book vs. reading it. But also part in just getting to know the characters and such. The biggest issues I think I had is that the main character, Therese is 15 in the first book, and it seemed a bit unrealistic that an ancient Greek God, Thanatos would fall so deeply in love with her. It’s majo I really enjoyed this 2nd installment in the Gatekeepers Saga. I remember when I listened to the audio book of the first that I was a bit unsure, but I think in part that was my adjustment to listening to a book vs. reading it. But also part in just getting to know the characters and such. The biggest issues I think I had is that the main character, Therese is 15 in the first book, and it seemed a bit unrealistic that an ancient Greek God, Thanatos would fall so deeply in love with her. It’s major robbing the cradle to me, lol. But I try to look past that, and think in a more supernatural way. So once I put that out of my mind, I was able to get into the book. And then continue to care about these characters in this book. The excitement really picks up in this one. Therese has challenges that the Gods set for her, to earn their respect and immortality to be Thanatos’s wife (still too young, she’s just now 16, a child!). She is a strong and compassionate girl, and you can’t help but like her. She really cares for animals, and so do I, so that really helps me connect with her. As for this being an Audible audio book, I think the reader did a great job, and has a pleasant voice. Easy to listen too. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who likes to dip into the mythology world, and doesn’t mind the main character being so young. This book ended in a huge cliffhanger too! Man do I hate cliffhangers! But I have the rest of the saga, so can now start the next, yay! 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a captivating story. I was gifted an audible audio book from the author, for my honest review. (Thanks Eva!!) You can get the Kindle version of Book 1 The Gatekeeper's Sons for free, just click the cover below to go to the download. (At Amazon) The other books in this series:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joy (Otherworldly Romance)

    Full review here at Once Upon a Story I waited a couple of days before I sat down and wrote this review because I wanted to be certain about my thoughts about this sequel. I've now just re-read my review of the first book and I'm pretty sure that even though I gave it the same rating as this one, I liked and disliked them in a different way. I didn't like Therese here as much as I did in Book 1. It's ten months since she and Than parted, and he hasn't contacted her because it would (a) endanger he Full review here at Once Upon a Story I waited a couple of days before I sat down and wrote this review because I wanted to be certain about my thoughts about this sequel. I've now just re-read my review of the first book and I'm pretty sure that even though I gave it the same rating as this one, I liked and disliked them in a different way. I didn't like Therese here as much as I did in Book 1. It's ten months since she and Than parted, and he hasn't contacted her because it would (a) endanger her life; (b) break The Vow; and (c) he's busy finding a way to make her immortal. Instead of seeing these reasonable reasons for his absence, she (a) entertains Pete, knowing she will never feel the same way; (b) whines about being mortal, ignoring all the good people in her life [I love her adopted parents!]; and, worse, (c) takes a fake-death-enducing drug endangers not only her life but another person's. I don't know about you, but love should bring out the best in people. Not this. And so, to me, Therese was immature. I was annoyed with her 90% of the time. Also, the language in the Thesese POVs wasn't consistent. Sometimes she sounds like a fifteen year old, sometimes older (not wiser). But then, as I read through Than's perspective, I started thinking about whether that was deliberate. I mean, every character has a Fatal Flaw and a Saving Grace, right? Because in my mind, Therese's childishness enhanced Than's awesomeness. I definitely liked him better in this book. He reflected on Therese's actions and realized that she was being unfair-- not grovelling for forgiveness because she's the love of his life or anything melodramatic like that. He acknowledged that he was indeed bothered by Therese's decision in the last book which, if she'd decided differently, he wouldn't have to suffer for eternity just so they could be together. After that misunderstanding, the books started to pick up. I love the idea of Hades' challenges. Although the challenges themselves weren't new, a lot of it was similar if not exactly the same with what we read about in Greek Mythology, there was a lot of God-politics going on alongside it where some gods are on Therese's side and others aren't. Then there are gods who, even though they're both on Therese's side, don't get along. So, I love the meandering of favors and allegiances. I got to see a side of Greek mythological creatures that are unexpected and a bit more modern. Apollo's gender, for example. Ariadne and Asterion's complicated sibling relationship, for another. Although I would say this is a good thing, it definitely caused me to shift my attention from the actual challenges to these minor details. As a result, I skimmed most of the challenges because I wasn't engaged in the action and I could (accurately) predict that she wasn't going to finish them. She was going to fail at the last one. I totally saw that coming! What I didn't count on was the actual ending of the book in which she turns into a goddess so violently and painfully that I'm so thankful there's an excerpt of the first chapter of the third book. I'm not sure what's going to happen. Just that there's going to be some sort of civil war in Olympus because of Than's and Therese's action. And that's something to look forward to. PS. I received a copy of this book from the author. Thank you, Ms. Pohler!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I liked this book way much more than the first. After the gods make an oath in River Styx not to make Therese a God because she is not worthy of Thanatos after she failed to kill the man who murdered her parents, she is left alone. She keeps having dreams of Than but she hasn´t really seen him in ten long months. I understand why Than is in love with her but not the other way around. Yes, he is H-O-T, she met him at the skirts of the underworld when she followed her parents after the accident, a I liked this book way much more than the first. After the gods make an oath in River Styx not to make Therese a God because she is not worthy of Thanatos after she failed to kill the man who murdered her parents, she is left alone. She keeps having dreams of Than but she hasn´t really seen him in ten long months. I understand why Than is in love with her but not the other way around. Yes, he is H-O-T, she met him at the skirts of the underworld when she followed her parents after the accident, and kissed him because he was very lovely, but we never really know what does she sees in him besides being gorgeous, the God of death and kind to her. There were parts that made me laugh by the wit of them both. I was seriously glued to my kindle when reading the five challenges. She had to (view spoiler)[ deliver a black box to Persephone without opening it, take an apple from Hera´s garden that is guarded by a a one-hundred headed snake and take it to Mount Olympus, walk through the labyrinth and pass the Minotaur, defeat the Hydra and finally go to the underworld and apologize to Vicky and go back to the living world WITHOUT LOOKING BACK... (hide spoiler)] She almost passed with honors each and one of the challenges and guess which one did she failed?! She was soooo Soooo easily tricked and that is something I didn´t like at all and in my opinion the Furies were extra information we didn´t have to read.. She was already calling for Vicky, they didn´t have to "force"/"scare" her to do it. Seriously?! I think the series could end with this one but I´ll give the benefit of the doubt and read the third installment why?! Because I want my HEA without Than suffering year by year (view spoiler)[ at the hands of the maenads (hide spoiler)] . How are you going to pull that off Mrs. Pohler?! "May I pet him?" - I was glad not to see this very often in the story. There were parts I thought I saw a glimpse of a more mature Therese. "Stormy" - Something about that name makes me feel bile in the throat. She is 16 and names a foal Stormy..(Maybe I prefer strong names) Again I think Therese should have been older, there is strong content in this one.. (view spoiler)[ Burning alive to become a God, teenagers getting drugged to die for few minutes and get near death experiences to see their loved ones (How to get drugged 101) and we all know Jen is being molested by her father (hide spoiler)] Aside from the things I didn´t like, I read this book in a day, It´s good indeed. This woman knows her way through Greek Mythology. Maybe she is a Historian ... hmmm

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonel

    This novel is phenomenally well written. A great deal of time was put into formatting and editing. The descriptions are spot on, while remaining quite enthralling and entertaining. I love that this novel is mythologically, historically and scientifically accurate. It adds an entirely new level to the story, making it even more complex and enjoyable. Pohler manages to seamlessly blend mythology with reality to create an awesome world for readers to get lost in. The characters in this novel were al This novel is phenomenally well written. A great deal of time was put into formatting and editing. The descriptions are spot on, while remaining quite enthralling and entertaining. I love that this novel is mythologically, historically and scientifically accurate. It adds an entirely new level to the story, making it even more complex and enjoyable. Pohler manages to seamlessly blend mythology with reality to create an awesome world for readers to get lost in. The characters in this novel were also awesome. Although most of them were quite well developed in the first novel of the series, development continues with leaps and bounds in this novel. They grow and mature the way that normal high school students do, even if some of them have challenges or fears that most of us will never face. I appreciate that Pohler attacked some very difficult topics in this novel. Not only does she entertain us throughout, but loss, drugs, sex, and abuse are brought up in ways that make them approachable and open them up for conversation. These can be very difficult subjects to even think about, but Pohler tackles them and winds them into her phenomenal tale. As a whole, I am thoroughly in love with this novel and this series. The mythology is sound, as is the writing. I cannot wait for the next instalment. Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Beach

    OMG What a ride , this book took me to the edge of my seat many times but the last page of this book took me to the end and i didnt even realize i was til the last word read. This is a must read , on the the next im excited to find out what happened!

  7. 4 out of 5

    L.J. Bus

    I don’t know what to make of this story. The first book felt like a sort of dreamy, non too realistic story where I definitely had the vibe of reading/listening to a magical tale that was not meant to be taken too seriously and that was completely okay and felt like a perfect fit for the story. But this one... although Therese is almost a year older, having experienced challenging things, she is still such a naive good soul that doesn’t think too much deep thoughts it seems and lives her own drea I don’t know what to make of this story. The first book felt like a sort of dreamy, non too realistic story where I definitely had the vibe of reading/listening to a magical tale that was not meant to be taken too seriously and that was completely okay and felt like a perfect fit for the story. But this one... although Therese is almost a year older, having experienced challenging things, she is still such a naive good soul that doesn’t think too much deep thoughts it seems and lives her own dream sort of speak. I can’t fathom that anyone of 15 with her kind of experiences would be this naive or this jolly. Sure, she has some minor fits about some unrealistic but typical adolescent thought mostly about Than so she’s not jolly all the time but there is no mental growth, I feel, which made this book a bit less enjoyable for me. It could be it’s just the way the narrator’s telling this story so I went with 3 stars for both aspects. Especially towards the end it kinda made me feel more and more like reading/listening to a story about two very adolescent people in love, not a God and the (too immature) love of his life. I did not like the ending very much, was too focused on the details by then. It doesn’t help that I have this very naive and immature friend in real life that annoys me too much, I’m afraid that has added a lot to me distancing myself from this story. I kinda began linking that friend and Therese which must not have been good for my annoyance level. What must otherwise probably still feel like a beautiful magical story became a source of finding not enough thinking amidst the main characters. This is personal though. If you’re very analyzing in your reading or need a very logical read, then I fear this is not for you but if you enjoy magical tales and mythology, this is a great story for you. The short beginning of book 3 that is kindly offered only made me realize this story is going in a way I don’t like. It’s sad that I can’t seem to enjoy this magical tale anymore but when you keep compairing it to something else that doesn’t really have to do with the story, it’s time to cut loose. I wish I could know how the story develops further but I have to let the story be what it is because it is clear I lost my objectivity to review this storyline. Still love the storyline though so maybe I can dive backinto this storyline when I’m at a different stage of my life, who knows, I would love that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ely

    Originally posted at http://abooksofathomless.blogspot.com.au Possibly one of my favourite moments last month was when I finally had enough time to pick up this book. It’s about a month or so since Chami and I read and reviewed the first book, and it had long ago reached the point where I was aching to get back into the world. I felt like the characters in the book were my friends, and I hadn’t seen them in what felt like ages...honestly, I swear the book was mocking me from its place on my books Originally posted at http://abooksofathomless.blogspot.com.au Possibly one of my favourite moments last month was when I finally had enough time to pick up this book. It’s about a month or so since Chami and I read and reviewed the first book, and it had long ago reached the point where I was aching to get back into the world. I felt like the characters in the book were my friends, and I hadn’t seen them in what felt like ages...honestly, I swear the book was mocking me from its place on my bookshelf for weeks. From page one I was drawn quickly back into the world of Therese and Than, and let me tell you it felt so good to be back. I enjoyed being back in Therese’s mind and hearing about her life ten months after Than. I’m with Chami on this one, I find Therese’s character really likable and I love her for both her strengths and her weaknesses. While I enjoyed Than’s character as well, I would definitely have to pick Hip as my favourite (#teamhipforever) though we don’t get to see as much of him in this book as I would have liked. In general, I liked the rest of the characters, though there were a certain few whose actions drove me slightly crazy. I think it was how Therese reacted and moved on from some of the terrible things that happened to her that made me really want to be on her side the whole way through the novel. Similarly to the first novel, I enjoyed the pacing and the action of The Gatekeeper’s Challenge- my favourite part was, indeed, the challenge. As Chami said in her review, I really liked how Eva kept track of all the things that had happened in the first book as this isn’t always something you see with authors, especially with young adults authors, I believe. The main part of this was Eva included everything from the start, rather than just remembering halfway through and shoving everything in. Again, following in the footsteps of Chami, I gotta agree with those feelings towards the endings. The main reason this review had taken so long to put up was because I honestly couldn’t put words to paper on how that made me feel- I was absolutely gobsmacked for days, even thinking about it now makes me want to go back and read it again and again to make sure I haven’t missed any tiny little hints that Eva might have left for us (she must have left us something!), that’s honestly how good this book is. I don’t think that this is necessarily a book someone would pick up out of nowhere- it hasn’t got the hype of those really popular young adult novels that you see bloggers, booktubers and just regular people on Goodreads raving about for hours on end, which I think is a real shame because I honestly believe that this book deserves more hype and that many more people should be aware of its existence and the brilliance of it and of the lovely Eva Pohler. Now excuse me, while Chami and I go and hug each other and cry as we count how many days exactly it is until we can read the third book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Picking up ten months after the events in The Gatekeeper's Sons, there is a good background set up for this book with references to the past blending in well! Eva Pohler has picked up the pace in book 2, thrown in a few more curves, expanded the depth of many characters and created scenes that have you dreading what will happen next! When you stop thinking of a character as fictional, the author has done their job well! Therese has been a normal teen, she loves Thanatos, she hates his lack of co Picking up ten months after the events in The Gatekeeper's Sons, there is a good background set up for this book with references to the past blending in well! Eva Pohler has picked up the pace in book 2, thrown in a few more curves, expanded the depth of many characters and created scenes that have you dreading what will happen next! When you stop thinking of a character as fictional, the author has done their job well! Therese has been a normal teen, she loves Thanatos, she hates his lack of communication, she misses him, she wonders why he hasn't contacted her, after all, he IS a god, then, she hates him, then she loves him, and on and on her very real teen anguish goes! Therese also has a 'more than just a friend, not quite a boyfriend' relationship with her best friend's brother (who was hit with one of Cupid's arrows of love and is in love with her)- so she feels guilty about that, too. Again, she is a human teen, so she is flawed. She also seems more whiny and does a pretty dangerously stupid thing that costs the life of one of her friends, for which Therese feels extremely guilty, (and she should). Her actions have not only ended a life, but caused a lifetime of suffering for others. Meanwhile, Than is desperately seeking advice on how to be together with Therese for eternity and her 'prayers' to him have not gone unheard, just painfully unanswered. The rest of the gods have vowed NOT to interfere, not to help. Finally, Hades gives Therese several more challenges for her to complete and if she finishes all of these challenges, she can be made a god. He made the challenges extremely difficult, especially for a human girl, after all, how many people are given another chance? But Therese can be very strong-willed and is able to think well on her feet. Is she strong enough to complete each task on her own? Does she deserve this second chance? Will love conquer all? Will Therese and Thanatos be together for all eternity? Sometimes love is just not meant to be, one small mistake made by Therese may have doomed everything. Can Thanatos fix things? The ending will have you 'burning' for the answer!

  10. 5 out of 5

    April

    Check out my other listens at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Such a wonderful follow up to the first book in the series! Really solid read! I was not overly happy with the end of the first book and this one helped complete that story line! Yeah, mostly HEA! I have always been a fan of Therese and Thanatos!! They are such a great pair!! She really balances out his seriousness and makes him see more to the world than death! I really wanted them to work things out and hated that they might not be togethe Check out my other listens at Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Such a wonderful follow up to the first book in the series! Really solid read! I was not overly happy with the end of the first book and this one helped complete that story line! Yeah, mostly HEA! I have always been a fan of Therese and Thanatos!! They are such a great pair!! She really balances out his seriousness and makes him see more to the world than death! I really wanted them to work things out and hated that they might not be together because she showed compassion! This book catches up with doomed lovebirds. You really see how each struggles with letting go and also realizing that they can't because they have that rare thing called true love. Sigh. The challenges they mast face to be together definitely show that there love is real. I would hate for them to fall apart after all they have been through. Such great characters that make you want them to succeed! Again, I loved all the reference to Greek Myths I always loved. And seeing a bit more into the Gods and Godesses. Love the idea of Aphrodite and Aries actually being in love, sigh such a pair! I have also come back to loving Hades. He really was one of my all time faves! I did have some issues with her friend Jenn's story as more is revealed. It was uncomfortable to read and I just wanted to shake her family for not taking better care of her!! And after what I read and was implied I can't understand why they would ever let the Dad move back home. No excuses and no second chances. I listened to the audiobook and once again love the narrator, Debbie Andreen. She does a fabulous job of bringing the emotions out of the characters and makes the story even more enjoyable. I loved her pace and that each character has a very distinct voice that is easy to differentiate. I have very happy ears and I hope she sticks around for the future books! I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next. What will Therese's contribution be? What will happen to Persephone and Demeter? How will friends and family deal? Really loving this series!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maggielou

    I enjoyed reading this book just as much as the first. We start off right where we left off. After the battle against the man who killed her parents Therese was sent home still human. She was deemed unworthy to be a God, unworthy to be Than’s wife. For how could the wife of Death not kill a man in the name of justice? Than never gave up trying to find a way for him and Therese to be together but as time passes Therese becomes restless and starts doubting his feelings for her. A normal reaction to I enjoyed reading this book just as much as the first. We start off right where we left off. After the battle against the man who killed her parents Therese was sent home still human. She was deemed unworthy to be a God, unworthy to be Than’s wife. For how could the wife of Death not kill a man in the name of justice? Than never gave up trying to find a way for him and Therese to be together but as time passes Therese becomes restless and starts doubting his feelings for her. A normal reaction to not seeing or talking to the person you love for several months. Finally, Hades comes up with 5 challenges that Therese must complete in order to prove her worth. Now it’s clear she really cares about him because WOW the things she does goes above and beyond, but as of yet I really don’t know why. That’s neither here nor there, sometimes there is no explanation for matters of the heart. In the midst of Therese going through all these obstacles we are presented with quite some disturbing information. A very sad incident with Vicky (school mate) and then there’s that thing with Jen and her father. Though Pohler doesn't write exactly what’s going on there we all know it’s definitely NOT GOOD! And without providing spoilers, we come to the conclusion of book 2 and I’m shocked at what these two characters have put themselves through. I guess love knows no bounds. I just really hope it all works out in the end! “The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface: and why not? any love is natural and beautiful that lies within a person’s nature; only hypocrites would hold a man responsible for what he loves, emotional illiterates and those of righteous envy, who, in their agitated concern, mistake so frequently the arrow pointing to heaven for the one that leads to hell.” Truman Capote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) Review also posted at: http://entirelybooks.wordpress.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    S.Shade

    I enjoyed this book far better than the first. You can tell in this one that Therese is definitely maturing as she gets older, which I'm hoping continues throughout the series. This book takes place ten months after Therese fails to avenge her parents, upsetting the gods. All the gods have sworn an oath on the River Styx to not make her a god and anyone who breaks this will be punished by being torn apart by the maenads each year for the rest of well forever. Of course Therese being a teenage girl I enjoyed this book far better than the first. You can tell in this one that Therese is definitely maturing as she gets older, which I'm hoping continues throughout the series. This book takes place ten months after Therese fails to avenge her parents, upsetting the gods. All the gods have sworn an oath on the River Styx to not make her a god and anyone who breaks this will be punished by being torn apart by the maenads each year for the rest of well forever. Of course Therese being a teenage girl feels the doubt of Than's love for her after ten months of not hearing from him. She feels like he might have changed his mind when in reality he is searching for any possible way for them to be together. Finally after some very unfortunate events Therese is given a second chance to prove she is worthy to be Than's wife. Hades has agreed to help her become a god if she can complete five challenges. Hades has however made these challenges extremely difficult for a human. Will Therese be able to overcome her trials? Or will one small mistake ruin everything for them. The ending will definitely leave you with a burning desire for more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bj Gaskill

    I'm in love with death and haven't seen him for 10 months....no biggie! Hey, that's an everyday normal thing for every girl right? Well Therese has to jump through hoops to get him back and I'm not talking about little things here. I'm talking Hades is ticked off. All because an oath sworn on the river Styx....really??? This book is like a roller coaster of fun. Therese and Than are an amazing couple. Their characters are so well put together and believable. I love how the story involves Greek gods an I'm in love with death and haven't seen him for 10 months....no biggie! Hey, that's an everyday normal thing for every girl right? Well Therese has to jump through hoops to get him back and I'm not talking about little things here. I'm talking Hades is ticked off. All because an oath sworn on the river Styx....really??? This book is like a roller coaster of fun. Therese and Than are an amazing couple. Their characters are so well put together and believable. I love how the story involves Greek gods and the myths of old. Even more so how it all ties into today's world. The black box, the Minotaur, and even the Hydra is in there. Each a different challenge Therese has to make it through....Just to get to her love....so SWEET! Let it be known.....I hate ARES!!!!! It's a total page turner right down to the burning at the end!!! Yep that's where you're DYING for the next book!!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I am not sure how its possible but these keep getting better. I'm hooked......I had to read 2 after 1 and now I HAVE to read 3! This series is so enthralling, entertaining, and compelling that you just can't put them down. Than and Therese are the best couple to show true love, even faced with impossible odds they keep fighting. They are willing to go through anything necessary to be together. They have ups and downs like any couple but they truly love each other. I have to find out what happens I am not sure how its possible but these keep getting better. I'm hooked......I had to read 2 after 1 and now I HAVE to read 3! This series is so enthralling, entertaining, and compelling that you just can't put them down. Than and Therese are the best couple to show true love, even faced with impossible odds they keep fighting. They are willing to go through anything necessary to be together. They have ups and downs like any couple but they truly love each other. I have to find out what happens next. I am scared and excited for the next book because its the last, I love the humor and excitement in these books and watching everyone grow and change. I even enjoy the fact that these books have me emotionally attached. I like anyone don't like crying however if a book is so well written it can make me smile, laugh out loud, cry, and hug the book then it is an exceptional read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    This was a great follow up to The Gatekeeper's Sons. Hades decides to give Therese and his son, Thanatos a chance to be together and gives Therese 5 challenges to complete. They seem almost insurmountable to start with but she comes up with some very clever ways to complete them. This book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I immediately downloaded the 3rd book and started on it. I needed to find out what happened to Than and Therese. I enjoyed how the characters grew. Therese's character grew th This was a great follow up to The Gatekeeper's Sons. Hades decides to give Therese and his son, Thanatos a chance to be together and gives Therese 5 challenges to complete. They seem almost insurmountable to start with but she comes up with some very clever ways to complete them. This book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I immediately downloaded the 3rd book and started on it. I needed to find out what happened to Than and Therese. I enjoyed how the characters grew. Therese's character grew the most and she learned some very important lessons in this book. I loved how she took on the different challenges, faced them head on and came up with some inventive ways to succeed in her mission.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Cocoa

    Entertaining easy read for all ages. Well layered characters with believable elements leaving little to distract you from the story. This one was actually fun to read and left me wanting to read the final book. Thank you for the generosity in providing the first two installments of the trilogy when I won the third.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lana Stolk

    Eva Pohler had me hanging onto every beautifully, creative word in this fantastic fantasy book! Im in awe of her writing skill and the amount of research she had to do to create such a gripping and thrilling story!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Price

    Awesome I loved it!!! totally love greek mythology totally wish this was a movie I would pay good money to go see it

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hitgirl213

    Great book I loved this one just as much as I loved the first.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    The second book takes off right where the first left off but Therese has not seen or heard from Than for ten months and she is feeling neglected and forgotten and this girl seems to have a real low self-esteem cause she starts to doubt his feelings immediately and moves on to a stronger friendship with Pete, Jen's brother. However Than was in the meantime doing his best to convince his father to still find a way to make Therese a God so she joins him in the underworld. In the end she is given Fi The second book takes off right where the first left off but Therese has not seen or heard from Than for ten months and she is feeling neglected and forgotten and this girl seems to have a real low self-esteem cause she starts to doubt his feelings immediately and moves on to a stronger friendship with Pete, Jen's brother. However Than was in the meantime doing his best to convince his father to still find a way to make Therese a God so she joins him in the underworld. In the end she is given Five tests she has to win and to trust and not look back when all are done!! The we get Therese fighting a minotaur, a hydra, and other incredible odds but she uses her brain and does very well till the end!! Quite a riveting read for young readers i think, i will be reading the third book and hope for something more concrete happening re Therese and the underworld!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    A great sequel, the whole plot was so intriguing and filled with Greek goodies.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Showalter - MAMA Bookasaurus

    Read my reviews on http://mamabookasaurus.blogspot.com/ and follow them on Twitter: @MamaBookasaurus Minotaur, serpents and rats oh my! Pohler takes us through all the gory goodness of the Greek mythology underworld in THE GATEKEEPER'S CHALLENGE. She introduced some terrific new characters, new plots and locations for us to enjoy. Unfortunately, some of the same problems with the first book carried over. The beginning was a bit slow, but the overall pacing was an improvement from the first book. Read my reviews on http://mamabookasaurus.blogspot.com/ and follow them on Twitter: @MamaBookasaurus Minotaur, serpents and rats oh my! Pohler takes us through all the gory goodness of the Greek mythology underworld in THE GATEKEEPER'S CHALLENGE. She introduced some terrific new characters, new plots and locations for us to enjoy. Unfortunately, some of the same problems with the first book carried over. The beginning was a bit slow, but the overall pacing was an improvement from the first book. I was disappointed at the number of spelling and grammar errors. An editor's job is to spot them before the book is published. Pohler was still too detailed in some areas and vague in others. I don't care if Clifford pees on everything EVERY time she takes him out. Honestly, if she writes about him peeing on that trail one more time I am going to pull my hair out. That is filler and is not necessary. What I do care about is dialogue between characters, especially Than and Therese. There was a lack of dialogue and specifics in scenes that greatly suffered for their absence. Than started to show his weaknesses in this installment. His lack of confidence in Therese and his inability to communicate are irritating but realistic. I did appreciate how he was longing for her and searching for a way to be together. What I was dismayed about was how little he tried to communicate with her. He could have someone send her a note... right? Even when he saw her again, he seemed so self contained and emotionally detached. Than reminds me of so many guys with his brief statements and lack of empathy. I can't spoil it for you but there is one scene where I was shouting at the book, "You MORON!!" He kept asking her to do something horrific and petrifying but gave her little condolence about it. IDIOT. But in the end, he did something so selfless, so compassionate... it shocked me like ten rounds with a taser gun. Absolutely amazing and had me in tears. READ MORE-JUST CLICK BELOW Therese showed off her adolescence with her wishy washy mindset. I love him. I hate him. I love him. It was like watching a ping pong match. The way she handled some situations made me shudder. Maybe I am being too hard on her. She is only 16 now. That was something I would have liked to have read... her ten months without him. There's all this angst but we have a blank. If some of the events from those months had been included, I might have been able to connect to her more. Her desire to reconnect with her parents, loyalty to Jen and her surprising strength of will during the tests were the best aspects to her character. The fact that she recognized her mistakes and was willing to do what it took to fix them was admirable and moves her peg up a couple of notches in my opinion. We were treated to greater exposure to secondary characters such as Hypnos, Vicki and Pete but some were still a bit one dimensional. Vicki was interesting and what she is going through really relates to a wide audience range. The story just needed be be finessed.. we get snippets of Hip, Pete's band, the horse, the swimming. The elements just felt somewhat disconnected. The Challenges Therese faced were really engaging. My one issue is she wasn't supposed to get help and yet she did. The result was expected. Really... this is a trilogy so you KNOW you are not getting your Happily Ever After now. What really excited me was the immersion into the god/goddess characters. Hades really transformed in this book. Having those interactions with them made for a much richer storyline. Pohler obviously did her research on Greek mythology and it shows. This is the area that she shines. The tasks, the settings and the reactions of the gods and goddesses were all spot on. I know I've harped on this book some and you may be wondering why I gave it 4 circles, but the meaty mythology, core essences of the book, Than and the ending are what gives it that mark. I was completely blown out of the water by what he does for her in the end. We are left hanging by a thread and there are so many possibilities for what could happen. It made for a terrific ending. This series is definitely worth picking up and reading, especially if you are a big Greek mythology fan or animal lover.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marked By Books

    Therese is not perfect. She lies, she makes mistakes, she judges, she hurts people, and she lets her past cloud her future. She doesn't always live up the the expectations placed upon her, yet she's disappointed when others don't meet hers. You want to know why she acts so human? Because she is human, which is a fact that I think so many authors have come to forget. Eva Pohler is not one of them. Human beings were never meant to be perfect, and the imaginary ones are no exception. They cheat, the Therese is not perfect. She lies, she makes mistakes, she judges, she hurts people, and she lets her past cloud her future. She doesn't always live up the the expectations placed upon her, yet she's disappointed when others don't meet hers. You want to know why she acts so human? Because she is human, which is a fact that I think so many authors have come to forget. Eva Pohler is not one of them. Human beings were never meant to be perfect, and the imaginary ones are no exception. They cheat, they lie, and they grovel just like the rest of us. That's why we can relate to them so well. When an author tries to take those characteristics away, trying to "improve" them, they're no longer like us. They don't mean anything. Therese had been through a lot that past year. People died, they left her all alone, and she doesn't understand why. All she knows is that she will do anything to get them back, or to get back to them. Even if that means she has to die. Therese does a whole lot of stupid things in this book, most of which have consequences that she, or even the gods, can't erase. People die by her hands, but she regrets it more than words can express. She may not be perfect, but she's not a monster either. I'm not so sure if I liked Therese more than I just appreciated her. She made me mad more times than I can count, and I was chanting "stupid girl, stupid, stupid girl" right along with Artemis pretty often. As usual, I absolutely loved a lot of the minor characters, namely Asterion and Ariadne. I was absolutely crushed when Therese had to fight them, especially after they were so kind in letting her pass through the labyrinth unharmed. Hephaestus I adored as well, mostly because of how human he was willing to act. Unlike many of the other gods (except for maybe Hermes), he was humble and genuinely cared for Therese as a person instead of a creature to do his bidding. You didn't see him expecting her to commit her life to smiths work before he was willing to help, and he was more than willing to comfort her and be that kind face in the crowd. I was pretty fond of the Holts as well, expect, of course, for Mr. Holt. I hadn't really like Jen that much in the beginning of the first book, but she really pulled on my heartstrings once I learned more about her. Bobby, of course, was adorable, and his enthusiasm was much appreciated. And then there's Pete. I love, love, love, loved Pete. I'm not saying that he was a better fit for Therese than Than was, but I still absolutely adored him. He was so kind, considerate, and gentle, never doing anything that he thought might upset Therese. He was willing to turn his whole family against him to protect his little sister when she was too afraid to stand up for herself, and he always put others first. He was never rude or cruel to Than even though he was kind of stealing his girl, and I don't think he ever blamed Therese for what she did, even though she deserved it. He was willing to wait so that he wouldn't hurt her, even after he gave up his whole future to stay for the ones he loved. Anything happens to him, and I'm breaking out the pitchforks, understood? Taylor For the original review and more, please visit Marked By Books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nica

    This is another young adult/mythological fiction I have read. Though no one can replace Rick Riordan’s series in the top of my list as of now, I am open to read another creation in the same genre. This novel is the second installment in a series. At first, I was afraid I won’t be able to understand it as I haven’t read the first book. I have been frustrated a lot when I can’t comprehend the entire story because I missed the earlier parts. It can be a good strategy to attract readers to get a copy This is another young adult/mythological fiction I have read. Though no one can replace Rick Riordan’s series in the top of my list as of now, I am open to read another creation in the same genre. This novel is the second installment in a series. At first, I was afraid I won’t be able to understand it as I haven’t read the first book. I have been frustrated a lot when I can’t comprehend the entire story because I missed the earlier parts. It can be a good strategy to attract readers to get a copy of the first novel, but it can also prove to be an annoyance to some. The author was kind enough to send me a copy of the first for better understanding, but I am happy to note that this can be a stand alone, too. Even though there were some events which happened prior to the story I was reading, I never felt left-out. Instead, the author considered the readers and tried to summarize what happened in the first novel by inserting flashbacks in the story. I think this is a very good way to accommodate the readers. There’s not much of an intro. In fact, the story wheeled right away. In this novel inspired by Greek mythology, it didn’t take me a minute to figure out who the character Than was. I easily guessed it was Thanatos, the god of Death, and was excited to leaf through the pages and find whether I am correct. It could be a mortal’s name in praise of a god, though I’ll pity someone if his name is Hephaestus. Anyway, after some pages, I realized that this book, and perhaps the entire series, is centered about this Death god. It is refreshing. Aside from Meg Cabot’s Abandon trilogy, this is the only mythical novel I have which focuses on the life of the Underworld. I don’t just mean the job it entails, but the “life” of the beings dwelling there. The author describes Underworld as nothing dark. I visualized the scene as something not so gloomy, but not cheerful either. Some people are afraid of discussing the realm below, but the author researched it well and had successfully depicted the world and its parts – the rafts with Charon, gates with Cerberus, Elysium, etc. It’s not something as bad compared to others who picture the entirety of it with tongues of flames. The challenges are also interesting. It makes the story filled with more adventures for the mortal. Even though I was a bit disappointed on some parts where the heroine easily finished a challenge by bending the rule or going around it, I can say that it is effective in maintaining a reader’s interest. Of course, the young romance between her and Than is something which also add points. The descriptions of the gods and goddesses were good based on the accepted knowledge that we have regarding them. Their introduction in the story was flat out straight though. It is good, but I think giving hints to the readers first by describing a certain being will be more entertaining and interactive. It will make the readers stop, think, and rattle their brain for the answer. Overall, this novel is a good one though there are rooms for improvement. I will be waiting for the third installment and I hope that it will get better. I recommend this book to YA myth fans who want to revisit the Greeks and get a light story from it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion. The Gatekeepers Challenge starts off ten months after The Gatekeeper's Sons with Than still trying figure out a way to make Therese a goddess so they can spend eternity together. Therese doesn't know what Than has been up to. She has not seen nor heard from in him in all this time. She is very uncertain as to how he feels about her. She thinks he has probably forgot The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion. The Gatekeepers Challenge starts off ten months after The Gatekeeper's Sons with Than still trying figure out a way to make Therese a goddess so they can spend eternity together. Therese doesn't know what Than has been up to. She has not seen nor heard from in him in all this time. She is very uncertain as to how he feels about her. She thinks he has probably forgotten about her. Her bestfriend's brother is in love with Therese and with her feeling down about Than she starts paying more attention to Pete. Although this does cause her some quilt because of her feelings for Than besides she doesn't know that Than still loves her. She has no way of knowing this. She can pray to Than but he can not answer any of her prayers or talk to her where she could hear him. With Therese still in a depressed state she does something that she shouldn't do. A friend of hers Vickie tells her about this drug that she has tried once. The drug put her close to death where she could go to the underworld and visit her mother who committed suicide last year. Therese wants to try this drug so she can go see Than and tell him off and to end their relationship. Therese is mad at Than for not visiting her and letting her know that he still loves her. Vickie believes that the drug is safe if it is used right and not too often. Vickie and Therese try the drug and Vickie dies. Therese is so upset she feels as if it is her fault that her friend died and now her father is all alone. Therese finds out that Than has been trying for the last ten months to find away to make her his queen. He has come up with away for him and Therese to be together. Hades gives Therese several more challenges for her to complete and if she finishes all the challenges then she can be made a god. All of the challenges are very hard which would be very difficult for an adult man much less a girl of fifteen. But Therese is very strong minded and is fight for love. Is she strong enough to fight and win? Will love conquer all? Will Therese and Than be together for all eternity? I loved reading the first book in this series The Gatekeeper's Sons but I think the second book The Gatekeepers Challenge was better. I loved it from the very first page and could not put it down until I read the last page. Oh and speaking of the last page when I read it I was like no, no way it can't end this way. I can't believe how it ended. Talk about cliff hangers this was one big cliff hanger. I can't wait to read the next and final book of the trilogy The Gatekeepers Daughter. I am going to have to wait a long time to read it. Well maybe not that long considering that it is to be released on December 1, 2013. But it seems like a long, long time. I will miss Therese and Than as well as all the other characters. If you have not read the Gatekeeper's Trilogy then I suggest you go right now and order your copy of both books today on Amazon. I really don't think you would be disappointed with Therese and Than's story it is amazing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. So, I read book one over the course of a few days. Life was calling. I finished it last night and immediately opened this one. I read well into the night, to the early morning, finishing it in one sitting. I knew I needed to go to bed, but I couldn't put it down. To me, that indicates a great book. While mythology-based fiction is not one of my preferred genres, The Gatekeeper's Trilogy has me hooked. Ten mo I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. So, I read book one over the course of a few days. Life was calling. I finished it last night and immediately opened this one. I read well into the night, to the early morning, finishing it in one sitting. I knew I needed to go to bed, but I couldn't put it down. To me, that indicates a great book. While mythology-based fiction is not one of my preferred genres, The Gatekeeper's Trilogy has me hooked. Ten months have passed since Therese battled her parents' murderer on Olympus. Ten months have passed since she failed to kill him and become Than's wife and a goddess of the Underworld. Ten months have passed since Therese last saw Than. Though she's tried to move on, she can't forget him. Ten months after last seeing him, he visits briefly, telling her he's been busy. Furious and hurt, she attempts a near-death experience in order to see him and tell him off one last time. Things don't go as planned, though she does find out he hasn't been too busy with his work to see her; he's been busy trying to find a way to be with her. He does find a way, two in fact, though one could cost her her life and land her in the Elysian Fields and the other, excruciating pain for both of them. The second installment of the trilogy moves a bit faster than the first. Therese's adventure, the trials she must go through, are mostly action packed, but they also show what a cunning, caring girl she is. Though things do not go as planned, (view spoiler)[Therese and Than find a way to be together (hide spoiler)] , and Therese learns just how strong she can be. My thoughts: By proving she has no desire to kill, either to save her own life or avenge her parents in the first novel, I believe Therese proved she is more than worthy to be the god of death's queen. She values life, respects it, cherishes it. She shows compassion and love, instead of indifference or cruelty. She could be someone who helps mortals and immortals understand that life is to be cherished and death is not to be feared, but accepted, as another chapter of life, so to speak. I have to admit, though, I don't much care for the Underworld rivers or the Elysian Fields. We die...but we lose our memories and spend eternity in oblivion, surrounded by what amounts to grand hallucinations... While it is comforting to believe the dead are not missing us, it is also just incredibly sad to the living to think their loved ones have forgotten all about them... This series has made me think. A lot. I'm very much looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darian Carter-Pace

    This Review and more at my blog Rating: 4 out of 5 Series book: Yes Will I read the next book: Yes This was so much better that the first one. And the length is perfect for this series. Not to long but not to short. I was a little tentative going into this book, because the last book left me so dissatisfied. I was pleasantly surprised with the fast pace of the plot that was just exciting enough to put you on the edge of your seat but not be overwhelmed. This book was way easier to understand than This Review and more at my blog Rating: 4 out of 5 Series book: Yes Will I read the next book: Yes This was so much better that the first one. And the length is perfect for this series. Not to long but not to short. I was a little tentative going into this book, because the last book left me so dissatisfied. I was pleasantly surprised with the fast pace of the plot that was just exciting enough to put you on the edge of your seat but not be overwhelmed. This book was way easier to understand than the first one, and I could actually tell when reality started and the dreams started. I also found the characters language much more consistent in the way that they were modern but still regal. I also loved how the challenges made the story quick, but not too quick. The plot couldn't have been uninteresting because there wasn't a boring moment in the quests Therese had to complete. I found it refreshing that she had to complete the quest on her own and that she didn't completely depend on the guy she loved to solve her problems. Her normal life wasn't very well balanced with this supernatural one she was trying to set up for herself, but that was easy to ignore once you got into the story. I loved how the supporting characters in this book had problems and back stories just like the main ones. The Holts had to deal with personal problems that Therese had to keep up with in order to be a good friend to Jen, and this helped you get to know that family. And of course Therese's legal guardians, her aunt and uncle, had to be in this book. I liked there personalities, what little you saw of them. My biggest problem with the characters was how bad a friend Jen was. The romance was way more intense, even if nothing really happened (by "nothing" I mean nothing unsuitable for young viewers). It was definitely a Twilight type of romance, though. You know what I mean, "Don't leave me! I'll do anything for you! I'd die for you! If you leave, I will literally kill myself." Yeah, that last part makes the relationship seem particularly unhealthy. But if that's how you guys like it... SUMMARY OF REVIEW(In case you don't actually feel like reading the review): Writing: 4 out of 5 Plot: 5 out of 5 Characters: 4 out of 5 Romance: 3 out of 5 Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Rated PG Some kissing/making out, violence, sexual comments.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    One reviewer said it best, and not to plagiarize her comments, but I liked book 1 better. Maybe because I liked Therese better in that book. I loved Than, and a part of me thought he could do better than a whiny, unfaithful girl who sees nothing but what she wants and not what he could potentially be going through. Now mind you, the other Gods and Goddesses didn't help, like at all! But still, you would have thought she would have had more sense and faith in him. Luckily, the bloody girl reverte One reviewer said it best, and not to plagiarize her comments, but I liked book 1 better. Maybe because I liked Therese better in that book. I loved Than, and a part of me thought he could do better than a whiny, unfaithful girl who sees nothing but what she wants and not what he could potentially be going through. Now mind you, the other Gods and Goddesses didn't help, like at all! But still, you would have thought she would have had more sense and faith in him. Luckily, the bloody girl reverted back to the one from the first book or I would have been really disappointed in this one. Its been 10 months since Therese failed to become a Goddess and was sent back home. Ten months in which she hung out with her friends, went to school, swam occasionally, and even got semi-close to another guy. Rough life right? Sure, she missed Than and wondered what was going on with him, but she questioned his affections for her. She KNEW he never got affection from anyone which was why he fell so hard for her, and yet she assumed that he just forgot about her so she should "move on" with Pete. Or that Than being a God meant he should have just overlooked his responsibilities, his oath, and the risk he posed to her if in her presence in his true form as Death. Being a God doesn't mean he can do whatever he wants without consequences, and yet she came across as a really whiny brat every time she voiced her displeasure at his not coming for her. Yep, Therese really bothered me for the first half of this book. Then to complicate things, she takes a drug that risks her and Vicki's life, just so she can tell Than that she NOW hates him and is moving on with her life. Um, selfish much? I had to keep reminding myself that she is a teenager...really young actually to be even considering becoming a God and leaving her family. And after she learns that Than has not forgotten about her or been too busy to come for her, she steps up again to take the challenges Hades chose to help her get around the oath sworn the last time she failed to become a Goddess. I love mythology so these books are always fun to read, even if this one was a bit frustrating too! I'm still pulling for Than and Therese even when I want to hit someone, namely her. If you like YA books, Greek mythology, and don't expect perfection from your characters, you'll enjoy this series. I don't think everyone will love them, but still an entertaining read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    In The Gatekeeper's Sons, Therese and Than fell in love. Ten months later, Than has been out of contact, but frantically searching for a way for Therese to become a god, so they can be together. He finally finds a way, but to do so, Hades tells them that Therese has to successfully complete 5 challenges. With no outside help, she has to go up against a Hydra, the Minotaur, a dragon...as well as a few other obstacles, both personal and challenge related. Will Therese be able to succeed? Will they In The Gatekeeper's Sons, Therese and Than fell in love. Ten months later, Than has been out of contact, but frantically searching for a way for Therese to become a god, so they can be together. He finally finds a way, but to do so, Hades tells them that Therese has to successfully complete 5 challenges. With no outside help, she has to go up against a Hydra, the Minotaur, a dragon...as well as a few other obstacles, both personal and challenge related. Will Therese be able to succeed? Will they finally be able to be together? This was a great read. With so much action and excitement, I read this book and the next in one sitting! I was really rooting for Therese to succeed. She and Than had already been through so much, though I wanted to smack him when he simply tells her he's been "busy" when he finally sees her. Not busy trying to find a way for them to be together, just BUSY?! I love this author, she never fails to get me sucked into her books whenever I read them! If you haven't read any of her books, I recommend you go get The Gatekeeper's Sons. It's still free on several sites, what have you got to lose? May want to buy The Gatekeeper's Daughter when you buy The Gatekeeper's Challenge, Eva ends this book with one hell of a Cliffhanger! So go out and buy them all now. Amazon links for the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Reviewer

    We are brought back into the life of Therese almost a year after her stunt on Olympus, not killing her parents killer, and no closer to being a God and living with Than forever. Therese has had no contact with Than and it is making her nervous that he no longer wants her and slowly is loosing hope in him. Therese takes his no contact as a sign to move on and why not move on to someone that already loves her…Pete. But what Therese does not know is that Than is scouring the Underworld and the mind We are brought back into the life of Therese almost a year after her stunt on Olympus, not killing her parents killer, and no closer to being a God and living with Than forever. Therese has had no contact with Than and it is making her nervous that he no longer wants her and slowly is loosing hope in him. Therese takes his no contact as a sign to move on and why not move on to someone that already loves her…Pete. But what Therese does not know is that Than is scouring the Underworld and the minds of Gods that will help him for an answer to their problems. After he thinks all hope is lost he finds the answer in a forgotten God who will turn Therese if he does something for him. Than and Therese must complete their own quests to get what they want, but will they both succeed and survive? Book 2 in this mesmerizing series is just what I needed after the ending of book 1! You can feel the sadness and despair of Therese dripping form the pages during the first couple of chapters. She is distraught and confused at not knowing what s happening between her and Than, where they stand, and if he even wants her by his side for all eternity anymore. I would be just as confused as well but at least we, the readers, get to see what Than is up against in the Underworld and that he really is trying so hard to get what he wants and needs from the Gods that are willing to help him. I am so glad we get to see Thans POV or else I would be going crazy! The only unfortunate thing is the introduction of drug use into Therese’s’ life. I understand its small part but there could have been another way…On a positive note I enjoyed the ending of this book much more than the first. The cliffhanger is ripe with fear, adrenaline, and the unknown! I had to immediately dive into the final book in the Trilogy to see if they survived! I would recommend reading all the books in a row if you can because the story is much better all-together.

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