Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Review: The Gatekeeper

Title: The Gatekeeper (The Marenon Chronicles #2)
Author: Jason Morrow
Page Count: 414
Rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.


With the war in Marenon escalating quickly, Silas Ainsley is running out of time. The relentless Stühocs are attacking villages, and an assassin is tracking his every move, making it difficult to find the one person who has all the answers: The Gatekeeper.

Meanwhile, after learning that the Dunarian Council is compromised, King Julian Hobbes scours Marenon for the truth about how deeply the Stühocs have penetrated the freedom fighters.

When Julian discovers what he must do to uncover that truth, he must decide whether the result can justify his actions.


Let me just say that right off that the Gatekeeper did not suffer from the sequel slump in the least. The Gatekeeper picks up several months after the end of The Deliverer, with the main character, Silas, training for the upcoming war until he is sent on a quest to find the Gatekeeper. One thing that was different in this book was that there was more than one story line happening at the same time, whereas the first book only followed Silas.

Like many sequels, this book would not make much sense without reading the first book first, especially in a fantasy novel with complex world-building such as this one.  I felt that the pace in this book was faster than in the previous one, which was due in part because of the multiple story lines and because the world of Marenon is already established there was a lot less explaining and this definitely added to my enjoyment of this book. The faster pace was very exciting and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

I would certainly recommend fans of The Deliverer to get their hands on a copy of The Gatekeeper, and if you haven’t read The Deliverer but are looking for a new fantasy world to get lost in I would definitely suggest you try out this series.

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