Title: The Gatekeeper
Author: Jason D. Morrow
Format: PDF, 262 pages
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 compro-mised, 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.
The Gatekeeper by Jason D. Morrow is book 2 in the Marenon Chronicles and like the first book the author jumps right into the action doesn’t let up at all. See my review for The Deliverer Book 1 in the Marenon Chronicles here: The Deliverer
I have to say that this series is easily one of the best fantasy series I have ever read (and I have read a lot of them). I wasn’t so sure after reading the first book but in The Gatekeeper you can really see the authors growth as a writer. The content of this book is also more mature and even a little dark at times. There were quite a few twists that I didn’t expect and I really love it when a fantasy novel can do that. Also unlike the first novel that ended with very little conflict this book was ripe with it. I must say that its killing me that I can’t read the final book in the series right now!
I don’t want to give any of the story away but I will say that the character growth was exciting. A love triangle (but not to mushy), a mad king, a rogue with a conscience it all kept me very entertained. Jason D. Morrow is a brilliant fantasy author. I like that he brought back all of the same characters as the first book including a few that you never thought that you would ever see again. This book also answered many of the questions from the first but left you with a lot more at the end and I think that is what makes a great series. I really couldn’t predict everything that was going to happen (which I usually can). There were a few things that I saw coming but for the most part I was surprised right through to the end.
Even though this book is more mature than the last. I would still classify it as a mid-grade novel. There is only a little gore and absolutely nothing sexual in any way. I strongly recommend this book and the series to anyone who enjoys high fantasy.
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