4.5 stars for The Gatekeeper’s Descendants by @Johanna_Z_Frank #fantasy #yafantasy #bookreview
Title: The Gatekeeper’s Descendants
Author: Johanna Frank
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, YA Fantasy
She died long ago. Now destiny needs her intervention.
Pipiera barely remembers living. And in the seventy years since her passing, the only real connection she’s built is with the head gatekeeper to the ethereal kingdom. So she hates leaving his side when his future replacement falls into trouble down on Earth and she’s tasked with stopping the young teen from taking a dark path.
Resolving to make her mentor proud, Pipiera is horrified after she arrives to find her charge beaten and left for dead with his spirit on the loose. But as she struggles to rescue his incorporeal form, she faces a fight for his trust against a shadowy opponent.
Can she get the boy back on track before they’re both doomed?
The Gatekeeper's Descendants is the extraordinary first book in a unique fantasy series. If you like characters worth connecting to, rich allegory, and unbelievable surprises, then you’ll love Johanna Frank’s trek through the heart. And watch for the next book: Jophiel’s Secret.
BIBA Book Cover Award Winner
A book unlike any I have ever read before. If you think Job had a rough go, well, just check out Matthew. This book puts the 'uffer in suffer and puts the 'ullying in bullying. If you long to get lost in a book, then this is the book for you.
The unexpected switching from one character and time to the next is difficult to follow. The jumping back and forth is finally brought together in the end but this holds back the reader. Once you are taken out of an active storyline, it is hard to get into the next one.
Fans of Christian fiction will likely enjoy this book. If you lead more towards the old protestant work ethic, then you will really love this book. Her life is not a bowl of cherries but there are a lot of pits. A lengthy work that will appeal to someone willing to deeply engage in a book.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Johanna is lovin’ the author journey. Being creative and always in learning mode is where life offers its best and where she thrives the most. Her first novel, The Gatekeeper’s Descendants, is just the beginning of an ambitious fantasy series—her goal, to deliver soulful, whimsical, and venturous plots …so better get reading and don’t expect predictability from Johanna!
She and her husband enjoy loads of family time, particularly the outdoor scenes with plenty of campfires and practically zero internet!
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Reviewed by: Mr. N