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, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says 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 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.
First of all as you can see this series has been upgraded from a trilogy to a Saga! That’s right on 7/3/13 Pohler posted this awesome news on her blog . So instead of three wonderful books we get SIX!!!
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)
Check out book 1 in the Gatekeepers Saga and find out more about Pohler’s upcoming projects HERE!