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Thanatos

The Underworld Saga, Book One
Narrated by: Debbie Andreen
Series: The Gatekeeper's Saga, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades-Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

©2012, 2013 Eva Pohler (P)2013 Eva Pohler

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Different point of view of death

Different perspective on the god of death with this love story of his relationship with a mortal. A book worth reading. Although I wouldn't mind reading the next book in the series to see where it goes, it is not a priority as I have many other books to read.

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  • Carla B.
  • 11-01-2020

The Love-Story is Just Too Unbelievable

I don't know what to blame for my lack of enjoyment with this novel. For starters, I was promised a tantalizing mix between Twilight and Rick Riordan's works. I only got a history lesson on who the gods are, and (I can't believe I'm saying this) even Twilight was a better love story.

The whole time, I just felt rather uncomfy that a 15-year old girl was seeking and gaining the affection of 18-year old boys. And that's not even the least of my discomfort. In the beginning, I was getting real thrilled that this might have an exciting mystery subplot to figure out who would have killed her parents, but it just seemed like a device to further along the unbelievable love story.

I felt no real development within the characters. Nothing natural, at least. It felt like everybody was forced to behave and act a way that suited the story instead of the story following unique and unpredictable people.

It was also rather a struggle to get through this book with Andreen's narration. While she has a lovely voice, she sounded so robotic, I couldn't REALLY get into the story that much at all!

I expected a lot of great things when gearing up to listen and was just unfortunately disappointed by my experience.

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  • Terri
  • 07-04-2014

A Great Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, he Mythology characters in this are awesome!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Therese & Thanatos = Heroine & Hero of story

What does Debbie Andreen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing this in audio ads emotion & meaning to the story that I couldn't do myself. I couldn't even pronounce 1/2 the names.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Therese lost her parents in the accident.

Any additional comments?

I loved this story! I loved how all the mythology characters came to life, even some I didn't know existed. This is a really great read! All the gods & goddesses were there, along with who they are & what the represent.

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  • Book Owl Too
  • 21-11-2013

Unique Storyline!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Thanatos, but also enjoyed the antics of his brother Hypnos.

What does Debbie Andreen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really enjoyed Debbie's voice. It just fits the story and the main character, Therese. She is very easy to listen to and I enjoy the way she does use inflection and builds a scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The very beginning had me reeling with all kinds of emotions. I wasn't expecting such a dramatic start to a book and it hooked me completely.

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I haven't read/listened to a story quite like this before, it's quite unique. I enjoyed the author's whole take on Greek Mythology. She obviously knows her stuff and has created a fun adventure. I have already downloaded books 2 & 3. Can't wait to see what happens to Thanatos and Therese.

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  • Michelle's Paranormal Vault
  • 05-08-2013

The reader was great. Great story!

The Gatekeeper's Sons was a well-thought-out mythical story. I found the Greek Mythology to be well researched and really enjoyed that part. Overall I actually really loved this story. I only have one small issue that made it feel like it would never had happened this way, and that is the fact that the main character Theresa, is a child, 15 is just too young to believe that she can go kiss a 1,000 year old God, and “rock his world” if you know what I mean, that’s just not something I can wrap my head around. But, looking past that, and in my mind changed her age to a more appropriate age, I then enjoyed it.

I think the twin brothers of Hades, Thanatos and Hypnos were great. I think Hip was funny and he brought some humor to the story. Than was sweet and was a great guy.
I do not want to give much away here, so will try not to spoil much.

I liked Theresa for the most part, her immaturity in the start changed as she had to deal with the death of her parents. I liked the touches with the horses, and all of that. There was more sadness to come in her life.

I also didn’t like the ending, and do not like cliffhangers either. It ended when it felt like it should not have. I listened to it on Audible audio book, and think this may have been some of my problem. It wasn’t the speaker; it was more that I was not actually doing the reading, thinking I didn’t care as much as I may have if I read it myself. I am not sure. This is the 4th audio book I have ever listened to, and don’t remember that happening before.

Anyway, I still liked it, and overall think it’s a great start to a probable great series. I certainly want to read book 2 asap.

I do recommend this book for sure. Especially if you’re a fan of the Greek Mythology in your paranormal stories. I think this was made more for younger teens, but I still enjoyed it as an adult.

I wanted to give this 4 1/2 stars but felt that was unfair, as it was only because of my personal feelings of her being 15. This story is written perfectly, and can't ask for anything to make it better (accept raise her age to at least 17-18 or more)

So I give it 5 stars as it does deserve it.

I was gifted Audible audio book copy from the author, for my honest review.

This review is also posted at my blog on 8/6 for a book tour, there is a giveaway as well.

Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

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  • Red
  • 29-08-2016

Wow

I wouldn't go as far as to call this a romance novel or a mythology read.... I'd go as far as to call it the dark romance of an under aged teen that was sexually frustrated, added into the mix of a half bad Percy Jackson copy.

I was excited to read a mythology fantasy and thought I could put the romance part aside cause romance isn't weird, this however was the most uncomfortable 'romance' I have ever seen, it was extremely one sided and controlling "yay look it's just like real life, except it's more like porn than real life."

Still if this author decides to do mythology minus the scary romance I do believe I would read it, cause the book was well informed I feel.... But the romance was a turn off.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-02-2020

Greek Mythology And Romance Oh My!!!

I love Greek Mythology so when I came across this book I just had to hear it. Once I started listening I just couldn't stop. It had everything I love about Greek Mythology and more. It centers around Thanatos God of Death and the mortal woman Therese he falls in love with. I won't say more then that so I don't ruin the amazing story for anyone. However I will say I can't wait to hear the second installment of this captivating story.

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  • Yolanda
  • 09-02-2020

Mythological Romance

The storyline provided a good listen. The narration was respectable but didn’t quite give me the connection to the characters that I was hoping for. This series may perhaps be too juvenile for me, having found more satisfaction in other offerings by the author😊

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-01-2020

It feels like a Percy Jackson meets Katniss

Everyone knows about Hades. Dark and gloomy god of death. But what if I told you that was wrong. Hades isn't the god of death. He is just lord of the underworld. A supremely gloomy CEO of death. The real god of death is Thanatos, also known as the grim reaper, the collector of souls, and he has fallen in love.
Therese watches her parents die while there is nothing she can do about it and almost dies herself. She wills herself to be with her family but Hypnos god of sleep catches her before Thanatos. Hypnos is a bit of a player but Thanatos catches her eye instead. She thought she was in a dream not the underworld and gives Thanatos his first kiss. After she returns to the mortal world Thanatos makes a deal with his father, Hades, to have Hypnos take over the soul collecting just long enough for him to court Therese.
The gods become divided trying to keep Therese and Thanatos apart by whatever means necessary.
The build of the plot goes at just the right pace with a hint of rush near the end. The romance isn't forced but she allowed character development and conversations to let it grow between them and to invest the reader/listener. The narrator, Debbie Andreen, adds a lot to the feeling behind the words.
My biggest problem with story is that Therese is only 15, in my head I just kinda pushed her age up to around mine so it felt less creepy that a god wanted to marry her.
It feels like a Percy Jackson meets Katniss Everdeen with a hint of Feyre's challenges.
Big recommendation for those who love greek mythology and slow building romances.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 09-12-2019

Paranormal romance and Greek mythology

This YA paranormal romance audiobook is told from both protagonists POVs. In a coma following a car accident in which she watched her family die, Therese meets Thanatos (the god of death) and his brother Hypnos (the god of sleep) in a what she thinks is a dream. From here on in, Therese is drawn into a world of gods, goddesses, plots, war and revenge.
I enjoyed this author’s take on Greek mythology and the family dynamics of the gods of the underworld was great. Hypnos is confident, hilarious and an extrovert, while Thanatos seemed more introverted, naïve and serious, and the narrator, Debbie Andreen, really portrayed their personalities well. Your heart went out to Therese when she lost her parents but other than that, I didn’t really connect with her character, but teenage girls would probably relate to her much better that I did. In typical teenage fashion Therese views things in black and white and doesn't consider the consequences of her actions. I think if her character had been a bit older and more mature, I would have liked the story better. I did find it off putting and a bit creepy that, Thanatos, a thousand year old god of the underworld would think its ok to lust after and marry a traumatized, mortal 15 year old. If you discounted Thanos’ true age, then the development of their relationship wasn’t bad. I enjoyed the story as a whole and would like to see where it leads in the next audiobook,

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-11-2019

Mortal

A great fantasy story of love between a mortal young lady and a god! Narrator makes the story.

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  • NAT.orious reads
  • 25-10-2019

3 shy ★★★✩✩

This book may suit… younger readers who find the naivete of the main character adventurous rather than juvenile and can tell the distinct difference between actual love and premature romance.

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Overall, Eva Pohler provided me with an entertaining audiobook. The narrator's voice was very agreeable, the biggest influence on my opinion of an audiobook. Although entertaining and gripping, the thematic hook (a very premature romance) of the book made it tough for me as an adult listener to engage with the story on the level I would have wanted to.

The concept of the book had its hold on me from the beginning, I was very enthusiastic to dive into this universe. Both the main and side characters were depicted well, which made them easily distinguishable from one another and provided for a vivid story. Greek mythology was approached from an interesting viewpoint, although I cannot say anything about the accuracy since I've not busied myself with it much.

Sadly, as an adult reader who studied literature and culture for the duration of a Bachelor's degree, I couldn't help but pick the text apart and I wasn't too happy with what I've found.

First of all, the whole grieving process definitely laked page time which is what made it so hard to judge it. From the rational viewpoint of somebody who is privileged enough to not have crossed paths with grief too much yet - thank the universe for that - I'd definitely say, although there is the chance Therese might get her parents back in the beginning, it should have dawned on her sooner or later that things might not turn out well. I'm sure realistically speaking, the process is entirely different, but I can't even suspect since it wasn't really addressed apart from the occasional teary eyes and squeezed heart.

There's no way to do a hem and haw dance here. Meeting someone a couple of times in your dreams and then wishing to be with them for eternity in the Underworld is not exactly credible, especially under the light of the recent death of family members. It does, however, fit the stereotype of the ya genre very much.

I also failed to recognize the age difference between the two main characters until the other Gods came into play towards the middle of the book. Than chose to depict himself as a teenager and acted like one so I'm rather undecided how to feel about the fact that as a God Than is thousands of years old, while Therese is FIFTEEN.

In the light of recent political events and the terrible behaviour of the Western world in general, the topic of the ‘evil’ Pakistanis that produce fake medicine should have been handled with more grace, i.e. explaining that the Developing World is now the bogeyman for trying to make it in an economized world with no mercy for those it has enslaved and oppressed for hundreds of years.

⤐ What’s happening.
‘What a strange circumstance she found herself in: baking brownies for a handful of gods from the Underworld.’

Never would Therese have thought the biggest echo of her parents' death would be the intimate company of the gods of Ancient Greece. The promise to avenge her parents and to find eternal happiness with Thanatos, the God of death, keep her from falling apart over the murder of her parents.
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Writing quality + easy of reading = 4*

pace = 4*

plot/story in general = 2*

plot development = 3*

characters = 2*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 3*

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  • Karisma
  • 10-10-2019

Fresh Take

This story is a fresh take on Greek mythology, enjoyed getting to know all the characters and I’m looking forward to diving into the next book.

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  • Vix
  • 05-10-2019

I struggled with narration

I feel the narration really lacked and therefore made me really struggle to follow and keep interest in the story.