Monday, 21 January 2013

Evil Star[ The Gatekeepers #2] - Anthony Horowitz

Title - Evil Star
Author - Anthony Horowitz


It began with Raven’s Gate. But it’s not over yet.
Once again the enemy is stirring.
After defeating the Old ones at Raven’s Gate, Matt Freeman thought he could get on with his life. But someone has other ideas.
Far away in Peru a second gate is about to open. Only Matt has the power to stop the forces of darknesss breaking through, but now they know all about him. This time they’re going to destroy him first.


The second instalment of the Power of Five series launched into a great start, the slightly nightmarish beginning to the book makes a hell of an entrance not to mention makes a promise of yet more action and adventure. This book did not disappoint, every time you think Matt is safe Horowitz throws him into yet another whirlpool of danger and violence. This time matt is stranded in Peru without Richard, The Nexus or anyone he knows. His only company is a Peruvian boy Pedro who does not speak English which would be hard enough as it is but they are also hunted by the richest man in Peru, Diego Salamanda.

This book was great, it was a heady mix of foreign country, danger, magic and a land filled with corruption and poverty. I really loved the relationship between Pedro and Matt, apart from the dream conversation they never actually talk but there is something so beautifully strange about being with someone who knows what you want without having being told. It is like they were brothers who have lived together all their lives rather than virtual strangers.

This book also introduced an element I love in a book, while I love it when a good guy wins, it is also implausible for them to win every time so when at the end something [which I am not going to say because I think this book is worth it] happens and the good guys loose it is a refreshing and dangerously exciting turn of events. It leaves a big hole for the next book where the challenge is bigger and more powerful than ever before.

Unfortunately for me I found the villains of Raven’s Gate much scarier than this owing to the fact that however disfigured Salamda might be, he does not compare to the frightening scenario in which Matt is trapped and in the hand of crazy witches.

I give this an overall of 3 out of 5 stars.

Product Details
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Language: English
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  1. I read this book a while ago. The series is ok but i liked the Alex Rider series a lot better. Lover the review!

  2. I watched the film before I read the book and while Alex Pettifer is undoubted very hot, he was not hot enough to save the film so I never bothered to read the books.