(Also known as The Gatekeepers series in the United States).
A five book series, including:
There are some deals on Amazon and such, where you can get the whole series together, for a reasonable price. I own the series on hardback, and audio.
What to say about this? Well, I first read this series about fifteen to twenty years ago, when I was still a boy, and the series was fresh and still incomplete, and immediately fell in love with it.
It’s one of the most exciting, thrilling series I’ve read.
It’s a little bit like a darker version Harry potter, with a far more interesting plot. I actually much prefer this to Harry Potter, but HP is pretty known around the world, so it is convenient to use as a comparison, although there’s plenty of differences between the two series, too.
The themes they share are about a group of friends from different backgronds coming together, each with unique abilities, to stop a dangerous force from destroying the world.
The similarities pretty much end there, except, like the Potter series, the first book also happens to be set in Britain.
The first book, Raven’s Gate, follows a 14 year old boy named Matt Freeman, who is an orphan on the wrong side of the law. Matt is convinced by his friend, Kelvin, to break in to a warehouse to steal some goods to make some easy money. Then things go disastrously wrong and suddenly he’s being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He is then put into the “LEAF project”, which designed to help juvenile delinquents sort out their lives.
Unfortunately, this is just the start of his troubles. He is sent to some creepy-ass village in the middle of nowhere, under the supervision and care, of the even creepier Mrs Deverill. And that’s when things get even freakier, darker and deeper than Matt could possibly imagine.
I love this series so much. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, although I have read it a few times over the years. So my recollection is a little spotty on the details. I read a lot of stories, so I forget some of the details, but that makes it easier to re-read the stories I have enjoyed the most. And this series is on that list.
I find it’s somewhat difficult to describe how amazing the series is without giving away some major spoilers. I personally love the breadth of history involved in the story, going back tens of thousands of years (although it mostly focuses on the present – 2005), Britain, the Aztecs, the Americas, Peru, Rome, the pyramids, there’s so much, all leading up to our young team, and the threat of an ancient, evil, destructive force that our young protangandists have to fight and defeat, or it will mean the end of the whole world.
And that’s basically what it all comes down to – the “gatekeepers”, of which Matt is only one member of, and is currently unaware of it. The series, particularly the first book, is about him discovering exactly who he is, what his purpose is, and finding the other four members. They each have special… ‘gifts’ that are unique to them and necessary to prevent the world being destroyed. The five teens must unite, but they live in different parts of the world, and have no knowledge of each other, or the dangers they’re about to face.
I recommend the books, or the audiobooks. But they are on Youtube in audio format, so you can listen to the whole series, free there. And the narrator is a very good reader and makes it a joy to listen to.
Goodreads rating: 4.5 out of 5
Mike’s rating: 4.7
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