- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406338869
- ISBN-13: 978-1406338867
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,368,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 5-8–Though this is the second installment in this series, new readers will catch on quickly. Fresh from his victory over Raven's Gate, Matt is once again called upon by the mysterious Nexus. As one of the five kids foretold by prophecy to fight back the Old Ones, the 14-year-old is needed in South America. From the very beginning, his enemies seem to always be one step ahead of him. But these shadowy opponents don't count on Matt's unexpected allies: the second of the five, and an ancient tribe of Inca warriors. While the story and characters are not particularly original, and more experienced readers will not be glued to their seats, the plot turns and emotional relationships will more than satisfy thrill seekers, especially those already into Horowitz's Alex Rider series (Philomel). A must-have for reluctant, middle-grade boys.–Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO
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Gr. 5--8. Fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman, who forestalled the evil Old Ones in the riveting Raven's Gate (2005), finds himself on yet another precipitous adventure. This time Matt and Richard, the journalist with whom Matt has been staying, travel to Peru, where Nexus believes a second gate to the underworld is poised to open. The when and how of the event are left to Matt to discover, which he eventually does, but not without some lugubrious descriptions, an abundance of dramatic escapes, and the help of a Peruvian teen, Pedro, with whose destiny Matt's is linked. Although this is neither as tightly constructed nor as compelling as the lead title in the Gatekeepers Series (which was equal parts horror and adventure), this book still has its moments, especially at the end, when the secret of the second gate is revealed, and Pedro finally settles into his place as the second of the children prophesied to save the world. Stephanie Zvirin
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After Raven's Gate, Matt Freeman tries to put all of the events that have happened behind. Now living in a flat with Richard Cole, he attends a private school in Yorkshire and hopes to return back to his normal life. However, when a suicide bombing occurs at the school he knows he will never return. Matt and Richard are met by the Nexus to tell them that a second gate is about to open in Peru, and that a diary that tells where the gate is in the hands of a man named Morton. He meets with him but then leaves momentarily, Morton is killed and the diary stolen. Unwilling, Matt and Richard are whisked off to Peru in search of the gate where the two are split up. There he meets a street kid named Pedro who looks familiar but who he has never met before. He finds out Pedro is the second Gatekeeper. Now stuck in Peru and with the police looking for him and searching for the gate and Richard he travels the country and tries to learn more about Salamanda a rich businessman. Back in England, the Nexus is wondering if they have a traitor in the group. When Matt finds out Salamanda has the diary and plans to open the gate, he and Pedro are in for a race for their lives and the world.
The second book in the Gatekeepers series is really good. Although it wasn't suspenseful as Raven's Gate, it made up for that with a lot of action. The genre of this book is suspenseful/fiction. What I liked about this book was that it was fast paced and kept into the plot with every chapter. The other reason why I liked this book was that the character showed lots of different emotions about how they did not want to get involved other people's problems. This almost like the Alex Rider series in which the main character is a 14 year-old boy who has special talents and are sought out by the secret organizations in England but do not want to get involved but do any way. (Anthony Horowitz did Alex Rider series). Some of the emotions I felt were shocked and sadness when the plot reveals characters and deaths. All in all, the book was a great sequel to Raven's Gate and I enjoyed it very much.
Matt has these dreams where he sees three boys and one girl on a beach. He is on a rock in the water. When Matt goes to Peru he starts getting shot at and almost gets captured like his friend Richard did. He meets a boy named Pedro who is one of the five chosen to save the world. Pedro speaks Spanish and they can only understand each other in their dreams. They go all around Peru trying to find Richard and finally find him in a place called Cuzco. They meet the ancestors of the Incas and they help them along their way.
They go to Nazca, where there are the Nazca lines. These are a series of lines that were dug to look like animals and other pictures. They meet a woman who has been studying the lines for her whole life. Her name is Professor Chambers. She thinks that on a day called Inti Raymi the stars are going to line up with the pictures and that alignment will open the gate. There is a man named Salamanda who is going to use a artificial star to open the gate. Matt isn't going to let that happen.
I really liked this book because it has a lot of action and the author used a lot of description to explain what is happening in the book. I recommend this for kids in their teens that enjoy action, adventure and suspense. The main characters in some of his books are around 13-14 years old. I have read two book in this series and four books in a different series by the same author. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
By Brian Williams
In book one, titled Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers), main character Matt discovers he is one of five specially chosen teens. Their purpose is to save the world. Matt doesn't know the other five and must "close" Raven's Gate on his own. As the second book, EVIL STAR, begins, Matt finds himself in Peru meeting up with Pedro, who turns out to be one of the chosen five.
Matt and Pedro join forces, although it isn't easy since Matt speaks only English and Pedro speaks Spanish. Their unusual connection does allow them to communicate while in a dream state. They learn each others' stories and realize that their paths will someday cross the paths of their remaining team.
Together Matt and Pedro must find and prevent the opening of the second gate. Its history is intertwined with the ancient Incas and the Peruvian culture. As they search the seamier side of Peru, they encounter kidnapping, gun battles, the evil "big headed" Salamanda, high altitude jungle treks, and terrifying helicopter rides. Exactly what is the Evil Star and can they find the next gate in time to close it and save the world from the Old Ones?
Horowitz provides his usual fast-paced, non-stop action in this new series. It is sure to impress his already established fans and create plenty of new ones.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"