Family expectations. Japanese girl-warriors. Alternate worlds. Shape-shifting lizard-men. Epic sword fights. It’s all a day in the life of Junya Thompson.
It’s been months since sixteen-year-old Junya survived his savage battle with the Evil Ones, but now he’s back in San Francisco he's still feeling the effects. His limp is slow to heal, his shoulder aches from the bite that should have killed him, and black poison lingers in his blood, tainting his life energy.
The Gatekeepers of Izumo Oyashiro, land of the gods, fear he’s been permanently affected and are reluctant to allow him to return to their realm. His own mother, once a Gatekeeper herself, seems guarded and suspicious around him.
The only one not keeping Junya at arm’s length these days is Shoko – the deadly warrior who dresses like a Japanese schoolgirl – and despite his worries, Junya can’t help thinking of ways to introduce this ancient guardian of the gods to modern romance.
But when someone in Junya’s world begins brutally slaughtering the shamans of the Earth’s ancient religions, Junya and Shoko realize the Evil Ones are back, apparently stronger than ever. And without the shamans’ worship, the gods grow weak and the gateways between worlds are left unattended. Soon the entire realm of Izumo and the very existence of the Gatekeepers are in jeopardy.
Junya and Shoko devise a bold plan to save Izumo, but it means changing the rules that have governed Gatekeepers for centuries. Even if they succeed, nothing will ever be the same.
Will it be worth the cost?
“The second book takes everything from book one and multiplies it. More action, romance …, locations and powers. … About the only way I wouldn't [read the next book in the series] would be if the Gatekeepers themselves were trying to stop me.”
The Fallen Gatekeepers is a fantasy story about other worlds inhabited by gods, and the gatekeepers, an order of warrior girls who protect the gods from Evil Ones. Junya is a teenage boy who has been caught up in this world of magic and gods. He is determined to help the gatekeepers fight the Evil Ones, but he also wants to spend more time with Shoko, a gatekeeper of great skill. When the Evil Ones start attacking Shamans, Junya and Shoko must break with tradition and come up with a new plan to fight them.
There’s a lot that’s good about this book. The plot is interesting. There were some nice twists and turns that kept me reading to figure out what might happen. The plot was cleverly constructed and was what held my attention to the end.
“C.R. Fladmark … managed to take everything I enjoyed about The Gatekeeper’s Son and expanded upon it. The story was well written and engaging enough that I was unable to put it down once I had started reading it. It was one of those books where I had to know what was going to happen next at the end of every chapter. If I had to choose one thing that I thought really stood out about this book it would be how much Junya and his friends have grown as characters. The characters were my favorite part of the last book and I thought Fladmark did a great job delving deeper into the characters and expanding upon them.”