Release Date: October 6th
Rachel Wilde comes from a dimension that exists adjacent to ours. The people there have structured their society around daemon collecting: they locate, catch, and repair malfunctioning daemons (creatures out of phase with our world that tempt people to do good or evil). Now Rachel has been given two unusual assignments: 1) find a person who has been trying to break down dimensional barriers, and 2) track down a missing line of gatekeepers, human placeholders for a daemon that was too badly damaged to repair. Authorities of Rachel’s world believe the missing gatekeepers are descended from a girl who went missing from West Africa hundreds of years ago, likely sold into slavery. With no leads to go on, Rachel seeks help from Bach, a raving homeless man who happens to be an oracle. Bach does put her in the path of both of her targets—but he also lands her in a life-threatening situation. Somehow, Rachel has to stop the criminal, reunite a gatekeeper with her stolen past, and, above all, survive.
[I received a physical copy for an honest review]
Gatekeeper is the debut novel of Alison Levy. It’s a fiction fantasy novel set in a world with different dimensions, daemons, and oracles.
Rachel lives from one dimension but spends her time living in another for her job. A job which consists of hunting down defective daemons. Her job gets significantly more difficult when she’s tasked with hunting down a human trying to destroy the barrier between worlds and a woman whose life is key to keeping a deadly daemon in exile.
The concept and storyline of Gatekeeper as a whole was interesting. I enjoyed the characters; Rachel our leading protagonist, the oracle, and her somehow cute daemon tag along (even though its physical description was not so cute). However, I’m not sure why, maybe it was the writing itself, but I found myself a bit bored. There is some sporadic point of view changes throughout and then at the end it was a whole lot of point of view jumping in a small amount of time.
Gatekeeper was a decent start to a fantasy series, and I am intrigued enough of the characters that I could see myself picking up the future releases in the Daemon Collecting Series.