The Last Gatekeeper (Review)

The Last Gatekeeper
By Katy Haye
232 pages | November 14th 2014 | CreateSpace 

Two worlds. One queen determined to rule both. And one teen girl who stands in her way.

Zanzibar MacKenzie knows she’s a freak. She has EHS – electrical hypersensitivity – which leaves her trying to live a Stone Age life in the twenty-first century: no internet, no phone, no point really. 

On her seventeenth birthday she discovers the truth: she can’t stand electricity because she’s half-fae, and her mixed-blood makes her the only person on Earth able to control the gates that link the fae and human worlds.

With the help of Thanriel, an angel charged with keeping the worlds in balance, and Cal, an exiled fae, Zan – the girl who can’t flip a light switch – must now learn to control the elemental powers she never knew she had in order to defeat a queen bent on destruction.

Seventeen year old Zan lives an isolated life. She and her mother suffer from the same condition where anything electrical makes them ill. This is what leads to their lifestyle. No lights, no computers, no Netflix! The horror.

It was a very fast paced book, which I like. Being sucked into a book right away and breezing through it is always much easier than having to suffer your way through until you appreciate the story. It did feel, at times as thought it were moving too quickly. Only because I had trouble really appreciating, or relating to the protagonist until closer to the end of the book.

The beginning felt a little difficult to read, some of the way things were worded, I had to read through a couple of times. It didn't always feel like a natural teenage flow. I also felt like I was getting a lot of information really quickly, things that probably could have been spaced out throughout the rest of the book.

When a stranger knocks on Zan's door, her life takes a huge turn. Thrust from her life of isolation she finds herself smack in the middle of a Fantasy world. Angels, fairies, mysterious beings.

Over all, I really enjoyed this book and the creativeness of the story. It didn't take long to get invested in what was going to happen and the book left me wanting to read more of this universe. If you like true fantasy, with a hint of an urban twist I definitely recommend this book!

I was gifted a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and feature on the blog.

His dark hair fell in spiky disarray into eyes so dark they looked black. His skin was pale, almost luminous. He looked like he should be in a poster on my friend Em’s wall, not standing in my doorway.

His hair glinted in the rising moonlight, the colour of lacquered mahogany, dark against his pale skin. I breathed in. He smelled like he’d been outside all day. He smelled like the air during a rainstorm. My pulse picked up.

I spent most of my childhood and adolescence lost in a good book. Even now, and given the tedious necessity to earn a living in order to eat, I spend as much time as possible running around either my own or someone else’s imaginary world.

I’m fascinated by what makes books work – what makes a story so vivid the words themselves melt away and I’m living the character’s life with them?

I’ll be pondering (and very probably ranting) about the nuts and bolts of a good story on my Add More Narrativium blog – please join in.

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