*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Polver
Everyone knows about Hades. Dark and gloomy god of death. But what if I told you that was wrong. Hades isn't the god of death. He is just lord of the underworld. A supremely gloomy CEO of death. The real god of death is Thanatos, also known as the grim reaper, the collector of souls, and he has fallen in love.
Therese watches her parents die while there is nothing she can do about it and almost dies herself. She wills herself to be with her family but Hypnos god of sleep catches her before Thanatos. Hypnos is a bit of a player but Thanatos catches her eye instead. She thought she was in a dream not the underworld and gives Thanatos his first kiss. After she returns to the mortal world Thanatos makes a deal with his father, Hades, to have Hypnos take over the soul collecting just long enough for him to court Therese.
The gods become divided trying to keep Therese and Thanatos apart by whatever means necessary.
The build of the plot goes at just the right pace with a hint of rush near the end. The romance isn't forced but she allowed character development and conversations to let it grow between them and to invest the reader/listener. The narrator, Debbie Andreen, adds a lot to the feeling behind the words.
My biggest problem with story is that Therese is only 15, in my head I just kinda pushed her age up to around mine so it felt less creepy that a god wanted to marry her.
It feels like a Percy Jackson meets Katniss Everdeen with a hint of Feyre's challenges.
Big recommendation for those who love greek mythology and slow building romances.
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