“it's just like ravens gate and it's great because matt finds another kid named pedro”see full review » see other reviews »
“A good kids series. I would recomment it.”Mikie wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it's just like ravens gate and it's great because matt finds another kid named pedro ”Nick wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think the book is great. It is funny but also scary and it keeps you wrapped up in it until the last word.
The Power of Five - Evil Star is the second book in this series by Horowitz, who has set the book in our world in this time, unlike a lot of other books of this type that rely on you believing in other planets or time dimensions.
Matt Freeman had a lot to contend with in Ravens Gate(the first book) but it didn't end in Ravens Gate and now he must travel to Peru to try and finish what has begun.
There are traitors and thieves at every turn and Matt ends up alone in Peru with no passport and no one he can trust. How do you find out who is the enemy and who you can trust? Only Pedro, a local he first sees in his dreams, and then meets in real life, seems to be trustworthy.
I recommend this book to people over the age of ten because I feel it is too advanced for young readers.
I loved it and I give it 4 and a half stars out of 5”
“Great story...I sometimes get lost. But it's definitely entertaining.”Kirsty C wrote this review Saturday, August 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New Book, August 2013”Whitaker Library wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“really good”Lillian wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Characters: My thoughts on Matt, the protagonist, haven't changed since Raven's Gate: I feel incredibly sorry for him, as he's propelled from one bad situation into another. He's totally a victim, but he still tries to fight. I looked forward to getting to know Richard Cole, Matt's guardian, better in Evil Star, but he wasn't in it enough for me to feel like I know him beyond his usual cynicism and need to protect Matt. I think he'll be a good character as the series progresses, though. I also didn't feel like I got to know Pedro all that well, either. Maybe it was the language barrier between him and Matt, or the fact that the Author just didn't mention Pedro's reactions very often. I didn't dislike Pedro at all, but I didn't connect with him much, and I hope that changes as the series progresses, because I sense that he has it in him to be an awesome character. And then there's the villain, Salamanda. He wasn't in the book much, and the times that he was, there was nothing especially scary or intimidating about him. Like all villains in stories like this one, Salamanda had something physically wrong with him, which the Author used to try and make him creepier, but it didn't work, and Salamanda ended up being a very forgettable baddie.
The Romance: There isn't any!
Plot: Ever since closing Raven's Gate, Matt has tried to get on with a normal life. He now lives with Richard Cole and attends an exclusive school. But Matt isn't getting on at the school, the Nexus need his help, and then his aunt Gwenda shows up with a petrol tanker and blows the whole campus up, in an attempt to kill Matt (clearly Gwenda has lost her mind). Matt realizes that whether he likes it or not, he's part of darker events, and so he decides to do what the Nexus asks: obtain an ancient journal that tells about a second gate in Peru. But the man who owns the journal is intercepted by enemies, and soon it becomes a race against time to get to Peru, find the second gate, and close it before the Old Ones can be released. But when Matt and Richard arrive in Peru, they're attacked, Richard is captured, and Matt finds himself alone in Lima, with only a mysterious Peruvian street boy to help him. While Evil Star begins in a classic horror movie style - an evil being ordering Gwenda to kill Matt, - the rest of the book feels more like an Indiana Jones-like adventure, and therefore much less creepy than Raven's Gate. Once I realized that I wasn't in for another round of spooky villagers, grisly deaths, and strange rituals, I easily settled into the story's pace and enjoyed it. I loved that the Nazca Lines ended up being an elaborate celestial combination lock that kept the second gate closed, and the identity of the Nexus traitor took me longer to figure out than I thought it would. Once I did, though, it was very obvious, but it still worked. The Author doesn't reveal the traitor's identity until the climax of the book, lending some mystery and suspense to the whole story.
Believability: Not applicable.
Writing Style: Like all of Horowitz's books, the writing is very action-packed and movie-ish, and as with all of his books, it works well enough. His descriptions of Peru paint a clear picture for Readers, though I must complain about the fact that he's not very good at picking original names. How many times has Rodriguez and Pedro been used?
Content: The violence is significantly less in Evil Star, as is the demonic undertones and imagery.
Conclusion: The gate is opening; Matt is running out of time. In order to stop Salamanda, they have to storm his fortified headquarters. With a climax like that, I was expecting something long and ridiculous and dragged out to its absolute limit. Surprisingly, it isn't, and the final showdown between Matt and Salamanda is even shorter, to a point where it's almost disappointing. But the sequel should be interesting. Evil Star was a good second installment; well-paced, a different feel to the first book, and lots of development to the overall series plot. I would have liked to see more character development, but there's room for that in other books.
Recommended Audience: Girl-and-guy read, fourteen-and-up, great for fans of Anthony Horowitz and thriller/horror stories.”
“The second book in The Gatekeepers series. Matt thought everything was over once he closed Raven's Gate, but now it appears an evil group is trying to open another gate in Peru. Matt and Richard travel to Peru to stop them and when they are separated by an ambush, Matt meets a young Peruvian boy he recognizes as another of the five. He and Pedro must join together with a group of ancient Incan warriors to stop the second gate from opening. ”Iceangel9 wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the continued book from the series Gate Keepers. In this Matt the main character finds the second of the five. He goes on a journey to places to find his friend he lost. While in the proccess he defeats a member of the Old Ones, but h couldn't stop the beasts out of the second gate.”Brendan Sims wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No