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School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-Scarlet thinks the she is just a normal 15-year-old girl, until the day she steps through a door and finds herself in another country. There, in the hands of a sadistic monk in service to an ancient evil, she learns that she is one of five Gatekeepers who hold the fate of the world in their hands. From that point on, Scarlet's life is fraught with danger as she journeys to Hong Kong and becomes surrounded by sinister strangers and nothing is as it seems. The other Gatekeepers, now aware of Scarlet's existence, must travel to meet her. In doing so, they face monumental peril at the hands of the Old Ones and the sinister Nightrise Corporation who will stop at nothing to keep the Gatekeepers from joining forces to save the world. In this installment (Scholastic, 2009) of Anthony Horowitz's series, the Gatekeepers are brought together, and an explosive cliffhanger ending will leave fans anxious for the final volume. Horowitz does an excellent job of weaving backstory from the first three books into the text, and Simon Prebble brings the story to life with his expert inflection and cadence. A suspenseful tale sure to keep listeners on the edges of their seats.-Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The quintet prophesied to defeat the treacherous Old Ones in the Gatekeepers series is now complete as 15-year-old Scarlett adds her exceptional ability to the fantastical talents of teens Matt, Scott, Jamie, and Pedro. The story of her sudden leap from normal kid to unwilling guardian of humanity is the focus of this episode, with group leader Matt's angst providing a second voice to the proceedings. Readers shouldn't look too hard at the plotting here, but there's no denying Horowitz's talent for creating monstrous evil and pumping up the tension with bloody details, exciting escapes, and cliff-hanging sequences including one that presages yet another Gatekeepers adventure.--Zvirin, Stephanie Copyright 2009 Booklist
Horn Book Review
A British teen of Chinese descent, Scarlett is the fifth Gatekeeper destined to save the world from the Old Ones. Traveling to Hong Kong, she finds a city full of shape-changers and corpses. In a race against time, the other Gatekeepers try to save her. Despite some unfortunate stereotypes, this gory, well-paced adventure will keep series fans engaged. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.