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Nightrise: Book Three of the Gatekeepers

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Nightrise: Book Three of the Gatekeepers

Anthony Horowitz returns once again to the continuing saga of the Gatekeepers, a group of remarkable youths who are the last bastion of defense against the forces of the Old Ones who seek to take over the world. These five teens, however, do not know each other and are spread across the globe, entrusted with protecting the gates.

Previously (in RAVEN'S GATE and EVIL STAR) we met Matt and Pedro, two of the five Gatekeepers who ultimately failed to close the second gate. Matt knows that they now must locate the remaining three --- two boys and a girl --- and that only as a collective unit can they equal the power of the Old Ones and perhaps defeat them.

NIGHTRISE begins a few weeks before the closing events of EVIL STAR, and in this installment we find ourselves in Reno, Nevada. Here, Jamie and Scott Tyler perform in a magic show as mindreaders. But they are not there of their own volition, being sold into the work by their foster parents. Now they have been sold to the Nightrise Corporation, and when the men come to collect their merchandise, the boys attempt escape. Jamie succeeds after being aided by a woman, Alicia, but Scott is caught.

Jamie soon learns that his foster parents have been killed, and he is wanted for their murder. Alicia continues to assist Scott and tries to help him find his brother, and they are thrust into the middle of machinations beyond what they had ever expected. Jamie, disguised with a false name, is placed in the same juvenile center and learns from a man named Feather that the center is really a secret project designed by Nightrise to test children in order to see if they are one of the five Gatekeepers. He also discovers that his brother is gone.

Critically wounded in a firefight, Jamie finds himself transported back to the time of the first Gatekeepers 10,000 years ago, witnesses the birth of the Raven's Gate and meets Matt in a dream. Returning to the present world, Jamie hastens to put right what he can and find his brother in time to meet up with Matt and Pedro.

NIGHTRISE is a very moving continuation of The Gatekeepers. More than just two kids trying to overcome their own problems, NIGHTRISE is also steeped in political intrigue as the Nightrise Corporation is dipping its hands into the US Presidential election, hoping to swing favor for the Old Ones by manipulating the results and the candidates.

Meanwhile, all of the once-random strings that seemed so scattered are now starting to come together and tie up loose ends as the series gears up for its finale. Yet there is still one more Gatekeeper to encounter, and a glimpse of her is present at the conclusion of this novel.

NIGHTRISE is a strong volume of work, perhaps the best in the series thus far, and Horowitz continues to put on display his storytelling abilities. He is adept at building intensity, and with this book he also gives some great backstory and history that bring even more life to the tale. Those who have taken up the challenge to read this series will be rewarded but also teased and anxious for its continuation.

Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard on May 1, 2007

Nightrise: Book Three of the Gatekeepers
by Anthony Horowitz

  • Publication Date: May 1, 2007
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0439680018
  • ISBN-13: 9780439680011