Challenge of Hades

The Underworld Saga, Book Two
Narrated by: Debbie Andreen
Series: The Gatekeeper's Saga, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents' murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos's absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete's affections, but when Than shows up to take her hamster's soul, she sees him and becomes infuriated when he says he's "been busy."

In cahoots with her new friend, Vicki, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on. But things go very, very wrong. Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he's found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.

©2012 Eva Pohler (P)2013 Eva Pohler

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Great second book in the series

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed how the characters grew. Therese's character grew the most and she learned some very important lessons in this book. I loved how she took on the different challenges, faced them head on and came up with some inventive ways to succeed in her mission.

Which character – as performed by Debbie Andreen – was your favorite?

I enjoy Thanatos. Debbie captures the essence of him just the way I 'see' him in my mind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

There were times where I couldn't turn it off until I knew Therese was safe. Ms. Pohler was able to have me on the edge of my seat several times throughout this book.

Any additional comments?

This was a great follow up to The Gatekeeper's Sons. Hades decides to give Therese and his son, Thanatos a chance to be together and gives Therese 5 challenges to complete. They seem almost insurmountable to start with but she comes up with some very clever ways to complete them. This book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I immediately downloaded the 3rd book and started on it. I needed to find out what happened to Than and Therese.

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Awesome YA series!!

Such a wonderful follow up to the first book in the series! Really solid read! I was not overly happy with the end of the first book and this one helped complete that story line! Yeah, mostly HEA!

I have always been a fan of Therese and Thanatos!! They are such a great pair!! She really balances out his seriousness and makes him see more to the world than death! I really wanted them to work things out and hated that they might not be together because she showed compassion!

This book catches up with doomed lovebirds. You really see how each struggles with letting go and also realizing that they can't because they have that rare thing called true love. Sigh. The challenges they mast face to be together definitely show that there love is real. I would hate for them to fall apart after all they have been through. Such great characters that make you want them to succeed!

Again, I loved all the reference to Greek Myths I always loved. And seeing a bit more into the Gods and Godesses. Love the idea of Aphrodite and Aries actually being in love, sigh such a pair! I have also come back to loving Hades. He really was one of my all time faves!

I did have some issues with her friend Jenn's story as more is revealed. It was uncomfortable to read and I just wanted to shake her family for not taking better care of her!! And after what I read and was implied I can't understand why they would ever let the Dad move back home. No excuses and no second chances.

I can't wait for the next book to see what happens next. What will Therese's contribution be? What will happen to Persephone and Demeter? How will friends and family deal? Really loving this series!!

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More Greek Mythology And Romance Oh My!!!

Wow.... Once again I just couldn't stop listening. Installment two of this series is just as amazing and captivating as the first. Picking right back up with the romance of Thanatos and Therese. They have many ups and downs. I won't say any more though because I truly don't want ruin this amazing story for anyone. However I can't wait to hear the third installment of this story.

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To be a god!

Loved it! Story of a young woman battles to become a god , to be with the one she loves. Narrator was awesome!

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I’ve lost my objectivity due to some details

I don’t know what to make of this story. The first book felt like a sort of dreamy, non too realistic story where I definitely had the vibe of reading/listening to a magical tale that was not meant to be taken too seriously and that was completely okay and felt like a perfect fit for the story.
But this one... although Therese is almost a year older, having experienced challenging things, she is still such a naive good soul that doesn’t think too much deep thoughts it seems and lives her own dream sort of speak. I can’t fathom that anyone of 15 with her kind of experiences would be this naive or this jolly. Sure, she has some minor fits about some unrealistic but typical adolescent thought mostly about Than so she’s not jolly all the time but there is no mental growth, I feel, which made this book a bit less enjoyable for me. It could be it’s just the way the narrator’s telling this story so I went with 3 stars for both aspects.
Especially towards the end it kinda made me feel more and more like reading/listening to a story about two very adolescent people in love, not a God and the (too immature) love of his life. I did not like the ending very much, was too focused on the details by then.

It doesn’t help that I have this very naive and immature friend in real life that annoys me too much, I’m afraid that has added a lot to me distancing myself from this story. I kinda began linking that friend and Therese which must not have been good for my annoyance level.

What must otherwise probably still feel like a beautiful magical story became a source of finding not enough thinking amidst the main characters. This is personal though. If you’re very analyzing in your reading or need a very logical read, then I fear this is not for you but if you enjoy magical tales and mythology, this is a great story for you.

The short beginning of book 3 that is kindly offered only made me realize this story is going in a way I don’t like. It’s sad that I can’t seem to enjoy this magical tale anymore but when you keep compairing it to something else that doesn’t really have to do with the story, it’s time to cut loose.
I wish I could know how the story develops further but I have to let the story be what it is because it is clear I lost my objectivity to review this storyline.

Still love the storyline though so maybe I can dive backinto this storyline when I’m at a different stage of my life, who knows, I would love that.

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What a read

What is Time in the essence of Immortality? A neverending torment in the eyes of a teenager. As a reader a begged and pleaded with Terrice* to be patient. What an exciting journey she gets to.go on in this book. Getting ready for the 3red installment of this series!

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Gah! It ended too soon!!

If you love mythology and teenage love this series is right up your alley!!
There was angst in the first bit of the book..which is understandable since Therese hasn’t seen Than in over 10 months. The action pics up in the second book and the challenges begin for Therese. They were very entertaining and I enjoyed listening to the challenges.
Gaaahh!! I must say that the book does end in a cliffhanger!! I’m so happy that the third book is already out. Onto book #3!
I listened to the audiobook and I listened to it at a fast pace so I felt that the narrator did a good job.

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Great story

Great second book in the serires im enjoying it can't wait to read the next book

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Love this series

What a wonderful story. So full of detail. It keeps you wanting to listen the entire time. I love Greek mythology and adore how she’s captured the characters in this book. Cannot wait to see what is in store for the love birds.

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Teenage angst meets mythology

The main character does not have a comprehensive knowledge of what consequences are, and she continually is just in trouble. Seems a bit ridiculous the author wants us to have a love story about a selfish girl and a saint. it's just getting annoying now.