The Gatekeeper of Pericael

Young Adult - Action
189 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2023
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Author Biography

Hayley is an award-winning author, mechanical engineer, Air Force Reserve officer, four-time All-American fencer, ex-ultramarathoner, avid traveler, book inhaler and super nerd with three older sisters who are way cooler than her.

Since beginning her writing journey, Hayley’s microfiction has won an honorable mention in the NYC Midnight Challenge and her books have won the 2020 YA Florida Author Project, a Readers' Favorite silver medal, and a Wishing Shelf Book Award bronze medal.

She wrote The Gatekeeper of Pericael for her sons to show them how someone can be brave even in the scariest of places, and how we can overlook the magic of the world around us.

Hayley currently lives in Florida with two small wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and her miniature ragehound.

    Book Review

Reviewed by David Cameron for Readers' Favorite

The protagonist in The Gatekeeper of Pericael by Haley Reese Chow, Porter, is your average boy, but he hides a secret. His mother is the gatekeeper of a portal between Earth and Pericael, a world of magic, spirits, and danger. His family is part of a long line of gatekeepers, but his cousin Ames is unaware of the family’s secret. Porter is Kotalla Kan and is destined to replace his mother. When Porter and Ames are alone in the house, there is a knocking on the door to Pericael. Unable to contact his mother and unsure what to do, Porter opens the door, and the two boys encounter danger. When the evil shaman, Raspurn, attacks, Porter struggles to keep him at bay. The shaman is driven through a portal to an unknown part of the land, drawing Ames and Porter with it. Lost in the dangerous, wild, and jungled land, the two boys are racing against time to reach the Gateway before Raspurn returns and breaks through the gate.

Haley Reese Chow has created a frighteningly alien world with magic, powerful spirits, and terrifying predators in The Gatekeeper of Pericael. We are instantly immersed in the action, with no let-up until the end. Porter doubts his ability, but Ames is pragmatically sure they will succeed despite all the odds against them. I enjoyed the interplay between the boys and the two sisters, Conri and Fira. Despite Fira's animosity and scorn, they are tasked with helping the boys. This is an excellent read for young adults who enjoy fantasy. It is fast-paced and one I highly recommend.