Book Review: The Gatekeeper's Son by: C.R. Fladmark

Publisher: The Shokunin Publishing Company

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe.

His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind. 
And a mysterious girl in a Japanese school uniform can knock him over—literally—with just a look.

What do they know that he doesn’t?

Junya’s life takes a dangerous turn on his sixteenth birthday, when someone sets out to destroy not only the family’s business empire—the one that he’s set to inherit—but Junya himself. He’s fighting for his life, and doesn’t know who to trust. 

What has his family been keeping from him?

Junya’s journey takes him from the narrow streets of San Francisco to Japan, and through hidden portals to the top of the ancient Japanese Izumo Shinto shrine, to places where death and violence are a way of life. And in a mystical world he’s never imagined, he finds his true destiny.

Review: THE GATEKEEPER’S SON is a fast-paced coming of age story. Junya has just turned sixteen and named heir to his grandfather’s vast corporation. As he’s learning the ropes, he is read into the fact someone is trying to destroy everything his grandfather built. He has also discovered he has some peculiar abilities about which he was never told. THE GATEKEEPER’S SON is a vivid fantasy novel with both well-developed characters and world-building. Junya’s a very likeable and relatable character and the reader gets to discover the new world which opens before his eyes along with him. Junya’s innate sense of morality helps him greatly during his journey and it was nice to see this sense mature. The strong women in Junya’s life also made a big impact on Junya and I’m glad to see them given their due. THE GATEKEEPER’S SON will appeal to those with an interest in Japanese culture, both the real and the fantastic.

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