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Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  14,774 ratings  ·  898 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Matt is being punished for a crime he saw, but didn't commit. Instead of being locked up, he is sent to the middle of nowhere to live with a new foster mom, as part of a government scheme called The Leaf Project. But Matt's new home provides anything but
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mary
What do you get when you mix elements of Harry Potter, Stephen King, and Night at the Museum together? You get Raven’s Gate.
This was a very quick and enjoyable read and had me on the edge of my seat. I could hardly put it down. Of course it is a story or Good vs. Evil.
I fell in love with Matt the minute he was introduced and knew there was more to him than met the eye. And the unfolding of his story was done very well and in such a way that you were hooked from the beginning to the end.
It is th...more
Tapestrymlp
Fourteen-year-old Matt Freeman is an orphan in a lot of trouble. After he's caught stealing he is funneled into the LEAF system, a new program that England has put in place to deal with youthful offenders. Through LEAF, Matt is "fostered" with the evil Mrs. Deverill, a satanic witch bent on torturing Matt. Everyone Matt gets close to has a bad habit of ending up dead and no one can seem to tell him about something called Raven's Gate - a mysterious place that is somehow tied to Matt's own psychi...more
Ashley Marie
This book was kind of cheesy. Ok. Not just kind of. Really cheesy.

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I can picture it. Horowitz sitting down to write "Stephen King for teens!" Except that Stephen King for teens doesn't have any of the interesting scary bits that normal Stephen King does.

Matthew Freeman (or just Matt, because reasons) is 14 and an orphan and apparently super important to the sort of person I imagined a Satanist to be when I was 10.

TL;DR synopsis: (view spoiler)...more
Jo
I wish there were more YA books that involved vats of face-melting acid.

Review at some point.
Maree
Matt Freeman is an orphan on the wrong side of the law. He is convinced by his friend to break in to a warehouse and promised that no one will be hurt. Then things go terribly wrong and suddenly he’s being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Although he’s not charged, his aunt decides that enough is enough and she can’t look after him any more. He is put into the LEAF project, designed to help juvenile delinquents. Unfortunately, this is just the start of his troubles. He is sent to the creepy...more
Chibineko
I'm always on the lookout for things that would interest my nephew, partially because we share a taste in books. (Or at least, he reads many books that I liked when I was his age.) As such, I usually tend to read much of the new books before I send them to him.

Raven's Gate is the first in a series of 5 books by Anthony Horowitz. The first book follows Matt, a young boy who has been enrolled into the LEAF program after being a somewhat unwilling accomplice in what should have been a simple snatch...more
Erika
First off, i want to say that i read first Necropolis which is the book 4 in this fabulous series. The gatekeepers is sooo awesome!!, it has supernatural events, suspense, action, it's thrilling, it's so wonderful, i love it.

Even though i first read the book 4 in the series, i could perfectly get into the story, Anthony Horowitz, explains there some things that happened in the previous books, so that if someone like me happened to commit the mistake of reading the 4th book first instead of star...more
Liz
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Kris
This is the start of a new series by Anthony Horowitz, bordering on mild horror. I did not find this nearly as good as Stormbreaker. I felt like the first half of the book was spent setting the scene, with the protagonist, Matt, feeling bewildered by the unusual turns his life has taken. As part of an alternative discipline program, he has been sent to live and work in the country with creepy Miss Deverill and her even creepier handyman, Noah. When he tries to escape, all of the roads lead back...more
Aaron
I am very disappointed that this is considered a Young adult book. My children discovered this book in their Elementary library. I have read a few Alex Rider Books because my children were interested in reading them. As I read the Alex Rider series, I felt the issues were too mature for children. I felt they were extremely disturbing based on the violent themes and imagery.
I found my 9 year old son reading Raven's Gate and decided I needed to review it before he was allowed to read it. He only m...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I could almost...almost go 5 stars on this one.

Matt has had a hard life. He had loving parents and lived in a nice house, was a happy child and loved.

Then his parents were killed in an auto accident (Don't I remember something about another magical kid losing his parents and getting told it was an auto accident??? Oh well, probably nothing...just my memory playing tricks I guess). Anyway there was no one left to take Matt in, except his mother's sister who is unloving...and really doesn't want t...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Spreeha for TeensReadToo.com

Do you believe in witches or the Old Ones?

Matt has been accused of committing a crime which actually he really didn't do. So now he has a choice to either go to jail or stay with an old lady named Mrs. Deverill in a remote area called Lesser Malling because of the government's new law called the LEAF Project. Matt should have chosen jail because he will soon find out that someone is planning something there at Lesser Malling, and Matt is in the middle of...more
Betlehem Fekade
I didn't read this book, I devoured it. Never mind the fact that I have read it before in the distance past, even when the memories of the book seeped back into my brain I didn't care because it was so damn good.

This book is simply magnificent, it is strange, mysterious and at time freaking terrifying.Someone should really consider turning it in to a movie, its simply that good.

I love Matt as a character, he is not whiny or incompetent rather he comes out strong and a little rebellious. The only...more
Tyler
I would recommend this book to a 15-20 year old person, because some of the words are very bemusing. My favorite character in this story is Mat, because he is very serious and he is the protagonist. My least favorite character is Mrs. Deverill, because she is very mysterious and can never trust her. She reminds me of a witch with the black cat that never dies. The author wrote this book for entertainment and to give someone a book that they will love and won’t put down. The portion of the book...more
Mack
Apr 30, 2009 Mack rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Mack by: spencer simpson
Shelves: macks-books
i realy enjoyed this book "Ravens Gate" by Anthony Horrowitz. It is very suspensful and kinda keeps you on edge the whole time your reading. it is about this young boy named matt, who gets himself into trouble and gets sent to live with an old woman with the LEAF project, a governmental experiment to keep juveniles out of the jails by placing them with another family in a desolate place and to work them and give them a chance to stay out of jail. he gets sent to live with Mrs. Deverill, a grumpy...more
Shahryar Niazi
Dec 12, 2011 Shahryar Niazi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Curse of the Red Leprechaun
Recommended to Shahryar by: Horror Books
The book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more
Jessica
This book was so powerfully meh, I had to force myself to finish it.

The characters are one-dimensional, having no development or emotional connection to the reader. The first half was painfully slow to build up to the second, that when the action and climax did happen the payoff wasn't enough.

The writing style was a little choppy at times, cutting from the middle of a paragraph or thought to an entirely different scene. Which made it feel more like a movie script than a book.

I liked the idea an...more
Susana
Feb 07, 2014 Susana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Susana by: Myself, the Idiot!


What possessed me to read this book?
Well, a couple years back i saw a couple of episodes of a series called Foyle's War.
The screenwriter was (is) Horowitz.
I was so impressed with it, that i took advantage of a Huge promotion to buy this book!

*Facepalm*

I now understand why it, and the following books are for sale at such low prices....

Imagine a mesh of all the fantasy and horror clichés you've ever read or heard about...yes?
That's what Raven's Gate is.

Characters with no depth. A story less than...more
Patrícia
Conhecido pelo seu sucesso, Alex Rider, que depois de sucesso em livro passou a sucesso no grande ecrã, Anthony Horowitz tornou-se um dos nomes da literatura YA. Mais tarde decidiu alterar o seu tipo de livro e, de adolescentes formados em espiões, decidiu dedicar-se a adolescentes envolvidos com Males maiores em que rituais satânicos e a caça às bruxas se tornam uma realidade. Num registo mais obscuro, em que o medo pode assaltar o leitor em cada página, o autor criou a série The Gatekeepers, s...more
Christian
As a punishment for a crime he didnt' mean to commit, Matt was given a choice: Go to jail or go live with an old woman who Matt has never met and is apperently a part of a leaf project which is a correction project. Never the less he should have gone to jail that would have been so much easier, but at the time he thought that anything but jail would be fantastic but boy was he wrong. In the place that he is living which is lesser malling; You might as well call it the seventh ring of hell. A str...more
Nicholas Dunn
In this Fantasy book, a young kid, Matt Freeman, grew up in England having a hard life (since his parents die in a car crash at the age of eight). Ever since then, he has never been the same. After getting in trouble and almost killing a cop with his friend, Matt was sent to a project that the government set up for juvenile bound kids. But when Matt moved into his new home in York, he realized things were really strange. After getting warnings by other villagers, Matt found out that he is living...more
Arcadiac
As long as I live, I will NEVER forget the exhilarating, beautiful, original and suspenseful entertainment of The Gatekeepers series, or all of Anthony Horowitz's writing in general. I seriously wonder why it is not more popular! Perhaps it got overshadowed by the Alex Rider series? I can't see how; their genres are entirely different.

When I first read Raven's Gate, I thought, judging by the summary, that this would be mature enough for me to read. I was in the seventh grade, but I was an avid r...more
Lizzy Gross
Raven's Gate, by Anthony Horowitz, is an exciting thriller about a 14-year-old orphan that lives with his careless aunt and her boyfriend. Throughout his life Matt knew there was something different about himself, but didn't quite know why...

Throughout the book, there was always a new and exhilarating twist. It was full of suspense. The beginning of the book did not start of slow, but rather with an intense crime scene. Also, the end of the book was something I never expected. Even though some c...more
Connie Hodges
This entire series is incredibly well-written. I read this book (and the subsequent four) because we have been trying to interest our teenaged son in reading, as opposed to Xbox. The child who had to be very nearly threatened within inches to read one page has torn through the first three books in the last month!

Matt Freeman is a 14-year-old boy from England who found himself at odds with the law after being sent to live with his neglectful aunt upon the death of his parents six years prior. He...more
Kari
I figured I would take a break from older romances and listen to some older YA novels. This book has been sitting on my MP3 player for months. After listening, I wish I had not waited so long to try it out. I thoroughly enjoyed Raven's Gate. It reminded me of one of those movies from the 60s where the newcomer moves to a strange town and everyone seems to be crazy. Something weird is going on and the newcomer can't find anyone to trust. This book is pretty creepy and kept me engaged right throug...more
Joe Curtis
When fourteen year old Matt Freeman ends up in an assault on a security guard, he is filtered into the LEAF system and fostered by a satanic woman Mrs. Deverill. She tortures Matt, and everyone who tries to help him ends up dead. With the help of a journalist from a nearby town and his new found powers he must defeat Mrs. Deverill and a whole village bent on black magic. But there is worse to come, the villagers are abut to try and open Raven's Gate and unleash the power of the Old Ones. Matt is...more
Natalie
I absolutely love this book!!!! It's so exciting and cool. The story begins when Matt Freeman, the main character, gets sent to Yorkshire because of a crime he saw, and he is punished with the LEAF project. The LEAF project sent him to live with a lady called Mrs. Deverill, and soon he finds out that there is something wrong and strange about the area. He tries to run away, but he can't and has to face many challenges....
The entire book is well written and very descriptive. I love the part when...more
Joy
British YA urban fantasy that started out with the orphan boy with special powers sent to live with the horrible relative {sound familiar?) Then we throw in a little Lovecraft with the village of evil Witches who imprison the boy for a sacrifice to bring back the "Old Ones."

What made me throw this in the trash is when the Evil Witches cast their circle and recite the Lord's Prayer backwards to open the gate for the Old Ones. I get really offended when a writer, who is producing entertainment for...more
Reihane
دورازه ی کلاغ اسم عجیبیه.... نویسنده کتاب آنتونی هوروویتس نویسنده سری الکس رایدر ممکنه موجب بشه سراغ این کتاب برین... اما من فقط به خاطر اسمش به سمتش رفتم. کتاب در هر صفحه شما رو با تقلاهای پسر 14 ساله ای به نام مت روبرو می کنه که سعی داره رها بشه. کوشش مت برای یافتن حقیقت در مورد خودش و شرایطی که در اون قرار داره اون رو به سمت دروازه کلاغ می بره. تنها مشکلی که وجود داره اینه: هر کسی که سعی داره به اون کمک کنه به نحوی به طرز فجیعی کشته میشه. پس مراقب باشین اگه می خواین مت رو کمک کنین...
داستان ه...more
Frankkie
Zabili mi Burgessa, ale ja im to odpustím :3 :D :D
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