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Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  16,753 ratings  ·  979 reviews
He always knew he was different.
First there were the dreams.
Then the deaths began.

When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian: with the whole village.

Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will
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Published May 1st 2005 by Recorded Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Moya Noctor Definitely give it a go! It's really fast paced, I read it in a day.

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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
I wish there were more YA books that involved vats of face-melting acid.

Review at some point.
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.


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.

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Raven's Gate is the re-written form of The Devil's Door Bell (published 1985), I can't comment on what has and hasn't changed in the text of this version and Anthony Horowitz's book published over twenty years ago. I do know that the Pentagram Chronicles was a series that was never finished. I think that The Gatekeepers is finished.

In Raven's Gate, orphan Matt Freeman and his 'friend' Kalvin break into a warehouse and are caught in the act, Matt is given the option of possible jail time (becaus
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Debating between 1 and 2 stars...


I decided to go 1, because I didn't like it. The best thing I can say about it, really, is that it was short. I will say 1.5, though, because I usually reserve 1s for books I just completely hate, and this didn't even annoy me enough to make me hate it - it was just stupid.

Basically, it takes a ton of horror story cliches - the ubiquitous Old Ones from another dimension wanting back in, the crazy villagers wanting to let them, performances of the Black Mass,
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
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
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
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
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
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
Seo Choi
The book is relatively short and pretty fast paced, especially towards the end. It's an easy and enjoyable book to read. The story is a bit cliched, the main character, Matt, is part of a chosen few and of course they have to save the world from evil, but who doesn't enjoy a cliche? I would have liked more action since the action in the book was pretty short but hopefully it's just because it's the first book and Anthony Horowitz was just warming us up, I hope it gets better with the sequels. Lo ...more
Shameeka Alexis


This book finally broke my one-star-reads spell!

Matthew "Matt" Freeman is not a normal kid. And he knows it.
He knew his parents were going to die even before it happened. He just doesn't know how...

Before proceeding with the review, I would like to thank Laura Pent for sending the book to me and luring me into reading it! Seriously. This was the best thing that ever happened to me! Okay, that was too dramatic. But you get the point.

The book starts with Kelvin, Matt's friend sugges
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!


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
This one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time I decided to read this as I loved some of his books when I was younger so decided to give this a shot this had me drawn in from the first page I can't believe his aunt doesn't even care about him what happened to his parents was horrible Mrs Deverill I knew she knew about Matt's powers I liked it that Lesser Malling was not just a normal town there is secrets and this keeps you wanting to know more Plus nearly everyone who try's to help Matt ...more
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
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
Melissa Bennett
There were parts of this book I really liked and parts of it that I thought were just okay. This is a book about Matt. Matt is an orphan and has been getting into trouble lately. When he and a friend break into a warehouse to steal some dvd's and is caught he is given an option. He can either go into the LEAF project or be locked up. The LEAF project is a foster program where you go and stay with someone out in the country. Matt chooses the project. On arriving to his new home, Matt thinks he mi ...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
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
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
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more
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