The Border Keeper
"Lush prose weaves around a dark heart in this twisty debut from Kerstin Hall. A fantastical wonder on every page, but one coated in blood, death and suffering.”—JY Yang
She lived where the railway tracks met the saltpan, on the Ahri side of the shadowline. In the old days, when people still talked ...more
The Border Keeper opens with a landscape. A tiny house lies on the horizon of a desolate, completely empty desert. There is a low fence stretching across the world behind the house—it extends beyond all eyesight in either direction, and it leaves no ...more
ReadingThe Border Keeperwas a trip. I honestly had no clue what to expect and even while reading I wasn't quite sure where the story was going.
Imagine the mortal world and the multi-world-verse of gods and demons. And the only thing standing between the two is one woman -- the Border Keeper. Yet, this wasn't ...more
The pages flawlessly flowed with the authors writing style that immediately immersed me into this fantasy world she was able to create that was filled with mortals, gods, demons and other unworldly creatures. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and before I knew it, this magnificent read was over. It was such an easy fun read that left me wanting more and despite the fact that I thought it ended too soon, the novel was engaging enough to engulfed any reader into the story of Vasethe and ...more
The worldbuilding is really where the story shines--a mix of weird horror and your typical fantasy fare. You get demon-god politics, crab children, and horrific and ...more
I mean who doesn't wanna traverse the nine-hundred and ninety-nine demon realms of the with a murderous god-like snarky-ass witch?
"This is mine now; begone fools".
I love her. I can't decide if I wanna hang out or if I would be too frightened of her genocidal ways. Vasethe is a brave man.
Engrossing characters, tightly wound plot, exceptional world-building, luscious prose. I could go on....
In fact I will go on...
Real treasures in the book include the way ...more
It follows a man named Vasethe who journeys to seek help from a woman named Eres who is not what she seems. Cause you see, she is the border keeper the guardian between his world and the 999 realms of Mkalis, where demons and gods wage endless war. With her aid, he crosses over for a purpose which at first is unclear but is soon revealed. ...more
Imagine a world where you can travel to another realm if you know the right people but also have to be very careful because the realms have very strict rules that can have dire consequences if broken.
Vasethe is one of those travelers who has his own reasons for wanting to travel to another realm. He meets The Border Keeper who he calls Eris, a very powerful woman that has had many reincarnations but has chosen within the last few centuries to mostly ...more
I am quietly amazed at the huge world and the scope of the story which Hall managed to fit in such a small space without it ever feeling forced. This is a huge story about love and loss and redemption that spans life and death, and multiple other dimensions too. If I were to liken it to anything, I would say it's something like taking a stroll through the third panel of Hironymous Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. It's twisty and complicated, and ...more
I've been sitting with this story for a day, I read it yesterday while commuting for work throughout the day, having only now decided to sit down to review it. As I review this I'm watching a family of House Finches shake off the recent rains at my feeders while wishing someone would come to clean my house at my me as Vasethe does.
The atmosphere of the book is steeped in its own smoky lore and I as I often say wanted to stay in this world, to go on my own tour with the Border Keeper herself and...more
Author: Kerstin Hall
Publisher: Tor.com Book
Publishing Date: 2019
Dewey: F HAL
Disposition: Irving Public Library - South Campus - Irving, TX
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
At the border between worlds, a railway track ends and a desert begins stretching away into shadow. A man with a troubled past comes here seeking help from the Border Keeper to find someone beyond the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms where the gods and ...more
A few other points:
-- I don't like the cover art. Looking ...more
This is a delightful novel. I recommend it to anyone that loves cosmos-level fantasy worldbuilding.
The only thing keeping it away from a true 5th star is the intense keep-away style of revelation. The characters always know more than we do, so it felt like watching the second half of a TV show. Because of this, many of the climactic moments fail to land effectively. There's a reason for that narrative style, so it wasn't an enormous detractor. It was just enough to occasionally fan away the ...more
Vasethe is a man with a troubled past, he comes to seek a favour from a woman who is not what she seems and must enter the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, the world of spirits, where gods and demons wage endless war.
The Border Keeper spins wonders both epic—the Byzantine bureaucracy of hundreds of demon realms, ...more
I like a good twist/reveal as much as anyone, but not when there are so many and they aren't totally revealed anyway, leaving ...more
I picked this book up because it was about demons and I had hoped it might be a little bit scary? But it was a sort of fantasy ...more