TRIGGER WARNING: The Path Keeper is a work of fiction but features potentially upsetting themes including sexual abuse, death and mental health issues. It also includes scenes of a sexual nature.
What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?
Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.
The first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?
As you can see from the above warning, The Path Keeper touches on some heavy topics but it still manages to stay well within the romantic fiction realm.
We’re talking gritty romance here – not hearts and flowers!
It’s a book full of secrets and passion. It’s a complex story of first loves and second chances and the storyline is multi-layered. You need to read it with an open mind and go into it without preconceived notions.
The female protagonist is Ella, the girl with the “face of an angel and the mouth of a sailor”. She’s such a great character. One aspect that I especially enjoyed about her (as a mother of two girls) is that she isn’t a weak female character. She’s strong and she does things because she wants to and not for any other reason. She has sex because she wants to, she curses (in Spanish – a lot!) because she want to and she drinks because she wants to. To put it simply – she has zero f*cks to give and I love that!
YA romance isn’t usually my genre but the blurb intrigued me and I thought I’d give it a go. It’s perhaps a little young for me and maybe because of that, it felt somewhat cliché at times. I could absolutely see my teenage daughter loving it though and she is precisely the intended audience after all.
I really don’t want to give too much of the story away and that has proven a difficult task for me while writing this review. I’ve chopped and changed the review so many times. So, I’ve decided to steer clear of the storyline and just give my opinion on this one!
If you enjoyed Game of Thrones or True Blood, this is for you.
About the author:
Natali Drake, who writes under the pen name of NK Simmonds, has written articles for various UK newspapers and online publications. In 2015 she co-founded the online magazine The Glass House Girls and is a regular contributor. Originally from north London, she now divides her time between her two homes in the Netherlands and Spain with her husband and two daughters.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater and NK Simmonds for the copy of this book in return for an honest review. So happy to have read it!