The Border Keeper

The Border Keeper

A lyrical underworld narrative that begins around a desolate, near-forgotten border to the land of the dead. Vasethe, a man with a troubled past, comes to seek a favor from a woman who is not what she seems. With her aid, he enters the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, the world of spirits, where gods and demons wage endless war. What Vasethe discovers in Mkali A lyrical underworld narrative that begins around a desolate, near-forgotten border to the land of the dead. Vasethe,...

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Title:The Border Keeper
Author:Kerstin Hall
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  • Laura
    Jun 03, 2019
    Set on the border of the real world (albeit not one we know) and in various alternate realms, the relationship between Eris - or whatever name she's known by - and Sethe ebbs and flows depending on what world they're in and how Eris feels about things. There are rules they must live by...
  • Ashley
    Sep 19, 2019
    I really enjoyed reading this novella and I think I'll probably read it again just to really take in all the imagery and world building. Every character seemed important and that really works in a novella. Yes there were unanswered questions and I would have loved to read a full length...
  • Frank
    Aug 05, 2019
    Three and a half stars, but this was difficult to review. The first nine chapters of this book were offered for free. After reading the free preview, I bought the book. And then if got weird. I like weird but at times the story-line and the history of the characters was difficult...
  • Lucy
    May 19, 2019
    A fast-paced fantasy debut. Hall's descriptive language and plot that draws on various mythologies creates a vivid world of lost souls and revenge. ...
  • Lisa
    Aug 12, 2019
    As I'm reading through the other reviews I can't help thinking I missed something because all I can keep thinking is that this could have been a grand tale and instead I got two boring and disjointed people whom I could not relate to nor care about. The world building was nowhere near ...
  • Megan
    Aug 03, 2019
    This book was so good and hard to put down! 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 w...
  • Katie
    Sep 21, 2019
    I'm uncertain how a book this slim can be so packed with intricate plot and gorgeous worldbuilding and somehow feel leisurely and fast-paced at the same time. I couldn't put it down and it made me weepy and I loved every improbable second of it. ...
  • Marco
    Aug 30, 2019
    Excellent original fantasy, this book also contains elements of the New Weird. ...
  • Sana
    Jun 13, 2018
    'It's a twisty kind of story, and no one is quite what they seem. Thematically, it has a lot to do with ideas of healing and justice, but there are also pretty demons with long hair and an exceedingly grumpy genocidal witch.' SOLD Source ...
  • Sachin Dev
    Jun 13, 2019
    This book is special, in that it's like nothing I have read before. It's wildly original and Kerstin Hall is definitely one of the exceptional talents to watch out for. I was left a bit dry with that abrupt ending but overall I thought The Border Keeper is a beautiful, intriguing lyric...
  • Pat C
    Aug 24, 2019
    Wonderful! Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman. The author creates a completely unique universe of her own, where the Border Keeper stands watch at the boundary of the day to day world and the realms beyond. ...
  • Dave
    Sep 27, 2019
    I?d give this more than 5 stars if I could. Read it for the lovely, singing prose. Read it for the complex, heart wrenching storyline. Read it for the nods to authors as diverse as Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Vance, Clive Barker and Michael Moorcock. Just read it. ...
  • Carrie
    Aug 28, 2019
    I ... I don't know how to rate this book. I liked it, but I still have no idea what was really going on. Who are these characters, really? Why are they not who they seem to be at the beginning and how did they get this way? Why isn't any of this explained in at least *some* detail? I v...
  • Mark Redman
    Aug 10, 2019
    The Border Keeper is a novella that packs a hell of a lot of story and plot into 150 pages. It very much reminded me of Lovecraft?s Dreamquest of the Unknown Kadath. 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 e...
  • J.A. Ironside
    May 04, 2019
    Many thanks to for mailing me an ARC ? 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 m...
  • Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!
    Aug 23, 2019
    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 magn...
  • Em
    Jan 17, 2019
    A stunningly good novella - I would have happily read a full-length novel set in this world, but the economy of storytelling here is its own little miracle. It?s a dark, weird, sweet fantasy that gestures toward a much larger universe without beating you to death with worldbuilding. ...
  • Anna
    Sep 13, 2019
    What a beautiful dark jewel of a book. Hall weaves worlds that have just enough description to give a sense of time and place, and just enough of a dearth to keep us wondering and building worlds in our own head to fill the gaps. We are all of the characters, and sometimes we are none....
  • Rick Brose
    Jul 22, 2019
    The Border Keeper has a lot going for it. Kerstin Hall has created a cool world filled with depth and interesting characters. There is a strong sense of history related to both the world itself and the relationships between the characters. Several reveals within the novella caught me p...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    Jul 22, 2019
    Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight! This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ReadingThe Border Keeperwas a trip. I honestly had no clue what to expect and even while ...
  • John Rennie
    Jul 24, 2019
    This book is written in a slightly obscure style, that is things happen for reasons that are not immediately clear to the reader. This style can work very well and add interest to the book. For example Caitlin Kiernan tends to write this way, and indeed I wonder if Kerstin Hall has rea...
  • Gillian
    Sep 11, 2019
    Probably more like 3.5 stars. I loved the concept, the world building and the actual characters and I was longing to see the shape of this become something else. However I felt it was rather disjointed and at times simply confusing and the couple of glaring proofreading errors really w...
  • Kathy
    Jul 17, 2019
    This isn't quite the romp through a fantastical underworld I had in mind (as in, not as fast-paced or as rich in detail as I'd imagined), but you know when you read or watch or play something that gives you this inexplicable yet pleasant vibe and it just kind of sticks with you for the...
  • Tawnie Mizer
    May 29, 2019
    This weird little twisty novella immediately jumped up to the top of my to read list when I saw someone advertise it on twitter and took my breath away. 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 ...
  • Brandon
    Jul 16, 2019
    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 c...
  • Shané
    Jul 29, 2019
    This book was weird but phenomenal I still have no idea what's happening. ...
  • Rhi
    Aug 03, 2019
    This is a really great novella, an amazing series of worlds created. The plot is interesting although feels a little rushed at the end. The characters are fantastic and writing so vivid. Great read. ...
  • Tuni
    Jul 28, 2019
    This popped up in my fb ads, and I like to encourage this sort of behavior; so I of course bought the book. Good decision, me. I love the dual world that was built here. It's a fairly short story, but you get enough to understand the history of the world and how it works. And what i...
  • J. Agnomen
    Aug 17, 2019
    4.5/5 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 sec...
  • Emma Laubscher
    Jul 19, 2019
    ANGST! ADVENTURE! DEMONS! CARPENTRY! 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 frigh...